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American Youth Academy

Administrative Team

Sr.Farhat Siddiqui

Head of School

Email headofschool@ayatampa.com


Farhat obtained her B.A degree in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. degree from Loyola University, Chicago, specializing in school leadership and administration.  

She is a Certified Chair for AdvancED. She is an Educational Speaker and Trainer for the State Board of Education and conducts professional development training for staff, and mentoring and coaching for school leaders. 

Farhat worked as a classroom teacher for nearly a decade at one of the largest Islamic Schools in the United States, Universal School, where she was awarded the highest recognition – “Teacher of the Year”, for her commitment to excellence in education. She was appointed as a lead administrator, an Assistant Principal and eventually a Principal, where she served until 2009. Farhat was recognized with the service award in 2004 and 2009 for her commitment to best practices in education. Universal School was featured in TIME magazine as “The Model School, Islamic Style”.

Farhat Siddiqui served as the Principal of College Preparatory School of America from 2009 to 2013. She received recognition from the Washington Post in 2013, as the most academically challenging school in Illinois. 

Farhat joined AYA in October 2015 as a consultant and was appointed as the Head of School in December 2015, and currently serves in that capacity.  


Sr. Wafa Fahda 

Business & Operations Manager.

Email: wfahda@ayatampa.com


Sr.Sherene Rahman

Secondary School Department Lead Ext. 115

Email: hslead@ayatampa.com


A new addition to the AYA administrative team as the Secondary Division Lead will be Sherene Rahman.  As the Secondary Division, she will be committed to ensuring high-quality educational programs and accomplishing the AYA school mission. 

Sherene Rahman has been a dedicated teacher for the past fifteen years. After graduating from St. Joseph’s college and attending graduate school at St. John’s University in New York, she pursued a career in non-profit and educational development in institutions like The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. An immense desire in continued public service and seeking a greater role in education led to teaching at an American International School in Cairo, Egypt. After teaching for five years in an American international school she served for seven years as the Social Studies Department Head within the same American International school system. As a Department Head, she designed curriculum for Grades 3-12, Grade 12 included Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Economics and Business studies, led teacher training and helped cultivate school improvement plans. During the past three years, she has been teaching High School social studies, IB English and AP Psychology at AYA. She is also an IB Examiner in English Language A. 

The conservation and educational development of future global Muslim citizens is of dire importance and Sherene Rahman hopes that at AYA she will continue to create a space for superior education to flourish.  She is excited to be working with such a talented and dynamic team at AYA.

Sr. Dallal Kahook

Middle School Department Lead Ext. 269

Email: mslead@ayatampa.com


Dallal Kahook joined AYA’s administration team as the Middle School Division Lead. Dallal is a Florida born and bred education professional that has recently relocated from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She has a background in biology, business management, and educational leadership. She has over 15 years of experience working in private American curriculum schools in various roles including Director of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Division Principal, and Vice Principal. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, an MBA, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Education Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.

Her teaching experience includes teaching middle and high school students in science and business subjects. As a certified Professional Development Trainer, she believes in developing and empowering all school community members to fulfill shared goals and targets. She is a passionate educator with a child-centric approach to instruction. In line with our school’s vision, she is committed to academic excellence to nurture our youth to be successful 21st-century global citizens. She is very excited to be part of our dynamic team to fulfill the needs of our students to be global-minded purpose-driven Muslim leaders.


Sr. Deidre Tucker

Early Childhood and Elementary Department Lead Ext. 119



Deidre Tucker joined the administrative team as the Early Childhood / Elementary School Division Lead. Deidre is a native of Columbus, Ohio where she started her teaching career in the United States Air Force Reserves “Troops to Teachers” Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio and her master’s degree in human resources administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She has over 12 years of educational experience working in various roles including Curriculum Coordinator, National Educational Consultant, and Professional Development Trainer.

Her teaching experience level ranges from kindergarten to returning high school dropouts.  As an advocate for early childhood literacy, she successfully founded and owned multiple learning centers. She received her Florida Teaching Certificate through the Educators Preparation Institute and is committed to AYA’s mission of providing academic excellence. She is a passionate educator with a holistic approach to instruction, believing her desire to learn fuels her passion for education. She is elated to be a part of our remarkable team. 

Academic Coordinators 


Sr. Shabeah Usmanali

IB/AP Department Lead Ext. 205 

Email: ibandaplead@ayatampa.com



Br. Feras Abuzayda

QAIS Department Lead Ext. 206

Email: qaislead@ayatampa.com

"Br. Feras Abuzayda has been in the field of education for more than seventeen years, both as a teacher and an administrator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology & Chemistry double major, a Master’s degree in Physiology, a graduate certificate in Educator Preparation Institute (EPI), and special certificates in Administration and Leadership for school teams and departments.

The first three years at American Youth Academy (AYA), Br. Feras served as the Principal of Student Affairs and Quran, Arabic, & Islamic Studies (QAIS) Department Coordinator. Prior to joining AYA, Br. Feras was the Principal for Iqra Academy of Virginia for many years, in which he led the school to receive dual accreditation through AdvancED and CISNA.  Before then, he worked as one of the district coordinators of St. Lucie County Public Schools for Science Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment and Science Fair Competition. 

Furthermore, Br. Feras chaired the Science department as well as taught a variety of Science courses for nine years at Fort Pierce Westwood Public High School, at which he received numerous recognitions and awards.

At AYA, there are three main goals of the QAIS department.  The first goal is to instill Islamic faith and values in our students.  In doing so, we teach our students how to read, understand, and apply the Quran and Hadeeth to their lives. We also aim to develop the character of our students in becoming the best American Muslim model citizens of the 21st Century.

This 2019-2020 school year, Br. Feras will be the QAIS Department Coordinator.  He will lead, supervise, and support teachers in the review and implementation of the QAIS curriculum and assessment."

Ibrahim Demir

Student Advancement Director

Email: advancementdirector@ayatampa.com


Serves as the Student Advancement Director at American Youth Academy (AYA).
At AYA, he is responsible for advancing the mission of the school by coalescing the interest and support of the entire school community to promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the school. Mr. Demir develops alumni relations to promote support for the school and generate a culture of giving. He is in charge of developing the internship program, and he will also oversee a robust program of studies for university-track students in which they will earn college credits while maintaining a 4-year-high school program.

Mr. Demir is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Linguistics at the University of New Mexico, where his research focuses on the spatialization of Muslim-American college students' linguistic and cultural identities. He has published academic papers and given presentations at national and international conferences on the interplay of language, culture, and identity in and out of educational spaces. He has a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second and Foreign Languages from Northeastern Illinois University. He has taught at all levels from elementary to graduate courses at different institutions. He is the co-founder of Zahra Institute, a research center and graduate school for Critical Muslim Studies and Kurdish Studies.

Sr.Kariman Rahhal 

Arabic Coordinator Ext. 311

Email: krahhal@ayatampa.com


Administrative Support 

Sr. Eman Khalifeh 

Registrar & Marketing Director Ext. 259

Email: registrar@ayatampa.com

Email: marketingdirector@ayatampa.com


Br. Amjad Erzikat |

Technology Director Ext. 258

Email: itdirector@ayatampa.com




Sr. Sara Bassoumi 

Social Counselor. Ext. 216

Email: socialcounselor@ayatampa.com


 Sr. Amany Hasan

Academic Counselor. Ext. 216

Email: academicadviser@ayatampa.com




Office Staff

Sr. Gemma Linton 

Business Office Assistant Ext. 262



Sr. Nawaher Taha 

Administrative Assistant Ext. 215


Sr. Razaan Mohammad 

Receptionist Ext. 201

Email receptionist@ayatampa.com



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