Tracy Hanson, Founder and CEO of Next Generation Global Education and the designer of the Matrix of a Learner. In 2015 she traveled to five countries; Dominican Republic, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal, where she worked with educational leaders, presented workshops and conferences, consulted with hundreds of schools and worked with thousands of young children.
Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Master’s in Curriculum Development and Reading. Her second Master’s is in Educational Administration.
Tracy has been in the field of education since 1979 working as a teacher, director, consultant, and administrator with elementary students, medically fragile multi-handicapped children, gifted learners, adults recovering from a break-down, and birth to 3 year olds.
One of the greatest ironies in her life is that she became an educator despite her own struggles through a system that was unable to fit her as a learner. Therefore, she has focused her educational career on insuring each learner is given the opportunities to reach their individual potential.
Tracy is a strong advocate for all learners that are incorporated in the “Matrix of a Learner” which identifies each learner as an educator as well and that we have the ability to create and educational environment built by learners for learners.
“We are at a turning point in our history where there is a choice of widening the gap of inequalities or creating a system of collaboration and understanding for the successful security of our world.”
She is a mother and grandmother who was raised to believe that when you visit a place it should be left in better shape then when you arrived. The “Matrix of a Learner” is her contribution to education, the gateway to creating a better understanding of each other, a more responsible and collaborative society opening the doors for a more peaceful world.
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.
Dennis Eaton, PhD. – Agricultural and Extension Education with Public Administration (Penn State University)
Dr. Eaton is an associate professor at the River Valley Community College in Claremont, New Hampshire. 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.
Jonathan Hanson has been a New Hampshire licensed Master electrician since 2010. His passion for environmental change and renewable energy has turned his focus to alternative energy with projects ranging from residential solar to commercial wind such as the farms in Dummer, NH. and Sheffield, VT.
The five years prior to 2010 were spent working as an apprentice and then as a journeyman electrician. In 2002 he worked for three years as an electronics engineering technician working with power supplies for the US military. He is a 2002 graduate of New Hampshire Technical College in Laconia, with an associate’s degree in Electrical Powers and Control Technologies.
Jonathan has three children who have attended the public school system through high school and also are experiencing learner driven schooling through VLACS.