VANDALIA — Congratulations to Farhat “Bobby” Khan, the October Staff Member of the Month for the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. Khan is a language arts and social studies teacher at Morton Middle School. Khan was nominated by Morton Principal Shannon White.
“Bobby always goes above and beyond the regular school day,” said White. “She is always willing to help out any student (or even teacher) who is in need. In addition, she is a drama club advisor, study tables monitor and MUSE Machine advisor. Finally, Bobby voluntarily helps with morning duty in the gymnasium each day. She is an excellent team player who wants the best for her students and our school.”
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching in the Vandalia Butler School District for over 14 years. However, I taught liberal arts at Southern Ohio Community College, and I taught for 10 years in Pakistan at Convent of Jesus and Mary, which is also where I attended school as a child.
Why did you become a teacher?
I had the desire and support from my parents to spread the knowledge and good faith to the upcoming government holders of the world.
Did you have a teacher who made an impact on you?
I was taught by nuns in the Convent of Jesus and Mary. I had a teacher by the name of Sister Elizabeth. She taught me language arts and social studies. Her approach toward me and the rest of the students inspired me to imitate her and walk in her footsteps in the endeavor of spreading knowledge.
What is your proudest teaching accomplishment?
My proudest teaching accomplishment is when I was awarded the gold medal at the Marion Teaching College (affiliated with Oxford University London). I received 100% on my practices and methods of teaching. Nobody has yet broken my record in the subcontinent of Asia. I am also an author of four books still used in schools in Asia. I wrote two social studies and two science books. The royalties of these books are given to needy students.
How would you describe your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that every child is important and no matter what their abilities and intelligences are, my job is to turn them into explorers, navigators, anthropologists and archeologists.
How do you think your students would describe you?
Students describe me as a strict, caring and understanding teacher with high expectations. When they leave me, they visit with a positive feedback, and I am proud that I made an impact in their lives for that short term that they were with me.
What do you hope your students take from your classroom?
I want my students to be sincere, successful, productive individuals. I want them to look at the world, understand different cultures, languages and religions. They need not adopt them, but be sensitive of others’ views, beliefs and customs.
What hobbies, activities do you like to do when you’re away from school?
I love knitting, crocheting and gardening. These activities give me an opportunity to contemplate and look at situations from different points of view.
If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do?
I would share my wealth for the education of the students as well as better their lives.
Reach the Vandalia-Butler City Schools at 415-6400.