The looking@2020 project is an initiative in collaboration with #TeachSDGs and networks of teacher-leaders from around the world. Special contributions have been made by the following teacher-leaders, who have promoted the project in their region of the planet.
Mark Reid, project leader
Vancouver, Canada | @mmgreid
Mark is a music and educational technology teacher. He is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, #TeachSDGs Ambassador, Varkey Teacher Ambassador, MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, and 2015 Global Teacher Prize Finalist. Mark is the co-editor of the Space2Learn blog.
Ayush Chopra, project youth ambassador
Delhi, India | @Ayushchopra24
Ayush is an ORDINARY boy with an EXTRAORDINARY desire to work for the promotion and protection of human rights! He is the founder of @SDGsForChildren with the mission to spread awareness about the Global Goals among children. Ayush is a #TeachSDGs Ambassador and has represented youth at the United Nations.
Flor Conforti, project ambassador
Buenos Aires, Argentina | @florconforti1
Flor is an English Teacher with a School Management Diploma and she is currently working on her Master’s Degree in School Administration. She is a Microsoft Certified Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Skype Master Teacher and a #TeachSDGs Ambassador. She is the co-author of Aprender Haciendo, a book supporting STEM/STEAM skills and creativity in students.
Kathy Conway-Ward, project ambassador
St. John's, Canada | @conwaytweety4
Kathy is an elementary classroom and choral music teacher. She plays oboe with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and sings with Lady Cove Women's Choir. Kathy has a special interest in restorative justice and relational teaching, particularly in music education contexts.
Sharon Davison, project ambassador
Williston, Vermont, USA | @kkidsinvt
Sharon teaches Kindergarten in a public school. She is a passionate teacher who explores how to connect her students and their families globally. Through the use of technology, Sharon creates a rich, interactive, and collaborative learning culture where kindness and empathy are ever-present. She is a #TeachSDGs Ambassador.
Alexandra Harper, project ambassador
Sydney, Australia | @Alex_Harper1
Alexandra has held teaching and educational leadership positions in the early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors in Australia spanning a twenty-five year career in education. Her advocacy areas include early childhood, children and teacher wellbeing and nature pedagogy. Alexandra is a Varkey Teacher Ambassador.
John Hayford, project ambassador
Saltpond, Ghana | @sygee13
John is a community advocate for anti-child labour and trafficking at Friends of the Nation Ghana and also doubles as the Director of Asaase Focus, Ghana.
Maci Nazzarini, project ambassador
Bucharest, Romania | @mnazzarini
Maci has experience teaching 1st through 4th grade. She is passionate about creating quality education for all through programs such as Teachers Across Borders and volunteer work in schools throughout Africa and Central America. She works to ensure teachers and leaders are considering the whole child when designing instruction.
Estella Owoimaha-Church, project ambassador
Los Angeles, California, USA | @eochurch
Estella is a theatre and English teacher with specialties in literacy development and technical arts. She is a RFK Human Rights Lead Educator, Rock Your World Ambassador, #TeachSDGs Ambassador, Varkey Teacher Ambassador, CTA Human Rights Awardee for Peace & Justice, and 2017 Global Teacher Prize Finalist. Estella is co-creator of EN-ACT, a digital educator's network and blog.
Nam Thanh Ngo, project ambassador
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | @mrnamvas
Nam is an elementary school teacher. He is a Microsoft Master Trainer, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Learning Consultant, #TeachSDGs Ambassador, Varkey Teacher Ambassador and 2018 Global Teacher Prize Finalist. Nam is the founder of the global projects Five Safe Fingers and Everyday Kindness.
Francis Jim Tuscano, project ambassador
Manila, Philippines | @jimtuscano
Jim is the education technology coach and department chairperson for religious and values education in Xavier School - San Juan. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and advisory board member for the ADE Asia Pacific, Apple Accredited Professional Development Consultant, Varkey Teacher Ambassador, #TeachSDGs Ambassador, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and 2017 Global Teacher Prize Finalist. Jim is founder and project leader of Kids Can! Innovation Camp.
To help reach our goal of actively supporting and enhancing the work of the United Nations' efforts within K-12 classrooms, our TeachSDGs organization contributes to the 2030 Agenda in the following ways:
- We connect with global educators dedicated to responding to a call to action within education to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
- We point to open and accessible resources, lessons plans, and global projects directly aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.
- We advance the work of the United Nations in relation to education through advocacy and outreach to inform K-12 and higher education stakeholders, defined as educators, students, parents, and community members.