2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
THE WELLSPRING TEAM
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE ANYWAY?
Creative Director/Head of School: Ms. Jamiylah Jones, Ed.D.
Because of our aligned educational values, expectations, and vision for providing students with relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning experiences through creativity, innovation, technology, and personalization, I come to the Wellspring community with over fifteen years in education as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal working in k-12 schools in both in the United States and abroad. My passion for instructional leadership and school improvement is a natural complement to the Wellspring model.
I enjoy traveling, reading, and learning about different cultures. During my non-working hours, I can usually be found taking long walks in the park reflecting and planning.
School Administrator: Ms. Fatima Shabbir
B.A. Communication and Media Studies
As an Administrator, not only is it important to be meticulous, organized and systematic, but also, perceptive and empathetic. I will be assisting in the day-to-day operations of a school and in addition, with communal efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the wonderful students who attend. I hope to perform my duties as diligently as possible and do not take this responsibility lightly.
I am enthusiastic about issues pertaining to social justice, especially as they intersect with race and gender. When I am not reading, I am exploring new cultures through food. I am passionate about children’s literature and most often can be found in the library looking for picture books with diverse character representations and storylines to share with my own children.
Pre-K: Ms. Marwah Ibrahim
Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is my specialty. I am passionate about helping our young children develop a strong love for learning that will last a lifetime. It gives me great pleasure to see children grow and the excitement in their eyes when they discover new concepts. I bring my love of cooking into the classroom by creating engaging activities that impart crucial literacy skills in a fun and tasty way. Some of my most cherished values are sincerity and honesty. I seek to cultivate these qualities in my students to help them become good citizens with a love for Islam.
Kindergarten: Ms. Shareefa Khan
Master’s in Early Childhood Education
Bachelor’s in Business Administration
I’m the kind of person that sees my cup as half full. I hope my students see my optimism as a reflection of my faith and trust in Allah. My mission is to help my students become lifelong learners through instilling a love of exploration and discovery in them. Outside of working to make my class a haven of creativity, you can find me engaged in my other passion- exploring new cooking recipes. Being a detail oriented and organized professional, both education and cooking give me the opportunity to do what I do best.
1st Grade: Ms. Sadia Khan
Master’s in International Relations
Bachelor’s in Education
I am an outgoing and approachable person who loves to connect with people from varying cultures. I am passionate about education and strive to enable my students to achieve their full potential by providing a stimulating, nurturing, and challenging learning environment. I love outdoor adventures and hobbies such as photography, reading, jet-skiing, and tennis.
2nd Grade: Ms. Shahana Olid
Master’s in Childhood Education
Bachelor’s in English Language Arts and Psychology
Teacher Certification pending
I strongly believe that every child deserves a world-class education in order to succeed in life. I am passionate about education and strive to be a motivating teacher that encourages students to expand their creativity. I aspire to do this by providing a challenging, interesting, and safe learning environment.
A child is an individual and they each have their own individual learning styles. I hope to implement lessons that appeal to various learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc.) in order to foster children’s learning and keep them engaged.
I love spending time with my family, reading, and writing. You can usually find me with my nose in a book. I am a very positive, friendly, and happy person that looks for the good in things.
3rd Grade: Ms. Hina Shaikh
Bachelor’s in Education
I love smiling, being with people, and make it my mission to brighten up someone’s day. My fascination with psychology drives me to understand my students unique personalities and what motivates them. I am passionate about traveling. I enjoy exploring cultures, creating memories, and diving into new experiences. I combined my passions for travel and education by teaching in Turkey! With these diverse experiences, I am able to enrich my classroom with many perspectives and make learning an adventure.
4th Grade: Ms. Nazima Contractor
Master’s in Literacy
Bachelor’s in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
I believe every child is special and learns in their own way. As educators, it is our responsibility to provide them with a nurturing environment and best practices. My goal is to develop their curiosity for self-discovery and create a love for learning. I am a very compassionate and patient person who loves spending time with my family and cooking. I also enjoy reading and learning about new cultures.
SUBJECT TEACHERS 5TH - 7TH GRADE
Math: Ms. Fatiha Ahmed
Master’s in Education (Dec. 2016)
Bachelor’s in English Literature
Dual Certification in General and Special Education (Dec. 2016)
My spontaneity and free-spiritedness make me capable of adapting well with various types of people and environments to which I always hope to bring a positive impact. I also enjoy my time in seclusion which gives me the opportunity to self-reflect. The root of my many passions is my deen. I try to gear my natural affinity for world cultures and social justice towards fulfilling my Islamic obligation to be conscientious, learned, and empathetic towards others. I am just as passionate about instilling these same values in my students to help create a future of compassionate leaders.
Teaching, for me, was a pleasurable pastime turned into a career choice. As a teacher, I aim to provide students with meaningful learning experiences that they will carry with them beyond the classroom. Our world is full of opportunities for learning and each child needs to be navigated in their own unique way. Teaching is challenging but it is worth it when you genuinely love what you’re doing.
Literacy: Ms. Fayza Uddin
Bachelor’s in Education, English Concentration
Certified Teacher (Oct. 2016)
CPR/AED Adult & Pediatric
When it comes to the classroom, I strive in maintaining a comfortable environment where my students can express themselves freely without the fear of being judged for their opinions or values. With this, it not only allows them to gain perspective of a range of differing views around them as well as increase awareness in how the use of certain words can affect others negatively or positively.
Like the Wellspring Model, I too, believe that it is important to boost student self-esteem as well as morale by creating learning environment where students feel like they are not at odds with one another. Through the competition vs. cooperation learning method, every student comes out a winner in every situation and thus further increases their tenacity to challenge themselves more and more.
My exuberant and conscientious personality allows me to show my students that it is healthy to laugh at ourselves every now and then but to also remember that it is important to put 100% effort in everything we do in order to be successful in life.
When I am not teaching or lesson prepping, you might find me free writing or reading. Occasionally you might even find me playing video games or exploring new culture and cuisines.
Science and Social Studies: Ms. Uzma Malik
Master’s in Education
Master’s in Science
Bachelor’s in Science
Teacher Certification pending
To me a teacher is a coach, facilitator, and mentor that requires a special application of knowledge and skills. I am passionate about my students’ achievements and maintaining an effective teacher-student relationship. As a champion for science and social studies, my love for nature has me gardening on days and my love for people has me performing social work on other days. I love to incorporate many of these world experiences into my teaching hoping to broaden the horizons of my students.
Quranic Studies: Ms. Marwa Ismaiel
Bachelor’s in Arabic and Islamic Studies
Certified (Ijaza) in Quranic Studies
The Quranic memorization was completed when I was 14 years old. My love for the Quran has led me to dedicate my life for the teaching of the Quran. I enjoy watching my children grow and memorize Allah’s Book so that they can become successful young Muslims. I am passionate in my belief that all children are able to learn. A key element needed for teaching our children the Quran is patience. When I am not engrossed in Allah’s Book, I enjoy cooking, watching and playing tennis, and walking.
Arabic Language: Ms. Amal Al-Saidi
Bachelor’s in Education
Certified (Ijaza) in Tajwid
I love being a teacher and making learning fun for my children. My interests in art allow me to incorporate creative activities in my teaching. I am passionate about bringing education to life in the classroom. By being goal-oriented in my work and dealings, I would like my children to believe that they can achieve their goals in life.
Islamic Studies Teacher: Mr. Zakareeya Baksh
Hafidh of Quran
FKAD ADP Program Graduate in Arabic and Islamic Studies
Teaching children is something that I enjoy, because instilling Islamic values in young Muslims gives them the tools to grow up to be great members of society. When we focus on education, we fulfill an obligation, as the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him told us that seeking knowledge is an obligation.
I am very passionate about learning and teaching our religion. Teaching Islam is especially rewarding, because every time someone acts upon what you teach them, you receive the exact same reward as them. This is an investment we can make for the hereafter.
I enjoy reading and reciting Qur’an when I am not working. I also enjoy spending time with family, because family is very important to me. The upkeep of Islamic values is personally very important to me, and I try to implement them in my life in every situation. We are not perfect, but we must strive to do the best we can, and learn from the mistakes we make.
Gym Instructor: Ms. Tashema Sparrow
Experienced Coach and Sports Instructor
I am an outgoing person who is passionate about health and sports. I like to keep in shape and want my children to know the importance of being healthy. Emphasizing team work is an important part of my coaching whether it is basketball or another sport.
Ms. Noor Chisty
Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
Young children are my passion. I’m a diligent and collaborative Assistant Teacher who is sensitive to my students’ needs. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching documentaries, and traveling. I find that gaining knowledge about different cultures, religions, and countries contributes to my resourcefulness in the classroom.
Ms. Aclema Salima
Bachelor’s in Psychology
I strive to be a caring and hardworking person who is always there to lend a hand when someone is in need. My favorite part about being an Assistant Teacher is working with children one on one. It gives me an opportunity to guide young minds in becoming empowered, engaged, and creative human beings. Outside the classroom, you might find me in nature camping, hiking and of course, shopping.
Ms. Nagwa Elkosh
Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies
Associate’s in Business
Ms. Shahnaz Hameed
Bachelor’s in Economics
Experienced Lunch Supervisor
As an active team member and lunch supervisor at Wellspring Elementary, I am able to provide leading services to students during lunchtime. I am able to successfully supervise and manage the entire lunch system, including providing parents with monthly lunch menus and making sure meals are being enjoyed by the children. My passion lies within teaching and helping students grow into independent individuals. As a former teacher, I understand the value of maximizing the potential in children to enable them to explore as many opportunities as they can. I also enjoy cooking and gardening