Speed Interviews with Moffet’s Little Leaders: Jehaid, Wearer of Many Hats

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Al-Bustan’s attendance assistants at Moffet Arab Arts After-School Program, a third-grader named Jehaid.

I was always in charge of attendance. However, one Monday I was sitting in the auditorium with my sheet, when Jehaid came up to me and asked, “Can I take attendance for you?” On a whim I agreed, thinking that this would be a one-time thing. The next day, I am taking attendance again, when Jehaid comes up to me and asks, “Where’s my sheet?”


“Where’s my sheet? I am taking attendance.”

Jehaid inspired the creation of leadership roles for Moffet  students. She is responsible, outgoing, smart, and a natural-born leader. During parent pick-up, Jehaid had a minute to chat with me about her experience.

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Jehaid, being a boss.

S: How has your experience been so far at the Moffet Arab Arts After-School Program?

J: The best.

S: In what way?

J: I have never taken attendance before. This is my first job at Al-Bustan.

S: Could you elaborate on any prior experience you have which makes you qualified for this position?

J: I was a teaching assistant for Ms. Kane’s second-grade class. I am also now a messenger for my third grade class.

S: What is a messenger?

J: Oh, it’s like you send things to the office or to another teacher.

S: Got it. Well that sounds great. Last question: What do you want to be when you grow up?

J: A doctor.

S: Wow, that’s really cool, why do you want to be a doctor?

J: My mom’s here.

Jehaid is very well-rounded and super ambitious. Seeing how much she has achieved at Moffet in such a short amount of time makes me confident that she is on her way to accomplishing much, much more.

Stay tuned for more quick interviews with Moffet students!

— Soumya Dhulekar, Programs Coordinator


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