Mr. Malik Gives Back to His Former School as a Teacher
By Shefa Islam, Junior Writer
Mr. Mohammad Malik is a new History teacher at Hillcrest High school, but ten years ago, he was a student at this same school! From student to teacher, Mr. Malik’s energy is evident and so is his impact on student learning.
Mr. Malik was born in Pakistan; however, he came to America when he was very young and lived his whole life in Jamaica, New York. He loved the cultural diversity that came with living in our city. “I loved growing up in Queens because it is such a multicultural place to live. I met people from all walks of life and people have such interesting stories.” Mr. Malik lived behind Hillcrest and graduated from there in 2005.
Often times, people don’t get to follow their passion and do what they want. In that case, Mr. Malik was very lucky because he has a passion for teaching and he eventually became what he wanted. His passion reflects on how he teaches his students. One of his students, Senior Malik Nazaire enjoys his class and believes Maliks aspires for all his students to be successful. “His class is very exciting. We do debates every week and he doesn’t teach you just for exams, he prepares you for life.”
Even a smart person like Mr. Malik struggled through college. He pulled off many nights without sleep to finish his work. He’s an inspiration because he faced all his struggles and became the man he is today. He would also recommend going to college, because he said “getting a job without a degree isn’t easy.”
He took Education classes and required teacher observation for the past few years, where he sat in a teacher’s classroom and watched them teach. For one year, he did student teaching here at Hillcrest as his job was to take over for a teacher and teach their class for one semester. While doing student teaching, he learned a lot from fellow History teacher Mr. Cichon. After all this hard work, he became a substitute in Hillcrest High school for the last two years waiting for a spot to open up in the History Department. Eventually, he got promoted to be a full time Hillcrest teacher.
One of the things that is surprising about Mr. Malik is the hard-work he put in trying to be a teacher. He worked as a newspaper delivery boy, cashier, stock producer, seafood clerk, and load controller at the airport. Basically he had many experiences other than teaching as well. That’s why Mr. Malik is such a relatable person to his students -- he has gone through the ups and downs of life.
Many of his students look forward to his class because he opens their minds and introduces interesting new topics to debate about. One of his students, Senior Shivanie Sookhoo, said, “His class is the best class of the day.”
For many other teachers, their priority would be to just help their students pass the class or pass the next test, but Mr. Malik in different. He prepares you for the world, not just for the next test.
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