As an instructor, I desire for students to be conscious and aware of people, voices, and communities by gaining the skills to properly analyze the connections between the author, the text, the reader, and the world. I know students can say, "Yes, I can," but I want them also to say, "and so can you."
Below, you will find sample drafts of my course materials. For your convenience, I have also provided my Teaching Philosophy Statement and Diversity Statement.
I have served the bulk of my teaching experience in Southern California Community Colleges. I served as an English Supplemental Instructor at Mt. San Antonio College for the Bridge program. At Long Beach City College, I tutored Basic Writing Skills courses and have instructed sessions covering Thesis Statements, Paragraph Unity, Subject-Verb Agreements, and MLA/APA/Chicago Formatting.
I have also worked at Pomona College, providing support for the Director of High-Performance Computing. I helped develop a STEAM curriculum and learning materials for VR/Oculus Headsets, 3D Printers, DJI Drones, and more. During the Summer and Fall of 2019, we reached out to off-campus organizations and provided a volunteering initiative for K-12 students around Pomona College.
This beautiful world needs skillful thinkers who can be critical, original, and fair when facing incoming challenges. I believe a student engaged in higher learning can and curiosity to see the world from various perspectives. As a teacher-scholar of literature, I wish to help them recognize their global citizenship by developing an awareness of humanity around them. The study of various textual mediums has encouraged us to understand the world outside to understand ourselves within. To recognize such demands is not easy and takes work. Still, I believe that every student is capable to accurately and fairly create an original point of view if they can safely and adequately put in the necessary work.
Please download my Philosophy Statement below.
My personal academic experience directly influences my pedagogical methods and design. As an Arab-Muslim American who grew up during 9/11, I was subject to oppressive questions by high school deans and objectified by college fraternities to fit their own "diversity quota." These experiences were exasperated outside of school, as I was (and still am) "randomly selected" in airports and even faced with the "Why don't you go back where you're from?" question while at work. These embarrassing situations have made me feel excluded and othered from the American fabric. I can correlate how it has forced me to face a wind range of emotions that challenged my academic performance. It is hard not to be emotional when everyone claims that "Islam and Arabs are out to get us."
My academic success did not come until I found an empathetic environment where I did not feel threatened and felt genuinely safe to achieve my educational dream. This environment portrayed positivity, acceptance, and tolerance for multiple views and voices. I realized that diversity is more than what you see physically, but the situations that occur beyond the classroom impact a student's performance.
Please download my Diversity Statement below.
Below are sample lesson plans, activities, and other materials I created during a Multiethnic Literature Course. The sequence of learning started with the invigoration of student curiosity and transitioned into the delivery of their final essay.