IAH New Principal

As-salamu Alikom

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

IAH Principal Position for the upcoming academic year of 2015/2016.

Dear IAH Parents and HIC Community Members:

IAH would like to advertise for the IAH Principal Position for the upcoming academic year of 2015/2016. Currently, we are accepting resumes and will be setting up interviews with applicants starting May 15, 2015. We highly encourage all interested applicants to submit their resumes as soon as possible. We also kindly request, if you know of anyone interested, please ask him/her to submit his/her resume. The attached file includes the list of requirements, qualifications, duties, and responsibilities. Please email your resume to:
Screening of the applicants will continue till the position is filled.
Thank you and JAK.


Dr. Mohamed Seif
Secretary of Education


Job Title:                      Principal

Location:                     Huntsville, AL, US

Organization Name:     Islamic Academy of Huntsville (IAH)


Job Summary:

The Principal will provide leadership to ensure high standards are met and oversee compliance with policies, success of instructional programs, and operation of all IAH activities.


Education and Certification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited university is required, and a Master’s degree or higher in education is strongly desirable.
  • Previous teaching experience in U.S. schools is required and administrative and/or school leadership experiences are preferred.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Candidate must pass background check.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong organizational, communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
  • Thorough understanding of school operations
  • Working knowledge of curriculum and instruction
  • Skill in evaluating instructional programs and teaching effectiveness
  • Skill in managing staff, operations, projects, and budget.
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse populations and build strong community partnership.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the policies, regulations and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe and productive Islamic learning environment that meets the approved State curricula, vision, and mission of the school.
  • Develop, articulate and implement a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Provide instructional leadership for the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment through the purposeful observation and evaluation of teachers;
  • Develop an approach to improve and maintain a positive culture for learning that capitalizes on multiple aspects of cultural diversity to meet the needs of all students and staff.
  • Establish and maintain a program of discipline that is supportive of the instructional program.
  • Ensure efficient management of school operations and resources for a safe and effective learning environment.
  • Seek and engage in professional activities that foster leadership development; build the capacity of the other aspiring leaders; set the school goals, and generate financial and educational reports.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, mutual respect, and high ethical standards; Work cooperatively and interact positively with students, staff, community, and IAH Education Board; exercising courtesy and discretion; serve as a role model for staff and students.


Interested candidates, please email your application to:   iahpp@islamicacademyofhuntsville.org

Screening will start on May 15, 2015 and will continue till the position is filled.

Teacher Position for the academic year 2015/2016

IAH would like to advertise for the IAH Teacher Position for the upcoming academic year of 2015/2016.  Please email your resume to:


Qualifications for Teachers of IAH

* Must have at least a Bachelor’s in Education from a U.S accredited university.

* Must be Certified in Education.  We are also accepting applications for Advanced Arabic, and Islamic studies (certification  is desirable, but not required)

* Previous teaching experience is highly encouraged.

* Must be able to use differentiated instructions to ensure different academic needs for students are met.

* Must be willing and capable of being involved in after school activities.

* Must be culturally sensitive.

* Must be a team player.

* Must be eligible to work in the United States.