REF: EB/NL/35/22-23 DATE: August 25, 2022
Sharing Stories – Careers in Education
Unarguably, teaching is one of the most difficult jobs, it entails hours and days of studies at university as well as hours of preparation before going to class.
I was inspired by one of my favorite teachers of one of my favorite subjects. At school, I realized early on that I had skill for explaining and making sure my peers understood what the teacher has taught during class discussions. My friends would tease me that I am Mr. so and so and that made me more aware of my strength in teaching. I was also determined to be a teacher I did not get much of; meaning a teacher who is always there for all students. During my school years there were phases where either we had no teachers or not approachable ones; this drove me towards aspiring to be a different kind of teacher altogether-one who understands the students and is warm and approachable too.
I have a Bachelor’s degree. I majored in chemistry and biology and education was my minors. I am currently working on pursuing my masters in psychology.
Currently I am a stay at home mom. I do take child psychology classes at hawza. I am also volunteering at madrasah. I do have a few years of experience in teaching, admin, and counselling at Al Muntazir. My job was teaching biology and sometimes chemistry as well as science (Cambridge curriculum-includes physics, chemistry and biology at lower secondary levels). I was also head of section and this included monitoring of discipline and handling of daily activities in the girls’ wing.
The most important requirement for one aspiring to teach is first of all a passion to work with students. Apart from that, empathy is a crucial skill especially when helping children to solve their issues. Of course, a qualification is necessary to enhance skills and knowledge as well as value in the workforce.
The Education Board of Africa Federation wishes Sis Haleemah all the best in her future endeavors.
Africa Federation Education Board