SAGE was founded in 2008 by seven returned volunteers of the WorldTeach - Guyana Program. These volunteers served as teachers in secondary schools throughout the country and returned to the United States with a unique awareness of the many obstacles facing Guyanese students who want to pursue post-secondary education.

Two additional board members have joined the team since founding, as well as many volunteers. Meet the current team here!

  Alicia Wilson ,  President   Alicia graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 and joined WorldTeach Guyana for the 2006-2007 academic year. She taught 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grade biology and integrated science at Kwakwani Secondary School. In 2010, Alicia earned her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. During this time, she completed work with Ghana’s Legal Resources Centre, the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT), and Polaris Project. With her law degree Alicia has focused on issues of sex trafficking and is currently a public interest attorney in Washington, D.C.

Alicia WilsonPresident

Alicia graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 and joined WorldTeach Guyana for the 2006-2007 academic year. She taught 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grade biology and integrated science at Kwakwani Secondary School. In 2010, Alicia earned her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. During this time, she completed work with Ghana’s Legal Resources Centre, the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT), and Polaris Project. With her law degree Alicia has focused on issues of sex trafficking and is currently a public interest attorney in Washington, D.C.

  Molly Pileggi,   Vice President   Molly graduated from Cornell University in 2006 and then joined WorldTeach for the 2006-2007 school year. In Guyana, Molly taught math and IT to 9th, 10th and 11th graders at North West Secondary School in Mabaruma. After returning to the US, she worked for Intel Corporation for 3 years before returning to the field of education. She taught for two years in Newark, NJ and then earned her Master’s in International Education Development at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Molly works in education and policy research at Research for Action in Philadelphia, PA.

Molly Pileggi, Vice President

Molly graduated from Cornell University in 2006 and then joined WorldTeach for the 2006-2007 school year. In Guyana, Molly taught math and IT to 9th, 10th and 11th graders at North West Secondary School in Mabaruma. After returning to the US, she worked for Intel Corporation for 3 years before returning to the field of education. She taught for two years in Newark, NJ and then earned her Master’s in International Education Development at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Molly works in education and policy research at Research for Action in Philadelphia, PA.

  Jon Cook ,  Treasurer   Jon joined the WorldTeach program after graduating from the University of Richmond in 2006. While in Guyana, he taught integrated science and biology at North West Secondary School in Mabaruma and was also the head coach of the school’s basketball team. Jon moved to California upon returning to the U.S., where he completed his Ph.D. in environmental and resource economics at the University of California-Davis. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. and works as an Economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conducting empirical research to support policymaking for the nation’s wholesale electricity markets.

Jon CookTreasurer

Jon joined the WorldTeach program after graduating from the University of Richmond in 2006. While in Guyana, he taught integrated science and biology at North West Secondary School in Mabaruma and was also the head coach of the school’s basketball team. Jon moved to California upon returning to the U.S., where he completed his Ph.D. in environmental and resource economics at the University of California-Davis. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. and works as an Economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conducting empirical research to support policymaking for the nation’s wholesale electricity markets.

 
 
  Alyssa McClorey Timoh ,  Secretary   Alyssa graduated from Trinity College in 2005, and has worked in development at several nonprofits organizations including Litlife in NYC, and Youth Action International in the US and Liberia. She joined WorldTeach in Guyana from 2006-2007 and taught reading to grades 7th-9th at North West Secondary School in Mabaruma. She earned her Ed.M from Harvard University in 2009, with focuses in history education, English learner education, and urban education.  She taught in in New York City public schools and Washington, DC.  Following, she served as Center Director at Higher Achievement, non-profit organization focused on out-of-school time education.  She currently teaches and coordinates the English Learner Education program at Sturgis Charter School in Massachusetts.

Alyssa McClorey TimohSecretary

Alyssa graduated from Trinity College in 2005, and has worked in development at several nonprofits organizations including Litlife in NYC, and Youth Action International in the US and Liberia. She joined WorldTeach in Guyana from 2006-2007 and taught reading to grades 7th-9th at North West Secondary School in Mabaruma. She earned her Ed.M from Harvard University in 2009, with focuses in history education, English learner education, and urban education.  She taught in in New York City public schools and Washington, DC.  Following, she served as Center Director at Higher Achievement, non-profit organization focused on out-of-school time education.  She currently teaches and coordinates the English Learner Education program at Sturgis Charter School in Massachusetts.

  Erva Cockfield ,  Outreach Coordinator   Erva is a Guyanese-American attorney with a passion for public service, social justice, and educational equity. Before becoming an attorney, she served in the National College Advising Corps as an adviser working with high school students from low-income and underrepresented families to increase the number of first-generation students who enter and complete higher education. Erva earned her Juris Doctor in 2010 from the University of Virginia School of Law where she focused on pursuing a career in public service. During that time, she worked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor. Today, Erva is a public interest attorney and an adjunct professor of law in Washington D.C. Her legal practice focuses on prohibiting discrimination based on race, gender, and disability in federal programs and activities.

Erva Cockfield, Outreach Coordinator

Erva is a Guyanese-American attorney with a passion for public service, social justice, and educational equity. Before becoming an attorney, she served in the National College Advising Corps as an adviser working with high school students from low-income and underrepresented families to increase the number of first-generation students who enter and complete higher education. Erva earned her Juris Doctor in 2010 from the University of Virginia School of Law where she focused on pursuing a career in public service. During that time, she worked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor. Today, Erva is a public interest attorney and an adjunct professor of law in Washington D.C. Her legal practice focuses on prohibiting discrimination based on race, gender, and disability in federal programs and activities.

 
 
  Molly Cummings Carney   Molly graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and joined the WorldTeach Guyana program for the 2006-2007 school year. She taught secondary school reading and technology at L’Aventure Secondary School in Region #3, Guyana. A former public school teacher in Boston, Molly has an Ed.M. in Secondary Education from Harvard University. She is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College where her research focuses on policies, practices, and innovations related to teacher education and certification.

Molly Cummings Carney

Molly graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and joined the WorldTeach Guyana program for the 2006-2007 school year. She taught secondary school reading and technology at L’Aventure Secondary School in Region #3, Guyana. A former public school teacher in Boston, Molly has an Ed.M. in Secondary Education from Harvard University. She is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College where her research focuses on policies, practices, and innovations related to teacher education and certification.

  N. Rashad Jones   Rashad is a 2006 graduate of Georgetown University where he studied International Politics. After earning a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy in 2008 at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, he joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. During his previous domestic and overseas assignments, Rashad worked to strengthen the U.S. relationship with both South America and Asia through the promotion of educational and cultural initiatives.

N. Rashad Jones

Rashad is a 2006 graduate of Georgetown University where he studied International Politics. After earning a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy in 2008 at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, he joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. During his previous domestic and overseas assignments, Rashad worked to strengthen the U.S. relationship with both South America and Asia through the promotion of educational and cultural initiatives.

  Dan Gershman   Dan graduated from Cornell University in 2006 and joined the WorldTeach Guyana program for the 2006-2007 school year.  As a WorldTeach volunteer, Dan taught math, integrated science, and home economics to secondary school students in Port Kaituma, Guyana.  After returning to the United States, he received his Ph.D from the University of Michigan in Space and Planetary Physics and is currently a scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Dan Gershman

Dan graduated from Cornell University in 2006 and joined the WorldTeach Guyana program for the 2006-2007 school year.  As a WorldTeach volunteer, Dan taught math, integrated science, and home economics to secondary school students in Port Kaituma, Guyana.  After returning to the United States, he received his Ph.D from the University of Michigan in Space and Planetary Physics and is currently a scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

 
 
  Katie Fotofili   Katie is a 2010 graduate from the University of Florida. She joined WorldTeach Marshall Islands for the 2010-2011 academic year, where she taught middle school English. She remained in the Marshall Islands for an additional three years, working at the Majuro Cooperative School as a high school teacher, and then later as a development officer. She currently works in admissions and financial aid at The Madeira School, an all-girls private school located just outside of Washington, D.C.

Katie Fotofili

Katie is a 2010 graduate from the University of Florida. She joined WorldTeach Marshall Islands for the 2010-2011 academic year, where she taught middle school English. She remained in the Marshall Islands for an additional three years, working at the Majuro Cooperative School as a high school teacher, and then later as a development officer. She currently works in admissions and financial aid at The Madeira School, an all-girls private school located just outside of Washington, D.C.

  Yvonne Wang   Yvonne currently works for the New York City Department of Education in policy development and strategic initiatives for school quality. She has experience in research, evaluation, and program management for innovative education initiatives. She also serves on the board of The Teacher Salary Project, a nonprofit designed to transform how US society values effective teachers. Yvonne joined World Teach in 2006 and taught Reading and Social Studies at Soesdyke Community High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received her Master of Public Administration specializing in Policy Analysis from NYU Wagner.

Yvonne Wang

Yvonne currently works for the New York City Department of Education in policy development and strategic initiatives for school quality. She has experience in research, evaluation, and program management for innovative education initiatives. She also serves on the board of The Teacher Salary Project, a nonprofit designed to transform how US society values effective teachers. Yvonne joined World Teach in 2006 and taught Reading and Social Studies at Soesdyke Community High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received her Master of Public Administration specializing in Policy Analysis from NYU Wagner.