Amina BektacheMs. Amina Bektache is an Educational Consultant and EFL Teacher at Management Business International Institute in Setif, Algeria. She is also responsible for the design and improvement of educational programs, recruitment and supervision of teachers, and the creation of professional development opportunities. Amina is enthusiastic about debate and public speaking. She works as a debate trainer of trainers with the British Council Algeria within the Young Mediterranean Voices Program. She is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs, and teachers’ professional development. During her Humphrey Fellowship, she aims to exchange expertise with professionals in education and expand her network for future mutual benefits. Amina is most excited to enjoy the diversity of the US and witness the extraordinary multicultural lifestyle in this huge melting pot.



Angela Tejada CeliMs. Angela Tejada Celi is a teacher educator and head of the English Department at the Universidad de Piura in Peru. She teaches undergraduate courses, mentors and supervises student teachers through their Teaching Practicum at local schools, and advises theses and dissertations. She is focused on English as a Foreign Language (EFL) research methodology, supervision and mentoring of university students, and higher education accreditation. During her Humphrey Fellowship, she aims to connect with education professionals, experience American culture, and improve her teaching methods and research in the EFL field to improve teacher education in her country.




Shahla DavoodiMs. Shahla Davoodi is an English teacher and trainer at the Ministry of Education, Iran. She has specialized in Computer Assisted Language Learning and also the psychological aspect of language teaching and learning. She has been working as an English teacher in high school for 22 years and was the head of the English department for more than 10 years. During the past five years, she has run many teacher training courses for high school teachers in various fields of TEFL such as assessment for learning and assessment of learning courses, lesson planning, research methods, and linguistics. She is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics working on her dissertation on teacher training in the immediacy behavior field. She also has a CELTA certification. She is focused on teaching English as a foreign language, professional development of teachers, and teacher training. She intends to broaden her knowledge and experience in English language teaching strategies and research in this field while at Penn State. 


Dunstan Dirua

Mr. Dunstan Dirua is a lecturer at Simbu Primary Teacher Training College, Papua New Guinea. He is the Head of Mathematics/Science Strand, coordinating and delivering mathematics and science courses to pre-service students who undergo a 3 year Diploma in Teaching Primary program. He holds a MSc in Computer-Based Learning/Training from the University of Southampton (UK), a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Secondary Teaching. He is interested in teacher training, school leadership, and secondary STEM curriculum. During the Humphrey Fellowship program he is keen to develop and explore ideas of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teaching the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, he wants to investigate how STEM can be integrated into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.


Nagwa Elnwishy

Dr. Nagwa Elnwishy is a researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Biotechnology for Postgraduate Research at Suez Canal University (SCU) Egypt. She is also responsible for developing postgraduate research programs. Elnwishy started her career at SCU as an assistant researcher in 1999. In 2013 she was appointed at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt. In addition to lecturing in the environmental engineering department, she served as a bio labs manager, academic advisor for the Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs, then a director of research. Elnwishy studied agricultural and fish resources and obtained her MSc. in agriculture from SCU. She also has another MSc in agriculture science from the United Nations University, and Ph.D. in marine biology from SCU and Lund University in 2012. Her research interests are related to the environment and sustainable development. During her Humphrey Fellowship, she plans to sharpen her leadership skills and build a network in several organizations in the US for future mutual benefits. 


Vuyokazi Jamieson

Ms. Vuyokazi Jamieson is the Head Librarian at St. Andrew’s College, South Africa. She led the renovation of the library in 2017 and co-chairs “Friends of the Library”, an outreach group caring for the welfare of local public libraries. Vuyo holds a Library Science degree from Walter Sisulu University, a Library & Information Science Hons from University of Cape Town, and she has completed an M.Ed at Rhodes University. Her research topic is “Studying Learners' Engagement around Literacy”. Vuyo was selected as ‘Librarian of the Year’ for the Eastern Cape and Second runner up Nationally. Her Project 21 aims at building reading clubs to elevate the literacy levels of South African Youth and Adults. Her interests include eradicating illiteracy, program design and implementation, and non-profit fundraising. She hopes to team up with key stakeholders in the US who are responsible for literacy projects, learn effective strategies for program design, planning and implementation, and learn how to set up a Non-Profit Organization and acquire the skills necessary to write fundraising proposals for her projects. 



Billur Kaya

Ms. Billur Kaya is an English language instructor and a level coordinator in the Curriculum Development Unit at Istanbul Technical University School of Foreign Languages, Turkey. She is responsible for designing the curriculum and instructional materials for upper-intermediate level English for Academic Purposes classes. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching and a master’s degree in English Literature, both of which she received from Middle East Technical University. She is interested in curriculum development, critical pedagogies, and LGBTQ+ inclusivity in education. Most recently, she has been part of an initiative that aims to create lesson plans and inclusive materials designed for teachers to address issues related to gender and sexuality at university ELT programs. Through the Humphrey program she hopes to expand her knowledge and perspective in curriculum development and critical pedagogies; and collaborate with communities of practice and organizations in the US that work in the field of diversity, equity and inclusivity in education. 



Lissette LazoMs. Lissette Lazo is a Spanish teacher and human rights educator at the Fundación Tierra de Esperanza, Chile. an organization that looks after the welfare of the most vulnerable children and adolescents in the country. Since 2016, she has been carrying out pedagogical work to promote the continuity of studies of those who have been deprived of liberty, ensuring the right to education and social reintegration of its students. From 2019 to 2020 she directed the program ASE CIP CRC Santiago, a school support program inside an incarceration center for minors, in search of strategies to improve the education system inside prisons. She specialized in literature, graduating as a reading mediator, then continued her studies for a master's degree in Latin American and Chilean Literature. Subsequently, she studied to become a Human Rights Educator. Her interests include education for incarcerated youth, reducing inequality in education, and pedagogical research.



Philipina Marcelo

Dr. Philipina Marcelo is dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines. She also served as President of the Philippine Association of Engineering Schools (PAES), Inc. for two years. Dr. Marcelo obtained her Ph.D. in Food Science & Technology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY as a Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholar. She obtained her M.S. in Chemical Engineering degree at the University of the Philippines. She was awarded an Australia Awards Fellowship that allowed her to spearhead the establishment of a transnational education (TNE) program between UST and Curtin University. She remains focused on higher education administration, outcomes-based education, innovation management and sustainability, and in her research in food process engineering. In her Humphrey Fellowship, she hopes to learn the organizational set-up and operations of an innovation park, link with academic programs, and develop a model to establish an innovation campus for UST. 



Joelma Monteiro

Ms. Joelma Monteiro is an English language teacher and classroom director at Instituto Nacional de Petroleos, Angola. Her responsibilities include managing students in their courses, following up with their progress, surrogate parent, mentor, and counselor/ advisor for students with academic challenges at a boarding school. She also works as a teacher trainer and promotes professional development for teachers of the English language. She has an M.A. in Education, Language and Literature as well as an M.A. in Human Resource Management. She is interested in promoting professional development programs for teachers, curriculum development for vocational education, and philanthropic programs to empower educators. During her Humphrey Fellowship, she hopes to acquire skills that will enable her to create and administer educational policies that will promote quality English language instruction in Angola. She also hopes to network and partner with organizations that support and empower teachers and educators to gain confidence in teaching and increase their leadership skills. 



Sasiporn Phongploenpis

Dr. Sasiporn Phongploenpis is an assistant professor in TESOL at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand. She is responsible for teaching English to undergraduate students and administering the curriculum of the English program at the Faculty of Education. She completed her doctoral degree (EdD) in TESOL from University of Exeter, UK. Her English teaching mediums have a positive impact on English language learning in disadvantaged schools and are acceptable among in-service teachers, National Research Council of Thailand, and the Thai Department of Intellectual Property. Her interests include education technology for English learning, English teaching media, and entrepreneurship training. Throughout her Humphrey Fellowship Program year, she is eager to design and research technology-mediated English language learning and partner with edX to offer a TESOL course or program. She is most excited about networking and participating in the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo and the American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference.



Madina PulotovaMs. Madina Pulotova is director of Jahoni Mo and coordinator at American Space Khujand, Tajikistan. At Jahoni Mo, Madins oversees daily internal activities: administrative, logistics, recruitment, supervising a team of three. As American Space Coordinator Madina is responsible for managing program-related activities, and serves as a point of contact with the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan. Madina received her Master’s degree in Accounting and Audit. She has participated in training for AS coordinators in Vienna, Austria and learned strategies on running an effective AS in Khujand. She is focused on digital education, HR management, and technology education for girls. Her main focus as a Humphrey Fellow is to establish a network with American counterparts to enhance nonprofit administrative and project management skills as well as bring more innovative ideas in the field of STEM and education back to Tajikistan. Madina is most excited about the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to empower herself as a non-profit leader through her professional affiliation.



Marcha Reumel

Ms. Marcha Reumel is an assistant commissioner of the Suriname Police Corps, Suriname. She has experience leading and managing various educational programs by the Ministry of Justice and Police. She is specialized in setting up and launching training programs for the police academy in Suriname and other security organizations. She has a bachelor’s in Education, and also a Bachelor Certificate at the Teacher’s College in Music. Furthermore, she has a Bachelor of Science Degree in police science, and a Master of Science Degree in education specializing in curriculum and policy. Her research interests are education for police forces, security organizations, and education for incarcerated youth. Her primary interest during the Humphrey Fellowship Program is to enhance her professional skills in education for police forces, security organizations, and education for incarcerated youth. She hopes to visit some police academies, security organizations in the US, and the Organization of American States.