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Student and Alumni Stories

Tarik Abdulkreem S. Al-Werthan

Tarik Abdulkreem S. Al-Werthan

The Arabic word for octopus, “akhtaboot,” comes to Tarik Abdulkreem S. Al-Werthan’s mind when he talks about the few human development specialists in his native Saudi Arabia, many of which attempt to have many “hands” in places outside their area of expertise.

Paulina Aravena Bravo

Paulina Aravena Bravo

MS, Human Development
Chile

Before coming to Warner, Aravena Bravo worked as a speech therapist, both one-on-one with students, many with developmental disabilities, and as a consultant of sorts to a group of special education teachers.

Beatriz M. Folch-Torres

Beatriz M. Folch-Torres

Trained as a dancer since the age of six, Beatriz M. Folch-Torres led classical ballet classes in high school and then as an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico, her native country, to help pay for pointe shoes. She was going through a couple pairs a week, and they were expensive.

Sham Haidar

Sham Haidar

PhD, Teaching, Curriculum, and Change
Pakistan

In his native Pakistan, Sham Haidar would often get into trouble in school for speaking his mind. He was warned not to discuss his opinions so openly, and expected to always know the one correct answer to every question his teachers asked.

Yanti Sri Rezeki

Yanti Sri Rezeki

Though English wasn’t taught at the elementary school level in her native Indonesia, Yanti Sri Rezeki would learn what she could while watching westerns and other English-subtitled movies on television. She received two hours of formal English training per week in junior high, and by high school, wanting even more instruction but unable to afford private lessons, decided to develop her skills independently, and was soon representing her school in English speech contests.

Yingjia Zheng

Yingjia Zheng

In her hometown of Shenzhen, China, Yingjia Zheng taught Chinese to foreigners the way she’d been taught in school. “We throw balls to students there,” she says, her way of explaining that delivery of instruction comes strictly from the teacher.




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