GRANADA ISLAMIC SCHOOL
Head of School - Elementary School
Nesreen Janbaih began her administrative career as the GIS Elementary School Director in July, 2019. Prior to joining the administration team, Mrs. Nesreen taught lower grades for 11 years. She originally hailed from Michigan where she completed her undergraduate education with a BA in Arts at the University of Michigan. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Mary Grove College. She has Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential for k-8 and Single Subject Credential in math.
She believes that building connections with the students and families is the bridge to fostering effective life time education and personal growth. In addition, she recognizes that a genuine teacher is one that is attune to the students’ needs and creates opportunities to meet them. Her passion is developing positive relationships with students and staff, empowering them to realize their greatest potential. Mrs. Nesreen is eager to work as your partner in education to ensure the success of your child at all levels.
Head of School - Middle School & High School
Bio coming soon...
Director of Operatings
Ameerah Ali has been a part of the Granada Family for 9 years as a parent, 2 years as a PTO volunteer and 6 years as a staff member. Having been born and raised in the heart of San Francisco, she proudly calls the Bay Area her home. She has worked with youth in various capacities for the past 24 years, from education to advocacy and mentorship. After graduating from UC Dan Diego with a BS. in Developmental Psychology and Education, she became the Director of the Aim High Summer Program; Visitacion Valley Campus, where she co-managed the day to day operations of a program that served 250 inner city youth and 40 staff members. Ameerah then went to work with Mercy Housing California, coordinating low income families in San Francisco with resources to mental health, rental assistance, and youth support programs. Prior to joining the Granada Team, Ameerah worked with The Clorox Company, where she was part of a Creative Design Team that researched the psychology behind consumer purchases and use to help enhance the products. Ameerah uses her multitude of professional experiences from both the non-profit and corporate worlds, to serve the Granada Community everyday. Personally, she loves to travel and spend time outdoors with her family and friends.
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 Athletics
Director of Marketing & Media
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.