Debbie has always wanted to see the world and her experiences living and traveling in Latin America and Spain as a young adult inspired her to pursue a B.A. in Latin American Studies and an M.A. in Intercultural Education. As a bilingual educator and enthusiastic world traveler, she has seen firsthand how interpersonal relationships expand our understanding of people and cultures around the world. Her connection with Global One to One began in the classroom with PeacePal and expanded to volunteer direct Community Outreach with Engage One to One to Albuquerque high school students, as well as the Innovate One to One program. The mission of Global 1 to 1 meshes perfectly with her belief that is it essential that we all work for multicultural understanding and world peace through programs based on individual, one to one experiences.
Beatriz was born in Colombia, South America and grew up in a tropical island in the Caribbean. Later on she moved to Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Her background is very diverse: she is a scientist, a community activist, an entrepreneur and an educator. One of her passions is to create and tell multicultural stories in English and Spanish. She believes writing opens a world for connections among children and our communities by making the world a better place one day at a time, and one to one.
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Robin brings to this team a unique perspective through his international/cross-cultural living experiences in India, Oman and USA. He was fortunate to have spent approximately 15 years in Oman where schools & organizations consisted of only 5% of the local people and more than 100 nationalities covering the rest. Through this experience, he cemented his foundation in accepting and respecting differences between and within cultures. Robin has a Masters degree in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona and currently specializes in developing and supporting startup business that function across countries and cultures.
Evan has worked with Global One to One as a student volunteer since the ninth grade and continues to be inspired by their mission and goals. From planning student events to participating in the letter exchange program, Evan has experienced the power of Global One to One programs firsthand. Evan is committed to bettering the community around him and works as an instructor of Chamber Music at Cottonwood Classical. He believes that the enriching and empowering work Global One to One does for students, teachers, and schools is vitally important in creating leaders prepared to create change in the 21st century.