Before coming to Tallinn University, I worked at an early childhood education center in China for four and a half years. As a teacher and department supervisor, I grappled with questions about motivating teachers and supporting their professional development. I was seeking practical, hands-on solutions to these challenges.
During my search, I discovered Tallinn University's Educational Innovation and Leadership program, which seemed like a perfect fit after exploring the program details and learning more about Estonia.
- One of the program's standout features was visiting different Estonian schools. This opportunity was particularly appealing because the Estonian educational system differs significantly from what I experienced in China. Exploring Estonian education allowed me to see its unique dynamics and prompted reflections on practical education.
- What makes this program unique is its blend of innovation and leadership. Innovation needs strong leadership to bring ideas to life, and this program provides a pragmatic and real-world perspective.
- A notable advantage of studying here is the opportunity to learn from the best. Tallinn University has been a leader in teacher education in Estonia since 1919. Tallinn University has a long-standing reputation in teacher education, and the passionate professors here have expanded my professional network. I currently work at a school where the head of education was one of our program's instructors.
- Our small study group, with only 13 students in our cohort, has been a great asset. It has allowed us to have dynamic discussions, participate in seminars, and collaborate as teams.
- Moreover, this program is open to candidates from diverse backgrounds. This rich diversity has proven to be a wellspring of learning as we gain insights from our peers with varying perspectives.
In summary, my decision to join Tallinn University's Educational Innovation and Leadership program has proven to be a significant and rewarding choice for my personal and professional growth. I'm excited to continue my journey of exploration and learning, guided by the principles of innovation and leadership.