Faculty and Staff

Mrs. Aquillah Shakir: Interim Principal

Mrs. Shakir has been an integral part of Alhuda Academy. She has been amongst the founding members of Alhuda and has been serving since its’ inception. She has been teaching our elementary students and this year, her role has changed to be school wide support and advisory to new staff and leadership. Mrs. Shakir has decades of experience and extensive knowledge on curriculum and instruction with various different models of teaching and learning. Mrs. Shakir will be assisting the Alhuda during professional development and playing an important role for mentorship of staff.

Mr. Nadeem Sikandar: Consulatant

Mr. Sikandar started his career as an elementary classroom teacher in Massachusetts. He also served as a K12 Curriculum Specialist and Advisor to Middle/High School students for College and Career-Readiness.  Mr. Sikandar worked as a K12 principal and as a University Chaplin. He also has years of international experience in leading school systems as (SPM) Special Project Manager, mentoring and supporting school administrations, curriculum, and instructions, school HR, procurement, admissions and registration in compliance to Ministry of Education.  Mr. Sikandar has bachelors of science, Masters of Education Administration and finishing his Doctoral Degree in Education.  His educational work experience offered him the opportunity to be with diverse groups of leaders to meet a common goal of increasing student achievement and students’ physical/spiritual well-being. Mr. Sikandar stubbornly believes in his uncompromising educational philosophy: “That all students can learn, providing a positive and encouraging learning environment, competent leadership and dedicated team of educators, and a community of supportive families.
Mr. Sikandar’s leadership has distinguished recognition by the DESE “Associate Commissioner of Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Ms. Hasnaa Lahsaien- School Administrative Assistant

Ms. Hasnaa has a degree in Biotechnology. She has years of experience in office work and has worked as an accounting assistant for a credit company for many years. She is focused and determined and strives to serve the school efficiently. She has been working for Alhuda Academy for a few years and many more to come.

Mrs. Nana Abdelkader School STREAM Consultant

B.S. Biochemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences; M.S. Immunology from Rutgers University and Montclair State University in N.J. Ms. Nana Abdelkader has worked in pharmaceutical research for over a decade prior to switching to teaching. She has taught middle school science; as well as fourth grade as a homeroom teacher. Ms. Nana has close to two decades of experience in the education field. She has attended countless training and workshop sessions on improving science education, STEM, Sheltered English Immersion and more; as well as presented about STEM to other educators at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Nana is a member of the Education Committee at St. John’s High School.

Mrs. Hala Jahed Pre-K3 Pre-K4 Teacher  

Mrs. Hala has been teaching Pre-k for over a decade and has been a tremendous resource for Alhuda Academy. She has her Masters in Computer Science and Bachelors in computer engineering. She has attended countless trainings and workshop sessions on improving her skills in early childhood education.

Mrs. Nadia Hmaidi Pre-Kindergarten TA

Mrs. Nadia has her training in HR dept and she has been working with Pre-K students over 6 years. She has been attending many training sessions and workshops to sharpen her skills to best serve the school’s student population. Mrs. Nadia helps throughout the school system as needed and her dynamic work ethics and support play vital roles for Alhuda Academy.

Mrs. Badiaa Begag Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher

Mrs. Begag has been a dedicated and skillful teacher for over 11 years. She has been teaching 2nd grade for 6 years at Alhuda Academy.  She completed her Bachelor Degree in Political Science & International Relations and has a Master’s Degree in Political Science & International Relations from Lyon, France. She is fluent in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, & Berber. Mrs. Begag has attended numerous workshops on refining teaching methodologies. Additionally, Mrs. Begag is an adult advisor for middle and high school students in the Students Together Opposing Prejudice (S.T.O.P) program in the Shrewsbury area, and has been since 2013. She is seeking to make a positive difference in students’ lives, help them with self-confidence, and teach them that tolerance and acceptance have no borders.

Mrs. Samar Hammad (Arabic, Islamic studies and Quran) Leading Islamic Studies Dept.Mrs. Samar Hammad has been with Alhuda Academy for 17 years. She has been teaching Arabic, Islamic studies and Qura’n and holds Nurranyah Certification. She has a B. S. in Arabic Language and Literature. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching Arabic in the U.A.E. in British schools overseas. She leads Arabic, Islamic Studies and Qura’n Department at Alhuda Academy. She has compiled books for curricula accommodation. She formulates Arabic placement exams for all grade levels and she organizes Arabic plays presentations. She is looking forward to working with the students, parents, and faculty of Alhuda Academy.

Miss Linda El-Khatib   Arabic, Islamic studies and Quran Teacher.

Miss Linda has a degree in office management, but her love for Islamic studies and its related dept. lead her to a new journey of teaching and learning. She has been teaching Arabic, Islamic Studies and Quran for many years at Alhuda Academy. She also has years of experience teaching Arabic/Islamic studies at the Pre-K level. She has been constantly working to improve her skills to best lead her students.

Mrs. Hana Hussin Arabic, Islamic studies and Quran teacher.  

Mrs. Hussin has many years of teaching experience Islamic Studies and Arabic language.  She has Bachelor’s Degree in Arabic Language and she is certified in Al-Qa’idah  Al- Nuranyah. She received her certificate of completion as an Arabic teacher training program from California State University, and she has taken extensive training and workshops during her teaching career. She will be teaching Arabic, Islamic studies and Quran at Alhuda.

Mrs. Sobia Andleeb School-wide Art Teacher

Mrs. Sobia has been teaching art for over a decade with great enthusiasm, as she has been an excellent resource here at Alhuda Academy. She teaches art in Alhuda Academy and holds arts application credentials teaching kids arts in various forms. She holds bachelors degree in science and focused her career in fine arts, computers, and interior design.

Ms. Fatima School Wide Support

Ms. Fatima is obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies and has an A.S in medical office management. She holds a Certification in Nuraniyah. She has been teaching and supporting school staff in a TA role since 2008 and continue to do her diligent work.  She has been part of weekend school.