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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.