For Allison Ahamed, the passion for teaching arose from running summer camps, ski instructing, teaching dance and tutoring. After receiving her teaching qualifications, Ahamed completed a Masters of Education with a thesis on experiential learning and movement-based education. She has implemented her research by introducing activities such as an after school dance club, which has over 60 participants yearly.
Ahamed’s Kindergarten classroom is a safe, supportive and stimulating environment that focuses on the importance of discovery, individual growth and wonder. The boys develop their independence, self-help skills, confidence and a love for learning. They are proud of their accomplishments and are engaged in their own differentiated learning opportunities. A recent memorable activity was a “marble run” challenge. “The boys worked together to create, test and recreate potential solutions, such as changing lengths and angles. They built resilience and problem-solving skills as they worked together,” she says. Ahamed’s education philosophies include the importance of studentteacher relationships, home-school communication and connection, experiential learning and collaboration. “My classroom is a busy and exciting place for both
students and their families.”