My name is Takiyah Ariyibi. I was born in Brooklyn and raised in different states on the West Coast and Europe. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology at St. John’s University. I volunteered in Burkina Faso, teaching education for the Peace Corps in 2003 – 2005. I pursued a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at The New School years later. I have been teaching ENL to high schoolers for five years.
What about the residency are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to learning how to best serve students that have needs beyond language. I look forward to working with professionals that can guide me in understanding how to separate or combine the needs of students that have both language and learning needs. I would like to be able to use these students' gifts as tools and strategies to help them succeed in high school and what may face them afterwards.
Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?
I have been to many schools in my life. I cannot pinpoint only one teacher. I have had both academic teachers as well as professional and personal teachers that have continued to make an impact on my life. I am grateful for all the lessons and opportunities that have been given to me.