Tracy Hanson, Founder and CEO of Next Generation Global Education is the designer of the Matrix of a Learner and the Global Matrix Readers Theatre. Tracy has been in the field of education since 1979 and holds a bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education, a master’s in Curriculum Development and Reading, and a master’s in educational administration. Tracy has been a director, consultant, and administrator, and a teacher of elementary students, medically fragile multi-handicapped children, gifted learners, adults recovering from a break-down, and birth to 3-year-olds requiring early intervention. Her visionary contribution to education is the “Matrix of a Learner”, a creative learning philosophy designed to promote a more responsible and collaborative society opening the doors for a more peaceful world. She has promoted her teaching philosophy in Dominican Republic, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal, where she has worked with educational leaders, presented workshops and conferences, consulted with hundreds of schools, and worked with thousands of young children.
Shaison P. Ouseph is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker, editor and cameraman with credits ranging from director of photography to art director on many documentaries and independent feature projects.
His public service campaigns promoting literacy, empowerment of women and against child exploitations have won him many national and international accolades including United Nations, International Labour Organizations and US Embassy awards.
His works as a director for various commercial and non-commercial audio-visuals have been well recognized and appreciated.
Recently, April 2017, is documentary filming of the celebrations of life in western Puerto Rico, Playa Azul I Love You, won an award in the International Independent Film Festival.
Dr. Dennis Eaton is an associate professor at the River Valley Community College in Claremont, New Hampshire. Dr. Eaton received his Phd in Agricultural and Extension Education with Public Administration at Penn State University. In his international career he was most recently hired by Rutgers University (New Jersey) as Contract Faculty for the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberia Development (EHELD) program. He was stationed for 15 months (February 2015 to April 2016) at Cuttington University in Suakoko, Liberia. Prior to this he was the National Manager of Natural Resources Management component of the Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (January to October 2014). Before this he was involved in the Irrigation and Watershed Management Program (IWMP) as the Agronomist and Rain-fed Agricultural Management Specialist (October to December 2013) in Balkh province, Afghanistan.
In mid 2012 to most of 2013, Dr. Eaton was the Vocational Training and Nonformal Education Specialist (VTNFES) for the Food and Enterprise Development Program of USAID in Liberia, West Africa. His responsibilities included developing an agribusiness curriculum for two year vocational colleges and training instructors in best teaching practices. Previously, he was the University Development Specialist (UDS) at Balkh University Faculty of Agriculture from late 2011 to mid 2012. Dr. Eaton managed the Strengthening Afghan Agricultural Faculties (SAAF) Project in Mazar-i Sharif at Balkh University Faculty of Agriculture and the Advancing Afghan Agricultural Alliance (A4) Project in Jalalabad (Doronta) Nangarhar University Faculty of Agriculture. He also served as interim UDS at Herat University in 2009. In this program he conducted workshops in Agricultural Education, Youth Leadership and Agricultural Problem-solving Systems. He also helped plan and develop the university farms and agricultural science and computer laboratories.
Dennis, a resident of Acworth, New Hampshire and proprietor of the Captain Woodbury Guesthouse and the Acworth Village Gradens, is from Massachusetts, USA . He previously had 20 years agriculture teaching, agriculture vocational curriculum development, and teacher education experience in sub-Saharan Africa (Liberia, Tanzania, South Africa and Swaziland).
His specialty is with Sustainable and Appropriate Technology Farming Methods with specialties in season extension (greenhouses), vegetable, horticulture, and poultry production. He has a small organic farm in New Hampshire and is married with three grown-up children and six grandchildren.
Dr. Lindley Hanson is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geological Sciences at Salem State University in Salem, MA, where she continues to teach part time. She received her PhD in Geology at Boston University. Dr. Hanson taught geology for 40 years before retiring from full-time teaching in 2018. While at Salem State she co-founded the North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi, was graduate coordinator for the Masters in Middle School Science, created and chaired the SSU sustainability committee, and worked with a local organization to educate community members and politicians on the causes of local flooding and potential mitigation.
Dr. Hanson began integrating online resources into her courses as soon as they became available in the 1980s. She was one of the first professors to offer courses online, building her own course websites, before the University adopted a learning management system (LMS. She is well aware of the challenges of keeping students engaged online and recognizes the value of NGGE’s mission and outreach. Even as a “retired” professor she continues to mentor student research and teach online courses. Local issues require global solutions and Dr. Hanson believe that will lie in presenting and discussing these issues on a global educational platform where all can participate.
Georgia Maneta is a state Primary School teacher of English. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MA in Literature in English from Dalarna University, Sweden. She, also, works as an oral assessor of English for the State Certificate in Greece and other Examination Boards. She is a volunteer in YFU (Youth For Understanding) and a member of the Executive Board of the MRT (Matrix Reader’s Theater). She is a newly appointed ambassador of eTwinning (a European platform where schools from all over Europe co-operate on various projects) She is interested in theatre, cinema, reading and educational technology and likes meeting people from all over the world. Georgia resides in Volos, Greece.