Homaira Faquiryan is the Front Desk Secretary and Administrator at Averroes High School. She is an administrative professional with over 3 years experience in mediating and managing between company professionals and their clients. She pursued her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology at UC Davis. For the last 4 years, she has been very involved in fostering relationships between Muslim college students and the Islamic Center of Davis through various volunteering efforts: Jummah Lunch Sales, Ramadan Iftar setups, Sisters Halaqaat, Muslim Student Small Loans/Borrowing Program, Community Kitchen, Masjid Cleaning, Sisters Committee, subbing/teaching Islamic Studies at the Al Fajr Islamic School, helping facilitate Islamic classes at the masjid. Homaira is our new member to the Averroes Team and looks forward to greeting you all in the mornings once school starts!
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. Faheem also serves as the Restorative Justice Lead, facilitating relationship-building and conflict-resolution support with students.
Yelda Mundu attended San Francisco State University for undergraduate studies in Mathematics with an emphasis in Education. From Fall 2011 to Spring 2014, Yelda was part of the CSME Teacher Fellows program where she volunteered over 100 hours to support urban classrooms. She volunteered for a variety of education projects, tutored students in public schools, graded rich assessments for school districts, and taught in math circles for at-risk students. Yelda enjoyed mentoring and working with Oakland high school students in the Step to College program. From that experience, she developed dedication, leadership, and an understanding that being an educator takes an investment in completing oneself to support students.
Yelda completed her teacher training at Cal State East Bay through the Single Subject Math Credential program from the Summer of 2015-2017. She taught Introduction to Statics and Algebra II/ Trigonometry at Irvington High School in Fremont, CA for one year. In her second year of teaching, she taught sixth and seventh grade math at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City. Yelda is going on seven years of marriage and has a 2 year old son. Her hobbies include hiking Mission Peak and drinking coffee at a cozy cafe.
Dr. Levi Leveridge, 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.
Dr. Waleed Abdelrahman earned his BA (Politics) from the American University in Cairo. He earned his MA (Middle East Studies) and his PhD (Political Theory) from SOAS in London. He learned the craft of teaching during his tenure as a Teaching Fellow at the Bay School of San Francisco. It was at the Bay School that he gained his classroom experience. For three rich years he taught humanities (history and literature to sophomores, and religion and philosophy to juniors and seniors). He gained experience in a wide range of student centered pedagogies: from discussion based, to experiential/place based, to project based learning. When an opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the chance to join AHS, being attracted to its innovative approach to learning, and in particular the way the school weaves together a progressive pedagogy and politics with an Islamic ethos and identity. In his free time, Waleed enjoys reading, martial arts and correcting his son's Arabic in an annoying way.
Siddique Abdullah began his higher education pursuits at the University of Maryland at College Park. From there he went to Cairo, Egypt for a Summer Arabic Immersion Program in Markez Al-Nile and Markez Al-Fajr. In the late '90s, Siddique enrolled in an Imam Training Program at Abu Nur, Damascus, Syria. After sometime back in the United States, he obtained his BS degree in Islamic Studies and Ijaza at Zaytuna Seminary Program. In 2020, Siddique obtained his Masters Degree in Islamic Studies at the Grand Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
He will be teaching full-time Arabic and Islamic Studies this year at Averroes High School. He worked briefly in the past, assisting in the development of the Arabic and Islamic studies curriculum. His experience in teaching began in 1988 at Al-Huda School in Maryland. There he taught the Quran, Islamic Studies, and Arabic for youth and adults. While a student at Zaytuna he was a Teaching Assistant for level 2 Arabic classes and the Teacher for the text Al-Ajrumiyyah, a text in beginners Arabic grammar. For 10 years at North Star in Hayward, CA, Siddique Abdullah was a Vice Principal, a teacher for Quran, Arabic, and Islamic Studies, and Director of Arabic and Islamic Studies Programs.
He got involved in education because it provides him with the opportunity to grow as a human being and become a better person. He is excited to have the opportunity to work with Averroes high school because it provides him with the opportunity to continue to positively impact the lives of the youth.
Siddique Abdullah is a blessed father of six wonderful children and four wonderful grandchildren and the husband of his wonderful wife of twenty-nine years, Aminah Abdullah. He is also a former Jazz musician, high school state champion in track and field and collegiate athlete from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Najib Azhar has 25+ years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels in engineering. Since the last two years he has focused on STEM subjects in middle and high school with a view to nurture, hone and mentor students, preparing them for success in science and engineering college studies and subsequent careers. Najib has been an advisor for Advanced Career Training at Drexel University, he has a Masters in Chemical Engineering (Penn State) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (Drexel). Prior to getting involved in high school education he has served as an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at College of Technological Studies, Kuwait, and an International Visiting Professor for the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, where he helped various engineering schools achieve international accreditation.
His most recent assignments have been as Professor, Chair & Dean of Biomedical Engineering Barrett Hodgson University and as a Visiting Professor of Biomedical Engineering Technology at DeVry University, Fremont. At Averroes he thrives at dovetailing science with divine and prophetic guidance of Islam in his role as the Science Teacher. Najib and his wife are blessed with three children and two grand-children. Najib is an avid collector of cool tech gadgets, Quran verses calligraphy and recitations, which he sometimes “quraokes” along with.
Todd Armstrong has 20 years in the tech sector at IBM including an assignment in France, Todd moved into education joining Synapse School in Menlo Park where social and emotional learning (SEL) is part of the school's fabric. Responsible for creating and directing the middle school SEL program, Todd taught at Synapse for three years.
Co-founder of the EQ Vehicle, a NFP collaborative devoted to the development of SEL, Todd mentors the social and emotional development of students, teachers and parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, consults with schools on SEL integration and speaks regularly at conferences. Committed to community activism and fitness, Todd is a board member of the East Palo Alto Rotary Club, and teaches indoor cycling at Crunch Gyms and is a drummer. Todd is a graduate of Colgate University.
Rebecca T. Chiao is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of HarassMap, an award-winning initiative that combines mobile and internet technology with on-the-ground community activism to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt.
She will be Averroes High School's Fundraising and Development Engineer. She received her MA in International Development and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. in 2004, a Certificate in Strategic Frameworks for NGOs from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in 2010, and her BA in Politics and Pre-Medicine from New York University in 1998. She lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt from 2004 - 2015. Prior to HarassMap, she was Director of International Relations at the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights from 2004-2009. In 2005 she conceptualized, launched and managed their "Safe Streets for All" Campaign Against Sexual Harassment, the first project to work against sexual harassment in Egypt, until securing funding for and training a full-time Project Manager. She then served as Development Officer at Ashoka Arab World, which aims to cultivate social entrepreneurship in the Arab region; and as Development and Communications Consultant at INJAZ Egypt, an NGO that provides training on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy to Egyptian youth.
She has served as a pro-bono consultant to a number of Egyptian organizations, and has coached over 130 activists in Egypt and around the world on replicating the HarassMap model. In 2013 she was accepted as a Vital Voices Lead Fellow. She is currently heading HarassMap's Crowdmapping for Social Change project, which assists other activists in adapting and replicating HarassMap's model.
As the Program Coordinator for AHS, Sara coordinates many of the school-wide programs such as student travel, service learning, and volunteering. Sara holds an MBA with concentration in Management and Leadership. She has 10 years of administrative and business experience working with major companies and organizations. Sara is excited to bring her knowledge from the corporate world to our school.
Sara's hours at the school are Mondays and Thursdays 9 am - 2 pm.
Reem Bilbeisi has over 20 years experience working as a teacher and leader in education. She earned her Masters and Administrative Credential from UC Berkeley in Principal Leadership. Prior to that she went into education receiving her Credential and degree in Business and Technology Education from Eastern Michigan University. 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 youth mentor groups and events and counseling many students as early as her college years. She taught in public, charter, and private school settings. Reem has taught at both the high and middle school levels. 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. She likes spending time with family, long walks, and traveling to new places.
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.