Nursery: Budoor Mohamed
Budoor Mohamed was born and raised in Oakland, California. She has been an Early Childhood Education teacher since 2003 and has worked with children from infancy to 5 years old . She is currently the Pre-School teacher at Peace Terrace Academy. Sr. Budoor is very passionate about children and believes deeply that children in their early and formative years need a loving environment and plenty of play and interactive experiences.
She loves spending time with her family and four beautiful children. Her children keep her busy with the variety of interests that they all have. Budoor believes that a teacher who loves to teach, will teach children to love learning.
“It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” Anonymous
Pre-K: Roohi Qadir
Roohi Qadir teaches Pre Kindergarten and is the Director for Pre-K and Nursery at Peace Terrace Academy. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and has Early Childhood Education and Montessori teacher’s training. She has been working with Pre School children since 1987 & has worked both locally & abroad which has given her a unique opportunity to appreciate & embrace different cultures & values.
“If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly.” — Buddhist proverb
This quote sums up the philosophy of her teaching as Sr Roohi is very passionate about teaching children between the ages of 3 to 5 years. These are the years when children are beginning to learn & she believes that we as educators play an essential role in providing a nurturing, safe, playful & creative environment which inspires them to thrive.
ECE Assistant: Nadia Babacarkhail
Nadia Babacarkhail graduated from Kabul University with a degree in Pharmacy and completed the Early Childhood Education program at Chabot College in Hayward, California. She is very passionate about early childhood education and feels that it is the foundation for setting good habits. Nadia joined the Peace Terrace ECE team in 2015 as ECE assistant.
In her spare time Nadia loves to cook wonderful meals for family and friends and enjoys a healthy lifestyle.
Kindergarten: Tahira Mohideen
Tahira has a bachelor degree in commerce and computers. She worked as a software programmer. Her passion for teaching young children led her to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Tahira strives to give the best foundation for the young minds to succeed in both Deen and Duniya. When Tahira is not at Peace Terrace Academy she volunteers at her daughter’s school. Tahira is an excellent henna artist. She also likes to paint, make jewelry and do crochet.
Grade 1: Sonia Sbieh
Sonia Sbeih has been in the Educational field for more than 14 years. She has completed more than 24 units of Early Childhood Development courses at Merritt College in Oakland, California. She taught First and Second grades for 8 years consistently at Masjid Al Islam in Oakland, California
Sonia began working as a First Grade teacher at Peace Terrace Academy in September 2012, then taught Second Grade and now back as the First Grade teacher. She is fluent in Arabic and is a Sunday school teacher at the Islamic Center of Alameda. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, knitting and enjoying the outdoors. She enjoys family time, especially with her grandchildren.
Grade 2: Zenab Patel
Zenab Patel was born in India and raised in Orange County, California. She received her BA in Psychology from University of Phoenix in 2013 and, is currently in the process of completing her MA in Education with teaching credentials from San Jose State University. While being involved in the lives of her nephews and nieces, she discovered her passion for teaching and the love of working with children. With over ten years of experience in the field of education, she has had the opportunity of working with children of all ages.
Her philosophy of education is to create a balance between academics and spirituality and joining the Peace Terrace family has given her the platform to do just that. In her spare time Zenab enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking and reading.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Grade 3: Joyce Evans
Joyce Evans was born in Ukiah California in 1985. She has been in the Educational field for 5 years. She has completed more than 18 units of Early Childhood Education. She was a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher at a Private school in Fremont for the last two years.
Joyce has two children, a boy and a girl with whom she spends most of her spare time. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, skating, baking and enjoying just about any outdoor activity.
Joyce is a huge believer in the importance of reading. As Dr. Seuss said “The more things that you read. The more things you will know. The more that you learn. The more places you’ll go!”
Grade 4: Sarwat Iqbal
Grade 5: Nadia Atassi
Nadia was born in Valparaiso, Indiana and received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Humanities from Valparaiso University. She then received her Master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. Nadia has worked as a writing consultant and a private tutor for children of all ages. She also spent two years as a youth leader at her local masjid. Nadia has known she wanted to be a teacher from when she was a young child herself, and is honored to be fulfilling her dream now teaching critical thinking and Islamic Studies and connecting everything back to our perfect religion. In her spare time, Nadia reads as much as she can, writes as much as she can, knits, and spends every possible moment with her family and kittens.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
“Whoever trails a path seeking [sacred] knowledge, Allah will place him on a path to Paradise. The angels lower their wings for the student of [sacred] knowledge, pleased with what he is doing. The creatures in the heaven and earth seek forgiveness for the student of [sacred] knowledge, even the fish in the water.” -Hadith
Social Studies: Fawzia Baaghil
Fawzia Eltareb was born and raised in Stockton, California. She obtained her BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, East Bay. She then continued her education and received her master’s degree in English. Fawzia has previously taught at Granada Islamic School, Al Noor Islamic School, and most recently completed her teaching certificate at California State East Bay, where she mentored with a professor teaching university students freshman English.
Fawzia enjoys nature outings with her family, visiting museums, writing poetry, and organizing her home.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” — George Santayana
Language Arts: Shabeena Ansari
Shabeena Ansari has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Bombay. She has been tutoring from a very young age, starting with her own younger sisters and kids in her neighborhood. After working in the disk drive industry for nearly six years, she decided to change tracks after the birth of her first child. She has been a teacher ever since, both formally and informally. Shabeena was the home room teacher for 5th grade at PTA for the school year 2008-09. She then home schooled her two daughters for three years, and has returned to PTA to teach English Language Arts to middle school students. In her spare time, she loves to sew, crotchet, bake and of course, read! “Books are a man’s best friend”, she says and she hopes to instill the same love of books in her students.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X
Science: Tasneem Haq
Tasneem Huq was born in Bangladesh. She completed her Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh and Masters in Environmental Engineering from San Diego State University. She lived in Southern California for over 12 years before moving to the Bay Area in 2014.
Tasneem is also a certified Qur’an teacher and has been teaching Qur’an for several years. She is currently enrolled with the Islamic Teacher Education Online Certificate Program. In her free time, she likes to travel and play board games with her kids and also enjoys baking and cooking. She is passionate about raising children in an Islamic environment and believes in interacting with children in a dynamic manner, valuing their individuality and recognizing their self-respect as Muslims.
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” — Maya Angelou
Mathematics: Zainab Baaghil
Zainab Baaghil was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has received her Bachelors’ degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University and her Master’s degree and teaching certificate from California East Bay University. Zainab enjoys teaching, reading, and playing basketball with her students.
“I tried to teach my child with books.
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words.
They passed him by often unheard.
Despairingly, I turned aside.
“How shall I teach this child?” I cried.
Into my hand he put the key
“Come,” he said, “play with me.”
Arabic and Qur'an
Hifdh Program: Shaykh Imran Khan
Hafidh Imran Khan was born and raised in Stockton. He completed his initial studies of Quran and Arabic under his uncle, a scholar of the Islamic Sciences. In 1999, he traveled to Pakistan where he was given the title and Ijaza of ‘Alim and Hafidh for successfully completing his courses in Islamic Theology and memorization of the Quran. In 2010 Hafidh Imran served as the Imam and Director of Religious Services at the MCYC of Elk Grove, Ca and taught Quran at Masjid Omar Farooq in Stockton. He currently sits on the board of the Islamic Shariah Council of California. In 2014, Hafidh Imran Khan joined Peace Terrace Academy in Fremont and is the teacher of Peace Terrace Academy’s full time Hfidh program. Under his guidance and supervision, students at Peace Terrace Academy are memorizing the Quran while maintaining their academic standing in secular subjects. He is fluent in English, Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi and Pashto. While currently living in the Bay Area, he serves as the Imam and leader of prayer at the South Bay Islamic Center in San Jose.
Qur'an 4-8 and Jr. High Physical Education: Mohammed Suleiman
Mohammed Suleiman was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and attended school at Abdullah Ibn Masud Islamic Institute where he studied Quran, tafseer and Hadith and Abdurahman Ibn Auff in the faculty of Tafsir by notable scholars of Saudi to delve deeper into Quranic studies. Later, upon moving to London, England, he attended Westminster University getting his diploma in travel and tourism. His passion has been to continue studying classical Arabic and teaching children the importance of the language of the Qur’an. “Childhood is such a critical age because if children are given a strong foundation in their learning of Islam, then they are more likely to maintain and adhere to their Islamic values, appreciate the religion and most importantly love Allah, Most High and his Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace”. Mohammed’s hobbies are reading classical Arabic texts, attending Islamic lectures, and remaining active and promoting good health by playing soccer, swimming and running. Mohammed also runs an afterschool soccer program that is open to the public two days a week.
“The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others.” — Hadith
Arabic 3-8: Sr. Kaldiah Ismail
Kaldia Ismail earned an Arabic degree from Daar Al Moalmat in Palestine. She is a well-experienced teacher who has taught for six years in Palestine, one year at Al Hoda School, and one as a Sunday school teacher in Chicago. Her passion for teaching was the leading cause for her to pursue a teaching position at Peace Terrace Academy. Kaldia believes that when a person pledges to become a teacher, they need to be fully committed to the profession and dedicate their time and energy toward the success of their students. One of Kaldia’s main goals is to get all of her students to understand, write, and speak Arabic fluently. Kaldia is a mother of three children and she enjoys cooking and experimenting with food. She is very supportive and determined in helping her children become very successful and reach all of their dreams. As a result of her determination, her oldest son got accepted at UC Berkeley, despite the fact that English wasn’t his first language.
Arabic and Qur'an K-3: Nahla Ghalal
Nahla Galal was born in Alexandria Egypt and moved to Fremont, California in 1999. She has a Bachelor degree of Commerce from Alexandria University, Arabic Certification from institute of Arabic eloquence and a Certification in early childhood Development. She studied Tajweed in Egypt and taught Arabic for the primary level in Egypt from 1994-1997. After moving to California, Nahla started teaching Arabic at ISEB Sunday School from 2002 to 2007 and then went on to teaching Arabic and Quran at Peace Terrace Academy in 2006. Her favorite hobby is to read and write Arabic poems. She loves teaching young Muslims who will one day build the ummah, In sha Allah. Her desire is to see those whom she teaches and all of the students of Peace Terrace Academy grow up as strong Muslims who realize their potential to be exceptional leaders. It would bring her great joy to know that she had any influence in making that happen. May Allah increase in faith and knowledge, Ameen.
Nahla believes what Imam Ash-Shaafi’ee said once: “Knowledge is that which benefits, not that which is memorized.”
Hifdh Program: Imam Siraj Desai
Imam Siraj Desai is the Imam of the I.S.E.B Masjid and a hafidh of Qur’an. He has over fourteen years of teaching experience and has taught students of several ages.