Letter to the Editor: Supporting Fahad Alden for Library Trustee

March 5, 2021

Submitted by Joel Hebert

I met Fahad when he was a ninth-grader taking a film course I taught, and Fahad was also my student in an honors-level English course during the 2019-2020 academic year. The course was called American Perspectives, and in it students examine American literature using a variety of different lenses. Our curriculum included The Crucible, Walden, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Things They Carried. 
Fahad established himself as a hardworking, self-reflective young man who demonstrated great emotional maturity when dealing with difficult subject matter. I believe these traits are essential for someone to be successful at the position of library trustee.

As a student and a writer

  • Fahad examines the curriculum and himself with equal scrutiny and diligence. He frequently made connections between subjects we read about in class and news stories he was following or outside literature he had come across.
  • Fahad’s text-to-text connections were especially useful when we explored gender roles in books such as The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Fahad is a feminist and a strong ally for women. His breadth of reading and understanding about gender studies is truly impressive for a high school male.
  • Fahad enjoys reading, and he was one of the dwindling number of students I noticed with outside reading on their persons.
  • Fahad gained confidence in his writing ability throughout the school year. He frequently checked in with me to find ways to improve his essays and narrative pieces. He is an excellent self-advocate and has improved his writing skills greatly. He even published a nonfiction book on Amazon called Level Up!

As a person

  • Fahad is a kind young man who is nice to everyone.
  • Fahad is honest and trustworthy. He took intellectual risks on a regular basis and frequently shared detailed stories from his private life and personal experiences.
  • Among his classmates, Fahad spoke more than his peers and shared more deeply of himself and his opinions. 

Fahad is a young person of exceptionally high character. He is funny, charming, and kind to adults and classmates alike. I sincerely recommend him and wish him the best.

Editor’s Note: Joel Hebert teaches at Bedford High School; these views are his own and do not represent those of Bedford Public Schools.

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