David Perotta has been teaching at IQRA College since late 2017. After Year 12, he was in two minds about what to pursue as a career path. He started off with accounting but could not see himself crunching numbers for the rest of his life. In 2014, he made the decision to enrol in Double Degree of Teaching with a Major in History and a Minor in English.
David is an active volunteer for various not-for-profit Islamic organisations. A thoughtful, caring and committed teacher, he always puts students first in his planning for teaching and learning. He is also the Middle School Coordinator and leads the SAP Programme (Sports and Athletics).
David has been featured as a presenter in Ramadan TV, a show broadcasted on Channel 44. He was also selected for the Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour 2015 funded by Human Appeal International.
“Teaching is a very powerful profession, it’s more than a job, it’s about changing lives. I was also profoundly inspired by the teaching methods the Prophet Muhammadﷺ which can very much be applied in the 21st century classroom. Alhamdulilah, so far it has been a great journey, the students are amazing, and I look forward to continually learning, developing skills and impacting the next generation to some humble degree.”
Jaad Mawlawi is an Australian born, Lebanese Muslim. Jaad graduated with a Master of Teaching (Primary) from Flinders University. He also has a Bachelor of Arts (major in Australian Studies and minor in Science) also from Flinders University.
As a child, he attended Islamic schooling his entire life. Growing up in Australia as a Muslim, attending an Islamic School allowed Jaad to develop his own personal identity, whilst retaining intrinsic Islamic values. This led him to participate in community youth projects and eventually volunteering for roles within Islamic organisations.
It was through these roles that he found his passion for working with the youth. With his various life experiences, he has developed his own philosophy for Islamic Education. Teaching Muslim students is at the crux of his philosophy, and he views each student as an extension of his family, each with their own unique hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations.
“I pray Allah SWT grants me the capacity to facilitate opportunities for the youth of our community and allows me to watch each of them grow and flourish in the roles they themselves seek out. I believe each student has the right to a high-quality education and the opportunity to develop into the best possible version of themselves. Through high quality education, we can establish a generation of Muslims that are: well-educated, polite and respectful, have a comprehensive understanding of our deen, and will contribute towards the advancement of society and mankind.”
Afroza Sultana, an ongoing learner and teacher at IQRA College since 2020. She enjoys being able to teach students not just contents but also essential life skills so that they can contribute positively to the community. This has been an important motivator for her to become a teacher. Even though she grew up in a small town in Bangladesh, she had the opportunity to study in the USA, UK and the Netherlands before coming to Australia. Her overseas experiences have inspired her to encourage students to understand how local engagement influences global change.
She has completed a Master of Teaching from University of South Australia in 2019 with an International Merit Scholarship and a Bachelor of Arts in 2016 with a specialization in English Literature, Psychology, and History. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked for international social welfare organizations i.e British Council, United Nations. She understands the value of hard work as well as intellect to become both socially and academically successful, hence she holds high expectation from all her students. During teaching, she ensures opportunities for her students to incorporate creativity, critical thinking, and leadership. She strives to create a community of resilient and creative learners who can implement their learning for the improvement of the community around them.
“I am a very honest food critique but cannot cook myself. Alhamdulillah I have been married to a chef for 6 blissful years and have a son. When I am not thinking about school, I enjoy time outside home, playing games, reading, and creating art. My favourite quote is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I am grateful to Allah for this opportunity to enhance students’ mental growth and development at IQRA College.”
Sakeena Shafqat Ali, born in Singapore, lived in Malaysia and moved to Australia in 2017. She tutors high school students ever since she was in Year 12, and she enjoys seeing her students achieved success progressively. Her experience includes teaching in a language centre offering intensive English programmes to EALD students.
Due to her great interest and zeal to continue supporting children in learning, she decided to pursue teaching and had graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Middle) from University of South Australia (minors in Mathematics and Science).
A genuinely committed teacher, Sakeena also leads and organises the MAS Programme (Maths and Science) in IQRA College. She enjoys teaching and learning together with her students especially in project work through research and inquiry where she sees optimal learning engagement from the students.
“I am passionate about teaching, and I am always looking for ways to further develop my pedagogy. I enjoy working with youths and facilitating them to succeed in this world and the hereafter inshaAllah. In my free time, I love spending time with my son, going for nature walks and occasionally, cooking.”
Zahra Fathi was born in Iraq Mosul and migrated to Australia in 1998 with her mother and two siblings. She is married and a mother of a lovely son. She has been a teacher at IQRA College since 2019 and is proud to watch how well the school is growing and developing.
Zahra graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Primary & Middle) at the University of South Australia in 2018 and majored in English and Health & Physical Education.
“I spend a lot of my free time planning great lessons and activities for my students and supporting their family members. My vision for the school, students and wider community is to enrich our children and the next generations to come with as much knowledge, respect, compassion, and cultural understanding that prepares them for success in all their future endeavours.”
She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a post-graduate in Primary Education in 2008. Since then, she has taught many different age groups, from kindergarten to high school, which has made her journey in teaching a very interesting experience.
She is passionate about the teaching of early literacy skills and the use of cross-curricular approaches, giving students ample opportunities to play, explore, investigate, and discover. Having completed TESOL in 2016, her other passion is English language teaching and she continues to utilise the skills that she learned to the benefit her students.
When she is not kept busy by her lively daughters Maisie and Zoe, she loves to garden, paint and spend long, leisurely days at the beach.
“It is a delight to be a part of the IQRA College community. I find it a pleasure to work at IQRA and to see the students and school grow and improve every day.”