Arabic Language & Culture Department

About our Department:

GEE’s Arabic Language and Culture Department supports all GEE academies’ Arabic language programs. GEE schools have a two-track Arabic program that serves Arabic language Learners and Heritage students. Our curriculum consists of well-designed books that covers contents and integrates culture for grades K-12 and multi-levels books for Arabic language learners. All of the GEE Arabic series books are supported by state of the art technology and digital access for all teachers. Our department is committed to hiring professional Arabic language teachers who are familiar with the Local and National Standards and using best practices for teaching Arabic as a World Language; Provide academic and training opportunities for teachers to complete the course requirements to be fully certified in teaching Arabic as a core subject; and encourage Arabic teachers to be actively engaged in the field and participate in national conferences and global developmental opportunities.


Meet Our Team:

Dr. Wafa Hassan, Director (



Dr. Hassan is a graduate of the George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development. She is the Director of the Michigan Arabic Teachers’ Council. Dr. Hassan served since 2007 as the Director of STARTALK summer program for training teachers of Arabic language in the Detroit area, MI. Prior to joining the GEE, Dr. Hassan worked as an Assistant Professor of Arabic language and culture at Western Michigan University and served for seven years as the Outreach Director for the Arabic Language FLAGSHIP Program and high school Arabic curriculum project at Michigan State University. She has extensive experience nationally and internationally in teacher preparation; curriculum development and assessment. She is a member of the task force for developing the Standards for Learning Arabic K–16 in the United States. Dr. Hassan is the current president of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.


Mona Hamawi – Instructional Coach (



Mrs. Hamawi graduated from the University of Jordan, from the College of Education Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 2013, she earned a Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate in elementary instruction. She is currently perusing an Arabic language endorsement at Wayne State University. Mrs. Hamawi was a classroom teacher of Arabic for students in grades K-12 for over 10 years. Currently, she works as a coach for the GEE Arabic curriculum program, as well as the technology manager for online digital learning and instructional tools.



Departmental Resources:

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and W-APT for Michigan,4615,7-140-22709_40192—,00.html

-How to become a certified teacher in Michigan:

Route for Arabic Certification in Michigan

MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) – MTTC Arabic (Modern Standard) Preparation Materials

-Route for Arabic Certification in Ohio:


-Almasdar – Open Source for Arabic Instructional Materials


Partnerships and Grants:

MIATC (Michigan Arabic Teachers Council) –

Qatar Foundation International –