My name is Fouad M. As you will see , I have extensive work experience, and a sincere commitment to excellence, among other things, all of which make me a prime candidate for the position.
I was born in Algeria, which was under French colonization at the time of my birth. My two native languages are French and Arabic. From the time I was four years old until I was six years old, I lived in West Germany, where my father was stationed as an officer in the French Army. We lived with French families and it was during this time that I really began to strengthen my French language skills. Upon returning to Algeria, I continued my education in French, rather than Arabic, as there was a shortage of Arabic-speaking teachers at the time. Algeria had just won its independence and French influence was abundant.
Since the time I was very young, I have always been drawn to the very noble profession of teaching, to share my knowledge, to enlighten others, and to fight against ignorance. Therefore, it was only natural that, from 1975 – 1977, I volunteered as an Arabic and French teacher for illiterate adults. I was still a high school student at the time.
From September 1978 until June 1979, during my Sabbatical when I was preparing my exams to enter the University of Constantine, Algeria, I taught French in two elementary schools (Ziadia and Elbkira), to Fourth and Fifth Grade students. Then, during my first two years in college, as I was still very much drawn to teaching, I taught biology in French in the Merem Bouatoura Middle School in Constantine.
In June of 1982, after having earned my University Degree in Technician in Food Industry / Manufacturing Technology, I began a professional career as the Head of the Dairy Department in l’Onalait dairy company in Constantine. My main vocation and my passion for teaching would not let me rest; I ended up accepting the position of Head Laboratory Technician in the University of Biskra, Algeria, the first university in the Great South of Algeria, the Sahara. I was responsible for all of the University laboratories and taught courses in practical biochemistry and biology, completely in French.
In 1986, Monsieur Sritie Lamine, the Inspector General for French languages in Algeria contacted me to offer me a French teaching position at Djebaili High School in Khenchela, Algeria. So began eighteen years of teaching, all of which were filled with joy and satisfaction. I was very happy to be able to teach French in the second largest French-speaking country, after France. During this lengthy period of time, I always respected and appreciated my superiors, who were all inspector generals. I devoted myself entirely to my profession and to my students. I decided to create some didactic curricular units, all in relation to the curriculum mandated by the Ministry. I was the only Algerian teacher to utilize all of the modern means of teaching, as well as information technology such as Data Show and Power Point to renovate and revolutionize French teaching and to make it more attractive and enticing. I trained many French teachers, who were recent graduates from Algerian colleges and conducted various seminars. I never refused to give my help to my French teaching colleagues that did not yet know how to utilize the more modern equipment. All of my knowledge, all of my experience, all of my materials was available to the teachers, which worked much to the benefit of the students.
From 1992 to 1996, during which time I still taught French on a regular basis, I tried my hand at journalism for a French-Algerian newspaper, ELACIL. That new experience allowed me to open new horizons for my students. I inspired them and encouraged them to write their own articles, which I then corrected and sent to be published in Algerian newspapers. In 1993, my students and I won first place in a journalism contest organized by a very popular newspaper, Algérie Actualité. My students were rewarded with a two-week long trip to Bulgaria.
In 2003, I received the highest mark from an inspector general that a teacher can possibly receive, that is to say, I received a 15/20. If one receives this mark, he or she can then take a post as an inspector general. However, the opportunity to emigrate to the United States and to provide for better educational opportunities for my children was presented to me; I decided to seize the opportunity to come and discover the “New World” with the great hope of contributing to society all of my experience and with the hopes of enlightening individuals with the French language. I have had numerous teaching jobs since I arrived with my family a little over one year ago. My most recent assignments include teaching French with Globelink Foreign Language Center (see attached letter of recommendation), and teaching both French and Arabic at the Community College of Denver.
Though the bulk of my experience lies in the teaching field, I also have a lot of experience with computers, I was the Head of a Dairy Company, a hygiene technician, the owner of my own photography studio, a building contractor, a driver for various companies in Denver, Colorado, and a U.S. Postal worker, among other things.
My main goal at this time is to be in a position in which I can utilize my past experiences, my desire to succeed and to help others to succeed, and all of my talents and skills in order to assist an organization in being the best it can be. This is where my passion lies. I am a very creative, knowledgeable and capable individual. I have a lot of experience in a lot of different areas. I know that I would be a wonderful asset to your organization and that you would not regret having trusted in me and my abilities.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this brief biography. I look forward to meeting with you in the near future and to discussing how we might form a good partnership together.
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