Dr. Deena Amiry
Dr. Deena Amiry earned her B.S. from Georgetown University with a certificate in education and a medal for outstanding achievement in student teaching. She earned her Masters’ degree from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Romance Languages, where she served as a lecturer of French language and literature. Dr. Amiry worked in several private schools in the United States, including the prestigious Dalton School in New York City. At Dalton, alongside teaching responsibilities, Dr. Amiry served as Dean of the 9th grade and department chair of middle and high school foreign languages.
In Egypt, Dr. Deena Amiry co-founded and headed the International School of Egypt in New Cairo in 2009. In 2012, Dr. Deena moved on and founded the Young Scholars of Egypt (YSE) microschool, an educational program for children ages 3-18 that aims to provide students with an education that prepares them for the 21st century. In 2019, alongside ACT’s founding team, Dr. Deena brought YSE under ACT’s umbrella to create a network of connected microschools.
About the course
This course is meant to inspire elementary aged students on their exploration of poetry. The course includes different forms of poetry, including acrostic, haiku, shape, and cinquain poetry. It guides students step by step as to how they can create their own poetry. In addition, it introduces students to key literary devices found in poetry, such as simile, metaphor and alliteration.
By the end of the course, students will have published their very own book of poems to share at a Poetry Author's Celebration.
Appropriate for students aged 7 - 11.