Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff


Zina Bakha, Principal


  • CASAS Assessment. CASAS – Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems,



  • Montessori Lower Elementary Certification,

North American Montessori Center


  • Pre-k and Kindergarten Montessori Certification,

World Montessori Institute, Atascadero, CA


  • Masters in Comparative Cultural Studies,

International Islamic University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Bachelors in Social and Cultural Studies,

University of Constantine Algeria


Administration Assistants:

Halimah Abdul-Mateen, Academic Adviser/Liaison 

Sameen Rafi, Finance Manager 

Nadia Maqsher, Front Desk Manager



Middle & High/Upper School

Olya Mariam: Middle/High English Literature and Language Arts
Education: BA, Bachelors in Education, MA in English Literature, post graduate diploma in English Language Teaching, Virginia certified teacher

Wissem Afi: Middle/High Mathematics
Education: Bachelors Degree in Math; Seeking to complete Master’s Degree

Usamah Townsend: Middle/High Sciences
Education: Bachelors of Science ; Biology Degree, State Certified Teacher of Biological Sciences, Certification in Diversity Awareness Training

Sumaila Moeen Khan: Upper School Social Studies
Education: Scholarship in Religious Sciences, Post Graduate in Education, Research Oriented Teacher, Ijaza in Tafsir, Certification in Usul al-Waqf and Tajweed Pursuing Ijaza in Hadith -2nd year.

Quran, Arabic, Islamic Studies Department (QAIS)

Wafa Ben – Said, Qur’an Instructor & QAIS Department Lead
Education: Hafidha, Al-Noor’ania certified, Bachelor’s of Psychology

Sheikh Tanveer ShahidArabic Reading and Recitation
Education: Hafiz-e-Quran;  Al-Noor’ania certified; Currently seeking Ijazh in Quran

Hiba AlsalehiQuranic Grammar / Arabic

Mounira El Khayat, Arabic // 6th grade – 12th
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Interior Architecture. Arabic and Islamic sciences (Tafseer, Seerah, Aqidah, and Fiqh)

Amira Alsalehi, Conversational Arabic // 6th grade – 12th Tech Teacher KG – 5th

Sumaila Moeen Khan, Upper School Islamic Studies
Education: Scholarship in Religious Sciences; Post Graduate in Education; Research Oriented Teacher; ‘Ijaza in Tafsir, Certification in ‘Usul al-Waqf and Tajweed Pursuing Ijaza in Hadith -2nd year-

Aisha Daniels Al-Qur’an Tafsir

Elementary/Lower School

Aminah Martinez: KG Homeroom
Education: AAS Early Childhood Education , Bachelor of Child Studies, Montessori Trained

Sanna Makhshar: KG Teacher’s Assistant

Faye Malik: First Grade Homeroom
Education: Teacher for 23 years; Spent 15 years in Forensic Science at the State Laboratory

Hannah Jamal: Second Grade  Homeroom
Education: Bachelor of Education; Currently seeking Master’s Degree in Special Education

Cheryl Hackett: Third Grade  Homeroom
Education: 2nd year Student Teaching To Complete Bachelor of Education and Licensure

Nasirah Rollins: Fourth Grade Homeroom
Education: BS from Georgetown University; MS from Johns Hopkins University

Javeria Mir: Fifth Grade Homeroom
BS and MPH from University of Massachusetts Amherst; Montessori certification from Houston Montessori Center 

Pre-Kindergarten 3-4

Reguia Seffah: PK 3-4 Teacher/Montessori, Qur’an, Culture and Islamic Studies
Education: Early Childhood Education; Nooraniya Certified

Malak Saeed: Co-Teacher

Sammar Makshar: Assistant