4350 N Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34234
Call: 941 343-3028
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Our Staff

Mohamed Benkhaled

Mohamed Benkhaled is the Director of Nur Academy and the Imam of the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton (ISSB). He was born in Morocco and is trilingual, speaking Arabic, French, and English fluently. Imam Mohamed has a PhD in Education and has more than 10 years of experience teaching Arabic, Quran and Islamic Studies.

Mucahit Kocak

Mucahit Kocak is a homeroom teacher at Nur Academy. He grew up in Turkey and earned his BS in Elementary Teaching at Selcuk University. Dr. Mucahit received his MA in Special Education from the University of Texas San Antonio. In 2016, he earned his PhD from USF in the field of Special Education and studied minority students and middle to high school transition. He has worked in the USF David C. Anchin Research Center as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and has been teaching Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts at Nur Academy for the past four years.

Linda Ayad

Linda Ayad teaches Early Elementary at Nur Academy. She has a MA from Michigan State University in ESOL and a MS from Nova Southeastern University in Early Literacy. Sister Ayad was an ESOL Teacher as well as the Director of an English school during her career in education. She taught early elementary in Sarasota County public schools for 13 years. Sr. Linda raised her four children in Sarasota. She and her husband were among the founders of ISSB and is excited for the future of Nur Academy.

Amel Abosamek

Amel Abosamek is a homeroom teacher at Nur Academy. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt and earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from Alexandria University. Sister Amel has completed several professional development and educator training programs. She has 17 years of experience teaching Math and Science for all levels up to 8th grade.

Dina Gadelhaq

Dina Gadelhaq teaches Quran at Nur Academy. She was born and raised in Egypt and earned her BS in Accounting from Cairo University. She is a certified Nuraniyah teacher and has taught Quran and Arabic at Nur Academy for the past 4 years. Dina’s favorite quote is “teach your kids Quran and Quran will teach them everything.”

Habiba El Idrissi

Habiba El Idrissi teaches Arabic at Nur Academy. She was born in Morocco and speaks Arabic, English and French fluently. Habiba holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and is a certified Nuraniyah teacher. Sister Habiba has over 10 years of experience teaching Islamic Sunday school and 4 years of experience teaching at Nur Academy. Habiba says “Teaching Arabic has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding things I do in my life,” and hopes to instill passion for the language in her students’ hearts.

Classes Offered

Nur Academy offers a rigorous core curriculum along with our intensive Islamic education. Following Sunshine State Standards, Nur Academy provides daily instruction in English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math. Specialized classes include Physical Education (PE), Art, Technology, and Robotics.

Nur Academy boasts an impressive Islamic education program. Our well-qualified teachers are native Arabic speakers and use the Nuraniyah curriculum for Arabic and Quran classes. Through daily classes, our goal is to promote speaking, reading and writing in Arabic with confidence and reciting Quran with Tajweed. Additionally, our Islamic Studies class provides a history of Islam for students.

Uniform requirements


White or blue collared or button-down shirt
Dark blue, white or khaki jumper/dress
Dark blue, white or khaki pants
Dark blue or white tights/leggings
Close-toe shoes


White, light blue or dark blue collared or button-down shirt
Dark blue or khaki pants
Dark blue or khaki shorts
Close-toe shoes

Each Wednesday, students are encouraged to dress casually. Uniforms are required every other day of the week. Students may not wear inappropriate or offensive clothing.
4350 N Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 343-3028
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