ABOUT US

HISTORY

Teachers Across Borders, Inc. (TAB) is a 501 (c)3 non-for-profit organization, established in 2002 to support professional development for teachers in emerging countries.  TAB has conducted professional development workshops in Myanmar and Cambodia since 2004 and South Africa since 2011. The first TAB workshop was hosted in Yangon, Myanmar in 2004. TAB brings volunteer expert teachers from the US and Europe to share and model good teaching practices in specific content areas. Workshop leaders actively engage Cambodian colleagues in learner-centered teaching. Workshops topics range from ESL and educational leadership to primary and secondary language arts, social studies, science and math. All staff and participating teachers work on a volunteer basis.

​Since 2005, TAB has focused on Cambodia, helping teacher colleagues make efforts to rebuild their educational system from bottom to top.  As Cambodians are gradually rebuilding their schools, Cambodian teachers in small villages and cities seek in-service teacher training, professional development, and improved classroom materials as more children are able to go to school and stay in school longer. TAB supports the work of these teachers through teacher education, honorariums, curriculum development, discussion and networking.
In 2011, TAB integrated an existing program supporting teachers in South Africa.  Other developing countries in Asia and Africa have similar compelling needs in education, and TAB is now actively evaluating a 2016 program in Myanmar.

During the course of its history, TAB US programs have included volunteers from many countries of the world. Some of these volunteer teachers have created affiliate Teachers Across Borders groups including TAB Sweden whose work has been focused in Siem Reap Cambodia and Bagan, Myanmar, and TAB Australia whose work has been focused in Battanbang, Kampong Thom and Kampong Cham, Cambodia.
EXECUTIVE TEAM
Debbie is the Elementary Learning Support Teacher at Riffa Views International School in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Special Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. Debbie has taught special education in Arizona, Nevada, and California. She has been teaching for 21 years working with students 1-12 with mild to severe learning difficulties. Debbie presented TAB workshops in classroom management for four summers in Cambodia. She also taught a 7 week and 6 week English course for tourism students in Myanmar in partnership between TAB and Partnership for Change.
Debbie Ihrig
Director
Marilynn has a PH.D in history from the University of Colorado and presently teaches world history and other subjects at the University of Colorado at Denver. She was a teacher for many years in the Jefferson County Public School System as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado. Marilynn also was instrumental in creating the world history field of study and teaching serving as President of the World History Association and as a board member of World History Connected. Marilynn is the co-founder of Teachers Across Borders, serves on the Board and is the former Co-Executive Director, Corporate Affairs.
Marilynn Hitchens
Founder/ Treasurer
Lorraine has worked with TAB in both Cambodia and Myanmar and is currently mentoring first year teachers in Hartford, CT. She has degrees in English and Reading from the University of Massachusetts and Special Education and Administration from St.Joseph College and the University of Hartford. As a public school educator, Lorraine has enjoyed working as an English teacher, a secondary reading consultant, a special education teacher at both the elementary and  middle school levels and an Instructional Coach in both reading and writing at the k-8 level.
Lorraine Canty
Board Member
   
Tracy has been a classroom teacher for over 15 years. She has participated in three workshops in Siem Reap, Cambodia, teaching classroom management. She taught English to tourism workers for 2 weeks in Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar as well as classroom management and strategies in Bagan, Myanmar. She has a BA in both Psychology and Education, as well as an MA in Clinical Psychology. Finally, she has the desire to make a difference in the world. Tracy feels that TAB is doing just that and is grateful that she is able to participate with this organization.
   
Tracy Kooy
Board Member
Saw Sandi Tun is Founder and Executive Director of the Burmese American Collective and currently works as an International Publishing Coordinator at National Geographic in Washington, D.C.  Sandi joined the Board of Directors of Teachers Across Borders in 2013 and taught a 7 week and 6 week English course for tourism students in Myanmar in partnership between TAB and Partnership for Change.  Sandi is an active member of the Burmese American community in the Washington, D.C. area.  She founded the Burmese American Collective in 2009 as a non-profit organisation focused on sharing information about the Burmese American diaspora and Myanmar culture, arts, and history to a larger U.S. audience.  A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Sandi holds a Master’s degree in the History of Art and Archaeology of Southeast Asia.  Her passions lie in history, art, and the sharing of knowledge.
Saw Sandi Tun
Board Member
Melissa has been a music teacher for 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and a Master’s degree from Kent State University. Melissa has taught in the US and Colombia and currently resides in the country of Bahrain, where she teaches music to students in Nursery to Grade 5. During her time abroad, Melissa has traveled extensively and has participated in volunteer projects in Kenya and Ecuador. Melissa has been on the TAB board as the communications director since 2016 and is excited to be leading the program in Uganda.   
   

Melissa Davis
Board Member