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 the youth by leading youth mentor groups and events and counseling many students as early as her college years. After completing her degree 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 school and middle school level. Reem has served as the principal at Averroes High School since 2011. She has served on WASC visiting 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.
A Chicago native, Zulaikha graduated in 2013 from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English for grades 6-12. She is an alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences Education Program (CASEP), where undergraduate courses are equipped with off site teaching experiences in Chicago’s urban school system as early as Freshman year. With a passion to instill confidence in all types of learners, Zulaikha aspires to incorporate more public speaking in the literature classroom. She believes that language is an invaluable gift that should be explored, questioned, and most importantly shared. Zulaikha currently teaches grades 9-12 English Language Arts at Averroes High School.
As a Bay Area native, Werdah has attended public educational institutions her entire life. This experience has helped her understand the importance of small class sizes, increased student-teacher interaction and academic rigorousness that comes from being educated at a private/charter school. In 2014, Werdah received her B.A in Political Science and minor in Middle East and South Asian studies from the University of California, Davis and in 2017, her Single Subject Social Studies Teaching Credential from California State University, East Bay. As an educator, Werdah's main goals for her students are: comprehension, relevancy, and application; comprehension of the subject matter for the student learner, relevancy of the topic in the student-learner's life, and application of the idea or theory in the student learner's future. In her spare time, Werdah likes to read historical texts, sample the diverse cuisine available in the Bay Area, attend Islamic classes and spend time with her family.
Yousaf Seyal was born and raised on the East Coast. In his teenage years, Yousaf travelled to Damascus where he studied Arabic at Abu Noor University followed by several years of Islamic Studies at the prestigious Ma’had al-Fatih. As a result of the Arab Spring, Yousaf continued his studies at Zaytuna College where he majored in Islamic Law and Theology and graduated with the Class of ‘17. During his years in college, Yousaf attended various programs and internships that helped him discover his passion: Interfaith. In 2015, Yousaf participated in an action based retreat called “If We Serve” that focused on the concept of vicegerency in the Abrahamic religions. In 2016, he, along with eight signatories, signed a document entitled the “Covenant of Communal Compassion” that symbolized unity on Holy Hill. In 2017, he wrote his senior thesis “The Subtle Statement in the Signification of Scriptural Alteration”—a theological comparison between the Bible and the Qur’an. On the weekends, Yousaf likes to spend time at his favorite cafes (Ice Mochas), socializing with friends and taking local trips.
Born and brought up in London, England, Huma studied Mathematics and Management at Brunel University. She then 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 seven years’ experience in teaching Math at the middle/high school level, as well as six years’ experience in private Math tutoring. She joined Averroes in 2012. Huma also founded the first Muslim Girl Scout troops in her area and has been leading them for eight years.
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.
Co-founder of Averroes High School. Her passion rests in empowering and teaching a social entrepreneurship course based on Stanford’s “D School” titled “Project Innovation.” Ateka serves on the Averroes board of directors since the school's inception. Prior to Averroes High School, Ateka received a Fulbright scholarship in 2005 in “metacognition” in second-language acquisition in Amman Jordan. Ateka has also received Master of Arts in Secondary Social Sciences, M.Ed in Bilingual Bi-cultural studies and Bachelor of Science in International Studies from DePaul University. Ateka has nearly a decade of teaching experience and gained comprehensive and in-depth understanding in educational theories and practices. Ateka resides in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.