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Teachers' Stories


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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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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Acting is Part of My Life

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 6:35 AM

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My name is Sabrizeyad Shoashah, I’m from Gaza, Palestine. Prior to moving to Kuwait, I worked in South America for 8 years. I've been in Kuwait for 10 years, during that time I have taught at the American School of Kuwait, Kuwait English School, and currently at BBS. I enjoy spending my spare ...

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My Journey

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 5:45 AM

My name is Anneesa Al-Essa. I was born in Kuwait and have lived my life equally between Kuwait and the United States. My mom is an educator and I have fond memories of going to school with her and helping her out in the classroom. If you could speak to my teachers at the school I went to in Kuwait, they would be shocked to find out that I am now a teacher. Yes, I was that chall...

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My Lovely Moments with BBS Children

Posted on September 29, 2016 at 7:10 AM


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My name is Fawzia Orabi, I'm from Gaza- Palestine. My both parents were teachers, and I’m the eldest daughter. I finished my elementary, middle and high school education in Kuwait. I graduated from Al Yarmouk University in Jordan. I have been teaching for 23 years. I love swimming, traveling, bas...

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The Long and Winding Road

Posted on September 28, 2016 at 6:15 AM

It is an honor to write a part of my story for the TLC website. From my first day at Al Bayan, I have relied on the resources and people in the Teaching Learning Center for advice, coffee, and treats. When asked to share, I thought it a good opportunity to give back.


I was born in the USA and moved to Ontario, Canada at age 12. Presently I am a permanent resident...

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