Martha has recently transitioned from Executive Director of Global Indiana (a 501c3 in residence at the Sagamore Institute since 2010) to full-time Director of our growing J-1 Exchange Teacher Program. Global Indiana continues as a volunteer board governed non-profit organization that supports K-12 schools with global competencies and teacher exchange.
The J-1 Teacher Program is a non-immigrant cultural exchange program sponsored by the US Department of State which gives foreign teachers the opportunity to teach in accredited primary and secondary schools in the United States. Teachers may work in a U.S. school for up to 3 years, with the possibility of a 1 or 2 year extension. The Sagamore Institute was awarded the title of J-1 Visa Sponsor in May 2018. Martha has pioneered the program resulting in a total of 96 teachers from 13 nations teaching in five states. The J-1 Teacher Exchange program also includes Indiana’s international teachers, specifically in dual language immersion Spanish and Chinese.
In the past, Martha’s professional experience includes teaching English in Japan, teaching Biology and Japanese in Baltimore, and teaching human resource topics like emotional intelligence and organizational behavior in Indiana. She has most recently served in new business development in the defense industry, formulating solutions for government issues and successfully writing proposals for new projects. She also currently serves as the Northeast Coordinator for IU’s Department of Defense sponsored “Indiana Language Roadmap Project.”
Her present studies in global leadership and her personal knowledge of the education industry carry a breadth of experience and knowledge to her work. She has a great deal of experience in higher education, program development and curriculum development. She has an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in comparative linguistics from Towson University in Baltimore, MD, and is completing her dissertation on Libyan Oil Industry Executives for a PhD degree in Global Leadership at Indiana Institute of Technology. Martha is passionate about connecting people, so please connect with her! In her free time, she plays the violin with the Huntington University Orchestra and serves in children’s ministries at her church. She lives in Fort Wayne, IN, having relocated from Baltimore, MD. She is married to Rob and is proud mom to two grown children and a wonderful German shepherd.