I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Hamsa Mahafza will join the Islamic Academy of Huntsville (IAH) as the new principal of IAH. Dr. Mahafza will begin her journey with us starting from the 2015-2016 academic year, and report to me. Dr. Hamsa brings experience and a proven track record of success in the Educational area, which will be invaluable in meeting the IAH goals and objectives. I would like to thank the members of the search committee, the IAH Committee and the HIC board for supporting the selection process. Their efforts are deeply appreciated.
Dr. Hamsa Aburumuh Mahafza is an Arab-American educator. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Jordan. From the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA), Dr. Hamsa received three teacher certifications: Texas Teacher Certification Generalist (EC-4), ESL/Supplemental (EC-12), and Languages Other Than English “Arabic” (EC-12). She earned a Master of Arts in Education (2007) with emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. (2012) in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the Department of Bicultural Bilingual (BBL) Studies in the College of Education, both from the UTSA. Dr. Hamsa is one of the influential scholars in the U.S. who is recognized for her commitment and dedication to the education of Muslim students and Arabic heritage language (AHL) learners. Her research focuses on AHL learning in Islamic community-based schooling among Muslim communities in the United States. During her graduate studies, Dr. Hamsa worked as a research and teaching assistant for several years; also, she served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University and as an instructor in the teacher preparation program at the Bicultural Bilingual department in the College of Education at UTSA. Dr. Hamsa is an active participant in the field of education; as a consultant, she provided workshops and teacher training that support the education of Muslim students in both private and public schools. She has contributed to major local conferences, received educational awards, and published several research articles. As leader in the field of education, Dr. Hamsa founded a small company, Heritage Associates for Research in Practice US (HARP US), providing an integrated approach and research-based training, and consultations to teachers and practitioners in the field of education.
I am confident that Dr. Hamsa will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to IAH. Please join me in extending a heartfelt welcome and wish her and the school a blessed and productive future.
Dr. Mohamed Seif
HIC Education Secretary