Hello! My name is Ferris Akrabawi and I am so happy and excited to be a part of the Jahn team! I'll be your middle school math teacher and I can't wait to get started. Here is a little bit about me:
I'm coming to Jahn with a ton of experience that will make our classes fun and informative. I was born in DeKalb, Illinois, but ended up living back and forth between there, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia until 8th grade. I graduated from North Central College in Naperville, where I majored in business with a minor in psychology. I kept myself very busy, working part time jobs and as a member of the football, indoor, and outdoor track teams for all four years. My specialty in track? Well, I didn't have one. I was a decathlete.
I moved to Chicago after college and in 2002 I earned a masters degree to pursue my passion for teaching and learning. I have been a teacher in Chicago ever since! I love to learn and I love to geek out about math. I can't help it! I've learned from the best, completing coursework at the University of Chicago's SESAME program. I have extended my qualifications in mathematics by completing the Chicago Algebra Initiative program, a series of graduate courses and a qualification exam that allows me to teach high school algebra to 8th graders. I look forward to starting that program at Jahn.
As for my personal life, I've lived in the 60657 zip code ever since moving to Chicago in 1997. I enjoy paddle-boarding on the lake, reading non-fiction, and making over-budget-over-engineered improvements to our little condo. I prefer Rush over Led Zeppelin and Star Trek over Star Wars. I'm serious about good grammar but I can't spell. We have an awesome family with our amazing 8-year-old daughter, Malia. She attends her neighborhood school and is already tired of me bragging about how my new school has chickens. She's into jiu jitsu lately, so I should probably back off on the chicken talk. My wife, Poppy, is the most supportive person in the world. Earlier this spring, she realized a dream of many middle-schoolers throughout the world: her middle school was swallowed up by a volcano! No one was injured. I guess that's Hawaii's version of a snow-day?
Writing your own bio can be really awkward, but this next part is super easy for me. I want everyone to know that my mission is to make you love math as much as I do. I don't think it should be that hard to do because, let's face it, math is everywhere. It's in the music we all love to listen to, the art we love to look at, and the bridges we need to travel on. We like our bridges thoughtfully engineered using math, right? Anyway, I can't wait to get started. Let's have a great school year!