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At My Iman Montessori, our staff is the key to the success of our school. They are responsible for developing a caring, compassionate, and challenging environment to fit the developmental needs, diversity, and unique characteristics of each child. We attempt to meet the individual needs of each student by encouraging positive experiences, establishing an environment where children can move freely, reinforcing behavioral expectations, and providing freedom for individual choice.
Director: Kristin (Kris) Hale has been involved with education for over 30 years. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood emphasis. She holds a Master's Degree from American Intercontinental University in Instructional Technology. She has taught everything from Pre-School to 3rd grade, as well as substitute taught in all grades, but most recently was a PreK teacher at Summit Schools in Cedar Rapids. At MIM she wears many hats, including PE teacher and Computer Lab teacher, in addition to being the director.
Kristin is a mother of two children, a daughter, Katie, a Luther college graduate, and her son, Patrick, is attending the University of Northern Iowa. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys reading, traveling and playing with her beagle, Sarah.
Preschool/Kindergarten Lead Teacher: Nafissa Fredericks comes to us from San Diego, where she taught at the Islamic School of San Diego for 11 years. Prior to that, Nafissa's "other career" was in Human Resources and Accounting, and she has worked at Macy's and Dillard's. Nafissa attended high school in South Africa. She also went to college and obtained her teacher training in South Africa. Nafissa has two sons, one who is married and has a dog, and the other, with whom she lives in Iowa City.
1st/2nd Grade Teacher: Laurel Davis graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2008 with a BA in Elementary Education and endorsements in Reading and Pre-Kindergarten/ Kindergarten. Prior to joining MIM, Laurel taught second, third, and fourth grades at another local, private school. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know the children and their families in order to personalize her teaching. Laurel lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband and young daughter, and joined the MIM family in August of 2014.
Arabic, Quran, Islamic Studies Teacher: Dania Habboub graduated from the University of Damascus in 2003 with a degree in Architecture, and worked as an architect in Damascus from 2003-2008, after which she took a break from her full time job to be with her children.
Dania memorized the whole Quran by heart. She has been reviewed by a licensed teacher in Damascus, and was tested in each part of the Quran. She also passed eight separate exams in Islamic studies. She then continued learning Hadith in Hadith School and had been tested in 12 books of Hadith essentials.
She taught Quran and Islamic studies at the Abrar Mosque in Damascus for 13 years, between 1999-2012. When she moved to Cedar Rapids, she continued to teach Quran and Arabic at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, and is currently still teaching. Dania enjoys children’s art works, which she has been involved in for 10 years. She also loves spending time at parks with her children, Rashad, Jad and Marya, who are all MIM students.
Assistant Teacher PreK/Kindergarten Class: Fouzia Iram is our associate teacher in the PK/Kindergarten class. She comes from Pakistan originally. Fouzia moved to Cedar Rapids in 2006. In Pakistan, she did high school in science and then took her intermediate in humanities. She was a previously a paraprofessional assistant teacher for the LinnMar School District.
Fouzia has two children, a boy and a girl. Her son went to MIM through 2nd grade, and her daughter currently is in the Kindergarten class. Fouzia lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband, children and in laws.
It is with great sadness that we announce that My Iman Montessori & Academy has closed its doors. We are sorry to have to do this after 9 years in the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. It has been a wonderful experience and we are going to miss our MIM family.
Jazak Allah Khair!
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