Kylie Barker Executive Director The dreamer behind EDGE, Kylie has been chasing international education since she was in elementary school. After studying Cross-Cultural Education in University, she spent three years teaching English in Turkey. During that time she also received her Master's in Applied Linguistics and took several trips to Senegal for informal English teaching. She loves being in the classroom and designing projects and curriculum to make a difference through education in a hurting world. 

Kylie Barker
Executive Director

The dreamer behind EDGE, Kylie has been chasing international education since she was in elementary school. After studying Cross-Cultural Education in University, she spent three years teaching English in Turkey. During that time she also received her Master's in Applied Linguistics and took several trips to Senegal for informal English teaching. She loves being in the classroom and designing projects and curriculum to make a difference through education in a hurting world. 

Jeremy Barker Director of Operations The logistics behind EDGE, Jeremy has been instrumental in making EDGE a reality. With degrees in History, Cross-Cultural Studies, and International Relations, his skills in networking and advocacy serve to deepen the impact that EDGE has through strategic partnerships and culture-sensitive programs and engagement. 

Jeremy Barker
Director of Operations

The logistics behind EDGE, Jeremy has been instrumental in making EDGE a reality. With degrees in History, Cross-Cultural Studies, and International Relations, his skills in networking and advocacy serve to deepen the impact that EDGE has through strategic partnerships and culture-sensitive programs and engagement. 

Jim Bennett Senior Advisor for Global Partnerships Jim has spent the last twenty-five years working in international settings. He earned a BS in Secondary Education, an MEd in History Education, an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, and then pursued post-graduate study in the field of Cultural Engagement. Throughout his academic career, he has served as a high school history teacher and university professor, dean, director, and vice president. He currently serves as the Director of International Programs for the Youth Learning Institute of Clemson University (SC) and also teaches in the College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences at Clemson. His interest in international partnerships has taken him to six continents and over forty countries to lecture at universities, negotiate academic and other partnerships, develop teacher training programs, provide risk management consulting, contribute to ethnographic research projects, and establish cultural immersion programs.

Jim Bennett
Senior Advisor for Global Partnerships

Jim has spent the last twenty-five years working in international settings. He earned a BS in Secondary Education, an MEd in History Education, an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, and then pursued post-graduate study in the field of Cultural Engagement.

Throughout his academic career, he has served as a high school history teacher and university professor, dean, director, and vice president. He currently serves as the Director of International Programs for the Youth Learning Institute of Clemson University (SC) and also teaches in the College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences at Clemson.

His interest in international partnerships has taken him to six continents and over forty countries to lecture at universities, negotiate academic and other partnerships, develop teacher training programs, provide risk management consulting, contribute to ethnographic research projects, and establish cultural immersion programs.

 
Kyle Talley Global Program Assistant  

Kyle Talley
Global Program Assistant

 

Barzani Haydo Center Attendant

Barzani Haydo
Center Attendant

Zirak Hameed Abdo Program Manager, Iraq A public school teacher, Zirak joined our team as a translator for our early projects. Quickly, he proved himself to be a valuable contributor to our work and vision, and is now Program Manager over all programs in Iraq. He manages the Haven Center as well as coordinates with local partners and helps to lead the volunteer teams in local projects. 

Zirak Hameed Abdo
Program Manager, Iraq

A public school teacher, Zirak joined our team as a translator for our early projects. Quickly, he proved himself to be a valuable contributor to our work and vision, and is now Program Manager over all programs in Iraq. He manages the Haven Center as well as coordinates with local partners and helps to lead the volunteer teams in local projects. 

Divya Odayappan Volunteer Coordinator Divya is a freshman studying at the George Washington University. She has always had an interest in working with nonprofits, especially ones associated with education. During high school, she worked with Shooting Stars Foundation, and she tutored at the Kumon Learning Center. She is very excited to be the volunteer coordinator for EDGE!

Divya Odayappan
Volunteer Coordinator

Divya is a freshman studying at the George Washington University. She has always had an interest in working with nonprofits, especially ones associated with education. During high school, she worked with Shooting Stars Foundation, and she tutored at the Kumon Learning Center. She is very excited to be the volunteer coordinator for EDGE!

Sami Saleem NFE Coordinator  

Sami Saleem
NFE Coordinator

 

Sa'ed Saado Center Attendant

Sa'ed Saado
Center Attendant

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