Meet the Team

Being a member of @GlobalEdSsChat has really been an amazing experience! Having the opportunity to discuss things that matter to me with other passionate students helped me find my voice and has taught me a lot about digital leadership!

~ Darcie Brohman, Former Lead Student


Rebecca Brown is a Grade 10 student studying at Cardinal Carter Catholic High School. She loves to be involved in her school activities/ events and help out wherever she can. Her hobbies include reading, writing, playing basketball, and spending time outdoors. She is an active member in multiple clubs at her school and is the executive treasurer of the Cardinal Carter Student Council. She competed in the 2021 DECA Provincial Championships and loves to explore different opportunities. She is proud of her cultural backgrounds of Jamaican, Indian, and Italian and uses this to her advantage to bring awareness to different issues around the world. Rebecca looks forward to using her social media platforms to take action and inspire a positive change in society.


Madelyn Davies is a 7th-grade student at Stikine Middle School in Wrangell, Alaska. Wrangell is an island in Southeast Alaska with a population of about 2500. She is proud of her Tlingit culture. Her parents are both teachers at the same school that Madelyn attends. Her father is a commercial salmon and crab fisherman. Most summers, Madelyn loves to travel to Ontario, Canada to see her relatives. Madelyn loves to read. Some of her favourite books include The Hobbit, Alone, and any book by Kevin Sylvester. Madelyn plays the violin, loves to swim, bike, play volleyball, wrestle, bake and do crafts. Madelyn has been a co-presenter at ISTE and ASTE (Alaska’s Technology Conference).  


Niyati Jain is a Grade 12 student at John Cabot Secondary School. She has many hobbies that include travelling, baking, watching movies, and more. She likes to try new activities out and is an adventurous person! Niyati can speak 4 languages, Hindi, English, French & Arabic. She is a very active student and is an active member of many clubs. She has also used different media platforms for spreading awareness & discussing problems around the world. She loves graphic designing and would love to pursue marketing after graduating from high school. 


Namya Joshi is a Grade IX student at Sat Paul Mittal School, India. She is the student Minecraft Mentor. Inspired by her own motto #EachOneTeachTen, she has spent the last three years designing and delivering free of cost coding workshops for more than 10,000 teachers, young people, especially girls, in India and all over the world, as well as empowering other young people to run their own coding clubs. She has raised awareness about the social issues using game-based learning with STEM to provide solutions for the problems humanity faces.She is awarded the prestigious Pradhanmantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 and is also the winner of the Diana Award 2021. She has earned ACE1 and ACE 2 levels at Adobe and got the Trendsetter badge by completing all the certifications. She is the winner of the UNESCO Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition, TeachSDGss Ambassador, Rex Karamaveer Bronze Medal Awardee, Global E-Innovation Award Winner, Youngest Global Juror, SDGsChildren Ambassador India. She has spoken at numerous platforms such as KEOS2019 Finland, EduDays Microsoft, UNESCO, CONVOKE, Asia Berlin Summit, Adobe Education Summit on the power of STEM and game-based learning.

@Wonder Namya

Eunice Kim is a grade 8 student at Northern Light Public School in Ontario, Canada. Some of her hobbies are playing her guitar, writing stories, sketching, baking, and going on walks. She is the founder of her Advocacy club at her school and she is also an EIA(Equity, Inclusivity, Advocacy) Minister at her school in the Student Council . She wants to start using social media to spread awareness and she wants to make a positive change to social media! @EuniceKim555

Simar Mohanty, Student Leader

Simar Mohanty is an 11th Grade ‘STEMinist’ the Team Lead and Student Coordinator of an all-girls Student Club ‘SDG Warriors.’ Passionate about the Global Goals, Simar drives her team of changemakers to ideate solutions for the world’s most pressing problems to achieve Agenda 2030. For her excellence in academics, creativity, communication, and leadership, Simar is recognized by reputed organizations with accredited certifications and honors and has been commended as India’s First Wakelet Student Ambassador, the first-ever student to clear the Adobe Creative Educator Certifications (Level I and II), a TeachSDGs Ambassador, and a Minecraft Student Ambassador. Simar was recently honored with the Gold Medal (First, All-India) in Graphic Design at the JuniorSkills Championship organized by The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India. She has presented at various platforms amplifying Student Voice (ISTE, ECGlobal & GEC), representing the SDG Warriors with the idea of ‘STEMinism’ sharing learnings & inspiring students like herself, Clubs & Organizations around the world to take action & ‘Be the Change.’ She hopes to create a better world by being a kind human being.  @SDGwarriors

Sam Nolan, Student Leader

Sam Nolan is a grade 11 student at LDSS. He loves coding, helping out where he can and doing things for this chat! Sam’s hobbies include swimming, coding, video editing/making, taking Semi Professional drone Photos/Videos, and other photography things.



Leigh Cassell, Co-Founder

Leigh Cassell is an educator, adventurer, entrepreneur and partner in learning with teachers, students, businesses and NGOs around the world. Leigh is an Education and Innovation Consultant, Children’s Author, and CEO and Founder at Digital Human Library. Driven by her passion to inspire in others a love of learning, Leigh’s work in education focuses on building relationships in ways that leverage digital technologies, develop global competencies, design new critical digital literacies, and prepare students to succeed as next generation learners. Leigh is a dynamic influencer and reflective practitioner, highly skilled in building networked learning communities in ways that cultivate emotional intelligence and nurture leadership in education. Leigh has received the highest level of awards from the Ontario Teachers Federation, the Ontario Public School Board Association, and the Ontario Library Association, and she has been recognized internationally by Apple, Microsoft and Google for her innovation in education.

Leigh Cassell Consulting

Jennifer Casa-Todd, Co-Founder

Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board,  and the author of the book, Social LEADia. She also is a grad student, and a food-loving, book-loving Ukulele player-want-to-be. She is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place. ​

Endless Possibilities

Michael Drezek, Lead Teacher

Michael is a husband, father of two and the District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD in Angola. He is a contributing author to the book DigCitKids and has written the foreword to the book The Journey to the Y in You. He was recently named NYSCATE Educator of the Year and serves on the District Technology and Mentor Committees. He is a member of the Western New York Technology Integrators Advisory Panel, Flipgrid Student Voice Executive Board, a US Ambassador to Innovation Lab Schools (#GlobalGoalsSchools) and an advocate for digital citizenship, global collaboration, student voice, and immersive learning experiences. Outside of classrooms and when not on an adventure with his 3-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, Michael can be found paddleboarding, kayaking, playing ice hockey, or cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors.

Kathy Lott is a retired/rewired/re-purposed life-long learner and educator. Kathy worked in the TDSB as an Elementary Teacher, Guidance Counsellor, and Guidance and Safe Schools Consultant for 15 years ~ then moved to the YRDSB as an Elementary School Principal serving communities across York Region for 17 years.  Since retiring ‘out of’ the YRDSB, Kathy retired ‘into’ working as an instructor through the Mental Health Commission of Canada – as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor for adults that interact with youth, is currently a member of the GEG (Google Educators Group) Ontario Leadership Team, mentors educators through The Mentoree (OntEdMentors) and in addition, supports BBBS (Big Brothers Big Sisters) Muskoka in her new community. Kathy is continually seeking out opportunities to be involved in student leadership and work with others to build positive relationships between schools and their communities. 

Currently living in both Toronto and Muskoka allows Kathy to continue her love of all things adventurous, challenging and fun ~ alongside her husband of 32 years and their 2 children.  @kathylott

A special thank you to past leaders of GlobalEdSsChat:

Student Leaders

  • Anahit Hakobyan
  • Ethan Duncan
  • Annora Elias
  • Erin Kim
  • Garvey Mortley
  • Darcie Brohman
  • Ella Grace Craig
  • Austin Gagnier
  • Lindsey Keene
  • Nigel Klemencic
  • Emiliano Laing
  • Rylin Wormington

Lead Teachers

  • Brock Baker
  • Allison Fuisz
  • Nicole Kaufman

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