Anna Swai (M.Ed. 2013)

Before coming to CIE I had been a teacher since 2001. I have been working under the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT) in different schools teaching Physics and Biology.


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Patrick Thoendel (M.Ed. 2013)

Before coming to CIE I lived and worked in Japan for 2 years teaching English to everyone from 4-year-old children to 70-year-old pensioners. Despite the challenges of working in Japanese office culture I really enjoyed the work and the lifestyle. In 2006 I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to the Republic of Georgia, where I lived and worked as a secondary school TEFL volunteer for 2 years.


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Aiah Andrew Sahr Mbayo (M.Ed. 2005; Ed.D. 2011)

Before coming to CIE in 2003, Aiah worked for four years as a program assistant for UNFPA in Sierra Leone where he provided technical support for a Population Information, Education, and Communication (POP-IEC) strategy.  In 2000 he began working for UNICEF as a Project Officer for Youth Development and Emergency Education.


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Abdrabu Abu Alyan (Ed.D. 2011)

Abedrabu Abu Alyan is an assistant professor in the English department at the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine. He teaches both BA and MA courses focusing on developing students’ oral communication skills and intercultural communicative competence. Besides teaching in the master’s program, he supervises graduate students and serves as both internal and external examiners with other supervisors.


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Laura Gluck (M.Ed. 2011)

After completing my master’s degree at CIE, I worked at WestEd's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program as a researcher for 6 years. One big project I worked on was a federally-funded, longitudinal randomized controlled trial examining the impact of a math intervention in low-income preschool and kindergarten programs. I also worked on a number of edtech evaluation and research projects related to different educational areas including special education, early childhood education, English language learners, math, science, and computer coding.


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Gulzat Kochorova (M.Ed. 2013)

Before coming to CIE, I spent five years introducing a newly developed Humanities Curriculum specifically designed for Central Asian undergraduate students at the University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project.  This Curriculum consisted of eight interdisciplinary courses and was intended to be taught using student-centered teaching methods, and develop students’ critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. While this kind of curriculum and teaching methods were fairly common in other countries, for the post-soviet Central Asian region it was new.


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Naeem Khawaja (Ph.D. 2016)

After graduating from CIE, I joined The University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education.  The Institute was established in 2009 and offers four-year pre-service teacher preparation programs (B.Ed. Hons.) for prospective elementary and secondary school teachers. The Institute is located in a building constructed in 2016 with funds from USAID. The Institute also offers M.Phil. in Education.   Recently I became the Coordinator (Head) of the Institute of Education.

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Noorullah Noori (M.Ed. 2013)

Since my graduation from CIE in 2013, I have had the honor of working with various international aid agencies and professionals in Afghanistan and USA. In December 2013, I joined the Collective Transformations Organization (a local Afghan civil society organization) as the Country Program Manager. I managed and supervised the programmatic activities (e.g. civics education, teacher education, career-skill building, community mobilization, rule of law, women empowerment and youth advocacy networking) throughout the country.


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Benjamin N. Oganga (M.Ed. 2013)

Benjamin Oganga is currently serving as an Assistant Director for Secondary Education in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) in Dodoma, Tanzania. He was previously Education Coordinator and Principal Education Coordinator.


Oganga has also worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training as well as for the Kigoma Regional Administration, focusing on the Kigoma Special Economic Zone.


He wrote to CIE about this work after he graduated in 2013:


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Salma Nazar Khan (Ed.D. 2015)

Salma joined Fatima Jinnah Women’s University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor where she teaches course at the graduate and undergraduate level. She has been busy coordinating international and national conferences where she has presented some of her research work.

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