Ms. Pervez teaches the Kindergarten self-contained class (K006).
Q1: What's your favorite thing about PS / IS 217? This is my first year at this school and I absolutely love the fact that this school makes me feel so welcomed each and every day! There is a sense of unity I felt and feel being here that no other workplace has given me before. Every member here truly cares about the students and is always willing to give suggestions, help and console for any issues that I have run into as of yet. I’m looking forward to having many many more wonderful memories here.
Q2: What's your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Since timing for lunch this year is pretty early, I usually end up getting something quick like coffee and bagel. Otherwise, I absolutely love food…you name it and I’ll eat it. My top favorite is Chinese food, which I usually do end up having at least once a week.
Q6: What's the last great book you read? Its been a long time since I did leisure reading but my all time favorite books are "The Scarlet Letter" and "Of Mice and Me"n. No matter how many times I read both, I find myself going back to them and looking at totally different ways of analyzing them. My favorite books to read to my own children are "The Lorax" and "Goodnight Moon".
Q7: How has being a student changed since the time you were in elementary/middle school? I did not attend school in America until 4th grade. I’m half Arabic and half Pakistani. Both places I have noticed that the biggest difference in comparison to America is that teachers are treated at the same level of respect as parents. Whatever teachers say, you can’t argue with even if they are wrong. In schools, you had to wait to be called and than stand up to answer. You also weren’t allowed to look into their eyes when you spoke as a sign of respect. I remember students laughing at me or thinking I was weird because I would not look at the teacher or literally stand up each and every time I knew the answer to something.
Q9: If you could get every student in your class to do one thing, every day, what would it be? Read..read…read! Growing up even at the most difficult time for my family financially, I recall my mother always willing to buy us books or related materials. I can't help emphasizing how much love and passion I had as a child growing up in reading. As a mother of two children myself now, I have done the same and we don’t go to bed unless we read at least 1 story (that goes being on vacation as well!) I wish every child in my classroom would feel the same happiness my children and I feel about reading and sharing stories together as a daily routine.
Q10: What is your favorite event at PS/IS 217? I still have yet to see more, but as of now, my favorite was the Halloween Festival. I had bought my own children in. It was great to see the PTA and other staff put in so much effort to make a fun, safe and family friendly event. Looking forward to it again next year!