We Have an Excellent Team of Highly Educated, Passionate and Experienced Arabic Teachers!
Palestinian from Haifa. Mahasen has B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. M.Ed. in Education Math. She has long experience in teaching Arabic in a class and private lesson settings. Mahasen is currently teaching Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic classes at the CAC.
I come from Lebanon. I have 2 Bachelor degrees obtained from the American University of Beirut: one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Physics. Inspite of my scientific background, yet I store an innate passion for Arabic. I’ve been in love with the language ever since I started learning it in elementary school. Being born to a father who was an Arabic literature teacher has furthermore boosted my energy to dig in the deep mines of the language. The person he was, together with the rich resources he provided, were enough of an inspiration that my passion for Arabic grew deeper and stronger. It is the same passion that drives me to try passing it to as many people as I can. And that’s how my story with CAC started.
Rachel is passionate about Arabic language, music, and education. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Teaching Arabic K-12 at Boston University. She taught Arabic at the Middlebury Arabic School and Stanford University, where she earned her B.A. in Middle East History in 2012. In 2007, she first fell in love with Arabic, and has since lived and studied in Egypt and Jordan. This is her second year with the CAC. Last year, she was a Development and Programming intern with the Center for Arabic Culture, and still regularly accompanies the CAC Children’s Choir on violin. She also teaches violin privately.
Razek Siriani is born in Aleppo – Syria 1959. He is graduated from the University of Aleppo with a degree of B.A in English Literature, pursued his post-graduate studies in Dublin- Ireland for two Diplomas: Religious Studies and Development Studies. He obtained his Master Degree in Adult Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Manchester-UK. Since 1985, he started working with Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) coordinating the Youth Program in Syria. He later was selected by the MECC Executive Committee to be the Director of the Unit on Education and Renewal. In 2003, he was appointed to direct the MECC Department of International & Ecumenical Relations. During his work at MECC he was a member at the World Council of Churches – Commission on Education and Scholarship for seven years. In 2007, he coordinated the relief and development programs for Iraqi refugees in the northern part of Syria in affiliation with Department of the Ecumenical Relations & Development at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Syria. In 2011, he coordinated the relief and humanitarian office at the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo – Syria in service of the Syrian displace and vulnerable people in cooperation with the UNDP, Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and other local humanitarian NGOs. In 2013, he moved with his family to Boston – USA fleeing the war and seeking safety. Mr Siriani participated in many international ecumenical gatherings and encounters such as the General Assemblies of the World Council of Churches, Peacemaking programs for leaders organized by the United Church of Christ – USA. He has written, published and translated many articles and research paper.