Executive Team

Sh. Abdullah Hammoud, Director General

Sr. Waheeda Khan, Principal

Sr. Waheeda Khan received most of her education in Islamabad, Pakistan. She received Masters in English from Punjab University Pakistan, later completed Masters in Teaching and Learning with Technology from Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan. She has Teaching Certification in Elementary Education K-8 from Michigan State. She is a certified member of Ontario College of Teachers. She has completed MLLP Training (Michigan Literacy Progress Profile) from Michigan State University. She has Education Technology Certificate from Michigan State University. She also received Homer Higbee International Education Award and Urban Teaching Intern Scholarship from Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan. She enjoys unique opportunities to gain insight into what is required to coordinate, implement, and manage highly dynamic and effective academic programs.

Sr. Waheeda believes in continued growth and excellence in student learning, professional development, and a strong home school connection.

Sr. Sousan Khaled, Administrative Assistant

Sr. Sousan Khaled was born and raised in Windsor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of Windsor, with qualifications in the intermediate and senior divisions to teach English and French. She is also a certified member in the Ontario College of Teachers.
On the constant quest for true Islamic knowledge, Sr. Sousan greatly values reading or listening to anything based upon the Words of Allaah, tabaarakasmuhu, and the sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, ‘alayhi salawaatullaah wa salaamuh.
In her spare time, Sr. Sousan enjoys learning Arabic root words and their original meanings through reading and lectures, which helps her to better understand the Qur’an and the true ahadeeth. She loves learning language how to better communicate with others.
Her desire is to make the world a more peaceful place through thoughtful dialogue, verification of information in all its forms, challenging ignorance delicately, and the education of not only children, but anyone with the true desire and will to actually learn.

Sr. Jalila Joyce, Secretary

Academic Staff


Sr. Samia Al-Zaher, Preschool Homeroom

Sr. Karema El-Ghafaz, Preschool Homeroom


Sr. Rania Farhan, Homeroom Teacher Junior Kindergarten

Sr. Suheyla Aktas, Teacher Assistant Junior Kindergarten

Sr. Suheyla Aktas was born in Adana, Turkey and grew up in a small town in Yalova. After finishing her school in Istanbul, she got married and moved to Canada. She has now been living here for 13 years. Her hobbies are sewing, painting, cooking, eating, camping and walking daily.

Suheyla has been working voluntarily at Al-Hijra since 2007. Her teacher assistance career spans for a bit over a year. “I have never worked at a school which a child receives such love and care. I do not believe that this statement is an opinion. I know it as a fact because I send two of my children to this school as well.” Suheyla studied and taught the Islamic sciences in Istanbul for 7 years.

Her time away from the classroom is spent with cooking, and spending time with her two kids.

Sr. Ferial Daher, Homeroom Teacher Senior Kindergarten

Sr. Nila Malik, Teacher Assistant Senior Kindergarten

Grades 1 – 3

Sr. Sara Alshoibi, Homeroom Teacher, Grade 1A

Sr. Mona Kurdi, Homeroom Teacher, Grade 1B

Br. Astrit Hali, Homeroom Teacher, Grade 2

Br. Astrit’s classroom career spans more than 10 years. He has been a teacher at Al-Hijra Academy since 2009. “I’ve never taught in a school where the staff receives so much support. As a teacher at Al-Hijra Academy I have a built-in safety net.” Br. Astrit, a native of Albania, earned his B.A. and B.Ed. at University of Tirana. He earned a certification from Ontario College of Teachers on April 2006.

His time away from the classroom is spent taking care of his family and enjoys spending time with his two children.

Sr. Miriam Ahmad, Homeroom Teacher, Grade 3A

Sr. Louay El-Chami, Homeroom Teacher, Grade 3B

Grades 4-8

Sr. Tina Chaaban, Homeroom Teacher, Grade 4A

Sr. Jineen Abuzaid, Homeroom Teacher, Grade 4B

Sr. Nadia Alsmadi, Homeroom Teacher - Grade 5

Sr. Mumtaz Elias, Homeroom Teacher - Grade 6B

Sr. Maimoona Ali, Homeroom Teacher - Grade 6A

Sr. Ammal El-Assar, Homeroom Teacher - Grade 7

Sr. Dervisa Konjic, Homeroom Teacher - Grade 8

Qur’an & Islam Program

Sr. Reda Kilani, Qur'an Teacher - Grades 1 - 6

Sr. Sawsan Arwani, Qur'an Assistant - Grades 1 - 6

Tahfeedth & Qur'an Teacher - Grades 7 - 8

Sr. Shaima Alhamaideh, Qur'an Teacher - Grade 1

Sr. Suha Abdo, Islam Teacher Grades 2 - 8; Quran Teacher Assistant - Grades 7 - 8;

Arabic Program

Sr. Touria Sadouk, Arabic Teacher, Grades 4-8

Sr. Shaima Alhamaideh, Arabic Teacher - Grades 4 - 6

Sr. Maisoon Al saadi, Arabic Teacher, Grades 1 - 3

Sr. Maisoon was born in Palestine and raised in Saudi Arabia. After finishing school, she got married and moved to Canada. She loves working with children. Her hobbies include teaching and volunteering.

Sr. Maisoon has been doing volunteer work for the past five years, and volunteered at Al-Hijra Academy. She is now a full-time Arabic teacher at the school, and loves working with the staff here. “It is an amazing environment!”

Sr. Maisoon is putting forth great effort to make the students love the Arabic language–that’s her goal.

After school, she is happy to go home to take care of her seven children with whom she enjoys spending time.

French Program

French Teacher -Grades 4-8

 Special Services

Sh. Abdullah Hammoud, Imam

Sr. Syeda Maimoona Ali, Librarian