Vera Ahiyya

Vera Ahiyya


NYC Department of Education

Brooklyn, NY USA

Every child who is in my classroom is deserving of love and respect, and they deserve to be seen, heard, and understood during their time with me.


By Roadtrip Nation

Vera Ahiyya


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in El Paso, Texas.
I come from a long line of educators—both of my parents were educators, my maternal grandparents were teachers, and my great-grandfather was the principal, teacher, and bus driver for his school.
After high school, I earned my teaching degree from Austin College.
I started my teaching career in Austin, Texas, where I worked as a kindergarten, first grade, and English Language Learner (ELL) teacher.
I spent six years teaching in Austin before moving to Massachusetts with my husband—once there, I taught kindergarten for another six years.
We then moved to Brooklyn, New York—I’ve been teaching kindergarten here for three years.
I’ve become known as "The Tutu Teacher" because I often wear a tutu, dance, and sing while teaching my students.
I’ve also started a blog and social media presence to share my practices and classroom activities with other teachers.
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High School
History and Psychology
Austin College
Education, General
Austin College



I teach kindergarten and also run a blog to share my practices and activities with other teachers.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

The best way to be inspiring and engaging as a teacher is to be who you are. Any teaching job you take, remember to be yourself and remember that you're only human.

Recommended Education

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History and Psychology


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Am I good at this? Should I continue teaching? Do I stay or try something new?"

Challenges I Overcame