With over eight years of experience in the education sector, Hilena Tibebe is a global educator and advisor who specializes in curriculum mapping, instructional design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) programming and implementation. She has a passion for improving the learning environment and outcomes for diverse and marginalized learners, both domestically and internationally.
Currently, she works as a Department Manager and Learning Coordinator at the NYC Department of Education, where she leads school-wide initiatives and policy implementation, represents the department at monthly conferences and professional development sessions, and consults on current trends and research on social-emotional learning, cultural responsiveness, inquiry-based pedagogy, and literacy initiatives. She also work as a Research Fellow at Columbia University, where she conducts a MEL program in Somaliland with a focus on social-emotional skills instruction and the impact on students' academic performance and wellbeing. Additionally, she mentors new teachers in culturally responsive, inquiry-based, and project-based learning practices as a New Teacher Mentor at NYC Department of Education. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Educational Development at Columbia University, where she deepens her knowledge and skills in the field of global education.