Ursuline News

Faculty News: Accomplishments and Accolades

English teacher Kate Schenck had an article published in an NAIS blog: Independent Ideas, "What a Summer of Doing Nothing Has Taught Me." Read the blog.

Service Learning Coordinator Gabi Merani spent two weeks at the University Liggett School Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning workshop in Detroit this summer. The workshop, "There’s No Place Like Home: Place-Based Humanities Summer Workshop," gave teachers an up-close view and understanding regarding how Liggett uses place-based humanities while in the classroom.  Learn more.

World Language teacher Hadil Issa was announced as a 40 Under 40 Awardee for the Arab America Foundation. 

40 Under 40 is a celebration of accomplished young Arab Americans. The program spotlights Arab American professionals in all fields and business sectors, including education, law, public service/politics, non-profit, business leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, medical professionals, artists, entertainers, writers, and media representatives. These young professionals have great achievements both in the workplace and in their communities. Read more.

World Language teachers Camelia Benhayda and Hadil Issa presented virtually at a world-wide conference as part of the Ahliyyah & Mutran Educational Annual Forum over the summer about teaching Arabic and how doing so is both a curricular/pedagogical innovation. 

"We shared the process of teaching Arabic in the United States and how, as Ursuline teachers, we approach the language and the culture, and the hidden aspects of religion, politics, and humanitarianism by incorporating our school’s core values," said Camelia. "We also shared how we provide an innovative learning environment which stimulates creativity and curiosity and encourages collaboration."

Director of Global Relationships & Cultural Exchange Cecilia Nipp was named as the new Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) Global Educator in Residence. This position was developed to provide leaders from within the GEBG Community with the opportunity to collaborate alongside GEBG staff in service of the GEBG Mission and to further develop their own leadership within the field of global education.

"I am excited to contribute to an organization that has been so helpful and supportive in my work and I am thrilled that it will raise Ursuline’s profile with GEBG as well as the greater Independent School community," she said.