IQRA College

Specialised Education Department

Fazla WaheedFazla Waheed is a passionate, dedicated, and caring EAL/D and inclusive education advocate and teacher in IQRA College. She started her education journey in 2005 and joined IQRA College in 2021. She is particularly passionate about improving literacy and differentiated instruction to ensure equity in education for all students. After working in many different schools and the Maldives National University teaching various courses, she migrated to Australia in 2016. 

Fazla’s qualifications include Master of Teaching (R-7- Special Education), Master of Education (Educational Research and Assessment), Bachelor of Arts (English Language and Psychology), and Diploma of Teaching Middle Years (English as a Second Language and Mathematics). 

Her role as the NCCD Coordinator at IQRA college ensures that all students with additional needs have access to quality curriculum and education. With her dedication and hard work, she aims to strengthen inclusivity and accessibility for students with various learning needs in the future.

Simon KwanSimon Kwan – Khalil Abdul Malik is very passionate about educating the future generation. As a STEM Teacher at IQRA College, Simon engages with students well with his calm demeanour. Students enjoy their time learning from Simon as they engage in imagining, exploring and inventing things through trial and error that are taken as opportunities for learning.

Simon completed a double degree in Computer Science & Psychology, and a Master of Teaching from the University of Adelaide. He loves teaching students about future technologies and guiding them through their educational and careers journey. 

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. 

His key achievements include the School of Education Awards 2019 for Outstanding achievement in Science Studies (Teaching) from University of Adelaide, 2019 SASTA Pre-service Teacher Award for Scientific Studies (STEM), selected for the Aspiring Leaders Umrah Tour 2015 funded by Human Appeal International and a member of Golden Key International Honour Society.

“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. I look forward to teaching at IQRA College for many years to come and getting to know the many fantastic students we have in our community.”

Easa Mohamed SamerEasa Mohamed Samer was originally from Maldives and now living in Adelaide, Australia with his family since 2006. He graduated with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of South Australia (2015) and an undergraduate degree in Library and Information Science and Educational Technology from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt (2003) and completed high school education at Mauhad al-Diraasaatil Islamiyyah, Male’, Maldives (1995).

Prior to his position as a Library Technician at IQRA College, he previously worked as an Academic Librarian at EQUALS International, Adelaide, South Australia. He also previously worked as a Library Technician at Torrens University, Adelaide, South Australia (2015) and Deputy Librarian at Faculty of Education, Maldives (2003-2005). Easa enjoys soccer and sports other than travelling and woodworking. 

“My vision is to help establish a fully functional school library at IQRA College and become an extended arm helping the school achieve its educational goals, missions, and visions. I envision to make this library a one stop Information and Resource Centre in catering information needs of all our students to accelerate in their learning and peruse their academic dreams while facilitating teachers with teaching and professional development resources.”


Stephen HafnerStephen Hafner was born in Rolla, Missouri in the United States of America. He moved to Australia upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, USA in 2012. He currently lives in Morphett Vale, SA with his wife Caroline. He enjoys playing sports, reading and drawing. 

He has been teaching Primary Education in South Australia over the past nine years, including the opening years of IQRA College. He learned that communication and collaboration between students, parents and the community is key to student growth and success. He is excited to have the opportunity to continue to be an integral part in the development of IQRA College, focussing on educating the whole child and providing a learning environment that encourages students to become well respected, caring and active members of the Australian society with a focus on the Islamic perspective.

As an internationally trained teacher, he has collaborated with students, teachers, parents, and administrators from a variety of diverse cultural backgrounds.  IQRA College’s philosophy emphasises the importance of building positive relationships within communities and cultures. He finds this as consistent with his own teaching philosophy in the importance of building a community in the classroom. He emphasises the importance of respect, trust, and empathy. He tries to develop positive interactions, honesty, and trust with all his students and build positivity and positive behaviours amongst his students.

“I am looking forward to continuing working with all students and parents, making a positive contribution to the development of all my students at IQRA.”