Laura Anderson, Co-founder and Resource Coordinator for Educate for Change
Kristine Sullivan, Co-founder/Director of Programs and Development
Kristine Sullivan was born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York. She attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and earned her BA in History. Immediately after graduation, she moved across the country to partake in Loyola Marymount University’s PLACE Corps: a cohort of teachers-in-training who live in community, teach in under-resourced Catholic schools in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and simultaneously complete their MA in Education. While in Los Angeles, Kristine grew even more passionate about education and the availability of programs and opportunities for the marginalized. Teaching Social Justice and working with her high school students to give back in the Los Angeles community as the school Service Coordinator, she knew she wanted to challenge herself to do more with her time outside of school. This led her to participate in a summer exchange program for teachers in northern Uganda. Once she went to the classroom in Uganda, she knew more needed to be done to create a increasingly equal environment in which children would have the opportunity to thrive, rather than simply survive. In 2012, she co-founded Educate for Change with two other educators. She finished out her teaching year in Los Angeles, and moved full time to Gulu in June, 2013. Kristine currently serves as the Director of Programs and Development on the ground, working specifically with the student scholarship and mentoring program to support our students in a holistic manner.
John Magee, Educator
John Magee is a teacher from St. Louis, MO. He decided to become a teacher when he discovered he liked building
young minds better than building airplanes. He has taught students of all shapes and sizes and is constantly amazed at their minds, warmed by their hearts, and enthused by their spirit. Thanks to a suggestion/challenge from one of these students he spent a summer teaching in Uganda. He tries to get back there as often as possible and is hoping to very soon make his 7th trip to the Pearl of Africa. His teaching philosophy (borrowed from a Jesuit priest) is, “We see in these wonderful students, what they do not see in themselves….until they do.”
Lawrence Sullivan, Contractor
Andrea Seus, RN Critical Care
Andrea Seus is no stranger to the needs of children or the importance of a quality education. She is the mother of five; four of whom she home schooled for seven years. Her home schooling experience taught her that all children are able learn. In addition to educating her own children, Andrea worked for Medford public schools as a literacy assistant. Her experiences in a Title 1 public school opened her eyes to an entirely new segment of the population, and made her painfully aware of the daily obstacles that can prevent the opportunity for education. . In this setting she worked primarily with underprivileged children, most of whom have special needs. While her official duties required her to work with children to improve literacy, she discovered quickly that a greater portion of her time was spent supporting and encouraging underprivileged and often neglected children in the primary grades.
Andrea left her job with the public schools to concentrate full-time on pursuing the long-time dream of becoming a nurse. Having a child of her own with terminal illness, she is familiar with the stress that long term illness can have on a family. She currently works as a critical care nurse in Medford, Oregon.