Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Staff

Br. Fuad Alnatsheh

Principal

Fuad Alnatsheh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, and is currently
enrolled in University of Phoenix pursuing a degree in higher education with a
concentration in Administrative Education. He has received 72+ Professional
Development hours in topics that range from educational practices, to
administrative strategies’, as well as behavioral interventions. He is furthermore a
4th degree black belt taekwondo master. Br. Fuad is currently the principal of Noor
Academy of Arizona. He has been the principal for the past five years, and was
previously a Physical Education and Arabic teacher at NAA for three years. He has
also been an educator in the physical education field since 1997. Through his years
of experience, and with a new and advanced approach to education, Br. Fuad’s
educational philosophy comprises that students should be provided with an
educational environment that is supportive, ingenious, encouraging, stimulating and
nurturing. Thus, through supporting the educators and the students, and with
constant implementation of the most effective and advanced methods of teaching,
students are provided with a wholesome educational approach that addresses all
the phases of development. His professional goals include researching and
implementing new strategies that enrich the educational experience of the students,
as well as service the teachers with more skills, as they oblige to the common core
standards of Arizona. Br. Fuad lives in the valley with his family, and his wife who also
an educator. His hobbies include golfing, and he loves spending time with his family.

 Email Address : Principal@nooracademyaz.com

Mrs. Fatima Abdelhaq

Lead Teacher/AIMS /Azella School Coordinator.

My name is Fatima Abdelhaq , Iam always Working towards raising educated and responsible Muslim generations inshallah.I was born and raised in Palestine. completed my education in Palestine, and moved to the United States in Sep 1979. I have been working in the education field since 1994. I taught in Ulurdonieh Secondary school in Ramallah, Palestine from 1994-2002as first and second grade science teacher. I also taught first through eighth Social Studies. AlUrdonieh Secondary school adapted theAmerican system curriculum, In 2002 I joined the team of Phoenix Metro Islamic School and I taught first and second grade. Currently Iam teaching third grade and fourth grade. Iam teaching Language Arts, Math ,and Science for third grade,I taught Language Arts for fourth grade.Currently I am teachingFourth Grade Math. Last year I taught fourth and fifth grade quran.I taught Computer, Islamic Studies,Arabic too for grades 1, 2, and 3. Currently Iam the lead teacher and the Azella school coordinator. I was the Language Arts, Social Studies, Field trips committee chair.I organized the Science Fair event for two years. During those years of teaching, I attended workshops to enhance and strengthen my teaching strategies and skills. I have professional development in the following areas; Practical Strategies to help every student succeed with state standards in Reading Informational and /NonFiction Skills. Training the unmotivated practical strategies for teaching the Hard to Reach Students, practical strategies to Help every student to Succeed with Common Core State Standards.Working Effectively with Difficult,Defiant and Non Compliant Students Strategies for working Successfully with difficult and Disruptive Students. Boost Students Reading and Writing Skills with Exciting engaging literacy activities.Using Guided Math to help Students meet and Exceed State Math Standards.Writing Strategies that works, Practical Way to use six Traits and Mini  Lessons in your Writing Instructions. Informational and Nonfiction skills. Guided Reading Differentiated Using Small Groups Instructions.

Strengthening Your Special Needs Students Executive Function Skills:Strategies for Organizing Tasks, Time, Material, and Behaviour Linda Hollimans New Literacy Centers: Books for all students ‘Reading and Writing Skills With exciting Engaging Literacy Activities.

Email Address : Fatima.abdelhaq@nooracademyaz.com

Mrs. Nadine Batrukh

Front Desk Assistant

Education

Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Media from Al-Quds University

BIO

Mrs. Batrukh was born in Palestine. She has studied at Arizona State University for three years majoring in business administration and communications. Then, she went to Palestine to pursue her bachelor degree in Business Administration and Media. She has been on the dean’s list throughout all college years.

This is her second year at Noor Academy of Arizona as an Administrative Assistant. She is talented and hard worker. She loves her work and being around kids all the time. She truly enjoys being a member of Noor Academy of Arizona’s family. She has more than 7 years of experience in administration, communications and Public Relations positions.

Email Address : Frontdesk@nooracademyaz.com

Ms. Madiha Shakeel

First Grade

 

Education:

M.A English Literature , University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

Bachelors

 In English Literature and Mass Communication. 

Ms. Madiha Shakeel was born and raised in Pakistan. This is her 5th year in Arizona and 4th year with Noor Academy. She always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She started her Teaching career in 1999 during her Master’s program. She joined  a highly reputable institution Beacon House International School System from 2001-2003 as a junior high teacher. She came to the USA in 2003 and joined Virginia Tech State University for tutoring International students as an ESL Instructor in Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. She also  has worked as a teacher assistant for elementary level in a private school in 2005-06 in Blacksburg, VA. She moved to Arizona in 2014 and started working as an assistant teacher and substitute teacher in local private schools Including ACA and Awakening Seed School in Phoenix . She attended many workshops and professional development programme . She joined Noor Academy in 2015 as a Kindergarten Teacher for two years. This is her second year as 1st Grade Homeroom. She is continuing Noor Academy  as her 4th year and please to serve the community with dedication and wholeheartedly. She has attended several workshops by Bureau of Research and Education as well as and courses by the Arizona Department of Education during teaching time to polish and enhance practical skills. She is very passionate about learning through teaching and She likes to challenge her students through brain games and activities to boost confidence at an advanced level.  

Ms. Madiha is very  hopeful to have another exciting and wonderful year with her students and their parents.  

Email Address: madiha.shakeel@nooracademyaz.com 

 

Ms. Sehrish Javeed

2nd Grade

Mrs. Sehrish was born and raised in Pakistan. She moved to US in 2015 and since then living in Phoenix. She is married with three kids. Teaching is her passion. She loves to teach Science and Math. It is her 1st year with Noor Academy of Arizona, and fourth year in teaching career. She earned her Bachelor degree in 2006 From University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi. Then, she worked as full time teacher from 2008-2010 and taught Biology and Chemistry at middle and high school. Ms. Sehrish then started her Master in 2009 and pursued her Master degree in Plant Sciences in 2012 from University of agriculture Rawalpindi. She started her internship in 2013 at Post Graduate College Satellite Town, Rawalpindi and completed in 2014. After moving to USA she qualified for subject matter expert certificate (Biology) from Arizona department of education. At the moment she is a homeroom teacher of the 2nd grade. She is looking forward to have a wonderful year.

Email Address: Sehrish.javeed@nooracademyaz.com

Ms. Fatima Abdelhaq

3rd Grade

My name is Fatima Abdelhaq , Iam always Working towards raising educated and responsible Muslim generations inshallah.I was born and raised in Palestine. completed my education in Palestine, and moved to the United States in Sep 1979. I have been working in the education field since 1994. I taught in Ulurdonieh Secondary school in Ramallah, Palestine from 1994-2002 as first and second grade science teacher. I also taught first through eighth Social Studies. AlUrdonieh Secondary school adapted theAmerican system curriculum, In 2002 I joined the team of Phoenix Metro Islamic School and I taught first and second grade. Currently Iam teaching third grade and fourth grade. Iam teaching Language Arts, Math ,and Science for third grade,I taught Language Arts for fourth grade.Currently I am teachingFourth Grade Math. Last year I taught fourth and fifth grade quran.I taught Computer, Islamic Studies,Arabic too for grades 1, 2, and 3. Currently Iam the lead teacher and the Azella school coordinator. I was the Language Arts, Social Studies, Field trips committee chair.I organized the Science Fair event for two years. During those years of teaching, I attended workshops to enhance and strengthen my teaching strategies and skills. I have professional development in the following areas; Practical Strategies to help every student succeed with state standards in Reading Informational and /NonFiction Skills. Training the unmotivated practical strategies for teaching the Hard to Reach Students, practical strategies to Help every student to Succeed with Common Core State Standards.Working Effectively with Difficult,Defiant and Non Compliant Students Strategies for working Successfully with difficult and Disruptive Students. Boost Students Reading and Writing Skills with Exciting engaging literacy activities.Using Guided Math to help Students meet and Exceed State Math Standards.Writing Strategies that works, Practical Way to use six Traits and Mini  Lessons in your Writing Instructions. Informational and Nonfiction skills. Guided Reading Differentiated Using Small Groups Instructions.

Strengthening Your Special Needs Students Executive Function Skills:Strategies for Organizing Tasks, Time, Material, and Behavior Linda Hollimans New Literacy Centers: Books for all students ‘Reading and Writing Skills With exciting Engaging Literacy Activities.

 

Email Address : Fatima.abdelhaq@nooracademyaz.com

Ms. Amira Wilson

4th Grade

Subjects:

English Language Arts and Social Studies

Undergraduate Education:

Ashford University

B.A., English Language Learner’s (Cum Laude)

Graduate Education:

Currently attending Arizona State University (Master’s Elementary Education)

Bio:

Mrs. Amirah Wilson is committed to collaborative learning strategies that engages students in a fun and unique way while still allowing them to use their critical thinking skills. Teaching is a passion of hers and was inspired early on during her elementary school years which lead her to become an educator. This is her first year here at Noor Academy of Arizona. She is the English Language arts teacher to our fourth and fifth grade students as well as the Social Studies teacher for grades fourth through eighth. Mrs. Amirah is very dedicated to the learning process of her students. She strongly believes that a learning environment filled with fun, growth, and a sense of family can positively impact the learning of a child. She has taught in various classroom settings from the United Stated to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mrs. Amirah is wife and mother of five children. She loves sports (football, volleyball & basketball). She is also a trained marital artist in Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. She and her family love to travel the world. She hopes to retire in Thailand or Egypt…until then, her goal is to complete her Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

Email Address: Antonika.wilson@nooracademyaz.com

Ms. Zahra Bandrage 

7th grade

Subject :

Middle School Language Arts

Education :

bachelors in Secondary Education and TESOL with a Minor in Language Arts from the University of New Mexico

Masters in Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of New Mexico

Curently pursuing my dissertation in ESL populations at the University of New Mexico

BIO:

Zahra Bundrage has a Masters in Literature and a Bachelor’s in TESOL and Secondary Education with a minor in Language Arts. She has earned both degrees from the University of New Mexicoand was on the Dean’s List graduating with honors. She has endorsements in both Language Arts and Social Studies. She has been a presenter at numerous conferences including her most recent this spring at the NMCTE conference. Zahra has spent the last ten years in education. She was a CYFD Director and 5th grade teacher and soon after expanded the Caesar Chaves ESL learning center where she was both the director and lead teacher. For the last two years she has been the instructor on record teaching English courses at the University of New Mexico. Zahra’s educational philosophy includes a belief that one never stops learning and this is why she is very dedicated to her students because she believes she doesn’t only teach them but, they teach her as well and, that is why she is very excited to be at Noor Academy. Her personal goals include working on her dissertation in ESL education with a focus on minority populations. In her free time Zahra likes to volunteer in minority and refugee programs and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

 Email Address: zahra.bundrage@nooracademyaz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms.Rokeya Omar Agha

6th grade

Rokeya Omar Agha received a B.S. degree  in Chemistry from The University of Mosul, Iraq and is currently teaching KG – 8th grade Arabic at Noor Academy of Arizona in Tempe, Arizona. Mrs. Omar Agha has experience in teaching High School Chemistry in three different continents for a total of more than 30 years. She has also received numerous certificates from both online and onsite in the field of Arabic As a Second Language teaching programs through the ClassRoad curriculum from the University of California, San Bernardino. Due to her highly advanced abilities in instructing Arabic as a secondary language, Mrs. Omar Agha teaches Arabic to  K-8th grades students.  Mrs. Omar Agha makes up songs and catchy tunes for her students to be able to memorize certain words, letters. In addition, she is the Arabic Language Chairperson for Noor Academy of Arizona, a position that she has held from 2008 until present.

Email Address : Rokeya.agha@nooracademyaz.com

Ms. Alaa Alian

5th Grade

 

Subjects:

Science & Islamic Studies

Year Book and End of Year Celebration Coordinator  

Undergraduate Education:

Near East University, Northern Cyprus

Bachelor degree in Architecture 

Personal Information/Bio:

To inform, inspire, and to ignite is Alaa Alian’s  goal as she explores the realm of science with her students. She views her mission as helping students to think critically. She is very dedicated teacher and is passionate about what she does. She has taught middle school for 2 years in Saudi Arabia and has experience working in an Engineering office as an autocad drafter designing buildings. She has the ability to work on different drafting software applications. She  loves her  job and believes so strongly in the power of education. Her  goal is to help your students reach their fullest potential. She is the STEM coach providing content knowledge in STEM, analyzing data to modify curriculum and forms of assessment and sharing of best practices.

On a personal note, She is a mother of one and an outdoor enthusiast and loves  hiking, swimming and other kinds of activities.She also likes traveling and have been fortunate enough to visit many amazing foreign countries. It is this love of travel and learning about diverse cultures.She loves enjoying and spending time with her family.

Email Address : Alaa.alian@nooracademyaz.com

Ms. Shatha Almajali

IT Operations/ AZMERIT Coordinator

 Ms. Almajali received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information System from the University of Jordan. She is originally from Jordan, where she worked in the IT department of Royal Jordanian Airlines company. She is a resident of Arizona for the past four years. she worked in multiple positions, including tax work, and volunteering as a teacher assistant in another Islamic school.

This year is the second year for Ms. Shatha at Noor Academy of Arizona . Ms. Shatha is the IT administrator in the school. In addition, she is the coordinator of AZMERIT test.

Email Address : Shatha.almajali@nooracademyaz.com

Ms. Jakia Showdhury

Kindergarten teacher 

Mrs. Jakia  has been teaching in Noor Academy of Arizonal since 2014. Mrs. Jakia completed her Bachelor degree in English Literature from National University of Bangladesh. She also achieved her certification degree in Early Childhood Education from Mesa Community College, Arizona. She has been working in the field of Early Education since 2012. She attended many trainings related to early education and has received certificates from different organizations including Arizona Department of Education. Mrs. Jakia worked in both public and private schools.

Mrs. Jakia is the youngest child of her parents. Her husband is an Electrical Engineer.  They have a lovely daughter. Besides English language, Mrs. Jakia can speak in Bangla and Urdu. She loves  travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Working with the young children, is Mrs. Jakia’s passion. She enjoys her every moment with the amazing students in Noor Academy of Arizona. She feels very blessed being a part of this school. She dreams to go for a long journey along with Noor Academy of Arizona and help the young flower buds to bloom as a better Muslims.

Ms. Charkreeya Francis

Kindergarten Teacher

Education:

B.A. Degree

Major: Mass Communication,

Minor: Advertising Design

 Associate in Applied Science: Early Childhood Education

Mesa Community College

Currently: Working on Early Childhood Education Credential

Bio

Ms. Charkreeya Francis has B.A. degree in Mass Communication and Advertising Design,  Bangkok, Thailand. She studied Early Childhood Education at Mesa Community College while volunteering in the Child Development Lab School before graduating with an Associate Degree in 2014. After graduation from MCC, I worked at the Jordan Center for Early Education in the Mesa School District.  Currently she is  working on a second B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms Charkreeya was working as a Program Manager before joining Noor Academy of Arizona. Lastly, I view my teaching, not as a job, but as an honor and privilege to serve!

 taught history in high school before marrying an American citizen and moving to Arizona in 2011. 

Email Address : Charkreeya.francis@nooracademyaz.com



Ms. Syra Khan

Subject teacher

 

Education

University of Maine

Bachelor of Science- Child Development and Family Relations. Minors: Education and Psychology

Bio: 

Ms. Syra started teaching 3 years ago, after graduating from the University of Maine with her bachelor’s degree. While living in Maine, Ms. Syra taught a wide array of students. She has experience working with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and students with autism and other disabilities. Ms. Syra comes from a family of 7 children, which sparked her interest in working with children early on in her college career. Outside of school, she enjoys yoga, tennis, hiking, spending time with family/friends, shopping and traveling. Ms. Syra is very grateful for the opportunity to teach at Noor Academy!

Subjects: 

Language Arts- Grade 1

Science- Grade 1

Social Studies- Grade 1

Social Studies- Grade 3

Computer- All Grades

Email Address: Syra.khan@nooracademyaz.com

Mr. Fadel Maraqa

Math teacher

Education

B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 2007.

Master Business Administration, University of Phoenix, Phoenix 2010

Bio:

Fadel Maraqa is Palestinian origin who was born in Kuwait. He moved to Jordan in 1991 and immigrated to the United States in 1998.

 He always has passion for teaching that his father was a math teacher and he also was a teacher assistant in Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona. With his educational background that he has a bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from ASU and a master in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, in addition to his broad experiences, mostly in computer repair and technical support, Fadel will bring great experience and real life examples to share with his students and to relate the teaching in class to real life examples.

In addition, it is his pleasure to be working with great faculty members and students in a great Islamic environment at Noor Academy of Arizona.

Email Address: fadel.maraqa@nooracademyaz.com