Tarek is originally from Beirut, Lebanon and spent most of his formative years in his hometown. He completed his degree in Political Studies, with an emphasis on International Relations and a minor in History, before moving to Sabancı University (Istanbul) for his Masters degree in Ottoman History, beginning a love affair with a city, culture and field of learning which he has since decided to turn into a career. To that end, Tarek is currently pursuing his PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, where he has continued to develop his interests in Ottoman-Islamic intellectual history.
It was during his time in Turkey that Tarek also first developed a passion for teaching. For four semesters at Sabancı University, he taught a World History course intended for freshman and sophomore students. During that time, he also realized how teaching could itself be part of the endless process of acquiring knowledge and new perspective on material with which he was already intimately familiar. This reality of teaching-as-learning became even clearer when he taught the Arabic language for the first time at his alma mater, the AUB, as part of the intensive summer program in 2009, and then again in 2010.
Before going on to Harvard, Tarek also worked for a year as a writing consultant for the AUB's Writing Center. At Harvard, Tarek has been teaching a range of different levels of Arabic for the last four years, but before working for Cambridge Coaching was also still actively tutoring subjects like History, Religion, and Politics/Government. His dedication and skill as a teacher have earned him the Derek Bok Certificate for Distinction in Teaching on four separate occasions.
Beyond the academic life, Tarek enjoys the simpler things in life: good food with good company, hard cider, jazz music and the occasional game of touch football.