Br. Sofiane Hafiani, B.S., G.L. Ed.

Headmaster, Religion/Arabic Department Head and Religion/Advanced Arabic Teacher

Br. Sofiane is the school Headmaster; his primary task is to shape the school’s mission and vision. He holds a degree in Exact Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry), and also graduated from the University of Southern NH in Computer Information Systems. His graduate studies were in education with a focus on Islamic schools and Islamic Sciences.

Br. Sofiane has been teaching for over two decades and took a special interest in Muslim youth. He has experience as a religious director, teacher, and Imam in different Islamic centers and educational institutions in the New England area. He still serves as an advisor for Islamic schools and institutions in the Boston area. 

Br. Sofiane may be reached at [email protected]

Sr. Fatma Abdelwahab, B.L.L.

Headmaster’s Assistant

Sr. Fatma Mohamed Abdelwahab is a graduate of the Law School at Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. She also has a diploma in Medical and Legal Secretarial Sciences from the Medical and Legal Secretarial Sciences School in RI. She has been with the Islamic Academy for 19 years. Sr. Fatma first worked as the school secretary and Social Studies teacher. Now she works as both the school’s Registrar and as the Headmaster’s Assistant.

Sr. Fatma may be reached at [email protected]

Sr. Siham Yagoubi, B.S., M.S.

Lead Teacher, Science Department Head and Mathematics Teacher

Sr. Siham is the head of the Mathematics and Science Department and is a member of the ANA Executive Committee. This will be her fourteenth year at ANA, teaching math for grades 6 through 10. She also worked as a facilitator for online classes at Boston University. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Boston University, specializing in software engineering. She also completed a graduate certificate program in Bioinformatics at the University of Illinois.

Sr. Siham may be reached at [email protected]

Br. Hamzah Henshaw, A.B., M.A.T

Dean of Students, Humanities Department Head and High School English Literature & Language Arts Teacher

Br. Hamzah joined ANA in the summer of 2013. Born and raised in Greater Boston, Hamzah accepted Islam in 1994 while attending a suburban boarding school. He is a 2001 graduate of Harvard College, where he studied Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and served as the editor of the Let’s Go Italy & Let’s Go Middle East travel guides. In 2005, he completed the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program at the American University in Cairo. In 2010, he received his Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

After starting his career in the field of Islamic Banking in New York and Cape Town, South Africa, Hamzah transitioned to education in the spring of 2003. He has taught at the Islamic Academy of New England in Sharon, Wesgreen International School in Sharjah, UAE, and the American Language Center in Rabat. From 2006-2013, Hamzah worked at Fay School in Southborough, the country’s oldest junior boarding school. At Fay, Hamzah served as the Director of the International Summer School, taught ESL, English, and History to grades 6-9, coached tennis, and served as a dorm parent. This year will be his fifth year at Al-Noor Academy.

Br. Hamzah may be reached at [email protected]

Sr. Asmaa Alhadidi, B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

Arabic/ Qur’an Teacher

Sr. Asmaa has been a teacher since 1995 overseas and in the United States. This will be her first year at ANA, teaching Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Civilization History. She held several teaching and administrative positions overseas and came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar at Boston University.

She has a license in Foreign Language Teaching: K5-12, from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Dr. Alhadidi holds a bachelor in education and a Ph.D. in English Literature and Modern Poetry from the University of  Baghdad. This will be her third year at ANA.

Sr. Asmaa may be reached at [email protected]

Br. Richard A. Booth, B.A.

Senior Administration Assistant/English Teacher

Br. Booth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island, and did graduate study at Framingham State College for his teaching degree. Before transitioning to education, he spent 25 years in newspaper and magazine journalism, where he acquired strong writing and editing skills, as well as photography.

For the ninth year at ANA, Br. Booth advises our award-winning newspaper, “The Lighthouse,” performs writing, editing, photography, and communication tasks.

Br. Booth may be reached at [email protected]

Sr. Sarah Kazmi B.S., M.S.

Science Teacher

Sr. Kazmi got her Associate of Arts Degree from the College of the Bahamas in chemistry/physics. Her Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in chemical engineering and her Master of Science degree from Northeastern University in analytical chemistry. She has also earned a Master’s in special education from Bridgewater State University.

She had been with Al Noor Academy since Sept 2000 when it first opened its doors.  She had worked in different capacities at ANA: biology, chemistry, physics, geometry, algebra II, computer science teacher, dual enrollment coordinator, college counselor, and acting principal.

She needed to take a leave in 2007 and another one in 2012 to take care of very urgent family matters, and now she is returning for her ninth year as the science teacher for middle and high schools.

Sr. Sarah may be reached at [email protected]

Mrs Jennifer Webster, B.S., M.A.T. Secondary Ed

History Teacher

Mrs Webster earned her Bachelor of Science/Sociology/Criminology degree from Bridgewater State University in 1996.  In 2013, she earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Education/History after having a career in the automative banking.

She joined the Al-Noor Academy faculty in January 2019 as the Social Studies/History teacher. She teaches 6th grade Geography, 7th and 8th grade American History, and 9th and 10th grade World History.

Mrs. Webster may be reached at [email protected]

Hajj Wafaa, Master Calligrapher

Art Teacher

Hajj Wafaa is a master in both Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy. He started his first session of teaching Arabic calligraphy in the Boston area in 2008 and teaches it to this day. He entered a world competition in traditional Arabic calligraphy in Turkey in 1995 and 2005. A 2008 graduate of the Gibbs School at Boston College, he holds a degree in Computer Science, Visual Communication Graphics, and Web Design.

Currently, he is a freelance World Wide Web site designer and creates such work as logos, brochures, signs, and pamphlets. He has done workshops in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as many U.S. locations. Brother Hajj is well-skilled in a broad array of design software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and DreamWeaver. This will be his fifth year at ANA.

Hajj Wafaa may be reached at [email protected]

Ruben Mendez

Building Custodian

Ruben Mendez serves as the custodian at both Al-Noor Academy in Mansfield and the Islamic Academy of New England. He joined the staff of ANA & IANE full time in 2014 after working with the schools for the four previous years through the company Janitech.

In addition to keeping the interior of the buildings spotless, Ruben also does much of the landscaping for both schools. Ruben was born in Guatemala in 1974 and has lived in the States since 1995. Outside of school, he is an avid soccer fan and player.

His favorite team is Real Madrid, and he especially likes their Costa Rican goalie, Keylor Navas. Ruben lives with his wife and two sons in Attleboro, MA. He has been working for the academy for the last few years.