Reem Sabaa – East K-1 Grades
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, College of Liberal Arts. I am currently a Master’s Degree student at Northern Arizona University, Master of Administrative Leadership. Helping students learn and think about new ideas makes my heart happy. What I loved best about being a teacher was building relationships. Learning well means having trust and respect toward one another as student and teacher. I loved getting to know my students, learning their talents, celebrating their successes and watching them blossom. I love traveling especially overseas. Last summer, I was in Qatar, a beautiful Arabic country. I have been in Jordan, Egypt and some states. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others” Jack Welch
Peter Meehan – East 5-6 Grades & Principal
I am Peter Meehan and I was born in Meriden, Connecticut. My family moved to Tucson just after I graduated from high school. I graduated from U of A with a degree in history with a political science minor. I worked for the newspaper in Tucson for many years then decided to pursue my dreams to become a teacher, going back to school to obtain my teaching certificate. I became the 4th and 5th grade teacher at another charter school in Tucson for gifted students, where I also became the Principal. After 11 years, that school closed and I started working at TIA as a 4th and 5th grade teacher and also the Principal of the East Campus. I love teaching!
“Helping a student develop a strong sense of self confidence is often all it takes for that child to be successful.”
Hussam Hammed – East 6th-12th Grades ELA/SS
I am Mr Sam, the Language Arts and History teacher. I have a masters degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, College of Arts. Being a skilled and certified educational person drew my interest to become a teacher. I have visited many foreign countries. I was recently in Iraq and Qatar.
“Being an educated person, you will have a better future.”
Bill Chambers – East 6 -12 Grades Math/Science
I am the Math/Science teacher for grades 6-12. I have been a teacher for over 25 years. I have taught in Mexico, Gabon West Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, and Peru. I have enjoyed being a teacher and consider myself lucky to have traveled doing my job. I graduated with a B. S. in GeoScience from the University of Arizona. I also received and a MS from South Eastern Florida University in Curriculum Instruction and Technology. I also have over 70 semester hours in professional development classes. As a military dependent I have been traveling for most of my life. I have been to six of the seven continents and look forward to the day I will be able to go to Antarctica. I consider myself to be lucky being a teacher.
“Every truth has four corners. As a teacher I give you one corner and it is for you to find the other three.” Confucius
Xiuqing Sun – Chinese Teacher
I went to China Communication University and have a degree in Media Management. In China I taught Chinese to foreigners before I moved to the U.S.
I’ve been teaching Chinese at TIA since 2012. I have traveled to Thailand, Japan, Korea, China and around the U.S. I cannot give a direct translation but my favorite quote is something like this; “If I walk with two other people, I can learn from at least one of them.” It shows humility and the willingness to learn from different people, regardless of their age, background or beliefs.
Ruth Ana Smith – East Spanish/NSLP
I’m from Costa Rica. I studied at ULACIT University in San jose. I have taught and worked with children for 12 years. I love to travel and I have lived in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, San Francisco, CA and several other states in the US. I have been married for 26 years and I have one daughter. I love to teach and I hope that all my students will become bilingual.