Global Education Advisory Board


James Albright
DC Public Schools

James Albright serves as principal of Alice Deal Middle School, a large, successful middle school located in northwest Washington, DC. Previously, he taught students with disabilities, managed International Baccalaureate programs in several schools, and served as an assistant principal in DC Public Schools. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and has master's degrees in urban planning, administration and supervision, and educational leadership. Mr. Albright's childhood was spent overseas; he is bilingual in Spanish and English. Mr. Albright has previous professional experience in the media, energy and economic consulting, and urban planning. 


Caroline Donovan White

Caroline Donovan White is the Senior Director for Education Abroad Services at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA's 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.  Ms. Donovan White has 20 years’ experience in international education, working previously  at The George Washington University, the Institute of International Education, and Delphi International. Her interest in international issues began in high school with a performing orchestra tour of Eastern Europe.

Susan Douglass
Georgetown University

Susan Douglass currently serves as K-14 Education Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. She has a PhD in world history from George Mason University, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester.  Dr. Douglass has developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, served as Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and managed several grant projects for the Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. 

Laura Engel
George Washington University

Laura Engel is an Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she is Director of the International Education Program and co-director of the certificate program, Incorporating International Perspectives into Education. Her research interests include globalization, citizenship, and education policy in federal systems, with a focus on (1) the sub-national and national education policy uses of international assessments, and (2) the contribution of education to global citizenship and social cohesion. Dr. Engel holds a PhD in Education Policy Studies from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Julian Hipkins III
DC Public Schools

Julian Hipkins, III serves as a Global Studies Coordinator at Theodore Roosevelt High School. Mr. Hipkins earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College and his Master of Arts in Teaching from American University.  He lived in Japan for eight years teaching English before returning to Washington, DC to teach at Capital City Public Charter School. While working at Capital City, Mr. Hipkins received numerous awards including the Agnes Myer Outstanding Teacher Award, George Washington University Jackie Robinson Project Outstanding Teacher Award, and the District of Columbia History Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. Hipkins serves on the National History Day Board of Trustees. 

Aqueelha R. James
DC Public Schools

 Aqueelha James is the Principal of Roosevelt High School and MacFarland Middle School in Washington D.C.  She is a member of New Leaders, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Science Teacher Association, National Association of Biology Teachers, Bio-International, DC Biotech Industry Advisory Committee, Health Occupation Student Association, Biotech Bio-Genius Judge, and a member of the District of Columbia Ward 5 Education Council. Ms. James is inspired by students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and it gives her great pleasure to serve Educators that believe all children can learn. 


Marci Jones
DC Public Schools

Marci Jones is currently the Global Studies Coordinator at H.D. Cooke Elementary. Ms. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina Central University and a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law.  Ms. Jones clerked for Judge Wendel E. Daniels in Toms River, NJ and worked as a child welfare attorney for the City of Philadelphia, where she advocated on behalf of abused and neglected children in the City of Philadelphia. Her desire to be a change agent in the lives of children from historically under served populations led her to apply to the New York Teaching Fellows Program, where she began by teaching at P.S. 49 in the Bronx while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Fordham University.  Ms. Jones then continued her teaching career at Mott Haven Academy where she taught for four years before returning to DC. 

Jennifer Manise
The Longview Foundation

Jennifer Manise is the Executive Director of the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding, whichseeks to build a more peaceful, just, & sustainable world by equipping youth with a global perspective and understanding of political, social, and environmental issues worldwide. 

Prior to joining the Longview Foundation in 2010, Ms. Manise worked at the Council of Chief State School Officers as the Director of Program Development and Operations. 



Melvina Jones
DC Public Schools

Melvina Jones currently serves scholars at Theodore Roosevelt High School, where she works to encourage and inspire the next generation of global innovators. Previously, Ms. Jones served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation. After her fellowship, Ms. Jones returned to her school and collaborated with staff to transform John Burroughs Elementary into a STEM school. She has served as Preschool Elementary Division Director at the National Science Teachers Association, an adjunct professor at American University, and a panel speaker at a U.S. Joint Congressional Briefing on STEM education. Ms. Jones continues the legacy of promoting STEM education in D.C. She is a winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and a National Board Certified Teacher. 

Michael Orlove
National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, helping to transform the Chicago Cultural Center into a prime downtown performing arts venue, as well as launched a number of festivals including Chicago SummerDance and World Music Festival: Chicago. Mr. Orlove has received a number of honors that include being named one of the 'Chicagoans of the Year' in music by the Chicago Tribune in both 1999 and 2009, as well as one of Chicago's 'Global Visionaries' by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ and the Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham series. 

Mr. Orlove currently serves as the Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities and International Activities for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C

Katie Larkin
DC Public Schools

Katie Larkin is the principal of H.D. Cooke Elementary School in Washington, DC. This school year marks Ms. Larkin’s 17th year as an educator in DC Public Schools. She spent 10 years as a classroom teacher at Ross Elementary School before becoming the school’s instructional coach. In 2012, she became the assistant principal at Hearst Elementary School. She was later selected to become a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, a rigorous 30-month program designed to prepare DCPS's highest performing leaders for the principalship. As a fellow, Ms. Larkin served as a resident principal at Kelly Miller Middle School and Key Elementary School. She has served as the principal of H.D. Cooke since 2014.


Paul Sandrock

As Director of Education, Paul Sandrock directs ACTFL's professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) , coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the DPI state-wide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance and Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages.  Paul previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.

Heather Singmaster
Asia Society

Heather Singmaster is Assistant Director in the Education Department at Asia Society where her work focuses on international benchmarking and integrating global competence into Career Tech Ed programs as well as state and national policy. She leads the project, Mapping the Nation: The Case for Global Competence and is host of Education Week’s Global Learning blog.

Ms. Singmaster previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Heather holds a Masters degree focused in Anthropology from New York University and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.