– Michael Adera | Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
“I am an international student from Ethiopia, East Africa. I had been an ESL teacher for 13 years in an elementary and middle schools before I became a full time Principal in 2007. I had also worked as a part-time Education Management Consultant since 2009 in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
I like the fact that Boise State has an outstanding College of Education that has become one of the top colleges in the United States. My professor, Dr. Kelly Cross, is an amazing person that I have come to know and deeply admire even before I came to the United States. Other professors and my mentor principals are fantastic people. My cohort is a great group. Now in my second year, joining Boise State has been one of my best decisions in my life.
I have not only expanded my understanding of educational leadership in a school environment, but also developed my conceptual understanding of the idea of leadership applied everywhere. In today’s schools, leaders play a significant role in the efficient management and facilitation of work as well as the implementation of social justice. The impact of school leaders on efficiency and effectiveness of schools and communities is a subject that needs to be further studied. I believe school principals play significant roles in higher achievement of all students regardless of their social background or economic status.
As an international student, I am learning about the American education system which I found to be outstanding. School systems designed on highly developed democratic values and principles have conducive political platforms that allow community participation in decision making processes. It is one major difference from where I come from.
Along with my studies, I am doing research on how educational systems differ among nations and how factors such as policies and leadership influences contribute to the existing systems in the world. The influence of school leaders is a critical matter for student achievement. My education at Boise State is helping me tremendously in relating my past knowledge and experiences to different aspects of educational systems here in the United States.”