Tell us a little bit about your background as an educator:

I’m originally from Casablanca, Morocco. After graduating high school there, I came to the United States on a student visa, and I attended college in New York City where I obtained a Bachelor's and Master's in Math Education. Since graduating from college, I have taught math at a middle school in the Bronx and later in Rockland, New York. I have also taught high school equivalency programs and English as a second language through an adult program in New York City.

Do you have a philosophy as an educator?

My philosophy as an educator is that great teachers are the ones that inspire students to love to learn. I think the most important thing is to get your students to believe that being educated is far more valuable than all the money in the world.

What were you like as a student?

As a student, I loved to learn. I was fortunate to have parents that believed in education, but I was not an easy student! I was a little bit of a clown - always seeking attention from my peers. That’s why I have a great relationship with students who may have difficulties in classroom behavior management. I understand that it’s just a phase they are going through, and we should not judge them for being kids!

What do you enjoy most about being a Learning Partner?

I enjoy being a learning partner with Bansho since it allows me to focus on one student and plan for what she or he needs. I can quickly come up with a goal for that particular student and work with the student and the family to reach that goal. I also love to see when the student is doing better in class, which builds their confidence in the subject!

If you could take the students on a field trip anywhere, where would you take them?

I always say that one day I would take my students fishing. Most of them have never been fishing, and I think kids would enjoy it!

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was my math teacher in high school. He loved math, and through his love for math, I was inspired to want to learn math in college.

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