Noshaba Afzal: Site Director
Mona Nezzar: Principal and Middle School Teacher
Lina Fawal: Vice Principal
Blanca Crespo: Office Manager
Ramona Gonzales: Academic Dean
Azzah Izzeldin: Associate Academic Dean
Dr. Zakiyyah Hyatt: School Psychologist
Sallouha Ben Marzouk: Quran/ Arabic Teacher
Sonia Lejmi: Quran/ Arabic Teacher
Hiyam Othman: Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher
Hayam Gadalla:Quran, Arabic Teacher
Deniz Dogruer: Middle School Science and Math Teacher
Yasmine Halwani: KG – 5th Teacher Aid
Sara Ibrahim: 5th and Middle School Math Teacher
Deena Abutaha: 4th and 5th A Classroom Teacher
Fatma Ozgun 4th and 5th B Classroom Teacher
Aisha Amer: 2nd and 3rd A Homeroom Teacher
Aliya Ahmed: 2nd and 3rd B Home Teacher
Sana Mustafa: KG -1st Teacher Aid
Afshan Aziz: KG and 1st A Homeroom Teacher
Maryam Ibrahim: KG and 1st B Homeroom Teacher
Aisha Ibrahim: Pre-kindergarten Teacher
Nahla Hussain: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mona Abumusa: Pre-kindergarten Teacher
Hala Hyatt: Pre-kindergarten Teacher Aid
At SVA we are challenging students with developmentally appropriate academic activities, as this will foster the love of learning. Research has proven that this approach prevents children from feeling bored or overwhelmed. Boredom, anxiety, and frustration felt when overwhelmed all result in children getting turned off from learning.
Also, it is a priority of the school to provide a safe and nurturing environment because this directly follows the Sunnah of the Prophet (S). This was very clearly stated in an article by Karen Keyworth, Director of Education for the Islamic Schools’ League of America, in the Nov/Dec 2002 issue of Islamic Horizons:
Modern research has offered an explanation for that which we can infer from our Sunnah-when children are afraid, they cannot learn well. The brain will not attend to both fears and facts simultaneously.
When a child feels fear, the brain focuses on that fear and dulls attention to other issues. The brain deliberately makes it difficult for children to learn when they are afraid because it is diverting all of its energy toward defense strategies and “flight or fight” responses in the body.
The simple consequence of this knowledge for educators is to do all we can to decrease fear. When teachers provide a safe and happy environment in which to learn, they free up more of the children’s brain power to focus on learning.
On behalf of Silicon Valley Academy, I would like to thank all of SVA staff members, parents, PTA members, sponsors & volunteers who helped make our annual Fundraising Dinner possible, May Allah reward all of you for your efforts. Please show your support to the following Sponsors: Averos High School. Kohl’s CARES Progam. Rahima Foundation. South…
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