Accomplished Training Specialist and Analyst with a strong background in Middle Eastern culture. Born and raised in Lebanon and residing in the United States for over two decades as a resident and University instructor. Possess a solid understanding and appreciation for the political and cultural impact the Middle Eastern countries have on the United States economy and politics. Highly successful at teaching and public speaking with the ability to communicate well with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Middle Eastern Culture & Politics
• Teaching Arabic Language Courses
• eLearning & Web Based Teaching
• Classroom Instructing • Departmental Management
• Curriculum Development
• Content & Data Analysis
• Analytical & Critical Thinking • Training & Public Speaking
• Team Leadership & Development
• Performance Evaluation
• Fluent in English & Arabic (Levantine)
Technical Skills: MS Word, Outlook, Excel, & Power Point; Canvas; Zoom; Adobe Connect; Adobe Captivate; Articulate 360; Lectora; SharePoint; Blackboard; SCORM; Section 508; xAPI; NVivo
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS
LTC LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS 2017 - Present
Train instructors on the use of eLearning tools and techniques for online instructing. Teach beginning and intermediate level Arabic classes. Design curriculum and teach Arabic language skills for private sector and government agencies.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Alexandria, VA,
Program Coordinator & Professor 2011 - Present
Coordinate the Arabic online and campus programs. Teach online and classroom Arabic courses to high school and college students, senior citizens and government employees with an emphasis on Arabic communication - reading, writing and speaking in the Levantine dialect. Develop curriculum and course materials with a focus on proper grammar and conversational skills in an English-free environment.
VIRTUAL VIRGINIA 2010 - 2012
Arabic Language Instructor & Course Developer
Participated in all facets of online teaching including observation, hands-on learning, curriculum development and grading. Developed all levels of Arabic curriculum. Managed classroom and student behavior to ensure compliance with school rules and regulations. Established a positive learning environment for a diverse student base. Integrated curriculum in all subject areas and utilized various teaching strategies to engage students in learning.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Annandale, VA 2007 - 2011
Arabic Language Instructor
Taught Introductory to Advanced level Arabic reading, writing, and conversational fluency. Developed lesson plans tailored specifically to meet the needs of adult learners. Introduced concepts with innovative new applications. Established a functional vocabulary with basic and advanced grammar. Familiarized students with Arabic cultural.
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY, Fairfax, VA 2007 – 2008
Arabic Language Instructor
Designed and implemented Language Arts curriculum to meet the developmental, academic and special needs of a diverse student body. Set and maintained high standards for students through classroom management and positive reinforcement which increased student behavior and learning. Promoted communication among students through effective team building and by creating a sense of community and inclusion for all students.
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Fairfax, VA 2006-2016
Taught ESL classes to students of all proficiency levels. Developed new TOEFL IBT preparation course with lessons on pronunciation and business English.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Loudon, VA 2005-2006
Managed all aspects of the curriculum development and implementation of ESL courses. Determined student capabilities and utilized effective teaching methods to meet each student’s needs. Conducted all lectures and participated in developing course materials for seminars. Evaluated student performance levels and recommended solutions including better study habits and tutoring to improve performance.
EDUCATION & LICENSURES
PhD, Public Policy: Home land Security & Terrorism, Mediation & Peace, Walden University
Masters Degree, Arabic Language & Literature, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon
Master of Education, English as a Second Language, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems, George Mason University, Arlington VA
Instructional Design Certificate, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Teaching License, Teaching Arabic as a Second Language (TASL), Commonwealth of Virginia
Teaching License, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Commonwealth of Virginia
Teaching License, Elementary Education, Commonwealth of Virginia
Teaching License, E-learning Certificate, George Mason University