Global Gateway for Teachers

Staff Members of the Navajo Nation Program

Laura L. Stachowski is the Director of the Global Gateway for Teachers (formerly the Cultural Immersion Projects) at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She administers and supervises student teaching placements in 18 countries, on the Navajo Nation, and the Chicago Public Schools.  She also coordinates an overseas practicum for experienced teachers.  Through the Global Gateway, Stachowski secures overseas school placements for student teachers at currently 16 partnering universities and colleges around the U.S.  Her passion for international education began as a student teacher in England in 1979, after which she worked with the Cultural Immersion Projects through graduate school until finishing her doctorate in 1994 and becoming director in 1995.  A faculty member in Curriculum & Instruction, Stachowski serves on advisory boards for international and intercultural education organizations.  She also writes about, publishes, and presents on cultural immersion in student teaching and the important outcomes and transformative process of such experiences. 

Nancy Boatner is the Implementation Manager for the Global Gateway for Teachers, working closely with the staff and students in all aspects of program operations. She came to Indiana University from the University of Michigan where she worked in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, managing and processing graduate admissions, fellowship accounts, and course scheduling. She served as the department coordinator for the Summer Language Institute and the Eastern Summer Language Consortium. She is a member of a community out-reach program called, Lotus Blossoms Children's Bazaar, which is an organization that provides local fourth grade students multicultural education through interactive performances from artists/educators and hands-on multicultural bazaar.

Tamara Clark is the Office Manager for the Global Gateway for Teachers, providing administrative support to the director, implementation manager, associate instructors, and the students participating in the programs.  She first came to the University in 1979, beginning in University Division's Office of the Dean, and was the administrative assistant to the Associate Dean for Freshmen Orientation and Registration.  She obtained further experience at the University through her employment at the School of Law Career Placement Office, the Police Department, and the Indiana University Foundation.  She began her current position with the School of Education in October 2011, totaling 20-plus years of service at Indiana University and the Foundation.

Samantha Hedges is an Associate Instructor for the Navajo Nation Program, assists with the Overseas Program, and is a doctoral student in Education Policy Studies.  She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University after completing her student teaching on the Navajo Reservation.  She also participated in the Global Gateway's Experienced Teacher Program in Ennis, Ireland.  Upon her return from Ireland, Samantha taught in Chicago Public Schools for three years and then continued her education work as a public policy advocate.  More recently, she earned her TEFL certification and taught English in Vietnam.  Samantha is a firm believer in the internal and external impact of culturally immersive experiences.