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 in the Early Childhood Education field for over 18 years!  She holds MSDE lead credentials for teaching infants/toddlers, preschool and also Kindergarten. Iman is an MSDE-approved head of school.

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 in the Early Childhood Education field for over 18 years!

She holds MSDE lead credentials for teaching infants/toddlers, preschool and also Kindergarten. Iman is an MSDE-approved head of school.

Sahar Chouaib,   Lead Montessori Teacher (ages 0-3) - Orange Classroom     B.S in Education & Psychology    With 29 years of experience in teaching and a degree 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) - Orange Classroom

B.S in Education & Psychology

With 29 years of experience in teaching and a degree 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 - Green Classroom     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 - Green Classroom

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.

Parveen Akhtar,   Lead Montessori Teacher Ages 3-5 - Blue Classroom    B.S in Arts -  AMI Primary Montessori Teacher    Mrs. Parveen brought 20 years of experience in Montessori teaching to the Aya family. She is the lead Montessori teacher in our Blue Classroom. In addition to teaching kids in both the U.S and Pakistan, she trained hundreds of teachers to become Montessori teachers.  Mrs. Parveen was the Head of school to a Montessori school in Pakistan that served over 200 students every year. She currently resides with her husband in Laurel, MD.

Parveen Akhtar, Lead Montessori Teacher Ages 3-5 - Blue Classroom

B.S in Arts - AMI Primary Montessori Teacher

Mrs. Parveen brought 20 years of experience in Montessori teaching to the Aya family. She is the lead Montessori teacher in our Blue Classroom. In addition to teaching kids in both the U.S and Pakistan, she trained hundreds of teachers to become Montessori teachers.

Mrs. Parveen was the Head of school to a Montessori school in Pakistan that served over 200 students every year. She currently resides with her husband in Laurel, MD.


Salam Aref,  Founder  & Creative Director    Lead Arabic& Islam Teacher - Green Classroom     B.S in Architecture, Minor in Art History    A mother of two boys, Salam founded Aya Montessori to create a safe and creative space for children in a healthy Islamic environment. She 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 is currently working on her certificate in EarlyChildhood Leadership at Harvard.

Salam Aref, Founder & Creative Director

Lead Arabic& Islam Teacher - Green Classroom

B.S in Architecture, Minor in Art History

A mother of two boys, Salam founded Aya Montessori to create a safe and creative space for children in a healthy Islamic environment. She 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 is currently working on her certificate in EarlyChildhood Leadership at Harvard.

Farah Narmouq,   Quran Teacher    Ages 3-5 - Green Classroom     B.S in Forensic Chemistry/Masters in progress    Farah is a Forensic Scientist with a background in Pre-pharmacy. From a very young age, she received multiple Ijazaat (Accredited Certificates) in Quran Recitation back in Amman, Jordan. She has a rich experience in tutoring Quran in different styles and currently working on memorizing the Whole Quran for the second time. She is fluent in Arabic, as it is her mother language.

Farah Narmouq, Quran Teacher

Ages 3-5 - Green Classroom

B.S in Forensic Chemistry/Masters in progress

Farah is a Forensic Scientist with a background in Pre-pharmacy. From a very young age, she received multiple Ijazaat (Accredited Certificates) in Quran Recitation back in Amman, Jordan. She has a rich experience in tutoring Quran in different styles and
currently working on memorizing the Whole Quran for the second time. She is fluent in Arabic, as it is her mother language.

Layali Jaraba,   Lead Arabic Teacher    Ages 3-5 - Blue Classroom     B.S in Journalism & ESL studies    Layali is a talented writer and journalist who appreciates language and its impact on the minds of little kids. She believes that language is key to self expression. Layali is an instructor at Kalimah, a weekend Arabic-immersion program for kids. She also worked extensively with kids through Arabic tutoring and has years of experience caring for kids.

Layali Jaraba, Lead Arabic Teacher

Ages 3-5 - Blue Classroom

B.S in Journalism & ESL studies

Layali is a talented writer and journalist who appreciates language and its impact on the minds of little kids. She believes that language is key to self expression. Layali is an instructor at Kalimah, a weekend Arabic-immersion program for kids. She also worked extensively with kids through Arabic tutoring and has years of experience caring for kids.

Nusrat Sabina,   Lead Infant/Toddlers Teacher    Ages 18 months-3yrs - Orange Room     A.A in Early Childhood Education    With more than 10 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, Mrs. Nusrat is passionate about self improvement and staying up to date with the latest subjects and challenges in the ECE field.  Mrs. Nusrat is MSDE-approved Lead teacher for both infants/toddlers & preschool age students.  Nusrat raised two boys who are now in college and is dedicated to her work with little ones at Aya full time.

Nusrat Sabina, Lead Infant/Toddlers Teacher

Ages 18 months-3yrs - Orange Room

A.A in Early Childhood Education

With more than 10 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, Mrs. Nusrat is passionate about self improvement and staying up to date with the latest subjects and challenges in the ECE field.

Mrs. Nusrat is MSDE-approved Lead teacher for both infants/toddlers & preschool age students.

Nusrat raised two boys who are now in college and is dedicated to her work with little ones at Aya full time.


Khitam Saady,   Assistant Teacher    Ages 0-18 months (Orange Room)     Early Childhood Education    Khitam is a dedicated mother of 4 children and teacher. She hold MSDE lead credentials for both Infants/Toddlers & preschool. She has a caring personality and is dedicated to caring for children under age 3. With Arabic as her first language, she aspires to introduce the little ones to the Arabic alphabet and vocabulary through play.

Khitam Saady, Assistant Teacher

Ages 0-18 months (Orange Room)

Early Childhood Education

Khitam is a dedicated mother of 4 children and teacher. She hold MSDE lead credentials for both Infants/Toddlers & preschool. She has a caring personality and is dedicated to caring for children under age 3. With Arabic as her first language, she aspires to introduce the little ones to the Arabic alphabet and vocabulary through play.

Shefa Alkhalaf,   Assistant Teacher - Sub     B.S in Linguistics and Speech Pathology    Shefa brings her creative and fun energy to the classroom. With a background in Linguistics, speech pathology, she inspires the love of learning the Arabic language using the latest techniques in the world of linguistics.  She has years of experience in tutoring here in Maryland and also leading kids and youth groups back in her hometown in New Jersery.

Shefa Alkhalaf, Assistant Teacher - Sub

B.S in Linguistics and Speech Pathology

Shefa brings her creative and fun energy to the classroom. With a background in Linguistics, speech pathology, she inspires the love of learning the Arabic language using the latest techniques in the world of linguistics.

She has years of experience in tutoring here in Maryland and also leading kids and youth groups back in her hometown in New Jersery.

Nesreen Sawwan,   Assistant Teacher - Sub     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, Assistant Teacher - Sub

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