BES Teachers & Staff

Sister Razia Habibi - Principal
Sister Razia Habibi is an Ontario Certified Teacher with twelve years of experience working for the TDSB and three 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 Rabia Ismail - Vice Principal

Sister Rabia Ismail is an Ontario Certified Teacher with over 12 years of experience within the education field. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with Economics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from universities in England. She has predominantly taught high school and college students during her time in England and was also appointed in a management role to look after the welfare and enrichment of all students. Since her time in Canada, she has taught at the Elementary level, teaching English to students from grade 1 to grade 8 at Al Azhar Academy of Canada where she was also appointed as the Vice Principal in 2014. Sister Rabia joined Brock Elementary School in 2019 as a member of the School Board and was then appointed as the Vice Principal in September 2020.

Sister Amale Aldarwish - Grade 6 & 7
Sister Amale Hasan Aldarwish is an Ontario Certified Junior/ Intermediate Teacher with over 19 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 100 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 Uzma Syeda Grade - 4 & 5
Sister Uzma Syeda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Chemistry with experience in teaching Primary and Junior students from grade 2 to grade 8. She has previously taught at Ummati Islamic School and joined Brock Elementary School this year as the Grades 4 & 5 teacher. She has seen that every child has gifts and talents, and her role as an educator is to help all students to discover and enhance those. During her journey as an educator, she has experienced many wonderful moments that keep her inspired and motivated to teach integrated and beneficial knowledge to our students. She believes in the nurturing and molding of characters to help them grow into unique individuals with leadership qualities.

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 6 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 joins as teacher of Grade 3 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 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 seven years of experience in the educational field. This is her second year at Brock Elementary School working as the Grade 2 teacher. She has worked in various teaching capacities in multiple organisations. 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 Zeena Khan – Grade 1
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.  This is the third year that she will be teaching a grade one class.  Sr. Zeena stives to incorporate Islamic Studies into all areas of her program, along with a love for inquiry and learning.

Sister Rumaisa Ramish - SK
Sister Rumaisa Ramish is an Ontario Certified Teacher, holding a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, Alberta. She specialized in Early Childhood Education during her B.Ed degree; therefore, she is aware of young children’s various learning needs and styles of learning. Sr. Rumaisa will be the Senior Kindergarten teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. She has always enjoyed working with younger children, whether in a school or a childcare setting. Sr. Rumaisa’s goal for this year is to make the school and learning fun for all her students. She envisions her classroom to be a place where her students will be able to explore, learn and develop various new skills through a lens of inquiry, play and hands-on activities. 

Sister Naeema Panchbhaya - JK
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 five 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 Khairyeh Bani Odeh - Arabic and Quran.
Khairyeh Bani Odeh possesses a Bachelor in Arabic from Palestine and a Diploma in Pharmacy Technician from Ontario. She is a qualified Arabic Instructor and has the competence to teach Conversational as well as Classical Arabic. She is fully qualified to translate the surahs of the Quran. Sr. Khairyeh was the Quran Evening School Teacher at the Masjid Usman for seven years and prior joining our school. Her dedication at the Quran Evening School was noted and she was asked to join Brock Elementary School to teach Arabic and Quran from the 2014-2015 school year. 
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 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 Pelatin Faqiri - ECE
Sister Pelatin is an ECE with over four years of experience working with children at the Masjid al-Aqsa as an evening Quran teacher and the YMCA early years program. In 2020, Sister Pelatin was hired to work in our school with the Junior Kindergarten students. She has attained her diploma in travel and tourism at Centennial College.  Thereafter she received her diploma in Early Childhood Studies from the Durham Continuing Education. Sister Pelatin also holds the CPR/First aid training. She has four children who have been attending Brock Elementary School for the last six years. She was a distinguish member of the Parent Council where she volunteered as the treasurer. She is a well-known member of the community and is looking forward to working together to build a brighter future for your children.