Our Team

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.

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Kate Mahoney, 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.

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Dr. Leigh Zeitz, Board Member

Leigh Zeitz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Beyond higher education, Zeitz has practical experience in schools, having taught first through twelfth grades in public, private, and prison schools. Zeitz has authored seven books and more than 75 articles on educational technology and has given more than 150 presentations on three continents. Dr. Z has great interest in expanding students’ worldwide experience through Global Collaboration projects. He is the Past President of the ISTE Global Collaboration Network.

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Tamara Carlin, Board Member

Tamara has worked in international higher education and business all of her career, focusing on academic and professional writing, public speaking and presenting, and most recently educational mentoring and management. Her passion for reading is seated in children’s literature and the countless hours she enjoyed lost in books with her children. Tamara is excited to help children around the world build bridges across miles and culture with their unique stories.

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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.


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. 


Dr. Heather Riley, Advisory Board Member

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