Nuhie Faheem was formally inducted onto the Plainfield Park District Board of Commissioners at the regular meeting held September 14 at the Prairie Activity & Recreation Center in Plainfield.
Nuhie was appointed to the Board and fills the term of former commissioner Jason Rausch, who stepped down from the board in July after moving out of District. The term expires in 2023.
Nuhie has worked at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School since 2014, serving as a Spanish Teacher and the Spanish Department Head. She also is involved with a variety of different organizations and initiatives at Oak Lawn-Hometown including:
- Mentor Teacher – Mentoring and guiding new staff members since 2021.
- Curriculum Council & Assessment Committee – Examining best practices, celebrating successes and making improvements to curriculum and assessment practices across the District.
- Cheerleading Coach – Coaching sixth- through eighth-grade girls for basketball games and competitions.
- Quiz Bowl Sponsor – Coaching students for intramural academic competitions.
- International Fest Founder and Sponsor – Collaborating with teachers, families, students, community organizations and other local schools to create an annual student-led festival to promote the celebration of students’ diverse cultural backgrounds through presentations, music, dance, film, art and performances.
- Support Squad Member – Founded a group to promote and provide support for students of marginalized backgrounds (racial, ethnic, religious, LGBTQIA+, socioeconomically disadvantaged and more).
- Adult ESL Teacher – Preparing lessons, assessments, materials and leading instruction in a beginner level Adult ESL class (2017-18).
Since 2017, Nuhie has also served as a professional development trainer with the American Federation of Teachers Local 943. She was a contributing author to Science Advances Magazine (2018); and served as a professional development trainer for Illinois Computing Educators (2017). From 2013-2017, she was the director/head teacher for Saturday Place, Rachied Davis Charities, a remediation program for third and fourth graders from Chicago’s South Side.
Nuhie received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in elementary education from Loyola University (Ill.). She received her master’s degree in instructional design and technology from the American College of Education (Ind.). She most recently earned her certificate in inclusive classroom teaching from University of La Verne (Calif.) and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership from the American College of Education (Ind.).
Nuhie resides in Plainfield with her family and enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.