Principal

Abdelnasser Hussein

 

Education:

  • Ijazah in Qur'an Recitation

  • Ph. D. in Education (Pursuing)_URI/RIC

  • M. Ed. in Leadership_WSU 

  • B. A. in English Arts & Education_Egypt 

 

Experience:

  • 20 years in Education (Teacher & Admin_USA, UAE & Egypt)

  • 11 Years in Administrative Positions  

 

Duties Included:

  • Principal

  • Vice Principal

  • Head of Department

  • Sunday School Director

  • Professional Development Director 
  • Curriculum Director

  • School Accreditation Coordinator

  • Master Trainer, Teach® to the Future, INTEL

  • Test Coordinator

  • Data Coordinator

  • Quran/Islamic Studies Teacher 

  • ESL Teacher

Secretary

Ms. Chrisitine Slaney

 

Education:

- B.G.S. in Psychology (Expected 12/2018) – Roger Williams University

About me:

- I joined ISRI in 2016 as both a parent and the school secretary. I am proud to help serve the school’s mission in educating our future generations of Muslim Americans.

 

Book-keeper

Ms. Mirvat Elanani

 

Education:

- Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Rhode Island College, Providence RI (May 2011)

- Technical Support Diploma - The Chubb Institute, Jersey City, NJ (April 1999)

 

Experience:

- 2005- Present: Bookkeeper A and B Mart   Cranston, RI         

- 2015-2016: First Grade Homeroom Teacher ISRI  West Warwick RI  

- 2016-2018: Substitute Teacher for KG-8th Grade ISRI  West Warwick RI 

- 1999-2005: Human Resource Manager Exquisite Home Products Carico  Bloomfield, NJ

 

About me:

I graduated in 2011 from RIC with a BS in accounting while handling the bookkeeping for the family business. I joined the ISRI team in 2014 as a parent, the PTO Treasurer, and a substitute teacher. Being the Bookkeeper for ISRI is a great opportunity to utilize my skills, and to work with the wonderful team of ISRI.  ​

 

PK 3 Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Sabeen Ahmed

 

Qualifications:

- Communication Disorder degree _Worcester State College, MA, with a focus on speech and language development for ages 0-5 

 

Experience:

- Women and Infants Hospital for nine months assisting in hearing tests and screening newborns.

- Pre-K teacher since 2004 at ISRI

 

About me:

I joined ISRI as a Pre-K teacher in 2004 and continued until 2007. I later returned to the school in 2010 and henceforth has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten class. The Pre-Kindergarten 3 curriculum focuses on Arabic, Quran, and Religion as well as the essential listening, speaking and reading development, letters, sounds, and numbers 1-10.

 

PK 3 Assistant

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Education:

 

About me:

 

PK 4 Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Souad Slimani

 

Education:

- Bachelor or Arts, major English literature at Sidi Mohammed bin Abdullah university in Morocco

- Rhode Island teaching certification in elementary education 

 

Experience:

  • Teach my own children ages 3, 13 and 15

  • Teach at ISRI for around 11 years

 

About me:

My passion for education is indescribable. The school has been number one priority in my whole life. I believe that educated people can make a big change. The way they think, they act, and they react to things happening around them should have a positive impact. The latter would not only affect the educated people’s life but would also affect society as a whole.

Knowing that education is the key to success, I have been and I will always be a student. I truly appreciate the fact that mentors, teachers, guides, and advisors are out there to do what it takes to help build a stronger foundation for every individual seeking to be educated.

 

 

 

PK 4 Assistant

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KG Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Ibtisam Issa

 

Education:

- 9/93-1/2000: Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery: Al Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya.

 

Experience: 

  • 1/2014- 9/20015: Esperanza/ Hope Clinic, Providence, RI: Volunteer Medical Observer           

  • 4/2003- 3/2005: United Nation Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA), Lebanon: Medical Officer.

     

     

About me:

I Joined ISRI as a substitute teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. I started this year as a homeroom teacher for KG. I am proud to be a part of the ISRI team. I strive to achieve excellence in our students’ education.

Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Laila Elsayd 

 

Qualifications:

- 2007 Bachelor's Degree from Hunter College_New York Psychology 

- 2004 St. John’s University, New York _Physician Assistant

 

Experience:

- ISRI (Nov. 2012 - July 2013): Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President.       

- ISRI (March 2013 – June 2013): Pre-K 3 Classroom Teacher & Pre-K 4 Assistant Teacher.           

- P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson School (June 2011, New York): KG Assistant Teacher, Gifted & Talented.

- New Generation International Schools (March 2008, Egypt): Kindergarten Classroom Teacher.

- Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Supplemental Educational Services Program (Feb. 2007 - June 2007, New York): Site Coordinator & Instructor       

-  Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Supplemental Educational Services Program (Jan. 2006 - Jan. 2007, New York): Classroom Instructor          

 

About me:

I enjoy working with children and watching them grow and develop into independent individuals and thinkers. It is my desire and goal to give back to the Muslim community by setting the path for our children to achieve all that they dream. So much of what I do is to ensure that our children receive the best education and academic experience possible, becoming well-rounded individuals.

 

Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher 

Marshel Ann Johnson Fall (Zainah Fall)

 

Education:

- Associates in Special Education- West Virginia State College

- Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology- West Virginia University

- Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology- West Virginia University

 

 

Experience

- 25 years of co-teaching regular education and special education in the public school system 

- I have worked in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Washington State.

 

 

About Me:

I knew from the age of 15 I wanted to be a teacher.  My brothers, sister and I would have “school” during the summers, taught by me.  I fell in love with special education because I felt as though these students did not have a voice.  In my humble way, I would like to give our community knowledge both educationally, spiritually, and morally as taught by the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

 

Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

Ms. Marissa Benzina

 

Education:

- 1996-1998:  Johnson & Wales University:  Associates Degree Travel-Tourism Management

- 1998-2000:  Johnson & Wales University:  Bachelors Hospitality Management

- 2000-2001:  Johnson & Wales University:  Master’s Degree in Hospitality Administration

- 2009-2011:  University of Phoenix:  Master’s Degree Early Childhood Education

 

Experience:

- 2009-Present:  3rd Grade Teacher Islamic School of Rhode Island

- 2009-Present:  Providence School Department Title 1 Tutor

- 2010-2011:  Attended ISNA Conference Chicago, Illinois

- 2013: Diverse Learners Conference

- 2014: NEASC Workshop:  Accreditation/How to Accredit Schools

- 2014: Al-Huda Academy:  STEM Workshop

- 2015: Al-Hamra Academy 1st annual NECIS Forum:  Islamic Education Seeking Answers from Within

- 2015: Al-Huda Academy:  Kagan Cooperative Learning Workshop

- 2015: Bridgewater State University Educators Conference

- 2011: Student Teaching Experience Completed at Storks Nest Child Academy Smithfield, Rhode Island

- 2006-2007: Assistant Manager at Panera Bread Wakefield, Rhode Island

- 2001-2006: Front Office Operations Manager Residence Inn by Marriott Franklin, MA

Math (Grades: 5-8)

Social Studies (Grades: 6&8) 

Ms. Nafisa Girach

 

Education:

1998                            MSc Economics from University of Birmingham, UK

 

1997                            BA (Hons) Economics with Management from the University of                                                      Central England, Birmingham, UK

 

Experience:                

Islamic School of Rhode Island

 

Sept 2014 to present               Middle School Math and Social Studies Teacher

 

Sept 2011 to 2014                    Middle School Math Teacher

 

Sept 2009 to June 2010:          Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher

                                                    (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math (Gr. 6, 7 & 8)

Sept 2008 to June 2009:          Acting Principal and Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher

                                                    (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math (Gr. 6, 7 & 8))

Sept 2007 to June 2008:         Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher

                                                   (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math (Gr. 2, 6 & 7)

Sept 2006 to June 2007:         Part-time Math Teacher, Grades 2 to 6)

 

I joined the ISRI team in 2006, and I am so proud of the dedication of all the staff here. We strive to achieve excellence in our students, on both an academic level, as well as a personal level. My aim is not just to teach students at their grade level, but to help each student advance at their level so that they can achieve their best.

Science (Grades: 4-8)

Math (Grade: 4) 

Mr. Brandon Brass 

 

Education:

- B.A. in Biology- University of Rhode Island

- B.A. in Secondary Education Biology- University of Rhode Island

- B.S. in General Science- University of Rhode Island

 

Experience:

- 2002-2010- US Army Military Police
- 2017- Substitute for grades K-12 at Chariho Regional School District

 

About me:

I am originally from the state of Colorado. I am very excited to join the ISRI community. I have a passion for science and teaching and I love watching students learn. Prior to ISRI and receiving my education from the University of Rhode Island. It was in the military that I truly learned my passion for teaching when conducting classes and training for other soldiers.

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Language Arts (Grades: 4&5)

Social Studies (Grades: 5&7)

Ms. Lynn Ponte

 

Education:

- B.S. Degree Elementary Education- Utah State University
- Preschool, middle school and Special Ed. Endorsement

About me:

I grew up in Rhode Island and I live in West Warwick. I have three grown children and have also raised four foster children. I have been a preschool teacher and a substitute teacher in West Warwick and Coventry for more than 10 years. I enjoy writing grants and essays for non-profit organizations, baking, fishing, and gardening. I also love to spend my time taking day trips throughout New England. When I was 10, I thought I’d grow up to own a candy store. Being a teacher is much sweeter! I am happy to teach ELA to grades: 4 and 5 here at ISRI and to encourage a love of learning.

ELA (Middle School) 

Ms. Nilofar Syed

 

 

Education:

 

- B.A. in English literature- with a creative writing minor - Central Connecticut State University

- M. A. in English literature - Southern Connecticut State University 

(thesis topic: Spatial Representations of Women in Quran)

 

Experience:

 

 - Adjunct Professor at University of Rhode Island _ 2011
 - The middle school language arts teacher at ISRI 2010-2011
 - Adjunct Professor at Southern Connecticut State University- 2009- 2010

 

About me:

 

In first grade, I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to write on the board. A simplistic motivation eventually blossomed into a full-fledged career, Alhumdolilah. Teaching is my passion and I love to share my enthusiasm for reading and writing with my students. I am excited and honored to be the new Language Arts teacher at the middle school.

 

 

Fine Art

Ms. Hanadi Zaza 

 

Qualifications:

- Diploma in Fine Art

- Associate degree from CCRI

 

About me:

I am the Art teacher at ISRI. I attended Technical Art School and a Fine Art College in Syria. I joined ISRI in 2011 as a teacher assistant moving onto Art teacher the following year.

 

QIA Teacher (Middle School)

Shaikh Awad Khalifa: 

 

Education:

- Bachelor’s of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

- Diploma of Teaching English and Islamic Studies

- Diploma of Islamic Studies and Tajweed 

 

About me:

Awad Khalifa is an Arabic, Religion and Quran teacher at ISRI and joined the school in 2008. He has nearly 23 years of teaching experience; and got his education and teaching experience from Al Yamaniya University, Sudan Institute for Teaching and AlQuran University respectively. He has taught English Language and Islamic Studies to middle and secondary grade students in Yemen and Sudan.

 

QIA Teacher (6th, 5th & 4th Grades) 

Ms. Nusaiba Elhaj

 

Education:

- Bachelor degree in Science Botany and Chemistry _University of Khartoum, Sudan.

 

 

Experience:

- 2015 - present QIA teacher at ISRI 

- 2013-2014 Almanal Educational Foundation 4th grade teacher

- 2010-2012 Summit International Schools Assistant Manager for Preschool and kindergartens       section 

- 2008-2010 3rd grade teacher At Summit International Schools 

- 2006-2008 QIA teacher at Summit International Schools

- Literacy teacher 2006-2007 Khartoum, Sudan

 

 

About me:

Guiding the young Muslim generation to learn more about Islam, Quran, and practice what they learn is a great message which I’m really honored to be part of the Islamic School staff who are all devoted to helping students have an amazing experience of education in an Islamic pleasant atmosphere 

 

QIA Teacher (4th, 3rd & 2nd Grades)

Ms. Suhad Alzarkli

 

Qualifications:

- BA of Accounting and Economic Studies ( Syrian University_1996)

- Pursuing a BA degree in Islamic Studies ( Islamic Online University 2015-2019)

 

Experience:

- Arabic teacher in Syria ( 1996-1998)

- Qur’an, Islamic Studies Teacher and Arabic (QIA) teacher at ISRI ( 2005 – present)

- Attended a lot of professional development training.

 

My objective is teaching Muslim students the importance of believing in Allah, and loving his prophet and the Holy Qur’an. I am also dedicated to creating a positive learning environment and making a difference in student’s Islamic lives through high teaching skills and knowledge.

QIA Teacher (1st, KG & PR-K) 

Ms. Sanaa Janoudi

 

Qualifications:

- Over a decade long of knowledge in this area of teaching.

- Successful ways of working with children, and teaching them the importance of QIA

- Attending many workshops in different Islamic schools and colleges. All were positive for me being a QIA teacher.

- Associates degree in Civil Engineering (Teshreen University Syria)

 

Experience:

I have been a volunteer and assistant teacher at several Islamic Schools in New England. I joined ISRI in 2010 and I’m proud to be part of the team that strives to build a strong Islamic foundation in the community. After being a teacher in this field for more than ten years, I have built a lot of experience in how to work with students and fellow teachers and have built a strong method of educating and teaching manners.

 
 
 
 
 

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