Faculty: Arts & Sciences
Ms. Hala Jahed, PK-3 & PK-4 Teacher:
Ms. Hala holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master’s in Computer Science from Boston University. For five years, Ms. Hala ran the daycare for the children of Alhuda Academy’s faculty. Ms. Hala has six years of experience teaching pre-school. In the past, she tutored students in math at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is fluent in Arabic, English and capable of communicating in French.
Mrs. Nadia Hmaidi, PK-3 & PK-4 Assistant:
Mrs. Hmaidi is beginning her third year with us at Alhuda Academy. She worked as an assistant teacher in the Pre K-4 class and Kindergarten. She has also taught Arabic and Islamic Studies to our youngest students. She continues her professional development in education by taking Early Childhood classes and workshops in curriculum, child development and religion. Prior to coming to Alhuda Academy, Mrs. Hmaidi worked as a Human Resources Manager for 11 years. She has also taught private French and English lessons abroad to preschool children for several years. She is fluent in Arabic, French, Berber, and English. Mrs. Hmaidi is the mother of three children. Her goal is to teach but mostly to inspire positive Islamic values and manners in our students.
Mrs. Rouba Yaghmour, Kindergarten Teacher:
Mrs. Rouba holds a bacherlor´s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also certified by Office of Child Care Services (OCCS). Mrs. Rouba has ten years of experience as an early childhood educator. Her creativity makes kindergarten classroom buzz with exciting learning activities.
Mrs. Aquilah Shakir, Grade 1 Teacher:
Mrs. Shakir earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and is a certified teacher. She has over 18 years of teaching experience as well as one year in school administration. She served as principal during Alhuda’s first year (2001-2002) and is one of its founders. She is also one of the founders of Al-Hamra Academy in Shrewsbury. Mrs. Shakir is a certified Massachusetts English Language Oral Assessor for ESL students, a trained mentor and a trained Teacher Consultant by the Central Massachusetts Writing Project and the National Writing Project.
Mrs. Badiaa Begag, Grade 2 Teacher:
Mrs. Begag holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from University Jean Moulin, in France. This is Mrs. Begag’s fourth year teaching at Alhuda Academy. For three years, Mrs. Begag was very active within the community by being a volunteer for Sunday school teaching and working a full-time job at Al-Hamra Academy as Arabic and Islamic Studies teacher for Preschool to 8th grade. Mrs. Begag holds certificates of attendance to John Collins Effective Writing and Responsive Classroom Workshops. In 2008, she received her certificate of completion of online and onsite Arabic Teacher Training Summer Program 2008 (STARTALK Program) at California State University, San Bernardino (California). The STARTALK program provides training in teaching Arabic as a second language to teachers of elementary and middle school grades. Mrs. Begag has gained a considerable experience from these workshops that allows her to implement a child teaching methodology based on respect, independence and self-confidence.
Mrs. Shamem Magdum, Grade 3 Teacher:
Bio coming soon
Ms. Hope Consilvio, Grade 4 Teacher:
Ms. Consilvio joins Alhuda Academy as the fourth grade teacher. She is excited to be teaching at Alhuda Academy this year. She graduated in 2011 from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with bachelor degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education, along with a minor in Child and Family Studies. She has spent many years caring for and working with elementary aged children, and she is looking forward to teaching fourth grade.
Ms. Ayesha Osmany, Grades 5-6 Language Arts, Grade 5 Social Studies Teacher:
This is Ms. Osmany’s fourth year teaching at Alhuda Academy. She has a master’s degree in English Literature and completed the coursework for a second master’s in Communications from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach elementary grade English and the Social Sciences. Ms. Osmany previously taught second grade in Pakistan. She also has seven years of experience as a marketing writer in the Greater Boston area. She looks forward to integrating her Islamic background and knowledge in her teaching methodology.
Mrs. Joanne Vakil, Grade 5 Math and Science Teacher:
Mrs. Vakil has taught in Islamic schools for 10 years. This will be her 8th year teaching at Alhuda Academy. In addition, Mrs. Vakil has had the honor of teaching at Al-Noor Academy and Al-Hikmah Academy high schools. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Florida Atlantic University and a graduate degree in Mathematics for Educators from WPI. Mrs. Vakil is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education for middle school and high school English and Mathematics. She has years of varied teaching experience including ESL for the Alaska Literacy Council, Singapore math as an enrichment course at ebridge Montessori School, Algebra and Geometry at Bay Path College, and is currently an instructor with Boston Global Education.
Mrs. Omneya Nabih, Grades 6-8 Math Teacher:
Mrs. Nabih has been teaching at Alhuda Academy for the past three years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. She worked as a Network Engineer for a few years. She participated in the design and implementation of the Alhuda Academy web site and volunteers as the Computer System Administrator at the school. She enjoys teaching math in a fun yet challenging way and believes that once the students like Math they get motivated to excel. In addition to her teaching career, she is a troop leader for Girl Scouts of America.
Mrs. Nana Abdelkader, Grades 6-8 Science Teacher:
Mrs. Abdelkader received her B.S. degree with High Honors (4.0 overall GPA) in Biochemistry with Pre-Med training. She did her master’s graduate work in immunology. Mrs. Abdelkader worked in the pharmaceutical research industry for seven years; as well as biotechnology research for an additional four years prior to getting involved in Islamic schools. She has co-authored several scientific papers which were published in pharmaceutical research and medical journals. Mrs. Abdelkader has held teaching posts at the high school and middle school levels, in addition to being a teaching assistant at the university level. She has nine years’ teaching experience. She has attended numerous workshops and training sessions for teaching and mentoring.
Mrs. Abdelkader was involved in the founding of Alhuda Academy. She has worked in administration as well as teacher and curriculum support throughout Alhuda’s history. She is extremely committed to Islamic education due to her realization of the importance of youth preparation in upholding faith.
Mrs. Sherin Ashkar-Nayfeh, Grades 7/8 Language Arts, Grades 6-8 Social Studies Teacher:
Mrs. Nayfeh is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from American International College and a Bachelor’s Degree of Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. This is her sixth year teaching at Alhuda Academy. Her previous experience includes teaching social studies during the inaugural year of Massachusetts’s first Islamic high school, Al-Noor Academy, and serving as Director of Islamic Academy of New England’s summer camp program. She has coordinated various Islamic and Arabic children’s activities within the Greater Boston community, and is currently a Girl Scouts of America troop leader. Mrs. Nayfeh strives to be a role model for her students and encourages students explore their Muslim-American identity.
Mrs. Sobia Andleeb, Grades 1-8 Art Teacher:
This is Mrs. Andleeb’s fourth year as the art teacher for grades 2 to 8. She is an artist who experiments with a variety of media. She received her bachelor’s degree from RLAK in 2000. She has done extensive work in arts, child development, interior designing, food and nutrition, among other interests. She has taught art applications to children in the past and has been working as an artist for many years.
Mrs. Sheema Sheikh, Grades 2-8 Computer Teacher:
Mrs. Sheikh earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Rutgers University and her Associate’s of Science Degree in Computer Science from Raritan Valley, both located in New Jersey. Post graduation, she worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Islamic School of Rhode Island and as a substitute teacher at various Rhode Island public schools. She also worked as a Data Analyst at Health Dialog, a Boston based Healthcare Analytics firm. This is her second year teaching at Alhuda Academy and she is looking forward to an exciting year.