Nobis World Facilitators

Alexandra (Alex) Zinnes (rhymes with Guinness), teaches 7th and 8th grade World Studies at the Friends School of Atlanta (FSA).  Alex co-facilitated the Nobis World Project trip to the Dominican Republic 2014-2016 and with Christen, assisted in the planning for the trip to Nicaragua in 2017.  Alex takes her students twice a week to Our House, a preK and daycare that serves families that experience homelessness, located directly across the street.  This partnership between Our House and FSA  comes directly from Alex's experience with Nobis. 

Jillian McRae has been at Ossining High School for sixteen years as an English teacher. She has co-created and co-taught several college level courses during her tenure at OHS including: SUNY: Classism, Racism, Sexism; The Black Experience through Literature & History; Concepts of Race & Culture in the Modern World; and Latinos in the U.S. She has an undergraduate degree in English with a double minor in Urban Education and Africana Studies from the University at Albany and a Masters in English Education from Teachers College. She lives in New Rochelle with her greatest accomplishment in life, her daughter, Jalen.

Bonnie Jackson, Lead Third Grade Teacher, The Caedmon School, New York, NY. Bonnie has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She brings national and international teaching experience with students from early childhood through fourth grade. Her engagement with Nobis blossomed through close work with The Mariposa DR Foundation when she traveled to Cabarete, Dominican Republic in 2015. She has continued to work with closely with Nobis, raising awareness for the organization in her local private school community, collaborating in a Think Tank with other Nobis World alumni and implementing Nobis Big Ideas in her classroom and school community. She has cultivated her curriculum around Nobis Big Ideas including collective identity, power and privilege, categories of difference, reciprocity, and a social responsibility for civic engagement because of a shared fate for humanity. 
 
JL Josiah Watts aka ‘Jazz’, Sapelo Descendant, has always known that he had powerful stories to tell the world. Josiah spent his youth growing up primarily in coastal Georgia between Sapelo Island and St. Simons Island.  His mother was born and raised on Sapelo while his father, born in Waycross, Georgia, was raised on St. Simons Island, Ga.  He credits much of his success in the arts to his parents.  “My parents have always been my inspiration. They both came from extremely humble beginnings, but still managed to raise my brother, sister, and I with more love than I can ever be thankful for.  From my mother I believe I get my artistic abilities and from my father my unyielding determination.” Josiah has spent his career in both the classroom and the stage.

 

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