Omaira Alam

Omaira Alam has over 20 years of experience in education. She is a special education teacher, and has also served as a teacher educator, and principal. She has provided professional development to teachers from all over world, in-person and online, on special education and classroom management. Omaira also enjoys researching new techniques and strategies to incorporate evidence-based practices in her teaching.  She is passionate about engaging students with compassion and dignity, creating safe spaces of inclusivity and equity. Her background in neuroscience with a nod to child development, and her love for history and global education provide a wonderful platform to reach students. As an Executive Function Coach, she finds ways to connect with students having worked in various K-12 settings throughout her career.


Executive Function Coaching


Group Instruction

Behavioral Difficulties

Managing Learning Differences


Social Skills

Essay Writing

College Prep

College Counseling


Standardized Testing Tutoring



Elementary School

Middle School

High School







What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?

Sometimes taking that first step is the most difficult. At Parallel Learning we aim to meet you where you are and help you enhance the strength and skills you already possess. We are trained to address your needs and concerns. The support services we provide focus on bringing different learners to recognize that their differences are their strengths and teach them how to utilize them to fulfill their goals.

What was your path to becoming a provider?

I've been an educator for over 20 years. I started out as a general education classroom teacher. But I recognized that some students were not learning the way we were teaching. So I enrolled in Special Education program at the GWU to add to my teacher toolbox. From there I taught in self-contained as well as general education classrooms as a co-teacher or the lead teacher in the public school system. At the same time, I spent a number of years working with faith-based private schools to train teachers on special education techniques. But after returning stateside, I recognized how many more ways we can reach diverse learners. Becoming a provider allows me to enhance my skills as well as augment them through the learning and training that Parallel Learning provides. I have an opportunity to learn from experts in the field of teaching and working with students with learning differences to empower them in this post-pandemic era.

What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?

Many times we're anxious about learning challenges because we don't know what to expect. My goal is to help you develop reasonable expectations of what you need to prepare for these challenges. Take a step back, assess, break it down and then address. Take breaks because you don't have to do it all at once.

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