Johari Malik began her teaching career in 2010. She taught middle school math in Philadelphia for six years, earned her teaching certification at the University of Pennsylvania, and also served as a math specialist helping to guide fellow teachers to improve their mathematics instruction. In 2017, Johari earned her MA in education from Loyola Maryland and became an AMI trained Montessori teacher. She has taught in Montessori elementary and middle school classrooms. She is a founding co-designer, instructional coach, and teacher at Sojourner Truth Montessori, Washington, DC's first Montessori adolescent program. In addition to teaching, Johari spends time collaborating with fellow educators and other stakeholders to conceptualize a more learner-centered education landscape. Revitalizing education with young people and their needs at the center is a personal and professional goal.
Teaching Philosophy & Approach:
My favorite teachers treated me and my classmates in a way that made me feel like my voice mattered. I always felt respected and valued, never belittled or patronized because of my age. They were flexible and responded to who was in the room and what was going on around us in the way they taught, the books we read, the topics we wrote about. I learned in their classrooms that I had something valuable to say and to contribute. There is power in a great teacher, and it lies in how they bring out the power of their students. I aim to be the sort of teacher who serves my students as they discover who they are and what they will contribute to the world. Education isn't about the teacher or the curriculum; it's about the learner. Although I mostly teach math, I am also a lover of words. "Education" comes from the Latin educere, which means to bring out. We aren't filling students with knowledge, we're guiding them to bring out their strengths and passions and to reach their full potential.
- High School
- Full-Semester Classes
- Full-Year Classes
- Partial Year Classes (Mini Courses)