The Teaching and Learning Materials Program is comprised of several staff members here at Chicago State University as well as some who work solely from Ghana that work tirelessly to make sure the program’s goal of providing millions of books to Ghanaian children continues to be met.
Dr. Carol O. Carson-Warner, Executive Director of the Textbook and Learning Materials Program (TLMP) Ghana has been a contributing member of the Chicago State University community for over 25 years. In her role as Executive Director of TLMP, she is responsible for every aspect of the deliverables required under the cooperative agreement with USAID. She has facilitated the printing of over 4 million textbooks for Ghana, with millions more in the production stage. She also manages and facilitates other programmatic thrusts such as project evaluation, teacher training and certification, and future development. Formerly, Dr. Warner was Executive Director of four Federal TRiO Programs: Project FAME/Upward Bound, Project SUCCESS/Educational Opportunity Center, Upward Bound II, and Educational Talent Search. Dr. Carson-Warner completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983 and in 1986, a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision at Chicago State University. In 2003, she obtained a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from Roosevelt University.
Jamille Watkins-Barnes is the Assistant Director of the TLMP/Ghana, who works closely with Dr. Carol Carson-Warner to insure timely and accurate project deliverables in compliance with the applicable cooperative agreement with USAID. Her duties include the oversight of day to day activities such as managing the program roles and responsibilities, preparation and reporting of project status and monitoring the quality and quantity of TLMs developed. Ms. Barnes comes to the project as a communications specialist, having taught speechmaking and principles of communication for 5 years at Chicago State University. She also has an extensive background in international business and marketing, as well as technical documentation and training having spent 15 years in managerial positions at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. Jamille received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University, and her Master’s Degree in the Science of Communications from Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois.
Mr. Jerald Knox, CPA, serves the Textbook Teaching and Learning Materials Program, as the Coordinator of Financial Management. His responsibilities include: analyzing and reviewing financial data, reporting financial performance, preparing budgets and monitoring expenditures and costs management; insure that all major risks administered by the TLMP are identified and analyzed; and to demonstrate fiscal responsibility with working with USAID (Federal) and University (State) guidelines. Mr. Knox holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting, from Drake University. He is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant and has more than twenty years of both financial and audit experience in a number of business sectors both public and private.
Mr. Ganiyu Owolabi Saheed. A professionally trained teacher, with demonstrated ability to develop Curriculum Studies with an emphasis on child development, with a proven ability to motivate, and direct pupils/students while maintaining high interest in their progress and achievement. As an articulate communicator, Mr. Saheed is able to effectively interact with diverse populations and speaks Arabic, Yoruba, and English. Mr. Saheed obtained his Master’s and Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University and an Associate Degree in Education from Teachers Training College in Lagos-State Nigeria. He has worked with the Project for sustainable Human Development, a community development plan aimed at empowering rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Mohamed Ali Jalloh is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at the College of Education (CSU) and a Research Assistant at the TLMP, Ghana office at CSU. Mr. Jalloh holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (M. Ed.) and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors (B.A.Hons.) in Modern History from the University of Sierra Leone. Prior to his arrival at CSU, Mr Jalloh was Principal Lecturer and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) in Sierra Leone. He is currently working on his dissertation titled: “The Effectiveness of Partnerships in International Educational Assistance.”