The brothers of the Eastern Region are proud to recognize Bro Ra’ Alim Shabazz for being again recognized for his outstanding service shaping the minds of students in Alexandria City Public Schools. Each year the Washington Post hosts an Outstanding Teacher Award. It honors one teacher from each school division in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Bro Shabazz is an initiate of the Beta Gamma Chapter at Hampton University. He is the immediate past President of the Alpha Sigma chapter in Washington, DC.
Ra’ Alim Shabazz, who teaches 12th-grade U.S. and Virginia Government at T.C. Williams, has been an educator for 21 years, the past 10 of which have been with ACPS. Shabazz also teaches a special advanced competition based on a section of the U.S. Government course, “We the People.”
His commitment to education extends beyond the walls of his classroom. Shabazz is active in the Educational Association of Alexandria, Co-sponsor of the Minority Student Achievement Network, Chair of the Black History Assembly, and helps to coordinate the Black History Month Program. He eagerly lends himself to causes within the school and the community that advance learning, cultural competence and awareness. He is known for his deep commitment and involvement in civic engagement and community service and advocates for his students to do the same. He serves as a mentor and guide to his student both in the classroom and out, creating a safe and comfortable space for students.
Mr. Shabazz is an instructor that captures the attention of every student, everyday with every lesson. When you walk into his classroom, you will be amazed at the level of concentration from his students as they hang on his every word. He has developed a level of respect that comes from hours of planning, listening to students and teaching lessons the way they learn.” said Shawn Thorpe, Academic Principal at T.C. Williams High School.
“As I struggled in those early days to find a rhythm to my classes and a distinct teaching identity, Mr. Shabazz told me, “your class must be an experience.” A classroom should not just be a hollow recitation of facts, but a living and dynamic laboratory of existence. This, I believe, is the sum total of all that makes Mr. Shabazz the great teacher that he is: his class is a moment, an experience, that no one forgets,” said Benjamin Hammond, TC Williams International Academy, Co-Department Chair for Curriculum and Instruction.