Position: Science Teacher
School: The Fessenden School
Location: Newton, MA
Souad Belcaid is originally from Morocco. She has worked as a teacher in Massachusetts, Kansas City, Egypt and Morocco. In 2007, she received a Teacher of the Year Award after having taught in the Milton Public Schools’ French immersion program for 12 years. In 2015, she was nominated for the Global Teacher Prize, established by the Varkey Foundation.
Souad currently teaches science and STEM at the Fessenden School in Newton, Massachusetts. She has a master’s degree in education and technology. She also has a Math Specialist in International School Program certificate, an advanced TESOL certificate, and a CAGS certificate in Curriculum and Instructional Strategies.
Her approach focuses on problem solving, critical thinking and creativity to enable students to understand the world’s challenges, complexity, and interdependence. She has developed methods for global and project-based learning, including Skype calls with science experts and teachers around the world. She uses tools like student-made murals, online resources, guest speakers and the involvement of parents in the classroom to motivate students. To teach critical thinking skills, and to make learning relevant and engaging, she creates real world problems for students to solve.