IQRA College

Primary School

Balgish MydeenBalgish Mydeen is originally from Singapore. She attained a Bachelor of English in Singapore and Master of Education from Queensland University of Technology. She has 17 years of teaching experience in Singapore during which she had taken up coordinator roles. This is her eleventh year continuing the profession in Australia. It is her passion to help developing young minds.

Balgish loves reading, engaging in Arts and Craft and games. She also loves trying out dishes from various cultures and appreciating them is another avenue she enjoys. She believes in lifelong learning, be it academic or character building. 

“I get my inspirations from leaders around the world. This is something I instill in my students – positive mind set and the belief that we can do it! May ALLAH, The Almighty, guide us the way to the right path.”


Arunima PillaiArunima Pillai was born and raised in India. She started her teaching career in 2006. She holds a Master of Physics and Bachelor of Education and started teaching in Australia since 2011. 

Arunima has been teaching Junior and Primary school students both in the public and private schools in Australia. She joined IQRA in 2020 and worked well with the Junior and Primary school team. Besides teaching, Arunima also holds the Numeracy Coordinator position.

“Teaching is not a career but a passion to me. It takes a certain desire and drive to get up every single day and inspire the young minds but the challenge in doing that and finding what engages them into learning is the reason teaching is still a trust I choose to do today.”


Gillian Kotian was born into an Anglo-Indian family in the city of Chennai in Southern India. She has completed a Diploma in Teaching for Primary Year levels in 2003, a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of Madras, India in 2008 and graduated from Tabor in South Australia with a Master of Teaching (Primary) in 2021. 

Gillian’s work experience spans across four countries; India, England, Saudi Arabia and Australia. She has worked in diverse educational settings gaining knowledge and experience from multi-cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

Gillian believes that all children are unique and learn and grow at their own pace. It is her aspiration to facilitate the children’s learning process with rich experiences that will prepare them to be well informed global citizens. Gillian understands students’ learning styles and differences and sets challenging yet achievable goals and helps them attain those goals to the best of their potential. With an instruction style that is student-centred with hands-on learning, individual and group learning and engaging in meaningful learning moments, she seeks to foster a warm and caring atmosphere in the learning space that exhibits respect for each other and the wider community. 

“I find it deeply rewarding to contribute and be a part of the educational development of students. I believe learning never stops and I always look forward to learn from the children and my peers from the IQRA family.”


 

Safia Banjan was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria. She moved to Adelaide in 1991. After raising a family and working for several years as a welfare worker she went back to study education at Flinders University. She graduated with the Bachelor of Education in 2005 and began her career in the public sector. After a short time, she moved to the private sector and has been working as a primary school teacher for the last sixteen years. Her primary experience ranges from Reception through to Year 6. When not at school Safia enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and being creative through different artistic mediums.

 “As a teacher I strive to connect with my students to identify their strengths and help them reach their goals and aspirations. I believe in education for empowerment. Regardless of the many challenges we may face in life, education can be the key to a better future. My goal is to give every student I teach the opportunity to reach their full potential and in doing so, live their best lives.”


 

Jessica Munro was born and raised in India. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (English honours) from Loreto College, Kolkata in 2009. In 2011, she moved to Australia for her further studies. She completed her Master of Accounting from the University of South Australia (UNISA) but decided that teaching was where her heart really belonged.

 She completed her Master of teaching (Primary) from Unisa in 2019. Since 2021, she has been relief teaching across Adelaide in public, catholic and independent schools. She started in IQRA College as a relief teacher in 2021 in the primary and secondary classes. In 2022, she was offered to be part of the growing IQRA family in the Junior School department.

“I want to instil in my students a passion for learning. I want to help them reach their true potential and I want to create an environment in my class where no child is ignored or rejected.”


 

Laura Fazzalari graduated from Flinders University with a Master of Teaching. She also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours.

She is extremely passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and she enjoys using problem-based learning and inquiry projects. She pursued a career in teaching as she enjoys working with young people, helping to make a difference in their lives and to help them see the joys and prospective that STEM subjects can bring them.

Laura strongly believes that self-motivation is one of the keys to successful learning. For this reason, she focuses on creating a positive classroom environment, where students encourage and celebrate each other’s success and know that mistakes are a part of learning. This encourages students to challenge themselves and creates an environment that builds students confidence and a love of learning.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, going for nature hikes with her dog and looking at the night sky with her telescope.