BES Teachers & Staff

Our Staff

Sister Razia Habibi - Principal

Sister Razia Habibi is an Ontario Certified Teacher with twelve years of experience working for the TDSB and four years of experience working as the Brock Elementary School Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Tech University for the Primary-Junior (PJ) Division, and a Master of Business Administration. She also holds an Educational Assistant-Special Needs Diploma from Centennial College and a Junior-Intermediate Mathematics ABQ. Sister Razia is a returning staff member with a great passion for the education. She believes in unity and collaboration. She is looking forward to serving the community and to bring our school to the next level.

Sister Saira Khan – School Administrator

Sister Saira Khan comes from a background of teaching and digital marketing. With a degree in English and certifications to Teach English as a Second Language, she has extensive experience specializing as an English teacher and tutoring. She recently completed her certification in Digital Marketing Management from the University of Toronto and hopes to combine both her educational background and marketing skills in her role as School Administrator for BES.

Sister Mahruq Lodi - JK

Sister Mahruq Lodi is a qualified Teacher with experience in teaching Playschool, Kindergarten, and Primary school with diverse backgrounds and cultures. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Psychology; both from the prestigious Osmania University of Hyderabad, India. In addition, she has the following certifications from Cambridge university: Differentiated Instructions, Teaching IELTS, Lesson planning and Classroom management.

As a result of her qualifications and experience, she is able to design creative and stimulating lessons and activities with a hands-on approach keeping students interested and focused at all times. Her strengths include being able to understand and work with students from different backgrounds, cultures, and varying degrees of proficiency levels in developing and enhancing their cognitive abilities. With her experience and abilities, she can engage, inspire, and motivate students ensuring that they not only develop to be better students but more importantly better people.

Sister Uzma Syeda - SK

Sister Uzma Syeda is a returning teacher who joined Brock Elementary School in 2021 and has taught grades 4 and 5. This year she will be teaching Senior Kindergartners as she believes that the nurturing of the characters starts at the tender age. Her experience as a junior and primary teacher, at Ummati Islamic School previously and at Brock Elementary subsequently, has driven her passion to impart quality education while balancing the Canadian curriculum with Islamic values. Having earned a Bachelor of Science degree, she strives to develop innovative and leadership skills in young minds.

Sister Rizwana Roohi – SK ECE

Sister Rizwana Roohi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Pakistan. She also possesses a diploma in Pharmacy Assistant from Ontario. She has over five years of experience as an educator. Sister Rizwana joined Brock Elementary School in 2022. She will be the ECE for the Senior Kindergarten 2022-2023 school year. She has worked with various age groups in a daycare setting as an early childhood assistant for three years. She was a middle and high school teacher at Ummah Foundation of Durham for two years. She also got an opportunity to teach grades 3 and 4 in the Islamic Society of Markham before moving to Durham. Sister Rizwana also operated as an online ESL teacher with VIPKIDS. She is hoping to create a safe and welcoming environment for children, as well as encourage them to do their best.

Sister Kulsoom Shariq – Grade 1

Sister Kulsoom Shariq holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. She has several years experience privately tutoring students of all age groups in Canada and the United States in subjects varying from English to Physics. She has also previously taught at Madina Islamic School working primarily with grade two and grade seven students. Sister Kulsoom was a substitute teacher for Brock Elementary School between January 2022 - June 2022. This is the first year that Sister Kulsoom will be teaching the grade one class as their homeroom teacher.

Sister Reja Firdous - Grade 2  

Sister Reja Firdouse is an Ontario Certified Teacher, holding a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has over eight years of experience in the educational field. This is her third year at Brock Elementary School working as the Grade 2 teacher. She has worked in various teaching capacities in multiple organizations. She wishes all students to be successful learners and she works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and adaptive to diverse learning styles and students’ abilities. Sister Reja introduces concepts into curriculum related to life and social skills. She strives to create a cooperative community in the classroom and teach students the importance of mutual respect and cooperation among all community members.

Sister Umaima Motiwala - Grade 3

Sister Umaima Motiwala is an Ontario Certified teacher, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology and Bachelor of Education with more than seven years of experience in the educational field. Sr. Umaima has trained middle school children in Language in India and has experience working in different Boards of Education. She returns as the Grade 3 teacher at Brock Elementary School and will be ready to bring with her the innovative ways of teaching/learning. She strongly believes that the role of a teacher is to understand that the essence of education is a close relationship between a knowledgeable, caring adult and a child. Her responsibility as a teacher will be to get to know each student as an individual and comprehend their unique needs, learning style, interests, and abilities.

Sister Naeema Panchbhaya – Grade 4

Sister Naeema has always held a passion for teaching and educating young minds. She has worked with various age groups as well as students with all capabilities in diverse classrooms. Upon completion of her B.Ed., Sr. Naeema also completed an Additional Qualification course in Special Education. Sr. Naeema is a mother of two wonderful girls, both of whom attend BES. She lives in the community and has been an active member. She has been teaching at Islamic Schools for more than six years. Sister Naeema’s teaching philosophy centralizes around her belief that each child has unique strengths, varied prior learning experiences, and preferred learning styles. She prioritizes differentiated instruction to provide enough challenge and enough support for ALL children to build on their successes and develop positive attitudes about learning. She strongly believes that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education. She is committed to trying her best to assist her students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well as to embrace the differences of others.

Sister Amale Aldarwish- Grade 5

Sister Amale Hasan Aldarwish is an Ontario Certified Junior/ Intermediate Teacher with over twenty years experience in the education. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) focusing on Digital Technologies in Education, a Bachelor of Educational Sciences, and Additional Qualification Courses in English as a Second Language. She taught in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools in Jordan for ten years as an English teacher. She was an active member of the school development team and provided training and staff development for hundred teachers. In Canada, she worked as an ESL instructor in Durham Continuing Education-LINC program and worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Sister Amale has been teaching grades 4 to 7 at Brock Elementary School since 2017. Sister Amale is committed to create a space for all her students to explore their own learning styles. She strives to help her students to develop their interests and guide their absorption of the material to raise strong and confident Muslim children.

Sister Zeena Khan – Grade 6&7

Sr. Zeena Khan is an Ontario Certified teacher. She completed her Bachelor of Education at York University in 2002 and has worked in various Islamic Schools including Al-Falah Islamic School, the International School of Cambridge, Brock Elementary School, MAC Maple Grove School and Islamic Foundation School of Durham. She has also worked as an Elementary Occasional Teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board for the past few years. Sr. Zeena stives to incorporate Islamic Studies into all areas of her program, along with a love for inquiry and learning.

Sister May Sanyoura - Core French

Sister May Sanyoura is a Bachelor of Science graduate from the Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is the Core-French teacher for Grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 in our school. Sister May lived for 16 years in Montreal where she studied French. She has completed all the required courses to be the Core-French Teacher at the elementary level. She taught French, and other languages while working as a daycare educator, as well as a teacher at a local masjid.

Sister Muna Madi - Arabic and Quran

Sr. Muna is the Arabic and Quran teacher for the Senior Kindergarten students to Grade Seven. Her certification in Quran Tajweed rules and Islamic Aqeeda and Fiqh has allowed her to be creative with teaching young children and making sure that they understand every lesson and apply it to their daily life in an easy and desirable learning process. She is looking forward to replicating this and contributing to Brock Elementary School to help build a strong Muslim generation. Sr. Muna has eight years of teaching experience in the subjects of Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies. With vital class aptitude including patience and motivational skills along with the passion for teaching and working in an educational environment. She believes that to build a better and solid individual and united community we must start by teaching our children Arabic, Quran and Islamic studies at a young age. Sr. Muna has worked with different Islamic schools including Seerah Mission School (SMS) and Madinatul Uloom.