Sabera has been teaching both informally and formally in various educational settings for the past 14 years in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University and in 2015 earned her M.Ed. in Teaching in Curriculum from Penn State University. She is also a National Writing Project Fellow who had the privilege of mentoring Pennsylvania’s K-12 teachers through the Capital Area Writing Project at Penn State University.
She is excited to be working alongside wonderful educators, parents, and students to create a community of learners where each grows and mature in their own ways. She strives to foster a voice in young children and cultivate a love for learning so that they all become lifelong learners.
With every student she comes across (including her own two young children) in her teaching, she become inspired all over again!
Latifa has a BS in Mathematics and a MA in Education and taught mathematics from an elementary to college level. She is also a homeschooling educator and has homeschooled her children for a total of almost two decades.
Latifa and her family have been actively involved with Muslim Community in the DMV for the last fifteen years. Latifa volunteers with a variety of local and national community groups and is invested in promoting Islamic education, the remembrance of Allah swt, spiritual growth, and civic involvement particularly among Muslim women and youth.
PreK / KG Teacher
Samena has a Bachelor of Science Child and Adolescent Development from California State University and years of experience at the Montadhar Peace School, Coding Instructor at Bits Scouts, Counselor at Camp Izza, and an Early Education Tutor. Ms. Samena is also fluent in French and American Sign Language.
Originally from California, Samena comes to Al Hadi after marriage brought her to the East Coast. With a passion for community service, Samena hopes to instill each of her students with a love of Allah swt, the Prophet saw and his family, their own family and community, and themselves!
Ambareen comes to us with over 20 years of teaching experience in a myriad of settings. As a homeschooling mother, teacher, Islamic school curriculum developer, interfaith activist, and community leader, Ambareen brings a wealth of experience to our learning community.
She has served as Chair of the Parent Involvement Advisory Council, Diversity Liaison for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, and on the Maryland State Board of Education’s Family Engagement Council. In these roles, she worked tirelessly to improve the public education system in the DMV area by making it more inclusive for all students and staff. She now brings that expertise to Al Hadi.
Ms. Ambareen’s approach to education is strongly based on Prophet Muhammad (Peace on him and his family)’s hadith on raising a child by adjusting the educational approach every 7 years. She believes that a child should first develop their imagination and creativity in an environment conducive to safe exploration, and then be nurtured as an apprentice to perfect their talents, inclinations, and faith based on the teachings of the Quran, the Holy Prophet, and his family (Peace be upon them all).
As she grew up and now, her motto has remained, “A child is a candle to be lit, not a pot to be filled.”
Vocals and Movement
Abida was born and raised in England where she received her first class Pharmacy Honors degree and is licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States.
Since moving to Virginia in 2007, she has contributed to the development of two Islamic homeschool cooperatives and has volunteered her time in a local Islamic school. In 2009, Abida completed a Foundation Studies Course for childhood education using Waldorf pedagogy and is currently homeschooling her third son.
In her spare time, Abida has coached a girls soccer team, has led and conducted an all-girls violin ensemble, has coached Odyssey of the Mind and has taught Music and Movement at ICS in Manassas for two years.
Abida has also been an active Sunday school Quran teacher for many years in Maryland. She has also taken multiple Islamic Hawza classes through “Islamic Literacy” to further her study of her faith. She is currently the president of WAFA (Washington Area Fatima Association), an initiative to bring religion, social outreach and activities to the local DMV community and she also volunteers for NWMI’s Mummy and Me Qur’an circle once a month. Abida currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband and four sons.
Rida Rizvi holds degrees in Economics and English Literature and conducts operations for Al Hadi as the Administrator.
Rida began her career in public policy sphere working to implement renewable energy legislation at the pioneering firm for commercial solar photovoltaic installations, where she focused on renewable energy programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. From there, she moved to a Fortune 200 company where she worked on deploying renewable energy through legislation or regulation in restructured energy regions nationwide.
After the birth of her first child in 2013, she shifted gears to work on community organizing and mobilization in the political realm. In 2014, she also founded Ayat’s Toys, a line of ithna’asheri faith-based educational toys. She was also a 2016 Community Leader Fellow at the Institute of Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.
Rida enjoys travel, reading and all types of baked goods. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.