I have been striving to contribute to Georgian education system in many different ways over the past 8 years, whether by helping a 9th grader to succeed in her chemistry class, assisting Muskie applicants to apply to universities in State, or by developing and implementing a program for school principals. Although my first master’s degree is in biochemistry, I decided I wanted to be an educator soon after my first student received high scores on the international tests and I realized how rewarding it is to assist people in pursuing their dreams and aspirations. Besides, I am a strong believer that education is the most powerful tool for the country to develop.


From 2003 to 2008 I worked for two very prestigious language and test preparation schools in Georgia starting as a teacher, then as head teacher and finally as education center manager. I was very proud of my achievements as a manager of educational institution. I managed to recruit qualified and skilled staff, created and tailored effective academic programs and put immense effort in building a true learning community and a trusting environment within the building. I admired and loved what I did, seeing so many happy and satisfied students and parents achieving their goals meant the world to me, but… something was missing… I realized that if our country offered high quality education, not so many students would want foreign education (since our center mostly prepared students for international language and professional tests). Besides, I often thought about the students who could not afford these expensive test preparation courses, studying abroad, or simply hiring tutors to develop their language skills.


I came to the conclusion that strengthening country’s public education system should be the priority. Since I believe that the foundation for an effective education system is strong K-12 schools, I became very passionate about strengthening public school sector in our country. That is when I decided get my second master’s degree in educational leadership from Adelphi University.


When I returned to Georgia in 2010, I worked for the USAID Education Management Project as an education specialist where I contributed to strengthening the country’s educational leadership capacity. I worked on creating and implementing the Georgian Principal Professional Development Scheme as well as tailoring and conducting school ‘financial management’ and ‘effective school leadership’ training programs for principals countrywide.


I strongly believe that having good principals is equivalent to having good schools. Also, I believe that creating a pool of exemplary principals is only possible by having great professional development programs (both degree and non-degree, pre-service and in-service, school-based and non-school based), and appropriate performance evaluation systems that eventually shapes public and professional accountability system.


My ultimate goal is to strengthen field of educational leadership in Georgia. As for my research interest, even while earning my master’s degree, I knew that I wanted to conduct research on Georgian principals’ leadership styles and the relationship to the students’ success. This subject is particularly interesting since educational leadership is relatively new term for Georgia as a post-socialistic country and nobody has ever studied principals’ leadership capabilities and their impact on students’ academic and social performance.  I strongly believe CIE is the best place that can equip me with all necessary aspects of theoretical and practical knowledge to successfully conduct such research.



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