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Our Coordinators

Passionate Home Educators

Muslim Homeschoolers has an outstanding group of dedicated families, all of whom are determined to help your family succeed with home education. Our directors offer support and guidance, uniquely tailored to their experiences. Our goal is to provide an environment where mothers are valued for their outside-the-box thinking, creative ideas, and connection with their children. We are passionate about making a difference in the lives of our homeschool families!

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Sakinah Ishmael

Director of Operations

Known for spearheading community projects, Sakinah took the lead on establishing the first Islamic based co-op in the South Jersey area. Over the years of teaching her children, Sakinah has LEARNED many things. She believes young children should be given time to play, create, and be involved in real-life situations from which they can learn. Also that as parents we need to reshape our minds and invest in ourselves in order to properly guide our children. The foundation of her home education process is reading. Sakinah confirms that through reading, you truly engage your children, awaken their minds and also teach them to be life long learners. Sakinah recommends reading to your children aloud and have them learn to read books that are well-written, engaging, and invite the reader inside. By teaching through the lives and events of the characters, places and history and not dull academic drills and facts; children become more interested in the learning process. Sakinah works in the field of human services and has training in humanistic, life skills, peer & person-centered counseling. She also serves as a lactation specialist. She offers a very different perspective as a working mother & homeschooler. Sakinah takes great comfort and confidence in her ability to homeschool her children and continues to be passionate about encouraging mothers to homeschool.

Angie El-Dekki

Director of Education

Angie began the lifelong journey as a home educator four years ago. Her ultimate mission as a homeschooling mom is to inspire lifelong learning and empower her children. She identifies primarily as a “respectful parent”, following the basic principles of RIE parenting. Through this approach she encourage self-directed play, allow natural development of motor and cognitive skills, and creates clear boundaries without the use of shaming or punishment, among other things. Angie follows a blend of Charlotte Mason, Montessori, and Waldorf philosophies in her homeschool. Angie and her husband incorporates these philosophies through emphasis on teaching practical life skills and manners and spending large amounts of uninterrupted time exploring nature. She is a lover of all things science and has over ten years of experience working in laboratories and veterinary hospitals with a strong background in scientific and technical writing. Angie enjoys reading, crafting, and quiet evenings with family. Since joining  Muslim Homeschoolers, Angie has consistently brought a passion and dedication to each day of co-op. Your child will find his or her place right away in any STEM-centered workshop taught by Angie, guaranteed.

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Safiyyah Islam

Special Events & Early Childhood Coordinator

Energetic and driven, we were thrilled when Safiyyah joined as our Primary Lead Teacher. Safiyyah is always excited to take on the next challenge and push our vision forward. Safiyyah has worked in the field of Education for over 15 years. She is currently homeschooling her 1 year and 10 year old sons. If she had to label her homeschooling style, she would call them unschoolers. Safiyyah believes in a child-led process. She does a lot of hands-on activities and incorporates as many real-world experiences as possible. Safiyyah primarily creates her own curriculum but supplements with other curricula as well. Safiyyah has a Bachelor's in Early Childhood and a Master's in Educational Leadership. She has a love for traveling and building upon new adventures. She now joins our coordinator team as the Muslim Homeschoolers' Special Events and Early Childhood coordinator.

Hannah Alsouqi

Littles Lead Instructor

Homeschooling was my natural decision for education. I can give freedom to my children to learn at their speed and how they want. I'm influenced by many homeschooling philosophies and take the good from all. The Montessori method in combination with the Waldorf method are the best for the "littles" age range. I am excited to grow and groom my own philosophy. Having a bachelor's in mathematics and having taught  4th and 5th-grade math, I have seen the many ways children learn. In math, there are many methods to reach the same answer. This has lead me to realize that children have to learn in their own way. And most importantly, they have to learn it organically. Real-life experimentation and trial and error are at the crux of learning. Now being a  mother of 2, this idea just keeps getting reinforced. Children are amazing learners. They absorb all that we model. And who is better to model than the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). I am striving to emulate our beloved messenger, in hopes that the new generation of Muslims takes from that and becomes better than we would hope for ourselves. My life is "Littles" 24/7 and we have a great time. We talk respectfully and learn many important life skills every day.

Hannah
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Ghaniyah Hayes

Playschool Lead Instructor

Ghaniyah was homeschooled as a teenager and always dreamed of being a homeschooling parent. She has a background in psychology and worked as a children's Arabic and Qur'an teacher. Working with children brings Ghaniyah so much joy. Her homeschooling approach and mothering style go hand in hand. She's an advocate for play. It's the child's work. Play-based learning and a child-led environment is positively impactful on a child's environment. Ghaniyah is inspired by the Montessori approach to learning and teaching. Children learn best when they're environment fosters creativity and a vivid imagination. She incorporates principles of peaceful parenting and above all, Ghaniyah's approach is deeply inspired by the Sunnah of the Prophet. His teachings encourage us to lead and guide our children with gentle and kind manners.

 

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