life stories series Naveed hissah Abu Dhabi

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

I am a very ambitious person. I love learning and acquiring knowledge. I am patient and generally a calm person. I hardly get angry and when I do it’s hard for me to express my anger. I love travelling, exploring new places and cuisines, and finding about new cultures. I also love capturing these experiences through the camera lens. I enjoy painting when I find the time and find it very therapeutic. At some point in my life painting cured my insomnia!

Describe a typical day in your life.

My day starts at 5:30 with my one-year-old son waking us up for Fajr prayers and his feed! I am a teacher at British Overseas School in Karachi. I start work at 7:30am and my work day ends between 3:15-4:00pm. I take my son and the nanny with me to school as I work long hours and I feel more comfortable knowing that my son is close by. Him being in the same building as me all day is a blessing, even though I only get to see him when I am free and in breaks. I feel guilty for not being there with him more, but I always try my best to keep a balance.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

My biggest triumph in life is being a Head of Department in a British school in Karachi where they only hire expats for this position. My teaching journey started as a support teacher as they would only hire local people as support only. I have worked very hard to be here and I faced every obstacle and challenge that came my way and came out victorious!

The biggest challenge has been completing a rigorous Senior Leadership course from University College London, during my pregnancy and after delivering. Having accomplished the NPQSL and navigated the pleasures and vigor of motherhood, without compromising either, I feel one can do anything in life as long as one has set their heart and mind to it.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

Every woman who is a mother is a role model for me. Women who manage home, work, families, and children simultaneously are people I look up to.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

I find it very hard to say NO to someone. I hate conflict and my way of dealing it is just being quiet.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

I, throughout my life on many occasions, have witnessed that if you work hard you can achieve and conquer the most challenging obstacle.

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).

Every fiber of my existence shouts out ‘teacher’!