Christina Callaway was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Texas as a junior high student. Her experience as a young student at international schools helped her develop an appreciation for other cultures and languages. This eventually led to an adventurous career teaching in international schools in South America and the Middle East.
Christina has been in education for 14 years and has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels throughout her career. Most recently, she has served as International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Principal in the private school sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University.
She is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Portuguese and Tagalog.
Stephen Michalik is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, with a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, English as a Second Language, and Mathematics. He has over ten years of experience teaching mathematics at international schools in South America and the Middle East.
He brings his expertise as an international educator in the areas of the International Baccalaureate program and athletics programs. Currently, he is teaching math at Mitchell Intermediate in Conroe ISD.
When he is not in the
classroom, he stays active in the community serving as an assistant swimming coach with the Woodlands Waves and as a team mentor with the InsideOut Dad Fatherhood program which reconnects incarcerated fathers with their families.
Joshua Swenson grew up in Colombia and Ecuador. Upon graduating from college, he gained experience from a wide variety of careers including; adjunct university professor, high school teacher, sports outreach director, network administrator, and web developer.
In 2003, Joshua founded Rainforest Restoration Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and restoring the tropical rainforests of the Americas. After serving as President of RRF for three years, Joshua transitioned to his role as missionary, pastor, and Director of Administration with Covenant World Mission in Quito, Ecuador, where he lived from 2008-2015.
Joshua is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Divinity. He is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational French and Portuguese.
Linsey Kunes is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a minor in Chinese.
For as long as Linsey can remember she has had a passion for teaching and learning. She has taught elementary school, middle and high school Language Arts, and served as a life skills teacher and counselor for K-12. She has lived and taught in The British Virgin Islands, China, and Ecuador and clearly has a love for other cultures and languages.
Currently, Linsey is working for WoodsEdge Community Church as the Short Term Teams coordinator, managing the day-to-day operations, personnel, and logistics of their short-term teams.
David Gardeen graduated from North Park University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Organization Management and Leadership. He currently works for Wells Fargo Bank in The Woodlands, Texas. Prior to Wells Fargo, David served as the Associate Pastor at English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador. He oversaw the administrative aspect of the church as well as all student ministries from junior high through college and young adult.
David is bilingual in Spanish and English. He has a heart for youth and young adults, especially kids from a “third culture.”
In whatever free time David has, he loves spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys soccer, basketball, and golf.