Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Hamza Academy

Below is the Hamza Academy team members for the 2017-18 school year. 

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SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND OPERATIONS TEAM

Thaslima Thamanna: Principal

  • Currently pursuing Masters of Education (expected Spring 2017) and Ed. D. track (expected Summer 2019), Education Leadership, American College of Education
  • Master of Education, The City College of New York
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from The City College of New York
  • 10+ years of school leadership and teaching experience in working with Department of Education Schools, Charter Schools, Islamic Schools and the City University of New York
  • Extensive training with the Charter School Network and Department of Education in School Management and Family Engagement.
  • Currently pursuing a B.S. in Islamic Studies from Al-Maghrib Institute
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
tthamanna@hamzaacademy.com 

Sahar Hussain: Director of Curriculum and Staff Development

  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership from College of Saint Rose
  • Master of Science in Education with a focus on Teaching English to Students of Other Languages from Long Island University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and Labor Studies from CUNY Queens College
  • Ten years of experience in various instructional leadership roles in the department of education
  • Three years of experience as an Islamic School Educator and Leader
  • Certification: NYS School District Leader License 
  • Certification: NYS School Building Leader License 
  • Certification: NYS ELA License
  • Certification: NYS ESL License
  • CEO of Edlevate
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
shussain@hamzaacademy.com

Jafrin Fatima Zaman: Financial Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in History from SUNY Stony Brook University
  • Completion of Classical Arabic program from Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan
  • Extensive experience as an Islamic School Elementary Educator
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
fzaman@hamzaacademy.com

Ruqayyah Ishmael: Events Coordinator

  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Arabic Studies from Hunter College
  • Extensive experience as Administrative Assistant 
  • Familiar with Events Planning and involved in college committees 
  • Skilled with Microsoft, highly attentive to detail, strong work ethic, and excellent collaboration between employee staff
rishmael@hamzaacademy.com

Jenan Abdin: Office Assistant

  • Completed major coursework at CUNY Queens College
  • Experienced as an Islamic School Educator
  • Experienced Program Coordinator for Non-Profit Organizations
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 

jabdin@hamzaacademy.com

FACULTY

Saima Khan: Nursery Teacher/ Operations Assistant

  • Certified teacher's assistant and child abuse/violence workshop leader
  • Experienced educator in Islamic Schools
  • Experienced as an assistant educator in a special needs school
  • Extensive experience in classroom management with early aged children (3-5yrs old)
  • Extensive professional development training including, Hanging In-Strategies for Teaching Students Who Challenge Us Most and Words Their Way Training for Teachers
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
skhan@hamzaacademy.com

Lamia Mirza: Pre-K Lead Teacher/ 1st & 2nd Grade Quran Teacher

  • Bachelor of Science from CUNY The City College of New York
  • Completed Islamic Studies course at ICNA
  • Extensive experience as an Educator at various Islamic Schools and as a private tutor
  • Familar with Montessori inspired classrooms
  • Pursing Montessori Teacher Certification
lmirza@hamzaacademy.com

Sumaiyya Ayub: Kindergarten Lead Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (International Track) from Queens College
  • Founded and lead Little Muslims* Summer Camp
  • Interned with CAIR-NY, experienced with professional Muslim women workshops, debate and mock trails
  • Pursing Teachers Certification
sayub@hamzaacademy.com

Fouzia Faruque: 1st Grade Lead Teacher

  • Master of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from CW Post University
  • Dual Certified by New York State Education Department as a Public School Teacher and Special Education Teacher
  • Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language and Speech Pathology from Adelphi University
  • Extensive experience as an Islamic School Early Elementary Educator
  • Professional development training in the many educational courses including Hanging in, Strategies for Teaching Students Who Challenge Us Most
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
ffaruque@hamzaacademy.com

Sumona Runa: 2nd Grade Teacher

  • Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education Program from The City College of New York
  • Currently Pursing TESOL Masters from American School of Education 
  • Experienced as Pre-K and Elementary Teacher 
  • NYS Certified Teacher
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
 sruna@hamzaacademy.com

Ayesha Fatima: 3rd Grade Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queens College
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Hofstra University 
  • Experienced in teaching Elementary School Students, as an Office Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician 
  • ALST, EAS, CST, and edTPA Certified 
  • NYS certified teacher 
afatima@hamzaacademy.com

Amaanii Shaikh: 4th Grade Teacher

  • Bachelor of Education from Washington State University
  • Extensive experience working as a lower Elementary Learning Coach
  • Familiar with working in Islamic School setting
ashaikh@hamzaacademy.com

Kayla Coggins: 5th Grade Teacher

  • Bachelor in Psychology, with concentrations in Education, Early Childhood Studies, and Special Needs from California Baptist University.
  • Experienced Lower Elementary School Educator.
  • Familiar with working in Islamic School setting
kcoggins@hamzaacademy.com

Asma Lyons: 6th/7th Grade Teacher

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
  • Licensed as a Practical Nurse
  • Extensive administrative experience in various Islamic Schools
  • Extensive experience as a Middle School Educator in Islamic Schools, attended and presented many training workshops
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
alyons@hamzaacademy.com

Tahrima Jalil: Sci/Tech Teacher and Public Relations Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Barnard College of Columbia University 
  • Completed the American Chemical Society Certification 
  • Experienced STEM Counselor, Lab Researcher, Tutor and Teachers Assistant 
  • Extensive experience in office management, operations,  mentorship, and leadership
tjalil@hamzaacademy.com

Amany Hassan: 1st-7th Grade Arabic Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Communications and Information from Alexandria University, Egypt
  • Extensive experience as an Islamic School Arabic Language Educator
  • Completed courses in Arabic Language 2 and Fiqh
  • Professional development training in the many educational courses including Hanging in, Strategies for Teaching Students Who Challenge Us Most
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 

 ahassan@hamzaacademy.com

Hend Abdelmaged: 3rd-7th Grade Quran Teacher

  • Bachelor of Law from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
  • Quran Memorization, Tafseer, and Tajweed from Nady Almoslim Alsagheer, Cairo, Egypt
  • Extensive experience as Islamic School Quran Teacher for more than 12 years
  • Attended several Professional Development Trainings and Education Workshops 
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
habdelmaged@hamzaacademy.com

Sumeiyyah Lyons: 4-7th Grade Art Teacher

  •  Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology from Marymount Manhattan College, expected May 2018
  • Co-founder of college Muslim Student Association
  • Experienced as Art Teacher, Academic Interventionist, Speech Interventionist, Librarian’s Assistant and Teacher’s Assistant
  • Familiar with working in Islamic School setting for several years
slyons@hamzaacademy.com

SUPPORT STAFF

Melvudiye Basar: Nursery TA

  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Certified Preschool Teacher from Expert Rating
  • Certificate in child day care management from Penn Foster Career School
  • Experienced as an Islamic School Educator
  • Extensive professional development training including, Workshop and Creative Literacy Strategies Workshop
mbasar@hamzaacademy.com 




Anisah Golden: Pre-K TA

  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Queens College
  • Familiar with Elementary Islamic School
  • Experienced with community service and working with youth
agolden@hamzaacademy.com




Laila Ahmich: Pre-K TA

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences from Morocco
  • Associate in Science from LaGuardia Community College
  • Extensive experience as Arabic Teacher, Tutor and Translator 
lahmich@hamzaacademy.com

Narjis Baig: Pre-K TA

  • Bachelor of Arts from University College for Woman, India
  • Bachelor of Education from Shadan College of Education, India
  • Computer based office training from Lincoln Technical Academy
  • Experienced with teaching elementary school, private tutoring, customer service, and as a Fitness Coach  
nbaig@hamzaacademy.com

Rehmana Najam: Kindergarten TA/Arabic & Quran teacher

  • Master of Islamic Studies
  • Extensive experience as an Educator in Islamic studies in various Islamic schools
  • Experienced as an early childhood education Assistant Educator
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
rnajam@hamzaacademy.com

Saima Malik: Kindergarten TA

  • Commerce Degree from CÉGEP John Abbott College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec
  • Experienced Islamic School Educator and Tutor
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
smalik@hamzaacademy.com

Amrozia Rafiq: 2nd Grade Co/TA

  • Completed "Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment" and "School Violence Prevention and Intervention" from Teachers College of Columbia University 
  • Certified Teaching Assistant 
  • DASA Certification 
  • Certified Medical Assistant and Medical Billing 
arafiq@hamzaacademy.com

Bibi Baksh: 1st Grade Co/TA

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from The City University of New York, CUNY, York College   
  • Experieced in Islamic School setting and childhood education
  •  3 ½ years of customer service experience as a Doctor Assisant, Clerical Assistant and Office Assistant
bbaksh@hamzaacademy.com
   

Mushtaq Ahmed: Security and Maintenance

  • 10 years of experience with maintenance and security of facilities abroad and in NY

About the School

Hamza Academy seeks to develop in each student a positive identity who is prepared intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to succeed in tomorrow's world. Our students are expected to gain both academic skills and Islamic principles so that they are able to make positive contributions to the global community. Hamza Academy also aims to develop in each student a balanced character enriched with knowledge, inspired to excellence, and committed to the betterment of self, family, and community.

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Our Location

Hamza Academy

202 Stuart Avenue  
Valley STream, NY 11580

Phone: +(516) 285-1440

Fax: +(516) 285-8580

Email: info@hamzaacademy.com