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The English department offers basic and advanced courses, which include Grammar, Writing, regular English, and Journalism. The advanced course of AP language and comprehension, and AP Literature are taught at the junior and senior levels. In each of the four years of high school, students build upon the foundation of reading and writing skills. The emphasis on writing with vocabulary development and enrichment in the language phase of studies enables students to think clearly, to write terse prose, and to articulate their thoughts in a comprehensible manner and in a style appropriate to the audience and task. The language phase stresses grammar, usage, various composition styles, and punctuation. As students progress, emphasis shifts from basic composition to specific genres of writing and writing styles, including research writing, comparison and contrast writing, expository writing, descriptive writing, and journalistic writing. The literature phase focuses on the classical literature that forms the bedrock of English letters, and on modern writers addressing issues of modern life. Students will discuss literary concepts and terminology, and will learn the basic skills of critical reading and writing. This exposure is essential for college entrance examination success. Honors courses are available in 10th - 12th grade. AP is offered in the junior and senior levels.


Fuzia Jarad, English Department
Mrs. Jarad joined Universal School in 1993. She graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 1999 she took a two-year sabbatical, then she joined our teaching staff in 2001 until present, teaching High School Honors and Advanced Placement English.

Dalal Askar
Mrs. Askar joined Universal School in 2007. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and English from DePaul University and her Master’s in Fiction Writing and Teaching Writing from Columbia College in Chicago. Mrs. Askar holds a secondary teaching certificate from the State of Illinois. Click here for her website

Nathira Khudeira
Mrs. Khudeira joined Universal School in 1999. She has taught in schools in New Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in English, a Master’s Degree in Liberal Education with a concentration in Literature, and second Master’s Degree in School Leadership.  Mrs. Khudeira holds a type 75 Administrative Certification; she also holds a standard elementary certification K-9, and a Secondary certification 6-12. She is certified to teach middle and high school English, political Science, Sociology, and Civic. She currently teaches English, Islamic Studies, and Writing at the high school level.

Deanna Othman
Ms. Othman rejoined Universal School in 2013. She worked at Universal School from 2007 to 2010 and later volunteered to teach our journalism class in 2012 while she worked with Islamic Horizons Magazine. Ms. Othman, a former Universal School student, has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and International Studies, and Master’s in Magazine Publishing, Editing, and Writing from Northwestern University. Ms. Othman has many years of experience in her field.

Dr. Amanda Razeq
Dr. Razeq joined Universal School in January 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in teaching of English Secondary Education from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is certified to teach 6th-12th grade by the State of Illinois. She completed her Master’s of Art in Curriculum and Instruction at Governors State University and her Ph.D. in English Literature from UIC. Dr. Razeq taught for two years at College Preparatory School of America prior to coming to Universal School.

Mariam Kudaimi
Ms. Kudaimi joined Universal School in 2016.


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