The Leading Expert In
Relationship-Based Learning and Wellbeing
for International Schools

Our Mission

SCM designs and manages mentoring programs for young people growing up in international communities who are impacted by mobility. Using the powerful combination of one to one mentoring and our web based curriculum, we remove our protégés road blocks and tap into their full potential as global citizens.

What We Believe


Teaching young people how to have healthy and successful relationships with adults and peers, and giving them the opportunity to do so in a safe and supportive environment, not only improves their immediate learning and well-being, but also helps them lead a life of satisfaction.

Empathy in the Modern World

As the world is increasingly interconnected, as technology continues to grow at such a rapid pace and as we enter the era of artificial intelligence, a person’s ability to empathize and connect with others and to create value for others is more important than ever.

A Culture of Mentoring

In order to achieve this, schools must adopt a culture of mentoring. To do this, administrators need to focus on effective developmental relationships between not only staff and students, but also between students and their peers, in all aspects of the school experience, including: hiring practices, staff and student training, budgeting and scheduling.

Personalized Learning

We believe in the value of effectively executed personalized learning in schools. We believe that, as information becomes more readily available, the role of teachers must shift away from subject matter experts. We believe that the role of teachers in the 21st century is that of facilitation and modeling, with an emphasis on getting to know students and scaffolding their learning experience.

Compassionate, Ethical Global Community

When young people have meaningful connections with adults who model compassionate and ethical global citizenship, they are more likely to become compassionate and ethical global citizens themselves.

The Impact of Mobility

We believe that special attention must be made for young people impacted by mobility and/or adverse experiences, as so many of their relationships are disrupted throughout their development.

Cultural Understanding and Respect

We believe that special attention must be made to cultural differences and for those students who must navigate more than one culture on a daily basis and throughout their youth.

“I know firsthand that you need people who can mentor you, who can see things in you that you don’t often see yourself.”

-– Sir Ken Robinson

Meaningful Impact

of our clients would recommend our professional development on mentoring in schools
International School alumni that did not have mentors reported having DIFFICULTY RELATING TO PEERS after graduating from high school, according to an SCM survey in 2012
Sea Change Mentoring Protégés would recommend the program to others

“Sea Change Mentoring offers a unique approach to helping third culture kids (TCKs) thrive as they grow up among many different cultural worlds…Sea Change Mentoring is helping globally mobile youth learn good strategies for living with strength and success despite the many changes whirling about in our ever-changing world. It is truly a ground-breaking concept and one whose time has come.”

-– Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing up Among Worlds

Advisory Services

Sea Change Mentoring offers our clients a suite of services designed to meet the needs of international schools and organizations who serve international and multicultural school-aged children, university students, and recent graduates. Whether our clients are running mentoring programs, improving advisory programs, or are just getting started in building relationship-based learning into their students’ capstone or IB CAS projects, this suite of services provides them with the opportunity to evaluate their practice and strengthen their work.

The key areas where mentoring and developmental
relationships are effective in schools are:

Personalized Learning

Mentoring should play a key role in project-based learning, capstones, CAS, etc.

Alumni Engagement

Alumni-student or Alumni-alumni mentoring, often with a career-development perspective.


Advisory or supplemental programming designed to support the social-emotional health of students.

Transitions Support

Through peer and near-peer mentoring, support for newcomers, stayers and leavers in schools impacted by mobility.

How We Work

Clients can choose from a range of services. Below is the typical process of working with Sea Change Mentoring but we tailor the process and options according to each client’s needs.

Our Process

The IMF’s Family Association, in collaboration with World Bank hired Sea Change Mentoring to conduct a series of educational seminars designed to teach the teenage children of employees the importance of mentors in one’s life, how to find mentors and why this is important for internationally mobile people like themselves.

Who we are

The SCM team not only brings expertise and passion to our work, but we also bring sincere empathy for students and teachers. Each of us comes to this work as international school alumni and experienced educators first and foremost.

Beatriz Lucas

Curriculum Coordinator

Beatriz Lucas was born in Mexico to Spanish and French parents, but grew up in the UK and Canada. In addition to helping Sea Change Mentoring develop curriculum content, she is an engagement manager at 2Degrees, where she translates technical stories and facts into content accessible to the general public for community and business driven sustainability. Prior to this role, she worked as a biologist in Mexico helping resource-dependent communities maintain their lifestyle while ensuring the conservation needs of an ecosystem.

Beatriz was one of Sea Change Mentoring’s first mentors. She was matched with a 17 year old American attending a British International School in Europe. For three years they worked on planning for a career in environmental science, how to make meaning from international volunteering experiences, friendships and goodbyes, the college essay, and exploring international identities. She is a big music fan, loves sports, meeting and learning from people, and listening to NPR podcasts and currently resides in the UK.

Lydia Foxall

Special Projects Intern

Lydia Foxall is an American citizen, raised in Chile, Ecuador, and India. She attended the International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, and the American Embassy school in New Delhi. When she was in middle school, Lydia repatriated to New Hampshire, U.S. with her family and attended a rural public school. As a young adult, Lydia lived in Cadiz, Spain to study Spanish and immerse herself in the Andalusian culture. She completed her bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 2017.

While she was at University, Lydia worked as part of the Steering Committee for Safe Passage Across Networks, SPAN. In addition to her work with SPAN, Lydia also interned at the American International School of Vienna in Austria. She worked closely with the middle school guidance counselor assisting with students social, emotional, and academic needs. Her focus was on students in transition. After returning from Austria, Lydia interned with a school social worker at the Concord High School in New Hampshire working primarily with refugee students. Lydia believes strongly in Sea Change Mentoring, and is passionate about empowering TCKs worldwide.

Josh Stager

Senior Program &
Curriculum Advisor

Most recently, Josh served as the Senior Manager of Professional Development, Technology for all of New York City public schools. In his role, he trained principals and school administrators in how to use student data and technology systems to improve instruction and measure progress. Josh is also an adjunct professor within New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he teaches critical thinking and writing to college freshmen. Josh has high school teaching experience as an English teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows, worked to implement No Child Left Behind, and helped lead the educational nonprofit Computers for Youth. Josh’s parents were officers in the US Navy, so as a child lived on both US coasts, Guam, and Thailand. He holds two Masters degrees in Education, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Ellen Mahoney

CEO & Founder

Ellen is the founder of Sea Change Mentoring and an alumna of Singapore American School and the International School of Sacred Heart in Tokyo. Prior to launching Sea Change Mentoring, she developed the mentor management and quality programming policies and procedures for iMentor, a leading youth mentoring program recognized by President Obama for its excellence and innovation. During her time at iMentor, she Increased the quality and quantity of support provided to 4800 participants and 16 school administrations by building and administering assessments, developing evidence-based strategies and creating internal efficiencies. In 2008, she was awarded a City Council Citation for her work during her time at iMentor. She is certified in mentoring program supervision by Fordham University’s School of Social Work and Big Brothers Big Sisters and she studied School Counseling at George Washington University’s Graduate School for Human Development. She is a co-founding board member of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN), which facilitates the establishment of programs that address the challenges of mobility across networks of schools. Ellen resides in San Francisco, California

“Thank you so very much for the Sea Change Mentoring training. We have returned full of inspiration. Thank you for your extra support in helping us create a Theory of Change – a strategy we are enjoying implementing – as well as guiding us towards specific texts to read regarding transitions and third culture kids. The content of this training was highly valuable.”

-– Green School of Bali Staff

Speaking & Events

We conduct engaging, interactive trainings, lectures and workshops for school staff, employers, parents, high school and university students. 

  • Mentoring Best Practices
  • Youth Initiated Mentoring
  • The Role of Relationships in Personalized Learning
  • Supporting Young People, Staff and Parents Through Transitions and Mobility
  • Mentoring and Well-Being in Schools
  • Developmental Relationships in Schools
  • How to Help Third Culture Kids Thrive
  • The Third Culture Kids’ Transition to Tertiary Education

Examples of previous clients include — Shell Global Outpost; World Bank Family Network; The Carnegie Corporation; The American School of the Hague; American Community School, Cobham; University of California, Berkeley; Clark University; Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO).

The Expat LifeLine’s Moving With Kids Summit

A lecture for the World Bank Family Network in 2015

“TCKs Who Tweet: How Third Culture Kids around the world built a more diverse and inclusive TCK community online” Lecture for 2016 Families in Global Transition Conference.”


Our Clients

Sea Change Mentoring is honored to have built relationships with
highly-respected schools and organizations around the world.

  • Alliant International University
  • American Community School in Hillingdon
  • American Community School in Cobham
  • American School of the Hague
  • Global Online Academy
  • International Diagnostics Solutions
  • The International Monetary Fund Family Association
  • International School of Amsterdam
  • Pearson
  • Read Alliance
  • Shell Global Outpost
  • Singapore American School
  • The World Bank Family Network
  • The Carnegie Foundation

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