Salma El Haj

Salma El Haj

Work History

Work History
Sep 2011 - Dec 2011

Classroom Teacher

Niagara Islamic School

  • Planned and prepared lessons and activities according to Ontario Curriculum for primary school subjects including English, math, science, and social studies.
  • Identified, selected, and modified instructional resources to meet the needs of the students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and special needs.
  • Established and enforced rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Assessed, recorded, and reported the development, progress and attainment of students.
Oct 2008 - Jul 2011

English Language Teacher

School of Modern Skills
  • Prepared and delivered engaging English language lessons, programs, and activities that improved students’ reading, writing and speaking skills
  • Participated in the development of the English department curriculum through the selection of text books that supported the curriculum and observed greater interest in the content
  • Evaluated students’ progress and developed effective plans to empower gifted students as well as students who experience learning difficulties
  • Attended meetings with staff and parents to discuss methods of enriching the curriculum and enhancing students' performance
Sep 2006 - Dec 2006

Biology Lab Teaching Assistant

McMaster University

  • Participated in leading Introductory Biology labs by giving pre-lab talks, demonstrating lab exercises and supervising students during lab period
  • Attended lab meetings with supervisors to discuss effective ways to lead labs and possible opportunities to improve performance
  • Contributed to student consultations through monitoring online discussion forums and providing office hours to ensure acquisition of the necessary skills
Jan 2006 - Apr 2006

Biology Project Teaching Assistant

McMaster Univeristy

  • Engaged in leading problem based learning projects for eleven small groups in Introductory Biology
  • Facilitated groups' interaction and learning process by providing helpful feedback and directing students' work.
  • Marked student’s progress and final reports for the assigned problems in project



Master of Education

Northcentral University

Main Courses:

  • Measurement and Assessment in Education 
  • Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
  • Principles of Teaching & Learning
  • Innovation and Change
  • Principles and Practices in E-Learning
  • E-Learning in Higher Education and Corporate Training
  • Online Learning for the K-12 Students

Thesis: The Effect of Incorporating an e-Learning Enrichment Program in Improving the Performance of K-12 ESL Students in the English Language at The School of Modern Skills


Bachelor of Science

McMaster University

Personal Information

  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 18-11-1982
  • Marital Status: Married

Skills & Qualifications

  • Certified TESL instructor with over three years of experience in teaching ESL students in Canada and UAE
  • Excellent teaching and mentoring experience using variety of classroom technologies for primary, secondary, and undergraduate levels
  • Demonstrated experience in measuring students’ learning outcomes, developing curriculum, assessing and improving students’ learning, and evaluating course efficacy
  • Strong communication and leadership skills developed through several teaching, peer mentoring, and training roles.
  • Professional integration of the latest e-learning technologies to enrich curriculum and enhance learning

Voluntary Work

TESOL Instructor Assistant (Oct-Dec 2011)

St. John Adult Learning Centre, St.Catharines, ON, Canada

Assisted the TESOL instructor in preparing class materials, observing students' progress, and promoting class discussions and debates. Prepared and presented grammar and reading lessons to the assigned class.

(Translator and Editor (January 2011

Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department, Dubai

Translated and edited the required documents for The Project of International Islamic Culture, which was launched in Dubai on January 2011. The documents included the speeches in the project press conference and the brochures that were distributed across all the participating entities in Dubai outlining the project and competition procedure.

Biology Peer Mentor (Sept - Dec 2005)

Biology Department, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

  • Delivered weekly tutorials for class of 48 students in Introductory Biology
  • Attended weekly meetings with four other peer mentors to create tutorial lesson plans and discuss effective teaching strategies
  • Clarified challenging biological concepts for students and answered questions related to course materials
  • Introduced students to effective strategies in time and stress management


Reading, new technologies, and travelling

Other Information

  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point as well as   e-learning platforms such as WebCT and Learnlink
  • Bilingual in English and Arabic

Personal Projects


A proposed e-learning enrichment program which provides online modules that integrate advanced technologies and active learning methods to enrich the school's curriculum enhance students’ learning


�To support the existing curriculum and complement the courses by providing online active modules that
  • enhance mastery learning
  • support the skills that require improvement
  • provide individuated instruction according to students' needs
  • integrate active learning methods in an attractive way


Seeking a challenging opportunity with a pioneer educational institution and using my skills and qualifications towards the development and enhancement of education


Jun 2011 - Present

The Qualification Program for Educational Guidance & Supervision

Ministry of Education in Dubai and the International Center for Knowledge Exchange
Feb 2010 - Present

Time Management Certificate

Knowledge Horizon, Dubai Knowledge Village, UAE
Nov 2006 - Present

Performance Management Certificate

Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Jan 2012 - Present

ACE TESOL Certificate

Advance Consulting for Education Inc., Canada
Feb 2011 - Present

Creating A Culture of Reading Workshop

Jul 2011 - Present

Developing Writing Skills Conference

British Council, UAE



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