Global Gateway for Teachers

Meet the Staff

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 for the director, implementation manager, associate instructors, and the students who participate 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 Freshman 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.

Dorothy Slota is the Program Assistant for Global Gateway for Teachers.  She is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She taught at both the elementary and pre-school level before coming to the Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Education in 1988.  Working within the Office of Teacher Education, she held a variety of positions including Scheduling Officer, Undergraduate Recorder, and Licensing Advisor.  She and the staff of the School of Education Recorder's Office guided students through the registration process, verified graduation requirements, and assisted graduates with obtaining an Indiana Teaching license.  She retired from that position in 2014 and came to Global Gateway for Teachers as a part-time employee in 2015. 

Samantha Hedges is the 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.

Kim Howard is an Associate Instructor for the Overseas Program and a doctoral student in the Curriculum Studies with a minor in Teacher Education.  She received her M.S. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University and her B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Kim has taught multicultural education and field experience courses at both Purdue and IU and was an intermediate elementary teacher for three years.  She is a former participant of the Overseas Program (2009), completing a portion of her student teaching in Auckland, New Zealand.  Her research interests include multicultural education and overseas teaching experiences for preservice teachers.

Derya Dogan is an Associate Instructor for the Overseas Program and a doctoral student in the Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in International and Comparative Education.  She earned her B.A. in English Language Teaching from her home country, Turkey, and her M.A. in Cross-Cultural and International Education from Bowling Green State University.  She participated in three international education programs and is a strong advocate for student and teacher mobility beyond borders.  She formerly taught English as a foreign language in southeast Turkey and worked for Erasmus Programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students).  More recently, she worked as an NGO in Columbus, Ohio, where she focused on refugee education and integration.  Her current research interests include cognitive development and cultural immersion of adolescent immigrants, Muslin identity in the Western world, multiculturalism, diversity and citizenship in nations-states. 

Eric Layman is an Associate Instructor for the Overseas Program and a doctoral student in Education Policy Studies, with a concentration in International and Comparative Education, and a minor in Non-Profit Management.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures, which included 3 years of immersion and study in China, and a minor in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Soon after completing his B.A., he moved to Taipei, Taiwan where he taught English for 6 years.  During that time he completed a post-graduate degree in Applied Linguistics through correspondence with the University of South Africa.  He then used the degree for a year-long teaching post in Thailand, followed by training and management roles in teaching teams in Shenzhen, China and in Hong Kong.  After more than 10 years in the field of language education, Eric decided to take a slight lateral shift in career and got his M.Ed. at the University of Hong Kong in Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development, a move which has now led to his current Ph.D. pursuits.  His research interests involve equity concerns across multicultural and multilingual learning environments, and also how perceptions and characterizations of East Asian models of educational trajectories in other countries, specifically in the West and in Africa.

Colleen Pawlicki is an Associate Instructor for the Urban Program, assists with the Overseas Program, and is a doctoral student in the Education Policy Studies and Educational Leadership.  She earned her B.A. in English Education from Illinois State University and participated in Illinois State's Chicago Teacher Pipeline™..  Colleen spent her teaching career as a high school English teacher in Chicago Public Schools and acted as a new teacher mentor and network teacher leader.  She has co-authored and edited a number of educational publications and frequently presents on education-and new teacher-related issues from an urban perspective.  Colleen is the Chief of Staff of Urban Needs in Teacher Education (UNITE), a non-profit organization that focuses on teacher preparation through community immersion and cultural, teacher preparation, and school governance, culture, and student achievement.