A Note From the Dean:
Assalamu Aleikum dear parents,
My name is Jamil Anouti and it is my pleasure and privilege to serve as the new Dean of Students for Arizona Cultural Academy.
The Dean of Students Office is responsible for the success of your children within ACA. We are tasked with creating a culture of trust, honesty and mutual respect among students and teachers. By placing your children in a private Islamic school, I recognize that you are investing deeply in the development of their academic and spiritual growth. As such, I wanted to write an open letter stating my philosophy on how I intend to approach this role.
I will treat your children as I would my own, and make their academic, physical, emotional and spiritual health my number one priority. I will do my best to be as transparent as I can with my actions and decisions throughout my tenure at ACA and will send regular updates and hold open sessions with our diverse and skilled community. I hope you will feel encouraged to voice your feedback and join me as we strive to create a school and culture that enables the children within it to succeed.
I have identified six core values and objectives that will become the organizing principles for our upcoming school year:
Character - Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character - John Wooden
Objective: To create a community of trust, respect, responsibility, fairness, and care.
Prophetic Love - “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
Objective: To help our students find a deeper spiritual connection and meaning, while maintaining a balance on their identity as realized through the love of God and His Messenger (PBUH)
Teamwork - If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. - African Proverb
Objective: To help each other succeed.
Prudence | Hikma (In Arabic) - Prudence is foresight and farsightedness. It's the ability to make immediate decisions on the basis of their longer-range effects. - Proverb
Objective: To exercise good judgement and common sense.
Love of Learning - Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin
Objective: To celebrate curiosity and encourage education.
Community Identity - Community cannot long feed on itself, it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond: their unknown and undiscovered sisters and brothers. - Proverb
Objective: To extend our purpose beyond the classroom and instill in our students a sense of responsibility as Muslim-Americans.
I welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss with you the roles and responsibilities of my new role and plans for the upcoming school year.
ACA Dean of Students