Sr. Zainab Abdul-Qaabidh: Principal
Sr. Zainab was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She attended an Islamic school from KG through Grade 6 where she graduated Salutatorian of her class. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business Administration, graduate degree in General/Special Education and advanced certificates above her Master’s in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership. Sr. Zainab currently holds dual licenses as Special Education Teacher, School Principal (K – 12) and Superintendent in New York and North Carolina. MashaAllah, she has over 20 years of experience as an educator.
Sr. Zainab lives with her husband, sixteen year old son and a thirteen year old daughter. She enjoys spending time with family, drawing, cooking, reading Quran and traveling.
Sr. Safae El Bihel: Administrative Assistant
Safae was born and raised in Morocco, where she studied Economics. After moving to the United States, she pursued Early Childhood Education as an area of study and gained a lot of experience working with children. A few months later, she decided to take another direction and started an Associate Degree program in Web Development.
Safae likes to spend my her free time baking cakes whenever she can, and enjoy good company and fellowship.
Sr. Anjum Khan: Pre-K Teacher
Sr. Anjum is from Pakistan. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education along with two Graduate degrees: one in Education and the other in Accounting/Business Management.
Anjum has over 15 years of experience in the classroom. She has worked with special needs children (i.e. hearing impaired for 10 years).
After marriage, Anjum moved to America and continued her journey by completing courses in Education. She worked as a substitute teacher in Noreen Joy Public School and volunteered with Parkwood Elementary School. Shortly thereafter, she become part of the Al Huda Academy family and has been for the past seven years, alhamdulillah. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten students are blessed to have her as their teacher.
Her hobbies are reading, painting, baking, and interior design. She loves teaching and it shows everyday when she’s with her students.
Sr. Loubna Bentaybi: Pre-K Religious Studies Teacher
Sr. Loubna is originally from Morocco. She has been living in US for 8 years. She has taught Arabic online for 4 years. Last year, she substituted for Sr. Zohra. The students and staff enjoyed her interactive lessons and positive energy. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, drawing, traveling and trying new things.
Sr. Yasira Williams: KG – Grade 2 ELA/SS Teacher
Sr. Yasira is from Brooklyn, New York. She is a mother of 10 children. She started her career as an elementary teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts. During her teaching career, she worked at AMC Child Care Center in Long Island where she held various positions as teacher assistant and administrator. In 2006, she opened a school in Cairo, Egypt where she focused on Secular Studies, Islamic Studies and Entrepreneurial Studies. She also opened a café where she served American cuisine to local residents in addition to organizing events such as Eid celebrations. When she returned to Massachusetts, she established a youth summer camp where she offered community gardening, health/exercise, current events discussion, and library visit.
Sr. Yasira’s hobbies are cooking and interior decorating. She also loves to write poetry.
Sr. Amena Jabbi: KG – Grade 2 Math/Science Teacher
Before finding herself in North Carolina, Amena was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A long way from the original home of her parents The Gambia. From the smallest mainland country in Africa to the halls of Al Huda Academy, Amena is well traveled and has visited multiple countries. She has become familiar with different cultures and habits of people. No surprise she chose to study human development and family studies at UNC Greensboro. She enjoys the outdoors, baking, and has most recently developed a few mechanical skills. She holds a blue belt in shotokan karate and an amazing passion for helping others. Alhamdullilaah. This is Ameen’s second year teaching math and science. She is returns this academic year as a newlywed mashaAllah.
Sr. Najaa Trotter: Grades 3 – 5 ELA/SS Teacher
Sr. Najaa is starting her second year at Al Huda Academy. She is originally from Columbia, South Carolina where she received her education from University of South Carolina. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and travelling. She also enjoys collecting currency of every country she’s traveled to. Before teaching, she worked in physical therapy for 10 years and always liked helping people.
Br. Abdur Raheem Jones: Grades 3 – 5 Math/Science Teacher
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Br. Abdur Raheem has only been teaching math and science at Al-Huda Academy for two years but has many years, five to be exact, under his belt. Since the 11th grade, he had the great opportunity to teach alongside a teacher who needed help because of her foreign accent. Her allowing him to teach confirmed his passion for teaching. He then went to Newberry College in South Carolina, graduating with a major in Education and a minor in Mathematics. He enjoys traveling, playing football (he was a linebacker in college), and a variety of sports, including basketball, track, and football.
Sr. Zohra Harizi: KG – Grade 1 Religious Studies Teacher
Sr. Zohra was born and grow up in Algeria (North Africa) where she received her education. She has been teaching since 1986. She has 20+ years of experience as French Langage Teacher in Middle School and the rest as Arabic and Quran Teacher.
Sr. Zohra is a wife and mom of 4 kids. In her leisure time, she loves cooking and baking.
MashaAllah, this is Sr. Zohra’s sixth year at Al Huda Academy.
Sr. Soumayya Khabbazeh: Grades 2 – 5 Arabic/IS Teacher
Sister Soumayya Khabbazeh was born and raised in Amman Jordan. She earned her undergraduate degree in lab sciences from the University of Jordan, then moved to the United States with her family in 1993. Sister Soumayya had over 20 years of experience teaching Arabic and Islamic studies at various Sunday schools and Islamic Centers before she joined the faculty of Al-Huda Academy in 2010 teaching Arabic and Islamic studies. She earned an ijazah in Qur’an recitation in 2010 and has been teaching various Tajweed classes since then. Sister Soumayya also has significant experience in planning and executing fundraising events, and she is co-founder and owner of “EventThis”, which is an event planning corporation.
MashaAllah, this is Sr. Soumayya’s ninth year at Al Huda Academy.
Sr. Hekma Mohamed: Grade 2 – 5 Quran Teacher
Sr. Hekma is married with 4 kids. She is from Egypt. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Egypt. She has been living in the US since 1992. Sr. Hekma has volunteered and substituting at Islamic Sunday Schools since 1992. She has studied online from different colleges overseas. She has completed 2 tajweed rules courses. She has her ijazah in Quran and Qaidah Nooriniyah. She is currently studying the rules of Arabic grammar (Nah’l). She loves teaching and working with students to memorize the Quran.
MashaAllah, this is Sr. Hekma’s tenth year at Al Huda Academy.
Sr. Charifa Ouahidi: KG – Grade 5 Elective Teacher
Sr. Charifa is wife and mother of two wonderful children, Hafs and Meeral. She is originally from Morocco and came to USA about 7 years ago. She finished her education in Morocco where she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy/Kinesiology. Charifa is presently continuing her education in General Studies, currently enrolled in medical and education classes. She strongly believes that learning should never stop no matter how old you are.
Sr. Sayema Azizi: Grade 1 Teacher’s Assistant
This is Sr. Sayema’s first year working at Al-Huda Academy.She graduated from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County majoring in Graphic Design. In 2014, she taught as a substitute at the Universal Academy of Pittsburgh which led her to teaching Islamic Studies. She believes every child is special and has the potential to achieve their goals. Alhamdulilah, Sr. Sayema has three children; two of them have been students at Al Huda for three years. They love being here. She is happy and excited to be part of the teaching staff and looks forward to working with your child inshaAllah this year.
Sr. Bedor Mohamed: KG Teacher’s Assistant
Bedor was born and raised in Sudan (North Africa) where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law. She practiced in this field for two years. Bedor has completed some courses in Early Childhood Education. She has been residing in North Carolina for 9 years. Bedor has two daughters and one son.
Sr. Lamia Hasan: Religious Studies Teacher’s Assistant
Sr. Lamia graduated from Ain Shams University’s Faculty of Commerce. She worked in Egypt as an accountant at Baby Home School and then later on at Middle East Travel Agency. After immigrating to the United States, she worked at Little Blessings Daycare for two years. After moving to North Carolina, she worked as a substitute teacher for Durham Public Schools for one year then went on to become a teacher’s assistant working with autistic students from kindergarten to second grade from 2008-2015. She currently works as a teacher’s assistant for Arabic and Quran. Sr. Lamia is married and the mother of three children. She also volunteered as a Sunday School teacher of Arabic and Quran.
Sr. Jesmin Begum: Religious Studies Teacher’s Assistant
This is Sr. Jesmin’s second year as a Teacher’s Assistant at Al Huda Academy. She completed her master’s degree in Physics in Bangladesh. While in Bangladesh she was an elementary school teacher. She moved to the US in 2001. She lives in Cary with her husband and 3 sons. She likes to spend time with her family and other people. She likes to read the Qur’an and learn from lectures in her free time.Sr. Jesmin is looking forward to having another good year!