One of the most important assets to any organization is the staff. ISNA High School prides itself in having dedicated, certified, and role model staff who are at the heart of the school’s success.
To learn more about each staff member, click on their respective names.
Mr. S.A. Rasoul, PrincipalOCT ; M. Ed. ; B. Ed. ; B. Eng.
Mr. Rasoul has been in the education field since 2005. He started his career as a teacher at Olive Grove School before joining ISNA High School as a vice-principal. The school board promoted him to be the school principal in September, 2010. He is a teacher, a leader, and an active contributor to the community. He has memorized the Qur’an and conveys his knowledge through khutbas and halaqas at various mosques within the GTA. Mr. Rasoul has an electrical engineering degree from Ryerson University and a Bachelor’s of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He completed the principal’s qualification course from the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools in the summer of 2009 and completed his Master’s in Education degree from Brock University in December 2011, specializing in leadership and administration in education. Mr. Rasoul is an associate member of the Ontario Council of Principals.
Ms. N. Aslam, Vice PrincipalOCT ; M. Sc. ; B. Ed. ; B. A.
Ms. N. Aslam returned back to ISNA High School’s learning community as Vice-Principal in September 2012. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from York University. She is a graduate of the B.Ed and M.Sc in Adolescent Education program from Daemen College in New York State. She began her high school teaching career teaching mathematics at Halton District School Board and later joined ISNA High School as a math teacher and administrator. In 2008, she became Vice-Principal at Al-Falah Islamic School, where she spent the next 4 years helping in the advancement and growth of the school. Ms. Aslam is a firm believer in Islamic Schools and is looking forward in helping to provide the students with an enriched learning experience that meets Canadian education standards while maintaining the highest Islamic values.
Ms. M. Altarawneh, Guidance CounsellorM. Ed. ; B. A.
Ms. Altarawneh joined ISNA in February 2011. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Jordan and followed by a Masters degree in Education from the University of Huddersfield in the U.K. She worked as an educational consultant from 2005 to 2009 for several schools in Jordan and conducted several Cognitive and Achievement assessments for students in the IB and IGCSE programs. She also holds a high diploma in Learning Disabilities from the National institute of Learning Disability in Jordan.
Mr. I. Baig, Teacher/Education Technology CoordinatorOCT ; M. Ed. ; B. Ed. ; B. A.
Began his post-secondary journey with a B. A. from York University with an Honours in Sociology and Minor in Geography combined with a B.Ed degree in the Concurrent Education program specializing in Intermediate/Senior Geography and Social Science. He followed that up with a Masters of Education with a Major Research Project surrounding the use of Apple iPads in the classroom and the impact on students with disabilities regarding learning engagement and independence. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Toronto: OISE, Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program which will serve beneficial for the ISNA Schools THINKTech Initiative Co-Coordinator position he holds as well. Focused on 21st century learning through deeper learning processes, he has his eyes set on impacting Islamic schooling through the use of progressive educational practices.
Ms. M. Zaidi, Teacher/Student Support CoordinatorM. A. ; B. A.
Ms. Zaidi joined ISNA High School in September 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree from York University in 2013 with a major in Urban Studies. She went on to complete a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, focusing on social issues and coping strategies of homeless women. She is currently completing her Masters in Social work through the University of Windsor. While studying, she has worked and volunteered within her community. Some of her experience includes working within various homeless shelters, organizing community events to support local causes and creating programs that help community organizations. She is also a certified counsellor with OACCPP and helps counsel individuals of all ages and abilities through anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
Mr. M. I. Sardar, Teacher/School Program CoordinatorOCT ; B. Ed ; B. Comm.
Mr. Sardar joined ISNA in September 2012. He graduated with his Bachelors of Education from University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 2012 and earned an Honours program in Commerce from McMaster University in 2010. At McMaster, Mr. Sardar was actively involved with the Muslim Students' Association, both as an executive and as the Director of Islamic Education. As Director of Islamic Education, Mr. Sardar helped to create a very successful weekly halaqa which focused on introducing Islamic Sciences to students and was also delivered by students. Mr. Sardar is passionate about teaching and empowering youth in the Muslim community. He loves to play sports and is an avid tennis and basketball fan.
Ms. S. Shakoor, Administrative Assistant - Admissions Liaison
Ms. Shakoor studied office administration at Sheridan College. She Holds a CELTA certification and taught Adult EFL in Riyadh at the Berlitz Institute for three years. She enjoys working with the school community of parents, staff, and students. Her communication and organizational skills are greatly appreciated by all.
Ms. A. Elahee, LibrarianG.C.S.E
Ms Elahee completed her G.C.S.E in the United Kingdom. She worked for the National Health Service in London from 2005 till 2009 in an administrative role in various hospitals for the mentally ill. Ms Elahee originally joined Isna in 2011 as our administrative assistant. After taking time to start her family, she returns this year as the librarian. During her time with us Ms Elahee has shown to be highly organized, professional and has built good rapport with our students.
Ms. A. Qasim, Administrative Assistant - Admissions LiaisonB. Comm.
Has a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in Business Administration. Worked as a financial analyst and research analyst for several corporations before moving back to Canada. A pleasant and professional member of the office staff who’ll go out of her way to help everyone who walks into the office.
Mr. W. Abdul-Ghani , Teacher (French/Arabic/Art)OCT ; B. Ed. ; B. A.
It is our humble pleasure to have Mr. Abdul-Ghani as part of our staff. Mr. Abdul-Ghani has been teaching for over 48 years, and has specifically been with ISNA for 16 years. He has studied in many parts of the world, such as Lebanon, Syria, and right here in Toronto, where he completed his studies in the faculty of Education at York University. Aside from his passion for teaching, Mr. Abdul-Ghani is also the author of various text books, such as, General Geography, Lebanon & Arab Countries, and Economic Geography.
Ms. A. Lodi , Teacher (English)M. A. ; B. A.
Mrs. Lodi has over twenty years of wide-ranging teaching experience. She has a Masters degree in English Literature and a teaching certificate from the University of Edinburgh. She also has a teaching certificate in TESL She has taught TOEFL classes and Functional English to nursing programs at Agha Khan University Hospital. As part of her extensive experience, she has also had the opportunity to evaluate University of Toronto interns pursuing a B. Ed. degree. Mrs Lodi has also been active in teaching workshops in Reading and Writing.
Mr. M. Qureshi, Teacher (Science/Chemistry/Physics)OCT ; B. Ed. ; B. Sc.
Mr. M. Qureshi graduated with an BSc from the University of Toronto in November 2006. He majored in Physics and Economics and minored in Chemistry. During his undergraduate studies he was a Laboratory Demonstrator and Assistant for two undergraduate physics courses. In June of 2007, Mr. Qureshi completed his earned his B. Ed from OISE/UT with Physics and Chemistry as his teachables. From September 2007 to January 2008, he was a grade 6 homeroom teacher at AlFalah Islamic School. He has been working with the Peel District School Board since then, with teaching assignments at Bramalea Secondary school and Meadowvale Secondary School. During this time he also earned an Additional Qualification for teaching Senior Mathematics from OISE/UT. He is now teaching grade 12 University preparation Physics at ISNA High School while also performing Guidance Counseling duties.
Ms. E. Zeini, Teacher (Math)M. Sc. ; B. Sc.
Ms. E. Zeini has a bachelors and masters degree in Mathematics. She has worked 14 years teaching mathematics at the high school and university levels. Her experience has been enriched through teaching at various countries and cultures such as Alexandria, Egypt and Dubai, UAE. She also worked on a diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming which focused on dealing with various student abilities and personalities. She has written many papers that were published in well defined mathematical magazines. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
Mr. A. S. Haque, Teacher (French/Math/Business)OCT ; B. Ed. ; B. Sc.
Mr.Haque joined ISNA in September 2015. He received his undergraduate degree at Bishops University in Economics and had complemented it with classes in Digital Marketing. He completed his B.Ed at University in Ottawa. He has experience teaching in Riverside and New Frontiers School Board. He cares deeply on helping students develop and achieve their life goals.
Ms. R. El-Roz, Teacher (Math, Computer Science, Social Studies)OCT; B.Ed
Ms. El-Roz earned her Specialized, Honours Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto in statistics, math and geography in 2012. She then began working in Loblaw Companies Limited while tutoring in the evenings. Ms. El-Roz decided to change careers and become a teacher after facing racist comments in the streets as well as troubled Muslim students during her tutoring hours. Her motivation drove her to complete her Bachelor’s of Education at University of Western Ontario in 2015. While obtaining her B. Ed, Ms. El-Roz was placed in a low socio-economic school as part of her program where she came across students who struggled both academically and socially. As she built skills to deal with various academic and social issues, Ms. El-Roz was driven to use her skills to benefit the Muslim community where she joined ISNA High in 2016. Ms. El-Roz is focused on building relationships, teamwork, and leaders in the Muslim community.
Mr. S. Hussain, Teacher (Islamic Studies)B. Sc.
Samir Hussain earned his Hon. BSc in the Life Sciences from McMaster University in 2009 but was never content with just learning biology. He also took courses in Ecology, Anthropology, History, Political Science, Cosmology and Astronomy. After graduating he moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 6 years where he worked as an English Teacher at King Saud University while simultaneously studying the sciences of the Arabic language, Shafii Fiqh and Usul in which he received licenses to teach from his teachers who were hailed from Somalia and Kerala. He then moved to Cairo where he received licenses to teach texts in Hadith and Sunni theology from scholars at Al-Azhar University. He combines a cheerful and energizing personality with a deep desire to see excellence and mastery in learning from his students.
Ms. M. Hashmi, Teacher (Math/Science)OCT ; B.Ed. ; B. Sc.
Maryam Hashmi is an Ontario Certified Teacher who completed her HBSc. and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto focusing on the subjects of chemistry and biology. Her belief that, "Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions," is the reason behind her passion for teaching and motivating students reach their utmost potential. She strongly believes in lifelong learning and has gone on to further her education by becoming an IB certified teacher as well as completed her ABQ in Math from OISE. She has experience teaching abroad as well as in Canada. She also volunteers with educational organizations such as Visions of Science, that work in educating children in low income communities.
Mr. A. Husainy, Teacher (English, Social Studies)OCT; M.T.; B.A.
Mr. Husainy attended the University of Toronto for his Honors Bachelor of Arts with designations in English and the Social Sciences. He then pursued his Master of Teaching at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto in an exclusive cohort known as the Global Citizenship Cohort. Therefore, Mr. Husainy's focus and philosophies on teaching are to shape and equip students with the necessary tools to become global leaders, and meaningful contributors of society, especially as Muslims. He places heavy importance on the involvement of students with clubs and/or sports, as they aid in the development of critical thinking, responsibility, organization etc. and in doing so, Mr Husainy strives to create as many meaningful opportunities for students to learn and grow both inside, and outside of the classroom.
Ms. N. Shazena, Teacher (Physical Education, Social Studies)OCT; B. Ed.; B.A.
Ms. Shazena joined ISNA in September 2017. She earned her Honors Bachelors of Arts degree in Kinesiology & Health Sciences and Bachelors of Education from York University in 2015. Ms. Shazena's teachables are Physical Education and Business Studies. She has coached a variety of sports and believes that healthy active living is the foundation for preventative care to the ailments of modern day society. As both an Educator and a Coach, she believes strongly in implementing the core values of sport such as teamwork and adherence to an ethical code. She believes that the principals taught beyond the classroom creates thriving individuals in both community and occupation.Ms. Shazena currently works within the fitness industry and is certified in standard first aid CPR/AED level C.
Ms. J. Ejaz, Teacher (Science)OCT; B. Ed.; B.Sc.
Ms. J. Ejaz completed her Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto, where she studied Biology and Chemistry. She, then, attended University of Ottawa for Bachelor of Education. She volunteered at Pathway to Education during teacher's college, where she mentored students from lower socioeconomic groups. As a student and a teacher, she has spent time tutoring a variety of subjects to a wide array of learners, ranging from middle school to adults. She enjoys reading books, arts, nature, and spending time with family and friends. She is a firm believer of preparing her students to be active life-long learners.
Ms. N. Ejaz, Teacher (Math/Social Science)OCT; B.Ed.; B.Sc.
Ms. N. Ejaz attended University of Toronto where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialist in Statistics, major in Mathematics and a minor in Geography. She then obtained her Bachelors in Education from University of Oshawa Institute of Technology (UOIT). Throughout her studies and teaching career, she had the opportunity to educate students of various age groups and, academic and social backgrounds. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, appreciating the nature and giving back to the society. She strongly believes that “you are never too old to learn” and is always working to improve herself.