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  • Our Staff

    Paper Airplanes is run by a team of educators, advocates, aid workers, refugees, and former students, all dedicated to expanding opportunities for those affected by conflict.

    Christina Peebles

    Managing Director

    English, Russian, Spanish, Georgian

    Christina Peebles joined Paper Airplanes in 2021 as Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation. In June 2021, she was appointed as our Managing Director. She has worked in education development for six years, the last four of which have been in the Syrian context. Christina earned her BA in Communications and Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and she is currently completing her Micromaster in Data, Economics, and Policy Development at MIT. She is based in Beirut and speaks Russian, Spanish, and Georgian. When she's not brushing up on education economics, Christina enjoys getting outdoors and cooking.

  • English Program

  • English Program

    Ibrahim Alaboud

    Program Manager

    English, Arabic

    Ibrahim is a Syrian lawyer and has a master's degree in criminal law. He joined Paper Airplanes in 2018 as a student in the English program. He applied to be part of the Paper Airplanes team and has held several roles since then, including Student Coordinator in 2019, Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator in 2020, Program Coordinator in 2021, and English Program Manager in January 2022. He likes reading and learning new skills.

    Mahmoud Noureddine Srouji

    Program Coordinator

    English, Arabic

    Mahmoud is a third-year medical student from Aleppo, Syria. He's interested in modern humanitarian causes, especially education-related ones. He speaks English and Arabic, and he's currently learning German. He first joined PA as a student, then joined the team as a Student Coordinator, an LMS Coordinator, and now as a Program Coordinator. He will probably watch Netflix or listen to music when he's not working or studying.

    Manar Alshams

    Admission and Enrollment Coordinator

    English, Arabic, French

    Manar graduated from Damascus University with a master's degree in periodontology. She is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Nexford University, a scholarship she gained as part of her participation with PA. Manar has been involved with Paper Airplanes since 2018 in different capacities, starting as a student in the English program, as a student coordinator, and since 2021 as the admissions and enrollment coordinator. On top of working with Paper Airplanes, Manar works as a dentist and volunteers in different NGOs that focus on providing Education and health services for marginalized communities in Syria. Her favourite hobbies are learning languages, listening to music, and watching her favourite movies and TV shows!

    Maxine Noel

    Education Advisor

    English

    Maxine graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Criminology. She is studying towards a Master's in Criminology at the University of Pretoria. Maxine has been with Paper Airplanes since 2019, volunteering as an English Tutor. She holds a TEFL certificate and is currently employed as an ESL Teacher. Maxine has a varied career background, having worked as an academic tutor, photographer, graphic artist and marketing professional. She is passionate about language and learning and loves to share her knowledge through teaching. Maxine loves to travel and meet new people, feeding her curiosity about languages and cultures.

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    Facilitators

    Muhammad Jabbas

    English Facilitator

     

    Sarah Faron

    English Facilitator 

    Sarah is a senior year Psychology student at Damascus University. She joined Paper Airplanes in 2019 as a tutor in the English program. Then She moved to the tutor coordinator position and now she is a facilitator in the English program.
    Sarah is interested in languages and education. She speaks English and Arabic. In her free time, she likes to read, write and learn new things. 

  • Women in Tech Program

    Baraah Ramadan

    Women in Tech Program Manager

    English, Arabic, Turkish

    Baraah is a Syrian/ Turkish woman in tech. She started her journey in education when she was in Syria and studied information system engineering. She had to drop out for about six years because of the war, where she was displaced several times with her husband and three children. When she arrived in Turkey, she learned Turkish, completed her university degree, joined a boot camp supported by WFP in Web development, and started her career as a web developer with Turkish and international companies. She joined Paper Airplanes as the program coordinator for one year, then became the program manager in the Fall 2022 semester. she would like to inspire and encourage women to learn to code and get into the tech field.

     

    Layla Nukairy

    Women in Tech Program Coordinator

    English, Arabic

     

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    Instructors

    Jana Deepe

     Instructor for Web Development

     

    Helen Jo

    Instructor for Business Analytics

     

    Sammy Allaw

    Instructor for Business Analytics

     

    Sergio Ruelas

    Instructor for Pythan

     

    Mohammad Nour Massri

    Instructor for Pythan

     

  • Veterans

    Tutors, Mentors, and Instructors who have been with Paper Airplanes for over 3 semesters

    Helen Jo

    Women in Tech Instructor

    Jana Deepe

    Women in Tech Instructor

    Sammy Allaw

    Women in Tech Instructor

    Zena Kamel

    Women in Tech Mentor

    Leykashree Nagendren

    Women in Tech Mentor

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