Suaad Hansbhai - I found my SPARK to spread my passion
Suaad Hansbhai (Pre-Middle Childhood Education, ‘15) was simply born to teach. The West Chester, Ohio native created Noor Youth – a Muslim girls youth grop, works as a teacher’s aide at the El-Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati, serves as a religious weekend school teacher at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, and provides private tutoring services in her spare time. All the while, she’s managed to stand out as a star student herself and earn the Honor Student of the Year award for 2014-15.
Suaad credits her parents, as her first and most important teachers, with sparking her passion for education, and salutes her professors at UC Blue Ash for inspiring her future endeavors as an international educator.
“My professors have been so supportive and provided creative, interesting ways to teach. I look forward to incorporating their lessons in my own teaching, as I strive to bring knowledge and education to the parts of the world that need it most. ”
Suaad received a standing ovation for her words of inspiration as she accepted the Honor Student of the Year award. “You are mighty – beyond imagination. Speak up. Respond to the thunder. The best response we can give to those who threaten to take away our freedom is to respond peacefully. And collectively.”
A Little About Suaad Hansbhai
“My professors at UC Blue Ash have been amazing. My education has truly prepared me to move on to the professional world.”
Making A Difference: Turkey
Ultimately, her goal is to teach in Turkey near the Syrian border. “A lot of Syrian refugees are there and there is no education available to children in the refugee camps.”
Future Plans: Norway
“After I earn my master’s from UC, I plan to teach in Norway for a year or two. Norway is known for having an outstanding education system, so I think I can learn a lot there.”
Teaching In Practice: India
Suaad already has experience teaching at a small village in India. “My five-week experience was eye opening, and I learned so much from the children. The experience showed me how much you can teach with so little – we really just had chalk and a board. I realized you don’t need technology or a lot of other resources; you can be creative with what you have.”