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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Mjege Kinyota (M.Ed. 2013)

As a PhD student at the Institute of International and Comparative Education (IICE) of Beijing Normal University (BNU), PRC, I still cherish my experience at the Center for International Education (CIE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Not only has that experience influenced my enrollment at BNU, but also the focus of my current research.

 

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Abdrabu Abu Alyan (Ed.D. 2011)

Hello-Assalamu Alykum!  I am from Palestine and I have been awarded a Palestinian Faculty Development Program (PFDP) scholarship to pursue my doctoral studies in the USA. I am a teacher in the department of English at the Islamic University of Gaza, where I have taught various courses for English majors. However, my specialty in teaching is “Oral communication skills”. My teaching career has been characterized by dedication, hard work and the ability to work with diverse teams, as well as having skills in problem-solving strategies.

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Nancy Wanjiku Gachigo (M.Ed. 2011)

I was born and bred in the suburbs of Nairobi City in Kenya. During my Primary and Secondary School years I never imagined that someday I would become a teacher I thought my career would go towards the hospitality industry.  When I Wanjiku Gachigojoined University I ended up taking courses in Education and that changed my career to becoming a teacher.

 

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Laura Gluck (M.Ed.2011)

When I was eight years old, I stumbled across a playground bully mocking a student in the brand new Special Needs class.  I broke into the small circle that had formed around the two kids and passionately declared that everyone deserved the same amount of respect.  I introduced myself to the student and led him back to the Special Education class.  After meeting the other students, I found that I really connecting with them; I sought them out every day during recess, volunteered as a very junior T.A.

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Philip Mangis (M.Ed. 2011)

I come from the State of Oregon, but have spent the last four years working in NE Thailand with the Center for International Education and Exchange (CIEE); a study abroad program for U.S. undergraduate students.

 

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Patrick Thoendel (M.Ed. 2013)

 

I did not intend to start a career in international education, but more or less wandered into it.  I began my career by teaching English in Japan with the now defunct chain of English conversation schools called NOVA. 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. I began to see education and teaching English as a way to finance my travel habit.

 

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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. Along with a colleague with a Ph.D.

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Milka Ndura (M.Ed. 2013)

 

I would have never imagined or it would have ever crossed my mind that one day I would be studying in CIE. My journey to CIE was rather short but exciting. I was in Kenya working with a civic organization called Twaweza which is a new citizen-centered initiative, focusing on large-scale social change in East Africa. It is here that I met and worked with a student from CIE, Martina Ochieng who was and still is my mentor and which opened doors for my career path.

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