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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Amber Martin (M.Ed. 2009)

It’s hard to say where my path to CIE actually started, but I guess you could say that it has to do with deciding that you want to leave the world just a little better than you found it. I started out wanting to be an English major in college, but soon meandered into other departments such as Sociology, Women’s Studies, Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, African American Studies, and others. When it was time to declare a major I declared an independent one: Social Justice, the one common theme that ran through all of my coursework.

 

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Ricardo Gomez-Yepes (Ed.D. 2013)

Ricardo received a Bachelor of Education degree from La Salle University and Master of Education from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Ricardo has been a full-time lecturer and researcher at University of Antioquia Colombia since 2003. His research interests span educational policy analysis, assessment and evaluation, and curriculum design and implementation. He is particularly interested in identifying key education policies and practice that support teachers in helping low-income youth succeed academically. 

 

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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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Abdrabu Abu Alyan

Hello-Assalamu Alykum!  I am from Palestine and I have been awarded a Palestinian Faculty Development Program (PFDP) scholarship to pursue my doctoral studies in the USA. I am a teacher in the department of English at the Islamic University of Gaza, where I have taught various courses for English majors. However, my specialty in teaching is “Oral communication skills”. My teaching career has been characterized by dedication, hard work and the ability to work with diverse teams, as well as having skills in problem-solving strategies.

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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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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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