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Amy El-Hindi Trail

Associate Professor of Education

Cowgill Center 209
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8220
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“Creating a sense of community is perhaps the most essential component within any classroom.”

Amelia El-Hindi Trail is no longer surprised when she hears local school principals and administrators praise Transylvania graduates teaching in their schools. As a teacher educator for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program, she frequently follows Transylvania graduates through their first year of teaching and she sees how well prepared and effective they are.

Her family has also directly benefited from the exemplary teachers the Transylvania program produces. The music teacher at her son’s elementary school—a Transylvania graduate—recently introduced him to the viola. Because of the teacher’s gentle encouragement and enthusiasm, El-Hindi Trail has watched her son’s appreciation and love for music grow. She has now witnessed first-hand what these school administrators have been telling her about for years.

And, as El-Hindi Trail explains, teaching does not just go one way. The teacher sometimes learns just as much from the students. “My teaching and my learning have been immeasurably enriched by my students. Teachers and students have much to offer each other in our common quests for lifelong growth.”

To nourish this shared quest, El-Hindi Trail emphasizes the importance of creating a community where students can be comfortable trying new things and searching for their own voice. A supportive, trusting environment is crucial for this sort of fruitful engagement.

She hopes this is what students find when they come to Transylvania. “I would like to think that our students experience a true learning community within their classes at Transylvania, which, in turn, allows them to establish such communities in their own future classrooms.”

Transylvania’s liberal arts focus also enriches the learning environment and makes Transylvania graduates better teachers. “With a liberal arts education, students are encouraged to see the interconnectedness of ideas.” This, in turn, prevents them from viewing the subject they teach too narrowly. A successful teacher understands how all subjects are intertwined and can help students see how knowledge of one area complements study of another. 

If this magic happens—if students can indeed come together as a community of learners seeking new understandings of diverse subjects—then they can expect to be profoundly changed. “I think of teaching as a transformative act whereby learners come to see the world in new ways, forever altered by the learning experience."


Professional memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Kentucky Science Teachers Association
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education

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Academic history

Courses taught

Recent publications

Awards

Areas of research

Additional information

Academic history

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1994
  • M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1983

Courses taught

  • Observing the Learner
  • The Teaching of Mathematics
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • The Immigrant Child
  • Practicum in Learning Environments
  • Race, Class, and Ethnicity in American Schools
  • The American Civil Rights Movement
  • Literacy in Written and Spoken Languages for Learners in Primary Schools
  • Instructional Strategies and Content Area Literacy for Learners in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Supervised Student Teaching

Recent publications

  • Wheeler, T. R., & El-Hindi Trail, A. (2010). "Teaching for equity: A transformationist approach." The AILACTE Journal, VII 49-68.
  • El-Hindi, A. (2003). "Integrating literacy and science in the classroom: From eco-mysteries to readers theater." The Reading Teacher, 56 (6) 536-538.
  • Ahern, T.C. & El-Hindi, A. (2000). "Improving the instructional congruency of a computer source." Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 32(3) 385-401.

Awards

  • Omicron Delta Kappa, Transylvania University Chapter
  • Transylvania University Bingham Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Second Mile Award, Fayette County Board of Education, Lexington, Ky.

Areas of research

  • The teaching of mathematics and science
  • Urban education
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Singapore math
  • The use of discourse in mathematics

Additional information

  • Editor, The AILACTE Journal, the journal of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Kentucky Teacher Internship Program Teacher Educator
  • Advisor to Kentucky Education Association—Student Programs


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