Welcome to 4th Grade ! Sister Ruqayyah Ishmael's Class

As-Salamu Alaikum proud parents of 4 th grade! My name is Ruqayyah Ishmael and I am so excited to be your child’s 4 th grade teacher this year, InshaAllah.This year will be my 5th year here at Hamza Academy, and I look forward to sharing another school year with each and every one of you. A little on my educational background: I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a focus in Arabic Studies from Hunter College, and I am currently working to complete my Masters in Elementary Education and Special Education with NYS certification within this school year. My philosophy on Education is to be a guidance for our young pupils through their child development and growth process. I believe that the education for a child of this age should not be rigorous and extensive, but merely as a means to foster the creative and imaginative minds of our future generation. Fun-(ish) Facts about me:
. One day, while I was walking in my neighborhood I was hit by a car and managed to walk away with no broken bones or serious injuries!Alhamdulilah! . I have an (almost) 1-year old Kitten named Bellatrix. . I love to go hiking and finding cool waterfall.

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