Montessori Programs Meet The Teams
Meet The Team Montessori Programs
Director, Montessori Programs
Rabia Shehzad is a MACTE (AMI/AMS) certified Montessori Teacher with eight years of experience in teaching early childhood. She has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a Nooraniyah certification. Over these eight years, she has also worked as a Primary Montessori co-lead teacher, a Quran and Islamic studies subject teacher, and an Assistant Teacher. She is currently a Primary Montessori Lead Teacher and Montessori Program Coordinator at ILM Academy.
Before becoming a part of the faculty at ILM Academy, Rabia was actively volunteering at ILM PTO. Rabia is passionate about education and implementing the Montessori philosophy in the classroom and is committed to creating classroom environments that encourage students to develop a love of learning.
Rabia has worked with students with special learning needs, gifted students, and students with behavioral issues.
Masha-ALLAH, Rabia is married and has two wonderful boys, fifteen and twelve. Her older son is a high school student at ILM Academy, and her younger son is in middle school. She spends quality time with her family and enjoys discovering new places. She enjoys sports, designing her abayas, crafting, gardening, and organizing if her schedule allows.
My name is Melanie Al-Thanon. I’m a dedicated and compassionate educator, mother of three, and grandmother to five grandchildren, with 19+ years’ experience teaching students various skills and capabilities, leading classes with care and creativity while providing young students with a friendly and safe classroom environment in early childhood education. Most of my teaching experience was gained in Saudi Arabia, where I resided for several years, ranging from nursery school, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade. I joined the Montessori program 2+ years ago as the lead teacher for the Bambinos Toddler Program and, during this time, attained my Montessori Teacher Certification through MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education). My lifelong mission is to work hard to help children learn and grow to reach their full potential.
My name is Juman Hassan. I have been a part of the ILM Academy family since 2014. Currently, I am a Teacher's assistant in Bambinos. I have been a part of the ILM Montessori program for the past four years.
In 2009, I came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq. I attended high school in Dekalb County. I am currently attending Lanier Technical College to further my education. I enjoy working at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) because of my passion for making a positive impact, entertaining, educating, and building relationships with children, especially in the Montessori Program.
I look forward to many years of inspiring and developing the children, InshaAllah. I will be working on my certification in Montessori education sooner.
I am a proud wife of Omar Hassan, who also works at ILM Academy, and a proud mom of a 6-year-old daughter, MashAllah, who has been a student at the Montessori Program for four years. My hobbies are where I enjoy drawing, walking, meditation, photography, and spending time with my family.
My name is Tasleem Ayalew, and I am the assistant teacher for Bambinos Montessori at ILM Academy. I have a high school diploma and have worked at ILM for three years and counting. During my experience in the Montessori program at ILM, I gained new knowledge about the Montessori concept and am inspired to study it. Also, this job has taught me methods of helping kids I was unaware of before. At home, I enjoy planting flowers, caring for them, and spending time with my family. I have three kids who attend ILM Academy; we all love ILM and are so happy to be here, Alhamdulillah.
My name is Asma Haykal. I am calm, organized, and care about details. Analytical games, embroidery, and cycling interest me the most. I studied English Literature at Tishreen University, Syria. I worked as a primary school teacher for five years in Saudi Arabia. I have passed a classroom management course and CPR training. I received many recognitions for my work and study. This is my first year working at Ilm Academy as a teacher assistant for the Bambinos - Montessori Toddlers Program. I am a wife and a mom to two young boys.
Bambinos Support Staff
Bambinos Support Staff
Primary Montessori Assistant
My Name is Batool Othman. I am a Primary and Elementary Montessori Islamic Studies Teacher for the Academic year 2023-2024. I am also a Teacher Assistant(TA) in Primary Montessori. I have been teaching at ILM Academy from 2022 to 2023. I have finished my Montessori certification as a Montessori early Childhood Teacher from NAMC(North America Montessori Centre). I have a bachelor's Degree in Nursing and have worked as a former Heart ICU Nurse. I love learning new things and implementing them on younger students. Moreover, outside of school, I am passionate about experiencing new food recipes, spending time in nature, and reading children's psychology and development books.
My name is Saffa Abdelmaged. I have been a teacher at ILM for seven years. I teach Arabic, Quran & Qaida Nooraniah in primary and elementary Montessori. I am certified in Qaida Nooraniah from Mohammed Furqan Alraai in Saudi Arabia. I also received my certification as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Positive Discipline Classroom Educator, and Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator (PDA). I completed Montessori Arabic in Egypt.
Masha-ALLAH, I have three young boys and a daughter.
Elementary Montessori Lead Teacher
My name is Esti Wibawati, and I am the teacher's assistant for elementary Montessori. I have been with ILM Academy since 2022. Before I joined ILM Academy, I worked as a school admin (2006-2008) Since 2008, I have been teaching Montessori for early childhood in several Montessori schools in my home country, Indonesia (2008-2015). I moved to the US in 2016 and started working in 2022 at ILM Academy.
Over the years, I received several Montessori training and have been actively teaching since 2008. I love and enjoy working with kids. I enjoy making illustrations and painting in my free time.
My name is Fadoua Abida. I hold an associate's degree in computer science from Georgia Perimeter College and a bachelor's degree in computational media from Georgia Institute of Technology. Before developing an interest in computers, I received a diploma in accounting and administration from the French School of Technical Training, Efet, in Morocco, where I was born and raised. During my years of study, I worked as a freelance translator, translating from English to Arabic. Teaching and working with kids has been my passion, and I am honored to have been part of the ILM Academy Team for the last year and a half. I am also a mother of two who enjoys art and weaving.
My name is Heba Aly Hassan. I received my Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1999. I am currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Georgia College. I have been teaching for the last twenty years and have been lucky to teach Visual Arts and Physical Education at ILM Academy for the last twelve years. Art has been my lifelong passion, and I bring that enthusiasm into the classroom every day. I'm always on the lookout for fresh, exciting projects that will teach artistic skills and spark a love for creativity that lasts a lifetime. Teaching art to kids is my passion. In my class, I want kids to feel free to be themselves. Art is more for me than just drawing; it's about having fun, trying new things, and being proud of what they create. I like my students to explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and digital art. Outside of the classroom, I am interested in painting and calligraphy. I am married and have two kids who are currently in college.