Mara Beukes is the Principal of Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School in Oranjemund, Namibia. Mara holds a B.A. from the University of Namibia (UNAM) and an honorary degree from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. She has over 31 years of experience ranging from Primary to Tertiary levels as a teacher, tutor, and now principal since 2014. She is a visionary leader who is extremely passionate about education and is inspired by the motto…
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
Executive Director of Educators of America
As one of Educators of America’s founders; helping teachers and assisting students to achieve their full potential is central to his daily work. Mike graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University at Buffalo. Mike currently resides in Henderson, Nevada and enjoys exploring the National Parks of the United States and other nations. Some of his favorites include Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Tsau //Khaeb National Park of Namibia.
Teacher at CORAL Academies of Science, Nevada
As a founding member of Educators of America, Tyler is passionate about education and making sure students and teachers have the resources they need to achieve full potential. His dedication and commitment to Special Education has brought him from New York State to Nevada. Tyler currently manages the Special Education department at CORAL Academy of Science in Henderson, Nevada. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education from Buffalo State College. Tyler enjoys exploring national parks, is an avid football fan, and loves animals.
Director of Research at Educators of America
Dr. Kirk Knestis is a senior evaluator at Inciter—a small, woman-owned firm in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in helping clients use data to tell stories about program quality, measure impact, advocate for their causes, and raise funds. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation at the University of Virginia and his Master in Teaching at Seattle University. Kirk has experience as a small business owner, STEM and career technology classroom teacher, higher education faculty member, and researcher affiliated with university and nonprofit agencies.
Director of Business & International Development
Brett Claydon is the Director of Business & International Development of Educators of America. Prior to taking on the role of both Board Treasurer and Director of Business & International Development, he began his career as an assistant manager of small retail business and a digital marketing specialist at a web design and development firm. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), where he dedicated himself to being a Community Economic Development Volunteer with the US Peace Corps for two and a half years. Brett holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.