Approaches to Learning: 3rd Grade

Approaches to Learning: 3rd Grade

IB PYP Approaches to Learning Skills


  • Listen to and follow multi-step directions
  • Listen attentively to others in the group and to the teacher
  • Listen to presentations/stories/movies/guest speakers
  • Express and justify ideas and opinions with guidance
  • Present to a range of audiences confidently with appropriate volume
  • Communicate clearly and logically in complete sentences
  • Read a variety of sources for information and pleasure
  • Orally summarize the details and events of a story in logical order
  • Make predictions and conclusions using texts to justify reasoning
  • Make inferences across genres
  • Read appropriate level text with fluency, accuracy, and comprehension
  • Record information and observations
  • With teacher guidance and modeling, utilize the writing process
  • Write summaries using story elements
  • Paraphrase information
  • Maintain a journal or record
  • Select appropriate writing pieces for specific audience (narrative, opinion, informational)
Non Verbal Communication
  • Understand that logos, icons, and symbols communicate value and power
  • Appropriately use body language as a means of communication
  • Read body language and expressions of others and act accordingly


Formulating Questions
  • Formulate open ended questions about research topics from personal interest or by brainstorming with others
  • Pose purposeful, open, realistic and investigative questions
  • Apply the five senses when observing during multi-step experiments
  • Create ideas to conduct investigative experiments
  • Discuss and describe what is to be done to complete research objectives
  • Identify priorities and divide tasks into simple steps
  • Set target dates for tasks
Collecting Data
  • Recognize keywords for searching books and dictionaries
  • Identify areas within the school library and locate resources in these areas
  • Use Destiny Quest
  • Collect information using student-initiated surveys, interviews, and reference texts
  • Begin to select useful information resources, including maps, timelines, and graphs
  • Begin to browse and search on the Internet with teacher guidance
  • Understand that newspapers, databases, expert interviews and digital tools can be sources of information
  • Skim and scan for information
Recording Data
  • Use appropriate medium to record information
  • Understand and summarize facts gathered
  • Cite sources of information (author, title, publication year)
  • Take notes by using the keywords and most relevant information
Organizing Data
  • Organize information logically, according to the purpose, and audience
  • Underline answers to questions in texts
  • Independently use a variety of graphic organizers
  • Select the graphic organizer most appropriate in different situations
Interpreting Data
  • Draw conclusions based on organized data
  • Narrow or modify research focus as needed to clarify data
  • Interpret graphic organizers and make statements about them
Presenting Research Finding
  • Creatively use technology tools for presentations
  • Present information logically and clearly
  • Cooperate with peers to present work
  • Contribute to discussions
  • Show respect by listening to questions and giving logical answers


Gross motor skills
  • Move body appropriately, keeping in mind personal space and sharing space with others
  • Use muscles when physically active, such as playing games, relays, and rhythmic movement
  • Apply movement skills to complex activities
Fine motor skills
  • Write legibly using appropriate spacing and direction with control
  • Manipulate handheld tools with increased precision and attention to detail
  • Competently operate and manipulate technology
Spatial awareness
  • Maintain an awareness of personal space and directional terms in relation to others and to their environment
  • Visual information and writing is organized, formatted, and presentable
  • Retrieve and return materials independently
  • Select materials appropriate to a task
  • Plan and carry out activities effectively
  • Take responsibility for all belongings
Time management
  • Set own time frames
  • Use time effectively
  • Stay on task and uses time for each activity
  • Understand how personal timeliness affects others
  • Show personal self-control in dangerous situations
  • Know how to behave both in and outside the classroom
  • Avoid putting others at risk
  • Understand how to avoid potentially dangerous situations
Healthy lifestyle
  • Practice self-hygiene and self-care
  • Understand that health has many forms (mental, spiritual, physical, emotional, personal)
Codes of behavior
  • Develop a fair play attitude
  • Model the IB learner profile
  • Apply appropriate rules for varying group situations
Informed choices
  • Select an appropriate action or behavior based on situational awareness
  • Reflect on and explain personal decisions



Accepting responsibility
  • Demonstrate appropriate behaviors in all situations and settings
  • Accept responsibility for personal and group work
Respecting others
  • Accept others’ opinions and defends their own, respecting the feelings and opinions of others
  • Demonstrate a sense of fairness and equality
  • Understand and demonstrate respect for different beliefs, cultures, and religions
  • Take responsibility in sharing materials
  • Work cooperatively in any group situation by listening, sharing ideas, and taking turns
  • Contribute to the group
Resolving conflict
  • Accept responsibility for own actions
  • Compromise to resolve conflict
  • Consider perspective and exhibit empathy
Group decision making
  • Listen to others to gain consensus
  • Discuss and evaluate ideas to gain consensus
Adopting a variety of group roles
  • Demonstrate behaviors appropriate to a given situation
  • With guidance, accept roles negotiated by the group
  • Hold one another accountable and cheer the group to success


Acquisition of knowledge
  • Acquire specific facts to gain further knowledge
  • Expand vocabulary across subject areas
  • Recall and recount new knowledge
  • Retell central idea in own words
  • Demonstrate understanding of the central ideas and lines of inquiry
  • Explain stories, information and events in detail and in a variety of ways
  • Understand purpose and criteria of a task
  • Make use of previously acquired knowledge in practical or new ways
  • Use the IB PYP essential elements to justify understandings
  • Classify and categorize information according to patterns and relationships
  • Make inferences
  • Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information
  • Use higher-order thinking to design and create own ideas
  • Make generalizations and draw conclusions
  • Choose the best way to plan and design a presentation
  • Begin to self-assess work
  • Reflect on the outcome of personal goals
  • Begin to give peers effective feedback
  • Making judgments or decisions based on chosen criteria and standards
  • Exercise increased independence when inquiring, acting, and reflecting
Dialectical thought
  • Understand that people can have different points of view
  • Listen to and reflect on other people’s point of view
  • Construct arguments to support points of view
  • Self-assess own learning and behavior routinely
  • With teacher guidance, I can think about where I am, where I am going, and how I am going to get there


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Nora Hamed

Computer Teacher

Nora Hamed is a Dallas native. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Management Systems. Nora joined the BHA team in 2018. She is currently teaching Middle/High School Computer Technology.


Sean McMillin

Social Studies Teacher

Sean McMillin is a native of Dallas Texas. He received his BS in history from UT Tyler in 2012 and his MA from the same institution in 2015. Mr. McMillin has taught both World and U.S history at the college level for the past six years including dual credit and early college level courses for various High Schools including BHA where he is now a full time employee currently teaching World History.


Dana Haddad

English Teacher

Dana Haddad teaches 7th grade English after receiving her BA in English Literature at North Carolina State University. This is her second year at BHA and has experience teaching in multiple Islamic schools.   


Sonya Badr

Middle/High School College Guidance Counselor

What Year Started at BHA: 

M. A. in School Counseling - Xavier University 2012; Cincinnati, Ohio 
B.A. in Psychology - University of Cincinnati 2010; Cincinnati, Ohio 
Licensed School Counselor 

Current/Previous Experience
Middle/High School College Guidance Counselor 
Previous substitute teacher 
BHA Athletics Committee member 
Previous counseling and teaching experience in Ohio and Georgia 

Fresno, California

Cultural background:
Born and raised in California 
Also live in Ohio, Georgia, and now Texas

Traveling, visiting national parks & forests, taking classes in various subjects, and spending time with family.  


Mrs. Michelle Solis

Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Michelle Solis has been an integral part of Brighter Horizons Academy since 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History and is currently completing her Social Studies 4-8 Texas certification. She has numerous years of experience teaching English as a Second Language abroad and teaching Arabic and Quran to Non-native Arab speakers. She has also taught Islamic Studies from 1st to 4th grades for the past 4 years.

Mrs. Michelle has a true passion for working with young learners! Making connections and helping each child express their Muslim identities at the same time teaching them life essentials is an honor to accept daily. She strives to create an environment that nurtures growth, positivity, and learning!

“Knowledge precedes statements and actions.”


Maria Atif

Science Lab Assistant

My name is Maria Atif

I joined BHA Prep in 2019 as a Lab Coordinator. Prior to BHA Prep I worked as a dental assistant in Dental office in Mesquite TX and also severed as a Science Teacher in Pakistan. I am a graduate of Karachi University of Pakistan where I majored in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Chemistry.

I graduated in Top 10 from School Teacher's training Program in Pakistan. I was born in Pakistan and love to work with kids, my hidden skills are creative in art & craft work, science projects, school drama play.   


Sumaira Baloch

Science Teacher

6th Grade Science Teacher

Bachelor of Science degree from Karachi University

Master's in Education and Islamic History From Karachi University

Teaching at BHA since 2010


Rabia Khattak

College Guidance Counselor

Master's Degree - British Literature
Bachelor's Degree with a focus in British Literature and Islamic Jurisprudence

Current/Previous Experience
Middle/High School College Guidance Counselor

Enrollment Administrator, BHA
Case Manager - ICNA Relief Women's Transitional Home
BHA-PTO Board Member
Co-founder and current teacher/counselor: Shining Stars Afghan Refugee Children's Sunday School
Member of Board of Directors for Non-Profit Elementary Islamic School
Vice-Principal - Elementary School, VA
Librarian and Substitute teacher: Greater Lansing Islamic School, Michigan
Tutor - Michigan State University

Joined BHA:
April, 2019

Tripoli, Libya

Ethnic background:


Aimmin Chouaibi

Athletics TA

Degree of highest level of education and certification(s):
I graduated from Princeton High School as an honors grad. I currently attend Collin College to pursue business management, I also have a coaching certificate that allows me to coach any sport.

Degree earned at:
Princeton High School

Previous work experience:
I’ve worked at Polo Ralph Lauren. And I coached for my former high school team in the summer and helped with camps for the youth.

I was born in Dallas, TX

Cultural background:
I am 100% Moroccan 

Started working at BHA:
I started working at BHA around February of 2021 


Kawther Ali

Arabic Teacher

Degree of highest level of education and certification(s):
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Control and System Engineering.
Completed Online training program and obtained Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Diploma.
Completed Boston University StarTalk online and onsite training in teaching Arabic as a foreign language.

Degree earned at:
University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq.                                                

Previous work experience:
1997 -2013 Al-Hamra Academy, Shrewsbury, MA. Arabic language and Islamic Studies Teacher
2013 -2018 ILM Academy, Houston, TX. Arabic language and Islamic Studies Teacher
2018 to Present Brighter Horizons Academy, Garland, TX. Arabic language Teacher

Started working at BHA:


Seham Hilweh

Islamic Studies/Quran Pull-Out Teacher

My name is Seham Hilweh,

I graduated from UT Arlington with an IT bachelor degree

I have a certificate in Quran Tajweed. 

I worked at Brighter Horizons in Amman Jordan for two years  

My parents are originally from Palestine, but I was born in Kuwait, moved to the U.S during the first gulf war in 1991 


Dalal Almajidi

Math Teacher

Degree of highest level of education and certification(s):
Bachelor in Liberal Arts with a Specialization in Spanish 
Minor in  Education

Degree earned at:
University of Texas at Arlington 

October 24,1978 

Cultural background:
Born in Valencia, Venezuela, and my parents are Palestinians. 

Started working at BHA:
August 2004


Rima Damrah

MS Islamic Studies/Quran Dept. Head

Degree of highest level of education: 
Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies 
Recitation Ijaza (Hafs ‘an Asim) 
Degree Seeking: Master’s degree in Islamic Education 

Degree earned at: 
The Guidance College Houston, TX 

Previous work experience: 
Peace Academy School 
New Iqra’ School 

Amman, Jordan 

Cultural background: 

Started working at BHA: 


Nesrine Bougattaya

Math Teacher

Ms. Nesrine Bougattaya is a Middle & High school math teacher at BHA. She joined the BHA team 5 years ago and has been teaching math & science for the past 10 years. She is currently teaching 6th Math, 7th Advanced Math, 9th Advanced Geometry, 10th Advanced Algebra 2, and 11th Advanced Pre-Calculus. 

She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Texas at Arlington. She is originally from Morocco. 


Rayda Saleh

Arabic Dept. Head

Arabic language development head, MS/HS

17 years of teaching experience 

15 years working at Brighter Horizons Academy 

Bachelors in Arabic language and literature 

IB Diploma in ( Teaching Arabic to Speaker of Other Languages) 

TASOL certification 

My philosophy :-
I believe in the extraordinary abilities of any child if s/he is properly guided


Nada Dalal

Arabic Teacher

Ms. Nada Dalal graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in New York in 1992. She started 16 years ago as a parent with 3 kids who attended BHA. She was a substitute teacher teaching Arabic and Islamic studies for 4 years at BHA. This year she will be teaching Arabic Emergent.


Bushra Alolofi

Arabic Teacher

Degree of highest level of education: 
Bachelor of Arts: Faculty of Science and Arts 
University of Sana’a, Sana’a – Yemen 
Major in Arabic Language and Literature 

Diploma in Elementary Education 
Salim Assubah Education Institute, Sana’a – Yemen 

Professional Teaching License 
Illinois State Board of Education 

Certificate: English Language 
Yemen-American Language Institute Sana’a – Yemen 

Extended Essay Certificate 
Pan-Asia International School, Bangkok – Thailand 

Innovative Teaching Methods in Kindergarten 
Bangkok, Thailand 

IB AB initio Certificate 
Bangkok, Thailand 

Previous work experience: 
Teacher of Arabic 
Teacher of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language 
Principal of Middle School, IB Arabic Teacher 
Principal of Kindergarten 
Counselor of Middle School, Teacher of Fine Arts 
Head Teacher of Arabic Department 

Started working at BHA:  
August 2019 


Alejandra Jirani

PE Teacher

Graduated from the University of Phoenix with a BS in Human Services Specialist. Former employee of Child Protective Services agency of the State of Texas, Department of Commerce federal former employee. Yoga Teacher Certified and wellness instructor. Developer of Yoga for runners program. Runner coach certified by RRCA. My most important role is being a mother of two wonderful sons. I am passionate about making kids move and stay active, give them the tools to develop a long lasting active lifestyle. I have coached little kids basketball and High School cross country.   


Forrest Dean Denman

PE Teacher

Home Town: Crockett, Texas

Degree: BS Kinesiology 

College: Dallas Baptist University 

Start at BHA in 2019 

African American  

I’ve been teaching PE in the Dallas area for about 20 years. 


Maria Zidan

Math Teacher

Degree of highest level of education and certification(s):
Bachelor of Science - Certified Generalist Educator (ESL) 

Degree earned at:
Texas Woman’s University  

Crystal City, TX 

Cultural background:
Mexican American  

Started working at BHA:
August 2007 


Raja Matariyeh

Arabic Teacher

Degree of highest level of education and certification(s):
M.Ed.; Certified K-12 Arabic Teaching in Illinois and Texas  

Degree earned at:
DePaul University, Chicago, IL  

Currently teaching:
MS and HS Arabic 

Amman, Jordan 

Cultural background:

Started working at BHA:
January, 2020 


Nahid Nikpour PhD

Science Teacher

Teaching 7th & 8th grade Science 

PhD in Health science from TWU, RDH, CPR Instructor 

Teaching at BHA since 2010 


Dr. Syed Abraruddin Hasan

Math Teacher

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana, India

Master of Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Manufacturing Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad Telangana, India 

Ph D in Mechanical Engineering with research in precision Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, Telanagana India – his research included analysis of hybrid stratified surfaces from Burnishing and shotpeening processes. 

Published / presented 10 research papers in journals and conferences 

He has 25 years of teaching experience which includes teaching Mechanical Engineering at UG level and Middle and high school. 

He served at Deccan College of Engineering and Technology for 16 years in various capacities including Lecturer, Associate Professor in Manufacturing Engineering, Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Department Chair Mechanical and Production Engineering Departments, Academic and Examinations Coordinator, joint-Editor College news letter.

He served as adjunct professor in Mechanical Engineering at UT Tyler, UNT Denton, and was awarded best professor of the year for the year 2014-2015 at UT Tyler. 

His research included a novel approach of analyzing stratified surfaces using Abbott-Firestone BAC, Taguchi S-N ratio analysis, Grey relational methods for analyzing stochastic/random processes, FFT/ DFT/Power spectra/ACVF/ACF/ other statistical moments. 

He is life-mummer of several Technical institutions and serves as the panel member for reviewing peer reviewed technical journal papers for two reviewed journals in Mechanical Engineering. 

He also served as member board of studies at Osmania University for 5 years. 

He was invited as guest speaker and chaired several conferences and National level workshops. 

He is presently teaching Algebra1 and 2, Geometry for middle and high school at BHA.


Yama Mohammad

Arabic Dept. Teacher

Mr. Mohammad started teaching at BHA in the fall semester of 2019.  He began his Arabic studies at Zaytuna Institute in 1998, now known as Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, CA. He earned his BA and MA in Arabic from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification from Oxford Seminar.  He currently teaches HS and MS Arabic. He was raised in Fremont, CA, and moved to Texas in 2019.


Sofia Zamir

Math Dept. Head

Ms. Sofia Zamir is the Math Department Head at BHA. She joined BHA 16 years ago. Currently, she teaches AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Pre-Calculus, Algebra 2, and UT Austin’s dual credit course “Engineer Your World.”

She has a Masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan. She has a double teacher certification (Math middle school and Math high school).

She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and has lived in the DFW area for the past twenty six years. 


Mr. Shahma Hoda

High School Qur’aan & Islamic Studies Teacher

Degree of highest level of education:
Bachelor Degree in Islamic Law
Bachelor Degree in Sociology

Degree earned at:
Islamic University of Madina, KSA
York College, CUNY New York

Previous work experience:
Instructor - Institute of English Learning


Cultural background:

Started working at BHA:


Rumana Khan

Science Teacher

Teacher for Biology and AP Biology

Bachelor of Science degree from UH, Teaching credentials from SCU

Certified to teach 7-12 Science

Teaching at BHA since 2019

Advisor for Red Cross Club


Shamsa Ashraf

Social Studies Teacher

Shamsa Ashraf was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but moved to the United States when she was 4.

She received her Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the UT Tyler.

Because her true love was education, Shamsa went back to school and received her teaching certification.

She is certified in Generalist (Grades EC-4) and Social Studies (Grades 4-8).

Shamsa has served as the principal of a private Elementary Islamic school.

This is Shamsa's 15th year in education and her 3rd year at BHA.

Currently she is teaching US History and is the co-advisor for the Student Council.


Mrs. Rula Hasweh

MS Islamic Studies/Quran Teacher

Degree of highest level of education:
Bachelor in English Language and Literature in Arts & Science

Degree earned at:
Al-Ahliyyah Amman University
Degrees seeking - working on finishing my Masters in Islamic Education from Guidance College, Houston TX


Cultural background:

Started working at BHA:
Started volunteering and subbing 2013, started working 2014


Syeda Saleem

Computer Teacher

What Year Started at BHA

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor Degree of Commerce 
Computer Science/Computer Programming /Database Management Systems 
Human Resource Management

Current Grades/Courses Taught
Middle and High School/Computer

Previous Work Experience
Grayson College, Ericsson, Blue Ridge Labs

Cultural Background
Living in Dallas for 21 years 


Nydia Hernandez

Social Studies Teacher

Nydia Hernandez is originally from Guatemala.  She moved to Texas 7 years ago with her family.

She has been at BHA since 2016.

Ms. Nydia holds a BA from Montclair State University in NJ.

She has Texas Certification EC-6 and Reading/Social Studies 4-8th.

She currently teaches 6th and 7th grade Social Studies.


Aisha Ashraf

Social Studies Dept. Head

Ms. Aisha was  born in Oklahoma but she grew up outside of Washington D.C. She got her bachelors in History and minor in Islamic Studies from George Mason University in Virginia. She has been teaching for 12 years and this is her 6th year at BHA. She is certified to teach Social Studies 4-8 and History 7-12. Currently she is  completing her Masters degree in Educational Administration: Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma.  

Ms. Aisha teaches AP World History, AP US History and Civic Engagement. She is also the Student Council and National Honor Society Advisor for this year. 


Dr. Jolyn DeMeritte

Social Studies Teacher

Dr. deMeritte is an American from Key West, Florida.  She started teaching AP U.S. History at BHA in 2017.  She currently teaches World Geography and World History.  Prior to teaching at BHA, Dr. deMeritte taught at Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia.  She is a grandmother who likes to travel and read.  Dr. D is also the #1 fan of BHA Boys Basketball having cheered on her students since they were in 8th grade!   
Certificates held:  All fields Social Studies 8-12 and Gifted in TX and GA;  

J.D. - William Mitchell College of Law 
M.S. Education, Media Design & Technology - Full Sail University 
B.S. Business Administration - University of Phoenix 


Ayah Khalifa

English Teacher

Ayah Khalifa started at BHA in 2020. Ms. Khalifa earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and is currently teaching 7th/8th grade English. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and her family is from Sudan.


Nahla Abdelkarim Hussein

6th Grade Quran and Islamic Teacher

Degree of highest level of education
Master Degree in Health Care Management.

Degree earned at
Walsh University , Ohio

Previous work experience
Sunday School principal in ISAK Center in Akron, Ohio


Cultural background

Started working at BHA


Qamar Madani

Science Dept. Head

Teaches Conceptual Physics, Honors Physics & Engineering 
Head of Science Department 
Bachelor of Science degree from UIC, Teaching credentials from UTD 
Certified to teach 7-12 Science 
Teaching at BHA since 2007 
Advisor for Health Professions Club & Robotics Club 


Iman Moussa

10th Grade Quran and Islamic Studies Teacher

Master Degree in Islamic studies (Candidate)
Manara Institute, 
New Jersey, USA 

Bachelor in Documents and Libraries 
Faculty of Arts, 
Alexandria University, Egypt 

Quran Hafizah 

Professional Experience
Quran and Islamic High School Teacher 
Miraj Islamic School, Staten Island, New York 

Joined BHA: 2021 


Nouhad Sahyouni

HS Qur'an & Islamic Studies Dept. Chair

Degree of highest level of education
Masters Islamic Education – The Guidance College Houston, TX

Started working at BHA
I started at BHA in 2009


Cultural background


Mohammad Alshaikh

Life Skills Coordinator

Born and raised in Chicago, Brother Mohammad Alshaikh is a Palestinian-American graduate of Qalam Insitute's five year 'Alimiyyah Program in Arlington, Texas. Br Mohammad has studied Advanced Islamic Sciences and Classical Arabic under local scholars such as Sheikh Abdulnasir Jangda and Mufti Hussain Kamani. He has served as a youth director and Islamic studies teacher at the MAS Islamic Center of Dallas and the Mesquite Islamic Center. He is a local and national khateeb and youth counselor. He is a new addition to BHA teaching a Life Skills course to all of our sixth through eleventh grade students.


Aimon Arshad

English Teacher

Mrs. Arshad teaches 6th and 7th grade English at BHA. Originally from Pakistan, Mrs. Arshad has lived in Texas for most of her life and recently moved to Dallas from Waco. She has her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master's in Educational Technology.


Mayyadah Abuawad

Science Teacher

What year started at BHA 

Degrees, certifications 
Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering / Chemical industries
Master Degree in Industrial Engineering / Operations managements
Completion courses in Biotechnology

Current grade/courses taught
10th grade- Chemistry  
AP Chem

Where were you born 

Cultural background 


Nadia Haque

Behavioral Counselor

Nadia Haque earned her bachelors from Louisiana State University in Psychology. She completed a teacher training program and obtained a certification in teaching English as a second language. She has been a teacher for the past 12 years, teaching at varying levels from elementary to university. This is her fifth year at BHA. Currently, she is working on her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Methodist University.

If you have any questions for our guidance counselor, or wish to make an appointment, you can email her at or at

Mehnaz Kafray

Middle/High School College Guidance Counselor 

What year started at BHA

Degrees, certifications
M.Ed. Educational Leadership 
B.A Secondary English Education 
Certified English Language Arts Grades 4-12 
Certified Texas Principal 

Current grade/courses taught
Elementary Grades 1-4: English and Social Studies 
Middle School: Grades 6-7 Grade Social Studies 
Middle School: Grade 8 English 
High School: Grades 9-12 English 1, English 2, American Literature, British Literature, College Guidance Advisory 
ECE Assistant Principal 
Middle/High School College Guidance Counselor 

Where were you born

Cultural background
Mother is Kenyan 
Father is Pakistani
Mehnaz was raised in America 


Jaena Holcombe

MS/HS English

Jaena Holcombe Almallah Mendez,  B.A., M.A., TX Teaching Certification English, Spanish Secondary Education, AP Certified in English Language and Literature 
8th, 9th Grade English

Proud BHA Alumni Mom and Teacher since 1992