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.”


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.”