IQRA College

Senior School

Helen BhatiaHelen Bhatia began her career after completing a Bachelor of Education and later pursuing a Master of Education. She has always enjoyed studying, researching, and writing. Although English is her main teaching area, closely followed by HASS, she feels that she is still learning more about these subjects everyday despite her formal education being completed many years ago. She likes to think that her students enjoy their class time and their exchange of ideas, and that they build upon each other’s knowledge.

Helen joined IQRA College in 2018 and attested the school has changed much since the first year she taught in the school. The school is constantly in a state of flux as rooms are being adapted into new and creative learning spaces. There is a lovely energy at IQRA, and the students are keen to learn. 

As a Senior School teacher who sees the Year 12 class ready to move on to the next phase of their lives, she always feels that there is the inevitable sadness that the students will no longer be here in IQRA, but there is also the great joy to say that teachers have all played a part in their journey. 

“Over the years my students have often asked me what I wanted to do when I left school. Due to my great love of animals the answer to that question was always easy, a career as a vet. But upon reaching high school and developing a great love of literature and writing, the potential career took another turn. I wanted to be a journalist. Eventually this changed to teaching. This is not an uncommon pattern for young people, even more so today, when a person may change jobs as many as 15 times in their life. My career has been relatively stable, aside from raising a family and now watching my children do the same. If I had a motto, it would be simple: Continued Success.”

Nilesh Banerjee is passionate about guiding and training people as well as learning from them along the way. His interest in learning from others regardless of their age, nationality, cultural background motivated him to become a teacher, or he prefers to call himself a facilitator. 

Nilesh came into teaching after spending two decades in the hospitality, accounting industry. He learnt a lot whilst working and keep in touch with the industry to keep himself up to date. Whilst working, he decided to become a registered teacher so he can live his passion facilitating various learners. He also wants to motivate learners to inherit the enthusiasm and tenacity to be adaptable from him. He was involved for the last 7 years as a volunteer teacher and currently still volunteering. He graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Business (Hospitality), Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Master of Education, Master of Teaching and recently became a Certified VET Trainer & Assessor. He considers himself as a learner for life.

“My teaching philosophy is that I think of myself as a guide by the side. I prefer to motivate learners intrinsically so that they become restless to learn not because I am there as a guide, but I have introduced them to a variety of ideas which they can explore on their own and if confused I am there to point them in the right direction. As a result, we all become learners in the process and seek strengths from each other. Therefore, I prefer open discussion, asking questions and exchange of ideas and would like my students to continue that.”

Dong Hyeon (Dominic) Yoon, originally from South Korea, moved to Adelaide in 2008. He began his career after completing a double degree in Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Adelaide. He is also currently undertaking Master of Finance (Financial Planning) at the University of South Australia.

Dominic started his professional career at St Bernadette’s and Christ the King’s in 2019, as a Japanese teacher. From 2020, he has been working across 4 different private schools as a relief teacher to teach various Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects. Outside his major teaching areas, Mathematics and Science, language is his other educational/teaching background, as Japanese is his minor and Korean is his mother tongue.

“I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education. I will assist my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well embrace the differences of others. I also look forward to working with teachers in IQRA College.”


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.”