Siddiqullah Barikzai (M.Ed. 2009)

I returned to Kabul in 2010 and joined Computer Science Department of Natural Science Faculty at Kabul Education University (KEU). In mid-2010, I was elected as the chair of Computer Science Department. I led the department in addition to teaching various courses in both computer science and pedagogy.

 

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Ali Hikmat (M.Ed. 2009)

Since graduating from UMass, I have been involved in academic activities here at Bamyan University, Afghanistan. At the beginning of my work I developed a proposal to establish an English department at Bamyan University. Fortunately it was accepted by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the fourth cohort is now celebrating its graduation from the English department. At first, I worked as the head of English department for one year (2010) and then was appointed as the Dean of the Education Faculty, a position which I still hold.

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Satomi Kamei (Ed.D. 2016)

After graduating with her doctorate in May 2016, Satomi sent us the following update:

 

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Frank McNerney (Ed. D. 2008), Yijie Zhao (Ed. D. 2007)

Frank McNerney and Yijie Zhao, husband and wife graduates of the Center, are now both in Washington,D.C. Yijie is teaching Chinese at the Foreign Service Institute. After working at AIR for awhile, Frank is now a freelancing consultant and a volunteer development worker.

 

In 2014 I have been spending much time in Bangladesh, Nepal and even Egypt, working on World Bank projects mostly, with some work with IREX and BRAC University. [12-14]

 

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Rebecca Paulson

My focus on International Education all started when I studied my first foreign language in middle school. When I started learning Spanish I felt like I knew this secret language that not everyone could speak but that opened my world up to a whole new group of people. I quickly became addicted and soon started learning French which I also loved.

 

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Laureen Pierre

My journey to the CIE began in Hosororo, a remote Amerindian village situated in the North West region of Guyana.  At the age of eleven I was awarded a government scholarship to pursue secondary education in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city.  I became strongly influenced by the educational and cultural dynamics found in the multi-ethnic student population and the city environs,always maintained consciousness of my identity as an indigenous person.

 

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Karla Sarr

My first introduction to international education and development work was as a study abroad student to Dakar, Senegal in 2000.  That experience opened up a path of self-discovery, exploration and constant learning, primarily in West and Central Africa. Throughout these experiences, education and cross-cultural interactions have been obvious and exciting recurring themes.

 

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Nina Papadopoulos

I arrive at CIE via Kampala Uganda where I worked for nearly three years leading an education and child labor project. The project focused on children and young people affected by the bitter civil war in the Northern region of the country.  Previously, I worked on girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Before getting into the education sector I worked on gender issues in southern Africa, specifically inheritance rights in Malawi and Zimbabwe.

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Mohammad Hossain Vahidi

Salam to all! I was born in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan. I studied until grade 4 in Kabul and then after the Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1981, my family took me to Iran.  We lived in Iran as refugees for 25 years where I did my schooling.  At the same time I had to earn money by working hard at different jobs, from teaching English to construction. This working alongside studying taught me independence and self-reliance, and I appreciated the value of putting effort in doing things to get results.

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Alicia Fitzpatrick

In 2000, I began my teaching career in The Gambia, West Africa. It was during my time there as a math and science teacher that my educational platform and pedagogical practices started to develop, along with my ardor for teaching. While teaching, I also collaborated with the Ministry of Education in Girls’ Education programs and conducted teacher trainings on classroom management.

 

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