COETAIL Coaches

Kristi Lonheim

Kristi Lonheim
Kristi supports the AIS-R Cohort

Kristi Lonheim is an international educator who wants to see technology used to enhance the learning environment without necessarily prescribing what that looks like to a class, collectively. She prefers to allow learners (both children and adults) to find ways that work for them collaborating as they discover. Piloting 1:1 programs on both iPads and laptops in middle school and elementary has given her a vast range of experience. Technology is a tool and she sees her job as an educator to equip her students with the ability to use the right tool for the task at hand. Sometimes that tool is still a pencil. Kristi’s thoughts, on a wide range of topics, can be found at I’m Writing Too and in 140 characters or less from @lonheim.

Tara Waudby


Tara supports
the AIS-R Cohort

Passionate about innovation in education, Tara is committed to increasing meaning and relevance in schools. Tara began her teaching career in Phoenix, Arizona before moving into international education.  Currently in Saudi Arabia, she previously taught for five years in Taiwan, ten years in Kuwait and spent her childhood in Sweden. Tara has served in numerous roles including assistant superintendent for learning, high school principal, assistant principal, professional development coordinator, ESL coordinator and a teacher of special education, ESL and secondary English. She holds an MA in Educational Leadership, an MFA in Poetry, and a graduate certificate in educational technology.  Her research interests include building collaborative cultures, digital literacy, mission-driven schooling and systems development.  Currently, she volunteers for ISTE as the Chair Elect of the Digital Storytelling Network, COETAIL as a learning coach, and NESA as a member of the Professional Development Advisory Committee.  Through her blog consider another truth, she explores the gray matter of education.    

Diana Beabout


Supports the Online4 Cohort

Diana is an international educator with over 20 years experience as both a teacher and mentor in the United States, Japan and China and believes that although our institutions are evolving in the 21st century, teachers will continue to play a critical role in student mentorship and facilitation of learning. Diana has a Masters in Education, an endorsement in Linguistically Diverse (EAL) and is a graduate of the COETAIL program. Currently, she is in her second year as a Learning Innovation coach at Shekou International School in China and provides practical support to teachers in transforming their practice through the use of technology.

Although her main professional focus is facilitating the learning and growth of educators and students, Diana is a self-professed life long learner and appreciates any opportunity to enhance her own understanding and experience. Her participation in the the COETAIL program (2012-2013 Online Cohort) sparked a new, excited interest in the impact of technology on education which led to new opportunities for her in professional sharing and support at SIS and beyond. Her blog at Digital Journeys documents her learning through the COETAIL course and she continues to cultivate her presence on Twitter @dianabeabout. She also contributes to the SIS Learning Innovation blog and is developing her Tech Zen blog as a professional learning resource for teachers. Diana facilitates professional learning sessions on a variety of topics including assessment, digital portfolios, digital storytelling, and teacher and student blogs.

Jason Graham


Jason supports the Online6 Cohort

Jason Graham is an international educator with over 17 years experience. He is currently the Learning Technologies Coordinator at an international school in Indonesia. Jason is an IBPYP Workshop Leader and an IB Online Lead Facilitator and has a keen interest in connecting and collaborating with educators from around the globe. Jason enjoys presenting at conferences and learning from others whenever he can. He is in his second year of a Doctor of Education programme at an Australian University.

Furthermore, Jason is the moderator two twitter chats, #pypchat mainly for PYP educators and also #satchatoc, a twitter chat for educational leaders. He also enjoys using technology to enhance student learning and is now dabbling in Design Thinking. Jason’s work can be found in many online spaces. He blogs at The Learning Journey and tweets from @jasongraham99.

Lissa Layman


Lissa supports in any way she can
Lissa Layman is a chemist turned teacher. In a surprise turn of events, she has actually enjoyed the daily challenge and adventure education brings. After 3 years teaching French in South Carolina, Lissa & her husband’s desire to experience different cultures led them to international teaching. Lissa is an Instructional Coach (Tech Integration) in Kuwait, a Critical Friends Group Coach, a Google for Education Certified TrainerCOETAIL graduate and has an M.Ed. in School Technology Leadership. During her time in education she has discovered a passion for inquiry-based education, global collaboration and teaching teachers. Professionally, she spends her time collaborating with colleagues to develop an instructional coaching culture, planning for and meaningfully implementing learning with technology, and seeking out her next learning opportunity. Lissa occasionally blogs at Te(a)ch French.

Pana Asavavatana


Pana supports the Online4 Cohort

Pana is a true-blue third-culture kid. Thai-Chinese, American-born, she has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana currently works as the KA-2 Technology Integration Specialist at Taipei American School. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. As a COETAIL graduate with her heart still in early childhood, Pana is passionate about finding ways for our youngest learners to be creators, innovators, and to enhance their learning both with and without technology.

Pana shares her own insights on her blog, Ms. Pana Says, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia Pacific). She is the creator of the Traveling Teddy Project, and you can follow the bears as they travel around the world at #GlobalEdTed. Pana is an Apple Distinguished Educator, holds a B.A. in Psychology, and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is currently working on her second master’s in Computing in Education. Pana tweets from @PanaAsavavatana.

Wendy Markert

Wendy Markert
Wendy supports the Online4 Cohort

Wendy Markert is an international educator who has just repatriated and returned to the US. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Systems Engineering, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Mathematics), an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (specializing in ESL), and has just started her Ph.D. program in School Technology Leadership. She has been teaching math for over 17 years in the US, Germany, and Malaysia, at all levels from Grade 6 through university. She has been flipping her mathematics classes for four years and has now partnered with UT-Austin’s OnRamps program to bring a flipped dual-enrollment Statistics course to her current school. She is a COETAIL graduate and is excited to join the team of COETAIL Coaches.

Liz Cho


Liz is here to support you any way she can

Liz Cho is a bilingual Korean-American from DC, the youngest of four, and an educator since 2004 and is currently the Director of Curriculum at Gyeonggi Suwon International School. Before that, she was a high school English teacher for 12 years and a leader in various positions, passionate about inspiring students and teachers to care, empower, and engage meaningfully with the world around them. She is an avid believer in the importance of genuine reflection for growth and is fully dedicated to breaking the misconception that “reflection is boring”. Taking the COETAIL course has empowered her to become confident with technology integration in her lessons and presentations. With the constant support of her colleagues and students, Liz finds success in learning alongside them. She also loves to silk, hoop and kickbox whenever she finds the time.

Links to her full professional bio and blogs can be found on lizcho.org and she tweets as @cho_liz.

Nicki Hambleton


Nicki is here to support you any way she can

Nicki has been an International teacher for 10 years working in Italy, West Africa and Singapore, leaving the cold and wet of England where she worked for 14 years teaching and leading 3 departments. She is a teacher of Visual Art and Head of Grade 7 at UWCSEA Singapore and has presented at Learning 2 Asia, the Apple ADE Institute 2015 and runs workshops to individuals and schools on Visual Notetaking. She is an advocate of amalgamating Technology and Art authentically in the classroom and passionate about visual and visible thinking. She is a graduate of the COETAIL online2 cohort and you can read her blog on embedding technology into the classroom at https://www.coetail.com/itsallaboutart/ and view her visual notes on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjHr4WAu
She is currently working on embedding gamification within the curriculum and developing an integrated approach to wellbeing and positive education with Middle School students. She is a self confessed chocoholic, mother of 2 mad boys, 2 even madder cats and a married to a football fanatical husband. You can connect to Nicki on Twitter @itsallaboutart