By Suha Abu Dawoud
If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
My family has always been devoted to education. Both of my parents are teachers, and my father was a UNESCO member, a published author for the Kuwait Ministry of Education and school department head. They always set high standards for me and my educational attainments. I earned a Bachelor of Computer Science, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, specializing in Managing Human Resources, and a second master degree in Multidisciplinary (educational Leadership) from the Buffalo State University of New York.
My professional experience includes teaching in Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school fields between Nursery and Grade 8.
I believe that it is essential that a student cherishes his education and recognizes the inherent reward that comes from hard work and knowledge acquisition. Teachers are not the sole providers of education within a school; they do relay important information and help students develop the tools to learn from their experiences and their interactions, to think critically, problem- solve and infer, and to positively affect the society of which they are part.
A school and its educators must guide their students to be active in their own learning.
School staff and administration are role models who also instruct through their actions; they model morality and respect and lead their students to develop their own personal character and ethical codes. Educators must exhibit enthusiasm and school spirit in their actions, in their involvement, and on their faces. Positive and active communication between the students and the school is important to ensure that learning continues and is valued in both primary environments for our youth. Educators must continue to progress actively through professional development, and all schools must continue to evolve and set high standards for itself and its citizens.
A solid educational institution not only feeds the minds of its students’ population, but also recognizes the inseparability of the social, emotional, and intellectual components of these minds. Educational facilities must provide opportunities for learning beyond the classroom through extracurricular, creative, socializing and friendship-building activities. The school and classroom must be a safe, healthy, and efficient learning and growing environment where different learning styles and abilities are stimulated; every student has the right to learn and no student should be left behind.