Amy Mortensen

Education Strategist

Katie Zaniboni


Katie has a MS in civil engineering and a specialization in Design Thinking from the Darden School of Business.  She has over 15 years experience in engineering/construction consulting across Boston, NYC and Amsterdam. In 2015, she swapped her hard-hat for a bag of art supplies and started volunteering for The Refugee Project (CVS-Bulgaria/Caritas-Sofia) in Bulgaria.  Katie created Team Up 2 Teach in 2016 to address the needs of teachers in the field. 

Amy is a teacher with almost 20 years of experience. For the past 15 years she has been teaching in international schools around the world. Amy started her career as a bilingual teacher in San Diego before going international for the first time in Venezuela, teaching in a small oil town for two years. She next taught in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 5 years before taking a yearlong sabbatical and traveling extensively through India. In Himachal Pradesh she participated as a volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions, volunteering in local Indian schools to help design and implement curriculum. The next year, Amy went back into her professional teaching career to work at the Walworth Barbour International American School in Tel Aviv. In 2011, she moved to Europe and began working at the International School of Luxembourg. She is currently employed in Bulgaria, at the Anglo American School of Sofia.  Amy has been working as the teacher liaison for Team Up 2 Teach, helping to pair up trained teachers with refugee camp volunteers.


Nicolien Kegels

Educational Context Advisor - Lesvos 

For the past 10 years, Nicolien has drawn on her MA in Anthropology and her MA in Education in her work. She has taught teenagers and adults with an immigrant background in the Netherlands, and refugees in Egypt and Greece. She has also worked at the psychosocial department of StARS, an NGO working for refugees in Cairo. She is currently supporting the teaching staff at the Mosaik Center in Mytilene, Lesvos, with training and supervision sessions. 

Kate Montgomery

Education Advisor

Kate currently works as a teacher educator for the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. With CPRE, she has worked on multi-year projects with teachers in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Japan and Poland. Kate is also a Mobile Mentor of a small group of teachers in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Kate spent a decade as an editor and writer at Heinemann Press, creating books and curriculum resources with author-educators. Kate began working at Teachers College as a classroom researcher with the Reading and Writing Project, also earning her MA in English Education there. During that time, Kate taught at an alternative high school in Harlem, NY. Prior to that, Kate spent three years teaching English overseas, first in the former Czechoslovakia and then in Kenya in the Peace Corps. Kate has co-authored two books, the first about teaching in Kenya, and the second a resource for teaching well amidst high-stakes testing.

Katie McAllister

Trauma Informed Education Advisor

Kate is a qualified teacher within early 20 years’ experience. She has been Head of Languages in secondary schools across the South East of England, has managed global citizenship initiatives as International Coordinator and for the past 10 years has been developing innovative curricula which not only improve exam results but better prepare young people to be effective learners and global citizens. www.rethinking-ed.com.

Niels van der Linden

Strategy and Technology Advisor

Niels has over 15 years experience in business and digital product design & development with a focus on web and mobile platforms. His interest--and educational background--in innovation inspires him to search for ways to use technology to drive positive change through human behavior. Over 4 years experience with motivational design allows him to combine the things we know about human behavior and motivation to drive meaningful engagement in digital learning environments. His current quest is an impact venture called Patica, where Niels focuses on the combination of motivational design, learning and digital solutions, combining personal learning with personalized learning, and facilitating the interaction with content, experts and fellow learners.

Awi Bawle 

Strategy Advisor

Awi recently spent over seven years serving as an international trade specialist in the Office of South Asia at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he helped reduce U.S. industry trade barriers to India, and to enable effective market access there in the infrastructure, energy and environment, and financial services sectors. Awi left to spend two years traveling globally and undertaking social service volunteer projects where possible, notably in the field of education: he discussed curriculum modernization and reform with administrators in India, mentored students in Indonesia in a design thinking program on environmental sustainability, and taught Middle Eastern refugee students at a community center in Greece.  

Julia Citron Education Technology Advisor

Julia worked as a teacher in London before moving into the world of education technology. She currently works as a freelance digital education advisor and has worked with clients including Google for Education and Tech City. Her favorite challenge is finding ways to make teachers’ knowledge shareable and useful to others. She has been helping Team Up 2 Teach on strategy, and she built their prototype online platform. As the granddaughter of refugees and economic migrants from 4 different countries, Julia believes in the power of education to help people become who they want to be. She is excited to be part of a dynamic team working on such an important challenge.

Mia Giacomazzi 

Legal   Advisor

Meira Gottlieb

Education Technology Designer

Meira has a Masters in Educational Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is passionate about the intersection between technology and learning, creativity and creation, and education. She is currently an educational technologist and teacher with experience in both U.S. private school and the international school setting.