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Teachers' Stories

The purpose of this blog is to share teachers' stories and experiences. 

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My Story

Posted on January 29, 2017 at 12:40 AM

My name is Katharine McLaughin-Wingert and I am from Niagara Falls, Canada. Since I was little, I have always wanted to be a teacher and to travel the world. So, it is no surprise that I find myself in a job where I get to do both. Having taught and lived in Tokyo for six years, I was able to travel throughout Asia. Now that I am in my fourth of teaching in Kuwait, I am able to continue my l...

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Hands Are the Key to the Brain!

Posted on January 28, 2017 at 10:45 PM

My name is Sara Saragdin. Where I call home is Canada! Since graduating eight years ago with a Montessori degree (from the UK) and a Bachelors in Teaching with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (Perth, Australia), I have worked at ‘Holy Name Primary School’ in Australia with grade 2 & 3. I’m a very adventurous ...

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Secret of My Youth

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 11:10 PM

I will let you in on my secret… it’s simply being a Kindergarten teacher!! Being with kids just makes you feel young, keeps that adrenalin pumping with oodles of energy.

That’s me Susan Rueben, in the photograph just gliding along with my students. I’ve been a teacher as long as I can remember – 11 years at BBS and 7 years back in India where...

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Posted on January 8, 2017 at 4:15 AM

My name is Jaber Alanazi. I am from Ontario, Canada. I have been teaching for two years now, so I am considered to be a relatively "new teacher." This is my second year here at BBS. I had always wanted to be a doctor; I was highly interested in anatomy and biology as a high school student. My first opportunity to teach in a classroom was wh...

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A Brief Biography of a Teacher

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 5:40 AM

Tell us a bit about your background:

Hamza Abdul Rahim Deeb from Syria. I hold an MA in Arabic language and literature, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. I am a father of four children. I’ve have been teaching for thirty years. I taught Arabic, English, Islamic Studies, and physical education. I spent two years teaching the Arabic language at the Faculty of Science at Homs un...

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Struggling to Progress: Why the Students Are the Teachers

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 5:55 AM

“Without struggle, there can be no progress.” These words, uttered by one of my favorite thinkers, Frederick Douglass serves as the mantra for my life story. I have struggled for as long as I can remember, but, I am convinced through these struggles, I have grown both personally and professionally.

I am currently in my fourth year of teaching at Bayan and my tenth year overall. My journey as an...

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Teaching is Magic

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 1:50 AM

My name is Rana Atari. I have lived in Kuwait all my life. I received my bachelor degree in Arabic language from Kuwait University. I was so fortunate to have joined Al- Bayan Bilingual School 22 years ago. My parents along with my husband, children and friends supported me through this journey and I’m so proud of each and every one of them.

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It's All Part of the Show

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 1:45 AM


Tell us a bit about your background:

My name is Lamia Abdulfataah, I’m from Jordan. I graduated in 2002 with a bachelor degree in Guidance and Psychological Health, from the Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan. I’ve been working as a teacher for 14 years. My favorite hobbies include acting, puppet shows and dramatic theatre. I also enjoy composing son...

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My Calling

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 6:40 AM

I was one of those girls who knew from an early age that teaching was what I was supposed to do. When I was young, I was a struggling reader. There was something that seemed to prevent me from unlocking the mystery that was found in books. When I found the Babysitter's Club stories by Ann Martin, I was hooked and my love of reading was cemented. I was determined that I wanted to help students that struggled with reading to ...

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Teaching is Like a Box of Chocolates

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 6:40 AM

My name is Viktoria Botkoveli. I am from Belarus . I graduated from the Physical Education and Sports University of Belarus. I have a Master Degree in Thai boxing and Judo. My degree course included specialization in teaching and martial arts coaching. I have also had several years’ experience coaching women self-defense in Belarus. I like...

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