Reem Bilbeisi has a Masters from UC Berkeley in Principal Leadership with an Administrative Credential. Her passion in Education began in High School when she felt her calling was with youth and working to improve education in schools in the Muslim American Community. She has shown a passion for youth by leading youthmentor groups and events and counseling many students as early as her college years. After completing her dgree in Education with teaching credentials in secondary business/technology education from Eastern Michigan University, she taught in public, charter, and private school settings. Reem has taught at both the high and middle school levels. Reem has served as the Principal at Averroes High since 2011. She has served on WASC committees and is authorized in the following areas of service: superintendent, associate superintendent, deputy superintendent, principal, assistant principal, dean, supervisor, consultant, and school coordinator.
Reshma serves as the Math and Science lead at Averroes High School. She has 10 years of teaching experience with students from diverse backgrounds. She has worked with students in India and Singapore which has provided her with tremendous insight into the teaching process and creating a curriculum on a more holistic level. Reshma believes in providing students with opportunities to explore and enhance their learning in Math and Science beyond the scope of what is being taught in the classroom. She has attended various training and professional development classes such as CSET Stanford – “Teaching the Mathematical practices: Modeling with Math”, CSET Stanford- “Chemistry experiences and experiments for learning”, CSET Stanford- “Teaching Mathematics for a growing mindset” and CSET Stanford- “Technology applications in Math and Science”.
Mustafa graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013. He has been teaching high school students in all levels of mathematics for 6 years. Mustafa has a strong love of math and science, with a passion for educating students. He believes the problem solving skills honed in mathematics courses are integral to succeeding in all subjects and careers. He hopes to create critical thinkers who constantly question and probe the world around them. Mustafa teaches pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Physics at Averroes High School.
Coach Faheem Rivers has 12 years of experience coaching basketball including National Junior basketball in Vallejo and freshmen basketball. For 7 years, he was the Assistant Coach for the Vallejo High School Junior Varsity basketball team. He also coached 2 years of varsity summer league for Vallejo High school. Currently he is the basketball coach for both the boys and girls team at Averroes high school. He also leads an independent AAU Summer league program.
Born and raised in Yemen, Seena has nearly 10 years of teaching experience in the Arabic language across the Bay Area. She believes that learning language is a holistic experience and should not be limited to textbooks only. She has completed professional development in project-based learning, conscious classroom management, and GLAD strategies. She has been the lead Arabic teacher at Averroes High school since 2012.
Levi, who works in the English Literature Arts and Humanities department at Averroës, originally hails from the UK, where he studied Sociology at the college level before pursuing Renaissance Studies at The University of East Anglia. He moved to the United States in 2002, moving to San Francisco in 2003. He currently resides in Berkeley. After 16 years, Levi has recently naturalized to become a US citizen. Levi graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A in comparative Literature. He is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in English Literature (with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory) at UC Davis, where he has a combined six year’s teaching experience in both college composition (UWP) and English Literature courses. His interests include philosophy, film, cooking, and, of course, literature.
Born and brought up in London, England, Huma studied Mathematics and Management at Brunel University. She completed her teacher training in Secondary level Mathematics at the Institute of Education, University of London. She moved to the Bay Area in 1997, and has since gained her California Clear Credential in Mathematics. Huma has several years’ experience in teaching Math at the middle/high school level, in the classroom as well as private Math tutoring. She joined Averroes in 2012 and enjoys being part of the unique vision and scope of the school. Huma also founded the first Muslim Girl Scout troops in her area and has been leading them since 2009. She enjoys working with youth and having a part in shaping their skills and values.
Tanzeen has M.A degrees in Philosophy and Humanities from San Jose and San Francisco State universities respectively, focusing on modern political philosophy, phenomenology, postcolonial literature, and media theory. He is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at University of California, Davis. In his dissertation, Tanzeen engages with anthropology of Islam and secularism, and brings it into a conversation with 20th century Islamist thought. This work rethinks Frantz Fanon’s sociogenic readings of psychoanalysis through Islamic dream hermeneutics and moral theory. Tanzeen has more than ten years of experience teaching at the college level. He also worked as a behavior specialist and youth counselor for many years. He is trained in therapeutic intervention techniques, and crisis management. Outside of work, Tanzeen enjoys spending time with his three children - Assata, Amiri, and Idris- the light of his life. Most recently, Tanzeen developed a specific love for cats. "Smoothie" and "Ash-tag" are his favorite cats. Tanzeen realizes, however, that this love for cats is in reality the outcome of his fascination with tigers. Tanzeen teaches Theology at Averroes Institute.
Nejat is founder and director of Mosaic Therapeutic Services, a consulting therapeutic company that provides in-home therapy for students. She consults regularly with parents and school officials to help create in-home programs and classroom modifications for both children and adolescents. In addition, she conducts parent training to encourage parent involvement. Prior to her current position, she had independently contracted with various school districts in the Bay Area. She has conducted and structured home school programs for children with academic, social and/or speech needs. Using her education from SFSU and USF, she is able to implement behavioral strategies into a classroom. Both her experience and training have helped her put together programs to fit her client’s profile. While working closely with an educator, she incorporates various strategies and modifications to a student’s classroom to support behavior and academic needs.
Kareem A. Syed graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Sociology in 2002. He has over 20 years of experience working with young people running youth mentorship programs for various organizations from MSA’s to various Islamic Centers. He has a real passion for relating Islam to youth and making it real, tangible and relevant to their lives. He strives to inculcate strong critical thinking skills to gain a deeper understanding of the self and ones everyday actions with purpose.
Mensur has served at Averroes High School since Fall 2016. During his first year at AHS, he was solely responsible for transporting the Averroes students to and from the South Bay. In addition, he supported the transportation of students to and from their Physical Education locations. During that time, Mensur has built positive realtionships with both staff and students. His current position consists of both maintenance and janitorial services at AHS, including fixing various equipment and appliances. He has a deep concern for the safety of students, and mindfully ensures a good working environment for all. Mensur strives to always represent the image and ideas of Averroes to the utmost, and to deliver on every task.