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Teachers College, Columbia University
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ICE Alumni Profiles > Kellie Leeson

Kellie Leeson


Advisor: Francisco Rivera-Batiz

TC Degree, Program, Specialization and Year of Graduation: M.A., IED/Finance and Planning, 2003

Integrative Project Title: Evaluation of the International Rescue Committee Ingushetia Program: Innovative and Unique Education Programming

Description of your current position: I am an Assistant Country Director (ACD) for the Concern Worldwide South Sudan Program. I moved to Concern six months ago following five years with the International Rescue Committee. As the ACD, I develop, design, and supervise the education, nutrition and mainstreaming programs/initiatives (e.g. HIV/AIDS, equality, Rights Based Approach, etc).  Education will be crucial to rebuilding a post-conflict south Sudan where over 75% of school-aged children are not in school and 88% of the population is illiterate.

Something special about your TC experience: The highlight of my time at TC was taking the Qualitative Research & Evaluation in International Education course. The course provided an innovative learning environment, hands on evaluation experience, expert instructors, and engaged fellow students. The quality of the course was unparalleled.