Samar Ghannoum is an award-winning, California-based foreign language instructor and curriculum developer who currently serves as an Arabic instructor at Pasadena Language Center and a lesson developer for Bahrain’s International School Services.
Her accomplishments in the field of education include developing Alarbito Zadi, a program for teaching Arabic as foreign language in sunday schools in 2000, and co-developing the Loughti Allslamiah professional book series in 1994 for teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
Samar is also accomplished as a national foreign conference presenter with multiple appearances from 2004 to present.
Fluent in both English and her native language Arabic, She works as a master teacher in the Aldeen Startalk summer program in Pasadena, Los Angeles
Samar also teaches Arabic to grade school students at the (ICSC), where she was formerly head of the Foreign Language Department. She’s also served as an elementary and middle school Arabic teacher at the New Horizon School Pasadena and as a teacher and Language Club Coordinator for the Pasadena School District.
Samar began her career as an Arabic Language Art and Literature professor at Damascus University, where she earned a B.A. in the field of Arabic Language and Arts. She went on to obtain a M.A. in the field of education and was further credentialed in the field of psychology. She later studied the methodology of teaching foreign language at Occidental University in Los Angeles, and attended an early childhood education program at Pasadena City College. She was awarded with a Startalk Arabic teacher certification in 2010,20111 and 2012, and completed the Aldeen Foundation teacher training course.
As a current executive board member of the National Arabic Teachers Association (NATA),a board member of Arab – American Press Guild (AAPG) and a member of the American Consulate of Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL), Samar keeps up to date on the latest training techniques and studies applicable to Arabic language instruction. She is also a board advisor for the Society of Egyptian Americans. Samar, who is a native of Syria, currently lives in Pasadena with her husband and two children.