Kathleen Kardos

Associate

Kathleen is a committed education professional who brings a unique perspective and significant experience to her work as an Associate for the Education Team at Geneva Global.

Kathleen is a committed education professional who brings a unique perspective and significant experience to her work as an Associate for the Education Team at Geneva Global. Her previous work as a teacher and teacher trainer allows her to contribute substantially to the development of the Speed School programs’ education materials, including the condensed curriculum materials and teacher-training modules. She has organized and facilitated trainings for groups of between 60 and 330 facilitators in two of the country programs. She also provides program management support through tasks like monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

After earning her Bachelor’s degree, Kathleen volunteered as a primary school teacher in Tanzania for two years, where she taught more than 200 students, moderated two student clubs, and supported the administrative staff. This experience deepened her desire to better understand the technical components of educational programs and inspired her to earn her Master’s in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania. She focused her studies on teacher professional development and curriculum design, which included designing a comprehensive civic education curriculum for youth and a teacher’s guide to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth.

As a part of her studies, Kathleen also completed an internship with an international, non-governmental organization in Ethiopia. During that time, she led a professional development workshop for more than 60 educators from six African countries focused on girls’ inclusion in STEAM education and developed strategic technical documents for improving teacher motivation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kathleen also graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Scranton.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

At Geneva Global, I am given numerous opportunities to apply my unique insights and ideas about education to our programs. I also really enjoy collaborating with other teams when they work on education-related projects.

What three words would you use to describe GG/your colleagues?

Creative, dedicated, thoughtful

What’s an interesting fact that others would not know about you?

When I was younger, my parents decided to set a goal that our five-person family would visit all 50 states in the US together. We completed our decade-and-a-half long adventure when we visited South Carolina in 2006.

What’s your best travel advice?

Be humble. One of my graduate school professors used to say, “remember that every place you visit is someone else’s home.”