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Q&A with Alison Coppola, Teacher at Al-Mizhar American Academy

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Find out why Alison Coppola loves being a teacher and what keeps her going (12th year as a teacher now).

What is your background and training?

My Name is Alison Coppola, I am a KG2 teacher and a Grade Level Leader.

This is my 12th year teaching.  I have a masters in Educational Psychology and a Bachelors in Psychology/Special Education. I attended Marist College in the United States and graduated Cum Laude. I have taught all grades from PreK-grade 6 in both general and special education roles. As a life-long learner myself, I have attended many professional development workshops over the last 12 years to continually learn new strategies and ideas.

What made you want to become a teacher?

There were many influential teachers throughout my schooling career that were passionate about teaching who inspired me to pursue this career. This passion was reflected in their lessons and enthusiasm to make my learning experience engaging and memorable. I enjoy sharing my love for learning with the next generation and seeing them make connections and progress.

What do you love about working at your school in particular?

The best part about working at AAM is the family community. From the moment I arrived at AAM I have experienced so many kind and giving parents. They truly love their children and help provide everything to make them successful learners.

What is your take on ‘play-based learning’?

‘Play based learning’ is an approach that moves away from traditional teaching methods and focuses on giving students a hands on, fun and engaging way to learn.

What is your favourite game or activity to do with your students?

One of my favourite games that I play with my students is four corners. The students need to identify a letter/number/shape/color/word and move to the appropriate corner. If you are the last one there you are out! The key is to be a good listener and move quickly!

What is one fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I love to sing, anytime and anywhere.

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