Farida Fleming (M.Ed. 2008)

I always wanted to be a teacher. I love learning - that feeling of   potential and change. So I tried it out: teaching children after-school, teaching migrants English, teaching students English in Japan, preparing Youth Ambassadors before their postings. I remember these students, both adults and children, and the moments when we learned something together.

 

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Bonnie Sylwester

Hello everyone! I am originally from the Washington, DC area. My childhood was divided between DC and Melbourne, Australia, and my experience living in Australia combined with my exposure to the international community in Washington created in me an early desire to learn about different countries, cultures and languages.

 

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Haili Cheng

I was born and raised in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Western China. I grew up in a small isolated village surrounded by the Heavenly Mountains close to the Goby desert right on the ancient Silk Road. The province, Xinjiang, shares borders with 8 countries including Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India from the northeast to southwest. It is one of the largest border-trade zones in China. Xinjiang is a province populated by a total of 13 ethnic groups, including a great number of nomadic tribes and nations.

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Abraham Sineta (Ed.D. 2012)

I am from Malawi where I graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1992 from the University of Malawi Chancellor College. My major was Physics with Mathematics as a minor. I taught physical science at secondary school level for six years before I got promoted to District Education officer in 1998. I came to UMASS CIE in 2001 under the Malawi project to do my masters in international education and simultaneously I got promoted in the same year to be District Education Manager.

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Wendy Wheaton

I am currently, an incoming doctoral candidate at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts.  I grew up in upstate New York and completed an undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and a master’s degree at Columbia University.  More recently, I have spent a number of years working in international humanitarian assistance overseas, primarily in emergency and post conflict settings. 

 

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Martha Nyongani (M.Ed. 2003; Ed.D. 2012)

I am happy to be back at CIE. It’s like coming home. I look forward to my doctoral program here. I am still interested in promoting equity in education especially at basic education level with a bias toward promoting inclusive education. Having managed both rural and urban education districts in Malawi, I feel there is a lot that has to be done in the education sector in Malawi if we are to achieve the millennium development goals by 2015.

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Gopal Midha (M.Ed. 2010)

Gopal Midha defended his dissertation in November 2019 and will receive his Ph.D. in December 2019 at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He is currently looking for opportunities to work with international education programs in academia.,

 

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Lauren Clarke (Ed.D. 2011)

In 2017 Lauren left her position as Dean for International Students at Amherst College - and the U.S. - to accept the position of president of the American College at Sampoerna University, in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is developing a two-year core general education curriculum that can transfer to four-year degrees within Indonesia or in the U.S.

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Darren Hertz (M.Ed. 2009)

Husband and wife CIE graduates, Darren Hertz and Ashley Clayton Hertz, recently relocated to Bangkok, Thailand.

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Rebecca Paulson Stone (Ed.D. 2012)

I was promoted to Senior Researcher and literacy specialist at the American Institutes of Research (AIR) last year. I provide technical assistance to literacy programs around the world and also conduct research on literacy programming in multilingual environments.

 

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