About Us

At The Education Partners, we believe education is a priority, not a privilege. 




TEP is the consulting and services arm of GEMS Education, the largest managing entity of private schools in the world.

In 1959, KS Varkey and his wife, Mariamma, left India in search of better opportunities for their family. Settling as teachers in Dubai, they quickly discovered the power of education in building intercultural understanding and in creating bright futures for students arriving from all over the world to the burgeoning metropolis. Their local vision soon became a global one: to make a quality education available to everyone. From a school of just three teachers and 27 students emerged GEMS Education, one of the largest education groups in the world, educating over 250,000 students from more than 170 countries across four continents.

We believe that all students have the right to rigorous, equitable learning experiences. In partnership with you, we create opportunities for comprehensive learning and teacher development empowering educators to unlock the potential of every student. The Education Partners is comprised of dedicated former educators, administrators, and career K–12 industry experts, working together to provide services and solutions to help transform learning.

About Us – Leadership


Kia Brown-Dudley serves as the Director of Programs and Partnerships for The Education Partners, the global consultancy division of GEMS Education. Kia partners with educators and leading organizations to create and deliver transformational curricula and professional learning opportunities to improve student outcomes in literacy and early childhood education.

Kia’s career began as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. Her expertise includes creating and leading customized blended professional learning cycles; developing recognized research-based reading programs and STEAM resources; directing national initiatives advocating for literacy, equity, and transparency in PreK-12 education; and increasing comprehension via classroom conversations. She has developed literacy programs for at-risk and gifted students and authored Read and Rise: Preparing Our Children for A Lifetime of Success in partnership with Scholastic Inc. and the National Urban League.

Kia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in the Psychological Foundations of Reading from New York University.


Kevin Callahan serves as the Director of Operations & Strategy for The Education Partners. He brings more than 19 years of experience in the K-12 education market to TEP with companies including Vantage Learning, Amplify, Achieve3000, and Catapult Learning. Mr. Callahan has an extensive background in proposal development, sales, marketing, operations, and strategy for the K-12 market. He has created marketing, sales, and strategic plans while also crafting winning RFP responses for state and local education agency procurements throughout the US and abroad. His extensive knowledge of the K-12 sector is uniquely suited to guide the business now and in the future.

In his role with TEP, Mr. Callahan will help bring their world class solutions, tailored approach, and highly unique expertise to local, state, and federal education agencies by building on TEPs operational capacities; creating unique strategies utilizing a proven, tailored approach. His work involves improving processes to enhance day-to-day operations, raise awareness, create and manage a focused product development strategy, and build a motivated sales and business development team.


Angela Wineland is the Director of Education at The Education Partners. She has spent over 15 year in service of the highest-needs schools and students in New York City. A 13-year veteran of the classroom, teaching high school English and Special Education, with 8 years as a teacher educator and instructional coach, and several years in central administration focused on the development of teacher training programs, Angela has remained consistently on the cutting edge of pedagogical practice and best practices for developing professional development for teachers, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches.

Her passion for students and equity have led her to specialize in Culturally Responsive Teaching, Culturally Responsive Classroom Management and School Culture Systems, and Coaching for Equity. In addition, Angela’s experience working on programming for the largest teacher preparation programs in the country have allowed her to become an expert at scale and change management when working in curricular and instructional shift at the district level. Angela leads the development of innovative curriculum design for TEP’s teacher training and transformational coaching initiatives.



Talal Alyan is a policy specialist with a focus on international development. He is currently a Policy and Research Manager at The Education Partners. His previous work includes evidence mapping, strategic management, curriculum development and policy analysis.

He most recently worked on education reform projects in the Middle East. He holds a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in Policy Studies from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

About Us – Partners


Agilix empowers partners to deliver customized educational solutions by providing both technology and services for rapid design and development. The Agilix Extensible Learning Infrastructure (xLiTM) and associated products, including BuzzTM and Brain Honey, provides solutions for millions of learners across 60 countries. Agilix powers tools for leading education companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


7 Mindsets is the only K-12 company delivering SEL solutions that include mindsets, equity and multicultural pedagogy. Their research-based framework includes online curriculum, leadership tools, parent resources, and professional development proven to create a positive, sustainable culture where students and educators thrive.


Through their dynamic development of dual English and Arabic programs, supported by innovative technology, TELLAL Institute trains and develops teachers and school leaders to an international standard, meeting the growing global demand for quality learning and decisive leadership in schools.

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is the branch of municipal government in New York City that manages the city’s public school system. These schools form the largest school system in the United States, with over 1.1 million students are taught in more than 1,400 separate schools. The department covers all five boroughs of New York City.

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), the 25th largest school system in the United States with more than 113,000 students, is focused on developing lifelong learners through literacy. Team BCPS has been recognized by Education Week for having the second highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts.


The Crown Prince Court (CPC), or the Diwan as it is locally known, is an independent entity that enjoys full legal status as a government body. CPC facilitates interactions between the Crown Prince and citizens of the UAE through general correspondence, the hearing of individual concerns and the identification of solutions, and manages the public affairs of the Crown Prince, including his involvement in corporate and philanthropic projects.