Meet The Nepali Board
Secretary of Trek to Teach Nepal
Yadav Sharma is originally from Rukum, the mid western part of the country. He has a Master’s Degree in Nepali and works in the governmental sector. His knowledge about rules and regulations, law and policies of the new and changing political affairs of Nepal is what sets him apart from the rest of the team.
Immediate Past President
Manish is one of the founding members of Trek to Teach Nepal. He's worked with TTT since 2011 and is now chairing the Nepal Board as well as implementing the service projects in our partnered communities in the Annapurnas. After high school, he volunteered in Nepal as national coordinator for Amnesty International for three years. His experience teaching and tutoring ultimately connected him with TTT's mission. Manish is fond of photography and exploring new places. He believes in exchanging knowledge and having new experiences that make life more meaningful. He has taught and worked for the last ten years with different educational institutes in Nepal.
General Member of Nepali Board
With the vision of lifting the people who need help, Prabin joined Trek To Teach as a Board Member in the year 2017 and 2019. Before joining TTT, he served as President at Kathmandu University Youth Red Cross Circle and was Vice President of the International Exchange of AIESEC KU. He graduated in Computer Engineering from Kathmandu University. During his undergraduate, he was awarded as Erasmus Mundus Fellowship funded by the European Union, which allowed him to travel and study in Portugal. As he says, traveling helped him to broaden the perspective and enabled him to understand the people and learn from them. He did solo backpacking around 15 countries. He has an insatiable desire for adventure and travel. His favorite hobby is learning a new language and creating memories.
Meet the USA Board
Founder & Member of the Board
Brad volunteered for 5 months at a boarding school in Rajasthan, India, (The Sagar School) as a teacher, a soccer coach, swim instructor, director of the school’s first play and working with the administration on their marketing plans. During a holiday break, he traveled to Nepal to trek in the Himalayas. He noticed all of the students trekking to and from their schools and learned they would sometimes trek for 4 hours per day, just to get an education. He was inspired to help them and Trek to Teach was born. In addition to running Trek to Teach, Brad has worked in multiple companies as a product educator, having the opportunity to work with executives of manufacturing, retail and technology companies. Today, Brad runs a sourcing business providing inexpensive manufacturing options for domestic companies and will soon become an Infant Swim Instructor. Brad earned a bachelors degree in Social Psychology from California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Oregon State University where he was the president of his class and was honored with the 2011 Target MBA leadership award. Brad lives in San Diego, California with his wife and two young daughters.
Member of the Board
Having spent a few weeks visiting Nepal in 2016, Emily was determined to get back (and give back) to the beautiful, vibrant, and unforgettable country. She stumbled upon Trek to Teach during her research and knew immediately that the organization’s missions and beliefs aligned directly with her own. As an educator, Emily understands the necessity and power of education and having seen the rural schools in the Himalayas herself, knew there was a definite need. After serving as the director of TTT, she accepted her role as a member of the board with a happy heart, determined to continue TTT’s positive impact on the communities it is involved in.
In the U.S., Emily is an English and ESOL professor at the University of San Diego (USD) and two local community colleges. She has seven years of experience teaching both internationally and domestically. Additionally, she acts as a mentor teacher and university liaison to M.Ed. graduate students at USD, facilitates teacher training, and constantly presents at and attends TESOL conferences. With this experience, Emily’s overarching goal is to continue to improve and grow TTT, thus bettering the Nepali village students’ education and future. Emily is currently pursuing her PhD in Education for Social Justice at USD.
Member of the Board
Ashley manages Trek to Teach’s finances, improves procedures of the organization and thinks critically about the long term impact of the services provided to our partnered communities. She joined Trek to Teach in 2013 as a volunteer teacher in college. After the earthquake in 2015, Ashley traveled to Nepal to do relief work and visit each of our partnered schools. She loves traveling and learning about the influence culture has on a country’s education system. She currently lives in Colorado and is earning a master's degree in professional creative writing.