The Australian Odyssey Leadership Team

Our leaders help bring to life President Eisenhower’s vision of creating a better world through direct exchange among people of different countries and cultures.

We are proud to introduce you to the Leadership Team for Australian Odyssey from July 9-24, 2019.

PTP Leadership Team

Meet The Leaders

People to People Leader Student Travel

Simone M.

Simone is from Sicklerville, New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rowan University with a concentration in Behavioral Services for Children and their Families and minor in Spanish with a specialization in International Studies. She also received a Master of Education and Educational Specialist degree from Temple University. Additionally, she received a Fulbright Fellowship in Cyprus and a HAEF-Fulbright Fellowship in Greece. She now works as a school psychologist, an executive functioning coach and a special instructor for children in early intervention. She first traveled abroad when she was 16 years old with her family to Greece. Since then, she has lived abroad three times and visited 22 countries. She also spent a summer in New Orleans working with high school students to help rebuild schools and houses after Hurricane Katrina. Her favorite hobby is travel! Besides travel, she likes to dance, attend Greek concerts, try new restaurants, read magazines, and hike.

“I am most looking forward to seeing the looks on the students’ faces as they experience something completely new. I can’t wait to meet all the students and start this adventure together.”

PTP Leader

Sharon M.

Sharon is from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She studied at West Chester University as an undergraduate and went on to receiver her Master’s in Special Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Education from Neumann University. She has been a teacher for twenty-six years and is currently teaching English. Sharon traveled with People to People for the first time last year on the Heart of Europe program, and is looking forward to a whole new adventure to Australia. Her travel goal is to make it around the entire United States. So far, she has completed the east and west coasts, Hawaii, and many of the central states. She loves to travel, workout, and spend with her family in Ocean City, NJ. This summer.

“People to People is a wonderful program. I was so impressed with the students getting out of their comfort zones. I loved listening to my students talk to students from other countries about technology, government, healthcare, and education. It is awesome to see my students’ faces when they realize how much we have in common.  This year, I am so excited to see our students experience a new culture and I can’t wait to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.”