Br. Sofiane Hafiani,
Headmaster, Religion/Arabic Department Head and Religion/Advanced Arabic Teacher
Br. Sofiane is the school Director; 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 thirteenth year at ANA.
Br. Sofiane can be reached at email@example.com
Sr. Fatma Abdelwahab, B.L.L.
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 18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 thirteenth 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 email@example.com
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 fourth year at Al-Noor Academy
Br. Hamzah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheikh Abdelmeneim Mukassabi, M.S.
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 fourth year at ANA.
He can be reached at email@example.com
Intermediate Arabic/Quran Teacher
Br. Anas studied with knowledgeable scholars back in Morocco such as
Sheikh AbdelHamid Kaddi, Sheikh Mustapha Ladoul, Sheikh Abdellah Nahari, Sheikh Said Al-Kammaly, and Sheikh Abdessamad
Al-Khalfy. His Islamic studies continued when he came to America, as he was taught by Sheikh Anas Almuurqi’, Ustad Sofiane, Sheikh Awad Alkhalifah, and by our own Sheikh Abdelmeneim.
Although he devoted most of his life to learning about the deen, Br. Anas also has other interests. Br. Anas has a degree in computer science. He also has experience in accounting and clinical management. He moved to further his knowledge in an agricultural vein, following his father’s dream to come to America. Here, Anas studied agricultural engineering management. Br. Anas became more and more interested in Islamic education when he noticed the need for spiritual leaders and teachers in the Islamic community. Br. Anas was in charge of the khutbahs in his college, the University of Missouri. He became symbolic in Masjid Ar-Rahman, where he created a circle of knowledge and gave the Friday khutbas.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Josep Florencio, M.A.
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.
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 email@example.com
Br. Larbi Qabba, M.S.
Larbi Qabba, is the new Science teacher at Al-Noor Academy.
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.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruheena Ravzi, B.S, M.S.
Middle School English Literature & Language Arts Teacher
Born and raised in Weston, Massachusetts, Ruheena is no stranger to our community, having frequented the Sharon masjid as a child and substituting at Al-Noor for one week back in 2002. She is a graduate of Tufts University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Art History and later received her Master’s Degree in English Literature from Boston College.
Ruheena has over five years of experience in education. First as a high school English teacher at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, then as the fourth grade teacher and later as a maternity leave substitute for seventh grade English and Language Arts at Al-Hamra Academy. She also taught an ESL English class as part of the International Summer School at Fay School in Southborough and substituted for a variety of grades at the Winsor School in Boston. She spent seven years living and working at Fay School with her husband, Hamzah Henshaw, predominantly as an Admission office assistant and for three years as Director of Admission for the International Summer School there.
From 1998-2003, she taught at the Wayland masjid Sunday School and served as Youth Group leader for several years as well. She has travelled the world and lived in many countries to further her love of learning, such as Italy where she studied Art History and Egypt, Morocco and Syria, where she studied Arabic, Qur’an and Islam. Her desire to learn more about Islam culminated in her work as a teaching assistant for three years at SunniPath/Qibla Academy. This will be Ruheena’s second year teaching at Al-Noor.
Sr. Ruheena can be reached at email@example.com
Hajj Wafaa, Master Calligrapher
Hajj Wafaa is a master in both Islamic arts and Arabic calligraphy. He started his first session of teaching Arabic calligraphy in Boston area in 2008, and teaches it to this day. He entered a world competition in traditional Arabic calligraphy in Turkey in 1995 and 2005.
A 2008 graduate of the Gibbs School at Boston College, he holds a degree in Computer Science, Visual Communication Graphics, and Web Design. Currently, he is a freelance World Wide Web site designer, and creates such work as logos, brochures, signs and pamphlets. He has done workshops in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as many U.S. locations.
Brother Hajj is well-skilled in a broad array of design software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and DreamWeaver. This will be his third year at ANA.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls’ Physical Education/Health Teacher
Hala Herbali is our fitness instructor for the middle and high school girls here at Al-Noor Academy. She is an Al-Noor Academy alumna, and was valedictorian of her graduating class. She particularly knows how to exactly connect with the students due to her personal academic experience here at the Academy.
Hala became interested in fitness and became active in the professional field while she was still a student at ANA. Now, she is currently a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston, double-majoring in Bio-medicine and Nutrition and triple-minoring in Psychology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
Hala is passionate about what she does and she plans to do all that she can, now and all the way into the future insha’Allah, to give back to our community and continue helping our youth blossom into the best they can be. This will be her second year training our aspiring academic athletes. This will be her fifth year at ANA.
She can be reached at email@example.com