Once on this mountain: Mrs. Amal

As we begin our new academic year, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures.


Where are you coming from? 

I was born in Lebanon but I consider Canada as home. I recently moved from Muscat, Oman to Woodstock and I don’t regret the decision. I speak four languages and make drinks like traditional tea with my Bombilla straw in order to not feel too homesick!


What subjects do you teach?

Although fluent in all four languages, I am currently teaching French and Spanish. This is my first time teaching Spanish and I’m very excited about it. 


What’s different about Woodstock from the last place you worked at? 

One of the differences I see at Woodstock from the last place I worked at is there is a lot more organization and procedures. I feel more organized and less worried about getting things done. Also, Woodstock is very big compared to the last place I worked at and it’s a boarding school, which was quite a big change.


What are your goals for this academic year? 

The biggest goal I have for myself is to learn how to teach Spanish. I have had experience in teaching French at university and school. The only time I taught French was when I was in Australia but it was only for the teachers and was very informal compared to school. I also want to learn how to use MYP and it is quite nerve-racking and overwhelming but I’m excited to know more. 


Are there any fun facts about you that you’d like to share?

I am considered to be the clown of my family and am known for my silliness. My family thinks I  can be very funny at times, however, my husband- not so much! My students still haven’t caught my sense of humor! I have also had 3 jobs at once. I taught grade school, taught step aerobics and spent my time singing at lounges on the weekend. My voice is gone now. I sang in French, English, and Spanish and was a backup singer. This was in Lebanon.


What’s one thing you like about Mussoorie?

I really enjoy nature and wildlife in Mussoorie. I’m used to seeing a lot of deserts and nature is a nice change for me. One thing I’m not too fond of is the long and steep climbs!


What’s one thing you’ve noticed about Woodstock students?

Compared to the students in my previous school, I think that Woodstock students are actually very polite. It’s nice that I can have a conversation with students without telling them to behave or show respect.



Ira Ahuja is a staff reporter 

Edited by Nupur Agrawal

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