Elementary School

Instructional Leader's Message

Bibi Baksh

Qualifications: I have a Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Physiology and a Master’s degree in Education from the City University of New York. In addition, I have trained in the following areas:

  • Lesson Planning (Backward Design and Structured Instruction Observation Protocol/ SIOP)
  • Classroom management
  • Differentiated instructions for the general classroom
  • Differentiated instructions in math
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Best practices for English Language Learners in relation to the common core
  • Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Best practices in Elementary reading strategies
  • Assessment and grading for student achievement
  • Danielson Framework
  • Wilson’s “foundation” a research-based Phonics program

Experience: I have been the grade 2 teacher at Andalusia since 2005. I have been the Elementary School Coordinator/ Instructional Leader since 2010.

In addition, I have been an instructor at Bronx Community College since 1998. I have served the college full time for two years but returned as a part-time evening instructor of the English Department after starting a full-time position at Andalusia when I became certified as an elementary school teacher, grades 1-6, in 2005.

Philosophy: I try to live by the following philosophies:

  1. One should always set high standards so even if he falls; he will still fall high enough for success.
  2. Teaching in itself is eclectic; among the most effective teachers are those who accept that all teachers will always be students, students of teaching, as it is the only way of becoming, and continuing to be, “experts” in the field.

I recently came across the above quote while doing a research on Amelia Earhart for our Elementary School Book of the Month class assignment. I have read it at least twenty times since I first came across it. I find it intriguing because of its weight; it just says too much to ignore, especially since it allows room for no excuses no matter what status and/or position one finds himself.

My wish is that you understand what this quote means and live by it. I am sure there must have been at least one adult in your lives who has told you that you can do anything you want to do. Well that means you must accept responsibility for shaping who you will become and what you will do. Some of you will just have to recognize the path just in front of you and seize the opportunity to get on it. You will just have to make a move or “take off” as Amelia Earhart put it.

But, for some of you, opportunities will be harder to come by. So then what should you do? Well then you have a responsibility to go out and find those opportunities. How? By making things happen for yourselves, speaking up, making an impression, trying a little harder, and making a plan and executing it. In doing so, you will perhaps, not only find great opportunities to seize, but you might leave a trail for others to follow. While some of you might be too young to even think about having your own children one day, Insha Allah you will. And, they will be among the ones “who will follow after you.”
So as you move on to different stages in your young lives, consider all the significant people from the past who have taken the “responsibility to grab a shovel and build” a way for you to be in the position you are in today, people like our Prophet Mohammad PBUH and his companions. And, Insha Allah, as you journey on, you will find the courage you need to take opportunities and seek them out when they are not readily presented, as having an excuse does not necessarily excuse you from your responsibility of doing so.

May Allah SWT guide you to be responsible and bring good opportunities your way.

Sister Bibi
Elementary School Instructional Leader
2nd Grade Teacher




• The Common Core Curriculum is fully implemented
• Wilson’s Fundations, a research based reading program, was implemented and gave spectacular results
• Visual aids-classrooms have access to LCD projectors
• Brainpop, an interactive online teaching resource, is used in the classroom and accessible at home
• Spelling Bee-students go on to an All Islamic Bee
• Science Fair-students work collaboratively, which is part of College & Career ready objectives