PARSIPPANY — Dr. Ahmed Kandil was named “High School Educator of the Year” by the Lakeland Hills YMCA at a dinner held at The Mansion, Mountain Lakes.
Most every successful entrepreneur has a role model or mentor who was there at the beginning of their story. Someone who paved the way through education, dedication, and inspiration.
The Lakeland Hills YMCA High School Educator of the Year, Dr. Ahmed Kandil, is just such a person. He may be behind the scenes teaching at Parsippany Hills High School, but he is prevalent in the lives of his students. Ahmed is a homegrown educator, having graduated from Parsippany High School and now teaching at Parsippany Hills High School.
Ahmed has taught just about every facet of business education, including Business Computer Applications, Business Organization & Management, Personal Finance, Pathways to Business and Careers, College Prep Honors Accounting, Marketing, Advertising, and Sales Promotion.
Ahmed holds a B.S. in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA with specialization in International Business. He also holds a certificate of School Business Administrator, Principal, and Supervisor.
As Ahmed likes to say, he has spent the majority of his life as a student, and now finally a teacher, but he calls himself “a student for life!” His goal is to empower his students to achieve their utmost potential and strive to become lifelong learners. He encourages students to question the rationale and application of projects and assignments. Ahmed believes in bringing the real world into the classroom through invaluable simulations and field trips. He has mentored 13 Future Business Leaders of America state executive board officers from his local chapter in the past nine years, no small feat. This past year the chapter broke a school record, sending 26 qualifiers to the national conference. In 2015 Ahmed was selected as NJ’s Local Advisor of the Year. He also has a passion for soccer and served as the boy’s soccer team head coach from 2007 to 2012.
The student who nominated Ahmed for this award said, “Dr. Kandil has time and time again amazed me with his dedication to education. Each and every one of his students is able to find their best self through his classroom environment and innovative techniques. I have seen his ability to not only teach me about the multifaceted world of business, but to also exemplify the necessary traits for a successful career.”
Eileen Ludwig, School Counselor, Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes, was also honored as Educator of Year, Kindergarten to Eighth Grade.