Dr. Deena Amiry earned her B.S. from Georgetown University with a certificate in education and a medal for outstanding achievement in student teaching. She earned her Masters’ degree from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Romance Languages, where she served as a lecturer of French language and literature. Dr. Amiry worked in several private schools in the United States, including the prestigious Dalton School in New York City. At Dalton, alongside teaching responsibilities, Dr. Amiry served as Dean of the 9th grade and department chair of middle and high school foreign languages.
In Egypt, Dr. Deena Amiry co-founded and headed the International School of Egypt in New Cairo in 2009. In 2012, Dr. Deena moved on and founded the Young Scholars of Egypt (YSE) microschool, an educational program for children ages 3-18 that aims to provide students with an education that prepares them for the 21st century. In 2019, alongside ACT’s founding team, Dr. Deena brought YSE under ACT’s umbrella to create a network of connected microschools.
Ms. Oyindamola Salami, M.A.T.
Master Educator, ACT Microschools Director
Ms. Oyindamola A. Salami is an educator who has been co-running a microschool in Cairo, Egypt since 2012. She began her career in education over ten years ago at Trinity Episcopal School (TES) under the tutelage of a master teacher of progressive, personalized education strategies. While teaching at TES, she completed her MA in Teaching at Queens University of Charlotte. She then moved to Cairo, Egypt where she eventually took on the role of Founding head of Elementary at Young Scholars of Egypt (YSE), a microschool in New Cairo. At YSE, she helped develop and implement a curriculum that, at its core, puts children first, and helped establish mixed grade level classrooms where students are encouraged to take ownership of their classroom and the learning that takes place. After experiencing the exciting results of this approach, Oyindamola decided that it was time to share this model with other countries on the continent through ACT Microschools.
Dr. Aly Abdel Azim
Master Educator, Arabic Language
Dr. Aly Abdelazim earned his Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Al Azhar University, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Dr. Aly began his teaching career in international schools in Cairo in 2004, teaching Islamic Religion and Arabic language. For the past 8 years, Dr. Aly has been a founding member of Young Scholars of Egypt, an alternative microschool program in New Cairo. During his tenure at YSE, Dr. Aly co-authored an early reading program meant to help KG and early elementary students gain confidence in their reading abilities. Dr. Aly runs readers’ and writers’ workshops for his students in Arabic, as well as “book buddies,” a program in which older students read to their younger peers. Dr. Aly is most importantly the proud father of four children who all attend YSE and who have benefited from his extensive experience and expertise.
Ms. Radwa Noureldin
Literacy Teacher & Course Instructor
Ms.Radwa Noureldin is a dedicated educator with experience instructing pupils of varying ages. She has been in the education field for more than 9 years and has a passion for teaching and languages. After graduating from Cairo University with Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication, Ms. Radwa decided to use what she learned about communication to teach English to different age groups. To further enrich her teaching skills, she earned her TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification at the International TEFL and TESOL Training Institute, which allowed her to gain experience teaching English to various ELL (English Language Learner) students. She has worked in different international schools in Egypt as a KG and Lower Elementary teacher. Ms. Radwa Loves reading novels, going for walks, and she enjoys her time making arts and crafts with her 5-year-old daughter, Maria.
Ms. Ghadeer El-Hussien
Course Instructor and Tutor
Ms. Ghadeer "Deero" El-Hussien is a dedicated instructor/tutor with four years of experience in education. Ms. Deero obtained her BA from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. She worked in the corporate setting for more than seven years before deciding to switch to working in education. To prepare her to be an effective instructor, Ms. Deero has taken many courses, and earned various certifications, including a Montessori certification and the SENCO, Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Certification from the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and The British college of Egypt (BUE). She has worked with students in different subjects with a variance of special needs, supporting their learning so they can be successful in the classroom. When she's not teaching, you can find Ms. Deero practicing Acro yoga and traveling. She is also an animal lover and enjoys spending time with her dog, Ziggy.
Ms. Reham Saber
Course Instructor and Tutor
This is Ms. Reham Saber's fourth year working with Elementary and Secondary aged students in Math. She previously worked in the treasury department of the Emirates National Bank of Dubai for a year before making the switch to education, a field she believed could help her better serve her community. Ms. Reham holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Arab Academy for Science and Technology. Her intimate understanding of numbers and how they work and her drive to passionately serve the children put in her charge, makes her an undeniable asset to our team. Aside from helping students grasp new mathematical concepts, Ms. Reham also enjoys traveling, surfing, and designing jewelry.
Ms. Hoda Khaled
Ms. Hoda has more than 5 years of general teaching experience. She has worked with students learning with different curricula, gaining a wealth of knowledge while earning different certifications to support her teaching. Ms. Hoda is a holder of the SENCO diploma, a certification that has helped her in working with all sorts of students, and equipped her with the ability to meet each student's special educational needs. She graduated with a BA in the Applied Arts, a degree that optimizes her teaching using different techniques.
When she's not working to help students reach their potential, Ms. Hoda enjoys exercising and handicrafts such as sewing, embroidery, and macrame.