New Horizon School, Irvine congratulates Mona Hijazi for being selected as a 2017 Parenting OC Magazine’s Top 25 Teachers of Orange County!

Mona Hijazi is one of the best regarded teachers at New Horizon School, Irvine – a testament to her 8 years of dedicated service to the students and families not only as the art teacher, but also the librarian and yearbook coordinator.

Mrs. Hijazi has a unique position on campus, where because of her passion for art and teaching, she touches the lives of every student in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade during her weekly art classes. Being a contemporary artist, she offers a true artist’s perspective as she leads the students into lessons which incorporate an understanding of techniques as well as exposure to the study of art and artists from around the world. Students in her classes engage in the creative process through various media,

tools, and techniques as well as learn critical 21st century skills such as creativity and innovation, problem solving, decision making, and working collaboratively with others.

Mrs. Hijazi’s work-ethic and dedication to New Horizon School, Irvine and her students is exceptional. She can be relied on to assist the faculty on a moment’s notice and is a teacher favorite among her colleagues. Her positive energy combined with her helpful ways motivates her students on a daily basis.

When the opportunity was presented to nominate a top teacher to Parenting OC, the New Horizon Parents’ Association chose Mrs. Hijazi– an incredible honor considering the exceptional team of teachers at New Horizon. This annual nomination by the NHPA is based on longevity and impact on the school community. Out of 130 submissions by schools across Orange County, Mrs. Hijazi was one of 25 Top teachers selected by Parenting OC Magazine and will be featured in its March 2017 special issue honoring the award recipients. Mrs. Hijazi was also invited to an awards ceremony by Parenting OC magazine, where she and the other top teachers were recognized.

To announce her selection, Mrs. Uzma Said, in coordination with the NHPA, surprised Mrs. Hijazi with the announcement during a routine fire drill! Mrs. Hijazi was tricked into dressing up that day, thinking that she would be videotaped for a project. Instead she won Parenting OC’s award! Congratulations to Mrs. Hijazi on this amazing honor! We are blessed to have her as part of the New Horizon family of amazing staff members.


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