Newly-Hired Staff 2021-2022:
Mr. Vural Ozturk: Teacher of Islamic Education
Ms. Eileen Ahmed: Teacher of Grades K-2
Mr. David Black: Teacher of Grades 3-5
Ms. Dorene Alama: Teacher of English (Grades 9-12)
Dr. Mohmmad Adnan Alghorani
Founder & Principal
Dr. Mohammad Adnan Alghorani was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He graduated from Damascus University with a B.Ed. in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Counseling Psychology and Educational and Vocational Guidance. Then, he completed his M.A. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration on Educational Administration, and a Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin. From 2003 to 2015, Dr. Alghorani worked as an associate professor of psychology and then the chair of the Department of Psychology & Counseling at UAE University. His K-12 education-related experiences include:
Ms. Aalaa Kamal Fouly
Ms. Aalaa Kamal Fouly was born in El-Minia, Egypt in 1985. She graduated from Minia University with a Bachelor of Arts, Media and public relations Major. In 2014, she received her Graduate Diploma in Education supervision from Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
She worked in the education field since 2003 as a:
UCMAS Mental Arithmetic Teacher 2003
UCMAS Mental Arithmetic, Program Director 2006
MIA Preschool Director 2009
El Manara Private schools Deputy Principal 2011
Ms. Jinette Gutierrez
School Secretary and Cheif Admissions Officer
Ms. Jinette Gutierrez-Jamai was born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. from Dominican parents. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Hotel/Restaurant Institutional Management in 2003. She just moved, in the Summer of 2019, from Orlando F.L. with her husband Hamid and daughter Amina who is currently in KG2.
Ms. Jinette enjoys spending time with her family and creating new and memorable experiences. With her extensive career in hospitality and working towards making her guests feel welcomed and at home, she will bring that joy of helping others to our Intellicor community. She is excited about working with all of us to make this another wonderful school year for everyone.
Ms. Sheila Hoover-Shephard
Teacher of KG 1
Ms. Sheila Hoover-Shephard is a native of Charlotte, NC. She went to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and graduated from North Mecklenburg, in Huntersville. Sheila later moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Human Development, from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She then went on to obtain her Master's degree in Education at the University of Boston, Massachusetts. She spent nearly 20 years, in Boston Public Schools, teaching and supporting students. In December 2018, she accepted a position in CMS as a k2 literacy teacher. She is excited about the opportunity to work with the students and staff at Intellicor Academy and plans to make a great year.
Ms. Rima El Ilani
Teacher of KG 2
Ms. Rima El Ilani was born and raised in Saida, Lebanon. She started her educational journey with a B.A. in Law from Lebanese University. Since she has a passion for dealing with children and the arts, she pursued a Certification in Child Education from Al Moasat Association and then a B.A. in English Literature from Lebanese University.
She has an overall 17 years of experience in Kindergarten teaching. She has started as a teacher for 5 years and then was promoted to Department Manager for 12 years. Since her work has been her passion and her goal was to build a proper Islamic generation, she gave all the efforts to motivate, inspire, and support the kids by all means from providing a safe, secure, and lovable environment to educate them socially, emotionally, and cognitively so they continue to build a foundation for their life-long learning.
Of her interests and achievements comes the art in its different forms, from painting to handcrafts to events decoration and activities planning for kids. She also achieved a certification in Electrocardiogram from National Health Career Association. She has also completed a course from the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support CPR for healthcare providers.
Ms. Jamela Aintrazi
Teacher of Grade 1
Ms. Jamela Aintrazi was raised in Matthews, North Carolina and attained a Bachelor of Arts in Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). She has three years of experience teaching at a Charter School near UNCC. She is looking forward to teaching at an Islamic School insha'Allah in order to pray with her students. She believes in providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students and upholding expectations for every student. Jamela enjoys creating an atmosphere that sparks students’ interest to learn. Also, she enjoys building a positive environment with the help of the children that integrates positive rules to model appropriate behaviors.
Ms. Jennifer Watson
Teacher of Grade 1
Ms. Jennifer Watson and I am from Waltham Massachusetts. I have a Baccalaureates degree in Psychology from Framingham State University. I moved to Connecticut where I obtained my Master's degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven Connecticut. I have four years of teaching experience 2 years teaching 1st grade, one year with 2nd and 4th grade. I believe that all children are amazing little sponges with an abundance of abilities that can reshape our world. We as teachers only guide them and they do the rest.
Ms. Vena (Maidah) Thompson
Teacher of Grade 3
Ms. Maidah was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from the first HBCU in the country, Cheyney University, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has 20 years of combined education and social services experience. She relocated to Charlotte from Philadelphia, PA with her two children in 2014. Maidah enjoys movies and game nights with her family. She is an avid reader and a life-long learner.
Ms. Insaf Kilani
Teacher of Grade 4 & 5 Math & Science
Ms. Insaf Kilani has lived between USA and Jordan throughout her life, so she studied school here and there on and off, finally graduating from the University of Jordan with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 2014 and she found her heart in teaching this past couple of years.
Teaching is an absolute passion of hers! She is so excited to work with Intellicor team! It’s going to be a year full of fun, learning and lots of adventures and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us.
Ms. Insaf has a 4-year old daughter and she takes up most of her free time. Some of her hobbies are cooking and reading.
This will be her third year of teaching. Last year, she was a 4th and 5th grade Math & Science teacher. She also has some experience as a substitute teacher and as an interventionist.
Mr. Dylan Ritch
Teacher of Grade 4 & 5 English Language Arts & Social Studies
Mr. Dylan Ritch was raised in Asheville, NC, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theatre from East Carolina University. Mr. Ritch was then accepted into Queen’s University’s Creative Writing MFA program where he currently pursues his masters. He has taught for nine years in various academic and performance settings. Mr. Ritch recently moved to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area this past June. He is excited at the prospect of teaching at Intellicor International Academy and becoming a part of the school community.
Recent achievements include:
Founder and Director of Children’s Programming and Educational Outreach at the historic Turnage Theater in Washington, NC.
Became the first Elementary Theater teacher in Pitt County history.
Works as a published ghost writer for companies such as Kazoom Kids Books in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Badr Omar
Teacher of Math (Middle and High School)
Although Mr. Badr initially majored in architecture in college, and he then switched to business administration with a concentration in accounting from the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. After graduation, he found himself naturally inclined to what he loves to do, which is teaching. He has been teaching for the past twenty-nine years.
During this period, he has taught mathematics for grades 3 thru 12, in addition to teaching SAT I and SAT II. He has taught the Egyptian, American, British, and IB curriculum and has been the head of the mathematics departments since 1996.
Mr. Jamal Uddin
Teacher of Social Studies & Islamic Education (Middle & High School)
Mr. Jamal Uddin was born and raised in northeast Ohio where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Teaching and Training at the University of Akron. He had the opportunity, in 2003, to study Arabic and Islamic Studies at Abu Nour University in Damascus, Syria. Mr. Jamal's professional experience includes 6 years of teaching at the adult, and K-12 levels. Specifically, during his years as a member of the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, he was fortunate to have taught at Faith Islamic Academy and served as a summer sports camp leader, a MYNA camp counselor, and Sunday school teacher. Along with his teaching experience, raising 2 teenage daughters, has giving him a special appreciation of the challenges and rewards of guiding middle school age students. Outside of work, he enjoys language learning, playing basketball, and traveling.
Mr. Hamza Rehman
Teacher of English Language Arts (Middle & High School)
Mr. Hamza Rehman was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan. He graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and practiced as an attorney for seven years with a focus on corporate law. Mr. Rehman transitioned into the arts in 2013 and was accepted for an M.A. English degree at Kansas State University on a Fulbright Scholarship. After completing his studies, he taught English as a lecturer at Air University in Islamabad from 2015 to 2017. He returned to the USA to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas (2017 - 2020). He looks forward to teaching students to write short stories at Intellicor. Some of his achievements include:
1. Teaching Composition and Creative Writing courses at KU to Freshman and Sophomore students;
2. Being the Fiction Editor for KU’s literary magazine, Landlocked, from 2019 – 2020;
3. Being a part of the Project on the History of Black Writing at KU, where he helped digitize African-American literature to increase Black representation in academics.
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Mr. Vural Ozturk
Teacher of Islamic Education
Mr. Vural Ozturk was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies. After finishing his studies he traveled to Turkey and Sudan to further deepen his understanding of the Islamic sciences.
He has been teaching and mentoring young people for more than a decade. He has lived in different countries and contexts. This has helped him to broaden his horizons and acquire different skills and approaches to facilitate a better learning experience for students in an atmosphere of enriching diversity. He studied and worked in Spain for more than 2 years.
Throughout his journey, he worked with young people from different social backgrounds, some of whom struggled with issues such as bullying, violence, drugs and grew up in socially disadvantaged areas of deprivation.
He received a training certificate in Mental Health/Emotional First Aid in order to further equip himself with the necessary tools to help young people.
He was a board member and youth coordinator of the Dar as-Salaam mosque (NBS e.V.) in Berlin from 2016 to 2018. Furthermore, for 2 years he was in charge of spiritual development and education of youth for 4 Islamic centers in his community.
He is fluent in several languages and trained in various martial arts such as Karate, Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu Jiutsu, and Boxing.
He is excited to be part of the Intellicor community and wants serve to the best of his ability.
Ms. Mounira Jaafar
Coordinator & Teacher of Arabic Language
I have a bachelor degree in Arabic Philosophy from the University of Lebanon. I have been living in Charlotte, NC, for 16 years, with my husband and three children. I have taught in Charlotte for 15 years, both in Islamic schools and weekend schools. My goal is to help students love the Arabic language and master it by creating an inviting class environment for our students. I am looking forward to working with our Intellicor staff and families.
Ms. Nesrin Matar
Teacher of Quran
Ms. Nesrin Matar graduated from the University of Damascus with a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies with a concentration in Sharia. She has an accumulated experience of ten years in teaching, volunteering, and community service in relation to Islamic Studies. She worked as a teacher of Islamic Studies for four years at an all-girls high school. Nesrin is very excited to be a part of the Intellicor team.