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Ruba Hillawi

MA Student of Cultural Studies

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsTeacher - Art Curator - Assistant Curator


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About me

Currently a Master's student of Cultural Studies at SOAS, University of London, with a research focus on identity politics in the contemporary arts of the Middle-East. I have 2 years of curatorial and arts management experience as well as 9 years of experience as an educator. Although I had made a shift to the educational field I have never lost touch with the arts. In 2014, I became an active arts blogger creating a platform on Wordpress, which has attracted the attention of artists and galleries around London. Presently, I am looking to fill a challenging role in the curatorial and arts management field in London. I believe my academic credentials, as well as my varied work experience, make me a unique candidate.

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Work history


Administrator and Teacher (volunteer)

Taqasim Music School

Jan 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • - Administrator and Teacher at the Music School Working with a team of six - Member of the board of trustees at the Taqasim Foundation - Collaboratively editing course books to have them professionally published - Actively building the school website with a team of three volunteers using Wordpress as an online platform - Responsible for writing and editing funding applications - Teaching beginner adult music courses. Instrument: Oud (Arabic lute)


Elementary Educator

Impact Teachers

Jan 2014 - Jan 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • September 2015 - January 2016: Yr 3 Class Teacher at Cheam Common Primary School, London - Lesson planned with a team of 4 teachers - Differentiated planning and instruction catering to 6 SEN children - Extensive use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning capabilities - Organized Christmas Concert with a team of 3 other teachers - Aided in the school-wide transition to Academy status January 2015 - July 2015: Yr1 Class Teacher at Nonsuch Primary School, Surry, London - Emphasis placed on thematic lesson planning - Positive discipline teaching strategy - Heavily involved in extra-curricular activities (school production, field trips and sporting events) September 2014 - December 2014: Supply Teacher - Responsible for class instruction on a supply basis - Children ranged between reception aged to year 6 January 2014 - July 2014: Yr. 5 - 6 Support Teacher at Grange Primary School, Ealing - Responsible for the preparation of Year 6 students to successfully write the UK SATs. - Actively identified students' strengths and weaknesses to effectively differentiate instruction in literacy and numeracy


LTO Teacher

Kendellhurst Academy

Sep 2011 - Jan 2014
  • Oakville, Canada
  • Full Time
  • - Team teaching - Responsible for children between the ages of 16months - 6 years. - Actively involved in thematic lesson planning - Actively organization and participation in extra-curricular activities - Delivery of lesson in a blend of play based and academic learning environments - Positive discipline teaching strategy - Extensive use of Jolly Phonics and Handwriting without Tears


Vounteer Eudcator and Camp Coordinator

Outreach 360

Apr 2011 - Apr 2011
  • Monte Cristi Province, Dominican Republic
  • Internship
  • - Community work with Orphaned and disadvantaged children - Collaboratively organized and delivered a week-long camp for children in the local community aged 5 to 12 with a team of 23 volunteers - Assisted in organizing game, movie nights and sport events within the orphanage


EAL Teacher

Gems World Academy

Sep 2008 - Jul 2010
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Full Time
  • •- Planning and implementing ESL Curriculum (language B course, IB Curriculum) - Differentiated instruction for special needs students - Regularly team taught in the humanities - Implementation of PM benchmark tests - Head of houseHead of ‘Blue House’ supporting students in schoolwide house system - Active planning and implementing whole school extra-curricular activities (International Day, Swim Gala, Sports Day, Talent Show) - Chaperoned students between 6th and 10th grade on 3 day desert safari and week long scuba excursion. - Establishes excellent rapport with children and participates in the life of the school community - Active use of technology in student learning environment


Volunteer Event Coordinator

Living Arts Centre

Jun 2007 - Jun 2007
  • Mississauga, Canada
  • Freelance
  • - Volunteer theatre performance and workshop coordinator - Simultaneously managed the running of 3 active stage performances/front of house - Ensured the smooth running of 15 outdoor children's art stations - Managed a team of ten volunteers - Reported to the Senior Volunteer Coordinator


Deputy Arts Services Manager

Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre

Sep 2006 - Sep 2008
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Full Time
  • Dedicated two years to the establishment of a new arts and theatre hub in the Dubai community - Worked with a team of 10 colleagues - Successfully launched DUCTAC's school and Summer camp programs establishing strong ties within the Dubai community - Assistant Curator of several community and high-profile exhibitions - Coordinated the smooth running of exhibition openings and events - Organized the daily running of arts and theater classes throughout the centre.



Masters in Cultural Studies


Sep 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Research focus: Contemporary Arab Art and Identity


B.ed. Primary/Junior Education

University of Western Ontario

Sep 2010 - Apr 2016
  • London, Canada
  • Courses focused on contemporary practices in the education field. Practical implementation of courses taught were practiced in schools across London, Ontario in classrooms of various grade levels with children with a wide range of abilities. The degree was earned with distinction.


Honours B.A Fine Arts Cultural Studies

York University

Sep 2002 - Apr 2011
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Achieved an Honours standing Bachelor of Arts. Courses taken focused on a variety of different cultural and artistic practices honing in on the deconstruction of meaning within a given practice and the society it is being practiced in. I made the decision to sign up for a variety of different elective courses in order to strengthen my understanding of various cultures and artistic practices. Thus, strengthening my degree. Courses ranged from art history to music and the theatrical arts.