“Believe! Don’t dream big; dream bigger! The sky is the limit so reach for the stars!” Randi D. Ward’s copyrighted life philosophy has proven valuable as she navigates an exceptional career as an author, artist and educator. Currently retired as a language arts teacher with 37 years of experience, she taught 7th through 12th grades in both rural and inner-city schools in Georgia in the subjects of grammar, literature, creative, essay and research writing, public speaking, and drama. She was a pioneer in the formation of the gifted program in West Virginia in the 1970s, and created the masters education program courses for the teachers of the talented and gifted at Marshall University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in language arts and a Master of Education.
Ms. Ward also taught English as a second language to young adults at SYE, or Spread Your English, at a language center in Cairo, Egypt. She and her two Egyptian partners, Ahmed Mohamed and Ehab Mohamed, opened an English and German language school called Rise Up in late 2012, but which closed because of the unstable political situation in Egypt. Additionally, Ms. Rand was a former partner and educational instructor and coordinator of 6 October English Institute in Egypt with her partner Samar Farouk.
Beyond academia, Ms. Ward is a world traveler and has visited 53 countries on four continents in the last 37 years, including four trips to Egypt. Thus, she wrote “Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True)” to share her adventures and to provide new insights to teach, enlighten, and inspire readers around the world. Ms. Ward found she enjoyed authorship, and decided to pursue it further. She is presently working on two books of motivational poetry, two separate collections of short stories and nursery rhymes for both children and adult reading levels, and a new novel, “Random Wanderings.” She is also a writer and chief editor for “Morocco Pens,” an online Moroccan magazine featuring educational articles and essays in English, and has published lyrics, photos, and essays. Her current humanitarian projects in Africa include the World Peace Forest in Egypt and the Africa Nomads Conservation in Kenya, where she is the U.S. regional director.
To remain connected to her community, Ms. Ward is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the International Society of Business Leaders, and the International Association of Top Professionals.