On November 25th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Jason Botz, interviewed Mona Helmy, a member of the Arab American Heritage Council. The Interview was held in the office of the Arab American Heritage Council. The purpose of this interview was to learn about the life experiences of an Arab American by questioning them about topics such as their education, early life, places they have lived, careers, family, country of origin/background, and life as an Arab American in the Flint area. I learned that for a young woman, Mona has had quite a full life.
Mona’s parents are from Egypt. Her father came to the U.S. to join his brothers, and later went back to Egypt where he met Mona’s mother. They were married, and moved back to the U.S. Mona was born in Lexington, KY. Her family moved to Richmond, KY and Russelville, KY before moving to Dayton, OH when she was in third or fourth grade. Mona received her B.S. in Science from Wright State University. She then moved to Tulsa, OK while her husband did his pediatric residency. While there, Mona took her first teaching job, and decided that that was the career she wanted.
Mona and her family moved to Saginaw, MI, where she did student teaching at Saginaw Schools. She has since worked at Genesee Academy, Dearborn Heights schools, and the International Academy Online, where she currently works. She also attended U of M Flint for her degree as an Education Specialist and Executive Administration. Mona attends Grand Blanc Islamic Center, where she is very involved with the youth group. She has four children, which she is raising to live in American society while keeping Islamic traditions. She also feels that for Egypt to thrive, civilian rule will have to win out over military rule.