4th September 2001
A Texan educationalist has been recruited by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside to run its masters degree in Educational Learning and Development.
Marianne Hvizdak has returned to Lincoln after two years in the United States to take up her new post as a senior lecturer in the International Institute for Educational Leadership and director of the MSc programme.
She had previously been at the university for two years from January 1998 to study for her doctoral thesis which examined how head teachers and principals prepare for their role.
“I’m here to help the institute to establish the international links which provide our students with an opportunity to do research abroad,” said Marianne. “We’re all being faced with the same challenges in education and we’re now getting better at looking outside our own borders for solutions and learning from each other.
“My most current project involves working with teachers who want to continue learning professionally. We want to reach out beyond head teachers and managers to teachers and others who are interested in earning advanced qualifications.”
Marianne studied for her degree and doctorate at the University of Texas in El Paso. She has been a teacher of gifted children and a reading specialist for the El Paso Independent School District and has also worked for the Texas Leadership Centre, the Texas Educational Agency, the El Paso School District and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
“I’m very pleased to be back in Lincoln,” she said. “It’s like coming back to my family. The people here haven’t changed a bit – they’re still very welcoming and warm and it’s been delightful to renew the acquaintance.”
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