My name is Jeffrey Ahmad and I am excited to be teaching Third Grade at Schutz American School. I was born and raised in Southern California.
I am from a very diverse family. I am of Irish and Danish descent; however, I was adopted as an infant by a family with an American mother of European descent and an American father of Pakistani/Indian descent. The rich cultural diversity of the two has served to broaden my prospective and enhanced my life experiences.
Over my last eighteen years in education I have worked with students from varying countries, cultures, and religions. I began my educational career, during university, as a Special Education assistant where I worked for three years with Severely Emotionally Disturbed first through third grade students as well as working one year with sixth through eighth grade Resource Students. I also elected to work with high school students during summer school sessions. Following the completion of my degree, I taught second and third grade for a total of three years. Wishing to broaden my scope of experience in teaching, I shifted from Elementary School to Middle School for a total of three years. During this time I taught a variety of subjects including Algebra, Pre-Algebra, and English for grades six through eight. I then decided it was time to expand my horizons and teach internationally. My first stop was Jakarta, Indonesia where I taught first grade for two years. My second stop took me to a new continent, Africa teaching second grade at the International Community School of Abidjan located in Cote D’Ivoire from 2008-2011. During 2011 Cote D’Ivoire faced a political crisis which escalated to an all out civil war. As a result, I opted to seek a new position. This will be my eighth year teaching third grade here in Egypt.
My favorite pastime is traveling. I have also traveled extensively during my school breaks visiting Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cote D’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Mali, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam. I am looking forward to the many local and regional travel experiences that Egypt has to offer. Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated.
I am excited to be teaching at Schutz and am looking forward to another outstanding school year.
When I think back to my years in school, my teachers who stood out the most had several characteristics in common. First, they were very knowledgeable about the subjects they were teaching. Second, they were caring individuals. Third, they made their lessons applicable to real life situations. Fourth, they incorporated humor into their lessons. These are the characteristics which I strive to emulate in my classroom.
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