Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Maria Ali

Welcome to my ESL classroom! My name is Mrs. Ali and this is my 8th year of teaching here at Columbus School. I graduated from college in 2005. I am working on my Masters degree in ESL from Kean University.  I am thrilled to work in Columbus school and I am so grateful to have, what I believe as, the best job in the world. I have worked with all age levels and I love coming to work each day. I am excited about working with you and get to know each and every one of you better. Scroll down to learn a little bit more about me.

My Education 

I graduated from college in 2005 with a majors in Computer Science. I went back to Rutgers for my teaching certificate. Currently, I am working on my Masters degree in ESL from Kean University.

My Interests/Hobbies
I'm a true foodie. I love to watch cooking shows, try new recipes, or experience new restaurants. I love reading books and watching movies. I also love music and you will definitely see all sorts of creativity and art incorporated into our class.
Why I became a Teacher

 I always wanted to make a difference in the lives of as many students as I can! Becoming a teacher let me impart life lessons that my students will never forget and it also put me in a position to influence my students' decisions, behaviors, strengths, weaknesses and imaginations. I love working as an ESL teacher because I find it extremely rewarding to help my students improve their English language skills. As an ESL teacher, I am able to help students overcome their problems with the language, which can eventually help them improve in all of their subject areas.
My Teaching Philosophy
I believe that education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters a classroom. In order for children to benefit from what schools offer, I think we as teachers must fully understand the importance of their job. My teaching philosophy is to be personal and authentic. I try to make students' learning experiences personal and authentic. I believe that the most impactful learning has always been personal and authentoic and I try to implement that in my classroom.