Ilm Academy Faculty

Ilm Academy’s faculty members, with qualifications from traditional Islamic institutions and modern Western universities, provide students a distinctive and integrated educational experience.


Mrs. Huma Bokharey – Principal / Administrator

Mrs. Bokharey brings over twenty-three years of distinguished educational expertise and experience to Ilm Academy. She has an MS in Administrative Sciences and over the course of her career her credentials have included the roles of both teacher and administrator in the Challenger School System. Additionally, she has held the position of Corporate Quality Assurance Manager for CA, NV, and UT Challenger Schools. Mrs. Bokharey has founded Ilm Academy and has served as its Principal since its inception. She is also the founder of Sapienza Educational Publishing, Ilm Academy’s publishing division established with the aim to produce Islamic school curriculum.

Ms. Irum Sarfaraz – Vice Principal

Ms. Sarfaraz is a veteran journalist with over twenty-five years of experience in the writing field. With an MS in English Literature, and writing diplomas, her published credentials include over two thousand bylines in magazines, newspapers, and blogs, and a poetry anthology and novel. Ms. Sarfaraz is seasoned in English and Urdu fiction and non-fiction writing, translations, and editing, and along with her administrative duties she overlooks Ilm Academy’s ELA program as Director of Language Arts, 8th Grade LA teacher, and School Publications Editor. Ms. Sarfaraz is the lead writer for Sapienza Educational Publishing, Ilm Academy’s publishing division dedicated to producing Islamic school curriculum.

Ms. Reshma Farooqui brings her 20 years of experience to Ilm Academy as a math and science instructor at the middle school and high school levels, and 7th grade homeroom teacher. She has a degree in science with a major in chemistry. Before joining Ilm Academy she held the role of the math and science department lead at a high school. In this role she successfully designed and implemented creative, student-centered, interdisciplinary curriculum, which included humanities and Islamic studies, in the Math and Science courses. As the department lead, she also successfully mentored and supported teachers within her department with developing and implementing interactive pedagogical strategies for student engagement in Math and Sciences including AP courses.

Ms. Vaid manages the office and office staff at Ilm Academy. With a BA in Commerce and multiple ECL Units from Ohlone College, she is among the pioneering staff/parents behind Ilm Academy since its inception. Ms. Vaid has seven years of experience in teaching, including teaching KG at Ilm Academy. Currently her responsibilities include assistance in administrative tasks, parent/office coordination, and other regulatory affairs.

Ms. Lambe has a BA in Economics and Politics and over ten years of experience in accounting. Additionally, she also has over two years of abacus teaching experience. Prior to joining Ilm Academy, Ms. Lambe worked at the American Heart Association accounts division. Besides overlooking the school’s accounts, she also assists Ms. Vaid with office affairs.

Associate Degree in Law, Ijaza in Quran according to Hafs Ibn Asim and Shu’bah recitation, 16 years teaching experience Arabic, Quran, Islamic Studies.

MA, Ph.D. Arabic Linguistics Studies.11 years teaching experience.

Pre-Hifz, BA English Literature, Alimah and Ijaajah in Quran, 05 years of teaching experience., MBA, Pursuing a Bachelor in Islamic law and Theology.

First Grade – B, Bcom and BA Education, 10 years teaching experience.

Second Grade, MA Fine Arts, 15 years of experience.

Third Grade, BE Electrical and Electronics, 11 years Healthcare Business Analyst in IBM.

Fourth Grade, BA Human Development and Childhood Studies, 12 years teaching experience.

Middle School Language Arts, Fifth Grade Homeroom, MA English Language and Literature, 8 years teaching experience.

Middle School Science, Sixth Grade Homeroom, BE Industrial Engineering, 5 years teaching experience.

Middle School Math and Science, Seventh Grade Homeroom, M.Sc Chemistry, 20 years teaching experience.

Middle School Math, Eighth Grade Homeroom.

PE Coach, BS in MIS, 15 years experience Business and Quality Management Analyst, 2 years teaching experience.

Middle School History, BA Economics, 4 years teaching experience.