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Arabic Teacher Sumer Majid Teacher: Sumer Majid
Course: Arabic 1 and 2

Ms. Majid starting teaching in Arlington as an Arabic distance learning teacher in 2012-2013. She has a Bachelor Degree in French Literature and has taught pre-school and French at Fairfax County. She also has worked with high school students with special needs. Always seeking to learn new things, Sumer enjoys attending classes and trainings. Her 2015 summer was spent teaching high level credit Arabic at the Al-Waha Concordia Youth Language Village in Minnesota. In 2013 she successfully completed ETLO’s Teaching Students in Blended Classrooms online course. In her free time she likes to read, explore, and watch soccer. Ms. Majid is originally from Iraq and moved to the U.S. in 2008.  Here favorite quote is a Latin proverb: By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.

Wasan Al Qaisi, Arabic teacher Teacher: Wasan Al Qaisi
Course: Arabic 1 and 2

Ms. Al Qaisi is a native of Baghdad, Iraq where she earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Baghdad. This is her fifth year teaching Arabic via distance learning. She loves teaching in a blended learning environment and tries to use the most effective ways and strategies to make her courses more enjoyable and motivating; she wants students to have fun while learning. Previously she taught Arabic to adults at the Middle East Institute. She considers herself a lifetime learner. Thus, she participates in many workshops, conferences, and courses related to her career. For summers 2014 and 2015 she attended the Concordia Arabic Language Villages Al Waha — a great adventure. Ms. Al Qaisi encourages all language-learners to go there for a wonderful immersion program during the summer. Her motto in life is “There is no shortcut to success.” As much as the success is worth, that much hard work and patience is needed.

Zainab Kufaishi Teacher: Zainab Kufaishi
Course: Arabic 3 and up

This is Zainab Kufaishi’s third year with APS. She is the online Arabic teacher for levels three, four and five.  Additionally she teaches Intro to Arabic at Jefferson Middle School, and has taught at StarTalk for two summers. Ms. Kufaishi is from Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the U.S. in 2012, first to Seattle then to Virginia. She earned her Bachelor degree from Baghdad University / College of Science / Biology. At the Baghdad International School she was a Science teacher, Arabic as a Second Language teacher, and taught music lessons. She also was CEO of communications for Talia Ltd.  She is licensed to teach Arabic and Biology in Virginia. She is always seeking to learn new things and participates in courses and attends conferences. This summer (2015) she took a class with Concordia College:  Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for teachers of Arabic. Through this class she had the opportunity to teach in the Concordia Arabic Language Village: Al Waha.  In 2013 Ms. Kufaishi successfully completed ETLO’s Teaching Students in Blended Classrooms online course. She enjoys traveling, walking and reading.

Weiling Song Teacher: Weiling Song
Course: Chinese 2

Weiling is teaching Chinese 2 for the 2015-2016 school year. This is her third year with Arlington Public Schools’ Distance Learning program. Last year she taught Chinese 1 online, as well as Chinese 1 and 2 face-to-face. Before joining Arlington Public Schools, Weiling taught Chinese 1, 2, and 3 in Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia; in addition, Weiling taught both Chinese and Spanish online for a private online school. She also taught Spanish in college. Weiling got her B.A. in Spanish from Beijing Second Foreign Language University, China. After working for a Spanish Company in Beijing for two years, Weiling came to the United States to pursue her graduate study in Spanish Literature. In 2005 Weiling got her M.A. in Spanish from the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. She started her Ph.D in Spanish with concentration in Latin American literature, which is still in progress. As a native from China, Weiling has been enjoying teaching Mandarin Chinese. In her free time Weiling enjoys music, gardening, traveling, and especially spending wonderful time with her 7-year-old son.

chinese language coach Janet Luu Chinese Language Teaching Assistant: Janet Luu

Janet Luu is a native Chinese speaker from Taiwan, Republic of China.  She is the Chinese Language Learning Coach to students taking Chinese online.  She has Bachelor degrees in both Bilingual Education (Taiwan) and Business Administration (U.S.) She has been an APS Startalk Chinese teacher for eight years, a Chinese teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle school and Washington Lee High School for three years, and teacher and Dean for Weihui Chinese School from 2000 to 2007.  She has also sponsored the Washington-Lee Chinese Club for five years. Ms. Luu has lived with her husband and son in Arlington since 1980 and spends most of her leisure time cycling and traveling.

Chinese Language Teaching Assistant Yue Zhen Chinese Language Teaching Assistant: Yue Zhen

This year is Yue’s first year with Arlington’s distance learning program. She is very excited to join Virtual@APS. She is supporting Chinese language students at various schools.  Ms. Zhen is a native Chinese speaker from Beijing, China and earned her Bachelor degree in Chinese Language from Beijing Normal University. She worked at ICA Language Service teaching federal government employees from 2010 to 2014, and taught at Wei Hwa Chinese School for five years. She has lived with her husband and two sons in Arlington since 1998. Her hobbies include: reading, traveling, cooking and gardening.

Janet O'Grady Teacher: Janet O’Grady
Courses: German I, German II, German III

Frau O’Grady has been teaching German in Arlington since March 2002. The 2015-2016 school year is her eleventh year as an APS high school distance learning teacher. This is her first year to teach German 3 online. In 2012 the APS German program was awarded the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) 2012 Center of Excellence Award. In college she spent her junior year studying at the Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany, and she earned a B.A. in German Language and Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. An advocate of lifelong learning, Frau O’Grady continues to engage in workshops, staff development, conferences and graduate coursework; e.g., the Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik immersion program at University of Rhode Island, ETLO’s Teaching World Languages Using Web 2.0 Tools, ETLO’s Teaching Students in Blended Classrooms, and NECC/ISTI, SMART, Blackboard, and APS conferences, symposia and workshops. Frau O’Grady enjoys spending Freizeit with family and friends, traveling, reading, and working on crossword puzzles and sudoku.

THyangRi Ma eacher: Hyangri Ma
Course: Japanese 1, 2, 3

This school year is Hyangri’s sixth year with Arlington’s distance learning program. Ma Sensei, as she is called by students, developed the curriculum and course contents for all three Japanese courses offered by Virtual@APS. Previously, she taught Japanese via a satellite- and video-based distance learning program for seven years in Henrico County, Virginia. Additionally, Hyangri has taught Japanese at an elementary school and at a college in Massachusetts. Hyangri studied Japanese pedagogy and completed a teacher preparation program in Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Hyangri is a native speaker of Japanese. As she is ethnically Korean, Hyangri is also very familiar with Korean culture. Hyangri’s hobbies are movies and swimming. She also loves traveling and has spent one year in Indonesia in her high school years, living with a local family. Subsequently, Hyangri moved to the United Kingdom, where she received a degree in Development Studies and Indonesian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Hyangri enjoys learning foreign languages as much as teaching them. She studied Chinese classics through middle and high school years and traveled to France to learn French in college years. Hyangri also has a diploma in Indonesian from the School of Foreign Languages, Keio University, Japan. She has worked in Australia and Malaysia prior to moving to the U.S.A. Hyangri now lives in Fairfax county with her family.

Latin teacher Liz Egbert Teacher: Liz Egbert
Blended Course:   Middle School Latin I and II

Liz Egbert is an Arlington native. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Latin and Classics from the University of Mary Washington in 2011 and her M.Ed. from George Mason University in 2014. While working on her master’s Liz was also a substitute teacher and Latin tutor in Arlington County. She started teaching at Jefferson Middle
School and Yorktown High School in the 2014-2015 school year. This year she will be teaching at Jefferson and, for the first time, through Virtual@APS at Kenmore and Gunston Middle Schools. She currently teaches Level I, II, and 6th grade Introductory Latin. Liz looks forward to the challenges and advantages of a blended classroom, and to sharing her love of the Latin language and Classical culture with her students. Outside of the classroom, Liz enjoys watching classic movies and playing video games.