The Team

Aaron Adler

Founder & President

Aaron Adler in Madina, AccraAaron is the founder of Teach on the Beach and its thought leader. He is: outgoing, dedicated, persistent, small business owner, Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast, Michigan boy, jet setter.

Loving husband and father to his own daughter and 11 sponsored children in Ghana. Aaron stands up for what he believes in. He does not back down and will overcome every obstacle to meet his goal of allowing the curious minds of 11 Ghanaian children to be enlightened and expanded beyond their current expected borders.

He possesses undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University in International Community Development among other areas of study.
 

Alison Hannon

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Alison and SuzieIn her senior year at Hunter College, Alison made her first trip to Ghana for a summer travel abroad. Dissatisfied with her study abroad experience, she branched out and took the path less traveled. As a result, she met many of the children we work with today and introduced them to a new friend, Aaron. Her experience changed her life, inspiring her to return shortly after for another extended stay. After that year of travel she began graduate work in Early Childhood and General Education returning to Ghana during holidays and summers. After receiving a duel degree in 2008, she began teaching at Harriet Tubman Charter School in the South East Bronx, home to a large population of West Africans. Her work over the past ten years laid the groundwork for Teach on the Beach.

"I am unconditionally dedicated to three things in my life: Family, Teaching and Ghana."

   

William Agbo

William grew up in a slum called Madina, just north of Ghana’s capital - Accra. His mother and father abused alcohol and stopped sending him to school before he finished the 5th grade. Around this time, William met Teach on the Beach co-founder Alison Hannon (who is also nominated for the Humanitarian Award this year). With financial and educational support from Teach on the Beach, William graduated senior secondary school in 2011 with high marks.
Most of our graduating scholars in his position have asked the organization to continue to fund their education through university, but William decided he wanted to give back.  His goal was to pass on the opportunity he was given and help other children that don’t have the chance to finish primary school. While many employed young adults at his age around the world are primarily concerned with attaining status, William is primarily focused on running and teaching at the after school program everyday.

Faced with structural, political and systemic obstacles to progress, most young Ghanaians decide to accept the status quo, but William expects more. Through his selflessness and hard work, William is showing the hundreds of children he works with, and who look up to him, that he can and will achieve his own dreams while also helping them achieve theirs.

 

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Director of Operations, Ghana

Willam Agbo

William grew up in a slum called Madina, just north of Ghana’s capital - Accra. His mother and father abused alcohol and stopped sending him to school before he finished the 5th grade. Around this time, William met Teach on the Beach co-founder Alison Hannon (who is also nominated for the Humanitarian Award this year). With financial and educational support from Teach on the Beach, William graduated senior secondary school in 2011 with high marks.

Most of our graduating scholars in his position have asked the organization to continue to fund their education through university, but William decided he wanted to give back.  His goal was to pass on the opportunity he was given and help other children that don’t have the chance to finish primary school. While many employed young adults at his age around the world are primarily concerned with attaining status, William is primarily focused on running and teaching at the after school program everyday.

Faced with structural, political and systemic obstacles to progress, most young Ghanaians decide to accept the status quo, but William expects more. Through his selflessness and hard work, William is showing the hundreds of children he works with, and who look up to him, that he can and will achieve his own dreams while also helping them achieve theirs.

   

Megan Ryan

Director

Megan RyanDuring her senior year at Saint Mary’s College, Megan created an educational based post-graduate program that lead her to live in Ghana and teach 2nd grade from 2009-2010. During this time she unexpectedly came upon Aankit and Aaron while taking her class on a field trip to the beach. From here she became involved with Teach on the Beach and never looked back. The rest is history. Megan continues to be involved with Teach on the Beach by facilitating a News Hour program in Fort Wayne, Indiana, helping to development our educational programs and facilitating summer volunteer trips.

Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in elementary education. She is currently teaching special education at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne,Indiana and is working towards her Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Saint Francis.

   

Noah Thomas Hébert

 Managing Director

noahOut of love for the human community, Mr. Hébert handles outreach, fundraising, and partnerships for Teach on the Beach.  As a graduate of Rhodes College, he studied Economics and German, while actively volunteering as a Bonner Scholar and member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.  His love for soccer and dancing began at an early age, but a dedication to service is owed to his caring mother who encouraged him to be an active youth member of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge.

He is currently pursuing a PhD at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a focus on management, information systems, and social entrepreneurship, but his ability to build and manage relationships has driven him from the bayous of Louisiana to the big city lights of Vegas, Hollywood, and the Big Apple.  His future goals include creating a specialized incubator model for businesses in developing nations and of course, furthering the reach of Teach on the Beach.

   

Five Year Benchmarks

Scholars
Scholars will be leading After School and NewsHour programs, integrating volunteers from around the globe in their efforts to constantly increase attendance and quality.

Schools
School partnerships are resulting in higher BECE and WASSCE test scores, more attention for our partner schools and our organization.

After School
Our After School model will be replicated in five more high-need rural beach communities in Ghana...or elsewhere in the world.

NewsHour
NewsHour will be flourishing with 25 groups in the US and 5 groups internationally discussing with and writing to each other over Skype and Facebook weekly.