Meet Sophia from Granada Islamic School
Sophia teaches at Granada Islamic School in Santa Clara, California. We are thrilled to showcase Sophia’s impact on safety and building leadership with their students, community, and the AAA School Safety Patrol program.
Sophia Asiff has run the AAA School Safety Patrol Program at Granada Islamic School for the past six years and with a group of 36 Patrollers this school year. Sophia is an involved Nominator for her Patrollers in the annual AAA School Safety Patrol Awards.
While using the AAA School Safety Lesson Plans, Sophia expressed that the bullying topic was the most impactful and relevant part of the lesson plan for her students. Sophia felt, “…the students really benefited from the lessons on bullying, they have often dealt with situations that could be labeled as bullying, and this aspect of the AAA School Safety Patrol lessons gave my students new ways to work through such situations.”
In addition to important topics, Sophia attests to the convenience of the lesson plans, “The AAA School Safety lesson plans made it easier for me to teach the students about things like leadership and safety because instead of having to search for and create my own plans they were already created for me. The lesson plans are very user-friendly and make it fun and easy to teach different, student-centered concepts.”
“I feel that the students really benefited from the lessons on bullying, they have often
dealt with situations that could be labelled as bullying and this aspect of the AAA
School Safety Patrol lessons gave my students new ways to work through such
Sophia encourages her Patrollers to try their best and take positive risks, like applying for award programs. Her Patrollers have won second and third place in the Santa Clara Safety Patrol Awards for two consecutive years. She also shares, “ I have been extremely proud of all my students who have won AAA Safety Patroller of the year since I began working as the Safety Patrol Advisor at our school.”
Sophia impels current and prospective Patrol Advisors not to give up on leading the position because she believes, “Although it is a lot of extra work, it is very fulfilling and allows a teacher to connect with the students on a different level.”