Sr. Elizabeth Hanson
Elizabeth Hanson began her work in education with her love of holistic medicine (Master's Degree in Chinese Medicine) where she had a practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon having children and like many parents, she decided to homeschool. Largely influenced by John Taylor Gatto, and now aware that education had befallen the same fate as medicine, she transferred her holistic understanding of well-being to education and, since 2001, she's been inspiring and helping parents to find alternatives to state schooling by homeschooling or establishing small, private schools. Her area of expertise is the early years.
Sabera has been teaching both formally and informally in various educational settings for the past 14 years in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Sabera earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University and in 2015 earned her Masters degree in Teaching & Curriculum from Penn State University. After completing a research-based fellowship with the National Writing Project in an effort to improve writing and learning for all learners within the classroom, she had the privilege of mentoring and coaching Pennsylvania K-12 teachers through the Capital Area Writing Project. She also worked in the capacity as a Communications Coordinator for Capital Area Writing Project at Penn State University.
From 2010-2016, she served as a Board of Director in two local private schools and now serves as a PTA Council of Howard County representative for her children’s local public school. She has taught in Sunday Schools and has led Muslim Mommy & Me groups in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.
This past January of 2017, she co-founded Al-Hadi Learning Organization, a co-op based preschool in the central Maryland region, where she serves as both the Executive Director and a teacher within the co-op.
Monique Robinson homeschooled her children for 20 years and is a member of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling. She serves as an educational consultant and is sought after speaking at educational workshops focusing on college preparation , working with students to maximize their potential within the family college budget framework, preparing a homeschooling plan of action, and homeschooling those with learning challenges.
Her eldest is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Two of her other children have been or are currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a part of the Honors College as well as the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, a prestigious and internationally recognized program for those who wish to pursue graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Her eldest and youngest daughters are pursuing graduate work in STEM fields at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute respectively
Brother Jose Acevedo believes that all youth want to be and can be successful. In that light, he has dedicated his professional career in the fields of youth development and education.
Jose is the founder of OpenMinds Services, a solution for youth development, parenting, education, and homeschool services. Additionally, he is finalizing the creation of a relevant and empowering Islamic Studies curriculum for middle and high school youth that can be used in full-time or weekend Islamic schools called, Islam in Practice .
Along with his extended family, Jose is also establishing OMG Pastures for halal and tayyab meats, for educational and outreach programming, and for connecting to Allah's creation.
Finally, Jose is creating an online hub that showcases the various contributions that Muslims are making around the country in the areas of service, advocacy, and outreach, called Relevant Muslims.
Previously, Jose developed Andalus Institute, a high school, homeschool program for gifted and talented youth and NOMAD CAMPS, an outdoor education, youth development program.
While pursing his studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, he accepted Islam. By Allah’s Grace, he received his Masters Degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and a dual-bachelors in History and Sociology. He is currently the Director of Religious Studies Department at Al Rahmah School.
Dr. Madiha Tahseen is a Research Fellow and a Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. She holds a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a Research Coordinator at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at UMBC, conducting a mixed-method research study on the experiences of Muslim-American youth.
Dr. Tahseen’s research interests include: individual and group identity development, parenting, acculturation, and risk and protective factors of Muslim adolescents’ healthy development. She has presented her research nationally in both academic and community settings. She has been a community organizer for more than a decade serving the American Muslim community in varying capacities.
She is also an Executive Board member of Stones To Bridges, a non-profit organization that provides an anonymous online platform for Muslim youth to address their emotional, social and behavioral needs.
Faheem Chishty has been teaching for over ten years, and currently teaches Language Arts and Mathematics with Howard County Public School System. He studied philosophy, literature, and law in college, and holds a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland.
Shaykh Javid Bhaiyat
Shaykh Javid Bhaiyat* memorized the holy Quran and competed a traditional curriculum in Islamic Studies at a young age. He has over 15 years of teaching and counseling experience and served as Religious Director at the Islamic Community Center of Laurel in Laurel, MD. He has also served as the Director of Aaisha Institute. He is currently teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies classes for the Maryland Institute of Development.
He works closely with the youth in the community and finds it very important to instill the love of the Quran in children from a very young age.