A Sprinkle of Dust is a remarkable memoir of struggle, of loss, of maternal love, and of reconciliation to find personal peace. More than that, it is an exploration of an American woman’s life in the United States, Senegal, and Lebanon. It offers intriguing insights into Islam, an arranged marriage at a young age, and survival of a widow with three children during civil war. It’s a captivating and memorable book. Ed Demerly, M.A. Henry Ford College, retired – Past President, College English Association.
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EducationBS in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of New York State MA in Teaching English Methods, Wayne State University Doctoral dissertation – Brain Science and Curriculum Design – from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan Experience Mary Assel, a Dearborn native is the retired Director of the English Language Institute at Henry Ford College (HFC). She established the institute in the fall of 2001. Her many faceted marketing and public relations efforts helped to expand the program and attract students from over eighty-two countries. She taught English as a Second language in Africa, the Middle East, and the US for over 32 years. Assel was the recipient of the 2007-8 Lectureship Award and the 2008 Women of the Year Award at HFC. She published and continues to publish articles on the brain anatomy, bereavement, cultural and socio-religious conditions of foreign students, and ESL teaching strategies. She is an active member of the interfaith communities and has presented numerous talks across the state. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Islamic Center of America Board of Education for ten years and Board member of Community Social Services of Wayne County (previously Catholic) for over three years.