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Principal – Omar Qureshi

In 2012, Omar Qureshi was appointed the position of principal of IFS. Omar joined Islamic Foundation School as the Dean of Academics in 2010. After obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Microbiology, he went on to complete his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education both from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Omar is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies: Philosophy of Education at Loyola University Chicago. His areas of concentration are Comparative Education and Philosophy of Education. Omar has also served on Illinois State Board of Education School Recognition Teams and evaluated other schools in Illinois.

Omar has taught in various academic settings including Manarat al-Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Universal School, Morgan Park Academy, an independent school in Chicago, IL. He served as an adjunct professor in St. Xavier University and North Park University teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Over his 15 years in education, he has taught AP Chemistry, Honors Biology, Physics and has also taught Arabic and Islamic Studies. Additionally, he has developed curriculum and taught courses for teachers in the Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP) in conjunction with the University of Toronto.

Omar’s aim is to bring a strong academic program focused on college readiness and quality instruction. This is achieved by providing an education environment that cultivates the religious and intellectual virtues, and the development of a strong curriculum that is grounded in the Islamic worldview. His focus as a principal is providing students an education environment that cultivates the religious and intellectual virtues, and the development of a strong curriculum that is grounded in the Islamic worldview. In terms of curriculum, Omar has introduced the Understanding by Design curriculum framework that emphasizes critical thinking and well designed lessons, and a robust teacher evaluation program that provides constant feedback to teachers providing them the support they need to continue to grow professionally. In his spare time, he also teaches courses on Islamic Theology and Islamic Law.

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