Our Faculty & Staff

Noble Leadership Academy’s team of educators is made up of dedicated visionaries who proudly engage in a culture of commitment, professionalism, and integrity. We are rooted in the firm belief that hard work is central to success.

Our rigorous hiring process is designed to ensure that each person who joins our team reflects our core beliefs and, more importantly, will have the tenacity to pursue the excellence we ask of our students. Please get to know us better, and contact any one of our faculty and staff with your questions and concerns.

Administration

Amanny Khattab

Amanny Khattab
Principal
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Amanny Khattab

Principal

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Sr. Amanny graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with a degree in political science and criminal justice. She originally planned to attend law school, but her plans changed when she discovered her love for education. She then graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in teaching. After ten years of inspiring students in elementary, middle, and high school, Sr. Amanny went on to become a principal. She then completed her second master's degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. She also completed a certification in emotional intelligence at Yale University with world-renowned professor, Dr. Marc Brackett.

In trying to satisfy her passion for teaching, Sr. Amanny has taught graduate classes at Columbia University. She has also used her years of experience in education to work as a consultant, helping other educational teams begin schools around the world. 

In her free time, Sr. Amanny enjoys spending time with her three daughters and the rest of her family. She has a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures. In her downtime, she also loves to read. 

As a founding member of Noble Leadership Academy, Sr. Amanny brings nearly twenty years of experience as both a teacher and a principal. Her passion is rooted in empowering students with a strong sense of Islamic identity and academic excellence. She strives to create an environment that fosters the qualities that will build the next generation of American Muslim leaders that will insha'Allah transform the future landscape of the Muslim community. With almost twenty years of experience as an educator, Sr. Amanny is committed to building Noble as one of the premier Islamic institutions in the country. 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

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Dunia  Abbassi

Dunia Abbassi
Vice Principal
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Dunia Abbassi

Vice Principal

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Sr. Dunia Abbassi never thought she would be an educator. Among her childhood fantasies, she saw herself instead as a marine biologist, a journalist, even an entrepreneur. But she found her calling by accident when her high school English teacher reached out to encourage her to put her BA in English to use by substituting at her alma mater. In 2005, with a nine-month-old daughter at home, Dunia began her career as a high school English teacher and loved it. Driven by her passion for education and her strongly rooted belief that a strong community and religious guidance fortify and beget a strong Muslim identity, Dunia is committed to establishing this vision not only for her own children but for the community as a whole.

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Suzan Issa

Suzan Issa
Head of Discipline
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Suzan Issa

Head of Discipline

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Sr. Suzan Issa received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Al-Yarmouk University in Jordan. She started working in the education field as an Arabic teacher ten years ago. Prior to the establishment of Noble Leadership Academy, Sr. Suzan worked at Al-Hikmah Elementary School as the Early Childhood Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies teacher.

Throughout her teaching career, she has enjoyed challenging her students and motivating them to learn our precious Arabic language. She believes that students and teachers should work hand in hand to create a dynamic environment in the class. She always works to find suitable material and different methods to make the learning process an enjoyable experience for her students.

Currently, Sr. Suzan is a member of the administration team and head of the Student Discipline Department. Prior to this, she was the head of the Arabic Department and a teacher leader for four years. Along with the Arabic/Islamic Department, Sr.Suzan is on the planning committee for Arabic Day, Islamic Day, Hajj Day, and Culture Day.  


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Susanne Ghalyeh

Susanne Ghalyeh
Business Manager
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Susanne Ghalyeh

Business Manager

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As a founding member of Noble Leadership Academy, Susanne brings more than eight years of professional experience as our school business manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management at Noble Leadership Academy. 

Susanne brings a commitment to efficiency and transparency, strong internal controls, and accurate financial reporting and clear communication of complex financial information to the school board. She brings vitality, professionalism, and warmth—and a mindset of service and advocacy—to her work with staff, students, and parents. 

Prior to working at Noble Leadership Academy, Susanne spent three years in the administration at Al-Hikmah Elementary School in her role as the office administrator. 

Susanne graduated from Montclair State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting. 

In addition to her love for reading good books and her passion for drawing, Susanne enjoys spending quality time with her family.

 “Acquire knowledge, and learn tranquility and dignity.”

-Umar Ibn Al-Khattab


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Dalia Ahmed

Dalia Ahmed
Guidance Counselor
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Dalia Ahmed

Guidance Counselor

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Taylor  Cameron

Taylor Cameron
Office Administrator
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Taylor Cameron

Office Administrator

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Elementary School

Dalia Ahmed

Dalia Ahmed
Head of Elementary Department
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Dalia Ahmed

Head of Elementary Department

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Meram Sarameh

Meram Sarameh
Preschool Teacher
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Meram Sarameh

Preschool Teacher

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Sr. Meram is the current lead teacher for the pre-K3 homeroom. She teaches the core classes for her homeroom class: language arts, mathematics, science, and life skills. This year marks her fourth year working at Noble Leadership Academy.

Happenstance brought Sr. Meram to the educational field. An avid lover of math and business, she originally had no plans on becoming a teacher. However, a stint as a substitute teacher caused her to fall in love with the profession. Now she cannot see herself doing anything else. She, herself, loves to learn, be around children, and learn from others.

Armed with the knowledge that she is often her students’ first introduction to formative education, Sr. Meram takes her role as an educator very seriously. This is evident in the setup of her classroom. When you first walk into her classroom, you notice the expert way she has divided the different learning sections that the students will be using during the day. Students use most of these sections for hands-on learning with manipulatives or group activities.

Utilizing her strength of listening to the needs of her students, she effectively discovers their educational and emotional needs. If a discipline issue arises in her class, Sr. Meram has found “​that time out doesn't always work for students. it makes students more upset. So something that I have tried this year is that if a student is angry, I give them a couple of minutes to calm down and have a talk with them. Or, I will tell the student that they need two minutes to relax and calm down. This is something that has been very successful in my classroom this year.”

Each year, Sr. Meram’s favorite part of her job is witnessing the growth of her students from the beginning of the year to the end. A lot of the time, the students come to the first day of class in tears, frightened, and experiencing a slew of emotions that stem from being away from their parents and families for a full eight hours for the first time in their young lives. Sr. Meram calms their nerves, wipes their tears, gives them words of encouragement, inspires them to explore and make new friends with their classmates, and reassures them that everything is going to be all right. As a former student who always tried her hardest at all she did, Sr. Meram pushes her students to never give up no matter how hard a task may seem. She “always tells them to keep on trying” because she knows that they can achieve anything they put the effort into. Over time, she watches her students open up and show/develop their personalities, the greatest of all growth happening within the first month of school. She also loves how her students learn to share and communicate effectively with each other in a positive way.

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Intisar Saeed

Intisar Saeed
Preschool Teacher's Aide
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Intisar Saeed

Preschool Teacher's Aide

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Bibi Fazia Hassan

Bibi Fazia Hassan
Head of Early Education Department & Kindergarten Teacher
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Bibi Fazia Hassan

Head of Early Education Department & Kindergarten Teacher

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Bibi Fazia Hassan is a 14-year veteran in the teaching profession and a founding member of Noble Leadership Academy. She has been the kindergarten teacher at NLA since its inception and has served for the past six years as the department head of early childhood education at NLA. She also served as a member of the teacher leader team for five years. She enjoys planning, coordinating, and decorating for the kindergarten graduation celebration. 

Kindergarten is a time for new beginnings, for making friends, and for learning lots of new and exciting skills each and every day. In kindergarten, our days and weeks are filled with many wonderful experiences and opportunities for learning and growing. There is no single, correct answer for teaching because everyone has a variety of talents, capabilities, and potential. Education should be student-centered. Each child should be able to maximize his/her potential from a quality curriculum, enjoyable extra-curricular activities, and awesome teaching. 

Sister Fazia's passion in life is not just imparting knowledge to her students, but grooming them to be the best Muslims they can be. She believes that every child is a valued and unique trust given by Allah.

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Rayan Ahmed

Rayan Ahmed
Kindergarten Teacher's Aide
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Rayan Ahmed

Kindergarten Teacher's Aide

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Manal Madani

Manal Madani
First Grade Teacher
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Manal Madani

First Grade Teacher

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Sr. Manal is the current lead teacher for the pre-K4 homeroom. She teachers the core classes for her homeroom class: language arts, mathematics, science, and life skills. This year marks her ninth year working at Noble Leadership Academy.

Sr. Manal started out as a volunteer in her son’s pre-kindergarten class and loved being able to interact with young children so much that she decided to become a teacher herself. She believes it takes great patience to be a child educator who cares for others and aims to help students grow to their own full potential. Her favorite quote is “Whatever you want your children to be tomorrow, be that person today.” Thus, her classroom educational procedures stand on improving the students’ learning capabilities and encouraging them to engage personally on different levels of skills and activities.

Side by side with the students’ families, Sr. Manal creates an educational partnership program that fosters courage, determination, passion for and knowledge and provides students with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure every student's academic growth to prepare him/her for kindergarten.

When Sr. Manal runs into a difficulty with one of her students, she makes it her goal to exhaust all possible resources and techniques to resolve the issue. She talks to the student and the parents, looks for online help, reads books on issues, and if need be as a final resort, she goes to the administration.

As a former introverted student herself, Sr. Manal does her best to help quiet and shy students become comfortable in their own skin in her classroom. By talking with these students, encouraging them to interact more with their peers, and establishing a rapport with them, she makes sure that they do not feel left out and thus boost their confidence. She realizes just how vital this is to developing minds in the early elementary setting. These years help establish the foundations for their personalities and how they will make themselves known in the world as they grow.

One of Sr. Manal’s greatest learning moments this year occurred when one of her students asked her if she had both of her parents. “I told the student that no, I don’t have both parents. I still have my mom, but my dad passed away a while ago and that is okay.” The student that asked her was growing up in a household with one parent. Sr. Manal went on to take this opportunity to turn it into a teaching moment for her entire class and explained that there are many different family units that people grow up in. By the end of the lesson, the student who asked the initial question didn’t feel as alone as they did initially.

Sr. Manal believes the best teachers are capable and dedicated with great interest in making substantial difference in the future of children. The activities in Sr. Manal’s classroom are geared to be hands-on, educational, and fun. In her class, you can expect the students to dissect pumpkins, grow flowers, paint, create letter-of-the-week projects, go on field trips, meet community partners (police officers, firefighters, lunch aides, etc.), and much more! The fun never ends in the pre-K4!

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Maha Battal

Maha Battal
First Grade Teacher's Aide
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Maha Battal

First Grade Teacher's Aide

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Sr. Maha is the teacher's aide for the first grade. She aides the teachers from her homeroom class through all of their core classes: language arts, mathematics, science, life skills, Arabic, Islamic studies, Quran, and physical education. ​This year marks her eleventh year working at ​Noble Leadership Academy.

After moving to the United States from Syria, Sr. Maha began her career in education by volunteering at her son’s preschool, ​Head Start​ in Wayne, New Jersey. The staff at Head Start​ noticed her skills, and when a position as a teacher's aide opened up, they encouraged her to apply for it. She quickly fell in love with helping out the little people in the classrooms. Although a career in education was not her first choice, Sr. Maha cannot fathom doing anything else, especially with students in the early education age range, her favorites.

If you walk into the first grade, your eyes are bound to be caught on the dynamic Arabic language bulletin board that Sr. Maha takes pride in updating all year round. “I love making it look amazing.” Her passion for the Arabic language and nurturing the love and learning of it with her students is the source of her favorite teaching moments each year.

Each year, the majority of Sr. Maha’s students come to her class from homes where the Arabic language is not spoken. She makes it her duty to insert Arabic language lessons into her day with the students outside of their assigned class time. When she interacts with them during snack time, physical education, or lunchtime, she weaves Arabic words into their conversations. By the end of the year, she always feels happy when these students know how to say so many Arabic vocabulary words and greetings, and possess the ability to communicate verbally. Sr. Maha takes great pride in each year’s achievement when the students understand her statements in Arabic enough that they can comprehend what she is saying to them. Although they may not have achieved or can remember the correct response in Arabic, they respond to her in English.

What Sr. Maha loves the most about her job is how she can teach kids the importance of Islam and the language of the Quran from such a young age, which allows her to set the path for the children and lead them in the best direction possible. As the Prophet Mohammed (S) said, "Attainment of knowledge is a must for every Muslim." The Prophet Mohammed (S) also said, "Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave."

Sr. Maha is a founding member and has been a part of Noble since 2009. She has this to say: "Just being able to work with my brothers and sisters of Islam in such a pleasant environment—there is nothing better I could ask for."

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Islam Mustafa

Islam Mustafa
Second Grade Teacher
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Second Grade Teacher

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Mervat Eid

Mervat Eid
Second Grade Teacher's Aide
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Mervat Eid

Second Grade Teacher's Aide

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Saudia Mohamed

Saudia Mohamed
Third Grade Teacher
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Saudia Mohamed

Third Grade Teacher

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Sr. Saudia is the current lead teacher for the 3rd grade. She teaches their core classes: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. This year marks her eleventh year working at Noble Leadership Academy.

Sr. Saudia started her educational career at Noble by volunteering when her own children were young. When a position for a teachers aide in the pre-K class opened up she applied for the position and got it. Since then, she has been a teacher's aide in all grade levels pre-K through 3rd grade.

Becoming a full-time teacher is something that Sr. Saudia believes Allah (swt) was planning for her all along. After several stints as a long-term substitute teacher when other lead teachers went out on medical or maternity leave, a full-time teaching position in the 3rd grade opened up that Sr. Saudia applied for and received. She was able to cultivate the great experiences she had from working with different types of seasoned educators with her own knowledge as a former teacher's aide and a mother of five children (soon to be six) to define her own personal teaching style.

Her experience in education means that Sr. Saudia is no stranger to dealing with discipline issues in her classroom when they arise. Drawing from her knowledge, Sr. Saudia practices a belief that a student should never be disciplined in front of his or her peers. She believes that “just because you can get the feedback from the student right away, it doesn’t mean that it is always the best course of action.” By giving her student who is having an issue time to properly decompress and reflect on his or her actions, she finds it easier to have a meaningful conversation and discuss what brought on the issue and why the student felt the way to deal with his or her feelings in such a manner. Once they have gotten through the issue together, appropriate, age-level consequences are followed. For example, she had a student who was having a difficult time concentrating and constantly fidgeting in her class during lessons, which was distracting the other students in the class. Instead of calling attention to the student in front of the class, Sr. Saudia spoke to the student outside of class and learned that this student had a penchant for drawing. She then provided the student with extra scrap paper to doodle on during class, which cut down on the student’s fidgeting. And when she would call on the student during lessons to ask questions about what they as a class were discussing, the student was still focused on what she was teaching.

Sr. Saudia loves seeing her students grow during the school year; they often begin the year lacking confidence but end the year loving to learn and playing with their peers. “I love that they are so funny, independent, not that moody, and find joy in sharing their milestones with me. It fills my heart. I recently had a student who learned how to make eggs on his own and related the whole tale to me with pride.”

Furthermore, her time teaching has taught her to always be on her toes. When she taught her students a lesson on the use of the encyclopedia, she reflected to her students that they had it much easier in this age of technology. She informed them that students used to have to do long, arduous research at the library, poring over encyclopedias for information, and now they can just ‘Google’ whatever information they need. After hearing this, one of her students raised their hand to say “Uh-uh, Sr. Saudia. We have ‘Alexa’ now, she tells us everything!”

Utilizing her professional and personal experience Sr. Saudia, makes sure all of her students from the shyest to the most outgoing are equipped with the tools to succeed in 4th grade by the end of the school year. From the start of the school year, she gives her students clear expectations of what is required of them for the school year as learners and as citizens of her classroom. She treats each of her students with respect and helps them understand that people of all ages make mistakes and are human. Instead of letting her students retreat inside of themselves when they make a mistake, she aids them in learning from those mistakes with her classroom mantra,“ You gotta be positive!”

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Abeer Albezargan

Abeer Albezargan
Third Grade Teacher's Aide
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Third Grade Teacher's Aide

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Haneen Salem

Haneen Salem
Fourth Grade Teacher
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Fourth Grade Teacher

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Ghada Mohamed

Ghada Mohamed
Fourth Grade Teacher's Aide & 3rd-5th Grade Arabic Teacher (Level 9)
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Ghada Mohamed

Fourth Grade Teacher's Aide & 3rd-5th Grade Arabic Teacher (Level 9)

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Sr. Ghada is the teacher's aide for the third-grade homeroom. She aids the teachers for her homeroom class through all of their classes: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, Arabic, Islamic studies, Quran, and physical education. ​This year marks her fifth year working at ​Noble Leadership Academy.

Sr. Ghada always wanted to work with children but first devoted time to being a mom to her own children. She then worked outside of education before her dream could come true. Having started as a volunteer at Noble, then working on the kitchen staff, she has found her niche in working as the third-grade teacher's aide. To her, teaching is planting the seeds of a love of learning in a child. Over time, those seeds will blossom into the child’s own desire to continue on the pursuit for knowledge that will stay with them for their entire life.

Resilience and patience are two of the key components of Sr. Ghada’s arsenal for navigating the days in the classroom. Never one to give up, she always sticks to the end educational goal in the classroom even if there are unpredictable stumbling blocks for the lesson. She works hand-in-hand with Sr. Saudia to achieve what is best for the students, making sure they enjoy the class while they are learning.

When an issue arises in the classroom, Sr. Ghada jumps into action to help alleviate the situation. In one instance, a student presented a tough, closed-off, combative exterior with her classmates and teachers. Sr. Ghada worked with this student, making it her personal goal to have this student open up to her before the school year was over. Through hard work and perseverance, she ​gave compassion to the student who wasn’t always receptive to it. Eventually, the student relaxed in the classroom, found it easier to follow the rules, and interacted with the staff and the student’s peers. Sr. Ghada was quick to add that “this student who never let anyone hug them before seeks me out for hugs now even though they are no longer in my class.”

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Hager Osman

Hager Osman
Fifth Grade Teacher
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Hager Osman

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Raia Ensour

Raia Ensour
Fifth Grade Teacher's Aide
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Fifth Grade Teacher's Aide

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Shaimaa Hegazy

Shaimaa Hegazy
KG-5th Grade Computer Teacher & 4th-5th Grade Quran Teacher (Level 2)
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Shaimaa Hegazy

KG-5th Grade Computer Teacher & 4th-5th Grade Quran Teacher (Level 2)

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Selin Taskin

Selin Taskin
KG-5th Grade STEAM Teacher
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Selin Taskin

KG-5th Grade STEAM Teacher

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Shofa Alawi

Shofa Alawi
3rd-5th Grade Arabic Level 7 & KG-3rd Grade Quran Teacher
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Shofa Alawi

3rd-5th Grade Arabic Level 7 & KG-3rd Grade Quran Teacher

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Sr. Shofa has worked as the Arabic teacher at Noble Leadership Academy since the doors first opened in 2009. As well as being one of our founding leaders, she is also head of the Arabic department for pre-K3 to 2nd grade. In addition to being a founding member, she is also the staff coordinator for Islamic Day and Hajj Day.  

Sr. Shofa’s teaching career began in Jordan where she taught students Arabic. She taught overseas for 10 years. When she came to America, she worked at Al-Hikmah school for 10 consecutive years.  

Sr. Shofa’s teaching philosophy centers around the belief that teaching isn’t just done in one direction. It isn’t only about the teacher instructing the students, but it's about observing the learning styles of each student and creating a connection with them based upon that learning style. This practice better facilitates the learning process for both the teacher and the student.  

She is thankful to Allah (swt) for the opportunities she's been given and understands the responsibilities that come with each opportunity.  


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Assma Alqudah

Assma Alqudah
KG-1st Grade Islamic Studies & KG-3rd Grade Quran Teacher
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Assma Alqudah

KG-1st Grade Islamic Studies & KG-3rd Grade Quran Teacher

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Sr. Assma has been at Noble Leadership Academy since 2012. She has been an excellent addition to our staff. MashAllah she is a hard-working, determined teacher and a true asset to NLA. 

Sr. Assma graduated in 2006 from Jordan with a BA in computer science. In 2010, she moved to the U.S. with her family. She started her career in education as a teacher's aide at Head Start. In 2012, she joined NLA as a part-time Arabic teacher. 

She now teaches Arabic from third to 12th grades and Quran from pre-K3 to pre-K4. Her interaction with her students is positive, and she is always working to support them and help them grow. Sr. Assma brings her personal knowledge and educational background from graduating at a college level, using the Arabic language. 

Her favorite quote is a verse from the Quran that she lives by, “ Quran quote “ 

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Miral Samo

Miral Samo
KG, 3rd-5th Grade Arabic Teacher, Level 7 Teacher
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KG, 3rd-5th Grade Arabic Teacher, Level 7 Teacher

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Somai Dessouki

Somai Dessouki
1st-5th Grade Arabic & 1st-2nd Grade Quran Teacher
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Somai Dessouki

1st-5th Grade Arabic & 1st-2nd Grade Quran Teacher

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Sr. Somai Desouki is an Arabic and Quran teacher at Noble Leadership Academy. She graduated from the College of Education in Egypt with a degree in Arabic. She received a master's degree in Islamic Studies. Sr. Somai has also received her teaching certifications in Arabic and a certificate from Noorani in teaching Quran. She models a lot of her teaching techniques after Imam Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali. She finds that what she's been learning from him for several years is constantly appearing in the many workshops she currently attends. 

Sr.Somai's hobbies include reading and spending time with her two sons. She truly enjoys teaching kids Arabic and Quran, to the point that she considers it one of her hobbies. She is always looking for ways to become a more effective teacher. Sr. Somai loves seeing her students excel in Quran and Arabic" because she feels like she is using her teaching skills to bring them closer to Allah.

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Suzan Issa

Suzan Issa
2nd-5th Grade Islamic Studies Teacher
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Suzan Issa

2nd-5th Grade Islamic Studies Teacher

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Sr. Suzan Issa received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Al-Yarmouk University in Jordan. She started working in the education field as an Arabic teacher ten years ago. Prior to the establishment of Noble Leadership Academy, Sr. Suzan worked at Al-Hikmah Elementary School as the Early Childhood Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies teacher.

Throughout her teaching career, she has enjoyed challenging her students and motivating them to learn our precious Arabic language. She believes that student and teacher should work hand in hand to create a dynamic environment in the class. She always works to find suitable material and different methods to make learning process an enjoyable experience for her students.

Currently, Sr. Suzan is a member of the administration team and head of the Student Discipline Department. Prior to this, she was the head of the Arabic Department and a teacher leader for four years. Along with the Arabic/Islamic Department, Sr.Suzan is on the planning committee for Arabic Day, Islamic Day, Hajj Day, and Culture Day.  


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Omar Saleh

Omar Saleh
4th-5th Grade Quran Teacher (Level 1)
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4th-5th Grade Quran Teacher (Level 1)

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Jumana Alrabayah

Jumana Alrabayah
4th-5th Grade Quran Teacher (Level 3)
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4th-5th Grade Quran Teacher (Level 3)

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Asmaa Sery

Asmaa Sery
Head of Physical Eduaction Department & Prek-5th Grade Gym Teacher
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Asmaa Sery

Head of Physical Eduaction Department & Prek-5th Grade Gym Teacher

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Sr. Asmaa Sery is the Physical Education Department head at Noble Leadership Academy. She is one of the founding teachers that helped start up our precious school. Certified as a physical education instructor, she uses the Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC) that abides with New Jersey state standards for all classroom activities. Several times a year she administers physical fitness tests for both the middle and high school students.

Since she started at Noble, her goal has been to provide her students with the information necessary to make wise fitness-related choices as well as teach them the value of good health. When they enter her class, she motivates the students to adopt a lifestyle that includes fitness and sports-related activities. She accomplishes this by teaching a variety of sports such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, track and field, and various other fun-related games. 

After school, her dedication continues in her leadership of all afterschool-related sports activities. Through her instruction and guidance, she helps our school compete in leagues and programs that include basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and volleyball. Furthermore, she stresses participation in all activities because it is only through participation that we may teach our children to be confident. Physical education is her passion and she enjoys sharing this excitement with all our wonderful kids!

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Mohamed Ahmed

Mohamed Ahmed
Prek-5th Grade Gym Teacher
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Prek-5th Grade Gym Teacher

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Marwa Hassan

Marwa Hassan
6th & 7th Grade English Teacher
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Marwa Hassan

6th & 7th Grade English Teacher

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Heba  Eldreny

Heba Eldreny
Head of English Department & 8th Grade English Teacher
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Heba Eldreny

Head of English Department & 8th Grade English Teacher

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Renad Abuhaltam

Renad Abuhaltam
6th-8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
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6th-8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

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Nabila Guelai

Nabila Guelai
Head of Math Department/6th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
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Nabila Guelai

Head of Math Department/6th & 8th Grade Math Teacher

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Zeyad Boodoo

Zeyad Boodoo
7th Grade Math Teacher
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7th Grade Math Teacher

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Hareem  Reza

Hareem Reza
Head of Science Department/6th-8th Grade Science Teacher
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Hareem Reza

Head of Science Department/6th-8th Grade Science Teacher

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Title: Hareem Reza - a teacher is an understatement!

Objective: To engage, challenge, and teach science minds at Noble Leadership Academy.

Inquiry Question: How to foster inter and intra curricular connections and enhance students’ critical thinking skills? How to nurture each student and harness their strengths while they learn and grow as scientists?

Hypothesis:  With true passion, even insurmountable tasks are possible; every child has potential and deserves nurturing. If teachers will offer differentiation then chances for success would be higher.

Background Information: 
“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
A quote by Albert Einstein seems to fit Sr. Hareem’s aspirations as an educator.

Her out of the box thinking, truly engaging teaching style, and a special knack for inter and intra curricular connections are the centripetal force in her classes. Varied learning methodologies, including hands-on investigations, model making, emphasis on using animations, and colorful power point presentations are all an integral part of her class. 

She is an AP Certified High School Science Teacher. Her degree in molecular biology from Montclair State University has paid off well. For more than four years, students have been gravitating towards science with Sr. Hareem’s silly, yet relatable science analogies. Except for her “HIGH EXPECTATIONS” and a continual push for higher order thinking, students find all aspects of her class enjoyable. Her classroom is a safe haven for generating questions, and students always feel comfortable asking and generating more and more questions.

Sr. Hareem’s pursuit for fostering critical thinking is also apparent in the Noble Science Elites Club. She initiated a one of a kind science club, where students not only receive coaching for several science competitions, but also attend various science-based workshops at different museums. Club members visited libraries and did research based projects with her to hone their skills. 

At Noble, learning does not only occur inside of the classrooms. For past three years, Sr. Hareem has been playing an instrumental role in collaborating with other teachers in putting together various science-based events. Annual Science Fun Day and Noble Science Fair are two of Noble’s popular science-based events. 

For further enrichment of questioning minds, Sr. Hareem has been a part of project Astro Nova. Through project Astro Nova, she has been able to collaborate with astronomer and physicist, Dr. West, who often gives lessons or co teaches with Sr. Hareem.

Results:

Time

Progress

Regular Intervals

Acquiring excellence as an educator is an ongoing process, and we gauge progress is via formative assessments and student feedback.


Conclusion: No conclusive results are obtainable, as teaching is an evolving process!

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein.

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Assma Alqudah

Assma Alqudah
Arabic Level 5 Teacher
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Arabic Level 5 Teacher

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Sr. Assma has been at Noble Leadership Academy since 2012. She has been an excellent addition to our staff. MashAllah she is a hard-working, determined teacher and a true asset to NLA. 

Sr. Assma graduated in 2006 from Jordan with a BA in computer science. In 2010, she moved to the U.S. with her family. She started her career in education as a teacher's aide at Head Start. In 2012, she joined NLA as a part-time Arabic teacher. 

She now teaches Arabic from third to 12th grades and Quran from pre-K3 to pre-K4. Her interaction with her students is positive, and she is always working to support them and help them grow. Sr. Assma brings her personal knowledge and educational background from graduating at a college level, using the Arabic language. 

Her favorite quote is a verse from the Quran that she lives by, “ Quran quote “ 

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Miral Samo

Miral Samo
Arabic Level 6 and Islamic Studies (6th) Teacher
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Arabic Level 6 and Islamic Studies (6th) Teacher

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Shaimaa Hegazy

Shaimaa Hegazy
Computer & Quran Level B Teacher
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Computer & Quran Level B Teacher

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Somai Dessouki

Somai Dessouki
Arabic Level 4 Teacher
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Arabic Level 4 Teacher

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Sr. Somai Desouki is an Arabic and Quran teacher at Noble Leadership Academy. She graduated from the College of Education in Egypt with a degree in Arabic. She received a master's degree in Islamic Studies. Sr. Somai has also received her teaching certifications in Arabic and a certificate from Noorani in teaching Quran. She models a lot of her teaching techniques after Imam Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali. She finds that what she's been learning from him for several years is constantly appearing in the many workshops she currently attends. 

Sr.Somai's hobbies include reading and spending time with her two sons. She truly enjoys teaching kids Arabic and Quran, to the point that she considers it one of her hobbies. She is always looking for ways to become a more effective teacher. Sr. Somai loves seeing her students excel in Quran and Arabic" because she feels like she is using her teaching skills to bring them closer to Allah.

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Ghada Mohamed

Ghada Mohamed
Arabic Level 9 Teacher
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Ghada Mohamed

Arabic Level 9 Teacher

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Sr. Ghada is the teacher's aide for the third-grade homeroom. She aids the teachers for her homeroom class through all of their classes: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, Arabic, Islamic studies, Quran, and physical education. ​This year marks her fifth year working at ​Noble Leadership Academy.

Sr. Ghada always wanted to work with children but first devoted time to being a mom to her own children. She then worked outside of education before her dream could come true. Having started as a volunteer at Noble, then working on the kitchen staff, she has found her niche in working as the third-grade teacher's aide. To her, teaching is planting the seeds of a love of learning in a child. Over time, those seeds will blossom into the child’s own desire to continue on the pursuit for knowledge that will stay with them for their entire life.

Resilience and patience are two of the key components of Sr. Ghada’s arsenal for navigating the days in the classroom. Never one to give up, she always sticks to the end educational goal in the classroom even if there are unpredictable stumbling blocks for the lesson. She works hand-in-hand with Sr. Saudia to achieve what is best for the students, making sure they enjoy the class while they are learning.

When an issue arises in the classroom, Sr. Ghada jumps into action to help alleviate the situation. In one instance, a student presented a tough, closed-off, combative exterior with her classmates and teachers. Sr. Ghada worked with this student, making it her personal goal to have this student open up to her before the school year was over. Through hard work and perseverance, she ​gave compassion to the student who wasn’t always receptive to it. Eventually, the student relaxed in the classroom, found it easier to follow the rules, and interacted with the staff and the student’s peers. Sr. Ghada was quick to add that “this student who never let anyone hug them before seeks me out for hugs now even though they are no longer in my class.”

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Jumana Alrabayah

Jumana Alrabayah
Islamic Studies (7th/8th) & Quran Level C Teacher
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Islamic Studies (7th/8th) & Quran Level C Teacher

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Omar Saleh

Omar Saleh
Quran Teacher Level A
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Omar Saleh

Quran Teacher Level A

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Selin Taskin

Selin Taskin
STEAM Teacher
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STEAM Teacher

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Asmaa Sery

Asmaa Sery
Head of Physical Education Department & Girls Gym Teacher
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Asmaa Sery

Head of Physical Education Department & Girls Gym Teacher

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Sr. Asmaa Sery is the Physical Education Department head at Noble Leadership Academy. She is one of the founding teachers that helped start up our precious school. Certified as a physical education instructor, she uses the Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC) that abides with New Jersey state standards for all classroom activities. Several times a year she administers physical fitness tests for both the middle and high school students.

Since she started at Noble, her goal has been to provide her students with the information necessary to make wise fitness-related choices as well as teach them the value of good health. When they enter her class, she motivates the students to adopt a lifestyle that includes fitness and sports-related activities. She accomplishes this by teaching a variety of sports such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, track and field, and various other fun-related games. 

After school, her dedication continues in her leadership of all afterschool-related sports activities. Through her instruction and guidance, she helps our school compete in leagues and programs that include basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and volleyball. Furthermore, she stresses participation in all activities because it is only through participation that we may teach our children to be confident. Physical education is her passion and she enjoys sharing this excitement with all our wonderful kids!

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Mohamed Ahmed

Mohamed Ahmed
Boys Gym Teacher
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Boys Gym Teacher

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Heba  Eldreny

Heba Eldreny
English and Public Speaking Teacher
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Heba Eldreny

English and Public Speaking Teacher

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Renad Abuhaltam

Renad Abuhaltam
History and Art History Teacher
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History and Art History Teacher

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Sarah Elfarra

Sarah Elfarra
English, History, and Intro to Film Teacher
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English, History, and Intro to Film Teacher

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Nabila Guelai

Nabila Guelai
Head of Math Department & Math Teacher
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Head of Math Department & Math Teacher

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Sarah Issa

Sarah Issa
Head of History Department & History Teacher
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Head of History Department & History Teacher

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Zeyad Boodoo

Zeyad Boodoo
Math (9th, 10th & 12th) Teacher
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Math (9th, 10th & 12th) Teacher

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Selin Taskin

Selin Taskin
Financial Literacy Teacher
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Financial Literacy Teacher

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Hareem  Reza

Hareem Reza
Head of Science Department, Ethics of Science & Science (9th/12th) Teacher
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Hareem Reza

Head of Science Department, Ethics of Science & Science (9th/12th) Teacher

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Title: Hareem Reza - a teacher is an understatement!

Objective: To engage, challenge, and teach science minds at Noble Leadership Academy.

Inquiry Question: How to foster inter and intra curricular connections and enhance students’ critical thinking skills? How to nurture each student and harness their strengths while they learn and grow as scientists?

Hypothesis:  With true passion, even insurmountable tasks are possible; every child has potential and deserves nurturing. If teachers will offer differentiation then chances for success would be higher.

Background Information: 
“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
A quote by Albert Einstein seems to fit Sr. Hareem’s aspirations as an educator.

Her out of the box thinking, truly engaging teaching style, and a special knack for inter and intra curricular connections are the centripetal force in her classes. Varied learning methodologies, including hands-on investigations, model making, emphasis on using animations, and colorful power point presentations are all an integral part of her class. 

She is an AP Certified High School Science Teacher. Her degree in molecular biology from Montclair State University has paid off well. For more than four years, students have been gravitating towards science with Sr. Hareem’s silly, yet relatable science analogies. Except for her “HIGH EXPECTATIONS” and a continual push for higher order thinking, students find all aspects of her class enjoyable. Her classroom is a safe haven for generating questions, and students always feel comfortable asking and generating more and more questions.

Sr. Hareem’s pursuit for fostering critical thinking is also apparent in the Noble Science Elites Club. She initiated a one of a kind science club, where students not only receive coaching for several science competitions, but also attend various science-based workshops at different museums. Club members visited libraries and did research based projects with her to hone their skills. 

At Noble, learning does not only occur inside of the classrooms. For past three years, Sr. Hareem has been playing an instrumental role in collaborating with other teachers in putting together various science-based events. Annual Science Fun Day and Noble Science Fair are two of Noble’s popular science-based events. 

For further enrichment of questioning minds, Sr. Hareem has been a part of project Astro Nova. Through project Astro Nova, she has been able to collaborate with astronomer and physicist, Dr. West, who often gives lessons or co teaches with Sr. Hareem.

Results:

Time

Progress

Regular Intervals

Acquiring excellence as an educator is an ongoing process, and we gauge progress is via formative assessments and student feedback.


Conclusion: No conclusive results are obtainable, as teaching is an evolving process!

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein.

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Miral Samo

Miral Samo
Arabic Teacher Level 7
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Arabic Teacher Level 7

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Shaimaa Hegazy

Shaimaa Hegazy
Quran Teachers (9th/10th) Level B
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Quran Teachers (9th/10th) Level B

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Somai Dessouki

Somai Dessouki
Arabic Teacher Level 4
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Arabic Teacher Level 4

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Sr. Somai Desouki is an Arabic and Quran teacher at Noble Leadership Academy. She graduated from the College of Education in Egypt with a degree in Arabic. She received a master's degree in Islamic Studies. Sr. Somai has also received her teaching certifications in Arabic and a certificate from Noorani in teaching Quran. She models a lot of her teaching techniques after Imam Abu-Hamid Al-Ghazali. She finds that what she's been learning from him for several years is constantly appearing in the many workshops she currently attends. 

Sr.Somai's hobbies include reading and spending time with her two sons. She truly enjoys teaching kids Arabic and Quran, to the point that she considers it one of her hobbies. She is always looking for ways to become a more effective teacher. Sr. Somai loves seeing her students excel in Quran and Arabic" because she feels like she is using her teaching skills to bring them closer to Allah.

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Suzan Issa

Suzan Issa
Arabic Teacher Level 6
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Arabic Teacher Level 6

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Sr. Suzan Issa received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Al-Yarmouk University in Jordan. She started working in the education field as an Arabic teacher ten years ago. Prior to the establishment of Noble Leadership Academy, Sr. Suzan worked at Al-Hikmah Elementary School as the Early Childhood Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies teacher.

Throughout her teaching career, she has enjoyed challenging her students and motivating them to learn our precious Arabic language. She believes that student and teacher should work hand in hand to create a dynamic environment in the class. She always works to find suitable material and different methods to make learning process an enjoyable experience for her students.

Currently, Sr. Suzan is a member of the administration team and head of the Student Discipline Department. Prior to this, she was the head of the Arabic Department and a teacher leader for four years. Along with the Arabic/Islamic Department, Sr.Suzan is on the planning committee for Arabic Day, Islamic Day, Hajj Day, and Culture Day.  


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Jumana Alrabayah

Jumana Alrabayah
Arabic Teacher Level 5 & Quran Teacher (9th, 10th and 12th) Level C
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Arabic Teacher Level 5 & Quran Teacher (9th, 10th and 12th) Level C

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Omar Saleh

Omar Saleh
Quran Teacher Level A
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Quran Teacher Level A

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Asmaa Sery
Head of Physical Education Department & Girls Gym Teacher
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Head of Physical Education Department & Girls Gym Teacher

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Sr. Asmaa Sery is the Physical Education Department head at Noble Leadership Academy. She is one of the founding teachers that helped start up our precious school. Certified as a physical education instructor, she uses the Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC) that abides with New Jersey state standards for all classroom activities. Several times a year she administers physical fitness tests for both the middle and high school students.

Since she started at Noble, her goal has been to provide her students with the information necessary to make wise fitness-related choices as well as teach them the value of good health. When they enter her class, she motivates the students to adopt a lifestyle that includes fitness and sports-related activities. She accomplishes this by teaching a variety of sports such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, track and field, and various other fun-related games. 

After school, her dedication continues in her leadership of all afterschool-related sports activities. Through her instruction and guidance, she helps our school compete in leagues and programs that include basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and volleyball. Furthermore, she stresses participation in all activities because it is only through participation that we may teach our children to be confident. Physical education is her passion and she enjoys sharing this excitement with all our wonderful kids!

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Mohamed Ahmed
Boys Gym Teacher
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Yousef Bakeer

Yousef Bakeer
Manara Islamic Studies Teacher
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Manara Islamic Studies Teacher

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Asma Alawamleh
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