Our Staff

Board of Directors
•Dr. Adnan Shaout
•Dr. Tariq Buchh
•Dr. Qaisar Cheema
•Br. Salim Sandakli
•Br. Adi Kah
•Br. Yamany Sheeman

Principal

Sister Umm Omar Ghazala Khan

Assistant Principals

Sr. Nighat Fatima tawnfatima@gmail.com

Teachers

Montessori (1)

Sr. Hero Mohamed, Sr. Widad Ali

tawher@gmail.com

tawwid@gmail.com

Montessori (2)

Sr. Zarmina Zubairi,

Sr. Tahani Khan

tawzarmina@gmail.com

tawtahani@gmail.com

1st Grade

Sr. Jahada Crichlow

tawjah@gmail.com

2nd Grade

Sr. Maimona Abdullah

tawmaim@gmail.com

3rd Grade

Sr. Sumayyah Jahan

tawsum7@gmail.com

4th Grade

Sr. Patti Picard

tawpatti@gmail.com

5th Grade

Sr. Salika Choudhary

tawsalika@gmail.com

6th, 7th, 8th

Sr. Iram Khan
tawira@gmail.com

Sr. Wajida Taj
tawwajida@gmail.com

Sr. Rutabah Butta

tawrutaba@gmail.com

Islamic Studies, Quran Arabic

Sr. Naima Semsadi

Sr. Zara Haseeb

Sr. Safeya Ali

Sr. Asma Hammad

Teacher Profiles

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SR. ZARMINA ZUBAIRI – MONTESSORI
Assalam o alaikum, My name is Zarmina Zubairi. This is my first year at Tawheed Center School. I have done Bachelors in Applied Psychology from Pakistan and hold a Child Development Associate and Early Childhood Education credentials. I have experience working in both Montessori and traditional preschool settings. I try to combine both styles of teaching to best suit the need of an individual student as no child learns the same way.

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SR. HERO TALAT– MONTESSORI

Aslamu alaikum my name is sister Hero Mohamed, and I am the pre-school Montessori teacher at Tawheed center school and this is my fourth year in Tawheed School. I have taken Montessori training at MMTCC at Rochester hills and currently doing my internship at Henry Ford child development Montessori in the morning and teaching pre-school at Tawheed in the afternoon. I am also taking classes at Henry ford community college in Dearborn to complete my degree in elementary education. I have also taught Arabic, Islamic studies, and Quran in Sunday school at Tawheed. I also taught in Al-Noor pre-school for two years.

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SR. CATHY MANSOOB – FIRST GRADE

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SR. KEHLOOD – SECOND GRADE

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SR. KAUSAR YOUNUS – THIRD GRADE & FOURTH GRADE

Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my name is Kausar Younus. I have a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from Northeastern Illinois University. Since graduating, I have worked as an English and Social Studies teacher for many Islamic schools, running the gamut from 1st to 12th grade. I love working with children and especially watching as they become better and more confident readers!

Insha Allah, I hope we have a successful and exciting school year!

Ma’assalam,

Sr. Kausar Younus

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SR. AMY KEITH – FOURTH GRADE

I graduated from WCCCD with an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Developmental Psychology. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University in English. I have been teaching for almost ten years, but this is my first year teaching upper elementary. I have seven of my own children ranging in age from 15 years old to 3 years old. I really enjoy working with children and have taught both in Islamic School and in the public school system.

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SR. PATTI PICARD – FOURTH GRADE

My name is Sister Patti Picard and I am pleased and blessed to teach Math and Science for the middle school here at TCS. Alhamdelillah, I have been blessed to serve the Muslim community in the Dearborn/Detroit area for several years now after moving here from Maine. This is my 3rd year at TCS, and my 8th year overall teaching middle and high school science and mathematics in Islamic schools.

Previously I attend the University of Maine at Farmington where I majored in Secondary Education in Area Science. My student teaching at two regionally and nationally recognized secondary schools gave me the head start to hit the classroom running. In addition to teaching, I have enjoyed coaching a variety of girls’ sports’ teams and clinics over the past 16 years.

I believe that science education has to be built on experiential knowledge and getting one’s hands dirty. There is nothing quite as boring or as ineffective as a “Lecture, Lecture, Test” environment and I for one get bored much faster than my students when stuck in this kind of setting. Science in my classroom involves daily activities and discussions as well as weekly experiments and investigations into science to make it real and meaningful for our youth. I believe that math and science are closely intertwined and emphasize and integrate both subjects together as often as possible. Additionally, I know that without language, science is nothing, therefore, there is an emphasis on integration and reinforcement of solid English writing and reading skills.

Outside of school, I enjoy hiking and camping with my family as well making my own homemade preserves and other canned items. I enjoy attending conferences and listening to lectures both Islamic and Educational in nature. My family is also fond of trips to other cities and this area to experience culture and learning at various museums and learning centers. There is never a day for sitting still and doing nothing in our house, and this also carries into the classroom.

Jazak Allah Khayr for the opportunity to teach and guide your children.
– Sister Patti Picard

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SR. RASHANA SAUNDERS – 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH GRADE (LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING)

As Salaamu Alaikum,

I am Rashana Saunders, the middle school English Language Arts and Reading teacher for Tawheed Middle School. This is my second year here at Tawheed Center of Detroit School.

Being a Muslim who grew up in America during a time when there weren’t many Islamic schools or services for Muslim families, my dream has always been to grow up and work within the Muslim community. I could never make my mind up, as a child, as to what exactly it was that I wanted to do, I just knew I wanted to be of service to our community helping us, help ourselves.

After going to community college for Health and Human Services, and Early Childhood Education, I knew I wanted to further my education and I went on to The University of Buffalo where I received my Bachelors degree in Social Science, Health and Human Service and Early Childhood Education.

During my college years I worked for a Not for Profit organization called the Somali Bantu Community Organization, where I was in charge of helping resettled refugee families from Somalia become a part of mainstream society in America.

This job allowed me to meet many Muslim families from Somalia, help them connect with area masajid, as well as help them meet their families’ social needs.

Before graduation I was hired for a Human Service agency where my title was Human Service Vender, in this position I was once again blessed to work with Muslim families, as well as families of mainstream America. This job allowed me to teach life skills, parenting classes, and anger management classes, with this position I also mentored at risk youth and their parents. I am a firm believer that healthy parents raise healthy children, and that you must be healthy spiritually, physically, as well as socio-emotionally in order to do so.

This all happened previous to my marriage and move to Hamtramck Michigan in 2011, where I first worked at ICD during the 2011\2012 school year as a 5th grade teacher.

After attending a conference here at Masjid Tawheed, I decided Tawheed Center of Detroit School was a better fit for me.

Alhamdulillah, I have enjoyed teaching all of my former and present students, working with their families to help raise, well educated, Muslim youth, who represent Islam in all aspects of their lives. May Allah bless us all to continue to work as a family to improve and grow our community.

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SR. SAFEYA NAHSHAL – Quran

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wabarakatu,
My name is Safeya Nahshal . I am a teacher at Tawheed school. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Yemen for chemistry and biology. I have also studied Quran and Tajweed for one year at Islamic American University .

I have been teaching Quran ,Tajweed, and Arabic for the past 13 Years. I have taught in Yemen for two Years, in New York for five years, and in Michigan for six years. I ask Allah (SWT) to guide me to the right path and help me with teaching the students this year. Wassalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu

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SR.NAIMA SEMSADI – Islamic Studies

My name is Naima Semsadi. I studied English Literature in the University of Mohammad the 5th for two years. I also studied Islamic Aqeedah, Fiqh, Seerah and the science of Hadeeth and other Islamic subjects in the same university for another two years.

In addition, I have a certification from a Moroccan computer institute in programming and Microsoft Office and Print shop Pro.

I worked in The Ministry of Information in Morocco as a secretary for two and a half years. I also have a certification from The British Council in Rabat in completing some English courses with them.

Since I came to the United States, I have been involved with Tawheed Center School in teaching Arabic, Quran, and Islamic studies for the Summer School. I also taught Islamic Studies for the Sunday school. Then I started teaching Islamic Studies for the Tawheed School for almost two years now.

Now, I am taking some online classes in Aqeedah, Fiqh, Seerah, Hadeeth and Arabic grammar in one of the Saudia Arabian Universities online.

team works together, they make a more beneficial impact on students.

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SR. UM NUH – 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH GRADE (SOCIAL STUDIES)

All praise is due to Allah. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger, his family, his companions, and those who follow his guidance until the Day of Judgment.

It pleases me to teach at Tawheed Center School, a school that strives to follow the Qur’an and Authentic Sunnah upon the understanding of the Pious Predecessors. I have been a part of this community for 10 years and have worked in the school for about 4 years.

I have studied at Alabama State University and Eastern Michigan University majoring in Biology. In addition, I have completed a TESOL certificate course from Henry Ford Community College. The majority of my education comes from Western Governors University’s Bachelor of Arts, Special Education (K-12) program. Western Governors’ teaching program has given me the skills I need to create a classroom that is based on mutual respect and shared expectations resulting in more learning and a positive classroom environment. I will graduate this year, inshaa’ Allaah.

I enjoy gardening, reading books of Ilm, sitting in circles of knowledge (Duroos), walking with my family on nature trails, educating my children at home, and teaching at Tawheed.

May Allah keep our school steadfast upon the Qur’an and Sunnah.