Dania Najmi

Teacher/Mentor

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. Art
California State University Northridge, M.A. Educational Psychology

Credentials Held:
CA Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art
CA Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science

Dania provides English and History instruction and mentors students’ to support their learning and well-being. Dania has had the unique opportunity to grow up in many different parts of the world such as Togo, Sierra Leone and Gabon in West Africa, France, the U.K, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. This has given Dania a foundation of multiculturalism and open-mindedness. Dania has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of California Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). While at CSUN, Dania also obtained two California Single Subject Teaching Credentials, one in Art and the other in Social Science. As a graduate researcher, Dania conducted several field studies that examined the implementation of Multicultural Curriculum in several elementary, middle and high school classrooms, the efficacy of differentiated instruction, and IEP development and implementation in LAUSD. Dania developed and designed a project to provide California Ceramic teachers grade 9-12 with a comprehensive Ceramics curriculum guide that is absent in the field. The project is pending publication.

Dania has had numerous meaningful professional and research experiences that have given her the opportunity to understand the inner workings of successful teaching and learning by working with University faculty, school teachers, administrators, colleagues, parents, adult learners and students K-12 from a variety of backgrounds. As a result, she has come to fully appreciate the impact of curriculum design, collaboration, effective assessment tools and strategic reporting.

Such experiences as an educator have given Dania an unwavering sense of commitment to those entrusted to her care. Dania believes that education has the power to liberate the mind by promoting a sense of respect and appreciation of the views of others and an understanding of ourselves. She believes that education provides us with a platform to promote social justice and embrace diversity and individualism while simultaneously teaching youths and adults imperative skills in a variety of areas that empowers them and sets them on a path of advancement.

A little known fact about Dania is that she joined a theatre group based in the National College of Arts Lahore Mime Program while she was living in Pakistan for a few years.

Hobbies: Since Dania has assumed her most awesome role yet of being a mom, she spends her free time running around after her mischievous two year old small wonder, hanging out with her husband as they both run around after their two year old small wonder, and on the rare occasion that she gets a break from that: spending time with her sisters, watching movies, TV show marathons, reading, needle crafts (sewing, knitting, crochet), painting, drawing, crafting, cooking, bargain shopping, cleaning/organizing…but who is she kidding, when was the last time she got to moving beyond all that running around after her two year old small wonder and got more than 30 minutes to herself!

Favorite Quote:

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” –Sirius Black- Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

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