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.