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Cindy Toland, Executive Director
A native of Houston, Texas, Cindy has had a successful and varied 25-year career in international education. Prior to joining CASIE, Cindy served as the Elementary School Principal of the American International School of Budapest, an International Baccalaureate World School. Cindy has served as Head of School, Deputy Head, High School and Elementary Principal in five International schools. Not only has she taught in and established schools in Asia, South America, Europe, and the USA, but Cindy grew up in Libya, graduated high school in Scotland, and has attended Azusa Pacific University, and the University of Mississippi for post-graduate studies. Cindy holds a PhD in K-12 Educational Leadership with a specialization in Blended Learning and Student Achievement with Technology in ESL from The University of Mississippi.
Odette Díaz Schuler, Director of Operations & Education Programs
Odette Díaz Schuler has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Emory University. Prior to joining CASIE, she was privileged to work for such institutions as the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art and Archaeology in Atlanta, GA; The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; and Explora Science Center in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Cuba and has lived in and traveled throughout Europe and Latin American, but has much more of the world to see and taste. Completely fluent in Spanish and English, she can also hold her own in Catalan, French, and Italian. Both of her children currently attend an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school.
Teresa Flanagan, Financial Manager
Teresa Flanagan has a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Furman University, and has completed coursework for a Master’s of Teaching from Mercer University. Her work history includes telecommunications experience at Earthlink, Inc. as well as owning her own small business. She enjoys seeing the world and has traveled in Europe and Asia as well as a variety of off-interstate spots in the southeastern United States. Her interests include pedagogy, native plant ecology, etymology and public transportation, with which she endlessly bores her husband and two children.
Sarah Wells, Registration Manager
Sarah was born at Ft. Benning, Georgia and grew up in a military family. She spent her childhood moving to military installations throughout the United States. She graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2009, and upon graduation, began working in Atlanta. After a year, she decided to take a 13-month contract at a resort in southern Germany. During her stay in Bavaria, she was able to travel frequently throughout Europe and the U.K. Her most favorite places visited were Galway, Ireland and the city of Monterosso in Cinque Terra, Italy. Because of her desire for new experiences and love of different cultures, Sarah hopes to resume her travels abroad in the near future.
Coryn Marsik, Events Manager
Coryn Marsik has her Master’s degree in International Policy Management and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University where her studies primarily focused on East Asian policy and international political economy. Coryn was born in Georgia but also lived in Florida and California before returning to the state. Coryn loves to travel internationally and hopes to soon expand her travel to the Asia-Pacific region. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and their dog outdoors.
Stephanie Stapleton, Office Coordinator
Stephanie has her Master’s degree in International Policy Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kennesaw State University where she focused her studies on the region of South Asia and global security issues. Stephanie was born in Georgia and lives north of Atlanta. She enjoys traveling and has been to Europe and South America and wants to travel to Asia in the future. Her hobbies include learning Urdu, hiking, painting and reading.
John Wilson, Adjunct
John Wilson has a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University Atlanta, a specialist and master’ degree in Foreign Language Education from the University of Alabama and the State University of West Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. Before joining CASIE, John was the DeKalb County School System IB District Coordinator K-12. Prior to his arrival in DeKalb, John spent 21 years in North Georgia with Whitfield County Schools teaching foreign languages, ESOL, social studies, and serving as the IB DP Coordinator. John also served as the Chair of the Georgia Project Teacher Advisory Committee. In that position, he supervised the Georgia Project Mexican teacher program, headed a committee for Latino scholarships, worked with ESOL staff development and Spanish and English language programs. He was also in charge of the Monterrey/Whitfield Student Exchange Program and led students on many travel programs throughout Europe. He has traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and Mexico. John is proficient in French, Spanish, German, and Italian with some Russian and Portuguese.