‘Courageous’ Westside Educator Named February Teacher of the Month
Posted March 11, 2019
Zohra Sahak, Social Studies teacher at Westside Middle School, has been named the February Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Sahak will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate.
Sahak was nominated by a Westside parent who wrote:
- “Ms. Sahak is a maverick teacher who has the courage to meet students where they are, accepts them for who they are, and crafts her teaching methods and messages accordingly. The rigor of her intellectual inquiry, her efforts to launch them on their journey into critical analysis sets her markedly apart. She recognizes that true tolerance only comes through a process of examination and exploration. She sets high, firmly disciplined standards for all from the get-go, sending no-nonsense messages while at the same time, engaging the students in a manner that welcomes and celebrates the individual with all the vagaries therein.
- Mrs. Sahak embraces exploration, debate, challenging inquiry and the accompanying discord that might result. She cherishes the growth – both intellectual and socio/emotional – that comes through this journey. Her insistence on intellectual integrity challenges the students to put themselves on uncomfortable terrain, unsure footing as they construct a path towards deeper understanding of the human condition – its strengths, weaknesses, foibles, potential. Through this probing, students become better equipped to manage difference, other, that which is uncomfortable and so begin on their path to acceptance. Hers is a journey toward intellectual and even emotional enlightenment. She puts tremendous effort into stretching their minds. And she does so while recognizing and crafting the exercise with sensitivity for the capacity of the individual student.
- She is a special lady with a keen sill set and a unique commitment to our students.”
With the help of PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, Westside will recognize a Teacher of the Month throughout the 2018-2019 school year! To nominate a teacher, please CLICK HERE.