DAA Daily

From the Tops of Mountains to the Seabed: Meet Ms. Asim

Jasmine Conway Features Editor- The Pawprint

We welcome back Ms. Asim as one of the new business teachers. This is the first time she has her own IB classroom. She brings her school spirit, and positive attitude back to DAA

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for six years.

What countries have you taught in?

I have taught in the UAE. I have taught as an Adjunct Professor for University of Wales and Westford School of Management online and blended learning Graduate and Post-Graduate programs. In this role, I was teaching students across different geographies through synchronous programs

How long have you been teaching at DAA?

This is my second year.

What was your favorite school subject growing up?

English, I loved reading books, and English was something that I really enjoyed.

What made you want to start teaching?

I’ve always been a learner at heart, even when I was little. When I was really young I used to take my own story books and annotate them for other kids and I would try to teach them. While I was in the university, my teachers began to notice that I was good at teaching, and they offered me a position. So that was really how I began teaching at a university.

What do you think you do differently from most other teachers?

I wouldn’t say that other teachers don’t do this, but I’m an inquirer at heart, so I really love to research in-depth about everything I’m teaching about.  I really love to think deeply about a subject and how to best teach it to students.

Was teaching what you wanted to do when you were younger?  If not, what was your “dream job” as a kid?

I wanted to teach, ever since I was little. When I was younger, I was more the kind of person that wanted to get meaning out of life. For me, the real meaning of life is getting to see students learn and grow and become smart, compassionate, young adults.

Do you have any teacher horror stories you can share with us?

I don’t have any I can tell you, and I hope that I will never have any to tell you.

What would you say is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?

I am quite adventurous, so if there’s any tall precipice you will see, I’ve probably been there. I also like paragliding and scuba diving, where you really get to experience nature. As a kid, I also really enjoyed hiking. We would climb to the tops of mountains and I would sit reading among the clouds.

What are two quotes that you really believe in?

The two quotes I really believe in are, “You stop learning, you stop growing,” and, “Traveling is the only thing that makes you richer.”

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