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Mirna Ghamrawi

My journey with PPS began in 2015 in the ESL department. In 2021, I became the Community Agent Supervisor in the department of Community Engagement. I look forward to using the tools available to me in this role to align the Community Agents' purpose and mission with PPS's vision for equity and diversity. A big part of my role is also leading and supporting our team of multilingual community agents in their efforts to advocate for our underserved families as they navigate PPS systems and processes. Away from work, I enjoy being active in the beautiful city of Portland and creating delicious and colorful meals for my family. 

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Sarkawt (Saro) Amir Sabir

Saro is a Kurd, born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. He obtained his Master’s in English Language and Literature at Koya University in 2012, where he taught for over six years.  He came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship to teach Arabic Language at Reed College in 2014. Ever since, he settled in Portland Oregon, where he started tutoring Arabic online not only to teach the Arabic language and culture, but also to increase the mutual understanding between the cultures of the United States and the Middle East.  

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السيرة الذاتية: سركوت أمير صابر  (سَرَو)

ولد سَرو في بغداد العراق وَهو كُرديّ الأصل حَيْثُ حَصَل على شهادة الماجستير في اللغة الإنجليزية وآدابها من جامعة كوية في عام ٢٠١٢ وَدَرَّسَ فيها لأكثر من ست سنوات وجاء إلى الولايات المتحدة عن طريق مُنحة الفولبرايت لتدريس اللغة العربية في كلية ريد عام ٢٠١٤ ومنذ ذلك الحين استقر في مَدينة بورتلاند- أوريغون حيث بدأ عمله في تدريس اللغة العربية عبر الإنترنت ليس فقط من أجل تعليم اللغة و ثقافتها بل أيضًا مِن أجل زيادة التفاهم المتبادل بين ثقافات الولايات المتحدة والشرق الأوسط.

 

 

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Nhi Truong

My family and I immigrated to the U.S. when I was in 9th grade to seek a better educational system and opportunities. I am a first-generation college student. My goal is to finish my Bachelor's degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and attend the Graduate School of Education. I graduated from Franklin HS and got my first job at PPS as a Gear Up Near Peer Mentor at McDaniel HS soon after. In 2022, I became the Vietnamese Community Agent in the department of Community Engagement. Since the day I immigrated to the US, I have always desired to work in the education field, advocate for equitable education, and support underserved students and families. The need to understand how the U.S. educational system works and its effect on students' lives and futures pushed me to take this opportunity to offer the resources I have to the underrepresented communities. 

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Gia đình tôi bắt đầu định cư ở Mỹ khi tôi học lớp 9. Hiện tại tôi là sinh viên đại học ngành Giáo Dục tại trường PSU. Tôi bắt đầu với sở học chánh PPS khi tôi là một học sinh cấp 3 tại trường Franklin. Sau đó bắt đầu công việc của tôi trong sở học chánh tại chương trình Gear Up với tư cách là Người cố vấn học tập cho các em học sinh cấp 3. Năm 2022, tôi được tuyển dụng cho chức vụ Community Agent tại sở học chánh PPS với mục tiêu nhằm giúp đỡ các em học sinh và gia đình Việt Nam trong sở học chánh. Kể từ khi tôi sinh sống tại Mỹ, tôi đã luôn mong muốn được làm việc trong Lĩnh vực Giáo dục, góp phần xây dựng một nền giáo dục bình đẳng, và hỗ trợ những học sinh và gia đình khó khăn. 

 

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Mandy Chen

My name is Mandy. I was born in Taiwan and I received my bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education in National Taiwan Normal University. I came to the United States in 2014 to pursue my master degree in Teaching English as Second Language Focus on Adults from University of Colorado at Denver. After my graduation, in February 2016,  I had the opportunity to work in a Chinese Immersion School in Austin, Texas. I moved to Portland, Oregon in June 2022. Now I am working as a Chinese Community Agent in Portland Public School. I am excited to utilize my language skills and I believe my learning and previous work experience have equipped me to become the best community agent to serve all the Chinese/ Mandarin speaking immigrant families in PPS.

 
我叫Mandy, 我的中文名字是陳昱如。 我出生在台湾,我在台灣師範大學获得了幼儿教育学士学位。 我于 2014 年来到美国,在科罗拉多大学丹佛分校攻读以成人为第二语言的英语教学硕士学位。 2016 年 2 月毕业后,我有机会在德克萨斯州奥斯汀的一所中文沉浸式学校工作。 我于 2022 年 6 月搬到俄勒冈州波特兰市。现在我在波特兰公立学校担任中文社区代理。 我很高兴能够利用我的语言技能,我相信我的学习和以前的工作经验能使我成为最好的社区代理人,为 PPS 中所有说中文/普通话的移民家庭提供服务。