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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 down time, she also loves to read. 

As a founding member of Noble Leadership Academy, Sr. Amanny brings nearly twenty years of experience as a both a teacher and 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, she 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 her encouraging her to put her BA in English to use by asking her to substitute 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
Discipline Head
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Suzan Issa

Discipline Head

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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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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, accurate financial reporting and clearly communicating 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 as 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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Taylor  Cameron

Taylor Cameron
Office Administrator
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Taylor Cameron

Office Administrator

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Dalia Ahmed

Dalia Ahmed
Guidance
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Dalia Ahmed

Guidance

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Early Education

Maha Battal

Maha Battal
Teachers Aide
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Maha Battal

Teachers Aide

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Sr. Maha was born in Damascus, Syria where she grew up and attended the University of Damascus. Later on she got married and had the opportunity to move to the United States, which is what brought her to New Jersey. Here in New Jersey is where she had her four beautiful children. Sr. Maha started her first job at a pre-school in Wayne by the name of "Head Start." This job is what made her absolutely fall in love with teaching children at such a young age. 

After having her second child of four, and taking a brief break, she was given the golden opportunity of being able to work here at Noble Leadership Academy as an Arabic and Islamic Studies teacher. What she loves most about her job is how she is able to 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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Ekhlas Chaabane

Ekhlas Chaabane
Teachers Aide
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Ekhlas Chaabane

Teachers Aide

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Sr. Ekhlas is the teacher’s aide for PreK-3. She started in 2009, and was a founding member of Noble Leadership Academy. She started as a teacher aide and became a PreK-4 Arabic teacher. 

She completed her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Aden University in Yemen. She worked for two years in Yemen before coming to the United States and discovering her passion for education. 

She is the mother of three. She loves to spend time with her kids and take care of her family. She is an active member of the ICPC community, and you can find her listening to lectures there on the weekend. 

Her favorite quote is, “Like for your brother what you like for yourself.”

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Manal Madani

Manal Madani
Pre-K 4
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Manal Madani

Pre-K 4

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Manal Madani is the main teacher in the Pre-K 4 classroom. This is to be her fifth year working for Noble Leadership Academy. 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.” With that being said, her classroom educational procedures stands 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, she creates an educational partnership program that will foster courage, determination, passion for knowledge and provide students with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure his/her academic growth to get him/her ready for kindergarten.

In her educational career, she believes the best teachers are capable and dedicated, with great interest in making substantial difference in the future of children.

The activities that Sr. Manal does in the classroom are hands on, educational, and fun. They dissect pumpkins, grow flowers, paint, create letter of the week projects, go on field trips, and much more! The fun never ends in the Pre-K 4!

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Ghada Mohamed

Ghada Mohamed

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Meram Sarameh

Meram Sarameh
Preschool
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Meram Sarameh

Preschool

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Elementary School

Bibi Fazia Hassan

Bibi Fazia Hassan
Kindergarten
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Bibi Fazia Hassan

Kindergarten

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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 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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Fatima Abozid

Fatima Abozid
Teachers Aide
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Fatima Abozid

Teachers Aide

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Sr. Fatima is a mother of three and a grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters. Sr. Fatima has a bachelors degree in sociology along with 12 years experience in early childhood education. Fatima is certified in early childhood education, early literacy, and also has a certificate in first aid and children illness.

She began her career at Abbott Schools in Mercer County and worked with highly certified competitive teachers who provided her with the skills and tools to help educate young children. In this position Sr. Fatima assisted in carrying out all classroom activities in the absence of the teacher, as well as implementing a daily structured routine in order to instill discipline to assist children in meeting educational goals.

Later on in Sr. Fatima's career she assisted in establishing the Islamic School of Trenton by helping structure the school's academic foundation and creating leadership positions. Fatima was the lead kindergarten teacher.

Sr. Fatima's philosophy of education is that every child can learn, but not all children can learn at the same pace. She believes that the early elementary years are very important in a child’s academic development. She is devoted to equip each child with the building blocks needed for later education.

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Rime Kuzbari

Rime Kuzbari
1st Grade
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Rime Kuzbari

1st Grade

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Yasmein  Feitar

Yasmein Feitar
2nd Grade
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Yasmein Feitar

2nd Grade

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Yasmein Feitar has been a teacher at Noble Leadership Academy for the past three years. She started her educational career nine years ago in the education field. Yasmein has her certification in Pre-k to 3rd grade. She also has numerous hours of professional development, which she has completed over the years. She has also attended an extensive writing workshop at Columbia University to further enhance writing in her classroom.

For the past four years, Yasmein has been the spelling bee coordinator for Noble Leadership Academy, which preceded her coming on as a full-time staff member. In her time as the spelling bee coordinator, Yasmein has taken Noble students to compete in the Muslim Spelling Bee and the preliminaries for the Scripps’ Spelling Bee.  

Her classroom goals are to create an enlightening environment for her students where they are free to explore and discover new areas. She believes that the early years have a large impact on a child’s life that will be embedded in their memory. Memories that will be created through interactions with other children that will help establish their social skills and help develop knowledge. 

One of Yasmein’s beliefs is that a parent’s support is crucial in furthering the student’s experiences and support at home and at school. She also believes when parents and teachers work together, this provides a comfortable and more enhanced environment for the child.


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Kareem Hassan

Kareem Hassan
3rd Grade
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Kareem Hassan

3rd Grade

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Ghufran Abughanieh

Ghufran Abughanieh
4th Grade
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Ghufran Abughanieh

4th Grade

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Wesouf Abdrabouh

Wesouf Abdrabouh
5th Grade
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Wesouf Abdrabouh

5th Grade

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Carol Jimenez

Carol Jimenez
Computer Teacher
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Carol Jimenez

Computer Teacher

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Saudia Mohamed

Saudia Mohamed
Teachers Aide
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Saudia Mohamed

Teachers Aide

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Deena Amin

Deena Amin
Teachers Aide
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Deena Amin

Teachers Aide

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Laila Aryan

Laila Aryan
Teachers Aide
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Laila Aryan

Teachers Aide

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Nourulislam Rasheed

Nourulislam Rasheed
Art Teacher
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Nourulislam Rasheed

Art Teacher

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Middle and High School

Heba  Eldreny

Heba Eldreny
English
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Heba Eldreny

English

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Nabila Guelai

Nabila Guelai
Math
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Sarah Issa

Sarah Issa
History
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Sarah Issa

History

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Zeyad Boodoo

Zeyad Boodoo
Math
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Basmah Ghoniem

Basmah Ghoniem
Science Lab Assistant
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Basmah Ghoniem

Science Lab Assistant

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Asmaa Sery

Asmaa Sery
Physical Education
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Asmaa Sery

Physical Education

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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 adapt 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 & 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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Hareem  Reza

Hareem Reza
Science
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Hareem Reza

Science

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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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Suzanne Elfarra

Suzanne Elfarra
Elective Teacher
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Elective Teacher

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Mohamed Selim

Mohamed Selim
Physical Education
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Physical Education

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Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies

Shofa Alawi

Shofa Alawi
Arabic
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Shofa Alawi

Arabic

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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 Prek 3 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 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
Arabic
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Assma Alqudah

Arabic

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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 B.A. 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 3rd to 12th grades and Quran from PreK-3 to PreK-4. 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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Somai Dessouki

Somai Dessouki
Arabic
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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 then went on to receive a masters 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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Rami  Awawdeh

Rami Awawdeh
Quran
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Rami Awawdeh

Quran

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Br. Rami joined our team at Noble Leadership Academy in the school year 2010-2011. He was born in Jordan where he graduated from high school and earned his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature with a minor in French from Yarmouk University. He then taught in Jordan for three years before coming to the United State in pursuit of his higher education. 

Br. Rami enjoys different languages and cultures. His first love is the Arabic language where he reads, writes, and enjoys its elaborate and eloquent styles and meanings in prose and poetry. He also enjoys the English language and its eloquent literature. This love of languages and cultures inspired him to earn his master’s degree in education from William Paterson University in the field of bilingual education and ESL. 

Br. Rami started his journey in education in the United States at Al Ghazaly High school in Teaneck where he taught Arabic and Quran for three years. From there he moved to Paterson Public Schools as a substitute teacher until he earned his New Jersey standard teaching certificate. He then earned the endorsement of the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages where he tested superior in both languages Arabic and English in the written and oral proficiency. 

Currently, Br. Rami holds the position of the department head of Arabic and Islamic studies at Noble. He has also recently joined the Modern Languages and Literature Department/Arabic program at Montclair State University as an adjunct professor of Arabic language and culture. Br. Rami deeply believes in the excellence of Islamic character and always tries to push our students at Noble to achieve great Islamic manners and characters as the basic foundation for enlightened and powerful leadership positions in the future. 

Br. Rami is always in search of new pedagogical and behavioral improvements that would enhance the experience of the students here at Noble. He takes pride in keeping himself informed and up-to-date with the new trends and applications in religious studies, languages, and education in general. He strongly believes that the future leadership of humanity lies in the hands of the well-educated and well-informed Muslims. Noble to him is a start in the right direction. 

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Amal Ibrahim

Amal Ibrahim
Quran
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Amal Ibrahim

Quran

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Omar Saleh

Omar Saleh
Quran
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Omar Saleh

Quran

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Basel Hamdeh

Basel Hamdeh
Islamic Studies/Arabic
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Basel Hamdeh

Islamic Studies/Arabic

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Support Staff

Asma Alawamleh

Asma Alawamleh
Cafeteria
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Cafeteria

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Nadia Allan

Nadia Allan
Cafeteria
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Cafeteria

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KoKo Djobo

KoKo Djobo
Cafeteria
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Cafeteria

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Sr. Koko Drobo has been a staff member of Noble Leadership Academy since 2010. She helps oversee the food services at Noble Leadership Academy. She dedicates her time to making sure our future leaders are fully nourished and ready to learn.  

Her hobbies include reading, writing and taking long walks. She loves to learn about Islamic history, and the teachings of the prophet. Sr. Koko also loves to travel and discover new cultures with her son. 

Her favorite quote is "In remembrance of Allah all hearts find comfort." She believes that God’s mercy is absolute. These saying help her remember that all things in this world are meant to benefit us and help us grow. 

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Nazmieh Ghalyeh

Nazmieh Ghalyeh
Day Care
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Day Care

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Nabila Yousef

Nabila Yousef
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Rosario Carvajal

Rosario Carvajal
Custodian
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Ana Garcia

Ana Garcia
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Custodian

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