PRE-K TEACHERS

Buthainah Kanaan
Buthainah KanaanPre-K 3 Teacher
buthainah@assahaba.org

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 Rohail
Fariha RohailPre-K 4 Teacher
fariha@assahaba.org

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).

Wafa Hassan
Wafa HassanPre-K Assistant Teacher
wafa@assahaba.org

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Asmaa Makhoukhi
Asmaa MakhoukhiKindergarten
asmaa@assahaba.org

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 Ali
Najma AliTeacher Assistant
najma@assahaba.org

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 Shehadeh
Gharad ShehadehGrade 1 Teacher
gharad@assahaba.org

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 Ismail
Rema IsmailGrade 2 Teacher
rema@assahaba.org

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 Motii
Kheira MotiiPreK and 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher
kheira@assahaba.org

I joined Garden of the Sahaba in 2006 and I hold an Associate Degree in Early Childhood from the Palm Beach State College.

Danna Elzagha
Danna ElzaghaGrade 4 Teacher
danna@assahaba.org

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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

Moaed Abd
Moaed AbdMiddle and High School Math Teacher
moaed@assahaba.org

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

Ivonne Mohammad
Ivonne MohammadGrade 8 Homeroom High School & Middle School Social Studies Teacher
ivonne@assahaba.org

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 Sanhaji
Yasmine SanhajiHigh School Science & Middle School Math Teacher
yasmine@assahaba.org

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.

QAIS (QURAN, ARABIC & ISLAMIC STUDIES) TEACHERS

Sheikh Mohamad Zahed
Sheikh Mohamad ZahedMiddle & High School Quran Teacher
zahed@assahaba.org

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.

Mona Khatib
Mona KhatibGrade 5 Homeroom & Elementary Arabic Teacher
mona@assahaba.org

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 Kabil
Azza KabilElementary Quran Teacher
azza@assahaba.org

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 Abidi
Lahcen AbidiGrade 9 Homeroom, Middle & High School Arabic Teacher
lahcen@assahaba.org

• Muhammed I University: B.A. Arabic Linguistics and literature
• Muhammed I University: A.A. Arabic literature
• Abdelmoumen Lycee: Baccalaureate Degree in Humanities
• Abdelmoumen Lycee: Baccalaureate in Arabic Studies
• Ibn Khaldun French-Moroccan League: Certificate in Arabic Pedagogy
• Arabic for All Training Program: Certificate in teaching Arabic a forging language
• Ben Mimoun High School: Internship as teacher of Arabic
• Arabic language instructor to French speaking students and designed the Arabic program in AL-badeel Tarbawi High School
• Tutor in Arabic language Arts to Baccalaureate candidates and designed
final school-wide exams in Al-Qadi Ibn al-A’arabi high school
• Instructor of Arabic as a second language, organized and overseen
extra-curricular, cultural programs in Dar Alfatat (The student’s house).
• Writing stories, plays and cultural activation

Adam Ziad
Adam ZiadGrade 10 Homeroom, Middle & High Arabic Teacher
adam@assahaba.org

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.

Siham Bekbichi
Siham BekbichiGrade 6 Homeroom & Elementary Islamic Studies Teacher
siham@assahaba.org

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.

SUPPORT STAFF

Basel Alsyrawan
Basel AlsyrawanPhysical Education Instructor
basel@assahaba.org

My name is Coach Basel, I am the Physical Education Instructor and the ESL teacher at Garden of the Sahaba Academy. I have a strong passion for sports, as well as learning and sharing knowledge acquired.

Some of my credentials include a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia. I also hold an English teaching certification from Cambridge University, as well as a Level One Self Defense and Bully Proof Instructor Certification from Gracie University in Torrance, California.

I am honored to be able to serve our community to help ensure a better present and future for our youth.

Fatou K. Ndiaye (Coach K)
Fatou K. Ndiaye (Coach K)Asst. Physical Education Instructor, Basketball Coach
fatou@assahaba.org

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 Roncancio
Bibiana RoncancioLibrarian/Media Specialist
bibiana@assahaba.org

Sister Bibiana joined Garden of Sahaba in 2015.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. Certified Librarian.

Moustafa Ibrahim
Moustafa IbrahimFinance Officer/Marketing Team Lead
moustafa@icbr.org

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).

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