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Administration

Ms. Dalia Mostafa

Renaissance Academy Principal (2014-Present)

 Ms. Mostafa brings with her 25 years of experience in the field of Education as a teacher and an administrator.  She has an extensive background in Islamic School administration after having served as a principal in Islamic Schools in the US for the past 14 years.  She holds two Graduate degrees in the field of Education; (CAGS) Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in addition to a master’s degree in Bilingual, ESL and Multicultural Education (BEM). Both degrees are from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ms. Mostafa is a Certified Accreditation Evaluator. She served as a member of School Accreditation Visiting Committees multiple times both with the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) as well as AdvancED. She has extensive training in the area of behavior management, school improvement, and effective communication, and conflict resolution strategies among many others. Ms. Mostafa taught undergraduate-level courses in Early Childhood Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for two years.  She held the position of Graduate Women’s Network Coordinator at UMASS, Amherst for 4 consecutive years. Ms. Mostafa was a guest speaker as part of a discussion panel:  Symposium on Islamic Schools during the ICNA conference held in Hartford in 2011. She describes herself as a transformational leader, a problem solver and a go-getter. Her motto is “When there is a will, there is a way

Ms. Narjes Ahmad

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Ahmad joined Renaissance Academy during the 2015-2016 academic year. She served as a kindergarten classroom assistant for 4 years and took on an administrative role as of the 2019-2020 academic year. She holds a Diploma in Business and Office Practices. She completed training in Childcare through Texas A & M.  She also acquired training in multiple administrative areas including Administrative Assistant Applications. Administrative Assistant Fundamentals, Keys to Effective Communication, as well as Becoming an Assertive Administrative Assistant all of which are helping her manage her administrative role very efficiently. Ms. Ahmad is also the mother of two wonderful Renaissance students

Preschool Staff

1- Ms. Delphine Phelps 

Pre-School Director / PK 4 Co-Lead Teacher 

Ms. Phelps brings along with her 20 years of experience working as a preschool Director in several well – established Preschools in the State of TX. She holds TX Preschool Director License.  She has years of teaching experience in the Preschool level teaching students ages 2-5. She was highly commended by all her previous employers. She is starting her 5th year with Renaissance Academy.  She led the Pre-School to earn a very distinguished TX Rising Star Accreditation with the highest possible ranking of 4 stars during the 2017-2018 academic year. Ms. Phelps served in one of the Primrose Preschool locations building the program from the ground up. She takes pride in establishing a very innovative program and increasing the preschool enrollment from 70 students to 175 students during her 5-year employment term with them. Ms. Phelps has successfully managed an after-school program in Austin for 2 years.   Between 1997 and 2007 Ms. Phelps was the Director of another franchise preschool program. She built the program from the ground up and successfully managed it for 10 years. She designed the rooms, researched age-appropriate curriculum for toddlers to five-year-old hired and trained the staff, and held special events. Ms. Phelps is well versed in the area of Early Childhood Education and staff training. She is very familiar with Texas Day Care and Preschool Licensing Standards of health, safety and curriculum expectations.

2- Ms. Tasneem Majeed: PK 4 Co-Lead Teacher 

Ms. Majeed joined us in the 2019 -2020 academic year. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in a wide range of grade levels 5 of which have been as a preschool teacher. Ms. Majeed is a CDA (Child Development Associate) Certified. She is trained in the areas of Age-Appropriate Curriculum, Teacher/ Child Interactions, Science in STEAM, Hazardous Materials in Childcare Settings, Lesson Planning and Effective Instruction. Additionally, she holds a diploma in Teacher Training.  She was applauded by many parents in her previous places of employment for being a caring, dedicated and child -loving teacher. We are happy to have her join our team and looking forward to seeing her enrich our program with her experience.

3- Ms. Ghazal Jbeily: PK 3 Lead Teacher 

Ms. Jbeily joined Renaissance Academy during the 2018-2019 academic year as a Prek-3 lead teacher. She has been in the field of education as a teacher of different age groups since 2005.  She is trained in the areas of Classroom Management, Building a Creative classroom, Lesson planning, Positive Re-enforcement, Child Development among many others. She holds a bachelor’s as well as a master’s degree from the Lebanese American University. In addition to her many talents and distinguished degrees, Ms. Jbeily is also a well-accomplished athlete. She was a National Record Holder and swimming champion in Lebanon between 1994 and 2006.  She was also a member of the Lebanese Olympic Swim Team which competed in Athens in 2004. Ms. Jbeily has a positive, energetic and cheerful personality making her a great fit for preschool. She excels in keeping the parents informed through her regular newsletters and other forms of communication.

4- Ms.  Drestilya Khisnawati: PK 2 Teacher Assistant:

Ms. Drestilya (otherwise known as Ms. D) joined Renaissance during the 2017-2018 academic year. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language Education and taught Japanese Language courses in Indonesia.  Ms. D is very artistic, creative and detailed oriented. She enjoys doing hands-on activities and arts and crafts projects with the children. She contributes passionately to school events including performances among many others.

5- Ms. Amber Gray: PK 2 Teacher

Ms. Gray joined Renaissance Academy during the 2019-2020 academic year.  She is a very enthusiastic teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development. She worked in multiple school and classroom settings from PreK – Elementary. She has experience as a special education classroom assistant tailoring instruction to the needs of students with special needs. Ms. Gray is currently enrolled in an EC -6 (Early Childhood -6th grade) Teacher Certification Program to be completed within a few months.

Elementary Staff

Head of the Elementary Department / Arabic Teacher 2nd Grade –High SchoolMs. Laila Khater

Ms. Khater joined Renaissance Academy in 2012. She holds a state of TX Certification to Teach Arabic as a Second Language (ASL). She received her bachelor’s degree from Al Al-Bayt University in English Language and Literature with a minor in Education from Amman, Jordan. She taught English to elementary classes for one year in Amman, Jordan. Ms. Khater teaches Arabic from 2nd grade through middle and high school. She is a passionate, creative and dedicated teacher. She is extremely organized, artistic and talented. She finds ways to bring fun into her classroom and reach students with different learning styles. During the academic year of 2015 -2016, Ms. Khater was appointed as the Head of the Elementary Department for her proven record of reliability and the professionalism serving Renaissance Academy for 4 years before her well-deserved appointment. She is also the mother of three amazing Renaissance students.  

Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher: Ms. LuAnn Bowein

Ms. LuAnn Bowein Joined Renaissance during the (2017-2018) academic year as a kindergarten teacher.  She graduated with honors from Ottawa University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is certified to teach K-8 in addition to ESL.  Ms. Bowein is an engaged and passionate teacher with years of experience as a Reading Instructor.  She taught Kindergarten, 1st grade as well as preschool. She taught general education students in addition to working with students who are educationally challenged. Ms. Bowein earned herself a reputation for accountability, structure, and creativity since she joined Renaissance. 

Kindergarten AssistantMs. Huda Barhoom

Ms. Huda is a parent of 4 wonderful Renaissance Academy students. She came to the United States from Canada where she completed classes in early childhood education. Ms. Huda joined Renaissance last year and offered her dedicated service as volunteer 1st-grade assistant. She has been a tremendous asset to the school. She joins us in an official capacity as of the 2019-2020 academic year as a kindergarten assistant. Ms. Huda can best be described as a Peace Inspiring Character. Such calm personality is sure to come in handy in kindergarten

1st Grade Homeroom teacherMs. Taylor Hill

Ms. Hill joined the Renaissance during the 2019-2020 academic as a 1st-grade homeroom teacher. She has several years of teaching experience teaching ages from preschool through 4th grade. Ms. Hill holds Texas Teaching Certification in EC-6th (Early Childhood – 6th grade) besides ESL (English as a 2nd Language). Ms. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education In addition to a master’s degree in the Arts of Teaching from the University of Arkansas. She is also an accomplished artist with a passion for teaching by doing and hands-on activities.

1st grade assistantMs. Fayeza Rahman

Ms. Rahman joined Renaissance Academy during the academic year of 2018-2019 as a Pre-K classroom assistant. This year she moved up to the elementary division.  MS. Rahman has experience teaching elementary classes with another private school before joining Renaissance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in addition to a Para Educator Certificate from Austin Community College.

2nd-grade Homeroom TeacherMs. Catherine Christy

Ms. Christy joined us as a 2nd teacher during 2019-2020 academic year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University in addition to an associate degree in Education. Ms. Christy has experience teaching kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade.  She is highly proficient in classroom management.  She has a special talent for nurturing young minds and helping struggling students meet their goals. She believes in encouraging moral development, a strong character, respect for others, self-discipline, and independence.

3rd Grade A Homeroom TeacherMs. Janie Paz

Ms. Paz joined Renaissance Academy during the 2019-2020 academic year.  She will be teaching 3rd grade.   She carries under her built 27 years of teaching experience in public schools.  She taught elementary grades from 1st through 5th in addition to being a Language Arts specialist and a Literacy Coach. Ms. Paz. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from TX A & M University. She is the winner of several prestigious awards including Building Teacher of the year Lagos Elementary, Manor ISD as well as District Finalist for District teacher of the year, Manor ISD 

3rd Grade B Homeroom Teacher Mr. Abelardo Lopez

Mr. Lopez joined Renaissance during 2019-2020 academic year as a 3rd teacher. He holds a master’s degree in Reading Instruction as well as a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas. Mr. Lopez has more than 15 years of experience teaching a wide range of elementary grades in the area of Reading.  He served as a Coordinator of the Gifted and Talented program with Weslaco I.S.D.  Mr. Lopez is a published researcher and a presenter in multiple conferences.  He also served as a South Texas I.S.D.  Education Foundation Board Member

4th, 5th, and 6th grade Language Arts & 4th and 5th Social Studies : Ms. Tanzia Amreen

Ms. Tanzia Amreen joined Renaissance during the 2017-2018 academic year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota. She completed her teaching certificate in 4th -8th Language Arts from the University of TX, Dallas. Ms. Amreen was a distinguished student who was on the Dean’s List through her undergraduate years. She has experience teaching Language Arts and social studies in other Islamic Schools in Dallas. She also held the position of a Curriculum Coordinator at a weekend school in TX. Ms. Amreen volunteered as a tutor at a public middle school for a few months. Her relevant experience, training, and certification, as well as familiarity with Islamic School Culture, are sure to be an asset to Renaissance. Ms. Amreen’s students have always achieved jaw-dropping results in the STAAR test for two consecutive years with most of her students earning a mastery level.

4th and 5th grade Math and Science Teacher : Ms. Jacqueline Botto

Ms. Botto Joined Renaissance in the 2019-2020 academic year. She holds a bachelor’s degree with Earth and Life Science Specialization form TX State University. San Marcos in addition to an associate degree in phycology. Ms. Botto has more than 20 years of teaching experience including teaching College Prep classes to grades 3, 4 and 5 as well as Middle School.  She holds Teacher certification in English as a Second Language, Math, and Reading.  She is trained in Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System as well as INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) Programs.

PK-12 Physical EducationMs. Mia Duran

Ms. Duran joined Renaissance Academy at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.  She graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis on all level physical activities.  She holds EC-12 Physical Education Certification in addition to 7-12 English Certification.  She is a member of several educational organizations including Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and Blended Learning Universe 

Middle & High Staff

7th Grade – High School English: Ms. Orchid Garcia

Ms. Garcia joined Renaissance during the 2019-2020 academic year. She will be teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA in addition to High School English I, II and AP English. Ms. Garcia holds a master’s degree in English and Liberal Arts in Addition to a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Ms. Garcia worked as an adjunct professor at the Lone Star College in Houston Teaching Developmental English Courses 101 and 103 for 7 years.  She was also the program coordinator of The Undergraduate Scholar’s program at the University of Houston for 2 years.  She taught college success courses focusing on helping students choose a major through various self-assessments, discussions, activities, and the opportunity to explore the unlimited career options available to them through UH’s degree programs. In addition  to preparing and delivering lectures to undergraduate students on topics such as Personal Responsibility, Motivation, Major/Career Exploration, Self-management, interdependence, Ms. Garcia also worked as a Writing Center Tutor at the Lone Star College in Houston where she developed and designed curriculum for instruction and remediation and assisted students through the various stages of writing

Middle and High School Math Teacher: Ms. Callie Angell

Ms. Angel Joined Renaissance during the Year 2018-2019 academic year as our Middle and High School Math Teacher. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics, in addition to Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and a Secretary of Generating Educational Excellence in Math and Science (GEEMS) Program. Ms. Angel has more than 5 years of math teaching experience in public schools in addition to one year of as adjunct math faculty at St. Philip College. Ms. Angel excels in the area of Technology Integration in her classroom and is proficient in the use of Google Classroom and all its applications.

Middle and High School Science Teacher: Christa Chagra

Ms. Chagra joined Renaissance Academy during the 2017-2018 academic year. She brings with her a wide range of expertise and teaching credentials. She has a master’s degree in STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) form UT, Austin. Such a program is research-based and focuses on hands-on, inquiry-based science in addition to the connection between all 4 STEM disciplines. She is certified in Composite Science including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. In addition to her master’s degree, she holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate degree in General Studies in Science. Ms. Chagra taught advanced science classes in public schools in the past including Advanced Biotechnology/Environmental Systems. She has a research background which she has acquired working as a Research Lab Assistant at UT, Austin. She is very passionate about conserving the environment and volunteers as the Outreach Coordinator of Texas Master Naturalist, Lost Pines Chapter.

Middle and High School Social Studies: Mr. Robbie Williams

Mr. Williams joined Renaissance Academy during the 2016-2017 academic year. He led the school to Nationals for two consecutive years in the History Fair. Mr. Williams is a vital part of the middle and High School Team. He will be teaching 6th – 8thgrade social studies in addition to high School AP Human Geography and AP World History/ US History. He holds a significant number of teaching certifications including 7th -12th-grade social studies, AP World History, Gifted and Talented Training, IB Extended Essay Supervision.

He has several years of teaching experience teaching Pre AP and AP world History, Sociology, Psychology and social studies in the public school. He is a very dedicated teacher and connects well with students and staff. It was his passion for teaching that enabled him to drive 1.5 hours daily one way for his previous teaching assignment. He believes in building an interactive and collaborative learning community and is very fond of technology integration. He utilizes a research-based social studies curriculum using up to date information.

Islamic studies/ Arabic and Quran staff

Head of the Arabic Department (Arabic / Islamic Studies/ Quran) : Jilali Kattass

Mr. Kattass graduated with Teaching Certification from the Teacher Training Center in Taza, Morocco. He taught Arabic for nine years in various elementary and middle schools in Morocco, where he focused on the development of Arabic curriculum standards. He has more than 10 years of experience teaching Arabic in the United States. Mr. Kattass has been the head of the Arabic department for several years. He joined Renaissance since its inception. He is a high school student mentor producing a generation of very eloquent Khateebs.  

Head of the Elementary Department / Arabic Teacher 2nd Grade –High SchoolMs. Laila Khater

Ms. Khater joined Renaissance Academy in 2012. She holds a state of TX Certification to Teach Arabic as a Second Language (ASL). She received her bachelor’s degree from Al Al-Bayt University in English Language and Literature with a minor in Education from Amman, Jordan. She taught English to elementary classes for one year in Amman, Jordan. Ms. Khater teaches Arabic from 2nd grade through middle and high school. She is a passionate, creative and dedicated teacher. She is extremely organized, artistic and talented. She finds ways to bring fun into her classroom and reach students with different learning styles. During the academic year of 2015 -2016, Ms. Khater was appointed as the Head of the Elementary Department for her proven record of reliability and the professionalism serving Renaissance Academy for 4 years before her well-deserved appointment. She is also the mother of three amazing Renaissance students.  

Elementary Islamic Studies & Quran teacher 2nd -5th GradeMs. Abeer Mouradi

Ms. Mouradi joined Renaissance Academy during the 2015-2016 academic year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her areas of training include developmental psychology and behavior management. She has attended several post-graduate training programs including but is not limited to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains and Multiple Intelligences Theory, Applying Lawrence Kohlberg ‘s Model for School Discipline, and Bully- Free Schools: A Circle of Support for Learning. Ms. Mouradi is a native Arabic speaker and has been teaching Arabic /Quran and Islamic studies in an Islamic School in Michigan for 3 years before joining Renaissance using innovative, interactive and age-appropriate teaching techniques. Her experience in classroom management and developmental psychology is sure to enrich our school and our students.

Islamic studies, Arabic and Quran PK, KG and 1st gradeMs. Radwa Salem: 

Ms. Salem joined Renaissance Academy during the 2018-2019 academic year. She has several years of experience teaching Quran and Islamic Studies classes in Mosques and Community centers both in the US and overseas.  She completed courses in Quran and Tajweed at Al Furqan Academy in Egypt. Ms. Salem excels in making the classroom fun, interactive and age-appropriate. She integrates movements, hands-on and art to teach the Arabic Alphabets and sentences thus making learning very enjoyable for her students.

Middle School Computer Classes, Islamic Studies / Quran and ArabicMs. Noor Al Aydie

Ms. Al Aydie joined Renaissance during the 2019-2020 academic year. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is a published and distinguished researcher with more than 10 publications in the area of Computer Science.  Ms. Al Aydie is the winner of many prestigious awards including Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship award, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. 2012 among many others. She volunteers to teach Quran and Arabic classes at a local mosque and is trained in Tajweed instruction