Dr. Amina El-Ashmawy in the classroom.

Meet the Muslim Woman Awarded US Professor of the Year

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Surrounded by education and science all her life, as both her parents had double doctorate degrees, El-Ashmawy remembers as a child watching how the water from a hose was absorbed in the soil wondering what happens to it after she couldn’t see it.
“I always liked knowing why or how. My mother recognized this in me. Her calling me ‘Miss Lessons’ meant a lot to me because her opinion weighed heavily. It made me feel special. Consequently, as a teacher, I think it is important to make my students feel they matter and are important,” El-Ashmawy said.