Board meets district’s new Arabic teacher

Last week’s School Committee meeting featured the introduction of the district’s newest teacher, Teriza Gorgi Malak, a native of Egypt who began teaching Arabic at the middle and high schools this fall. Watertown was chosen this summer to take part in the federal Teachers of Critical Languages program. The Department of State-funded initiative brings educators from either Egypt or China to America for one year to teach their language, officials said. Malak will be teaching for this academic year as part of the federal partnership, but officials in the superintendent’s office said they are committed to continuing the Arabic program after her fellowship is finished. She has 26 middle school students and 23 high school students enrolled in her Arabic class, school officials said. The district also offers courses in Spanish, Italian, French, and Armenian, officials said. For more information, visit www.watertown.k12.ma.us.