Shaheena Khan has been teaching in Australian high schools for over 20 years. She worked as a SACE Biology and Chemistry teacher in Australian Islamic College Adelaide (previously known as ICOSA) from 2007 to 2021. She started her career after completing Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Master in Zoology.
While Shaheena likes to see students enjoying themselves in class, she also insists on hard work and focus on the task at hand.
“I set high standards and high expectations by promoting growth mindsets among my students. All my students know that I expect them to try their hardest and strive for improvement every day. I always expect my students to come to class ready to focus and engage. I often ask my students to set their own goals and take steps toward achieving their goals every day.”
Gulmira Ahmed has over 10 years of experience participating in community work and teaching in a weekend language school. She joined in IQRA in 2020 as an education support officer.
Gulmira graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide. She is currently completing a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the Curtin University.
“My vision in teaching is to create a learning environment where students feel the sense of belonging and are not afraid of making mistakes and are given the opportunities to improve themselves and reach their potentials”.
Simon Kwan – Khalil Abdul Malik is very passionate about educating the future generation. As a SACE Psychology, Health & Wellbeing and STREAM Teacher at IQRA College, Simon engages with students well with his calm demeanour.
Simon completed a double degree in Computer Science & Psychology, and a Master of Teaching from the University of Adelaide. Simon previous employment includes the job role of Child & Youth Worker for the Department for Child Protection and Customer Service Representative for the Department of Home Affairs, Datacom, IKEA and Optus.“I feel truly blessed to be working towards a profession that I genuinely enjoy doing, which is to help students grow and succeed in life.”
Cassandra Domingo brings to the college a wealth of experience as an English and History teacher. Originally from Melbourne, but spending her childhood on the Gold Coast and in the South Australian Riverland, Cassandra completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English at Flinders University before earning a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Adelaide. A lifelong learner, she has just completed a Masters degree in geopolitics from Charles Sturt University.
With close to 20 years' experience in South Australian classrooms, Cassandra specialises in middle and senior teaching. She is passionate about sharing and discovering language and literature, and enjoys nurturing her students into creative and critical young scholars through the use of text, film, and other forms of media.
Away from school, Cassandra enjoys travelling to experience new cultures, exploring her Italian heritage through food, enjoying art and cinema, and spending time with her husband (who has unusually large feet).
This is Deadra Peak. I have joined the High School Teaching Team at Iqra College this year (2023). I have had a diverse working career and believe that I can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Iqra.
My working career begun with humble beginnings but led to me to eventually studying and working as a Tax and Financial Accountant for many years. I accepted the call to undertake a Bachelor of Education at Flinders University in 2002 and have taught a range of subjects in a variety of locations, including Ceduna, Adelaide and McLaren Vale.
I specialise in Home Economics, and have taught Food & Hospitality, Child Studies and Fashion Design & Technology for many years.
Part of my heart still lives in Ceduna – in the form of my daughter, Sara, and her family. My two grandsons are so precious! So, I often venture to that beautiful part of South Australia – and enjoy fishing, pristine beaches and many of the unique landmarks that make up the Eyre Peninsula.
My eldest daughter, Tanya, lives a lot closer – in the Western Suburbs of Adelaide. So, we catch-up regularly to ‘solve the problems of the world’!
I am a keen gardener (doesn’t mean that I am good at it!) and get very excited when I am able to harvest any of my home-grown produce and use it in my kitchen where I also enjoy cooking meals for family and friends at every opportunity.
I feel very much ‘at home’ at Iqra and feel blessed to be a part of this community.