Iman Mekkawi,   Administrator     B.S in Business Administration    Iman is a proud mother of 4 kids! She originally got a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Egypt, but has been teaching for over 18 years!  "I am grateful that I am able to work in a Muslim community and give back to the next generation of Muslim kids. I believe it is important that students have quality education while still being in an Islamic environment and learning about Islam. I am very excited to be working with Aya Montessori and can’t believe how fast it has grown mA!" -Iman  In her free time Iman likes to cook and go shopping with her daughters.

Iman Mekkawi, Administrator

B.S in Business Administration

Iman is a proud mother of 4 kids! She originally got a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Egypt, but has been teaching for over 18 years!

"I am grateful that I am able to work in a Muslim community and give back to the next generation of Muslim kids. I believe it is important that students have quality education while still being in an Islamic environment and learning about Islam. I am very excited to be working with Aya Montessori and can’t believe how fast it has grown mA!" -Iman

In her free time Iman likes to cook and go shopping with her daughters.

  Sahar Chouaib,   Lead Montessori Teacher (ages 0-3)     B.S in Education & Psychology    With 29 years of experience in teaching and two degrees in Education and Psychology, Sahar started her career with teaching children with special needs, then advanced into Islamic schooling with an Ijazah in Islamic studies. Seeing the many links between Islamic discipline and Montessori methodology, she advanced to obtaining her Diploma in Early Childhood Montessori and devised the Montessori curriculum for Aya's Islamic Studies. Sahar is the mother figure of Aya Montessori and she loves connecting with families as well as continuing her Quran studies/memorization at the Masjid.

Sahar Chouaib, Lead Montessori Teacher (ages 0-3)

B.S in Education & Psychology

With 29 years of experience in teaching and two degrees in Education and Psychology, Sahar started her career with teaching children with special needs, then advanced into Islamic schooling with an Ijazah in Islamic studies. Seeing the many links between Islamic discipline and Montessori methodology, she advanced to obtaining her Diploma in Early Childhood Montessori and devised the Montessori curriculum for Aya's Islamic Studies. Sahar is the mother figure of Aya Montessori and she loves connecting with families as well as continuing her Quran studies/memorization at the Masjid.

  Allean Hart,   Lead Montessori Teacher (ages 3-5)     Certified AMI Primary Montessori  Teacher    With 25 years of experience and an AMI degree/certificate in Primary Montessori, Allean is the 'Hart' of our Primary Montessori class. She is credited with many achievements in the DMV area schools and her reputation of love and discipline has been unique in Aya's signature of care and academic progress for our children.

Allean Hart, Lead Montessori Teacher (ages 3-5)

Certified AMI Primary Montessori  Teacher

With 25 years of experience and an AMI degree/certificate in Primary Montessori, Allean is the 'Hart' of our Primary Montessori class. She is credited with many achievements in the DMV area schools and her reputation of love and discipline has been unique in Aya's signature of care and academic progress for our children.

  Salam Aref,   Creative Director & Arabic/Islam Teacher     B.S in Architecture & in Art History    A mother of two children, Salam co-founded Aya Montessori to create a safe space for children in a healthy Islamic environment. With a degree in Architecture, Art History and Graphic Design, Salam designed Aya to create an open and creative atmosphere for Aya students using contemporary designs and friendly colors. As an MSDE approved Preschool Teacher and being the Creative Director of Aya, she teaches Islam and Arabic using modern and fun techniques through Art, Singing and Story-telling.

Salam Aref, Creative Director & Arabic/Islam Teacher

B.S in Architecture & in Art History

A mother of two children, Salam co-founded Aya Montessori to create a safe space for children in a healthy Islamic environment. With a degree in Architecture, Art History and Graphic Design, Salam designed Aya to create an open and creative atmosphere for Aya students using contemporary designs and friendly colors. As an MSDE approved Preschool Teacher and being the Creative Director of Aya, she teaches Islam and Arabic using modern and fun techniques through Art, Singing and Story-telling.

 
  Basma Khanjar,   Classroom Aide     A.A in Programming     Basma has an Associate Degree in programming and a proud mother of two. Her passion for children education and care drew her to Aya Montessori since last year. She is dedicated, attentive to children's needs, and very warm is maintaining a peaceful and fun class environment.

Basma Khanjar, Classroom Aide

A.A in Programming

Basma has an Associate Degree in programming and a proud mother of two. Her passion for children education and care drew her to Aya Montessori since last year. She is dedicated, attentive to children's needs, and very warm is maintaining a peaceful and fun class environment.

  Farah Narmouq,   Quran Teacher     B.S in Forensic Chemistry    A Forensic Scientist with a background in Pre-pharmacy, I always find time to learn and connect with the Holy Quran. From a very young age, I received multiple Ijazaat (Accredited Certificates) in Quran Recitation back in Amman, Jordan. I have a rich experience in tutoring Quran in different styles and currently working on memorizing the Whole Quran for the second time. I am fluent in Arabic as well and it’s my mother language, so I am thankfully able to teach and tutor in Arabic language. I love being with kids and it certainly teaching me patience, passion, and kindness. Being in such pure environment and around innocent creatures help me deal with the rest of my life differently and gracefully.

Farah Narmouq, Quran Teacher

B.S in Forensic Chemistry

A Forensic Scientist with a background in Pre-pharmacy, I always find time to learn and connect with the Holy Quran. From a very young age, I received multiple Ijazaat (Accredited Certificates) in Quran Recitation back in Amman, Jordan. I have a rich experience in tutoring Quran in different styles and
currently working on memorizing the Whole Quran for the second time. I am fluent in Arabic as well and it’s my mother language, so I am thankfully able to teach and tutor in Arabic language. I love being with kids and it certainly teaching me patience, passion, and kindness. Being in such pure environment and around innocent creatures help me deal with the rest of my life differently and gracefully.

  Nesreen Sawwan,   Twos Head Teacher     B.S in Psychology & A.A in Early Childhood Ed    Nesreen received an Associate of Arts in Teaching from CCBC as well as a Bachelors of Arts is Psychology from UMBC. She has 3 years of school experience including an internship before starting at Aya Montessori. "I may be one of youngest teachers in the bunch but I am definitely passionate about what I do and love to learn from my more experienced peers. I look forward to working with you all Inshallah!" - Nesreen

Nesreen Sawwan, Twos Head Teacher

B.S in Psychology & A.A in Early Childhood Ed

Nesreen received an Associate of Arts in Teaching from CCBC as well as a Bachelors of Arts is Psychology from UMBC. She has 3 years of school experience including an internship before starting at Aya Montessori.
"I may be one of youngest teachers in the bunch but I am definitely passionate about what I do and love to learn from my more experienced peers. I look forward to working with you all Inshallah!" - Nesreen

  Zainab Abdlrady,   Infant Head Teacher   Zeinab has a vast record of Infant/Toddler care in various Howard County daycares for the past 17 years. She is loving, dedicated, and full of joy in her infant and toddler care approach.

Zainab Abdlrady, Infant Head Teacher

Zeinab has a vast record of Infant/Toddler care in various Howard County daycares for the past 17 years. She is loving, dedicated, and full of joy in her infant and toddler care approach.