Born in Egypt and having moved between Toronto and Montreal at a young age has not only helped Darein develop strong work ethics and open-mindedness, but has also provided her with the opportunity to learn Canada’s both official languages in addition to her mother tongue, Arabic. She initially went to University of Toronto Scarborough to study business management. However, along the way, she discovered her passion for languages and decided to pursue studies in French. She graduated from UTSC with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in French studies. Darein’s belief in being a life-long learner and her enjoyment of the undergraduate courses offered at UTSC, have expanded her curiosity to learn more by pursuing graduate studies in French. She received a Master of Arts degree in French literature from U of T, where she wrote a thesis entitled: *Les stéréotypes du genre sexuel et l’identité féminine dans L’Obéissance de Suzanne Jacob et Copies conformes de Monique LaRue*. Darein wanted to combine her passion for French along with her passion for teaching. As a result, she continued her studies at OISE/UT and obtained a Bachelor of Education degree. She is currently teaching French with the Toronto District School Board at the high school level. She enjoys inspiring and encouraging her students to reach their fullest potential. She also loves to travel to explore various cultures and traditions in order to bring a different dimension to her teaching.
I really enjoyed the small classes at UTSC. I had the opportunity to work closely with the professors in the French department. They were available to offer support and give advice whenever needed. The professors were passionate about their subject areas and were able to transmit this passion to the students. There was a variety of interesting courses that ignited my curiosity about the French language and culture, which motivated me to pursue graduate studies in French literature.