ABOUT ME

Hello, my name is Ibrahim Qureshi and I want to welcome you to my website and portfolio. I am an experienced educator, athletic administrator, sports enthusiast and technology junkie who is eager to learn and grown. I enjoy learning and am in constant pursuit of knowledge and information. As a life long learner, I ensure that I constantly reflecting, reading, writing and learning to enhance my knowledge, skill set and worldview. I am currently completing my Masters in Education (MEd) with a focus on technology within education.

Outside my professional development and learning, I spend a lot of my free time catching up with friends, family and playing sports. As an avid basketball enthusiast, a lot of my time is spent playing, coaching and assisting with operating basketball programs and operations within Calgary, Alberta. In addition to basketball, I love the outdoors and spend my summers outside camping, fishing or on the water. I am currently working towards developing a basketball program in Niagara Falls, Ontario and will be expanding in the Eastern province of Canada. Outside of Canada, I have had the privilege to work internationally, in the Middle East having the unique opportunity to interact and network with a multitude of amazing people in my lifetime. I hope to keep travelling and growing my professional network and look forward to connecting with like-minded people through the course of my professional career and lifetime.

Thank you for taking the time to read this short blurb about me and I hope you get a chance to view the rest of my website.

CAREER AND RESUME

Over the course of my life, I have achieved a lot of unique opportunities and experiences that I am truly grateful for. Each role, experience and moment has taught me a lot and added to my growth both personally and professionally. I hope to keep adding to list of unique experiences, moments and opportunities along the way. This is only one part of a long journey ahead. 

Here is a of my resume, experiences through the course of my career.

A graduate school project outlining my personal learning theory within the context of constructivism and cognitivism.

Reference letter from my principal outlining my experience and achievements within my post.

A small Facebook highlight interview and spotlight of me as teacher within the our school and community.

KEY EXPERIENCES

Almost Failing High School

I have moved around a lot in my life and met some people who have made a remarkable impact on my life personal land professionally. However, as I have moved to schools, cities, provinces or countries, I found that the more people I meet, the more people I have sometimes left behind. Although given my personality and the relationships built, I know that if I was to encounter my friends even later on in life, we would just pick up where we left off. This has happened with friends whom I haven't see in 8 or 10 years, which is the real beauty in the relationships fostered. Despite this positive outlook, with the challenges in life, the most constant support group has been my family. It is through their support that I have been able to achieve so much and grow. I will never forget the friends, people or colleagues, that have helped me along the way as well, as I owe them so much more than they know. I just know that despite all the movement, my family has been the most constant support and will continue to be there, regardless of where I may end up in the world due to my travels, work and experiences. I know I am truly blessed to have them in my life and recognize the value and importance of family.

Traveling and Moving

Traveling and living outside ones' normative environment is truly a privilege that is not afforded to all. I feel grateful when I look back and think about how much I traveled, moved and experienced in my life. I was born in the United States, lived overseas for part of my childhood, then graduated from high school in Canada as a teenager, where I live today. In between all that change and movement, I also got to travel and experience different parts of the world. I will not get into detail around the specifics of that travel but found it only added to my experiences and understandings in life. I found this movement to be a better way to understand: diversity, cultures, people and build a better develop worldview.

Firstly, I lived in Western and Eastern societies so experienced the first-hand differences and similarities in values, ideas, cultures, and worldview. We are often taught to look at our differences, but I found the opposite to be true. Rather, you find how similar you are with other people, and learn to celebrate and appreciate the differences you may possess. Secondly, getting out of your bubble and comfort zone can be hard for some people.  Being able to accommodate within others worldview is a key skill that can be lost or not effectively learned by many. Being able to immerse myself into other peoples traditions, cultures and perspectives allowed me to build more positive understanding and meaningful connections. Thirdly, I learned to be more cognitively aware of my own bias and limitations. I do recognize that even today, I only have a selected understanding of truths based on my knowledge, understanding, and experiences in life. It is, however, through this self-awareness coupled with my positive attitude towards life long learning that I hope will be able to keep enhancing my worldview as I continue to develop personally and professionally.

Family Always Comes First

I have moved around a lot in my life and met some people who have made a remarkable impact on my life personal land professionally. However, as I have moved to schools, cities, provinces or countries, I found that the more people I meet, the more people I have sometimes left behind. Although given my personality and the relationships built, I know that if I was to encounter my friends even later on in life, we would just pick up where we left off. This has happened with friends whom I haven't see in 8 or 10 years, which is the real beauty in the relationships fostered. Despite this positive outlook, with the challenges in life, the most constant support group has been my family. It is through their support that I have been able to achieve so much and grow. I will never forget the friends, people or colleagues, that have helped me along the way as well, as I owe them so much more than they know. I just know that despite all the movement, my family has been the most constant support and will continue to be there, regardless of where I may end up in the world due to my travels, work and experiences. I know I am truly blessed to have them in my life and recognize the value and importance of family.

""Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." -J.M. Barrie