Our TeamWe are lovers of culture and believers in children
Julie Carey, Founder
With a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Julie’s career as an educator has spanned a variety of leadership and instructional roles in outdoor education, classroom teaching, teacher preparation and international travel. Her expertise in the field of language acquisition has developed through years of teaching ESL both domestically and abroad, and preparing public school teachers to work with multilingual learners. Julie is an avid traveler and committed to working to connect and empower children around the world.
Michele Thompson, Board Member
Michele has been serving children and families as a social worker for almost 20 years. She currently works to support the social/emotional and behavioral functioning of children so that they can access their full potential as learners in public schools. She brings to Write Our World a wealth of creative energy and knowledge in serving the diverse needs of children in education.
John Crawford, Board Member
John is a private equity investment professional based in Toronto, focusing on infrastructure investments. Previously, John was an investment banker focused on M&A and Restructuring. John holds a BA in Arabic Literature and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He is passionate about building connections among children internationally.
Sydney Oelerich, Board Member
Sydney brings valuable cross-cultural literacy developed through Peace Corps service in Zambia and her current position as Program Director of the Colorado African Organization. Her professional expertise also includes management of nonprofit and government projects gained through her work at the Denver Housing Authority and a major healthcare innovation project for the State of Colorado. She is currently an MBA candidate at Denver University’s Daniel’s College of Business with an expected graduation of November, 2017. She has a passion for increasing access to critical services in her community and helping families achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Dr. Nancy L. Commins, Advisory Board Member
Dr. Nancy L. Commins has worked with students and educators from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds in a variety of capacities for more than three decades. Her roles have included bilingual classroom teacher, university professor, program director, school district administrator and independent consultant assisting schools, districts and CDE to improve instruction for bilingual learners. She is co-author of two books Linguistic Diversity and Teaching and Restructuring Schools for Linguistic Diversity: Linking Decision Making to Effective Programs. Currently, Dr. Commins is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development where she helps to lead the teacher education program representing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.
Toni Olivieri-Barton, Advisory Board Member
Toni is a Library Technology Educator at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She brings a wealth of experience as a global educator specializing in technology integration in K-12 classrooms and promoting global collaboration.
Kate Mahoney, Advisory Board Member
For over 18 years, Kate has worked internationally on humanitarian policy, child protection, refugee protection and post-conflict development. Among others, she has worked for UNHCR, UNICEF and Save the Children and is currently Principal at KAM Consulting.