"True leaders are not those who strive to be first but those who are first to strive and who give their all for the success of the team. True leaders are first to see the need, envision the plan and empower the team for action. By the strength of the leader’s commitment, the power of the team is unleashed" (anonymous). Wanis Shalaby has been an educator for more than twenty years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Alexandria and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee.
Mr. Shalaby has taught at a variety of schools including, Egyptian, Irish, French, and American. He was the principal of Annoor Academy of Knoxville, Tennessee for the duration of years 2002 to 2006. He then moved back to the greater Chicago land area to serve as an Assistant Principal at IFS. His philosophy of education is to create a threat-free environment that nurtures the education of the whole person. His interests involve reading, jogging, and dialoging. Mr. Shalaby served as a mentor for international students interested in private education at the University of Tennessee.
Assistant Principal & Student Council Advisor
Mr. David Clarke graduated from UWM with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in 1992. He earned his Master’s degree in History in 2009. He has received the Herb Kohl Fellowship Foundation award for Educational Excellence in 2005 and MSOE’s VIP for Educational Excellence in 2014. Mr. Clarke has been teaching since 1992 and AP classes since 2000.
He was born in Milwaukee and has lived here all his life. Mr. Clarke loves hockey, pizza and brownies. Mr. Clarke visited Thailand twice and stopped in Japan during an earthquake!! He is a big Star Wars fan and has even met the original Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca. His favorite movie is Casablanca.
Mr. Clarke has an ‘e’ at the end of his name which is silent. The history to that comes from the time in the 1800s when the English occupied Ireland and oppressed the Irish very badly. Many Irish died at that time during the Irish Potato famine. So the Irish people wanted to set themselves apart, even with their names. The term comes from the Latin word “clericus” meaning someone who is well educated or may be a teacher.
Mr. Clarke is married and has two children, one in college and one in high school
Purchasing and Inventory Controller
Shahbaz Asif Tahir is the purchasing and inventory controller at Salam School. He has been in the business related field for over 24 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids. He returned to Pakistan and worked for Unilever Pakistan as an assistant buyer. He then returned to the US and completed his Master’s Degree in Management and Marketing from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. Additionally, he was employed by GE Medical Systems as a purchasing manager. He joined Salam School in August of 2003 as a member of the administrative staff, and is presently the Purchasing and Inventory Controller.
Shahbaz is married and has two daughters.
Sandra Mayfield has been the Business Manager for Salam School since June 2000. She graduated from Rufus King High School, and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch College (now Cardinal Stritch University). Prior to coming to Salam School, she was a Music and Computer Teacher at St. Leo Catholic Urban Academy, a Paraprofessional and Substitute Teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools.
She also worked for various community organizations and small businesses as Secretary, Office Manager, Bookkeeper/ Accountant, and once had her own home-based business. Ms. Mayfield is a passionate lifelong learner, and feels that this makes her a passionate teacher in whatever she chooses to learn and teach. She is very active in her church, where she is the Music Minister and Sunday School teacher.
In her spare time, Ms. Mayfield loves to read, watch and collect classic (vintage) movies, travel (via automobile) to Music Education workshops/seminars, sing, play piano and teach voice. She also loves to crochet, and feels blessed to be able to spend time with her immediate family – which includes her parents, five sisters, two brothers-in-law, three nephews, two nieces, one great nephew and one great niece. The greatest thing you will ever learn…is just to love and be loved in return… Eden Ahbez
Mr. Forecki comes to Salam School with extensive experience as a teacher and Guidance Counselor . He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from UWM and graduate math credits from Marquette. He retired from Rufus King High School in 2009 after 39 years, where he taught math for 22 years. Prior to his retirement, he was Guidance Director. He has taught Math at the college level at Alverno, UWM, and MATC. He began his tenure at Salam in the Fall of 2009.
For him there is no job more important than teaching. His favorite quote is, “ The world seldom notices who the teachers are: but civilization depends on what they say and what they do.” He says he is enjoying his time at Salam , and takes pride in watching Salam Middle & High School evolve into not only a community school but also a school of academic excellence.
Naila Khreis is the Administrative Assistant at Salam Middle High School. She has been working in the business related field for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1984. She joined Salam School in August of 2011 at the elementary school and moved to the middle high school in 2014.
Ream Bahhur has been with Salam School since 2003. She graduated from Birzeit University (Palestine) with an engineering degree, then after working at Salam, decided to obtain a master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Educational Leadership. Currently, she is teaching in the math department at the MHS in addition to being the middle school unit leader at that location.
Social Studies Teacher
Mrs. Valerie Douglas graduated in 2011 from Carthage College with a baccalaureate degree in History and Broadfield Social Studies and Wisconsin certification to teach both at the secondary level. Ms. Valerie is a lifelong learner that has attended numerous professional development opportunities focused on integrating technology in the classroom and helping students improve their reading, vocabulary, and social-emotional skills. In 2014, she added At-Risk certification to her teaching license as a way to show her capacity for reaching and teaching every child. Ohio will always be home to Ms. Valerie despite having lived in Wisconsin for the last 25 years. Truly she is at home anywhere she can be exploring nature or learning about the world and all of its wonders, preferably barefoot and with good company like her husband, Paul, and their 15 year old son, Eli.
Guidance Counselor / Assistant Principal
Zehra Tahir received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Bombay, India, with specialization in Textiles and Clothing. She is a Wisconsin licensed K-12 school counselor, and received a Master of Science in Education degree in School Counseling from Concordia University of Wisconsin in 2010. Zehra received a second Master of Science in Education degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University of Wisconsin in May 2013. Zehra Tahir is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Wisconsin Schools of Character, and is a strong advocate of shaping lives through character, and integrating Character Education into schools. She is also a Board member of Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC), and a former two-term board member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee (ISM) Executive Board. Zehra envisions Salam School as a model for the nation, where students not only graduate as academic achievers, but also as strong Muslims and beacons of good moral values and excellent character.
Teacher: Physical Education
David Petrick has taught Physical Education at Salam School for the past five years, and is the head coach of the award-winning Salam Stars basketball club. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where he also ran track.
Hailing from Kewaunee, WI, where he received all-conference honors in basketball and football (as a wide receiver), and was a two-time state entry in track and field (where he ran the 200 and 400 meters, anchored the mile relay team, and also participated in long jump.) As head coach of the Salam Stars basketball team he has seen the program go from its humble beginnings when the school had no gym floor, to earning conference championships two of the last three years and earning many tournament invitations, including tournaments at Holy Wisdom Academy, the South Milwaukee Shoot-Out, and two trips to the prestigious Padre Serra, an elite tournament for private and parochial schools in the greater Milwaukee area.
In addition to his coaching and teaching duties, Mr. Petrick has tutored in math and serves as the health teacher for the upper grades. Mr. Petrick also serves as the Athletic Director for the Islamic Society of Milwaukee where he oversees the recreational programs and annual Fall Fun run. Mr. Petrick resides in Shorewood with his wife, Emily, and two daughters, Lucy and Lily.
Teacher: Physical Education
Mrs. Lorri Adriano-Amin currently teaches several high school level medical science classes: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Health/1stAid, and Nutrition, and 6th-11th grade girls PE. She also assists or coaches competitive teams.
Her first commitment as an educator is to give quality instruction in the medical sciences, inspiring her students to successfully prepare themselves for a career in the healthcare/medical fields.
She graduated from the Milwaukee County Medical Complex School of Nursing in 1987, obtained her licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.), and practiced in a local facility, but found her true passion teaching here at Salam School, sharing her love of Islam, medical knowledge and dedication to clean, excellent living.
She enjoys cross country, playing volleyball, gardening, reading, and being a proud mom to six amazing children who have all attended Salam School. Mrs. Adriano-Amin has been an educator and active parent in Salam School since 1993.