• Ali Dimashkieh - Founder
    Ali’s interest in working closely with youth earned him the first-established position of Cultural Affairs Specialist at the United States Embassy in Beirut. His tasks included outreach to youth in villages to implement and recruit students and professionals to participate in US State Department-sponsored programs. He was also in charge of approaching NGOs and guiding them to seek funds to implement their projects.
  • Salyne EL Samarany- Chief Executive Officer
    Salyne El Samarany is the Chief Executive Officer at Teach for Lebanon. Mrs. El Samarany is the Lebanese Ambassador of youth at the Arab Thought Foundation. She participated in the Middle East Partnership Initiative program for student Leaders at Georgetown University Washington DC and served a two-year Fellowship with Teach For Lebanon starting 2009. She participated in several local and international workshops and conferences on Global Leadership, Middle East Economy, Job creation, Project management, Entrepreneurship, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Education and Negotiation. Mrs. El Samarani is also a member of the Middle East Partnership Initiative Lebanese Alumni Association (MEPI LAA). mrs. El Samarani holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Balamand and a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and Dietetics from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
  • Diane Kaldany- Development Director (Based in NYC)

    Diane Kaldany is the Development Director for TFL-US, Inc. the fund raising arm of Teach For Lebanon, an NGO and partner to Teach For All, the global network that provides quality educational opportunities to less fortunate children worldwide.
    After graduating from Fordham University where she studied philosophy, she worked in the banking, real estate, financial services industries. Among her employers were two real estate developers, HSBC Bank USA as well as the Guardian Life Insurance Co.
    Diane maintains her real estate broker’s license continuing to develop investment as well as social and sustainable development opportunities for international investors while passionately promoting the arts, peace and human rights as a member of the Steering Committee at St. Bart’s Episcopal Peace Fellowship.
    Diane lives in NY and has one son, she is fluent in French, proficient in Italian and Spanish and Arabic and has many cultural interests.

  • Dr. Lina Harati - Education Manager
    Lina W. Harati, Ed.D, is an assistant professor at Saint Louis University located in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has been working in the field of education for approximately thirteen years. She has been a teacher, subject coordinator and departmental coordinator at the K-12 school level. She has conducted various professional development workshops at her work setting and at different institutions such as Teach For Lebanon, Lebanese American University, American College School in Beirut and others. She is currently teaching graduate courses, in Educational Leadership and is also responsible for the international programs at
    the College of Education and Public Services at Saint Louis University.
    Dr. Harati has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, a teaching diploma, a Master degree in Educational Administration from Lebanese American University and a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University
  • Farah Abou Maita - Communications and On-Going Support Manager
    Farah has 13 years of experience in teaching English as a foreign language. She has taught elementary and intermediate classes along with private lessons for university students. She has taught English as a second language at Bourj Al Barajneh Palestinian camp. Ms. Farah has worked as a Translator for documentary films at New TV and at Alice Art Production & Translation. Her passion for education lead her to join Teach For Lebanon and share her experience with the Fellows.
  • Diana Maddah - Recruitment Manager
    Diana Maddah has been working for an NGO, Teach For Lebanon (TFL), since 2009. She joined TFL as a Fellow and taught for two years in a rural area in Bekaa. Then, she joined the executive team as a Recruitment and Impact Measurement Manager. She was selected to attend many leadership workshops in India, Peru , London, Thailand and Bulgaria.

    She finished her Masters degree in Public Health from AUB. She became a Public Health Instructor at the Modern University for Business and Science. She launched many social campaigns with Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian and stateless children. Those campaigns focused on diversity, tolerance, human rights and protection from sexual harassment. She was the field coordinator for "Fostering Democratic Values Among Young Leaders" project that was funded by MEPI. This project has not only impacted her but impacted 2040 students and hundred teachers in the schools. Giving back to her community based on certain strategies, researches and needs assessment increase the level of commitment, sense of possibility and responsibility toward her society and its improvement.
    Education is not received; it is achieved by the presence of motive and helpful people who give the students all what they need to let them succeed in their future, for this reason she was one of the fellows who taught in a rural area for 2 years.
    Diana is working at Teach For Lebanon NGO as a Recruitment Manager.
  • Dahlia Rizk- Public Relations Manager
    Dahlia Rizk graduated from the department of Psychology at the University of Balamand. Upon her graduation she moved back to the United States, however; returned shortly to Lebanon, in hope of finding a job that puts her aspirations for a better Lebanon into action. She began her Fellowship in 2012 and taught as an English and homeroom teacher in the North region. She has hands-on experience as an Educational Mentor in Educational Emergency Programs in Lebanon. Today she is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Balamand. She is currently leading Public Relations and Development at Teach For Lebanon.
  • Abeer Obeid- Education Manager
    Abeer Obeid has three years of teaching experience, two of which were spent in Bakh’oun, North of Lebanon as a Teach For Lebanon Fellow- cohort 4. After she has finished her fellowship program, Abeer taught in SABIS as an elementary Math and Science teacher. Abeer is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Curriculum Design at the University of Balamand benefiting from the scholarship offered to her by Teach For Lebanon. Abeer has participated in an International workshop by Teach For All in New Delhi in 2013. Her passion for Education and beliefs of elimination of educational inequality drove her to re-apply to Teach For Lebanon as an Education Manager. Her aim is to be part of reducing the educational inequality around the world through the organization’s goal."
  • Charbel Dadde- Education Manager
    Charbel graduated from the school of engineering, however his passion for education drove him to work within this field. Becoming a TFL fellow was the best experience of his life because he spent two years of his life in Halba, a northern village of Lebanon,
    struggling against education inequality while teaching Arabic and Math and doing extra curricular activities helping his kids follow their dreams . After finishing his two- year program with TFL, he joined Sabis International School one of the main Schools in Lebanon, an experience that taught him a lot specially on the academic level. He is currently working with Teach For Lebanon as an education manager gathering all his knowledge and experiences to continue within the mission. He started six years ago reaching this revolutionary change in education that, as TFL educators, strongly believe can achieve.

  • Mohsen El Husseini- Regional Recruiter & Selector
    Academically qualified Microbiology and Immunology graduate from American University of Beirut and Biological Sciences from Lebanese University, and Several Certificates in English language from US Embassy and other certificates from Lebanese Red Cross. Mohsen delivers with great enthusiasm. He has wide exposure to diversified nationalities through his work and training with Red Cross all over Lebanon. As a person from this region, bought up in the Gulf mainly UAE, this gives a competitive edge in terms of having the comprehensive understanding of local and international cultures combined with the capability to develop and deliver results in the field of training and teaching different levels. As a Teach For Lebanon (TFL) previous fellow, Mohsen taught in Rachaya and Sour, his experience was rewarding on both personal and professional levels. He is currently working as a recruiter at TFL.
  • Sandy Fahed- Regional Recruiter & Selector
    Sandy Fahed is a recent graduate from Haigazian University with a BBA with emphasis in Human Resources Management. As part of the University Scholarship Program funded by the USAID, she had the chance to enroll in a series of Leadership and Personal & Professional Development workshops. Also, with a group of students, they were able to start a social enterprise called SLINGSHOTS that aims for promoting understanding, openness, and acceptance among youth with different backgrounds; all in a two-year Social Entrepreneurship Program. Volunteering had always a part of her life, and its highlight was participating in the Orphanage Program in Kathmandu, Nepal with the international organization Volunteering Solutions. Sandy has joined Teach For Lebanon as a recruiter.
  • Annie Moufarrej- Alumni Coordinator
    Anny Moufarrej graduated with a BS degree in Economics from the University of Balamand in 2013. Her volunteering experience with the Lebanese Red Cross Youth department boosted her enthusiasm and made her join Teach For Lebanon. She taught for two consecutive years in Ecole Sainte Famille des Soeurs Maronites in Ibrine. She is currently benefiting from TFL’s scholarship by pursuing her MS degree in Financial Economics, while leading the Alumni department at TFL.


  • Dr. Youssef El Khalil - Chairman
    Central Bank of Lebanon
    Senior Director of the Financial Operations Department
  • Dr. Fadlo Khury - American University of Beirut - -
  • Dr. Joseph Jabbra - Lebanese American University - -
  • Dr. Nuhad Daghir - Vice President
    Act For Lebanon
    Founding Member and Dean Emeritus at AUB
  • Mrs. Anita Nassar - TFL-UK Founder and Trustee
    Board Member
  • Mrs. Chadia El Meouchi - Member
    Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm- Managing Partner
  • Mrs. Joumanna Rizk Yarak - Member
    Managing Director at MIRROS
  • Mrs. Nada Abou Jaoude - Member
    Board Member
  • Ms. Rima Aboushakra - Member
    Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of Beirut Ink and Deputy Director of Zakira
  • Mrs. Salwa Baassiri - Member
    Lebanese National Commision for UNESCO
    Secretary General
  • Mr. Charbel Tagher - Treasurer
    Specified Technologies inc - President
    Teach For Lebanon-US - President
  • Mr. Maher Achi - Member

    Chief Operations Officer at Leo Burnett Group MENA
  • Mr. Nazih Zeidan - Member: Executive Committee
    American University of Beirut
    Former Assistant of the President for Development and Alumni Affairs
  • Mr. Rabih Abouchakra - Member
    Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court
    Managing Director, Office of Strategic Affairs


Teach For Lebanon has entered into formal agreements with several universities, in which the universities will grant full scholarships for Master's Degree work after the Fellows complete their two-year commitments in the field. To date, the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Lebanese American University (LAU), Haigazian University (HU), the University of Balamand (UOB), the Notre Dame University (NDU) , and the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) have entered into these agreements, with each one offering scholarships. TFL will continue to seek out such partners, as well as to provide a wide range of professional development opportunities, both to current Fellows and to TFL Alumni.

Fellows Profile

Teach For Lebanon Fellows
The Teach For Lebanon Fellowship is probably the most challenging and transformational experience of a Fellow's life. As Agents of Change in classrooms, Fellows have multiple opportunities to confront and tackle challenges, motivate diverse stakeholders to work hard toward a shared vision, create and adjust plans to move further towards their goals and gain the confidence they need to succeed.

Role of Teach For Lebanon Fellows
Every Teach For Lebanon Fellow uses the leadership skills to fulfill two main responsibilities:
• First and foremost, they support the work of remote, disadvantaged rural schools by serving as full-time classroom teachers for two years.
• Second, Fellows enrich the lives of their students, leading them toward academic and personal growth and achievement. They do this in a variety of ways.
- Getting to know their students in and out of the classroom;
- Creating instructional plans to match the whole class's and individual students' needs
- Delivering instruction in an engaging manner
- Working with other teachers, administrators and community members to build skills and obtain resources for the classroom
- Administering and analyzing assessments to ensure that students are progressing towards their academic goals.

Profile of Teach For Lebanon Fellows, Cohort of 2009, 2010 and 2012
All our Fellows believe that we need a movement for educational equality in order to transform Lebanon. Below is are brief profiles of our Fellows.

Cohort of
  • Anita Khoder
    Erfan School–Dahr El Ahmar, Rachaya. BA in English Literature from the Lebanese University
    The prosperity and development of our country lies in the hands of those young students
  • Charbel Dadde
    Halba Maronite School-Halba. Engineering degree from the Lebanese University.
    "I believe in teaching through a mission and in the change that this particular mission will make. "
  • Dana Hamze
    Erfan School–Dahr El Ahmar, Rachaya, BA in Business Administration from the University of Guelph-Humber in Canada.
    "I decided to leave Canada where I have lived for 12 years in order to give back to my country and Teach For Lebanon. "
  • Diana Maddah
    Erfan School – Dahr El Ahmar, Rachaya, BS Medical Laboratory Technology from the Lebanese University.
    "I trust that this experience will bring students to actually love going to school – which is a feeling I did not have growing up – and this is where I believe change comes to be."
  • Farah Bayoumi
    Saida Generations School-Saida, BA in Public Administration from the American University of Beirut
    "Making the world a happier place" can be less impossible if we help the fresh young minds have a proper education. I believe the perfect platform for making a real change would be in one’s own country."
  • George Saliba
    Halba Maronite School-Halba, BA in Business Administration from the University Of Balamand.
    "I believe that my status as a Fellow and as a Lebanese citizen entitles me to be one of the key people to directly influence the new generation."
  • Joseph Rahme
    Halba Maronite School, BS in Computer Science Graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK).
    "I never thought I would be living in a rural area for two years to teach at an underprivileged school, yet I never thought it could be this rewarding to be involved in making a change"
  • Riham Miri
    Saida Generations School- Saida, BS in Environmental Health from the American University of Beirut.
    "Teaching children is always an instant reward and this is why I know I made the right decision."
  • Rima Cherkawi
    Ansar Typical School-Ansar, BA in English Literature from the Lebanese University.
    " I believe that all children despite their socio-economic status should get equal opportunities to get proper education. TFL opened up the first door for me towards achieving my goal."
  • Salyne El Samarany
    Barsa Maronite School-Barsa, BS in Nutrition & Dietetics from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK),
    “Teaching is a Learning experience & it feels great to be loved by students!"
  • Youssef Simaan
    Halba Maronite School-Halba, BS in Biology from the American University of Beirut.
    " It is just incredible to see how much you will keep on learning from your students –even more than you think you’re teaching them. "
  • Zeina Hamady
    Saida Generations School, BA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar.
    " I had always known that teaching is my true calling. And there they were, Teach for Lebanon, with their shiny red apple, their heart-warming vision, their baby steps into the unknown, and their willingness to share all that with those of us who seem to have a fetish for that sort of thing. "
  • Hassan Issa
    Akkar international school-Gebrayel , BA in Public Administration from the American University of Beirut.
    My students are my only priority in the school, I strive and work hard to keep them motivated and focused and happy
  • Ilham Reda
    Maaroub public school,BA in Psychology and two Minors in Business Administration and Philosophy
    "I like the fact that I am being productive and giving back to the Lebanese community. "
  • Jessica El Kfoury
    Bakhoun English public school, BS in Food Science and Management from the American University of Beirut
    "Being a Teach for Lebanon Fellow at Bakhoun Official Public School is certainly one of the most life-changing experiences that I have had."
  • Minerva Faddoul
    Bakhoun English public school, BA in Psychology and a Minor in Education from the University of Balamand.
    "I am excited to see how the seeds that we, the TFL team, plant now are going to flourish and bring about change across Lebanon in the years to come. "
  • Rana Saleh
    Maaroub public school, BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut.
    "I now have stronger beliefs in the mission because I could see its positive realm of influence."
  • Richard Alam
    Akkar international school, BA in English Language and Literature from the Lebanese University.
    "It is actually the most rewarding experience when you have a child communicating to you their gratitude for just being there. "
  • Samar Karam
    Tripoly, Barsa & dahr el Ein maronite schools, BA in Business Administration from the University of Balamand.
    "I walk around every day with a feeling of self achievement by knowing that my two years commitment to this mission has positively affected a number of my students. My experience carries many unforgettable memories that will be engraved in my memory forever. "
  • Abeer Obeid
    Biology / Bakhoun Public school
    Being a Fellow is an experience that I am learning from on a daily basis more than I have learned in my entire life.
  • Anthony Abi Awad
    Mechanical Engineering / Wadi Al Azhar School
    "Through two years of teaching as a TFL fellow, I aim to create a positive change in my students life, and in my own."
  • Dahlia Rizk
    Psychology / Bakhoun Public School
    "I just want to do something for my country. I want to change the system a bit, and I can’t do that on my own, so it is good to do it as part of a program such as this."
  • Dina Kheir
    Economics / Arde Maronite School
    "I feel delighted to have such a privilege of offering an unfortunate child proper education and hope which seems to be his only weapon to proceed in life."
  • Grace Mchantaf
    Marketing & Advertising / Saida Generation School
    "I was very excited to see my underprivileged students' potential being unlocked day after day by assuring them that they are in a safe and secure environment where learning is fun and necessary for their personal growth and self- satisfaction."
  • Mohsen Al Husseini
    Biology / Wadi Al Azhar School
    "Hopefully in the next two years, the experience of teaching will give me the chance to introduce a little change not only on the academic level, but on the personal level as well."
  • Nadim Haidar
    Political Studies / International School of Akkar
    "Teaching in this program allows for a more immersed and organic form of activism, which will also allow me to give back, in whatever way I can."
  • Nathalie Daher
    International Business Management / Bakhoun Public School
    "Teach For Lebanon is a life changing experience which helped me see the effect that anyone could have on their community if they just believe in their capacities to change."
  • Noura Al Sahili
    Special Education / Wadi Al Azhar School
    "Teaching kids is my passion and Teach For Lebanon gives me the chance to help children who really needs help."
  • Sahar Machmouchi
    Journalism / Lebanese Modern College
    "I have always tried to protect my country and I haven't found a better way than my current mission. Teach For Lebanon is school that teaches us how to support our country."
  • Sara Kassem
    Special Education / Saida Generation School
    "I am not in denial of the educational crises found in my country, and I refuse to acknowledge this fact without being able to do any change."
  • Mariam Karnib
    The first step to make a change in the world is to be a Teach For Lebanon Fellow
  • Rita Bechara
    "I joined Teach For Lebanon because I wanted to participate in making a positive change in the world."
  • Mariam Moubayed
    "Teach for Lebanon is a journey of self change, inspiration and continuous learning."
  • Cynthia Fakhoury
    Business and Management
    "I believe that through teaching I will be able to inspire and direct my students to choose the profession that would help them build a better future."
  • Wael Jizi
    Medical Sciences and Lab Technology
    "My dream was to become a teacher and help my community. Teach For Lebanon has offered me both; a fact that made those dreams come true."
  • Annie Moufarrej
    "I joined Teach For Lebanon hoping that I would participate in accomplishing the objectives of the organization which are crucial for the development of the educational sector."
  • Nora Sakabedoian
    "All paths lead nowhere, so choose a path that has a heart. Teach For Lebanon is the path where I find my heart."
  • Ziad Azar
    Mass Communications
    "Being a Fellow for the coming two years will give me the chance to actually be a part of the change I want to see in my country. It's a massive challenge, but if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you."
  • Myriam El Nabbout
    Business and Management
    "We can improve our society by simply giving back and changing at least one life. This is what Teach For Lebanon gives us the chance to do."
  • Nicole Maamary
    Communications Art and Journalism
    "I joined Teach For Lebanon because I believed in its challenging goals. I believe I am up to it, and I can make a change."
  • Lama Al Ayoubi
    MA Biology -UoB
    Your biggest challenge is to free your students' minds. You are responsible for who they turn to be. Assume this responsibility.
  • Khairieh Al Hariri
    Computer & Communications Engineer - RHU
    "There is nothing rewarding than planting the seed of knowledge so that students can grow their own tree of knowledge. That's why I'm here!"
  • Rabieh Al Kadi
    Busines Management - LU
    "I will stick to the mission, deliver what it takes to unleash the students' willingness to reach their dreams and say 'I can'"
  • Fatima Rkein
    Early Childhood Education - LU
    "ربما تستطيع أن تحلم وربما ستجد ما تريد يوماَ ما. إحلم بما شئت وحاول بناء الحلم لأن أعظم حلم هو متعة في الحياة تستطيع تحقيقه بكفاءة حتى ولو قال عنه الاخرين مستحيل"
  • Nada Jreidini
    Graphic Design - LAU
    "My dream was to become a teacher and help my community. Teach For Lebanon has offered me both; a fact that made those dreams come true."
  • Farah Mhanna
    Business - LU
    "Despite all difficulties and obstacles, a shinning future is still ahead. Teach For Lebanon is the candle that lights the way to success."
  • Mohamad Alame
    Engineering - AUB
    "Never have I acquired such a deep understanding of the human nature and he power for a positive change before joining TFL."
  • Laurice Shammas
    Mass Communications - UoB
    "Being a member at Teach For Lebanon family gave me the opportunity to be part of a change I want to see in my country."
  • Ola Samhoury
    Biology - LAU
    "TFL is a means to an end that can open a million doors."
  • Jenifer El Sayyah
    Economics- LAU
    "They say you can never change the world you are only one person. I say I will change the world I am only one teacher with a vision."
  • Karim Chebli
    Accounting - NDU
    "Education is an ongoing anti-intolerance, anti-extremism, anti-poverty, anti-failure process, a solution for the majority of our problems. Lebanon' s future lies in our hands, let's make a difference through unlocking the potentials and capabilities of our students. "
  • Dina Ghosson
    Early Childhood Education- LU
  • Sabine Borji
    MA Mass Communications - UoB
    "As a TFL Fellow, teaching for me is not only a job, it is a passion, a mission to serve my country."




Office 606, Piccadilly Building,
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Phone: +961 1 74 37 54
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Diane T. Kaldany
Development Director
14 East 4th Street, Ste. 807,
New York, NY 10012

Phone: +1 917-207-2417+1 917-207-2417
Fax: +961 1 74 37 54
Website: www.tfl-us.org
Email: Diane.Kaldany@tfl-us.org