Our Journey

In August 2010, inspired by speakers at the Global Leadership Summit, a think-tank of ten educators explored the possibility of developing effective training for Haitian teachers. As a group of elementary school teachers, special needs teachers, and school administrators, we simply could not imagine a day in front of a classroom without any formal training on how to teach.

A few months later, in October 2010, a team went to Haiti to interview school leaders and inquire about the need for teacher training. Their shoulders brushed between blue tarps as they walked through a tent city, birthed from a catastrophic earthquake. Their eyes observed preschoolers under a tent, fearful to enter their building because of the earthquake ten months earlier. And, their ears overheard a father and son discussing an odd sickness along the Arbonite River, which was cholera. Each of these experiences, and others, offered the team a sense of the obstacles and challenges one endures to live in Haiti.

We were overwhelmed by the physical, material, and emotional needs. With a focus on education, we learned that there was absolutely no shortage of schools in Haiti. Also, we learned that less than 25% of teachers had any type of teacher training. Our response was to freely share our knowledge and expertise with underserved teachers. We imagined teachers, trained in the basics of how to teach at professional seminars, and wondered if training could affect the learning environment of a school. And if the culture of education could improve, trained teachers might bring about systemic change.

Our journey began in April 2011, when a team of five volunteer teachers brought the first seminar to Nehemiah Vision Academy in Chambrun, Haiti, with two school leaders and 25 teachers. This first step evolved three years’ worth of professional development seminars. And today, due to several incredible relationships with Haitian organizations and our determination to create, revise and improve our seminars, TTT trains hundreds of teachers and school leaders in various locations throughout Haiti. Our hope is to promote growth and development, with the dream that teaching will be considered a noble profession in Haiti. We believe the potential for student achievement is more possible with trained teachers. We echo Nelson Mandela as we consider the problems in our world and commit to be a part of the solution – Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Teaching Training Together is a 501c3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

Our Facilitators

Sancha D. Jean Baptiste Georges

  • Master’s Degree in Management of Education Training Organization, Université Quisquéya Haiti et Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne
  • Senior Technician, Continuing Education Service, Ministère de l’éducation nationale et de la formation professionnelle (MENFP)
  • Former Educational Consultant, Bureau Diocésain d’Education (BDE)
  • Marie Sonnie Vilnard

    • Master’s Degree in Management of Education Training Organization, Université Quisquéya Haiti et Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne
    • Assistant Pedagogical Coordinator of the Diocesan Office, Port-au-Prince Education Center (BDE-PAP)
    • 28 years of experience in classical and technical education
    • 5 years in education project management

    Carmélie Montuma Ismael

    • Diploma in Journalism and Communication, Excell Institut de Journalisme
    • South Regional Administrator, Programme de Sécurité Fonciére en Milieu Rural – PSFMR/IADB/CIAT
    • Former Program Coordinator, Pan American Development Foundation
    • Former Executive Assistant, The World Bank Group – Haiti

    Quimelin Max Jerome THERMIL

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Education Sciences UNAH (Université Adventiste d’Haïti)
    • Director of JSES (Jardin du Savoir English School) 2015-today
    • Former Alumnus of the State Department GLOBAL-UGRAD Exchange 2013-2014
    • Former Country-Director Assistant (Johanniter International Assistance)

    Jean Marc Cassamajor

    • Law Degree, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques
    • TTT Operations Coordinator, Translation & Interpreter
    • Former Global Volunteer Coordinator, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Haiti
    • Former Donor Relations Officer, Star of Hope Haiti Foundation

     

    Our Board


    • Co-Founder Karisimbi Partners operating in Rwanda

    • Army Airborne Ranger and Senior Intelligence Officer for the United States Army

    • B.S. in Economics, United States Military Academy, West Point

    • MBA with a specialty in Finance at Wharton

    • Master of Arts in International Economics & Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

    • Massachusetts Principal of the Year, 2015
    • BS in Elementary Education,  Bucknell University
    • Masters in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership, Lesley University
    • Principal of the Miller School in Holliston, MA for 13 years
    • Previously, 4th and 5th grade teacher for six years
    • Chair, Teacher Training Teachers

    • Member of founding family of Brahmin Leather Works and Chief Operating Officer

    • Over 10 years focused on Leadership Development and Business Development in Haiti

    • Over 15 years of championing Lean Manufacturing initiatives around the world

    • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Gordon College
    • Bachelor’s degree in Moderate/Severe Special Needs, Gordon College
    • Five years of classroom teaching experience
    • Six years of leadership in children’s programming
    • Founding member of TTT
    • Chief Financial Officer at Gift Strategies LLC
    • B.S. in Accounting from Michigan State University
    • Los Angeles office of Arthur Andersen
    • Accredited public relations practitioner with career-long experience in the non-profit sector
    • Freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant for clients in higher education, business, and philanthropy
    • Former Associate Vice President for College Relations and Planning at Providence College in Rhode Island
    • Member, Board of Directors for San Miguel School in Providence, RI
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors for Mount St. Rita Health Centre in Cumberland, RI

    Our Leadership


    President

    • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Gordon College
    • Bachelor’s degree in Moderate/Severe Special Needs, Gordon College
    • Five years of classroom teaching experience

    • Six years of leadership in children’s programming

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Moody Bible Institute

    • Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, BIOLA University

    • Graduate, Paterson Center for Strategic Planning

    • 20 year veteran in non-profit organizational leadership

    Product Development & Instructor

    • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Troy State University
    • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Wesleyan University
    • Author and Editor, Sundance Publishers
    • 30 years of classroom teaching experience
    Haiti Field Director

    • Former Co-Administrator, FENU branch of the United Nation Office Haitian Bureau

    • Former Chief of HR and Administration, MSH branch of USAID, Haiti

    Operations Coordinator, Translation & Interpreter

    • Law Degree, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques

    • Former Global Volunteer Coordinator, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Haiti

    • Former Donor Relations Officer, Star of Hope Haiti Foundation

    Seminar Director

    • BS in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University

    • Former Mission Team Coordinator, Nehemiah Vision Ministries, Chambrun, Haiti 

    • Former Program Manager/ Manufacturing Engineer, Indiana Mills and Manufacturing, Westfield, IN