Phone: (708) 748-8105
Degrees and Certifications:
National Board Certification: Exceptional Needs Specialist MsEd Special Education LBS1 BS History Education BA History
Ms. Heena Alavi
Hello! I am special education teacher and general education teacher. My two bachelors degrees are in history and education. I also have a masters degree in special education. This is my 20th year in teaching and going on my 9th year at Southland College Prep. I believe all students can achieve success at their individual level of ability and all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Within my own career development, I have worked with severely and profoundly disabled children and adults. While working within the Department of Corrections, I taught students with severe behavior issues as well as learning disabilities. After teaching in a maximum security prison I moved to sunny California. I taught at David Starr Jordan High School in Watts, in south central Los Angeles. There I earned my National Board in teaching as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. This certification recognizes me as a highly qualified teacher in all 50 states.
After moving back to Illinois, I started working at Southland in 2012. While here I have served as a mentor teacher for the past four years. I have taught all levels of English, and History as well as some math and science classes. In 2019 I earned a second decade of my National Board Certification. This year I am teaching 7 classes including instructional: Global Literature, Global Issues, and British Literature, as well as co-taught Global Literature, Global Issues, and Algrebra 1.