about the teacher

 About the teacher.

My name is Shaeeza Haniff.

I have a big family of five kids, a husband, and three cats.

I became a certified teacher in 1986 and have always enjoyed working in all areas of teaching. Most of my teaching experience has been with Al Ihsan Academy in New York City where I taught Pre K, Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 1. This year begins my fifth year as Kindergarten teacher with The Crescent Academy, Alhamdolillah.

 I am continuing my education by taking online courses. I've done classes about teaching with logographics,  constructive curriculums and developing math and science skills. My greatest love is reading and I am always a big advocate for early readers .

My family and I love spending time together. My family enjoys playing on the Wii and other video games. We love to go on long road trips and we go camping every year. My kids love being outdoors and they enjoy going ATV riding with their dad. 

You can contact me through The Crescent Academy @ 607-729-3431

or via email - gardenia106@hotmail.com

I firmly believe:


All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.

Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

These are the things I learned:

·    Share everything.

·    Play fair.

·    Don't hit people.

·    Put things back where you found them.

·    Clean up your own mess.

·    Don't take things that aren't yours.

·    Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

·    Wash your hands before you eat.

·    Flush.

·    Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

·    Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

·    Take a nap every afternoon.

·    When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

·    Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

·    Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

·    And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

[Source: "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum.  See his web site at http://www.robertfulghum.com/]