Tamar Lomiashvili

Tamar successfully defended her dissertation and will graduate in February 2020.  Since completing her course work she has been involved in various professional activities.


In 2014-2016, while working on my dissertation, I worked part-time for the New York City Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary as an evaluation specialist/consultant. Our institute worked with NYC schools to strengthen their instructional capacities and enhance school wide leadership practices. I was primarily responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis on the academic results schools achieved at the end of the academic year. 


After my work in NYC, I briefly worked as an Education Specialist for the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, National Center for Education Quality Enhancement on developing professional and vocational standards through DACUM methodology. There I facilitated the organization of work groups and focus groups, collecting all the necessary data and producing reports and policy documents. [11-19]


Before starting her doctoral program at CIE, she was engaged in various ways with the education system in Georgia.


https://www.umass.edu/cie/sites/default/files/profiles/graduates/Lomiashvili-Tamar-F12.jpgFrom 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.


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.


After completing the master’s degree program, I returned to Georgia in 2010, and began working with a 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. [9-12]


Email: tlomiashvili@umass.edu


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