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Palliser School Division is pleased to announce that Noreen Bashir has accepted the Vice-Principal position at Omar Bin Al-Khattab Campus.

Noreen brings 22 years of experience to her role. She began her career at the Edmonton Islamic Academy in 1998, where she taught grades 1, 2, and 3, and also served as principal. Following that, she expanded her teaching experience by teaching overseas in the Middle East. In 2015, after moving back to Canada, Noreen taught Kindergarten at Omar Bin-Kattab. She has since taught grade 9, homeroom, coached the girls’ basketball team, been a member of the professional development team and also served as a learning support teacher.

Noreen holds as a Masters degree in Educational Studies from the University of Alberta and was also a semifinalist for the Excellence in Teaching Awards Program for the province of Alberta.

As a Muslim Canadian, Noreen is extremely proud to be given the opportunity to serve her community. “I believe our future generations need strong leadership to guide and nurture their dreams,” says Noreen. “This experience will help me continue to grow professionally and spiritually. I believe that ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ I have already taken the first few steps and hope to continue stepping forward in that journey.”

Noreen and her partner have a four year-old daughter. In her spare time, Noreen enjoys staying healthy and working out. She has studied and practiced Taekwondo and competed in local Edmonton tournaments, obtaining 6 medals. Her martial arts training also includes American style boxing and kickboxing. She has travelled twice to Thailand and trained in Muay Thai kickboxing.

Noreen’s diverse skills and interests will unquestionably make her an excellent addition to the division’s team. Congratulations Noreen!