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 – Head of School / Administrator

Mrs. Bokharey brings over 25 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 – Elementary / Middle School Principal

Ms. Sarfaraz is a veteran journalist with over 25 years of experience in the writing field. With an MA 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. Sarfaraz has been with Ilm Academy for 6 years.

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 9th 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. 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. She overlooks the schools accounts at Ilm Academy. Ms. Lambe has been with Ilm Academy for 5 years.

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.

Ms. Tarannum Saeed – Kindergarten

BA Education, ECE Certification.

BCom, MBA, 1 year with Ilm Academy.

MA Fine Arts. 10 years of school experience, 2 years with Ilm Academy.

BSc. Computer Science.

BSc Com. Science, Chemistry, 1 year  teaching experience with Ilm Academy.

BA Human Development and Childhood Studies, 2 years with Ilm Academy.

Ms. Mahwash Riaz has an MS in electrical and computer systems from San Francisco State University. Experience working in software industry and teaching at an engineering college.

MA English Language and Literature, 5 years with Ilm Academy.

BE Industrial Engineering, 4 years with Ilm Academy.

BS Information Technology

BSc Chemistry, 20 years teaching experience.

BS in MIS, 2  years with Ilm Academy.