Sister Abeer Alsmadi joined Garden of the Sahaba Academy in 2015.
Sister Abeer holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Yarmouk University in Jordan.
Sister Abeer holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education.
Fariha RohailPre-K Teacher Assistant
Fariha Rohail joined Garden of the Sahaba in 2019. She has completed her CDA.
Sister Asmaa Makhoukhi joined Garden of Sahaba Academy in 2017.
Sister Asmaa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science with a concentration in Supervision and Management from Palm Beach State College and an Associate Degree in Business Administration/Art.
Completed the Florida Professional Teaching Certification Program and earned an Educator Preparation Institute Certificate from Broward College.
Najma AliTeacher Assistant
Sister Najma Ali and joined Garden of Sahaba in 2016.
Sister Najma holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pakistan in Education and Psychology. Completed an Early Childhood certification. Completed the Child Care Training (DCF).
Gharad ShehadehGrade 1 Teacher
Sister Gharad Shehadeh joined Garden of the Sahaba Academy in 2007.
Sister Gharad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement from FAU.
Certified by the State of Florida.
Graduated from Al-Najah University in Palestine, with an Associate Degree in Islamic Education and Social Studies; Certified in Early Childhood Education from Arab Studies Society Jerusalem, Palestine.
Rema IsmailGrade 2 Teacher
Sister Rema Ismail joined Garden of the Sahaba in
Sister Rema holds a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Education with ESOL endorsement at Florida Atlantic University.
Certified to teach k-6th grade students.
Kheira MotiiTeacher Assistant
Sister Kheira Motii joined Garden of the Sahaba in 2006.
Sister Kheira holds Associate Degree in Early Childhood from the Palm Beach State College (PBSC).
Danna ElzaghaGrade 4 Teacher
Sister Danna Elzagha joined Garden of Sahaba Academy in 2010.
Sister Danna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Sister Danna holds Elementary Education K–6 certification.
Experienced in teaching multiple elementary grade levels.
Alissar BoukzamGrade 3 Teacher
Sister Alissar Bukzam, joined Garden of the Sahaba Academy in 2019.
Sister Alissar holds Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education.
Sister Alissar has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, planning and implementing academics, hands-on activities for children.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
Princess Abdul-AkbarMiddle School Teacher
Sister Princess Abdul-Akbar joined Garden of the Sahaba Academy in 2019, this is her 2nd year at GSA.
She holds a Bachelor’s’ Degree in Biology and she previously taught at FAU. She’s currently pursuing her Master’s degree.
Fatima ZiaGrade 7 Homeroom & Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Sister Fatima Zia joined Garden of Sahaba Academy in 2019.
Sister Fatima holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in creative writing from University of South Florida (USF).
Sister Fatima is in transitioning into becoming a certified English teacher for grades sixth through twelfth. This is her 2nd year at GSA.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Ivonne MohammadGrade 8 Homeroom & High School English Teacher
Sister Ivonne Mohammad joined Garden of Sahaba in 2019.
Sister Ivonne is a Florida native who attended and graduated from the University of Miami (Bachelor’s degree in Language Arts/English). Further education includes extensive professional development and post-graduate course-work. Currently, Florida certified for grades 6-12.
Sister Ivonne is an experienced educator, she taught at the college, middle school, and elementary levels. She has been a teacher at Miami-Dade Community College working at the Language Lab as a teacher for students of other languages (ESOL); a fourth-grade teacher at a private school, and various public middle schools.
Ali IttayemGrade 10 Homeroom, High School Math Teacher
Br Ali Ittayem is no stranger to us, he is a GSA alumni. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University and is currently a Masters & PHD candidate at FAU.
Ali ErritouniMiddle and High School Social Studies Teacher
Doctor Ali Erritouni known as Doctor E. joined Garden of the Sahaba in 2018. He has two Master’s degrees, one in English and one in Education and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Miami. For the past 20 years, he has taught English and composition in various public schools and universities. His goal is to help our children develop as critical thinkers, skillful writers, and successful test-takers.
QAIS (QURAN, ARABIC & ISLAMIC STUDIES) TEACHERS
Sheikh Mohamad ZahedHigh School Quran Teacher
Sheikh Mohammed Zahed joined Garden of Sahaba in 2017.
Sheikh Mohammed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sharia and Qiraat from Tripoli in Lebanon.
Sheikh Mohammed has been teaching the Noble Quran for sixteen years. In 2010, he received Ijaza in hifz of the whole Quran in the tenth Qiraat. He won awards in many international Quran competitions in hifth and recitation, including Morocco, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Russia.
Sister Mona Al-Khatib joined Garden of Sahaba Academy in 2014.
Sister Mona holds Bachelor’s degree from Yarmouk University in Jordan.
She received a certificate for 2 Arabic online classes and lots of training for teaching Arabic. This is her 7th year at GSA.
Azza KabilElementary Quran Teacher
Sister Azza Kabil joined Garden of Sahaba Academy in 2019.
Sister Azza holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Halwan University in Egypt.
Sister Azza studied Tajweed with Sheikh Ayman Sweed and has 10 years of experience in teaching the Quran.
Lahcen AbidiGrade 9 Homeroom, Middle & High School Arabic Teacher
Lahcen Abidi joined Garden of the Sahaba in 2019.
Holds a Bachelors degree in Arabic Linguistics and literature from Muhammed 1st University, Morocco.
-Arabic for All Training Program: Certificate in teaching Arabic a foreign language
-Arabic language instructor: to French speaking students and Design the Arabic program in AL-badeel Tarbawi High School.
-Instructor of Arabic as a second language and organize and oversee extra-curricular, cultural programs in dar alfatat (The student’s house).
-Writing stories, plays and cultural activation.
Adam ZiadMiddle & High School Islamic Studies Teacher
Brother Adam Ziad joined Garden of Sahaba in 2015.
Siham BekbichiElementary Islamic Studies Teacher
Sister Siham Bekbichi joined Garden of the Sahaba Academy in 2016.
Sister Siham holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from FIU as well as an Associate Degree in Commerce and Management.
She also holds a Pre-school Teaching Certificate. This is her 5th year teaching at GSA and strongly believes every child is unique.
Bibiana RoncancioLibrarian/Media Specialist
Sister Bibiana joined Garden of Sahaba in 2015.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. Certified Librarian.
Moustafa IbrahimFinance Officer/Marketing Team Lead
Br. Moustafa Ibrahim joined Garden of Sahaba in 2005.
He holds Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and currently pursing an MBA, October 2020. Br. Moustafa is also Office Manager at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR).