Hello, my name is Zouhoer Shuaib, and I am an ELA & Math instructor for students in grades 3-8 here at Tip-Top Brain. I have a passion for supplying individuals with the support and confidence they need to achieve their academic goals. In my spare time, I enjoy reading books, going to the beach and playing with my cat, Halo. My motivation revolves around exploring methods and strategies that can help aid students success and in turn develop self confidence in their abilities. I aim to create an environment that drives scholars to want to do better by establishing meaningful connections with my students as well as their families.
During my school career, I attended William Cullen Bryant High School where I received my advanced regents high school diploma. My love for literature was apparent as I was placed in AP English during both 11th and 12th grade. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and Childhood Education at Queens College and my Masters of Science Degree in Special Education. For the last 3 years, I have been privileged to work in a classroom setting that has allowed me to develop my in-depth knowledge for different approaches that can be implemented in order to reach the demands of all students. In the process of lesson planning on a daily basis, I have gained a deep understanding of the common core standards, and I have paid close attention to students’ learning demands, as well as differentiation needs.
Throughout my life, I have always known that teaching was something I wanted to do as I often witnessed a need for students to be understood. Before becoming a teacher, I first began helping students improve their well-being at LaGuardia Community College as the receptionist for the College’s Wellness Center. Here, I became Mental Health First Aid certified, allowing me to better understand a direct connection between students’ mental health and their education. During this time, I was also privileged to be provided the opportunity to become an A.S.S.I.S.T Peer mentor helping young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) navigate through the college world. Throughout my time as a mentor, I have learned the great impact one-on-one and small group instruction can have on students as it allows for the discovery of differentiation methods that work best for each individual, while building and promoting confidence and independence.
I believe my role in an individual’s learning experience is to assist in areas of need whilst helping them critically think beyond the scope. I want to challenge students through higher level questioning while encouraging the use of techniques that can be helpful for them to utilize inside and outside the classroom. At Tip-Top Brain, there are many diverse and wonderful opportunities present that allow for a child’s academic and personal growth. During my time in Tip-Top Brain, I want to see children manifest and achieve their success through the help of my support. I am dedicated to leave a positive impact on the Tip-Top Brain community by providing purposeful lessons that aim to advance students in their academic journey.