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Teachers' Stories

To Fit In

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 3:15 AM


Born in Cairo-Egypt (where I felt I never fit in) and raised in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia (where I felt I didn’t fit in either) I was able to experience (struggle) living in the Gulf since I was kid. Educated (not really) in a Greek community school which during its peak years numbered at around 60 students from K-12. Most of the years I had one or two classmates and I spent grade 5 as the only student in that grade level...

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Flipping the Switch on Traditional Education

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 7:35 AM



My name is Demetria Dixon and I teach World History I, World Cultures and 20th Century History in the High School. This is my second year at Al-Bayan, but my fourth year in Kuwait. I am originally from Dallas, Texas; however, I now live in Sydney, Australia with my husband and our infant son who keeps us quite busy. I have always had the desire to be an educator gaining my bachelor’s degree in Social Science Educ...

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Adaptation for Growth

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 7:30 AM



My name is Dean Savage and currently I am a middle school science teacher. I am a Caribbean girl, from the beautiful island of wood and water, Jamaica. I have been an educator for about 16 years. My first 7 years was in public school after which I taught at a private IB school for an additional 7 years before taking on the adven...

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The Journey

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:35 PM


Tell us a bit about your background


Hello my name is Salma Khan Al Beloushi. I was born in Sheffield England and was raised in Lodi, California, a tiny town I call home. I am married to a local Kuwaiti, which is the sole reason how I ended up in this beautiful country, I also call home. I speak three langua...

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"We rise by lifting other..."

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 4:35 AM



Hi everyone! I’m Noha Abdulbaki. I am Syrian. My life outside of teaching is what keeps me really busy! I have been married for 6 years . And I am a mother of two girls who are truly the light of my life .


I am currently working on my 9th year teaching, which absolutely blows my mind! I graduated from Al-Baath University . I‘ve got a Bachelor degree in English Literature and Educatio...

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Optimism is the Key

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 11:35 PM


My name is Alaa Fahmi Kareem, and I’m from Palestine. I’m married and a mother of a little girl. I enjoy cooking and travelling.


I worked as a teacher for 12 years by starting teaching elementary children in the first 4 years, and then by teaching preschool children for 8 years. I love my work, and I’m so proud of it.


I always get so emotional during the end of year musical co...

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Reggio INSPIRED

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 9:15 AM


Tell us a bit about your background:


I am originally from Chicago and most recently lived in Phoenix, AZ, USA. This is my 13th year as an educator. More than seven years ago, I started Reggio inspired training while teaching students with mild to severe special needs. The program was more successful than I could have imagined. I began coaching teacher candidates as well as providing professional dev...

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Back in Q8

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 4:45 AM



Hello! My name is Milanka Markov and I'm from Toronto, Canada. This is my fifth year of teaching internationally. I've taught in Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait. When I'm not in the classroom I enjoy exploring new cultures and trying local food when traveling, discovering the underwater world by diving, and practising self-awareness through yoga.


Keep it light and fun! For the first half of the year I'...

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Love BBS

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 5:55 AM


Tell us a bit about your background.

My name is Salah El Sherif, I am from Yafa in Palestine, I have been in education for forty-six years, my hobbies are cooking and decorating.


Explain one new approach to teaching and learning that you have undertaken (or are currently undertaking) this academic year.

A strategy that I follow in teaching sociology is as follows:

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Challenge Helps You Grow

Posted on March 26, 2017 at 11:25 PM



My name is Beatriz Insignares , I’m from Colombia, South America and have been living in Kuwait for the past 5 years. During my 29 years as a teacher I have experienced challenges that have made a profound impact in my life. In 1998 I had the fortune of making part of a team who started the implementation of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy at the school where I happen to be an Alu...

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