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Philip Mapfumo, a Zagat Global Fellow, teaches a Middle School math class.
Philip Mapfumo, a Zagat Global Fellow, teaches a Middle School math class.

In 2015, Tim Zagat ’57 established the Zagat Global Fellows program to help build Riverdale’s global connections and deepen the community’s understanding of other cultures.

The program introduces international educators to the Riverdale community for extended visits each year and provides opportunities for Riverdale faculty members to become reciprocally immersed in each partner school’s educational program. 


Visiting Fellows

  • Dr. David James (Bryanston School, Dorset, England)
  • Dr. Billy O’Steen (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • Esther Nondi (Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Kenya)
  • Meng Lusardi (Tsinglan School, Dungguan, China)
  • Philemon (Phil) Mapfumo (Ridgeway College, South Africa)

Riverdale Fellows

  • Sean Dagony-Clark, director of academic technology (Bryanston School, Dorset, England; Wellington College Festival of Education)
  • Rachel Klein, director of service learning (Punahou School, Hawaii; University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • Nicole Sin Quee, MS/US math teacher (Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Kenya)
  • Ron Murison, ILS and history teacher (Tsinglan School, Dungguan, China)
  • Kevin Mattingly, director of co-curriculum, and Dominic Randolph, head of school (Shenzen, Beijing, Shanghai, Zuhai)

Our inaugural fellow, David James, wrote about his experience in the following articles:

The Zagat Global Fellowship

I’ve Been To A Land Where Teachers Teach and Students Learn, Free of the Pressure of “High-Stakes” Exams

He describes his experience in the following video.