Sarah Eaton, PhD in Educational Leadership, has spent her entire career in education, starting in 1989 as a program coordinator in the Division of Continuing Education at Saint Mary’s University, moving into the classroom to teach in 1994. In 2005 she was nominated by her students for a Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Calgary. She has worked as a diversity educator, Spanish instructor and program administrator. Sarah has lived in England and Spain, where she attended the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She combines her passion for languages, multiculturalism and leadership into all aspects of her work. She has conducted teacher and educational administration training in Mexico, Cuba and Honduras. Sarah is an active community volunteer, as a board member working in the areas of fundraising and communications.
Dariel Bateman, B.A., M.A. (Community Development) Professional Teaching Certificate (Alberta). As a teacher, school principal and former Executive Director of Calgary Reads, Dariel Bateman has a lifetime of professional experience as an educator with a special interest in supporting early literacy, birth to age 8 – successfully building the capacity of parents, grandparents, teachers and child care educators to be literacy mentors and coaches. As a grandmother Dariel is also a passionate advocate for the role of grandparents in supporting children and for the role that the whole community plays in the literacy development of young children.
Samantha Berger BA, MSc in Social Anthropology has been involved in research and evaluation for a number of organizations and projects in Calgary and area. Most recently, she is working with the First 2000 Days Network, the Early Childhood Development Mapping Project (ECMap) and Calgary Reads. Samantha’s career has focused on Early Childhood Development and delving deep into understanding the diverse ways to support the communities that raise our children.
Osman Buleshkaj, BA, MA in Educational Leadership, began teaching in Kosovo prior to the war and was posted in 2000 as Program Manager for the Danish Red Cross project. In 2007 he became a part-time Instructor at the Faculty of Education, University of Prishtina and joined CIDA’s Kosovo Educator Development Project (KEDP) where he became Project Director. Osman has been a key person in the planning and implementation of teacher and administrator training for Albanian, Bosniak, Turkish and Serb educators in Kosovo, leading to a stable network of local teacher trainers. Osman served with numerous international education planning committees, including the Ministry’s Teacher Training Review Board, the Kosovo Council for Developing the Pre-University Education Strategy 2007 – 2017; the World Bank Education Project and the Finnish Project in Special Needs Education steering boards. In the last three years, Osman contributed to Curriculum development and implementation and School leadership capacity development in Kosovo supporting the Ministry of Education in implementing the new competency-based curriculum for K-12 education. Osman is currently a PhD student at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Education.