About the Author

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Born to Bostonian parents in Pennsylvania Dutch country, I headed abroad at my first opportunity and spent the second 16 years of my life bouncing between continents. I was a Peace Corps educator in Jordan, 2004–2006, and a CASA I Fellow studying in Cairo during the 2011 Arab Spring.

These days, I assuage my itchy feet with weekend hikes in and around New Jersey featuring floral and foliage photography, birdwatching and the occasional kayak. I’m also finishing an essay collection and a memoir.

In the New York metro area for a decade now, I work in fundraising for refugee resettlement by day, teach Arabic by night, and have experience with translating, copyediting, project management and curriculum development for a variety of organizations. In all, I have over 14 years of experience teaching Arabic and English as a Second Language to adults and children in a range of contexts, including refugee service organizations, academia and private language schools in Jordan, Indiana, Cairo, New York and New Jersey.

I hold a Certificate of English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA), a Bachelor’s in English Literature with a German minor from Goucher College, and a Master’s in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University with a focus on Arabic language and linguistics.


As the son of Lebanese parents, I was searching for an Arabic teacher who could help me move from heritage listener to heritage speaker. After several failed attempts of finding a teacher with the right mix of grammatical knowledge and understanding of the Beiruti dialect, I was connected to Maryah. After over 20 hours of […]

Sam, private student through Fluent City, 2018

She provides engaging activities, Quizlet flashcards and a positive classroom environment.

Fluent City student of Arabic, 2017

Maryah is great – we’re progressing at a great pace within the class. I love using Quizlet.

Fluent City student of Arabic, 2017

Maryah is really great and also really understands what new students find difficult, which can be rare in language instructors.

Fluent City student of Arabic, 2018