Dr. Samia Shoman
A California native with Palestinian roots, Samia Shoman has dedicated her career in public education to promoting racial and social justice in the classroom and broader educational organizations she has worked in. She is currently part of a California collaborative leading a Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition. As a long time high school social science teacher, with a special love for working with English Learners, her current passion is leading an alternative Newcomer Program and the implementation of Ethnic Studies for all ninth graders in her district. Samia currently serves as the Manager of English Learner & Academic Support Programs for the San Mateo Union High School District. She is also the co-coordinator of the Middle East Children Alliance’s Teach Palestine project. In addition to her secondary school work, Samia served as a lecturer in the College of Ethnic Studies Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Program and the Masters of Public Health Program at San Francisco State University. Samia holds a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from UC Davis, an M.A. in Education from San Francisco State University, and an Ed.D with a focus on Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. When she isn’t working with students, their families, or teachers and administrators, Samia is running or reading, sharing in being a proud parent of boy/girl twins, Falestine and Jihad with her husband, and working for peace and justice in this world.