We begin with the premise that learning experiences should be grounded in evidence and tested in practice. We recognize that children's academic and socio-emotional development are intertwined and we have designed an approach that engages this connection.
We respect and support our teachers as the maestros in our midst and the stewards of our collective future. At bina, our students learn through innovative technologies as well as human interactions with culture, the natural world, and one another.
As a human rights activist and entrepreneur, I am fascinated by early education and how it affects equity in every aspect of society. I immersed myself in this work determined to observe and listen to children, parents, teachers, and education experts across the globe. As a mother of two multinational kids, I am on a mission to make education global and adapt it to our lives as young families today.
I worked in digital in both blue-chip multinationals and startups. Through volunteering for AppsforGood and coaching students at Esade I realized how much digital could help to personalize education. When I had my third daughter we couldn’t find a place in a nursery. I looked for a digital education solution to assist me in teaching her in a fun way. Sadly nothing professional was available. I never wanted her to be glued to a tablet, for me "Tech used the right way, more time outdoors to play."
My career as a teacher and administrator took me from international schools to US schools and back to international schools. Across each of these experiences, I was consistently surprised at how similar — and often boring — their approach to teaching was. Now as a scholar of school systems, I have come to understand why these ineffective traditional approaches persist and I am passionate about designing systems of schooling that break out of this mold.
I am a life-long learner with a passion to re-imagine a new future for education, having worked in the education sector for nearly four decades. My career to date has been varied in both national and international contexts. As Headteacher, Strategic Lead, Consultant leader and Advisor my mission has always been to ensure that we are preparing our children for their ‘future and not our past’ and to give them the best chances to be ‘life-ready, world-ready and work ready’ by igniting their passion for learning. I am excited to be working with bina which allows children to break free from the confines of the classroom and work collaboratively in an exciting dynamic learning environment with other children across the world.
Since I was a little girl I have been enthralled by the innumerable ways that diverse cultures and languages enrich our communities. My teaching career includes many years at a French immersion school, where I was able to combine my love of language and my passion for reading with my interest in technology and the arts. I am eager to continue my own professional learning and to support the academic, social, and cultural growth of all my students.
Monica Ford is an educator with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland currently teaching 2nd grade. As a career educator with over 15 years of experience, she has taught early childhood through high school. She teaches by channeling students’ natural intellectual curiosity into active learning, critical thinking and problem-solving. When she is not teaching you might find her reading, at a play, or with her family on the beach.
I have been both a primary school teacher and headteacher for over 23 years. During this time, I have been passionate to creative learning experiences that are interactive, engaging and memorable. As a Leading Mathematics Teacher, I provided demonstration lessons to other schools, training staff, combining interactive teaching methods and technology. My experience of online teaching has empowered me to deliver engaging mathematics sessions and explore the power of digital learning through a personalized learning program. My passion for travel has enabled me to explore 12 different African countries. I have had some wonderful opportunities to communicate and connect with locals as well as some very close encounters with wildlife!