Our Staff

Head of Department

Yunus Monahan

Curriculum and Instruction Lead

Yunus graduated with a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the Queen’s University of Belfast and upon graduation, he travelled to the Middle East to study Arabic language and culture. He then moved to UK and obtained a PGDE from Bolton University in 2011, and a year later, became a qualified teacher. He has taught English to a number of adults and young students. He also spent two years working with an educational charity focusing on character education for young British Muslims. He now lives with his family on a farm in rural Ireland.

Rabab Ashraf

Arabic Language Teacher

Ustadha Rabab is from cosmopolitan Cairo and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Arabic Language. She has been teaching immersion Arabic Language to non-native speakers for over 5 years.

Key Staff Members

Aya Najeh, Arabic Teacher
Aya Najeh was born in Egypt, and now lives in Turkey. She graduated from the Faculty of Dar Al Uloom, Cairo University, with a BA in Arabic Language, Literature and Islamic Sciences. She has a Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic to non native Speakers, from the College of Graduate Studies of Education. To Bayaan’s Arabic classes, Ustadha Aya brings her rich five years’ experience of teaching the Holy Quran and the Arabic language to Arabs and non-Arabs.
Hanan Mahmood, Science Teacher
Hanan grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and has a doctorate in Biology. She has experience in teaching and mentoring high school students as well as graduate students. She likes to encourage young students to take up science as a career and mentor them to hone their critical thinking abilities while pursuing science.
Rabab Ashraf, Arabic Language Teacher
Ustadha Rabab is from cosmopolitan Cairo and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Arabic Language. She has been teaching immersion Arabic Language to non-native speakers for over 5 years.
Bilal Ahmed, Civics Teacher
Bilal was born and raised in the great state of Ohio. After graduating from highschool, he attended The Ohio State University where he double majored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Upon completing undergraduate degrees, he studied overseas for four-and-a-half years. He was blessed with the opportunity to study in Jordan, Egypt, and Malaysia. While in Malaysia, he completed his masters degree in Islamic jurisprudence. Currently, he is a first-year law student in Ohio.
Hatice Koydengoctu, Math Teacher
Hatice is a qualified math teacher, teaching middle and high school levels for more than ten years. She earned her Masters in math education in New York. She worked for several years in NY at a private school, then moved to Turkey. She has been working with international schools since then. She creates an environment to promote students’ critical thinking skills and utilize differentiation, encouraging students during the learning process.