Osman Khan has a wealth of experience in teaching and administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law and society from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University. From 2001-12, he taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts and Social Sciences at New Horizon Middle School in Pasadena, California. While at NHSP, his 2004 8th English class tested in the top 10 percent nationally and helped the school earn a Blue-Ribbon mark of distinction from the Department of Education, the first ever for an Islamic school the second being NHSP’s sister school New Horizon, Irvine in 2015. After over a decade at NHSP, he and his family moved to the Bay Area where from 2011-13 he served dual roles at Averroes High School in Fremont, California teaching English Language Arts while also serving as the Vice Principal; from 2014-15 he continued to serve dual roles at Granada Islamic High School where he was the Vice Principal as well as the 8th grade English Language Arts teacher. While at Granada, he was nominated by a Granada alumni and then current Averroes student as her favorite teacher. The nomination won regional awards and finished second nationally. For the last three years, 2015-18, he has served as the Dean of Students, Religious Studies, and Alumni Affairs as well as taught English Language Arts and Social Sciences at New Horizon, Irvine.
Dr. Lian Jeeawoody
Dr. Lian Jeeawoody is originally from Mauritius; she graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Montpellier, France and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Paris, France. Dr. Lian started her teaching career in Granada as an Upper Grades Science teacher in 1999. Her passion and contribution in helping students in science fair projects have resulted in two Teacher Recognition Awards, in 2005 and 2007, from the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association (Synopsys Championship). Dr. Lian holds a Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential and a Clear Administrative Services Credential. She is also a member of ACSA, ASCD, and ISTE.
Since 2008, Dr. Lian has served the Muslim community as Vice Principal of Granada. Having led several technology committees, Dr. Lian believes in the use of technology in classrooms to prepare students to master the Common Core Standards and the 21st Century skills. Outside of school, she enjoys beekeeping, reading, gardening and traveling with her family.
Vice Principal of Elementary
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Sr. Linda is in her 23rd year at Granada and has been a part of the MCA community since she embraced Islam, over 30 years ago. Linda’s background is Polish, German and Italian. Originally from Canada, Linda came to the Bay Area at a very young age. She has lived here ever since, except for one memorable year in Egypt. Prior to coming to Granada, Linda worked as a Safety Analyst in the corporate headquarters of a national trucking company. She was drawn to Granada because of its mission and the opportunity to work with Muslims for a cause she strongly supported. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration-Human Resource Concentration from San Jose State University and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from San Jose State University Professional Development. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Her hobbies include all kinds of textile, jewelry making, and papercrafts.
Director of Student Affairs
Chafik Ziadeh is a proud GIS Alum and since 2016 has been a full-time employee of the school. He graduated from San Jose State University with an International Business Degree and ironically has been serving the local Muslim community for over a decade. Chafik’s philosophy is to serve indefinitely at any capacity. His involvement ranges from leading youth groups to partaking in humanitarian aid efforts overseas. At Granada, He leads business development efforts, maintains donor relations, executes marketing campaigns, and reshapes school culture. With the ongoing growth of the school, Chafik’s objective is to strategize the school’s model of attaining funds outside of tuition. Aiming to move from a primarily donation-based platform to a revenue-generating/endowment style of fundraising.
Ismail returned to Granada as an Alumni in 2016. Ismail holds a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Health and Human Performance from Saint Mary's College of California. At Saint Mary's, Ismail played Division I soccer for four years, leading their nationally ranked program to Conference championships. Throughout his college playing career, Ismail received numerous awards and rankings as a top 10 player in the West Coast Conference. In 2015, he joined USL Professional soccer team Sacramento Republic FC and had a short stint with the club that unfortunately came to an early end following a sports injury. Transitioning to Granada, he worked to improve the overall quality of the PE and athletics department. In his fourth year at Granada, he created the first ever Granada High School Athletic Department, allowing teams to formally compete in the high school sports governing body, California Interscholastic Federation. The Athletic Department is in the process of becoming a full member athletic high school with sights on joining the Private School Athletic League and competing for years to come.