Ayisha Abdul-Salaam is a native of Atlanta, GA and has been in the education profession for the last 12 years—as a high school math teacher, diversity practitioner, and student advisor. In 2010, she received her Masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Private School Leadership. She has worked in three prestigious private schools in the Atlanta area—The Galloway School, Pace Academy and Woodward Academy. In addition to teaching Geometry, Ayisha organized assemblies, service projects, and guest speakers, and also participated in various committees, which created a heightened awareness and appreciation for racial, cultural and religious diversity. Ayisha is a product of Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, having attended from Pre-K thru 12th grade. She graduated at the top of her class and went on to attend Duke University where she studied Math & Asian & African Languages & Literature. Ayisha spends her summers with friends and family, tutoring, painting house interiors, and traveling. Ayisha is also fascinated with Islamic spirituality and human behavior, and is becoming more and more of a writer. Ayisha is has two beautiful young children, Aasiya and Hasan. She is also celebrating her 20th Reunion as a graduate of Warith Deen Mohammed High School in Atlanta, GA.
Lessons from the Show: Perspective
Ayisha talked to us about living the life of a triple-minority and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- The importance to our happiness and success of suspending judgment and getting to know those who superficially are “not like us”;
- The difference that perspective can make;
You can contact Ayisha by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is episode # 112