International Leaders in Education

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Lizoon Nahar

International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), United States, 2018

Lizoon Nahar is an academic coordinator and secondary school biology teacher at BAF Shaheen English Medium College in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Lizoon is a 2018 alumna of the International Leaders in Education Program, a five-month-long teacher training program in the United States. Upon returning home, she started working voluntarily as a member of GEIST International Foundation, a non-profit organization to serve her community. She has played an important role as the executive director of GEIST’s Bangladesh Chapter for the last two years. In this role, she organized and facilitated programs on STEM education, environment, and women’s empowerment for teachers and students in Bangladesh and other countries.


In addition, Lizoon received several awards and grants, including the 2018 Global Teacher Grant, 2019 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF), 2021 P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship 2021, and 2021 Julius P. Filcik, Fellowship Award.

Haydee Rodriguez

International Leaders in Education (ILEP), Brazil, 2012

Haydee Rodriguez is a bilingual and bicultural high school teacher who received her bachelor’s degree in history from San Diego State University and earned a graduate degree in education from Stanford University in 2002. As a graduate student at Stanford, she participated in the founding of East Palo Alto High School, an urban college-prep, student-centered/teacher-led school. In 2005, she became a National Board-Certified Teacher and has worked tirelessly to increase the teacher’s voice at local, state, and national levels. Although her specialization is in history, she has also taught Theater, AP Spanish Language and Literature, AP Government, English Language Development, and is currently teaching Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Journalism, as well as being the AVID Coordinator at Central Union High School.


In 2014, Haydee was appointed by Governor Brown to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, where she chaired the Educator Preparation Committee and served as liaison to the Committee on Accreditation for six years. She also served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NPBTS) from 2009 until 2017. In addition, she was a member of the NPBTS’ Standards Committee for Social Studies/History, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Commission, and the National Education Association’s (NEA) Commission on Transforming Teaching. In 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Haydee to the California State Board of Education.


Haydee is the recipient of a number of various awards and fellowships. In 2016, she was recognized as a Stanford GSE Alumna of Excellence. She was also named Woman of the Year by both her Assembly Member, Eduardo Garcia (2016), and State Senator Ben Hueso (2020) for her commitment to equity, access, and social justice in education. In 2001, she received the Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, and was named National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Student Teacher of the Year. In 2008, she was named Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) of Imperial County Teacher of the Year and was selected by Rotary International to represent Southern California in Ghana and Togo.


As an International Leader in Education (ILEP), she represented the United States for a month as an educational ambassador in Brazil. She was also sponsored by the Transatlantic Outreach Program to visit East and West Germany to study their educational system, apprentice programs, and opportunities for immigrants. Additionally, Haydee is one of United States Institute for Peace’s (USIP) Peace Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022.