MS. Zahra… Professor Phonics

As an educator, I strive to inspire, engage, and challenge my students as learners. I am committed to ensuring that all students have a holistic educational experience in a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment. I was born and raised in Tanzania, a developing country in East Africa. Growing up in Tanzania, I witnessed many children not having access to basic primary education – this experience inspired my passion for education. I attended Queen’s University for the Concurrent Education program where I earned a B.Ed. in Primary/Junior Education. Through this program, I had five years of teaching experience placements in both the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and York Region District School Board (YRDSB). My most valuable teaching experience was my time working at Sunny View Public School, a school that specializes in teaching students with physical exceptionalities. Throughout my teaching career, I have continued to volunteer at Sunny View Public School and still work closely with the staff members who give me valuable insight into how to work with students with various physical and learning exceptionalities. In addition, I completed my Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). My Master’s focused on Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. I completed my thesis on utilising best teaching practices in classrooms and ways to improve the quality of primary education in Tanzania. Lastly, I gained valuable teaching experience at Unionville Montessori. One of my hopes, as an educator, is to instill a love of learning in all my students.

Random Fact: I can speak five languages.

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