Ms. Elsaiary is honored and humbled to join the Arabic Immersion Magnet School this year. Ms. Elsaiary was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Egypt. She earned her bachelors degree in Accounting. Ms. Elsaiary taught PK at the British Private School 2 years, has taught Arabic classes on Sundays, taught online ESL classes and has subbed in Conroe ISD for nearly 3 years. Ms. Elsaiary enjoys building relationships with her students and instills confidence in each child. Motivated by her desire to empower little minds and be a role model for children led her to her career in education!
Brittney Herzog is in her fourth year of teaching in HISD and her third year of teaching at the Arabic Immersion Magnet School. After graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012, Ms. Herzog taught preschool and pre-k in a private school and knew right away that teaching was her calling. Ms. Herzog is currently a 2nd grade teacher at AIMS and brings energy and enthusiasm to her teaching every day. She incorporates music and movement into her daily lessons and creates whimsical classroom transformations that transport her students to another place. Students can also be found working collaboratively in flexible lounge seating options instead of traditional desks. "At the end of the day, I only hope that students will have so much fun that they don't even realize that learning is taking place," Ms. Herzog says. She is a firm believer in building relationships and a positive classroom community with her students. "Once students feel valued and empowered, followed by fun and engaging connections to learning, the sky is the limit for my students."
Caroline Robinson comes to Houston all the way from North Carolina! English is her native language and Arabic her passion of 10 years. Ms. Robinson first began learning Arabic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to receive her M.A. in Teaching Arabic as a Second Language from the University of Michigan. In the summer, Ms.Robinson directs Middlebury Interactive Language's high school immersion program. She has lived abroad in France and Lebanon, learning Lebanese dialect and the history of Franco-Arab exchange. Building language education programs in public schools is Ms. Robinson's dream for the next generation of students. Ms. Robinson is also a fitness instructor and enthusiast for health and wellness. She enjoys teaching weightlifting and yoga at the YMCA, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and getting outdoors. She is beyond excited to join the AIMS team next year!
Ms. Thomas is a second year teacher; this is her first year at AIMS. She moved to Houston from San Antonio and received her undergraduate degree in 2016 from Texas Southern University. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program to receive a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. She takes pride in her classroom culture and loves to give students affirmations, she understands that each child is an individual with various needs, so she treats them as such. Conforming to what that individual requires so they know that school is their safe space to come and learn and that their classroom which consists of their peers and teacher is equivalent to a team and family. Working together as one team and family will ensure that all of us will learn and no child will be left behind. When she is not in class or completing service hours for AmeriCorps she can be found at local events for children with her two boys. Together they frequent Discovery Green, and The Children's Museum, so if you see her don't hesitate to say "Hi"!