Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Mrs. Nidhal Asker
Arabic Language Instructor
Nidhal Asker is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher with over thirty years of Arabic teaching experience, specializing in teaching Arabic to both native and non-native Arabic speakers. She received her Bachelor of Philosophy and Psychology from the Arab University of Beirut and was certified by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education to teach Arabic. Nidhal was the head of the Arabic Department at Cambridge School and Ibn Seena English High School in the UAE.  Her competence and diplomacy enabled her to successfuly be the school's liaison for various ministries and thier inspectors. In the United States, she has taught at Ben Franklin Academy and Georgia State University. Currently she also teaches at the The Carter Center for the Alif Institute.
Mrs. Abeer Shanti
Arabic Language Instructor
Mrs. Carla Bitar Issa
Arabic Language Instructor
Carla Bitar was born in Aleppo, Syria and moved to the United States in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. She was drawn to teach Arabic at Alif to maintain her connection to Arabic culture and to share her love for culture and community with others.
Mrs. Nuha Husain
Arabic Language Instructor
Nuha Husain has taught at Alif Institute for three years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics form Ramallah College of the Arts in Ramallah, West Bank. Nuha has taught in a variety of fields, including math, Arabic, and religion. She enjoys exploring new methods of teaching, such as those discussed in the advanced Arabic teacher trainings organized by Alif. In addition to teaching at Alif, Nuha is a substitute teacher at Al-Falah Academy. 
Mrs. Manal Farah
Arabic Language Instructor
Manal Farah came to live in the United States in 2013. She has nine years of Pre K English teaching experience in Damascus, Syria. Her passion is teaching second languages to children.
Dr. Rima Houssami
Arabic Language Instructor
Rima Houssami is a scientist by training and a community volunteer by personal choice.  She received her M.D. degree from Damascus University, Damascus, Syria, and her Ph.D. degree in Experimental Pathology from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She chose to delay her career in medical research and dedicate herself for her family and to her community. Her interest in her Arab heritage led to her involvement with several local and national, non-profit, Arab American organizations. Her volunteer service career spans more than 20 years with the following non-profit organizations: The Arab American Women’s Society of Georgia (board member and past-president); The Arab-American Fund of Georgia / Alif Institute (board member and past president); The National Arab American Medical Association (national board member and chapter president); The ArtReach Foundation (advisory board member). Through her involvement with the Alif Institute, she gained experience in managing small non-profit organizations, teaching the Arabic language, and educating about the Arab culture. Dr. Houssami is currently a part-time instructor of Arabic at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Suheil Sedran
Oud Instructor
Dr. David Marcus
Music Teacher
Dr. David Marcus plays the oud, piano, and accordion, and sings in Arabic. A fluent speaker of Arabic, with long experience studying, teaching, and performing in Egypt, "Ustaaz Dawoud" has given  concerts and lectures on Arabic music at Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter College, Athens Library, GCSU Milledgeville, and elsewhere, directing ensembles of singers, violin, flute, nay, oud, cello, riqq, doumbek, and accordion.  He has taught Arabic music - both singing and playing instruments - at the Alif Institute since 2012. 
Mr. Seri Haddad
Arabic Calligraphy Instructor
Mrs. Teresa Abboud ElRassi
Art Teacher
Teresa is an illustrator and 2D animator. She graduated from ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts) and grew up in Lebanon in an artistic environment filled with an atmosphere of integrity yet also disorder, as well as war and liberal spirit. Her esthetic choices stem directly from these surroundings which marked her childhood.She is now offering art classes at the Alif Institute, with a focus on the Arab culture and world. Teresa believes that by drawing and painting, we can both make the world a better place and take the mind to a peaceful state.
Mrs. Noura AlMasaeid Abouniaj
Arabic Language Instructor
Noura joined Alif in 2011 and has worked as an instructor for children and adults. She received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Albalqa’ Applied University in Salt, Jordan and worked at Bank of Jordan as credit loan Analyst for Four years. After Moving to the United States and raising a family her passion has become teaching the Arabic language and the Arab culture and she enjoyed it a lot.
Mrs. Kinda Hanano
Arabic Language Instructor
I'm a native speaker of the Arabic language, born and raised in Syria. I hold a Bachelor's degree in accounting  from the University of Aleppo. I moved to the states in 1992, And started teaching Arabic as a private tutor and classroom teacher in a private school here in Atlanta. The Arabic language is a very rich and beautiful language and I enjoy teaching it!
Mrs. Nelly Shalaby
Arabic Language Instructor
My name is Nelly Shalaby and I am Egyptian American. My husband and I have 3 beautiful children. I have been teaching for 14 years and teaching has always been my passion. I do believe in magic, because I see it every day. It's really magical to be able to take little hands, open little minds and touch little hearts. I earned my master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, U.K. in teaching ESL. I also studied and obtained my TAFL Certificate at the Centre Francais de Culture et de Cooperation Department D'Enseignement De L'Arabe Contemporain. However, the most important thing I've learned through the years is that a real teacher is the one who teaches from the heart, not from the book.