This year TCLP alumni facilitated events, attended professional development, and earned additional teaching certificates in various ways.
Alumna Eman Bekheet, hosted at International High School of New Orleans in Louisiana in 2013-2014; Sabreen Kamel, hosted at Disney II Magnet School in Illinois in 2014-2015, participated in the British Cultural Council in Egypt's launch of the national program Teach. Engage. Aspire. (TEA). Teachers who participated in the event training will facilitate workshops for over 6,000 English teachers in all governorates of Egypt during the 2022-2023 academic year. Ms. Bekheet and Ms. Kamel conducted a microteaching session on vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar.
Picture 1: Eman Bekheet receiving her TEA certificate
Alumna Manal Salem, hosted at Nicotra Early College Charter School in New York in 2019-2020, and alumna Nermeen Aboughoneim, hosted at PSJA Memorial Early College High School in Alamo in Texas in 2019-2020, participated in the RELO Mentoring Program. Ms. Manal Salem completed a presentation at the Regional English Language Office (RELO) Cairo's International Book Fair at Bibliotheca Alexandria. In addition, she gave a presentation on language activities centered on comparisons and miming. Ms. Nermeen joined the RELO Mentoring Program in August 2021. Since then, she has worked toward her required 100 hours of mentoring by conducting Zoom meetings, in-person training, and online and phone consulting sessions.
Picture 2: Nermeen Aboughoneim presents a training session as a RELO mentor
Picture 3: Manal Salem’s presenting on language activities at RELO
Other alumni are also making an impact online. For example, Alumna Jia Lili, hosted at Walnut Elementary School in California in 2015-2016, conducted five virtual teacher training sessions in 2022. These training sessions were conducted at the municipal, provincial, and national levels. Ms. Jia discussed core components in English teaching and how to use the new textbook and curriculum. Additionally, at her home school in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, Ms. Jia serves as a Head Teacher for the twelfth grade; in this role, she provides leadership and training to her colleagues.
Picture 4: Jia Lili leads a team meeting at her school in Shijiazhuang
Through continued professional development and education, TCLP alumni are continuing to grow. Alumnus Ayman Belhiyad, hosted at Islands High School in Georgia in 2017-2018, defended his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah - Fez in Morocco. Mr. Belhiyad's thesis explored the relationship between students' university experiences and their character development in the Moroccan context. He hopes his work can benefit the government, university deans and professors, students, and anyone who aspires to make the Moroccan university a place for character development. Alumnus Anas Elnahriry hosted at J.W. Reason Elementary School in Ohio in 2017-2018, completed a course entitled "English as a Medium of Instruction" through the Online Professional English Network (OPEN). OPEN is a U.S. Department of State-funded initiative that offers virtual learning opportunities to foreign English language educators, professionals, and learners worldwide.
Picture 5: Alumnus Ayman Belhiyad at his Ph.D. thesis defense
Since the fall of 2018, TCLP has started collecting your alumni highlights as a part of a larger effort to stay in touch with alumni and connect alumni who have similar goals and might be interested in collaborating on projects. You may have noticed your cohort leaders asking for alumni highlights! If you have a new highlight to share, updates in your career and personal life, or your contact information has changed, please take 10 minutes to submit a TCLP alumni survey found here! We love hearing from you, and knowing what you are working on now helps us connect you to your peers and keep the TCLP network going.