My name is Paige Rahman and I am the 5th Grade ELL Specialist at Kansas City International Academy. My first few years was teaching Special Education in Richmond, Missouri. Later, I moved to the island of Saipan in the Marianas Islands and taught 4th grade for 7 years. I moved back to Kansas City and taught 3rd Grade ELL Sheltered for a year before moving to Della Lamb Charter School as an ELL Sheltered teacher of grades 2-6. I have been with KCIA since it began as the 4/5 Newcomer teacher and last year I “shifted” to 5th Grade ELL Specialist. The 2021-22 school year will be my 25th year of teaching. The majority of my teaching experiences have been working with students who speak at least one other language besides English. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in 1-8 from University of Central Missouri. I am certified to teach elementary 1-8, middle school Social Studies 4-9, and K-12 English Language Learners. Recently, I completed a Master’s Degree in Literacy and Language from Park University. I will will soon be certified to be a K-12 Reading Specialist. I love spending time with my husband, my son, Jacob, who is starting full time college this year; my daughter, Rylee, who is a 9th grader; and our fussy black and white cat named Finley. We love to travel around the United States and always go on at least one road trip each summer that usually includes a national park and involves a hiking or time to relax on a beach. I am excited for a great year with my students!