DAA Daily

From Cheesesteaks to Beach Breaks; Getting to know DAA’s Newest Teacher Ms. Lee

By Ahmed Abdelsalam & Benjamin Turner, Staff Reporters, The Pawprint

Born in Philadelphia, United States, Ms. Lee has been in the UAE since 2018, however has recently moved to Dubai residing as an expat. We conducted this interview to get to know Ms. Lee and give a proper introduction for the DAA community. 

1. What’s the best aspect of living in Dubai?

I find the vision and development to be fascinating. I am endlessly intrigued by the engineering that has gone into creating this emirate and country. 

2. What are your hobbies outside of school?

Outside of DAA, I love being at the beach and trying to be in nature as much as possible. I also love to paint and play with materials in my art studio. 

3. If you were to teach a different subject, what would it be?

I think that I’d really enjoy teaching art or something that deeply involves hands-on and problem-solving. 

4. If you could tell every student one thing, what would it be?

The time you have with your teachers to learn and grow is actually very small to your overall existence but it will have the greatest impact if you use your time wisely.

I would also tell them, “You are more capable than you know. Believe in yourself.”

5. Who was your role model growing up?

I think I looked up to my aunts for their demonstration of always being their goofy and true selves, however, my Moms-Mom was who showed to be graceful and concise in the face of adversity; she was the best listener.

6. If you were to choose a different profession, what would it be and why?

I always thought I’d want to be a photographer, until I did that for some time and felt very separated from the events and while I was capturing the moment, it did not let me live in it. I think my next career could be an interior designer or painter.

7. Do you have a favorite News source, and if so why is it that particular account/newspaper?

I enjoy reading The New Yorker when I can get my hands on it at Kinokuniya because I don’t care to read online. I appreciate and enjoy the quality of writing, particularly the fiction publications that come through the New Yorker. I also read current events on BBC and NPR, but not too much because you have to be mindful of what you consume and I prefer unbiased journalism which can be hard to come by.

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