Ikram Easton. M.S.Ed. – CAC Curriculum Director

For more than two decades, Ikram Easton has been actively involved in the field of education in different capacities both in US and abroad. She holds a Professional Educator’s Teaching License in English, ESL and Arabic from North Carolina State Board of Education and a Master Educator Teaching License (English, ESL, Arabic) from the state of Indiana and the State of Iowa. She is currently a Lecturer of Arabic at Boston College. She is a strong advocate of integrating technology in the world language classrooms. Through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Learn- NC, Ikram designed, developed and taught the first Arabic I and II online courses for high school students using Canvas Learning Management Systems. She is a certified online Arabic language teacher who received her national Board Arabic certification from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) with a superior rating. In addition to teaching Arabic online at North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS), Ikram serves as the Instructional Leader, Curriculum Developer and Content Reviewer Team Lead.
During her career, she received one of 18 national STARTALK scholarships to write and implement K-12 Arabic curricula at Georgetown University and the National Capital Language Resource Center. She is also one of 9 executive board members of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA). Through Boston College’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Ikram received a competitive internal grant with 8 professors from various disciplines to build online innovative modules to enhance instructions in traditional or online classes. Earlier in her career, Ikram worked with a wide range of students and professionals in Syria teaching the Arabic and English languages to non-native speakers. She earned a B.A degree from Tishreen University in Arabic Translation and English Literature with Honors. She received her B.S and M.S degrees from Indiana University’s School of Education in English, Second Language Acquisition and World Civilizations (Dean’s List). In 2005, she started the first public school Arabic program in the state of Iowa with four levels of Arabic courses including content and activities on Middle East culture. As a result, she received the Belin- Blank Excellence in Teaching Award from The University of Iowa. As active members in the Arab-American community in Indiana, Iowa and Boston, my husband and I strongly believe in CAC’s mission to promote the Arabic language and preserve its rich and fascinating heritage and culture. For those reasons, we have been enrolling our children in the CAC Arabic school for the past 6 years and are invested in its success.