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Meet our Faculty & Staff

Dr. Noor Ali

Dr. Noor Ali

Principal

Dr. Noor Ali is the Principal of Al-Hamra Academy. She earned her Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University in Curriculum, Teaching, Leadership, and Learning. She has a MA in English LIterature and an MS Ed in Inclusion Education. Dr. Noor Ali is a veteran K-12 teacher of 15 years.

Charlean Cooley

Charlean Cooley

School Administrator

Charlean Cooley has been the School Administrator here at Al-Hamra Academy since 2011. She enjoys working with families and getting them started on a fantastic journey at Al-Hamra.

Saima Hameed

Saima Hameed

3rd Grade Teacher

Saima Hameed has been teaching the third grade at Al-Hamra since 2001, following 18 years of teaching high school in Karachi, Pakistan. To her, each year, every class brings new, inquisitive faces that keep her excited to teach.

Sharon Martin

Sharon Martin

1st Grade Teacher

Sharon Martin is a 1st-grade teacher here at Al-Hamra! Her 14 years at Shrewsbury Public Library as a Children's Librarian and ultimately Head of the Children's Room were excellent training for teaching at Al Hamra Academy.

Naima Ghouli

Naima Ghouli

Elementary & Middle School Teacher

Naima Ghouli is an Elementary and Middle School teacher here at Al-Hamra and has taught Arabic & Religion to our students for 6 years!

Sumyrha Qureshi

Sumyrha Qureshi

Science Teacher

Sumyrha Qureshi teaches 4th & 6th grade Science. This is her 10th year teaching science at Alhamra. She has a Bachelors's and Master's degree in science.

Sheema Sheikh

Sheema Sheikh

Computer Science Teacher

Sheema Sheikh is the Computer Science Teacher and part of the Administrative Staff. She’s been working with kids for the last 10 years as a teacher, volunteer, and administrator. Sr. Sheema received her Bachelors's in Statistics from Rutgers University.

Nazia Naveed

Nazia Naveed

1st Grade Teacher

Nazia Naveed started with Al-Hamra Academy as a substitute teacher and has now joined as an Assistant Teacher for the first grade.

Ghoufrane Boudi

Ghoufrane Boudi

Preschool & Pre- K Assistant Teacher

Ghoufrane Boudi is one of our Preschool and Pre- kindergarten assistant teachers. She has 3 years of experience and a Bachelor's degree in international sales and marketing. She enjoys working with kids and helping them develop their personalities.

Sara Safdar

Sara Safdar

Elementary & Middle School Teacher

Sara Safdar teaches Social Studies, Religion and is an assistant ELA teacher to middle and elementary school students.

Shazia Jawwad

Shazia Jawwad

Preschool Teacher Assistant

Shazia Jawwad is a teacher's assistant for our Preschool. She is originally from Pakistan and completed her education there. She holds a professional certification in child care and development. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, and inspiring children.

Sophia Anwaruddin

Sophia Anwaruddin

Director of Elementary & Middle School

Sophia Anwaruddin is one of our Directors of Elementary & Middle School and has been with Al-Hamra for over ten years.

Deanna Latham

Deanna Latham

Counselor

Deanna Latham is the school counselor here at Al-Hamra Academy. She has been working with children and adolescents for over 20 years. Before coming to Al-Hamra, she taught Language Art for 15 years in a public middle school.

Kristine Austin

Kristine Austin

Mathematics Teacher

Kristine Austin has been teaching for almost 15 years here at Al-Hamra. Her specialty is in teaching Mathematics.

Nedhal Saoud

Nedhal Saoud

Arabic & Islamic Studies Teacher

Nedhal Saoud is from Baghdad, Iraq, and has been working in Alhamra Academy since 2010. She teaches Arabic and Islamic studies to Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade!

Habibe Balciouglu

Habibe Balciouglu

Elementary & Middle School Teacher

Habibe Balciouglu has been with the Academy for 5 years. She has worked at Al Hamra as an assistant teacher and a math supportive teacher in different grades through Elementary and Middle School. She has also taught art and religion classes to first graders.

Fehmeeda Mehta

Fehmeeda Mehta

Bookkeeper

Fehmeeda Mehta is the Bookkeeper at Al-Hamra. She has 2 boys. Her oldest graduated in June 2020 and the youngest is in Grade 4. She loves numbers and so she really enjoys her work here!

Alexander Jeong

Alexander Jeong

Martial Arts/PE Teacher

Alexander Jeong is the Martial Arts/PE Teacher. He has been involved with Taekwondo for 25 years and is currently a 5th Degree Black Belt. He hopes to share his experience and knowledge for the development of the student's mental and physical discipline.

Joel Seger

Joel Seger

Middle School Theatre Arts Teacher

Joel D. Seger is the new Middle School Theatre Arts Teacher. Joel has been involved in the performing
arts for most of his life. He has been a performer onstage in plays and musicals.

Chuck Pratt

Chuck Pratt

Security Officer

Chuck Pratt acts as the Security Officer for Al-Hamra Academy. This is his 2nd year with Al-Hamra. He retired from the Shrewsbury Police after 34 years and feels this has been the perfect job for the next chapter in his life.

Lexi Marcosa

Lexi Marcosa

2nd Grade Teacher

Lexi Marcosa is a second-grade teacher at Al Hamra Academy. Before coming to Al Hamra Lexi worked with children with a variety of different physical and mental disabilities. Lexi loves working with children in kindergarten through second grade.

Sanam Zaer

Sanam Zaer

Director of Elementary & Middle School

Sanam Zaer is one of our Directors of Elementary & Middle School. She has a Master's Degree in Education and a background in teaching English to both language learners and native speakers.

Bathoola Fathima

Bathoola Fathima

Pre-K Teacher

Bathoola Fathima is a Pre-K teacher with 3 beautiful children and one shy bird. This is her 6th year with Alhamra and she absolutely loves her job. She also loves the outdoors, planting, and crafting and tries to incorporate her hobbies into her lesson plans!

Sonia Hussein

Sonia Hussein

Quran, Arabic & Islamic Studies Teacher

Sonia Hussein has a B.A. degree in Sharia and is authorized by Al- Furqan School to teach Noorani Qaidah. She really enjoys teaching and reading Quran, Arabic, and Islamic Studies here at Al-Hamra!

Nadia Aljam

Nadia Aljam

Elementary & Middle School Teacher

Dr. Nadia Aljam, MD, originally from Syria, has a certificate of memorizing the Holy Quran from Damascus and from the Association of the United Muslim World in Jordan. She is teaching Quran from KG to 4th grade and Tajweed from 5th to 8th grades and has been working at Alhamra Academy for over 15 years!

Nisreen Ameer

Nisreen Ameer

5th Grade Teacher

Nisreen Ameer has taught preschool through elementary years and leads her class in experiential learning through field trips and interacting with nature.

Zuhdiah Abdeljaber

Zuhdiah Abdeljaber

Middle School Teacher

Zuhdiah Abdeljaber has been teaching at Al-Hamra Academy since 1998. To her students and colleagues, she is better known as Sr. Eman. She is currently the 7th-grade homeroom teacher as well as the ELA teacher for both 6th and 7th and math for 6th.

Jenna Jaara

Jenna Jaara

Computer Science Teacher

Jenna Jaara is the Computer Science teacher here at Al-Hamra. She's very involved at the school and coaches many clubs including Girls on the Run, Speech & Debate, and Robotics.

Phil Najemy

Phil Najemy

4th Grade Teacher

Phil Najemy has been teaching 4th grade here at Al Hamra for 5 years. He has his BA in English; MLitt in English; MSc in Creative Writing, and Ph.D. in Creative Writing/English

Fakhera Merchant

Fakhera Merchant

2nd Grade Aide

Fakhera Merchant is a second-grade aide. She brings years of experience working in an Islamic school in Chicago. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and was a practicing attorney in her previous life. She is also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider. In her spare time, she loves to travel, go on hikes with her family and run her Islamic store.

Abbera Baig

Abbera Baig

Kindergarten Teacher

Abbera works with kindergarteners here at Al-Hamra. Her favorite classroom experiences are those where she is connecting with her students and learning through art or hands-on activities.

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