TEACHERS: Primary School

Updated March 2019
  • Elif Boz

    Foundation A Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Elif

    B.Ed. (Melbourne), DipT (Melbourne)

    Elif joined the Al Siraat family in 2015 as a Year 1 teacher. She has over 10 years experience teaching in Islamic, non-denominational and State primary schools. During this time, she has held educational leadership roles such as Literacy Coordinator and Year Foundation – 2 Coordinator.

    Elif completed her tertiary education at The University of Melbourne and has a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education majoring in Children’s Literature.

    Elif is a strong believer that every child is unique and can learn at high levels given the time and guidance. Her main motivation for working at Al Siraat College has been to teach students the skills necessary to succeed in this world and the hereafter in a seamless manner.

    Elif Boz
  • Aisyah Esfandiar

    Foundation B Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Aisyah

    My name is Ms. Aisyah and I am delighted to be teaching the Foundation B students. This is my second year teaching at Al Siraat College, however in 2017 I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer and complete my placement for the Junior Years Department.

    I graduated from Victoria University in an undergraduate degree in Education and completed my primary and secondary schooling at an Islamic College. I am honoured to be teaching at Al Siraat College that educates the Muslim youth within an Islamic environment, which reflects the values and traditions that I have been brought up with.

    Aisyah Esfandiar
  • Najma Anis-Reusch

    Foundation C Homegroup Teacher Primary Islamic Studies Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Najma

    B.Sc. (Pak), B.Ed. (Pak), IGCE (ACU), PG Cert TESOL (Wollongong), PG Dip in Early Years (RMIT), PG Dip. Montessori methodology 3-6 yrs, (AMI), M.Ed. (Pak), M.Ed. (ACU)

    Najma is a dedicated and qualified early childhood/ primary teacher who is passionate about contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development and wellbeing of young children. Her teaching practice draws from philosophies like Montessori and Reggio.

    As an eclectic educator she is well versed in early years learning theories and practice. She comes with about 15 years of experience of working in preschool and school environments in Australia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The teaching and coordinating roles she has worked in previously have provided her with a good understanding of the meaning and significance of the process of ‘school transition’. With this knowledge in mind she has supported children and their families in making this important yet challenging transition as smooth as possible. Najma brings her knowledge and skills related to the early years/ primary to the Foundation Years of Al Siraat College.

    As an enthusiastic early years practitioner, Najma’s goal is to assist Al Siraat College in the establishment of a nurturing Islamic learning environment which caters to the diversity of the needs of young children through meaningful and engaging learning experiences.

    Najma Anis-Reusch
  • Husna Acisu

    Foundation D Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Husna

    My name is Ms Husna and I am really excited to start my first year of teaching at Al Siraat College. I graduated from an Undergraduate degree in Education from Latrobe University.

    I am keen and motivated to be able to have the opportunity every day to inspire, motivate and educate the future leaders of the next generation in an Islamic school that incorporates and teaches the values of our religion in an educational setting.

    Husna Acisu
  • Rasha Ali

    Year 1A Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Rasha

    Rasha Ali
  • Amina Zeneli

    Year 1B Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Amina

    BPsycSc(Hons) (LaTrobe), GDipEd (LaTrobe)

    Amina joined the Al Siraat family as a primary teacher in 2015. She has years of experience within the education system and has worked in learning programs with students who have mild to severe developmental and behavioural disorders.

    Amina graduated from LaTrobe University and has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and a Graduate Diploma of Primary Education. She is committed to engaging and inspiring students to reach their full potential and develop a love for lifelong learning.

    Amina Zeneli
  • Sheerin Ghazali

    Year 1C Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Sheerin

    Sheerin Ghazali
  • Heba Mishare

    Year 1D Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Heba

    Heba Mishare
  • Noorul Fadhilah

    Year 2A Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Noorul

    Noorul Fadhilah
  • Samira Naser

    Year 2B Homegroup Teacher Primary Islamic Studies Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Samira

    My name is Mrs Samira Naser and I joined Alsiraat College in 2017. I am very excited to be part of such a dynamic and quickly developing school. I graduated from Bachelor of Science at Monash University and then completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

    I started teaching in 1999 and has since developed a passion to working with children. I taught children at almost all levels of primary and thoroughly enjoy it. For me the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is the relationship I build with children that lasts beyond their schooling years.

    I am looking forward to a year full of learning opportunities for both the students and myself. I am committed to supporting my students by building good rapport with them and by providing with plenty of encouragement. At Al Siraat, I am also hoping to further develop my teaching skills and knowledge as well as building connection with the school community.

    Samira Naser
  • Gulcan Ayvaz

    Year 2C Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Gulcan

    Ms Gulcan is delighted to be part of the Al Siraat family. She has been teaching for over 10 years now, having taught many students within the primary years of Foundation to Year 6.

    In the past, she was employed as a Specialist teacher, having worked in the Islamic Studies, Art and ESL departments. As of 2016, she has been working as a classroom teacher in the early years. This year, she has been given the opportunity to teach the oldest of the early years bunch at Al Siraat, the Year 4’s, which has been a pleasing experience to her so far.

    Ms Gulcan graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from Victoria University and completed further studies at the University of Wollongong to obtain the Graduate Diploma in TESOL.

    Ms Gulcan believes that every child has the ability to reach their full potential as long as they are given the opportunity. Her passion of teaching continues to meet the needs of all students by knowing who they are and personalizing the learning journey to engage them every step of the way. Ms Gulcan is looking forward to nurturing our future Muslim generations in a wonderful Islamic environment.

    Gulcan Ayvaz
  • Fowzia Omer

    Year 2D Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Fowzia

    Fowzia Omer
  • Kashifa Harvey

    Year 3A Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Kashifa

    Kashifa Harvey
  • Katherine Gatt

    Year 3B Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Katherine

    Katherine Gatt
  • Annette Ferrao

    Year 3C Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Annette

    Mrs Annette Ferrao has joined the Al Siraat family in 2014.

    She is passionate about teaching and learning as it enables her to enhance moral values among students to guide them in making right choices. Her teaching philosophy entail mutual respect underpinning her relationship with all her students, parents and colleagues.

    As a teacher, her main goal is to motivate students to do their best academically in a positive and safe learning environment as well as be valuable citizens of Australia.

    Annette Ferrao
  • Samiyah Khan

    Year 3C Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Samiyah

    Samiyah Khan
  • Ahmad Rabah

    Year 3D Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Ahmad

    Ahmad Rabah
  • Hawa Hassan

    Year 4A Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Hawa

    Hawa Hassan
  • Iram Habib

    Year 4B Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Iram

    Iram Habib
  • Adel Ayoubi

    Year 4C Homegroup Teacher Primary PE Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Adel

    My name is Mr Adel Ayoubi and this is my fourth year at Al Siraat College, having previously taught Year 4 and our Hifz classes.

    As for my background, I was born and raised in Australia however both of my parents are Lebanese. I graduated from Victoria University having completed my Bachelors in Education. I am also a coach for Australian rules football and will be going into my 6th year of coaching alongside my father.

    Teaching is a strong passion of mine. It gives me pride to see our Muslim children slowly grow up to be great leaders and members of our community whilst representing their faith.

    Adel Ayoubi
  • Evla Han

    Instructional Coach Year 4C Maths Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Evla

    Ms Evla is very excited about beginning her new role as Instructional Coach at Al Siraat College. She is encouraged by the enthusiasm and energy among the wonderful team of staff at the College and is looking forward to meeting all the students and families during the year.

    Over the past 15 years, Ms Evla has had the pleasure of experiencing primary, secondary and post-secondary school contexts. Prior to commencing Al Siraat, she was part of an education team at the Commission for Children and Young People. Before that, she was the Primary Deputy Principal at Sirius College and Head of Junior Years (Foundation to Year 4) at Al Siraat College in 2018.

    She feels passionate about education and school leadership because it means she is always learning herself. After all, we are all born to learn. She feels blessed to be part of the Al Siraat community.

    Some of Ms Evla's goals this year are to ensure that:

    • Our students feel safe and have the opportunity to develop ‘soft skills’ that foster compassion and curiosity

    • Our classrooms are settled, productive and reflective learning environments

    • Stakeholders work in partnership and with mutual respect, for the benefit of all students

    • We continually strive towards our potential and purpose

    Evla Han
  • Colin McDonnell

    Hifz A (Year 3/4) Homegroup Teacher Year 4 Team Leader Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Colin

    Colin McDonnell
  • Syed Fareed Abdul Manaf

    Hifz A (Year 3/4) Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Syed Fareed

    Syed Fareed joined the Al Siraat family in 2018. He started his teaching career in Singapore in 2006. Prior to joining the College, Syed held the position of Head of Department for Mathematics at a school in Singapore.

    Syed graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Marketing) and a Master of Commerce (Finance & Banking). He completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Education at the Nanyang Technological University (National Institute of Education, Singapore).

    Syed believes in helping students to discover their own talents and realise their full potential by providing a stimulating learning environment. He also believes that moulding each child’s character is key in helping the students achieve success. With a strong passion for teaching, Syed looks forward to a rewarding year at Al Siraat.

    Syed Fareed Abdul Manaf
  • Cheryl Becker

    Hifz B Homegroup Teacher Team Leader (Years 5-6 and Hifz B) Phone 03 9407 7030 Email Cheryl

    Dip Ed (Melbourne) B.Ed (RMIT)

    My name is Ms Cheryl and I have been teaching at Al Siraat College since 2011. This year, I am the home room teacher to the wonderful Year 5 and 6 Hifz students. However, I am also pleased to announce that I have accepted the position of Team Leader for Years 5 and 6. As Team Leader, my responsibilities include looking after the pastoral care of all Year 5 and 6 students and ensuring that everyone behaves in a dignified and positive way.

    I graduated with a Diploma of Teaching in 1986 and a Bachelor of Education in 1991. I started my teaching career at the Australian International Academy (AIA) in 1988. During my 12 years at the Academy, I taught all Primary levels and held a wide variety of positions of responsibility. After leaving AIA, I taught at a State school in the Inner Melbourne suburbs, I ceased work for a short while to raise a family.

    I believe that I bring a variety of skills and many years of experience and knowledge to the classroom and enjoy playing an important role in guiding students towards being life – long learners. I look forward to working with you and the Year 5 and 6 Hifz teachers to ensure that 2018 is a rewarding year for us all.

    Cheryl Becker
  • Sarah Naaman

    Year 5-6G1 Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Sarah

    Sarah Naaman
  • Sophia Alam

    Year 5-6G2 Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Sophia

    Sophia Alam
  • Syeda Zainab Hussain

    Year 5-6G3 Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Syeda Zainab

    Syeda Zainab Hussain
  • Zozan Ibrahim

    Year 5-6G3 Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Zozan

    Zozan Ibrahim
  • Summer Rwehumbiza

    Year 5-6B1 Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Summer

    Summer Rwehumbiza
  • Jamal Abou-Eid

    Year 5-6B2 Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Jamal

    Mr Abou-Eid joined Al Siraat in 2017. Prior to this year, he had been teaching for over 18 years. This year, he continues to take on the role as Year 5/6 boys' teacher at the College.

    Teaching has been such a fulfilling profession and he aspires to continue to impart knowledge to the future generation at Al Siraat. He aims to make your children’s learning as beneficial as possible so that they can be prepared to make their way through life in a moral and productive manner.

    Jamal Abou-Eid
  • Adam Sam'on

    Year 5-6B3 Homegroup Teacher Phone 03 9407 7000 Email Adam

    Adam Sam'on