OKLAHOMA ISLAMIC ACADEMY
Oklahoma's 1st islamic homeschool co-op
Inspiring Muslim American Students of Today into Future Leaders of Tomorrow
a 501 C 3 non profit organization
Our team is consistently involved in professional development
Our female staff are committed to Quran tajweed courses weekly with Sr. Bayenah, an expert in Quran education, at the MAS-OK chapter.
Dr. Ahmed Mohammed, our dedicated Quran teacher is dedicated to Quran professional development and is working weekly with Ahmad El-Zeiny, a Quran hafiz and expert from Al-Azhar University, to continue perfecting his already beautiful Quran recitation.
Suzan M. Khaimi, M.Ed was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2006, Suzan moved to Edmond, Oklahoma in pursuit of her graduate education as well as her husband Mahmoud's career in medicine. Upon graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Master's in School Administration (Educational Leadership), Suzan co-founded IQRA Center of Oklahoma (ICO) in 2012, an organization dedicated to the teaching of Quran, Arabic & Islamic Studies.. After 8 years of dedication and service to the Oklahoma Muslim Community, ICO expanded and re-branded its program, embarking on a contemporary and cutting-edge approach to Islamic Education. This marked the beginning of Oklahoma Islamic Academy, a vision that Suzan developed with her amazing and highly-qualified team over several years. Suzan believes in a flexible and tailored educational plan for each student, with the blended use of digital streaming, quality academic curriculum, dedicated teachers and an emphasis on the Muslim American identity. Suzan also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Language, Literature & Writing from Eastern Michigan University. Suzan continues to involve herself and her faculty in continuing education and professional development and is committed to serving the Oklahoma Muslim community with excellence.
Neveen Bashiti was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and has lived both in the States as well as abroad. Neveen eventually moved to Edmond, Oklahoma in pursuit of her education. In addition to completing her Bachelor's Degree in Law at the Applied Science University in Amman, Jordan, Neveen is also in the process of completing her second Bachelor's Degree in Special Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Neveen has several years of experience in continued education in the fields of curriculum development and lesson planning, classroom behavior managment, and skill building activities. Neveen can speak, read, and write English, Arabic and French fluently. Whilst in Amman, Jordan, Neveen also completed her certified training in Qaidah Nooranieh, a renowned Quran tajweed program that teaches students how to master the art of Qur'anic recitation, and continues to train OIA faculty as a part of professional development. Neveen is one of the most dedicated teachers at Oklahoma Islamic Academy. Her students are always successful in their academic journey, a testimony to her vigilance and love for teaching.
A certified Nigerian-trained physician with immense passion for Da'awah, Ahmed Mohammed is a Qur'an Hafiz and an impressive reciter. Ahmed Mohammed joined OIA with decades of experience in both the sciences and the Holy Quran. Ahmed is a passionate science and Quran teacher. His students continuously shine and enjoy his enthusiasm in the classroom. In addition to his degrees in science, as well as Islamic Studies and Quran, Ahmed is also currently completing his teaching certification in Qaidah Nooranieh.
Tamam Al Ali
Tamam was born in Baghdad, Iraq and raised in Misan, Iraq. In Iraq, Tamam finished his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Basra University in 1999. Graduating at the top of his class, Tamam was awarded a scholarship from the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education. His scholarship allowed him to pursue his Master's Degree in Biology from the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 2012. Tamam was then awarded a second scholarship from the University of Misan in 2014 in order to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.
Since 2015, Tamam has researched and published in several scientific journals and publications throughout Germany, Canada, Egypt, Iraq, and the United States.
In addition to his studies in Biology, Tamam has extensive experience teaching Arabic, and he is a poet and story writer. Some of his certificates include his TOEFL PPT from the University of Oklahoma's Center for English as a Second Language earned in March 2010, as well as his TOEFL IPT certification from the Global Center for Language Testing in Baghdad, Iraq earned in July 2014.
Tamam is fluent in computer science, additionally earning his computer fundamentals certificate from the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research in July 2014.
As a tribute to his high achievements and overall excellence in education, Tamam prestigiously holds several Certificates of Appreciation from: the President of Misan University, the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Iraqi General Director of the Department of Missions & Cultural Relations, and from the Iraqi Cultural Office in Washington DC.
Tamam and his wife and children currently reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Najat Meelad, Master of Arts (M.A.) in TESOL, was born and raised in Libya, and came to the United States in May, 2013. Najat completed her Bachelor's Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Omar Al-Mukhtar University in 2004. In 2014, Najat completed her Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the Oklahoma City University. Najat successfully completed her practicum in Oklahoma City while pursuing her Master's Degree. Najat has several years of experience teaching English in Libya to students of all levels and ages, including children and adults. In addition to this, Najat also completed analytical courses in the study of Quran and can teach Quran reading and memorization, as well as Arabic to students from all backgrounds. In the United States, Najat taught and continues to teach preschool through middle school students in all academic subjects as well as in Islamic Studies, Arabic, Quran memorization and reading. Najat is a valuable part of the OIA team and is passionate about best practices in instruction and ensuring her students receive a quality education. Najat is also currently working on completing her Qaidah Nooranieh teaching certification.
Alaa Al Issa
Alaa D. Al Issa, a dedicated faculty member committed to professional development, was born in Basra, Iraq. Whilst living in Iraq, Alaa completed her Bachelor's Degree in Economics, graduating in 1999 from the University of Basra. Alaa worked with the South Petroleum Company for eight years before moving to Edmond, Oklahoma. Alaa is fluent in two languages, Arabic and English, with Arabic being her first language. Alaa continues to involve herself in continued education in order to refine her skills. Alaa has many years of experience teaching Arabic to students of all levels and ages as well as her many years of experience with special needs children. Alaa also has earned her certificate in Excel and Microsoft Office from the Norman Public Library. Alaa is married and has four children and currently lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.