Randa is a bilingual, Syrian-American born in Youngstown, Ohio. She grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Damascus, Syria at the age of 14. She now lives in Florida with her husband and son, Zayd.
Equipped with a fiery passion for languages and a MEd in Foreign Language Education, Randa is a seasoned foreign language instructor of 20 years and counting. Over the course of her career, she has managed and led exemplary ESL programs, actively trained ESL instructors, developed a curriculum for the teaching of Arabic as a Second Language and much more. She has worked and/or published with many international and local institutions and organizations such as Pearson Education, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Florida, TESOL, and UNHCR to name a few. She’s also very passionate about early childhood education and has even taken a semester abroad in Italy to study the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches to early childhood education directly from the source.
As an American of Syrian heritage, she strives to bridge the cultures of the east and west through education and storytelling both inside and outside her classrooms. Consequently, she founded Rummana Publishing Inc. with her husband Maz to educate, empower, and inspire. Follow her work on Instagram and Facebook @randataftaf.