Julie Steimel Mamunes
My name is Julie Steimel Mamunes. My parents were refugees from the former Soviet Union, and I grew up speaking Russian at home. I went to UMCP and majored in Russian and history, and was headed to law school when I was offered to teach a Russian class at a local high school. I have never looked back, and have dedicated my career to foreign language, ESOL and Global Studies. I have a Master's in Leadership in Teaching and am a Nationally Board Certified teacher. But my greatest accomplishments have been in connecting students and teachers through international exchanges and curriculum collaboration. I live in Bowie, MD with my husband, Chris and have 2 sons, Tony and Alex, and a daughter, Allie. I serve the Sister States of Maryland through my co-chairmanship of the Leningrad Oblast Commitee and as a member of the newly-formed Education Committee.
Andres A. Lugo
Andres Lugo currently work in Baltimore International Academy, a totally immersion and IB School. In this school he have been part of the Model UN club and educational trips to Spain and Costa Rica. A certified teacher in History and Social Studies in Puerto Rico and the State of Maryland. He studied history of the Caribbean in the Center for Advance Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, historical research and its practical application in the classroom, history of art and its dimension in didactics and the city as an educational resource for teaching social studies in Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Sevilla, and The Instituto Interuniversitario de Estudios Latinoamericanos y de Portugal in Valladolid, Spain. During his12 years of experience as a teacher in Puerto Rico he have been part of educational projects about technology in the classroom and the creation of educational modules. In Maryland he started the process to be part of the Arts in the Classroom Program and the National Geographic Educator Certification Program. Andres also have 15 years of experience in the field of the production, management and development of cultural, arts, music and alternative events. As a cultural manager, educator, curator, sound technician and producer of creative and artistic projects for the nonprofit organization Grupo Giratorio his work consists of supporting the independent music, contemporary art and alternative culture through projects with an alternative, multidisciplinary, experimental, educational and self-management approach to convert the cities in new urban creative centers with the capacity to achieve real social changes. As a teacher he wants to encourage the students to be part of a intercultural world with respect of each other. The education is the only weapon we have to change the world and the students have to learn that his contribution is very important for a better world where everyone can live in harmony.
Henriette Sindjui is a French Immersion Teacher who teaches Middle School French Language Arts and Social Studies at Baltimore International Academy (BIA), a Multi-Lingual International Baccalaureate World School in Baltimore Maryland. She has taught at BIA since 2008. Prior to teaching Middle School, she taught Second Grade for six years. For the past 6 years Henriette has served as the French Immersion Coordinator, and as Baltimore City Schools Site-based mentor. She holds a Maryland Teaching Certificate in Social Studies, French, and Elementary Education.
Before Baltimore International Academy, Henriette served as High School Social Studies and French Teacher in different Public schools in Cameroon for 17 years. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Geography from University of Yaoundé in 1989, and a Master Degree in Social Studies Education in 1991 from The Advance Teacher Training College (Ecole Normale Supérieure) Of the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Henriette is currently pursuing Doctoral Studies in Educational Technology at University Laval in Quebec. She is also taking courses towards a Certification in School Leadership at Loyola University of Maryland.
Henriette has enjoyed connecting her French Immersion classrooms to English learners’ classrooms in France for many years. She would like to extend that experience to other classrooms in Maryland and around the World through the Sister States Partnership.
Carmen M. Enseñat