My name is Buthainah Kanaan, and I have been part of Garden of the Sahaba Academy since 2017 as an Arabic teacher. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Care and Education from Florida Atlantic University, an Associate in Arts from Palm Beach State College and a diploma in Interior Design from Jordan. I am energetic, creative, like to discover and have adventures with my students and am really excited to work with your children to help them excel in the Dunya and Akhira In Shaa Allah.
Fariha RohailPre-K 4 Teacher
My name is Fariha Rohail, I joined Garden of Sahaba Academy in August 2019 and I’m very excited to be a Pre K 4 teacher this year. Born and raised in Pakistan, I moved to the United States in 2002. I finished my earlier education in Pakistan and earned my Associates in Arts from Palm Beach State College. I also have my Early Childhood Education Certificate from Palm Beach State College and am currently pursuing my Bachelors in Neuroscience and Behavioral Science from Florida Atlantic University. My motto is “The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart” (Anne Michaels).
Nadia SkafPre-K3 Assistant Teacher
My name is Nadia Skaf and I have Montessori experience working with children.
My name is Asmaa Makhoukhi and I am the Kindergarten teacher at Garden of Sahaba Academy. I hold 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. I also completed the Florida Professional Teaching Certification Program and earned an Educator Preparation Institute Certificate from Broward College. Furthermore, I completed an internship program (Kindergarten) at Quiet Waters Elementary, a public school in Deerfield Beach.
Najma AliTeacher Assistant
My name is Najma Ali and I am the Kindergarten teacher assistant at Garden of Sahaba Academy. This is my fourth year in assisting teachers in lower Elementary. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Pakistan in Education and Psychology. I also completed an Early Childhood certification. I recently did the Child Care Training (DCF). My 15 years experience in teaching gave me the skills and the passion to serve our muslim community.
Gharad ShehadehGrade 1 Teacher
I am Gharad Shehadeh, and I have had the privilege of being a part of Garden of the Sahaba Academy since 2007. To give you a little background, I received my professional teacher training and Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement from FAU. I am certified by the State of Florida and graduated from Al-Najah University in Palestine, with an Associate Degree in Islamic Education & Social Studies and a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Arab Studies Society Jerusalem, Palestine. I use the most up to date teaching techniques by furthering my education with professional development trainings and workshops.
Rema IsmailGrade 2 Teacher
I previously taught at GSA, and am very excited to be back. I have had a passion for teaching since the time I was in grade school and had exceptional mentors and educators inspire me throughout childhood. After beginning college, I began substitute teaching in my local community. This experience helped me to affirm my decision to pursue education. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Education with ESOL endorsement at Florida Atlantic University, and I am currently certified to teach k-6th grade students.
Kheira MotiiPreK and 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher
I joined Garden of the Sahaba in 2006 and I hold an Associate Degree in Early Childhood from the Palm Beach State College.
Danna ElzaghaGrade 4 Teacher
This is my twelfth year being a part of the GSA family. I am a driven elementary educator that is motivated to be an effective teacher by implementing multiple methods to improve students’ educational success. My educational background is a Bachelor in Elementary Education and I am certified to teach K-6. I have experience teaching multiple elementary grade levels. I continue to further my professional education by attending workshops and trainings to ensure that I am using the most up to date teaching techniques.
Alissar BoukzamGrade 3 Teacher
Throughout my career, I have been keen to improve children’s academic and social skills. I have a long experience of working with children. I enjoy hands-on activities and project base education. It has been great being part of the GSA team for the past years. I work closely with the children and their families to develop every child’s skills depending on their needs. I encourage children to work independently and enthusiastically and I enjoy celebrating their achievements.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
Fatima ZiaGrade 7 Homeroom & Middle School Language Arts Teacher
My name is Ms. Fatima Zia and I will be teaching English to our beloved fifth, sixth, and seventh grade.
I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing. I am transitioning into becoming a certified English teacher for grades fifth through ninth. This is my third year teaching and I am super excited to help foster the minds of new and former students. These students have stolen a piece of my heart and I look forward to making this an unforgettable year. . Here is to a fantastic year of growing, learning and reflecting.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Ivonne MohammadGrade 8 Homeroom High School & Middle School Social Studies Teacher
My name is Ivonne Mohammad. I am an experienced educator, having taught at the college, middle school, and elementary levels. I have 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, most recently Boca Raton Community Middle School (BRCMS). While not teaching, I worked in the private sector in the marketing and technical writing fields. Teaching, however, has been a life-long interest and passion. I am 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.
Yasmine SanhajiHigh School Science & Middle School Math Teacher
I graduated from Garden of Sahaba Academy High School in 2017 and joined GSA as a teacher in 2021. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and am currently in the process of applying to medical schools.
Zahra Al-DabetHigh & Middle School Math Teacher
My name is Zahra Al Dabet and I am from Lebanon. I was given a full scholarship to pursue my high school, undergraduate and master’s degrees. I hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rafik Hariri University in Lebanon. I was on the distinguished honor lists through all years of study and I’ve been teaching Mathematics for 4 years before joining GSA to teach Mathematics for the 7th, 8th grades and high school students.
QAIS (QURAN, ARABIC & ISLAMIC STUDIES) TEACHERS
Sheikh Mohamad ZahedMiddle & High School Quran Teacher
I have been teaching the Noble Quran for sixteen years. In 2010, I received Ijaza in hifth of the whole Quran in the tenth Qiraat. In 2012, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Shareea and Qiraat from Tripoli in Lebanon. I also won awards in many international Quran competitions in hifth and recitation, including Morocco, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunis, and Russia.
Welcome back to a new school year. My name is Mona Al-Khatib, and I will be teaching your child Arabic this year. This is my ninth year with GSA. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Yarmouk University in Jordan and also have two Arabic Professional Development certificates for reading and vocabulary. I am a very dedicated and responsible individual with over ten years of effective teaching skills.
Azza KabilElementary Quran Teacher
My name is Azza Kabil, and I would like to welcome you and your family to GSA. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Halwan university in Egypt, and I also studied Tajweed with Sheihk Ayman Sweed. I am willing to obtain Ijaza in Hefth Al-Qur’an. I have 10 years of experience in teaching the Quran.
Lahcen AbidiGrade 9 Homeroom, Middle & High School Arabic Teacher
I am the Arabic teacher for Middle & High School and have been teaching at GSA for 3 years.
Adam ZiadGrade 10 Homeroom, Middle & High Arabic Teacher
I’ve been teaching at both GSA and FAU since 2014. I have a B.A in English from the University of Nebraska, a M.A in Language Education from FAU, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from FAU in addition to several teaching certificates.
My name is Siham Bekbichi, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from FIU as well as an Associate Degree in Commerce and Management. I also hold a Pre-school Teaching Certificate from PBSC. This will be my sixth year being part of the GSA family. I will be teaching Islamic Studies for Elementary grades this year and I will ensure that our students will develop an appreciation and an understanding of the Islamic faith, values, and traditions.
Fatou K. Ndiaye (Coach K)Physical Education, Basketball Coach
My name is Fatou K Ndiaye and I’m excited to be here as a PE teacher and basketball coach. Specific areas of expertise: Basketball coach and mentoring young boys and girls.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACHIEVEMENT
* 1989-2005 Basketball Player, Coach and Mentoring young boys and girls
* Tryout for the WNBA L.A Spark in 2005
* Participated in the WNBA summer League in Texas 2004
* Tryout for the Connecticut Sun in 2004
* Tryout for the Phoenix Mercury WNBA 2001
* Played for Las Palmas Spain basketball club 2003
* Played in the 2002 Basketball World Cup in China with the Senegal National team
* Tryout for the Phoenix Mercury WNBA 2001
* Member of the WursBurg professional team in Germany 1999-2001
* Played for the Dr foot Professional basketball club in Holland 1998-1999
* Member of the Jeanne d’Arc basketball club in Senegal 1989-1998
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).