- Teaches students:
- Ages 8 to 85 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 2010
I’m from California, and a graduate of the University of Southern
California, with a Master of Arts in Teaching- TESOL, a B.A. in
Dramatic Arts (Jack Nicholson Award winner), and a minor in
Entrepreneurship. I’ve taught EFL & ESL learners and teachers in
Malaysia, Los Angeles, South Korea, and all over Southeast Asia. I
recently concluded my second term as an English Language
Fellow/Lecturer with the U.S. Department of State (2014-2016). Through projects set up by the U.S. Embassy, I worked directly with local teachers, students, and education professionals to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way English was taught.
While in Malaysia, I had the opportunity to teach English for Business at University Malaysia Kelantan (UMK); the only entrepreneurship university in Malaysia. I also worked on curriculum development, facilitated over 100 workshops throughout six countries in Southeast Asia, trained teachers, coached Ministry of Education officials, and supported the U.S. Embassy’s English ACCESS Microscholarship program. During my time in Malaysia, I started the edcamp “unconference” movement in Kuala Lumpur, presented at regional TESOL conferences, and won Gold for “Best Workshop” at the International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT). In 20 months, I taught 3,006 students and trained 2,940 teachers in the East Asia and Pacific region. This year, I taught at Irvine Valley College, helping adult-ESL students develop the language skills they need in order to thrive in the United States.
I'm currently gearing up for my next venture as Senior Teacher at a top international school in Beijing.
Taught arts & crafts, literacy, sports, and speaking to K-6th grade students.
• Taught Intensive Adult English as a Second Language for students from Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Syria, and Vietnam focused on everyday situations, literacy, and U.S. civics and culture.
• Helped students develop digital literacy skills for employment.
• Guided students on how to fill out job applications, write checks, register for a school (and child’s school), find directions, use a
map, interview for a job, and read prescription labels.
• Taught 3,006 students and trained 2,940 teachers over 20 months.
• “Building and Sustaining Student Rapport” publication in Journal of Foreign Languages, China (2017)
• TESOL International member and conference proposal reviewer (2014-2017)
• Taught English for Business and Intermediate English to 106 students at University of Malaysia Kelantan and conducted
confidence building and dynamic speaking two-day workshops for 350 students on a monthly basis (2015-2016).
• Mentored high school and university students on programs and opportunities available through the Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange’s (MACEE) Fulbright and EducationUSA offices. Coordinated logistics for head MACEE officers to visit University Malaysia Kelantan for a two hour workshop with 100 students.
• Trained Ministry of Education officers and teachers in high school on pronunciation, vocal warm-ups, active listening, higher- order thinking skills, stage presence, alternative assessment, and discussion leading.
• Led a workshop at U.S. Department of State Fellow Conference, Jinan University, China, 2016 (Sustainable Classroom Practices for the Underpaid, Overworked, and Undervalued Teacher).
• Directed students for ongoing Podcast Project in order to strengthen pronunciation and increase speaking confidence, and coached teachers in Myanmar to do the same.
• Trained 100 U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants on lesson planning and ESL best practices, before they taught in 10 states throughout Malaysia.
• Organized the first-ever edcamp “unconference” in Malaysia for in-service teachers focused on critical thinking.
• Led a workshop at the 12th Annual CamTESOL conference for 60 teachers and administrators on What Acting Teaches Us About Teaching, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
• Co-directed the first-ever intercollegiate, interstate English trivia tournament in Malaysia with 32 students.
• U.S. Department of State-University of Oregon Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction: Shaping the Way We Teach English, 1: The Landscape of English Language Teaching
• Facilitated 39 workshops (Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, and Philippines), for students and teachers on alternative assessment, ongoing assessment, pronunciation, journal writing, and spontaneous speaking.
• Worked with the U.S. Embassy (Public Affairs Section) on NGO programs to bring 640 Malaysian high school students environmental education at public libraries.
• Presented theatrical tactics for public speaking, dynamic English, and student motivation at country-wide and international conferences (Malaysia International Conference on English Language Teaching; International Seminar on Language Teaching; Brunei English Language Teacher's Association; Thailand TESOL 2015-Reflections & Directions; Malaysian English Language Teacher's Association).
• Taught English for Business to 126 EFL students in a welcoming classroom environment (Lecturer, 2014-2015).
• Oversaw and consulted the only English Club at the University of Malaysia Kelantan on the annual theatre concert.
• Mentored teachers in the Philippines via Skype on U.S. Department of State and the University of Oregon’s Shaping the Way We Teach English webinars.
• Promoted ongoing professional development through Train the Trainer sessions for the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
• Hosted two seasons of U.S. Department of State and University of Oregon Shaping the Way We Teach English professional development webinars.
• Developed and taught new curriculum to Chinese high school exchange students preparing to study in the U.S. for 10 month periods.
• Guided students with American etiquette and customs.
• Advised students on American dialects, accents, regional differences, and celebrations. • Showcased real American classrooms and popular high school traditions.
• Started and directed the first-ever pen pal system between Corem and John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Riverside, CA for 136 students.
• Revamped and coached the city-wide speech contest, while guiding two students to second place.
• Head director of the annual English Concert & Talent Show for 30 students.
• Wrote and adapted six Kindergarten play scripts for annual English concert.
• Choreographed six original dances for annual Kindergarten English concert.
• Developed new curriculum for Scrapbook-Around the World in a Week class.
• Directed the High School Prep Program for Korean Students, mentoring students on American customs, slang, accents, and traditions.
• Established weekly enrichment plans for 43 students focused on strengthening children’s analytical and comprehension skills.
• Facilitated positive reinforcement activities geared towards leading a healthy social, mental, and physical lifestyle.
• Demonstrated bully prevention and peer pressure tactics on a daily basis in order to uphold a safer/inspiring classroom setting.
• Empowered academically at-risk students in homework completion, while conducting reading, writing, and English speaking lessons.
• Contributed in reducing the risk of developing mental health problems, while increasing resiliency and skill development for the African American population in Riverside County.
• Observed the way in which family members communicated with one another in order to individualize my strategies for more effective communication with their children.
• Shared daily anecdote with parents’ about what students did during sessions, allowing to build parents’ understanding of my approach and open up a possibility for further conversation through a shared interest in their child.
• Participated as an AmeriCorps teacher in an award-winning network of volunteers who provide individualized attention and positive adult-child relationships to prepare children attending preschool in low-income neighborhoods for school success.
• Implemented early childhood curriculum, supported family involvement, promoted children’s language and literacy skills through ongoing relationships with 20 preschool children, and increased adult support in the learning environment.
• Collaborated with a team of four Corps teachers to plan twice weekly in-classroom activities for a class of 20 preschool children.
• Received intensive training and professional development in early childhood theory and practice, language and literacy development, leadership skills, and communication with families.
• Chaired group of 30 students on Hunger Cleanup Day, to feed and nourish 600 homeless people in Los Angeles’s, Skid Row.
• Delegated weekly meetings on Hunger and Homelessness geared towards helping those within the South Los Angeles community.
• Helped implement RCC’s first recycling program geared towards a student body scholarship fund.
• Directed group of 18 students in keeping the student body aware of significant opportunities for career & personal advancement.
• Managed team of 14 members in strategizing methods for student body to better engage in campus activities.
First Aid Card requirements completed. Attained proficiency in the following competencies: Infection control, basic life support, taping/wrapping/bracing techniques, nutrition and weight management, physical conditioning & emergency preparedness action plans.+ Read More
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Great Teacher with vibrant ideas in ESL teaching. Gives good input on teaching strategies.
I highly recommend Shaheed. I'm an ESL Toastmaster, need to improve my impromptu speaking skills. He customizes my lessons for my needs and recognizes what I need to work on. He is very professional, but his easy going and down to earth personality makes each session truly enjoyable. My fellow Toastmasters say I became quicker on my feet; I see results!+ Read More
My niece, from oversea, has stayed with us in the USA for a few months. She has been taking lessons with Shaheed almost everyday for the past five weeks. She enjoys every lesson and has learned a lot since she started. She has mentioned that she wanted to continue the lessons if possible when she was back in her country. Shaheed recognizes her strength and weakness in her ability and customizes her lessons accordingly. He is very professional but yet funny and caring. Has a lot of tricks up his sleeve to keep her enagage. A top notch teacher. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for an ESL teacher.
Thank you so much Shaheed for wonderful lessons you have crafted for her.
The class was great! He corrected my grammar mistakes, as well as my pronunciation. He was also flexible to adapt his teaching methodology to better meet my needs.
It was a very good experience. Shaheed was very involved in the teaching, focusing on my needs regarding pronountiation and speakings skills.
Shaheed is a very very very nice teacher，he is so professional in ESL，I like the style of his teaching
Shaheed is a very very very nice teacher，he is so professional in ESL，I like the style of his teaching
This instructor is very professional and dedicated. The lesson is very engaging. We'd strongly recommend!
I started classes now, but I realized that have a lot of experience and patience to teach
It was vary helpful