Testimonials and Praise

It’s with great honour and humbleness that I share the following messages from my Middle Years students, from parents and from my colleagues. Reading “You made a difference” energises me to work harder, become softer and turn into a more compassionate human being. For me, every single word is a living evidence that I am living a live of purpose, of contribution and of service.

From My Colleagues:

“Thank YOU for always supporting us. For always guiding us. For knowing when and how to ask us to do things. For motivating us by your smile and kindness to do our very best. You are an inspiration.” Shereen Alaa – Drama Teacher – 2016

“Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for believing in me. I love Community and Service and I really enjoy working with you. Your continuous support helps me achieve more. Thank you. ” Racha Essam – C & S Co-leader – 2015

“I am expressing my real gratitude toward your work and effort in Community & Service.  I really appreciate your devotion and commitment.  I know the effort you are doing and I believe that it surely lead to changing the students and turning them to be better human beings.” May Waly – Head of Middle School and MYP Coordinator – 2014

” At the end of this school year, at the end of the 5 years of MYP for those lovely students,I wanted to thank you so much for your effort with them in Community &Service,for your role in improving their personalities, their profile and to make them better persons and for your love and care to each and everyone of them.” May Waly – Head of Middle School and MYP Coordinator- 2013

“Je voulais également te féliciter pour tout le travail formidable que tu as
fourni tout au long de cette année scolaire. Merci de semer dans la
jeunesse égyptienne qui est l’élite de ce pays  le sens des
responsabilités, du partage et du devoir. Pour tout cela je te dis merci du fond du coeur. Tu as su gagner notre respect par ton dévouement et ton implication sans pareil dans le travail. Avec toute mon affection.” Sally Ben Mehdi – 2012

“Mrs. Iman Refaat, the great motivator, excellent organizer, a real hard worker, very caring and devoted person.” May Waly – Head of Middle School and MYP Coordinator – 2011

From the Parents of my Students:

“Thank you for the great effort exerted. Please keep the momentum and don’t let the harsh challenges that I am sure all of us face every day derive you from the path you chose with passion.” Heba Elrify- Proud mother to three students – 2016

“Thank you for all your efforts with the students, taking them out of their cocoons, and making them realize that there is another life outside, people that need our help, compassion, and above all being humble and down to earth, appreciating what God gave them. So really a big thank you, and God bless you and all the people that give a good example to our children.” Hania Tolba – 2015

“I just want to express my feeling and my gratitude to you. I’m so grateful for all the effort done to support my son in his education path, especially this is the first year for him in the IB Program. Though I know how challenging to work with this age, but you succeeded to take over this difficulty with the good managing, good planning, good organization, good communication with the kids and first of all emitting waves of love and positive attitude.” Rania Negm – 2014

“I owe you much than words can say. Really people like you are rare. God bless you.” Nagwa Hamed – 2013

“Please allow me to express my gratitude and sincere thanks to you on the tremendous care and effort you have done with my daughter to be able to reach such levels. I’m really proud of her and couldn’t imagine that only in her second year at GPIS she will be doing what she is doing today. This could have only be achieved by a professional, dedicated and committed people like yourself and the rest of the Middle School family.” Sameh El Benhawy 2012

“As a parent and as a colleague, I would like to congratulate and thank you for the great job you are doing with our children. Your constant engagement and tremendous effort create an enthusiastic spirit among them and, above all, they are really taking pride in their work and their success. Your organization of out-of-school events definitely enhances their feeling of loyalty and self-confidence in representing their school.” Laila ElSheikh – DP Humanities Teacher – 2011

From my Students:

“Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for all the things you have helped me with. I am so happy that I have a teacher who is kind like you.
In the past 4 years I learned a lot of things from you that are very important.
Anyone wishes to have a teacher like you. I love you Mrs. Iman and thank you.” Rokaya El Sanhoury – 2016

“I really want to thank you for everything that you did. You are really one of the few people in my life who inspire me and make me a better person. For me you are more than a teacher.” Farida El-Shaer – 2016

“I’ve been working with you from year 6 and I always enjoyed being part of the Community and Service projects. I was given the chance to care for others, for the outside community. I never preferred to work as a member as I thought that I won’t give the maximum effort I could give, but you motivated me and encouraged me to work in any role as the leader never gets to do the bigger part but a human gets to give whether he’s a leader or a member. Thank you for these five years. I learned life lessons from you that I won’t ever forget. I’m always there ready to participate with you in anything or help you with whatever I can. Thank you again.” Salma Al-Hakim – 2015

“Thank you so much. It has been an honor working with a great leader like you for five years. I would not have developed and served all these people in need if it wasn’t for your support and encouragement. Mona Khairy – 2015

“Thank you so much Mrs. Iman. You were patient and very nice to us, without you and your wonderful counseling we would have never accomplished what we accomplished. Thank you so much for making the project so easy and fun, and for making this year a great year.” Habiba Amgad – 2014

“Sometimes in life, we meet persons that leave footprints on our paths, touch our souls and make a change. The change might seem small, or tiny, but as we go on, we realize the importance and the value of this change, of this small touch of soul that we were touched since many years. Yes, you were one of those people, who made a difference, and touched my life. I believe I never got the chance to clearly express my gratitude towards what you have done since probably 6 years. You deserve to be thanked, and I owe you a great thank you. Despite it is somewhat late, but I have always believed that one day, I will be writing you this. You have made a great effort, in being a memorable teacher and friend, and you succeeded. You have made a great effort, in changing my soul, my habits, my way of thinking, and you succeeded. And you have made a great effort to be a special person, and an unforgettable turning point in my life, and yes, you succeeded. You knew me in the right time, in the time that human start to shape and outline their personalities, and you have put your footprint, a positive one, that affected me today. I thank you for being a successful, unforgettable teacher and friend. I thank you for the golden lessons, and I thank you for being you. You acted like a light in all of our lives I believe, and you were always there, helping and supporting me, aiming to make me a better person. Maybe I am not that “better” person yet, and maybe I have done great mistakes in my life, but still, here am I wishing to be this better good person, touching someone’s life one day like you have done.” A student who wished to keep it anonymous – 2013

“I was looking at my notes, copybooks, and my portfolios, all those lessons that took five years full of memories, love, care, teaching, and friendship that really made and is making a huge difference in my life. Those are the ‘small, small, small, build BIG’ (This is what you said in one of the lessons, on 3.1.2012) The last thing I wrote on the last lesson we had together was ‘Dream to live’! Really reading those notes and remembering some of the lessons and what we used to do during our lessons, outings and events gave me energy and optimism that I was missing for so long. Mrs. Iman, I really can’t say or express how much I love you, or how much you changed me and my life. As I grow up, and as days in my life pass I’ll remain always grateful for every single thing you taught to me, those things that I thought they are normal things to learn at school but now when I am looking back at life, I realize that those are the only things that I really need in this life. Even the simplest of words can change a Person’s life, and you told me thousands of words that changed my life totally. Mrs. Iman, I am speechless and can’t find words to express what I feel towards you, I just can tell you that you are a real SPECIAL person who I really do appreciate and LOVE.” Omnia Khalil – 2013

“Thank you for giving me the chance to do something others my age don’t do. Thank you for teaching me that I’m not alone in this world. Thank you for showing me that a simple action can make a huge difference. Thank you for drawing a smile on my face. Thank you for making me look at people differently and for appreciating the simple actions of others. Thank you for trusting my capabilities and for making me believe that I can actually change the world.” Hoda Labib – 2013

“You were really more than a teacher to me. I will never forget my first year in school when you opened your arms and heart to me.
I had a presentation in front of Chair of construction engineering department, teaching assistants and the class, it was about fiber reinforced concrete. After I finished the Chair came and personally told me your part was very well presented Miss Nour.  That day, I remembered when you sent me an email, after we came to the school as Alumni to give a session to the MYP classes, in which you told me: “You were really good today, your English was perfect and you had nice bracelets.” Thank you for everything; for the ethics and principles you taught me and for the times you stood by my side for support.” Nour El Deeb – 2012

“You really made me who I am, I’ll always be grateful. What I learned from you influences all my choices, decisions and actions. You’ll always be a BIG part of me.” Farida Hussein – 2011

“I would like to really thank you for this great Community and Service year and for your remarkable effort to make it a great one. I really want to thank you because this year has made a positive progress in my profile.” Hazem Salah – 2010

“I AM REALLY GRATEFUL TO YOU AND THANKFUL, BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS GAVE ME YOUR TIME, YOUR EFFORT, EVERYTHING. YOU HAVE A WAY IN TEACHING WHICH WE DIDN’T EVER FIND IN ANOTHER TEACHER IN OUR LIVES. I JUST WANT TO DECLARE MY THANKS AND BEST WISHES TO YOU, AND I AM SURE THAT THE COMING CLASSES WHICH YOU WILL TEACH HAVE A GREAT LUCK TO BE TAKING WITH YOU OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I remember the first class we had with you, you just made us face our fears and everyone mentioned what he was afraid of and we got over everything. YOU ARE SIMPLY A GREAT IMAGE TO A TEACHER AND I AM HONORED THAT ONE DAY I WAS A STUDENT OF YOURS, THIS WORD WOULD BE IN MY HEART TILL THE DAY I DIE.” Omar Ezzat – 2009