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Julie Carey

Executive Director
julie@writeourworld.org

 

 

Bio

 

Caree Edson

Co-Founder
caree@writeourworld.org

Caree comes to Write Our World with an MS in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a love for illustration and storytelling. She earned her BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is currently a member of their faculty as an online academic coach and instructor. She pursues her passion for cultures through her work as an educator for the refugee population in Denver, Colorado through Lutheran Family Services. She has worked abroad teaching English in Japan, serving as a Kiva Fellow in Armenia and as an educational team leader for US-Brazil Connect. She enjoys drawing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is most passionate about connecting with others and helping them to share their stories with the global community.

Lacey Champion

Lacey Champion

Board Member

Lacey comes to Write Our World with a MA in Social Change and BS in Psychology, Sociology, and Religious Studies, and a background in education and international development. She is passionate about intercultural compassion and competency and is committed to the idea of world citizenship. Through her time working with indigenous communities in Honduras, Guatemala, Ireland, and Nepal she has developed a heart for the stories of those who are not usually given a voice. She is thrilled to join Write Our World as they embark on their mission to educate, inspire, and grow world citizens through their many endeavors. Lacey enjoys traveling, learning about and exploring new cultures, and leaving pieces of heart in random places. When she can’t be on a plane she can usually be found exploring the vastness of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Melissa Theesen

Melissa Theesen

Board Member

Melissa Theesen’s experience with refugee resettlement and community organizations spans direct service to key leadership positions.  She holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Peace and Justice and Religion. She has professional experience across four continents and has been a member of several Boards of Directors for nonprofit organizations. Prior to her current role, she served as Executive Director of an international nongovernmental organization.  Ms. Theesen has extensive experience in Asian, African, and Latin American communities.  She has worked in Guatemala, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Nepal, and Cambodia, and spent extensive time working in East Africa.

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Intern

Hilary is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Denver, majoring in International Studies with a focus on international organizations, security, and human rights and international development and health. She has traveled the world working with children as part of a music outreach group called the Young Americans where her passion for working with kids while giving them the voice they deserve was cultivated. She is eager to join Write Our World to continue working with kids while focusing on the importance of interconnectedness through language, culture, and the sharing of stories.

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson

Intern

Emily is a student at the University of Denver pursuing a degree in Geography and International Studies. She is passionate about matters of social and environmental justice, especially environmental education and sustainable fisheries. Emily is incredibly excited to intern with Write Our World and is looking forward to admiring the creativity in all the kids’ creations. When she graduates in November, Emily hopes to hop on a plane to Central America and see where life will take her.

Erin Mercado

Erin Mercado

Intern

Erin comes to Write Our World as a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying integrative physiology and Spanish while also getting her global public health certificate. Erin gas a strong interest in world citizenship because of her experience immigrating from the Philippines and her studies in global health. She’s excited to explore the cultural side to world citizenship through this internship with Write Our World.

“Their motivation was high! The majority of writing in schools today is so dry and scripted. Write Our World provides a unique opportunity that is exciting and engaging because it combines multiple means of expression that is not tapped through Common Core education.”

 

 

Mr. Fairbairn
English Language Development Teacher - USA

“I liked making stories on the iPad because the people who read it will know what people in my country celebrate.”

 

 

Yosuf

Student, USA

“It was great to see students who speak the same language helping each other. My students liked the opportunity to speak their language. It gave them a sense of pride and accomplishment.”

 

 

Ms. Miller
English Language Development Teacher - USA

“I am proud of my book about roast brohok. I think it will be famous!”

 

 

Vanchai
Student - Cambodia

“My students loved doing this. Helping students develop a sense of identity is essential to academic learning. They need to be confident in who they are in order to meaningfully participate in a class.”

 

 

Ms. Tennyson
English Language Development Teacher - USA

“Next time, I want to write a book about traditional dancing!”

 

 

Sani
Student - Cambodia

"This project benefitted me a lot. I learned many new teaching methodologies that I can apply in class like letting students make a story in their own language then translate to English. I understand more about what students want and what they like. I feel very happy to teach my students when they seem so hungry to learn like this."

 

 

Teacher Sakara
Teacher - Cambodia

"It's really interesting! We can share our culture, stories and ideas with people we have never known. My students are really proud to share their ideas and I'm happy that I could see them become brave and independent like this."

 

 

Teacher Chenda
Teacher - Cambodia

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