Cultural Responsiveness and Leadership

Cultural Responsiveness

As an ESL teacher, I value diversity as not only important but necessary to foster a well-rounded and productive educational environment.  In this regard, I have accomplished many things that have helped Banaadir Academy become a more culturally responsive school.  In order to address low first-language literacy and limited background knowledge about the U.S. education system, I collaborated with students to produce a series of bilingual training videos for SLIFE and their parents, detailing school procedures and norms.  An example video can be found at   In addition, I facilitated the creation and implementation of our school’s interpreting team.  Both of these initiatives led to a marked increase in parent-teacher communication.  In a similar vein, I implemented and managed the Somali Word of the Week initiative to help Western staff learn more about Somali language and customs.


See samples of my culturally responsive teaching here.



I have a documented history of taking initiative and holding leadership positions at every organization for which I have worked.  Most recently, I served as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Lead for grades 5 and 6 and facilitated data-driven flexible grouping of students which has led to increased test scores and overall student success.  Further, I created, implemented and managed the award-winning Reading Buddy volunteer program, which has provided students over three thousand hours of extra small group and one-on-one support.  Lastly, I facilitated a school-wide transition to adopt the WIDA W-APT and MODEL for language assessment and placement.

Read more about the Reading Buddy Program

Reading Buddy Program wins award!