With more than 90-years of collective teaching and administrative experiences in the United States, China, and other countries, it became clear that teachers of English as a foreign language lacked the necessary skills to deliver instruction to meet the communicative needs of the English language learners and to enhance students’ communicative competence (the ability to understand spoken English, speak English, read English, write English, and become culturally competent).

Partnering with Global Education, Inc. ensures that all of your teachers of English will be trained and supported to teach all students with the most current, research-based pedagogical methodologies that English-learner students need in order to excel in any English-speaking environment.



Derrick Banks
Founder & CEO Global Education Group, Inc.

Mr. Derrick Banks comes with more than 20 years of progressive experience in international education and has been recognized for his ESL program development, college counseling, and his skills as a college-level psychology instructor.

Mr. Banks earned a B.A. degree in Psychology and African Studies, a M.A. degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in International Conflict Resolution, Negotiations, and Mediations. In addition, Mr. Banks has earned his certification to teach at the college level. He has worked as a teacher and college administrator in the United States, Canada, and China. Most recently, Mr. Banks taught at the prestigious Chinese Peoples Public Securities University in Beijing, China.

Currently, Mr. Banks is a member of the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) which has a membership of over 10,000 international educators from around the world. As an active member of NAFSA, he has given presentations on the Chinese education system.  As a member of the American Association of intensive English programs, Mr. Banks has a network of professionals at the forefront of teaching English as a second language.

Early in his career, Mr. Banks discovered he possessed a desire to learn more about different people, their cultures, and the lands they came from. Upon graduating from college, Mr. Banks decided to find a way to travel the world. He found the perfect job that would allow him to do this. Mr. Banks became employed by Trans-World Airlines (TWA) as a Domestic/International In-Flight Supervisor.

Throughout his 12-year career with the airlines and over 20 years of experience in international education, he learned the importance of diversity/sensitivity and how to be respectful of all people and their cultures.  In his life span, Mr. Banks has traveled to more than 60 countries and lived and worked in China, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, and France.

Global Education Group, Inc. was created by Mr. Banks as a result of his lifelong experiences interacting with people and cultures from around the world. His ability to understand the importance and challenges of global communication made it clear to him that helping others was his next opportunity to bring people and cultures from around the world closer together.

Mr. Banks has created an exceptional team of like-minded educational professionals that bring with them decades of teaching and administrative experience; both domestically and internationally. This team of dedicated educators is the culmination of Mr. Banks' desire to ensure that his company is the global leader in training and supporting teachers of English as a second language.

Robert Eiseman

Robert Eiseman, Education Consultant

Mr. Robert Eiseman grew up in a family of educators. Robert’s father was a teacher and college professor for 45 years. Robert’s mother worked at U.C.L.A. for 20 years and his oldest sister has been a health educator for 44 years. In addition to being raised to value the importance of family, Robert knew from an early age the value of education.

Mr. Eiseman earned a B.A. in Environmental Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1989. His teaching career started with the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1990 with a commitment to help all students succeed in school and work. Mr. Eiseman’s teaching experiences have spanned elementary, middle school, and high school. At the high school level, Mr. Eiseman taught biology, chemistry and math. Twice, Mr. Eiseman was recognized by “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” for his outstanding teaching and abilities to motivate students to excel in school.

In 2004, Mr. Eiseman graduated with a M.A. in Educational Leadership with Distinction. In 2007, he became a high school principal with the goal to create school teams focused on student success. Mr. Eiseman received many awards from the Los Angeles Unified School District for his innovative leadership style and the successful gains students achieved in math and reading scores and graduation rates.

In 2017, Mr. Eiseman was recruited by Stanford University, in conjunction with the California Department of Education, to become a member of a task force to draft educational policies for legislative review and potential implementation throughout California.

In 2018, after nearly 30 years in education, Mr. Eiseman retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District. His future goal was to use his knowledge and experiences as a successful principal to help others create the same successes he enjoyed throughout this career.

Immediately following his retirement, Mr. Eiseman accepted the position of Foreign Principal at the Cunzhi Jiade Bilingual School (CZJDBS) in Suzhou, China. During his time working at CZJDBS, Mr. Eiseman understood the importance that all teachers of English be properly trained to teach English as a second language in order to ensure that graduating high school students were prepared to enter top international universities.

In July 2019, Mr. Eiseman became a consultant with the Global Education Group, Inc. Their shared vision of properly training teachers of English to ensure all English-learner students are successful is a perfect match. Mr. Eiseman and Global Education Group, Inc. look forward to the many success stories from the students who will benefit from this partnership.

In 2020, following the conclusion of the Stanford University task force, Mr. Eiseman accepted a new position with Stanford University to continue working as an educational consultant on a multi-year educational project.

Dr. Sedique Popal

Dr. Sedique Popal,
Professor of Linguistics, Education, English

Dr. Sedique Popal, Professor of Linguistics, Education, English, Teacher Trainer and Consultant since 1980. He holds a BA degree in English Literature, two Master Degrees (One in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language and another in Language Studies-Linguistics) and a doctorate degree in Education with emphasis in Applied Linguistics. Dr. Popal has taught English and Applied Linguistics in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany, Korea, China, and the United States.

He has been a featured presenter within the following national and global organizations: TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), CATESOL (California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), NABE (National Association of Bilingual Educators), and CABE (California Association of Bilingual Educators).  He has also been recognized for his focused research in the areas of bilingual education and code-switching and code-mixing. In addition to being an Honored Professor at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, Dr. Popal was also awarded the Outstanding Educator Award at the University of San Francisco (USF), and Teacher of the Year Award at the College of Alameda and California State University, Hayward. He also served on the Advisory Board for St. Mary’s College Graduate TESOL program, and U.C. Berkeley TESL Certificate Program. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of UC Santa Cruz Extension and teaches linguistics at U.C. Berkeley Extension TESL Program and he teaches Applied Linguistics at the University of San Francisco and serves as the director of MA TESOL program at the University of San Francisco. In addition, he teaches ESL in the College of Alameda and serves as the chair of PEAC (Peralta ESL Advisory Council) for Peralta Community Colleges. Dr. Popal taught English on Noor TV for seven years and is currently teaches English on Iman TV. You can watch his TV shows on Saturday Mornings from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM on Iman TV.

Dr. Popal believes that language is inextricably linked to learning and cognitive development and that English is the tool of empowerment for immigrant children and adults in the U.S.  He strongly recommends that teachers must respect what students bring to their classes: their native languages and cultures.  Dr. Popal has educated thousands of ESL/EFL teachers around the globe and inspired them to activate different learning modalities, lower students’ anxiety, and provide comprehensible lessons.