Our Staff

Staff

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Br. Sofiane Hafiani,

Headmaster, Religion/Arabic Department Head and Religion/Advanced Arabic Teacher

Br. Sofiane is the school Headmaster; his primary task is to shape the school’s mission and vision. He holds a degree in Exact Sciences (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), and also graduated from the University of Southern NH in Computer Information Systems. His graduate studies were in education with a focus on Islamic schools and Islamic Sciences.

Br. Sofiane has been teaching for over two decades, and took special interest in Muslim youth. He has experience as a religious director, teacher and Imam in different Islamic centers and educational institutions in the New England area. He still serves as an advisor for Islamic schools and institutions in the Boston area. This will be his fourteenth year at ANA.

Br. Sofiane can be reached at headmaster@anahs.org

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Sr. Fatma Abdelwahab, B.L.L.

Headmaster’s Assistant

Sr. Fatma Mohamed Abdelwahab is a graduate of the Law School at Ain-Shamess University in Cairo, Egypt. She also has a diploma in Medical and Legal Secretarial Sciences from the Medical and Legal Secretarial Sciences School in RI. She has been with the Islamic Academy for 19 years. Sr. Fatma first worked as the school secretary and Social Studies teacher. Now she works as both school’s Registrar and as the Headmaster’s Assistant.

She can be reached at fatma@anahs.com

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Sr. Siham Yagoubi, B.S., M.S.

Lead Teacher, Science Department Head and Mathematics Teacher

Sr. Siham is the head of the Mathematics and Science Department, and is a member of the ANA Executive Committee. This will be her fourteenth year at ANA, teaching math for grades 6 through 10. She also worked as a facilitator for online classes at Boston University. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Boston University, specializing in software engineering. She also completed a graduate certificate program in Bioinformatics at the University of Illinois.

She can be reached at siham@anahs.org

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Br. Hamzah Henshaw, A.B., M.A.T

Dean of Students, Humanities Department Head and High School English Literature & Language Arts Teacher

Br. Hamzah joined ANA in the summer of 2013. Born and raised in Greater Boston, Hamzah accepted Islam in 1994 while attending a suburban boarding school. He is a 2001 graduate of Harvard College, where he studied Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and served as the editor of the Let’s Go Italy & Let’s Go Middle East travel guides. In 2005, he completed the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program at the American University in Cairo. In 2010, he received his Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

After starting his career in the field of Islamic Banking in New York and Cape Town, South Africa, Hamzah transitioned to education in the spring of 2003. He has taught at the Islamic Academy of New England in Sharon, Wesgreen International School in Sharjah, UAE, and the American Language Center in Rabat. From 2006-2013, Hamzah worked at Fay School in Southborough, the country’s oldest junior boarding school. At Fay, Hamzah served as the Director of the International Summer School, taught ESL, English, and History to grades 6-9, coached tennis, and served as a dorm parent. This year will be his fifth year at Al-Noor Academy

Br. Hamzah can be reached at hamzah@anahs.org

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Sheikh Abdelmeneim Mukassabi, M.S.

Quran Teacher

Sheikh Abdelmeneim teaches Quran, Intermediate Arabic at Al-Noor Academy, utilizing skills he acquired when completing his Master’s degree in Telecommunications at Northeastern University. While he holds an undergraduate degree from his native Libya in electrical and electronic engineering, he is also an expert in Arabic and Holy Qur’an, holding numerous licensures in Quranic recitation and exegesis from the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Libya. Sheikh Abdelmeneim also employs his twin expertise in computer science and Arabic/Quran to develop cutting edge software for teaching Arabic and Quranic recitation at Al-Noor Academy.

He is widely known in Eastern Massachusetts for his Quranic knowledge, tajweed (the ability to precisely recite, and teach recitation of, Islam’s Divine text) and tafseer (the ability to explain the meanings of the Quran). He is also a scholar in Islamic law. This will be his fifth year at ANA.

He can be reached at abdelmeneim@anahs.org

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Mr. Josep Florencio, M.A.

Social Sciences and Middle School English Literature & Language Arts Teacher

A veteran social studies teacher in his first year at Al-Noor, Mr. Florencio studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a BA w/honors in history in 1999 and an MA in history in 2001.  Before coming to Al-Noor, Mr. Florencio taught in a number of private and public schools across the country, including Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, CT, a private school with a 90%Turkish Muslim student population.

In addition to a strong academic and teaching background, Mr. Florencio has also been an athletic coach (football, baseball and basketball), a class sponsor for National Honors Society chapters and a faculty adviser for various clubs such as the Model UN and International Travel Club. This year will be the second year for coach Flo at Al -Noor Academy.

Over the last few years, Mr. Florencio has also been heavily involved in curriculum development and the transition to computer-based learning in his former schools, including developing class websites and student blogs for all of his classes through Google Classroom, both of which he plans to use at Al-Noor.

He can be reached at joseph@anahs.org

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Br. Larbi Qabba, M.S.

Science Teacher

Brother Larbi studied Biology at the University of Ibn Tufail, Morocco, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2000, and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Rhode Island, in the USA, in 2011. Before coming to Al-Noor, he taught General Science in the public school system in Florida.

Besides the scientific background, Brother Larbi also learned different languages such as French, Arabic, and Spanish and is now concentrating on German.

In his previous teaching job, he was part of implementing a digital program at the school, using 100 percent of technology in a student-centered learning system through a network called “Edmudo,” similar to Google Learning he expects to use at Al-Noor Academy. This will be Br. Larbi second year at the Academy.

He can be reached at larbi@anahs.org

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Sr. Asmaa Alhadidi, B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

 Arabic/ Qur’an Teacher, Department of Humanities

Sr. Asmaa has been a teacher since 1995 overseas and in the United States. This will be her first year at ANA, teaching Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Civilization History. She held several teaching and administrative positions overseas and came to the United Sates as a Fulbright Scholar at Boston University. She has a license in Foreign Language Teaching (Arabic): K5-12, from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Dr. Alhadidi holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Modern Poetry from the University of Baghdad, with a bachelor in education from the same university.

She can be reached asmaa@anahs.org

Br. Richard A. Booth, B.A.

Senior Administration Assistant

A certified English teacher in his fourth year at Al-Noor, Mr. Booth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island, and did graduate study at Framingham State College for his teaching degree. Before transitioning to education, he spent 25 years in newspaper and magazine journalism, where he acquired strong writing and editing skills, as well as photography.

For the seventh year at ANA, Br. Booth advises our award-winning newspaper, “The Lighthouse,” performs writing, editing, photography, and communication tasks. He can be reached at richard@anahs.org

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Ruth (Rahma) Manion , B.A.

Administration Assistant and Girls PE Teacher

Rahma graduated with honors from Brookline High School in MA and went on to major in East Asian Studies and minor in Education at Colby College in Waterville, ME.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received an award as a distinguished student of Mandarin Chinese.  After college, Rahma went on to teach adult TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Boston’s Chinatown. Before marrying her husband, who was born in Senegal, Rahma became a Muslima.  As a Muslima, Rahma taught at Mutanifisun (now Noble) Academy at ICNE (Islamic Center of New England) in Quincy, MA and went on to teach at the Quincy ICNE Sunday School.

Rahma loves to work with and teach people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, which led her to earn a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate from the Boston Academy of English.  As a mother of three, when she has free time, Rahma enjoys teaching adult TESOL in the diverse community of Randolph, MA where she resides.  Rahma is looking forward to her first year at Al-Noor Academy where she will take on the role as an administrative assistant.

She can be reach at rahma@anahs.org

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Sara Alfageeh, BFA

Art Teacher

Sara Alfageeh is the newly joined Art Instructor at Al-Noor, teaching Drawing and Design. She’s a Boston-based illustrator, graduating from Lesley University College of Art and Design ’18. Sara’s career so far includes working as a cartoonist, published comic credits, art direction, character designing for video games, research, gallery work, panels, and teaching. Much of her work is about where art and identity intersect, and has been recipient of the Kingston Mann Award for Diversity and Inclusion, among other illustration awards.

Sara believes art needs a space outside of galleries and is essential for a well-rounded education. Once an Al-Noor student herself, she looks forward to rolling up her sleeves and getting to work with the next generation of our communities.

Sara Alfageeh can be reached at sara@anahs.org

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Grand Master Lahrizi

Boys PE Teacher

 

Grand Master Lahrizi, a tenth-degree black belt, brings to bear more than 45 years’ experience practicing, competing in, and teaching mixed martial arts. Currently president of both the WFMC and WKC, Br. Hamid teaches All Mixed-Extreme Martial Arts (AMXMA), self-defense, Karate, Taekwando, kickboxing, boxing, tricking and gymnastics. He has conducted A+ programs at Al-Noor Academy in the past, and they were very well-received. He is the owner of Hamid’s Academy, a prestigious and well-known institute of martial arts. He is founder of the AMXMA sport.

 

Br. Hamid can be reached at hamid@anahs.org