Sherry Russell (M.Ed.1995; Ed.D. 2004)

Since graduating from CIE, Sherry has worked both in the US and abroad.  She is passionate about work that connects people meaningfully to each other across both similarities and differences.  These connections foster the types of networks and relationships that address inequity, promote peace and generate innovative solutions that build on strengths while addressing challenges.


During her years at CIE, Sherry’s focus was on adult and nonformal education. During that time, she worked with literacy and participatory education projects in Massachusetts as well as abroad.

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Duong van Thanh (Ed.D. 2004)

Duong van Thanh is currently an assistant professor at the SIT Graduate Institute as well as being the Country Director and the Academic Director for SIT Study Abroad, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has held these posts since 2008.  The program is a 16-credit training course that provides American students with exposure to different environmental and cultural sites of Viet Nam and Cambodia.


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Dezie Trigu (M.Ed. 2004)

After completing his Master’s degree at CIE, Dezie returned to his job with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology where he started work in 1991.  He had worked variously as a teacher, Methods Advisor and Tikwere Outreach Coordinator for the Malawi College of Distance Education.  In 2013 he retired from the Civil Service after 22 years of service.


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Samson MacJessie-Mbewe (Ed.D. 2004)

After graduating from CIE, I returned to Chancellor College in Malawi in the Faculty of Education where I am now an Associate Professor. Since returning I have served as Head of Department, Dean of Faculty and University Senator.

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Henry Gwede (M.Ed. 2004)

After graduating from CIE in 2004 I returned to my job at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) as a District Education Manager coordinating primary school education activities.


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Simeon Afouda (Ed.D. 2016)

In February of 2019, Simeon visited CIE in its new home in Montague House.  He met the new Director and some old friends.  He shared the following about what he has been doing.


I have spent the past five years in the Dammam, Saudi Arabia, working for a Saudi company, where my main responsibilities are teaching English as part of pre-employment training for recent college graduates.


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Tsoaledi Daniel Thobejane (Ed.D. 2004)

Dr. Thobejane is currently an Associate Professor in the Institute for Gender and Youth Studies and is also serving as the chairperson of the Research and Publications Committee in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Venda in South Arica. The University is situated in Thohoyandou, Limpopo province.


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Duc Le (Lee) Nguyen (M.Ed. 2006)

After graduating from CIE, I decided to continue on the academic path. I was accepted to the Master’s program in Project Management at the George Washington University School of Business. Having enrolled as a part-time student, it takes me longer than usual to finish the degree but I’m happy since I can both work and study at the same time. I’ve changed a couple of jobs and World Learning is my most recent stop.

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Tigran Tovmasyan (M.Ed. 2004)

Tigran is currently with UNICEF Armenia as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme Officer. His responsibilities include enhancing project effectiveness in preschools and schools, including special schools; coordinating the development of an action plan for capacity-building activities in education in emergency preparedness and response; supporting national stakeholders for the setup of a coordination mechanism for DRR in education, and promoting the establishment of a national mechanism to provide psychosocial support to and prevent the trafficking of children in emergencies.


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Askar Mambetaliev (M.Ed. 2004)

Hailing from Kyrgyzstan, Askar just finished his most recent research with the Canadian Center of Pluralism on the peaceful co-existence of people with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Prior to that, he led a research project within a UNESCO Global Initiative on the problems of exclusion in schools. Earlier, Askar was a visiting scholar of the Open Society Institute at New York University, where he focused on developing programs in the social and political sciences.

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