Welcome to 4th Grade ! Sister Ruqayyah Ishmael's Class
As-Salamu Alaikum proud parents of 4 th grade! My name is Ruqayyah Ishmael and I am so excited to be your child’s 4
th grade teacher this year, InshaAllah.This year will be my 5th year here at Hamza Academy, and I look forward to sharing another school year with each and every one of you.
A little on my educational background: I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a focus in Arabic Studies from Hunter College, and I am currently working to complete my Masters in Elementary Education and Special Education with NYS certification within this school year.
My philosophy on Education is to be a guidance for our young pupils through their child development and growth process. I believe that the education for a child of this age should not be rigorous and extensive, but merely as a means to foster the creative and imaginative minds of our future generation.
Fun-(ish) Facts about me:
. One day, while I was walking in my neighborhood I was hit by a car and managed to walk away with no broken bones or serious injuries!Alhamdulilah!
. I have an (almost) 1-year old Kitten named Bellatrix.
. I love to go hiking and finding cool waterfall.
Hamza Academy was established in 2001 in a trailer with only 15 students and we have kept on growing since then. As an entity of Masjid Hamza, Hamza Academy is a New York State registered, chartered, 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institution and compliant to all NYS curriculum and health requirements. We are always striving for excellence and are working towards several accreditation and national recognition through AdvancED and CISNA (Council of Islamic Schools in North America). Hamza Academy is an Islamic School with grades Pre-Kindergarten – 4th Grade. We serve both the Queens and Long Island community at an affordable rate.