Ali grew up daydreaming of becoming a teacher. She was convinced school could be more meaningful and inspiring with the right approach. She always remembered teachers who found creative ways to teach new information. As she got older and understood the powerful societal impact education can have, she felt even more passionate about entering the teaching field. Since completing her undergraduate degree, she has been working in the field in multiple different roles, namely as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a learning specialist, a private tutor, and a department director. Ali is particularly interested in helping design curriculum and creating appropriate accommodations to foster student success, independence, and confidence.
B.A. Education and Child Studies and French Studies, Smith College; M.A. Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts in Boston
WHAT SHE’D SAY TO HER 15-YEAR-OLD SELF
Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries is one of the best forms of self-preservation and self-respect. Follow your instincts, ask for help, and trust yourself enough to stand firm in your values. It is not your business how others choose to react to you, honoring your needs.