WHO WE ARE
We believe that children hold the key to a brighter future.
After retiring from a career as a Naval Officer which took her all over the globe, Lee Hansen saw a need in the community to introduce children of Northwest Florida to the languages, customs, and cultures of people around the world—and improve global competency in the process.
With the help of a small team of committed people, The Global Corner was born in 2008. Through the teacher-developed curriculum, our instructors give students the ability to experience other cultures and languages without leaving their classrooms, sparking a sense of curiosity and wonder for the world around them.
We expand horizons for students who might never have the opportunity to leave their own city – much less travel to other countries. Over twelve years and nearly 75,000 students later, we continue to enable our young citizens to develop a holistic worldview, encouraging critical thinking, celebrating international diversity, and increasing global awareness.
We spark joyful curiosity, helping children to see beyond their corner of the world.
Did you know that 1 in 10 Americans will never travel beyond their home state?* Or that nearly 75% of eighth-graders tested below basic proficiency in geography on the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress? Shockingly, these figures are even greater for children in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
But it’s not for lack of desire to learn. That’s why we’re on mission to provide opportunities for the children of Northwest Florida to explore uncharted territories and discover the world outside of their world through a virtual global learning experience.
To date, we’ve brought the world to nearly 75,000 kids in 340 classrooms across Santa Rosa and Escambia county school districts. Our comprehensive educational experience gives children an immersive dive into a country, sparking their curiosity and inspiring them to be fearless in their pursuit of the unknown.
Not just opening minds, opening doors.
Our passionate board and dedicated team of teachers make The Global Corner mission possible.
Vanessa MayesExecutive Director Read bio
Jeanne HooperHead Teacher Read bio
Michele ThomasTeacher Read bio
Aileen QuilliganTeacher Read bio
Penelope BradleyTeacher Read bio
Silke JohnsonTeacher Read bio
Courtney DasingerTeacher Read bio
Enid WilsonSubstitute Teacher Read bio
Anita SolarskiSubstitute Teacher Read bio
Board of DIrectors
Dr. Donovan Chau
Allison Tyler Romer
How it all began
Here’s a little story about our first journey.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, to an Army family, Lee and her two sisters had the opportunity to live in Germany, England, South Korea, and several states in the US during childhood. She traveled extensively and gained an appreciation of many cultures while experiencing them first-hand.
Founder & Former executive director