Staff

Ms. Mehnaz

Director

Asalam-u- Alikum, my name is Mehnaz Piracha. I am so delighted to be your School Director this year. I am looking forward to meeting you all in person. I graduated from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, with a Master of Arts Degree in Economics. I moved to the US 17 years ago and went back to school to earn my Associate of Arts Degree in Early childhood studies and received my California Director’s permit. I have been working with the Irvine Unified School district for the past six years. I also worked as a preschool program specialized for 4 years with Stanford University and Aim Academy School Director for 4 years. I live in Irvine with my three children and my husband. I am so pleased to be a part of Aim Family again and am accessible for any support and help needed throughout the school year.

Ms Adita

Director

Adita Arya holds an MA in Islamic Studies and Leadership from Bayan Islamic Graduate School and a certificate in MBSR from the Susan Samuel Integrative Health Institute-UCI. Her main area of study focuses on bridging modern mindfulness with Islamic contemplative practices to synthesize practical Islamic Mindfulness for Muslim practitioners not versed in mysticism. She also holds an MS in Educational Leadership, and a B.S. in Biology. She has always been passionate about education, so for the past 14 years Adita has been engaged in teaching, directing, and developing curriculum at Islamic Schools throughout the United States and empowering children’s education for the underprivileged in Afghanistan. She is the president and co-founder of Afghan Literacy Foundation, an organization that prevents children from being forced into child labor in Afghanistan and provides them monetary support to attend school instead. As founder of AIM in 2013 she created and proposed a weekend school model for the Islamic Center of Irvine. Prior to that, she directed Pillars Academy Islamic School.

Ms. Assil

Qur’an & Arabic Studies Teacher

Assil Alsharifi was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. She moved to the United States of America at the age of eighteen and studied Biology at the University of Kentucky. She has been married for thirty one years and have four wonderful children. She started teaching Arabic eighteen years ago at Berlitz Language Center, then moved on to teach at Pillars Academy for ten years. She also taught Arabic at New Horizon Islamic School and Quest Prep Academy for two years. She joined AIM Academy three years ago to teach Arabic and Quran. If you need to reach Mrs. Assil Alsharifi, you can contact her at [email protected]

Omaya Saad

Qur’an & Arabic Studies Teacher

Omaya was born and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated from Beirut Arab University with a B.S. in Physics. She then began teaching Quran, Arabic, and math in Beirut. When Omaya moved to America, she continued teaching at Al-Hedayah Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. A few years later, she got married, moved to California, and had three wonderful children. Omaya attended weekly Quran recitation and Tajweed classes at Al- Ansar Mosque. She has also attended various seminars and workshops for Arabic and Quran. She has been working as a Quran and Arabic teacher at AIM Academy for five years. Omaya can be reached at [email protected]

Sabah Awark

Islamic Studies Teacher

Sabah graduated from the Lebanese American University of Beirut in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In 2001, Sabah moved to the United States and settled in California, where she attended Orange Coast College and completed many childhood education classes. Between 2009 and 2015, Sabah taught Arabic and Islamic studies in Pillars Academy weekend school in Mission Viejo, California. In 2014, Sabah joined AIM Academy as a teacher assistant, and she is currently the Islamic Studies teacher for first and fourth grade. Sabah is married and has three boys ages 10, 11, and 15. In her free time, Sabah enjoys hiking and watching movies. Sabah can be reached at [email protected]