Meet the U.S. Team. They work on projects and professional development from coast to coast and beyond.
Kaye Beall is the Director of the LINCS Professional Development Center. Kaye is a skilled facilitator and project director with the ability to build instructional and programmatic capacity. She also serves as an instructional designer for World Education E-Learning.
Ben Bruno is an Instructional Technologist at World Education, Inc. As Instructional Technologist, Ben produces webinars, creates online audiovisual content, enhances website design, and leads online course development and tech support for World Education E-Learning.
John Comings, EdD
Senior Technical Consultant
John Comings, EdD, is a Senior Technical Consultant at World Education and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From April 2012 to October 2013, he served in the Obama Administration as an Education Policy Advisor focused on USAID’s early-grade reading initiative, with a particular emphasis on the use of technology. Before that, he was a Principal International Technical Advisor at the Education Development Center from 2008 to 2012. From 1996 to 2008, he was Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) and a member of the faculty at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Before Harvard, Dr. Comings spent 12 years as Vice President of World Education. Dr. Comings lived and worked in Nepal from 1969 to 1975 and in Indonesia from 1978 to 1980.
Director of Career Pathways
Sandy Goodman’s expertise is in college readiness and career pathways initiatives. She designs and facilitates e-learning and blended professional development and develops training for new trainers and facilitators. Currently, Sandy leads the capacity building component of the Massachusetts Career Readiness Initiative, a statewide, multi-agency effort to increase the educational and career attainment of Massachusetts residents. In that role, she assists adult education programs, career centers, and community colleges to incorporate blended learning approaches using ACT’s Career Ready 101 system.
Assistant Director of the Ed-Tech Center
Leah Peterson manages the E-Learning Professional Development program, coordinates the IDEAL Consortium, and is the editor for the Tech Tips for Teachers blog. She also coordinates the communications efforts for World Education/U.S. Leah is working toward her M.Ed in E-Learning and Instructional Design at Northeastern University. Her current interests include asynchronous communication techniques, technology integration, and innovative practice.
Director of the EdTech Center
Steve Quann is the Director of the EdTech Center at World Education. Steve has a M.Ed and a graduate certificate in instructional technology design. In his role as senior instructional designer, he leads course development and implementation for E-Learning Professional Development, new IDEAL Consortium courses and the High School Equivalency Program for Out-of-School Migrant Youth. He has co-authored two books on technology integration into instruction and facilitates workshops in the United States and internationally.
Consultant, IDEAL Consortium
Destiny Simpson is a consultant for the EdTech Center’s IDEAL Consortium. Presently she is the coordinator for the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Project and teaches adult learners. She also works on communications project that provides resources and technology support for adult education practitioners and the PA Professional Development System. She began her career in adult basic education as a volunteer tutor in 1999 and has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Communications Technology.
Social Media Specialist and Instructional Developer
Priyanka Sharma is Coordinator of the National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. Her areas of expertise include transition to postsecondary education and training for nontraditional students, professional development for educators and E-Learning. Priyanka facilitates online courses and works on online course development. She also serves as social media expert.
Director of the IDEAL Consortium
Jen Vanek is Director of the IDEAL Consortium at the EdTech Center. She is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction/Second Languages & Cultures at the University of Minnesota. She’s been working in the field of adult literacy since receiving her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995. Her recent work centers on creating online content for Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners and supporting the professional development of ESL and ABE teachers in the area of digital literacy, distance learning, and adult career pathways.
Ebony Vandross supports E-Learning and the EdTech Center, both for the U.S. and International Teams. She also works on publications and program development. Ebony comes to us from the MCPHS University where she did administrative work for the past seven years.