One of the most important attributes a teacher can have is a commitment to lifelong learning. This includes a willingness to learn new instructional strategies from colleagues and professional learning networks, expanding content area knowledge, as well as reflecting and revising teaching practices to better serve students.”

Ali’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Biology

“I chose biology because I have always been fascinated with the mechanisms of life. I love the challenge and excitement that comes with discovering the world around us.”

Professional Experience

Before beginning his teaching career, Ali went to medical school and worked as a science paraprofessional. In this job, he tutored students who were struggling in their science classes, and served as an instructional assistant within science classrooms.


Ali has a collection of carnivorous plants and enjoys the challenge of growing them. He also enjoys exploring the city of Chicago and experiencing all of the diverse and wonderful neighborhoods.

Academic Background

  • Roosevelt University (Master of Art in Secondary Teacher Education)
  • Wayne State University (Bachelor of Art in Biological Sciences)