Najah Hijazi is from Houston and is of Lebanese descent. Arabic is her native language, and English is her second. Every summer, Ms. Hijazi travels to Lebanon to spend time with her extended family and maintain a bond with her Lebanese culture. Beginning at age 4, she attended an Arabic school to expand her knowledge of the Arabic language and spent most of her summers in Lebanon being tutored by a highly qualified Arabic teacher. She is a recent graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned a B. A. in Teaching and Learning. Teaching is her passion, and her goal is to be an effective teacher who will educate students to be successful individuals.
Ms. Hijazi enjoys spending time with her friends, being involved in the community, traveling, and meeting new people. She looks forward to teaching at the AIMS.
Paige Huebner (Kiecke)
Paige Huebner has spent the past five years facilitating the learning process for a diverse community of students both inside and outside of Texas. After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2009, Mrs. Huebner taught fourth grade at Hunters Creek Elementary School in Spring Branch ISD. In 2011, she was selected by the Abu Dhabi Education Council to teach English to local 5-year-old Emirati children. After completing her contract in 2013, she moved back to the U.S. and was hired to teach third grade in her hometown of Bellville, Texas.
Mrs. Huebner has always loved to travel and has been to 24 countries to date. Traveling has exposed her to various cultures and languages, which have helped shape whom she is as a teacher. She has learned that no matter where you are in the world, every child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature. Mrs. Huebner hopes to provide an environment at AIMS that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites sharing of ideas so that students can meet their fullest potential.
Mrs. Mechkene was born and raised in Tunisia and is the product of an immersion program. Mrs. Mechkene’s native language is Arabic but she is fluent in French thanks to an immersion program she participated in. Mrs. Mechkene has always been passionate about learning new languages and speaks several foreign languages and local dialects. After moving to the United States she became a bilingual Spanish teacher in Houston ISD.
In her spare time, Mrs. Mechkene enjoys volunteering in local charities and traveling. She is excited to be part of this journey and enjoys teaching children the beauty of the Arabic language.