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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

The purpose of this blog is to share teachers' stories and experiences. 

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Liking What You Do Is Happiness

Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 22:40

My name is Najah Ghanem, I’m from Lebanon. I was raised and educated in Kuwait before moving to Lebanon to complete my degree at Beirut University. I joined Al-Bayan school and community around 24 years ago to teach preschool students. I love children and working with them, they give me positive energy and jo...

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My Story

Posted on 29 January, 2017 at 0:40

My name is Katharine McLaughin-Wingert and I am from Niagara Falls, Canada. Since I was little, I have always wanted to be a teacher and to travel the world. So, it is no surprise that I find myself in a job where I get to do both. Having taught and lived in Tokyo for six years, I was able to travel throughout Asia. No...

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Hands Are the Key to the Brain!

Posted on 28 January, 2017 at 22:45

My name is Sara Saragdin. Where I call home is Canada! Since graduating eight years ago with a Montessori degree (from the UK) and a Bachelors in Teaching with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (Perth, Australia), I have worked at ‘Holy Name ...

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Secret of My Youth

Posted on 25 January, 2017 at 23:10

I will let you in on my secret… it’s simply being a Kindergarten teacher!! Being with kids just makes you feel young, keeps that adrenalin pumping with oodles of energy.

That’s me Susan Rueben, in the photograph just gliding along with my students. I’ve been a teac...

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Posted on 8 January, 2017 at 4:15

My name is Jaber Alanazi. I am from Ontario, Canada. I have been teaching for two years now, so I am considered to be a relatively "new teacher." This is my second year here at BBS. I had always wanted to be a doctor; I was highly interested in anatomy and...

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A Brief Biography of a Teacher

Posted on 5 December, 2016 at 5:40

Tell us a bit about your background:

Hamza Abdul Rahim Deeb from Syria. I hold an MA in Arabic language and literature, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. I am a father of four children. I’ve have been teaching for thirty years. I taught Arabic, English, Islamic Studies, and physical educatio...

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Struggling to Progress: Why the Students Are the Teachers

Posted on 1 December, 2016 at 5:55

“Without struggle, there can be no progress.” These words, uttered by one of my favorite thinkers, Frederick Douglass serves as the mantra for my life story. I have struggled for as long as I can remember, but, I am convinced through these struggles, I have grown both personally and professionally.

I am currentl...

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Teaching is Magic

Posted on 30 November, 2016 at 1:50

My name is Rana Atari. I have lived in Kuwait all my life. I received my bachelor degree in Arabic language from Kuwait University. I was so fortunate to have joined Al- Bayan Bilingual School 22 years ago. My parents along with my husband, children and friends supported me through this journey and I...

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It's All Part of the Show

Posted on 30 November, 2016 at 1:45


Tell us a bit about your background:

My name is Lamia Abdulfataah, I’m from Jordan. I graduated in 2002 with a bachelor degree in Guidance and Psychological Health, from the Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan. I’ve been working as a teacher for 14 years. My favorite h...

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My Calling

Posted on 22 November, 2016 at 6:40

I was one of those girls who knew from an early age that teaching was what I was supposed to do. When I was young, I was a struggling reader. There was something that seemed to prevent me from unlocking the mystery that was found in books. When I found the Babysitter's Club stories by Ann Martin, I was hooked and my love of reading was cemented...

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