Middle School


Ghada Salim

Assalamu alaikum,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Allah for blessing me and my colleagues for making us part of Andalusia for yet another year! My nine years at Andalusia have been so rich with positive experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Many of my students are now a permanent fixture in my life, and they have made all my efforts worthwhile. I look forward to sharing their happy moments and achievements for years to come.

Going forward, we need to expand on the Andalusia experience by sharing knowledge with one another, and by realizing that teaching and learning go hand in hand. I have not only taught many of my students about literature and life, but I have also learned from them so much. This teacher/student partnership is the kind of partnership that we should all embrace and cherish with our hearts and minds. Teaching is not easy, it is a difficult job, but it is also a sacred job and a privilege that my colleagues and I in high school will never take for granted.

I urge each and every one of my students to be a teacher. That does not necessarily mean that you have to undertake teaching as a career. Teaching is the ultimate gift you can give a person. It is priceless and it is endless. And most of all it is a sign of love. You can all be teachers in all spheres of life. As fathers and mothers, as professionals and business people, and most importantly as community members and activists–we must all be teachers in our life roles. Teaching is a sacred responsibility, it is an “amana”, and it is a lifelong obligation and an ongoing process.

There is an old adage that reminds us that a good teacher is like a candle–it consumes itself to light the way for others. As much as I am humbled by this expression of sweet sacrifice, my experience as a teacher is that teaching at Andalusia has heightened my energy level every year. I am more motivated and feel more positive than ever!

To my fellow teachers: please remember that you are molding the next generation of leaders. Do not underestimate the permanent effect you have on your students. And keep in mind that who you are is more important than what you teach. As William Arthur Ward said so eloquently: the mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates. However, the GREAT teacher inspires. I need you all to be nothing less than great! Don’t forget that what a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.

May Allah guide us and help us to continue on this blessed path of teaching and learning at Andalusia School for His sake and in His name, Insha’Allah.


Sister Ghada
High School Instructional Leader
High School English Teacher




• National Junior Honor Society NJHS
• Character building events such as the Talent Show gives
students recognition of their aptitudes
• Student Council-serving to cultivate future leaders. A student
initiated book drive and fundraiser for the playground was held
• Annual sports day with team building and fun activities
• Spelling Bee and Science Fair
• Visual aids-classrooms have access to LCD projectors (YouTube videos & Documentary CDs)
• Brainpop, an interactive online teaching resource, is used in the classroom and accessible at home