jeyaMadurendrum Jeyachandran grew up in Tamil Nadu, India, and completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Xavier’s College, Madras University in 1968. He has established kindergartens, schools and designed many innovative education programs in east Africa. He has been training teachers and mentoring many stakeholders to achieve ‘quality education for all’. Recently he helped to bring around 100,000 out of school children back to school in Ethiopia. He has been a presenter for the Accelerated Learning for Africa project at both Harvard University and Lesley University.  He has held manager and director positions at the following organizations:

  • Geneva Global Inc., Ethiopia;  Hope for the Horn, Ethiopia.
  • SOS Children’s Village- Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and East Africa.
  • World Vision International, Ethiopia and Sudan
  • UNHCR, Khartoum, Sudan


  susanSusan Rauchwerk currently is an Associate Professor at Lesley University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the co- director of the Elementary Education Department and the program coordinator for the Urban Teacher Center. She serves on a wide variety of education related committees, and has received many grants for various projects.

Prior to her current positions, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In 2001, she was the Director of Education at Earthwatch Institute in Maynard, Massachusetts. In 1990, she worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

She has presented at many educational conferences throughout the United States. She also has been a consultant on many education, evaluation, and curriculum teams. She has published many articles, newsletters, and books.




Julie Baker is an accomplished, energetic teacher and child advocate. She has 27 years of working to improve the lives of children by engaging learners in the classroom and providing enrichment opportunities for disadvantaged kids in the community. She is a motivated leader with strong communication skills and experience running and working for various non-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include teaching, writing, cooperative learning, and analytical thinking. She currently is a tenth grade English and journalism instructor as well as the scholarship coordinator at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Education in 1987 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In 2001, she published a young adult novel. She was also an editor of the national adopted textbook for high school economics in Ethiopia.