NABAD Teacher Bios

Mariam Adam

Title: EL Teacher, NABAD Program Grades 3-5

Languages spoken: English (Level 6), Arabic (Level 5), Somali (Level 5)


About me:  

I am from Somalia and I grew up there as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. My siblings and I grew up in a household full of languages. My dad is a linguist and has taught Arabic language to non-speakers of Arabic. We learned to appreciate the value of languages and diversity due to our travels around the world. In the Middle East, I taught for several years ESL and saw the importance the society places on learning a lingua franca. The students would try so hard to attain the accent and pragmatics to feel “American”.

I lived in Columbus, Ohio where I taught grade school and adults for many years. My father has taught for over 40 years as well as my uncle. I have always loved the profession and highly regard all educators around the world. Education is the key for many people around the world to have a better life and move out of poverty. I am very interested in education for girls around the world and wish that every girl is given the opportunity to be what she wants to be. This is my second year at Anne Sullivan and I am blessed and fortunate to be around genuine and dedicated teachers.

James Kindle


Title: EL Teacher, NABAD Program, Grades 3-5

Languages spoken: English (Level 6), Spanish (Level 2), Somali (Level 1)

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About me:

I fell in love with teaching at Anne Sullivan in fall 2009, and have been here ever since. Originally, I worked with students in grades 2-8, but since the creation of the NABAD program in 2013, I have been working with new-to-country students in grades 3-5 exclusively. I studied at Arizona State University and earned my teaching credentials at Hamline University, where I am now completing my Master’s degree in teaching ESL. In 2013, I received my certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in the area of English as a new language. During college, I studied in Argentina and Peru, where I learned first-hand the frustrations and excitements of learning a new language in a country where everyone sounds different than you. I hope I bring this empathy into the classroom: assisting students as they learn academic English. For fun, I love to run and travel, most recently visiting Djibouti and Somaliland with teaching colleagues and Palestine to teach summer school.

Kaitlin Lindsey

Title: EL Teacher, NABAD Program, Grades 6-8

Languages spoken: English (level 6), Swedish (level 3), Somali (level 1)

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About me:  

I became a teacher because I am passionate about Human Rights Education, and I feel fortunate to work with Sullivan’s hardworking, compassionate students, families, and staff. This year, 2014-15, is my sixth year teaching at Sullivan, and I am excited that students school-wide are continuously growing academic language, community building and critical thinking. I now teach and learn with students in Middle School NABAD. Before I was a teacher, I studied at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and graduated with a BA in Cultural Studies, a minor in GLBT studies, and a Masters of Education degree in Second Languages and Cultures, ESL Teaching. I have lived in Sweden and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Outside of school, I like to attend arts events, garden and exercise.