Faculty

Faculty

Zohra Nasir

– M.Ed., Learning and Instruction, Vanderbilt University, USA
– B.A. (Honors), Humanities, LUMS

Zohra has worked with The Citizens Foundation to develop a curriculum for Early Years Education that adapts global best practices into the Pakistani context. Her work aims to build 21st century skills in primary-school students through joyful, play-based learning experiences. As part of the design, she has created over 100 original Urdu storybooks that reflect local children’s real experiences. Free play, hands-on thematic learning, and physical and emotional wellness activities have also been embedded into the school day. These changes re-visualize the conventional classroom, turning it from a teacher-led space focused on examination benchmarks to a student-led space focused on discovery, individuality, and well-being. She has also developed teacher and school leader training for effectively absorbing this mindset and implementing this content in under-resourced communities. The work is rooted in design thinking and created with the inclusive participation and understanding of stakeholders. It is being implemented in different ways throughout TCF’S network of 1500 schools in underserved communities across Pakistan.

Zohra is the Head of Teaching Practice in the B.Ed. program and also teaches foundational courses at the College.

Theresa Helke

– PhD, Philosophy, National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College
– B.A. (hons), Logic (major) and Government (minor), Smith College

Theresa holds a PhD in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College and a B.A.(Hons) in Logic from Smith College, Massachusetts, USA. Her last working experience was as a Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College and Smith College in their Philosophy Department. In the summer of 2021, Theresa travelled to Somaliland where she taught in Barwaaqo University’s B.Ed. degree program.

She has published in multiple journals – some of these relevant to the field of Education are, “Making philosophy-of-language classes relevant and inclusive”, Teaching Philosophy in 2022 and “Explicit inclusion of thinking skills in the learning of second languages”, Indonesian Journal of English Language Teaching in 2018.

Theresa will be teaching the Semester 4 “Teaching of Mathematics” course in the Spring 2022 term and Semester 7/8 Research courses thereafter.

Sayyeda Numrah Bokhari

– M.Phil., Teacher Education, University of Karachi
– B.Ed Honors (Gold Medalist), Elementary Teacher Education, University of Karachi
– Malala Fund Education Champion

Numrah started teaching out of school children as a hobby after her preliminary studies. During her bachelors studies, she was selected in the Global UGRAD- Pakistan scholarship and studied a semester from University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA. Over there, Numrah represented Pakistan being the cultural ambassador and participated in many community service projects. Upon her return, she worked on STEM projects and mindfulness. After graduating, she started working in a reputed school and conducted STEM activities and experiments for students in the Science Club. Her aim is to empower diverse learners to critically think, communicate and collaborate by creating a rich learning environment.

Numrah teaches science courses at the College.

Salma A. Alam

– Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching), National Institute of Education, Singapore
– M.Ed., International Education Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
– B.Sc. (High Honors), Engineering Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, USA.

Salma started her education career at the S.M.B. Fatima Jinnah government school in Karachi, where she volunteered with Zindagi Trust for 4 years. During this time, she supervised the primary mathematics program at the school and also led the writing, illustration and design of a Grade 1 Math textbook in collaboration with Oxford University Press and AKU-IED.

After graduating from Harvard University, Salma spent two years consulting with the World Bank where she developed and supervised a project for a Human Resource Management Information System for Sindh School Education Department employees and also provided technical advisory and operational support for the government’s communication unit.

In 2017, after returning from Singapore with a primary teaching qualification, Salma was appointed as the CEO of Durbeen. She spent the next 3 years laying the groundwork for a public-private partnership in the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad.

She currently retains this position and also teaches mathematics courses at the College.

Mirbaz Ali Khan

– M.Ed., Teacher Education, Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED)
– M. A. Urdu Literature, University of Karachi
– B.Ed. National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Karachi
– B.A Humanities, University of Karachi
– Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Olympia College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mirbaz Ali Khan has more than five years of experience in teaching English and Urdu courses. He has worked with Dr. Mirat al Fatima at AKU-IED as a teaching practicum mentor in one of her M.Ed. courses, “Learning Styles in English Language Teaching (LS in ELT)”. He has also been working with Aga Khan University Examination Board during their exam sessions. In AKU-IED, He also successfully completed Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation (AME) as a second specialization along with his M.Ed. course, where he studied Classroom Assessment, Test, Validity and Construction, and Program Evaluation in the Context.

After graduating from AKU-IED, His philosophy of teaching changed from Teacher-centered to Student-centered. He strongly believes in student-centered classroom where cooperative teaching and learning takes place and students can learn in a stress free and friendly environment.

He believes that learning starts from information then, it moves towards knowledge, finally it becomes wisdom. It is the teacher’s duty to help learners to get there. He wants his students to be skill full, lifelong learners, critical thinkers, positive change agents and good citizens as well as, good human beings.

Muhammad Umair Khan

– Ed.M., International Education Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
– B.S., Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan

Umair Khan graduated from NUST as a mechanical engineer in 2016, before turning to his real passion in life i.e., education. He started by founding a standardized test preparation firm at the end of the same year, through which he went on to help hundreds of prospective graduate students pursue their dreams of enrolling in top graduate programs worldwide. To further his study in the field of education, he went to the US as a Fulbright scholar in 2018 and graduated in May 2019 with a master’s degree in International Education Policy. Ever since, he has engaged in a variety of educational initiatives, from conducting training programs for teachers in underserved schools and designing play-based learning workshops for school-going children to teaching GRE preparation classes to prospective graduate students and mentoring graduate applicants.

Umair teaches mathematics courses at the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad.

Aun Ali

– M.A. Philosophy, King’s College London
– M.A. Global Diplomacy (ongoing), SOAS, University of London
– B.Sc. Economics and Finance, LSE, University of London

Aun Ali has dedicated his life to educating humanities. When he is not teaching in the classroom, he is writing and editing for philosophical and literary magazine and blogs. He is the chief editor of The Bard Review, the first socio-literary English magazine of Pakistan.

Aun began his teaching career early on- during his B.Sc. he was assigned the role of Teacher Assistant for various courses. After completing his B.Sc., he went to London to pursue his passion of studying philosophy. Aun strives to bring philosophy to life through his writings and teaching and this has become his life-long pursuit.

Aun teaches Foundation of Education at the College.

Huma Roshan

– M.A. TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in progress, University of British Columbia- Canada
– DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults), Cambridge Assessment English- United Kingdom
– M.Ed., University of Karachi
– B.Ed., Hamdard University

Huma is a trained, qualified, and enthusiastic teacher and a teacher trainer who has been teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) in multiple educational settings for over eight years. She has served in renowned educational institutions like Aga Khan University and Beaconhouse School Systems as a teacher and a teacher trainer. Her teaching philosophy is greatly influenced by the notion of ‘pragmatism in education’ introduced by the world-renowned philosopher, John Dewey. She believes that the purpose of education is to cultivate minds of our learners to be more thoughtful, critically reflective, and socially engaged rather than being passive recipients of knowledge. As a language teacher, she believes her core responsibility is to assist each learner in developing their own potential and learning styles. She intends to present the curriculum in such a way that incorporates hands-on learning, collaborative learning projects, and individual work that engage and activate students learning and make learners reach to their maximum potential.

Zenab Moiz

– M.Ed., Australian Catholic University
– M.A., General History, Federal Urdu University
– B. Ed., University of Karachi

Zenab has more than ten years of experience, working as a school leader, professional development facilitator and students counselor. She brings with her vast experience of developing and implementing integrated curriculum. She has taken strong initiatives in introducing independent, research-based project learning in a number of organizations that she has worked with.

She has worked as a practicum mentor at Notre Dame Institute of Education and has been involved in training teachers to bring a change in their classrooms. She has conducted number of educational researches as well as professional training for teachers at multiple forums. Zenab is ambitious about training prospective Pakistani teachers and believes that training should aim to transform student-teachers beliefs, and enable them to use their resources effectively.

Zenab teaches Social Studies courses at the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad.

Saima Imran

– M.Ed., Dadabhoy Institute for Higher Education
– B.Ed. (Gold Medalist), Hamdard University
– CAIE Diploma in teaching with Digital Technologies
– Certificate in Professional Education- CPED (UK affiliated)

Saima is concurrently the Director of training and curriculum at TEACH Learning Dimension, where she has designed curriculum for primary years, using Project-based learning, STEAM and Robotics. She brings 20 years of experience in training and teaching with technology at notable organizations such as the Beaconhouse School System, The City School and The Citizens Foundation. Being a passionate educator, she has also written books for OUP and has developed and conducted CPD programs for educators and school management teams. She is also a Youtuber, where she creates original content to develop the viewer’s language proficiency.

Saima teaches educational technology courses at the College.

Nighat Shaheen

– M.A., University of Karachi
– M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling, Education College
– B.Ed., Education College
– B.A., Govt. College for Women

Nighat holds a Masters in Urdu literature from Karachi University, as well as an M.Ed. and B.Ed. from the Government College of Education, F. B. Area.Nighat’s last working experience was as an O-levels Urdu Teacher at the Beaconhouse School System PECHS College Campus. Prior to that she worked as an Assistant Manager Curriculum for Urdu & Islamiyat at Beaconhouse from 2008- 2019. Nighat has considerable experience in working with teachers to support them through model and peer teaching, lesson observations, feedback on assessments/ exam papers and focused group discussions.

Nighat will be teaching the Semester 4 “Teaching of Urdu” course at GECE in the Spring 2022 term.

Nausheen Farrukh

– MPhil, University of Karachi, Karachi (ongoing)
– Post Magistral Diploma In Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi
– Bachelors of Humanities, St.Joseph’s College for Women, Karachi.

Nausheen is a Clinical Psychologist by profession and is awaiting completion of her MPhil degree this year from the University of Karachi. Her career spans over nineteen years in the field of mental health, where she has been actively working with individuals, academic institutions and other organizations. Nausheen has expertise in conducting diagnostic evaluations, therapy sessions, hands-on training and awareness sessions for diverse audiences. She is currently visiting faculty at the Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahria University, where she teaches ‘Educational Psychology’ and ‘Psychology of Special children’.

Nausheen will be teaching the Semester 6 “Guidance and Counseling” course at GECE in the Spring 2022 term.

Anum Kheraj

– M.Phil., Education, Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development
– B.Ed., Notre Dame Institute of Education
– B.Sc., Physiology and Statistics, University of Karachi

Anum’s passion to teach is rooted in her voluntary work for community engagement, where she served in diverse teaching and educational leadership roles. Her teaching experience includes her service to different institutions over the past 5 years in a professional capacity, and the past 10 years in a voluntary capacity at the community level.

Most recently, Anum was working with the Aga Khan Education Services, Pakistan, as an Academic Coordinator and later as a Head Teacher. In these roles, she was involved in planning, managing, and evaluating curriculum design and its implementation, facilitating teacher professional development and engaging parents and other key stakeholders to support learning for their children. She also participated in research-related activities during this period.

Anum teaches Assessment Courses at the College.

Ahmereen Rasheed

– M.Ed., University of Karachi
– B.Ed., Federal Urdu University
– M.A., International Relations, University of Karachi
– Early Childhood Education Certification (ECE) from Teachers’ Resource Centre, Karachi
– Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning (CICTL) from CAIE, United Kingdom

Ahmereen has more than ten years of experience working in the field of education. She has worked with various renowned national and international schools. During her tenure, she has worked as a teachers’ trainer, subject specialist, and primary school teacher.

Ahmereen is innovative in her teaching practice and promotes inclusion in classrooms by incorporating themes such as global citizenship, conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice, sustainable development, and social values.

Ahmereen teaches English Teaching Methods courses at the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad.

Aisha Ahmed

– M.Phil., Education (in progress), Iqra University
– B.Ed., Allama Iqbal University
– M.B.A., Institute of Business Management

Aisha has been working in the capacity of team leader and instructor of English language to different grade levels both in Pakistan and abroad for almost a decade. She has also served as visiting faculty at the Institute of Business Management and Al-Sharq College for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. Aisha has conducted workshops on English teaching strategies at different levels to train teachers to adapt activities, create materials and develop feedback techniques. She has also developed Teacher Resource Books and has reviewed book plans and sample units for a renowned publication house.

She teaches General Teaching Methods courses at the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad.

Syeda Ailya Zehra

– M. Phil. (in progress), Teacher Education, University of Karachi
– B.Ed Honors, Teacher Education, University of Karachi
– M.A. Economics, University of Karachi
– B. Com, University of Karachi

Syeda Ailya Zehra has been associated with the education field for more than twelve years. She has worked with well-reputed educational institutions of Karachi, such as St. Michael’s Convent School, British International School, and the Department of Teacher Education, University of Karachi. During her career, she has served as an elementary teacher, academic coordinator, teacher educator, and practicum mentor.

She aims at providing adequate emotional support alongside instructional support and classroom autonomy to learners. Her teaching philosophy is to create a classroom environment that not only caters to individual learning needs but also helps them become intrinsically motivated, independent learners.

Ailya teaches English Communication at the College.

Diana Francis

– Ph.D. Education (ongoing), Institute of Business Management
– MPhil Education, Iqra University
– M. Ed. (Teacher Education-Teaching of Social Studies and English), Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development AKUIED

An impassioned educationist at heart, Diana has fulfilled a plethora of roles in the academic field: From last 34 years she has been engaged in the field of Education in various capacities ranging from primary teacher, senior instructor, researcher, academic coordinator, Manager of Training, Vice-Principal and a Professional Development Manager.

Holding a Masters degree in Philosophy from IORA University and a Master’s degree in Education from the Aga Khan University Karachi, Diana Francis started her teaching career in 1985 and served at many renowned schools and organizations such as Francis Xavier’s School, St. Lawrence Boys School, Education Trust Nasra School, the Aga Khan Education Services, Citizen’s Foundations and Vali Mohammad Institute of Education.

As a teacher educator, she has trained teachers and heads all over Pakistan and created a culture of monitoring and evaluation- all leading to an improved body of staff at Schools. Furthermore, she comes with rich experience of teaching courses catering to learning about children and understanding them in order to become effective teachers to MA Early Childhood and Care Education teacher students. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. degree from IoBM Karachi.

She is teaching Child Development and Educational Psychology at the Government Elementary College of Education.

Saadia Murtaza

– M.Ed., University of Karachi
– B.Ed., University of Karachi
– B.Sc., Biochemistry, Khatoon-e-Pakistan College

Saadia has been working in the field of teaching for about 20 years. She has served as a Master Trainer for different in- service teacher training programs at the elementary level and has also worked as a paper setter and grader for B.Ed. examinations.

She teaches Islamic Studies courses at the Government Elementary College of Education Hussainabad.