Faculty & Staff

Leadership Team Profiles

The Leadership Team is devoted to overseeing students’ academic education and managing a team of devoted staff members.

Iram Sheikh- Jilani 

Head of School

Degree of highest level of education: 
Doctorate in Education, Curriculum & Instruction 

Degree earned at: 
Northern University in Boston, MA

Previous work experience:
15+ years in the education field 

Born: Virginia, Usa 

Cultural background: Pakistani

Started working at BHA: 2015 

Inssaf Lachtar 

ECE Principal 

Degree of highest level of education: 
Masters in Educational Leadership 

Degree earned at: 
Phoenix University

Previous work experience: 
Teacher at BHA & Secondary teacher in Tunisia  

Born: Tunisia

Cultural background: Tunisian

Started working at BHA: 2000

Jehad Matariyeh 

Middle & High School Principal

Degree of highest level of education:
Ph.D, School Leadership & Educational Administration

Degree earned at: 
Concordia University, Chicago

Previous work experience:
Universal School, Dean of Students

Born: Chicago, Illinois

Cultural background:
Palestinian

Started working at BHA: 2019

Karam Skaik

Operations Manager

Degree of highest level of education: 
Bachelors in Business Administration (Concentration in Management Info. Systems

Degree earned at: 
University of Texas at Dallas

Previous work experience: 
Academic Counselor at BHA

Born: Jerusalem

Cultural background: 
Palestinian 

Started working at BHA: 2016

Faculty Directory

Salma Abdullah 

Teacher Assistant 

Sarah Abdulqader  

Homeroom Teacher

Hayat Abram 

Administrative Assistant 

Heba Abu Gharbieh 

Homeroom Teacher

Zaira Abu-Baker  

Behavioral Counselor

Ali Abuhlaleh 

Athletic Director 

Irslan Ahmad  

AQI Teacher 

Neda Ahmad 

ECE Nurse

Hanin Aldamiri  

Public Relations 

Amira Alhiyari 

Math Teacher

Kawther Ali  

AQI Teacher 

Khadija Ali 

 Curricula Support

Yasmeen Alkarimi  

Teacher Assistant  

Haia Alkhatib 

Teacher Assistant

Suraya Ally 

Homeroom Teacher

Fatma Almaawiy

 Homeroom Teacher

Dalal Almajidi 

Math Teacher

Ahmad Alnusairat 

IT

Bushra Alolofi 

AQI Teacher 

Hanadi Alrefaai

  ECE Teacher

Manal Alturk 

ECE Teacher 

Parvin Ansari 

Teacher Assistant

Aimon Arshad 

English Teacher 

Heyam Asad

 Systems  Administrator 

Aisha Ashraf 

Social Studies Dept. Head

Shamsa Ashraf

Social Studies Teacher 

Sanaa Azzam 

Events Coordinator 

Sumaira Baloch

 Science Teacher 

Tasneem Basha 

Homeroom Teacher 

Saima Basith

Homeroom Teacher

Sarah Berhanu 

Homeroom Teacher

Nesrine Bougattaya

 Science Teacher 

Hamidah Buang 

ECE Teacher 

Areej Bushnaq

Homeroom Teacher

Kristen Colaneri

Performing Arts Teacher

Finis Craddock

P.E. Teacher 

Hanan Dabaja 

Homeroom Teacher 

Nada Dalal

AQI Teacher 

Rima Damrah

AQI Teacher

Jolyn DeMeritte

Social Studies Teacher 

Forrest Denman 

P.E. Teacher 

Dustin Dent

English Dept. Head

Amna Diaf 

Teacher Assistant

Nadia Elatrash

PYP Coordinator 

Hala Elhalabi 

AQI Teacher

Fatimah Elnashar

Librarian

Ayat Elryalat

Teacher Assistant

Sanaa Hamadneh

AQI Teacher

Nora Hamed 

Design Teacher 

Nadia Haque

Behavioral Counselor 

Nadia Hassan

Finance

Rula Hasweh

AQI Teacher

Nydia Hernandez 

English Teacher 

Seham Hilweh

Teacher Assistant

Shorouq Husein

Homeroom Teacher

Fariha Inaam

Administrative Assistant

Aber Ismail 

ECE Teacher 

Arbad Ismail

Facilities 

Noha Ismail

Homeroom Teacher

Zarena Jabbar

College Guidance Counselor

Alejandra Jirani

P.E. Teacher

Mehnaz Kafry

College Guidance Counselor

Eman Karzoun

AQI Teacher

Ayah Khalifa

Enrollment

Aisha Khan

Teacher Assistant

Rumana Khan

Science Teacher 

Rabia Khattak

Enrollment

Aimee Khawaja

Teacher Assistant

Ambreen Khurram

Teacher Assistant

Kathleen Kittaneh

Homeroom Teacher

Nedai Kotynski

Nurse

Merve Kuzu

Homeroom Teacher

Sevde Kuzu

Substitute

Qamar Madani

Science Dept. Head

Sabeen Mansoori

Visual Arts Teacher

Raja Matariyeh

AQI Teacher

Isa Ibn Matta

Administrator of Cultural Dev.

Yama Mohammad

AQI Teacher

Sami Moussa

Dean of Student Affairs

Ihab Muhanna

Security

Amal Nabhan

ECE Teacher

Nahid Nikpour

Science Teacher

Saja Omran

Homeroom Teacher

Javariah Qazi

Administrative Assistant

Saira Rahman

Homeroom Teacher

Meena Rashid

Teacher Assistant

Fatimah Rizvi

Homeroom Teacher

Sarah Ronan

Homeroom Teacher

Laila Rumsey

AQI Teacher

Haydi Sadek

MYP Coordinator

Nouhad Sahyouni

AQI Teacher

Rayda Saleh

Arabic Dept. Head

Wafaa Salman

PYP Coordinator 

Sahar Shaqaidef

ECE Teacher

Sona Shawish

ECE Teacher

Shabana Siddiq

Super Substitute

Samira Siddiqui

Human Resources 

Yasmeen Siddiqui

Teacher Assistant

Michelle Solis

ECE Teacher

Ghada Turk

ECE Teacher

Mustafa Uzun

Science Teacher 

Marwa Yamout

Finance

Tahsina Yusuf

MYP Coordinator 

Sofia Zamir

Math Dept. Head

Nawal Zeidan

Homeroom Teacher 

Maria Zidan

Math Teacher

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