Meet the Team

The Lausanne Learning team is here to support teachers and their schools through their unique skills, insights, and ideas.

Mr. Jeynes is Executive Director of Lausanne Learning with the mission of Engage Students; Empower Teachers; Transform Schools.

Mr. Jeynes has had a long career as administrator, writer, and consultant. Before becoming a consultant, he had a 26-year career in independent education including:

  • Teacher of English, History, and Religious Studies
    • Including being a finalist for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History
  • Choir Director of Male Voice and Female Voice choirs
  • Writer of Curriculum
  • Outdoor leader in both winter and summer activities
  • 10 years as Head of two schools
  • Work in residential, day, single-sex, co-ed, K-12 schools

From 2003 – 2017, Mr. Jeynes was a Senior Consultant for Independent School Management (ISM), an international research based consulting company. In that context, he worked in five countries and over 200 schools, leading conversations around strategic planning, financial planning, scheduling, faculty culture and strategic academic planning, and school performance analysis. He was also a lead writer and author for ISM.

He continues to keynotes and speak at educational conferences including PNAIS, ERB, VAIS, AMS, CASE (2010, 2016 Stellar Speaker), ISAS, NJAIS, ACSI, CAIS, AISNE, NCAIS, ASB Un-Plugged, SAES, FCIS, CSI, Laptop Institute, CBOA, LEA

Simon earned his MA from the University of Oxford (School of Modern History), his BEd (Hons.) from the University of Lethbridge, and his MEd (Educational Leadership) from Concordia University. As a believer in life-long learning, he:

  • has taken graduate and other courses from Prairie Bible Institute, Athabasca University, and the University of Western Ontario
  • attended the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC, and is certified to carry out/coach 360° Assessments; participated in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School; trained in De Bono Six Hats/Creative Thinking, Susan Scott’s Fierce Conversations, Kiersey’s Temperament Sorter
  • he is currently engaged in a course on Key Principles of Servant Leadership from the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Mr. Jeynes is married with four children, a dog, cat, and two birds. He is delighted that two of his children are now at university.

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Seth Burgess is the director of the Lausanne Learning Institute, a professional development non-profit that organizes teacher conferences on student centered learning strategies. Seth grew up in Alabama, the oldest son in a family of teachers, where he developed his first love, Crimson Tide football, after meeting Coach Bear Bryant during a home football game. He pursued his love for writing while at Baylor University, which led to a short career in journalism. However, the early days of the Internet beckoned, and Seth worked and developed projects with early dot-coms in Austin, Texas during the innovative days of Web 1.0.

After completing his MA in Critical Theory at the University of Alabama, Seth followed his family’s DNA and began teaching, leading to a fellowship at the University of Alabama’s Blount Scholar’s Program, ESL coordinator at Korea Polytechnic University in South Korea, and humanities director at a Tri-City Collegiate Prep in Prescott, Arizona.

During his first visit to Lausanne, he knew this was a school with vision and ability, and is proud every day to have the chance to work with such an amazing group of thought leaders.

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Amber Colvin is the coordinator of the Lausanne Learning Institute. Originally from Cotter, Arkansas – a small town famous for being the trout capital of the United States – she attended Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, earning a B.A. in History before making Memphis her home in 2009.

After her undergraduate work in history, Amber pursued her passion for historical analysis, teaching, and the history of European culture at the University of Memphis, earning an M.A. in History in 2011. She is currently finishing her dissertation analyzing images of the royal family in England between Henry VIII and George II, and anticipates completing her Ph.D. by the end of 2018. She has taught at the University of Memphis and Arkansas State University Mid-South, and was a steering committee member of the conference on celebrity for several years.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Amber loves cooking, knitting very slowly, and collecting books to add to her “to read” pile. She is also an avid photographer and a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers. A voracious reader and long-time volunteer advocate, Amber also serves as membership chair on the Memphis Public Library Friends of the Library board.

When she first visited Lausanne, Amber was struck by the collegiality of the campus community, and is proud and delighted to bring her event planning, social media savvy, and educational experiences to Lausanne Learning Institute!

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Memphis, TN  38120






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