About Us

"Upon our children

- how they are taught - rests the fate - or fortune - of tomorrow's world".

- B.C. Forbes
Enrollment: 131 Students
Student to Teacher Ratio: 6:1
The generous donations of countless people has made the Al-Ghazaly School what it is today. Help support the school today by giving a donation of your own.

Faculty & Staff

Our learning objectives stress the acquisition and application of knowledge; it is our goal to inspire each child to embark on a journey of education that will last throughout their lives. Each of our caring, devoted, and valued teachers use the latest teaching techniques and methods to ensure students of all abilities have the opportunity to learn.

Our experienced and accredited teachers, come from different backgrounds, different degrees and have 25+ years of educational experience. They all have one thing in common, they all love their students.

Board Members

Dr. Rashed Rashed, Dentist
Dr. Abdeslem Elidrissi, College Professor at CUNY
Dr. Hammad Choudhry, Kidney Specialist
Sr. Iman ElDessouky, High School Principal
Br. Waheed Melook, Software Engineer/Lead Systems Analyst at Tyco Telecom


Sr. Abdel-Halim, Ghada, Principal
Education: B.A. in English and K-12 Education, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Experience: 15 years
Teaching Philosophy: If you can reach children's hearts, you can reach their brains.

Sr. Ahmad, Javairia, 6th-8th Grade: English
Education: Bachelor's in Secondary Education and English, NJCU.
Teaching Philosophy: With passion, commitment and dedication, students can achieve their goals.

Sr. Ali, Mona, 3rd-4th Grade: English and Social Studies

Sr. Belkacemi, Tlidja, 3rd-4th Grade: Math and Kindergarten-5th Grade: Computer Studies
Education: Accountant, Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics, New Jersey City University.
Experience: 3 years teaching Arabic and Quran, 1 year math tutor, 1 year middle school math teacher.
Teaching Philosophy: "Every child is capable of success".

Awards and Associations: On "Dean's List" since my second year of college.

Sr. Borham, Sawsan, Pre-K Arabic Language & Quran Teacher & Teacher Aide
Education: Bachelor's Degree from Alexandria University, Egypt
Experience: 18 Years at Al-Ghazaly Elementary School
Teaching Philosophy: I teach the children through play; by singing, doing projects, and using technology. I strive to make learning fun, so that they will love the Arabic Language and reciting the Holy Quran.

Sr. Choudhry, Rizwana, 3rd, 4th, and 7th Grade, Science
Education: MS in Chemistry (majoring in Biochemistry) from the University of Punjab, Pakistan
Experience: 1 year at Al-Ghazaly, Quality control inspector for Cosmetics Essence Inc
Teaching Philosophy: about education comes from a hadith that says, "The best of you is one who gives a good education (intellectual and moral) to his children". My goal is to bring the love of science to all Al-Ghazaly children.

Sr. Daoud, Izdihar, Arabic and Islamic Studies
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Education from Mo'tah University, Degree from Queen Aliyaa University
Experience: 13 Years teaching in Jordan, 11 Years teaching in American Islamic Schools.

Sr. Eisa, Magda, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade, Arabic and Islamic Studies
Education: Bachelors of Arts in Business
Experience: With Alghazaly since it has opened its doors in '84. Has been teaching at Al-Ghazaly since '89
Teaching Philosophy: I aim to engage the students by using modern methods to instill a connection to Islam that will last a lifetime

Sr. Halim, Alia, 2nd Grade
Education: B.A. in Psychology; Associates degree in early childhood education
Experience: 2 years Prek classroom in public school
Teaching Philosophy: Every child is capable of learning. By creating a safe, caring and stimulating environment we can better enable a child to grow and mature intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Awards and Associations: Praxis PPST, Praxis early childhood content knowledge

Br. Huda, Mutasim, 5th Grade English, 5th-8th Grade Social Studies
Education: BA in History with co-major education in elementary. Dual certification Elementary education K-5 and Social studies K-12 processing under current NJ state licensees.
Experience: Student teaching and substitute teaching experience with Bayonne and West New York Boards of education in Hudson County.
Teaching Philosophy: Empower students with the knowledge and wisdom of collective multicultural and multi-societal entities thus equipping the youth and preparing them for interaction with the real world. My mission inshaAllah is to get more young Muslims involved in civil services, politics, and social science fields where they can serve both islamic and secular communities, Allah and their nation.

Sr. Hussain, Sumayyah, Mathematics Teacher
Education: B.S. Mathematics & Minor Computers; Bachelor's in Education, Mumbai University, India.
Experience: 5 years of teaching experience as a Math/Science teacher. Taught two mathematic sections Algebra and Geometry (Including Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry) in 9th and 10th grade classes. Also taught Physics and Mathematic in 8th grade class. Currently teaching Mathematics from 5th to 8th grade.
Teaching Philosophy: "A teacher affects eternity; he/she can never tell where his/her influence stops."

Sr. Mattar, Samar, Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade, Physical Education
Education: Bachelor's in Physical Education Helwan University, Cairo Egypt.
Experience: 13 years experience in teaching and physical training.

Sr. Mohamed, Amna, Kindergarten, Core Subjects
Education: Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, International Montessori Teaching Certificate (ages 3-6)
Experience: 16 years
Teaching Philosophy: Integration is the key to comprehension.

Awards and Associations: Honored twice in the "Who's Who among American Teachers", and the Cambridge "Who's Who among American Professionals". Member of the New Jersey Association of Kindergarten Educators and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Sr. Najib, Sadieh, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade, Arabic and Islamic Studies
Education: Bachelors of Arts in Business
Experience: 16 years at Al-Ghazaly, and they have been the most rewarding of my 26-year career.
Teaching Philosophy: It is my dream and I have made it my mission to educate young Muslim children as though they are my own. I have taught them Arabic with the utmost dedication and commitment, and I have worked hard to give them a background in all that this beautiful language encompasses. My many years at Al-Ghazaly have made me realize that it is more than a school, or a community of people. It is a family. I have enjoyed interacting with the students, parents and teacher that make up the school. I hope to continue doing so in the future.

Sr. Orabi, Duaa Mohamed, Quran and Islamic Studies
Education: Graduated from Azharic Institution 4 years; Ijazah from Al-Azhar; Sanad from a highly qualified Sheikh
Experience: 4 years training at Azharic Institution; 4 years as a teacher
Teaching Philosophy: Teach the students how to apply Quran into their life and to have Islamic standards in everything, and to be responsible and positive contributors to society. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to educate, motivate and inspire students to value life long learning.

Sr. Sallaj, Ream, 1st Grade
Education: BA in Political Science from University at Buffalo
Experience: 4 years
Teaching Philosophy: I am reminded of an old motto, "It may have taken two people to create a child, but it takes a community as a whole to raise that child". As children are different, it is extremely important to realize that each child in entitled to have a formal education that would allow him/her to reach to the very top of their positional. Through 'hands on' teaching, children are able to grasp subject matter and retain it for the future. As educators it is imperative to help with the fundamental forming of each child's foundation of education.

Sheik Ibrahim, ElGazzar, Quran Teacher

Sr. Sulaiman, Fathima, 5th, 6th and 8th Grade Science
Education: BSc Staffordshire University, UK.
Experience: Managerial and Academic experience - 5 years.
Teaching Philosophy: My philosophy is to follow in the footsteps of the greatest teacher that ever lived - Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). InshaAllah I hope to strive not only in achieving phenomenal academic results but also in building good character and confident personalities in our children on a sound Islamic foundation, so that they may make a positive difference in the world. Ameen.


In addition to our teachers, we are blessed to have a wonderful, supportive staff that works together in true team spirit.

Sr. Ali Marwa, Administrative Assistant
Education: BBA in Management Information Systems, Pace University, NYC.
Experience: 8 years
Philosophy: As we treat others, so shall we be treated.

Sr. Bouzbiba Zahra, Lunch Associate

Sr. Eid Mervat, Grades 3-6 paraprofessional
Education: Bachelor's in Psychology, Certified Pre-k 3
Experience: 8 years

Br. Hassan Ali, Physical Education Teacher; Swimming Coach
Education: Bachelor's in International Business and Trade, with a minor in Economics
Experience: 7 years Swimming Coach

Br. Hassan Ziad, Physical Education Teacher; Basketball Coach

Sr. Nurhussen Muna, Pre-K paraprofessional
Education: Child Development Associate (CDA)
Experience: 1 year

Sr. Sanad Azza, Grades 1st & 2nd paraprofessional
Education: Associates Degree in Accounting
Experience: 22 years experience working with children

Sr. Shbeek Hanaa, Grade KG, Grade KG paraprofessional
Education: Business diploma, working towards degree in Early Childhood Education
Experience: 18 years in Islamic Schools, 6 years overseas

To learn more about Al-Ghazaly Elementary School and enquire about our teachers, please contact us.