Executive Director

Paul Roney

Mr. Paul Roney's enthusiasm for the GLOBE School began when his daughter participated in its StarTalk preschool program, which was funded by a highly competitive federal grant. Paul felt the program was beautifully presented by a dedicated staff and diligently engaged every student. He also became convinced that the GLOBE School experience would result in life-long learning. With the goal of sharing this experience with more families, Paul has generously offered to help deepen the capabilities of the school as it realizes its vision. Paul has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and 20 years of technology experience across numerous for-profit industries, government, and non-profits.


Catherine Snyder, President

Dr. Catherine Snyder, Associate Professor / Chair of Education Education Program, Clarkson University Capital Region Campus, had her first immersion experience when she was a junior in college studying in Xian, China. Upon graduating from Smith College with a Bachelor’s in Economics, she returned to China to teach English. That early experience set her on a personal and professional path that she is still following today. After receiving a Master’s in Business Administration from Union College and pursuing a career in international banking, where she used her Chinese skills on a daily basis, Catherine transitioned into education. With a Master of Arts in Teaching in hand, she spent ten years teaching secondary students world history with a strong emphasis on non-western perspectives. While teaching at the high school level, she also pursued National Board Certification and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Today, Catherine teaches full time in the School of Education at Clarkson. A large part of her work involves shepherding the Master of Arts in Mandarin Chinese students, as well as teaching courses in general methods, language methods, social studies methods, school reform, and assessment. Catherine has served on multiple committees and councils for both public and independent schools. She has received recognition for her dedication to education, including multiple National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Freeman Foundation Grants. She looks forward to the opportunities the future school will provide students and families.

Heather Crocker, Secretary

Ms. Heather Crocker, who has organized community fund raising events for nonprofits, spent fifteen years working in sustainable agriculture and social justice before she became a homeschool educator.  Desiring an alternative education for her three children, she has taught grades K-6 using a blend of classical, Waldorf, and Charlotte Mason methods.  Heather's background in poverty research, disability policy, and place-based education informs her interdisciplinary approach to teaching.  Her experience includes leading cooperative classes in math, chemistry, and early modern history. Heather also wrote an educator guide to Saratoga PLAN's Galway Preserve, used by classroom teachers in Galway public schools. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire. Heather lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and three children.

Laura Xiaolan Rong. Treasurer

Ms. Laura Rong is a bright, passionate, award-winning educator. She has an M.S. in Educational Technology (Pace University) and an M.A. in English Language and Literature (Tianjin Foreign Language Institute). She has taught in New York, Vermont, and China, where she is a certified teacher.

Gaby Wright, Trustee

Ms. Gaby Wright is bilingual and bicultural. She had the privilege of attending an immersion school as a child and is passionate about helping to create a similar opportunity for children in our community. Multi-talented, Gaby is focused on spreading the joy and power of art in support of nonprofit causes.


Colleen Burke

Dr. Colleen Burke, who earned her MBA from Harvard, is an Executive in Residence at Skidmore College. She has extensive experience consulting for both not-for-profit and for-profit institutions.

Kris Dallas

Dr. Kristina Dallas has a B.A. in French language and literature from Tufts and graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University, where she studied Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center and was the first intern to receive a Veterinarian of the Year Award. Kristina, who is certified in veterinary accupuncture, uses holistic practices to treat animals in her practice. She will soon finish a Master's degree in Public Health with a focus on health policy and health care management.  She serves on other nonpriofit boards and lives with her family in Saratoga Springs.

Ghrissia Daoui

Ms. Ghrissia Daoui, who graduated from the University of Oran in Algeria, is an urban planner.  She speaks English, French, and Arabic fluently. She has traveled extensively in North Africa and Europe. She taught French in New York City, where she enjoyed getting to know people from diverse backgrounds. In Saratoga Springs, she managed the successful private practice of her husband, Dr. Rachid Daoui. Ghrissia lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and four children.

Sherri Duan

Ms. Sherri Duan, who is enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Beijing Normal University, plans to complete her doctoral dissertation this year. Her research focuses on teaching Chinese as a second language, with particular attention given to student access to Chinese grammar systems. She received her Master of Science degree in Education from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Hunan Normal University in China. Sherri is an adjunct faculty member at Union Graduate College, where she supervises and teaches in-service student teachers. She has more than a decade of teaching experience in both China and the United States, having taught different levels of Chinese and Chinese culture at various schools and universities. Because of her dedication to her students, she was awarded “Outstanding Chinese Teacher in America” by the Chinese School Association in America. In addition, she has served on the Board of the Albany Chinese Community Center, where she gained extensive experience coordinating Chinese cultural events.  This includes the annual Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) Celebration, where she coordinated over two hundred performers and ancillary staff, plus shared her talents singing Chinese opera.

Kimberly Goldberg

Ms. Kimberly Goldberg attained her B.S. cum laude in Elementary and Special Education from New York University, where she was honored with the President’s Service Award for organizing discussions on successful models of Humanist education. Kimberly attained her M. Ed. with Distinction in Literacy with a focus on elementary mathematics from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Certified in Elementary and Special Education, Kimberly taught at innovative private and public schools in New York and Pennsylvania including The Cooke Institute and The Parkside School in Manhattan. Kimberly developed creative representations and strategies to inspire her students through a lens of art and engagement throughout her tenure in the classroom. Similarly, Kimberly created a unique, push-in model as an elementary Math Curriculum Coordinator at the Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA, in which she provided math instruction designed and implemented collaboratively with classroom teachers to elevate the professional goals of the school community. Kimberly has been fortunate to be part of Best Practice Schools in which she has organized math and literacy curriculum workshops for teachers in Manhattan and the greater Philadelphia area. Kimberly currently lives with her family in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Mary Holmes

Ms. Mary Holmes teaches French and Spanish for the New Paltz School District and presents regionally, nationally, and internationally on language practices. She served as president of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). She also served as the Associate for LOTE at the New York State Education Department, where she worked on standards revision, curriculum, certification, and professional development. Mary received the 2008 NYSAFLT President’s Award, which recognized her for her contributions to language programs throughout the state. Previously, Mary taught French and Spanish for over 13 years in the Marcellus Central School District and was a national presenter for Blaine Ray Workshops. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from Syracuse University. In addtion to loving languages, Mary loves theater. Her theater program in New Paltz has welcomed hundreds of students. She looks forward to developing a theater program for our students.

Xinhua Lee

Dr. Xinhua (Singwa) Lee has a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the State University of New York, plus a B.S. in Economics and International Business from Dong Bei University. She is currently an IT Specialist with the New York State Higher Education Services Cooperation. Xinhua also has professional training and performing experience in drama, opera, and dance with the Opera Troupe Company, Shenyang, China. To celebrate her passion for the arts, Xinhua founded the nonprofit, Asian Culture, Inc. Since 1997, she has organized cultural events that have reached thousands of participants in the Capital Region and beyond. Her awards include grants from the Saratoga Arts Council and the Town of Clifton Park. Her programs include a tour of the Southern Adirondack Library System by her Chinese dance troupe, the Chinese Ribbon and Dragon Dance Project, and the Children and Youth Chinese Dance Project. Xinhua has also served as the general director and choreographer for productions of the Albany Chinese Community Center New Year's celebration at the Egg Theater in Albany. In 2012, she initiated the first annual Chinese Cultural Gala Day in Clifton Park.

Sharon Li

Ms. Sharon Li was born and raised in Beijing, China. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from Beijing University of Technology and M.S. degree in Accounting from American University in Washington D.C.. She worked as principal accountant for Bristol-Myer Squibb in New York City until 2007.  Presently, she is a Chinese language instructor for WSWHE BOCES. She lives with her husband and two children in Saratoga Springs.

Jennifer Mauer

Ms. Jennifer Mauer, a Certified Association Executive, currently serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Veterninary Society. Throughout her career, she.has gained invaluable experience managing multiple organizations. She has been recogized for her professionalism and expertise in the following areas: finance, administration/governance, marketing/communications, government relations, industry research, database/website design, program development, and convention planning. Jennifer received her B.A. in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware. She also participated in the Association Leadership Academy offered by the Empire State Society of Association Executives, as well as the American Society of Association Executives Future Leaders Conference. Jennifer shares the GLOBE School's interest in providing an appropriate educational environment for academically talented children. Her son attends the Davidson Academy for Profoundly Gifted Students in Reno, Nevada.

Li (Lily) Sun

Ms. Lily Sun, a scientist and mother of two young children, loves teaching others about the wonders of the world. She has M.S. degrees from the University of Science and Technology Beijing and the University of Pittsburgh. On staff at Skidmore College, she has taught Computer Science and currently supports student learning as a Technology and Research Coordinator. Her love of teaching has spilled over into volunteer work for Literacy New York and our Chinese Immersion Progarm.

Aiwu Zhao

Dr. Aiwu Zhao teaches Finance courses in the Department of Management and Business at Skidmore College. Before switching her career to academia, Aiwu worked as a reporter in a nation-wide newspaper in China. With her undergraduate training in both Economics and Technology from Tsinghua University, she covered a wide-range of topics when working in the media field, including education, environmental policy, and information technology market. Besides teaching college students, Aiwu also has had experiences in tutoring math to elementary school students and training new hires for top financial firms on Wall Street.

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