The Academy takes pride in our support services staff. Guidance counselors are vital part of student life. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. They spend most of their time in direct contact with students.
We currently have two Academic Guidance Counselors and two Student Guidance Counselors, here is a little more about them and what they aim to provide our students.
Academic Guidance Counselors Office
Our academic guidance counselors are devoted to meeting the needs of our middle and high school students. In addition to one-on-one counseling. They conduct college advisory classes for high school students that are built in to the student’s schedule. Our counselors aim to:
- Advise students and parents on high school programs and academic curriculum, preparing them for college application and admission .
- Help prepare students to enter the dual credit program along with their high school teachers.
- Plan and prepare students for college admissions tests, SAT and ACT.
- Provide workshops, classes, and special presentations that focus on career readiness and personal development.
Meet our Academic Guidance Counselors
Mehnaz Kafray received her BA in Secondary English Education and Masters in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification. She is currently the Academic Guidance Counselor and the Dual Credit Coordinator. Focusing primarily on college and career readiness, with over 10 years of experience as an educator, Mehnaz has great motivation to develop academically successful, strong, young Muslim leaders.
If you have any questions for our Academic Guidance Counselor, or wish to make an appointment, you can email her at email@example.com or (972) 675-2062 Ext. 102
Ekram Skaik earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in 2002. She worked as a Social Services Coordinator for a Dallas based nonprofit organization. She is an active community member and has led various youth groups and Muslim Students’ organizations. Ekram is the Academic Guidance Counselor for 6th-10th grades and the campus testing coordinator.
If you have any questions for our Academic Guidance Counselor, or wish to make an appointment, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (972) 675-2062 Ext. 122
School Guidance Counselors Office
Our school guidance counselors offer students and staff a safe and confidential space for social and emotional support. We take the physical, social, emotional, and academic health of our students seriously, and the guidance counselor is one pillar in the support of developing successful leaders.
They also develop campus-wide programs targeted to youth to discuss social and emotional health, bullying, and coping with student life.
Meet our School Guidance Counselors
Zaira Abubaker was in BHA’s first graduating class of 2002. She earned a bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas along with a teaching certification. She taught in public school, IQA, and BHA for six years and earned her master’s in counseling from Southern Methodist University with an emphasis on play therapy.
If you have any questions for our guidance counselor, or wish to make an appointment, you can email her at email@example.com or (972) 675-2062 Ext. 104
Isra Awad is also a BHA Alumni and was in the graduating class of 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She then earned her license in counseling from the Masters of Counseling program at Southern Methodist University. Isra worked in various settings including private practice, hospitals, university clinics, and treatment centers.
If you have any questions for our guidance counselor, or wish to make an appointment, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (972) 675-2062 Ext. 104