Salima Jan: Salima completed high school in Houston, Texas and her Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Houston. She has always enjoyed working with children. After undergrad, she decided to pursue teaching as a career. She completed her Teacher's certification from HISD (Houston Independent School District) and taught at the Ivy League Elementary School for 3 years. After moving to Birmingham in 2006, she learned about the Montessori philosophy and was extremely impressed by the hands-on learning experience. Salima went through her Montessori training from Columbus, Ohio in 2007-2008 and has been teaching at JBMA Upper Elementary for the past five years. Currently Salima is pursuing a Masters in Montessori Education from the St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul. Salima is also an educator for ITREB-USA for the past eight years and conducts teacher trainings and workshops for Ismaili Religious Education Centers in the Southeast region. In her leisure time, she enjoys painting, arts and craft, and listening to music. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, Suhanna, who is also a student in the JBMA toddler program.