Mrs. Sara Al-Batniji - Acting Principal

I am excited to lead IQRA in the first term as acting principal. I have been teaching for the last 10 years and I still love it, I am passionate about students  learning to their potential and striving for excellence. I am also passionate about integrating e-learning into the classroom to ensure our learners are ready to be global citizens. I strive to ensure that all students are engaged and motivated with learning targeted at their level. 



Ms. Sajdah Nazif - Room 7 Teacher - Year 2

 Assalamu Alaykom, My name is Sajdah Nazif. I come from the wonderful land of Afghanistan. My favorite set of hobbies are shopping and spending time with my huge and loving family. I also love sports, especially soccer and Netball.  I joined IQRA when it was just a little seed, back then I was a  beginning teacher. In the two years that I have spent in IQRA, I have gained so much experience and had heaps of fun along the way. As a teacher, I find it so rewarding when I see my students progress. I enjoy working with my students and building a class family. Each year at IQRA, we have gone on trips as a school and have created wonderful memories that will forever be engraved in our school’s history. I am so blessed to be a part of the IQRA family and cannot wait to see what the future has in stall for us! 


Ms. Hajera Sharif - Room 8 Teacher - Year 3

Hi, my name is Hajera and I am the year 3 class teacher. I have been teaching at IQRA Elementary for 4 years now. I love teaching younger children as this is my passion. My teaching philosophy is to allow students to bring their own prior knowledge to the classroom and I help build upon this. Students undergo a lot of learning outside the classroom, in their day to day lives and I feel as teachers it is very important to understand and celebrate this. I also enjoy talking to and meeting parents, I believe in celebrating success and working with individual families to help students excel.

​​ Mrs. Reem Ayyub - Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher

Asalamu Alaykum and Marhaba. My name is Reem Ayyub and I teach Arabic and Islamic studies at IQRA Elementary.
I started teaching at IQRA since it was first established in 2016 and it has been an extraordinary journey. I have three children of whom two attend IQRA and love it! watching them grow, learn and feel the sense of belonging in an Islamic environment fills my heart with joy. I’m passionate about getting our children working together and making connections between Arabic and Islamic studies in their daily lives. I look    forward to working with our valued parents to build gritty lifelong learners and contributors to our community, New Zealand and the world.

​​ Mrs. Ghada Smaik - Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher

My name is Ghada Smaik. I am returning to IQRA to teach Arabic Studies as well as help to further develop the Arabic curriculum. I will be teaching year 4, 5 and 6 students. I will also be teaching Quran to some of the classes. My qualification is in Sharia law and Arabic Studies. I look forward to working with you all.

 Mrs. Fazleen Azim - Room 3 Teacher - Year 4

Assalam walaikum. My name is Fazleen Azim and I am teaching Year 3 and 4 class at Iqra Elementary School. This is my second year of teaching and previously in my first year I have taught year 6 students. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) from The University of Auckland. I was born in the beautiful Fiji Islands and have got migrated to New Zealand when I was 10 years old. I am a mother of two children. I am passionate about teaching and curious about the world and love learning new things. My teaching philosophy will surely change as I grow as a teacher, but currently my belief is that all children deserve the same rights to education. Teachers have a right to teach. Students have a right to learn.” I promote the inclusive practice and aim to create life-long, self-directed learners, which is a key aspect of my  teaching philosophy. I am really excitedto be part of the Iqra team and looking forward to help my learners both cognitivelyand socially, and therefore reach their highest potential as future citizens.

Mrs. Ayesha Tariq - Room 6 Teacher - Year 1

Assalamo Alaikum. I am the classroom teacher of the little champions of Room 8. I would like to extend heart felt greetings to everyone as I join Iqra Elementary School this term. Let me take this  opportunity to briefly introduce myself.

I have a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology, Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and another Bachelor’s in Education (teaching). I have taught various age groups of students for over 4 years at different schools in Jeddah, KSA. Since I moved to Auckland with my family, I have been doing relief work at different schools including Zayed College.

I am profusely thrilled and excited to be part of the Iqra family and looking forward to a fun-filled learning term ahead.


Mrs. Zainab Farooqi - Room 4 Teacher - Year 5


My name is Zainab Farooqi. I am excited to be currently working in Room 4. I had a wonderful first week at Iqra Elementary School meeting our enthusiastic students, staff and some parents. I have a Masters in Education and have been teaching for the past eleven years in Mumbai, India and Dubai, UAE. I have taught children of different age groups and have extensive experience working with children with special education needs and disabilities. I look forward to meeting you in the coming days. Please feel free to introduce yourself and have a chat.

Mr Mohammad Hosam - Room 5 Teacher - Year 6

Assalamu Alyaikom, my name is Mohamed Hosam and I will be teaching year 6 this year. I have lived in New Zealand for many years but I’m originally from Egypt. My career in education began in 2013 as an English language teacher at international schools. I am really happy to be a part of the team at Iqra and looking forward to making strong relationships with learners in their journey.

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