My name is Sandra Burnett and I was a Lead Teacher in the Educational Technology Department at King Saud University. I worked with Beatrice Jabbie in the Preparatory Year Program from August 2016 until May 2017, when she was working here as an ESL Instructor.
Most of my personal interactions with Beatrice were outside of the classroom. I often saw her preparing her materials for her students in our Resource Room, where she freely helped other teachers with ideas for making their lessons more student-centered and engaging. She is not only approachable and easy to work with, her ideas are well worth listening to and using in the classroom.
Beatrice was often one of the first teachers to sign up to attend voluntary workshops which were held throughout the semester. She attended several that I personally delivered, which were always on using technology in the classroom. She was a welcome attendee, as she always had ideas to pass on to her peers that blended nicely with the topics at hand.
Personally, Beatrice is a delightful person to be around as she has a very positive attitude and almost always has a smile on her face. If she has any negative thoughts, she keeps them to herself, preferring to be a positive entity on campus. There were many days that she cheered me up with a well-timed joke, positive comment, or simply with a smile.
I have no trouble imagining Beatrice being a benefit to any school or institution. She has the soft-spoken yet firm demeanor that is necessary when working with ESL students of any age. She will be able to reach them, inspire them, and maintain the classroom control that is so necessary for learners to learn.