has been a teacher in Syracuse, New York; Omaha, Nebraska; and Virginia Beach, Virginia; teaching elementary school, middle school, high school, and in a community college. She has also been a newspaper woman, a general reporter, a business reporter, and an associate editor and editorial writer at Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot.
Hakim earned a bachelor’s degree at Smith College and a master’s of education as well as an honorary doctorate at Goucher College. Her prize-winning history books A History of US
have a strong narrative and are changing the way many children learn and teachers teach. Hakim hopes that The Story of Science
’s narrative will do the same thing.
Hakim’s goal in The Story of Science series is to encourage reading–especially nonfiction reading– which is the essential skill of the Information Age. To find a story in a subject is to discover its essence. If we can get our children to write story-centered nonfiction, they'll have to research, do some critical thinking, and organize and use their thoughts. Few things can prepare them as well for the challenges of the 21st century.