Karla Giuliano Sarr (M.Ed. 2010; Ed.D. 2015)

Karla Giuliano Sarr is an assistant professor in International Education at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and a co-chair of that department. She instructs both face-to-face and online and teaches courses focusing on an overview of international education, M&E, Indigenous education, non-formal education and language issues in education.


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Yang Gyeltshen (Ph.D. 2016)

Yang Gyeltshen is currently leading a group of five teachers for Lhomon Education, a project of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative, a registered civil society organization in Bhutan. The Initiative aims to bring education alternatives to eastern Bhutan and beyond.


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Assela M. Luena (M.Ed. 2012)

Here in Tanzania we are healthy, trying cope with challenging social and economic dynamics. There are a lot of educational reforms taking place in the country, and you can see changes of my address below. I'm now working for the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE). I'm grateful for the competence I gained at CIE, it makes my life easier to adapt the changes quickly!


I hope the entire CIE family is doing fine. You are all in my heart, my best family in Amherst. [1/15]


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Nigel Brissett (Ed.D. 2010)

After completing my doctorate, I worked at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts as an adjunct faculty in the fall of 2010, teaching a graduate course in development theory.


I continued at Clark in spring 2011 and facilitated a graduate seminar on project management for social change. During this time, I also returned briefly to CIE for a second stint to work on an extension to the Afghanistan Higher Education project.


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Judith Johanees (M.Ed. 2012)

After graduating from CIE in February 2012 I returned to my former position at the Office of the European Union Representative West Bank and Gaza Strip, where I am currently working on the design of a basic infrastructure and land rehabilitation and development program. In this place on Earth development is inextricably interwoven with politics. This makes the work interesting but also very challenging.


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Valerie Kurka (M.Ed. 2012)

Immediately after graduating, I worked with Ash Hartwell and CIE students Jacob Carter and Milka Ndura on the Global Citizens' Initiative which brought 13 leaders from around the world to Amherst for a 2-week course in Global Citizenship.


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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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Gopal Midha

I was born in New Delhi, India in a middle class family. My parents stretched themselves to provide me the best schooling that they could afford and these initial grounding years helped me get to the right  college and then later do my MBA.


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Yang Gyeltshen

I have been teaching in one of the teacher education colleges in Bhutan for the last fifteen years or so. How I got into teaching some may say is one’s destiny, and others might say it is through opportunities availed. Whichever may be the case, teaching is one thing that was never in my mind until I tripped over it during my initial job as an educational media illustrator. The drawings I analyzed to illustrate some teaching materials meant for primary education lead me into the minds of how children look at art and learning.

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Gopal Midha (M.Ed. 2010)

Gopal Midha has just started his PhD at the Curry School of Education (University of Virginia). He expects to focus his doctoral research on themes related to school and district leadership. [12-16]


Over the last 5 years since he graduated from CIE, he has been working with central and state governments in India to strengthen district and school leadership and teacher education, including:


* a research facility to support the D.Ed, B.Ed and M.Ed programs and support professionals in India

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