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BBS Teaching & Learning Center

Building teacher capacity to improve student achievement

تنمية قدرات المعلمين لتحسين أداء الطلاب 

Teachers' Stories

Teachers' Stories

Flipping the Switch on Traditional Education

Posted on 29 March, 2018 at 7:35



My name is Demetria Dixon and I teach World History I, World Cultures and 20th Century History in the High School. This is my second year at Al-Bayan, but my fourth year in Kuwait. I am originally from Dallas, Texas; however, I now live in Sydney, Australia with my husband and our infant son who keeps us quite busy. I have always had the des...

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Adaptation for Growth

Posted on 29 March, 2018 at 7:30



My name is Dean Savage and currently I am a middle school science teacher. I am a C...

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The Journey

Posted on 20 February, 2018 at 22:35


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Hello my name is Salma Khan Al Beloushi. I was born in Sheffield England and was raised in Lodi, California, a tiny town I call home. I am married to a local Kuwaiti, which is the sole reason ...

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"We rise by lifting other..."

Posted on 15 November, 2017 at 4:35



Hi everyone! I’m Noha Abdulbaki. I am Syrian. My life outside of teaching is what keeps me really busy! I have been married for 6 years . And I am a mother of two girls who are truly the light of my life .


I am currently working on my 9th year teaching, which absolutely blows my mind! I graduated from Al-Baath Univers...

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Optimism is the Key

Posted on 11 November, 2017 at 23:35


My name is Alaa Fahmi Kareem, and I’m from Palestine. I’m married and a mother of a little girl. I enjoy cooking and travelling.


I worked as a teacher for 12 years by starting teaching elementary children in the first 4 years, and then by teaching preschool children for 8 years. I love my work, and I’m so proud...

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Reggio INSPIRED

Posted on 25 October, 2017 at 9:15


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I am originally from Chicago and most recently lived in Phoenix, AZ, USA. This is my 13th year as an educator. More than seven years ago, I started Reggio inspired training while teaching students with mild to severe special needs. The program was more successful than I could have imag...

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Back in Q8

Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 4:45



Hello! My name is Milanka Markov and I'm from Toronto, Canada. This is my fifth year of teaching internationally. I've taught in Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait. When I'm not in the classroom I enjoy exploring new cultures and trying local food when traveling, discovering the underwater world by diving, and practising self-awareness through yoga.

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Love BBS

Posted on 27 March, 2017 at 5:55


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My name is Salah El Sherif, I am from Yafa in Palestine, I have been in education for forty-six years, my hobbies are cooking and decorating.


Explain one new approach to teaching and learning that you have undertaken (or are currently undertaking) this academic year...

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Challenge Helps You Grow

Posted on 26 March, 2017 at 23:25



My name is Beatriz Insignares , I’m from Colombia, South America and have been living in Kuwait for the past 5 years. During my 29 years as a teacher I have experienced challenges that have made a profound impact in my life. In 1998 I had the fortune of making part of a team who started the im...

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Study Skills are Life Skills

Posted on 15 March, 2017 at 23:35



By JoAnn Whitlow

I learned very early in my teaching career that what teachers were asking students to do was not enough. Teachers had to do more than hand out work. I started compiling and teaching children "How" to do the work I assigned. I also began to build on this with organi...
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