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Dina El Halaby

An economist by training, Dina spent her early career working for NGOs and think tanks that conduct research on issues of poverty reduction, inequality and sustainability. Fueled by her growing interest in children’s education, she completed a masters degree in Children’s Rights. Following a long struggle to find the right setup for her twin daughters […]

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Rim Spiro

Following a 20 year career in corporate banking, Rim, a Lebanese mother of two, discovered her love for teaching as she was helping her children with their online schooling during the pandemic. That, followed by her family’s move to France in 2021, she saw how important learning Arabic was in shaping their sense of identity.

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Natasha Tynes

NatashaTynes is a Jordanian-American author, journalist, and educator based in Maryland, USA. In addition to being a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications from across the US and Middle East such as The Washington Post, Nature Magazine, Elle Magazine, Esquire magazine, Aljazeera, The New Arab and The National, she hosts the podcast, Read

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Lama Noureddin

Lama began her teaching career at the young age of 15 and worked for four years in early childhood education in Lebanon before moving to the UK in 2021, and joining Kalamna’s teaching team in Cambridge in 2023. Lama is a mother of two and believes in the importance of teaching Arabic to young children

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Doaa M. Baumi

Doaa is a consummate Islamic studies scholar based in Birmingham, UK. Prior to joining Kalamna to develop and deliver a bespoke curriculum for Islamic studies, Doaa taught children at various supplementary schools across England since 2017. She also brings with her over a decade’s experience teaching various courses to undergraduate students in the US and

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Nevine Mikhail

Nevine has been teaching Arabic as a foreign language for over 25 years and has built her experience through working with a range of students from different government institutions and universities in Egypt, Australia, Singapore and Switzerland. After earning her MA in Teaching Arabic as a foreign language from the American University in Cairo (AUC),

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Heba Di Giacomo

Heba is an educator and joined Kalamna in 2022. Over the past 18 years, Heba has worked in different educational settings as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, and curriculum developer. In 2008, Heba started Shamsena where she pioneered writing for young children in the Egyptian dialect. She has since published several books and expanded this

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Noha Guindy

Noha joined Kalamna in 2021 and teaches students from German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria & Switzerland). Shortly after moving to Germany in 2015, she noticed her kids’ struggle to learn the language and maintain their spoken dialect. After a lot of failing attempts with learning Arabic the traditional way, Noha found Kalamna and initially took master

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Miranda Bishara

Miranda is an Egyptian children’s author and translator based in France. She joined Kalamna in 2021 and teaches Stage 3 online classes to heritage students worldwide. She is also the co-founder of Hadi Badi, an initiative that aims at making Arabic children’s literature accessible to all through engaging reading experiences. Miranda holds a BA in

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Mariam Azzam

Mariam wears multiple hats at Kalamna. When she’s not teaching our youngest students in Cambridge on Sundays, she’s making sure we run a smooth operation across all our Kalamna classes. Before moving to the UK, Mariam worked at a nursery in Alexandria, Egypt. She is an avid photographer and traveller.

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