School Administration

The GIS administration team is led by the principal Osman Khan who who duly reports to the seven-member School Board of elected and appointed community members. The School Board turns in reports to the Executive Board, the elected governing board of the MCA.


 

Osman Khan

Osman Khan has a wealth of experience in teaching and administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law and society from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University. From 2001-12, he taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts and Social Sciences at New Horizon Middle School in Pasadena, California. While at NHSP, his 2004 8th English class tested in the top 10 percent nationally and helped the school earn a Blue-Ribbon mark of distinction from the Department of Education, the first ever for an Islamic school the second being NHSP’s sister school New Horizon, Irvine in 2015. After over a decade at NHSP, he and his family moved to the Bay Area where from 2011-13 he served dual roles at Averroes High School in Fremont, California teaching English Language Arts while also serving as the Vice Principal; from 2014-15 he continued to serve dual roles at Granada Islamic High School where he was the Vice Principal as well as the 8th grade English Language Arts teacher. While at Granada, he was nominated by a Granada alumni and then current Averroes student as her favorite teacher. The nomination won regional awards and finished second nationally. For the last three years, 2015-18, he has served as the Dean of Students, Religious Studies, and Alumni Affairs as well as taught English Language Arts and Social Sciences at New Horizon, Irvine.

School Email: osmank@granadaschool.org
School Phone: (408) 980-1161


Dr. Lian JeeawoodyPhoto of Dr. Lian Jeeawoody

Vice Principal

Dr. Lian Jeeawoody is originally from Mauritius; she graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Montpellier, France and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Paris, France. Dr. Lian started her teaching career in Granada as an Upper Grades Science teacher in 1999. Her passion and contribution in helping students in science fair projects have resulted in two Teacher Recognition Awards, in 2005 and 2007, from the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association (Synopsys Championship). Dr. Lian holds a Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential and a Clear Administrative Services Credential. She is also a member of ACSA, ASCD, and ISTE.

Since 2008, Dr. Lian has served the Muslim community as Vice Principal of Granada. Having led several technology committees, Dr. Lian believes in the use of technology in classrooms to prepare students to master the Common Core Standards and the 21st Century skills. Outside of school, she enjoys beekeeping, reading, gardening and traveling with her family.

School Email: Lianj@granadaschool.org
School Phone: Ext (222)


 

Linda ZielinskiPhoto of Linda Zielinski

Business Manager

Sr. Linda is in her 22nd year at Granada and has been a part of the MCA community since she embraced Islam, over 30 years ago. Linda’s background is Polish, German and Italian. Originally from Canada, Linda came to the Bay Area at a very young age. She has lived here ever since, except for one memorable year in Egypt. Prior to coming to Granada, Linda worked as a Safety Analyst in the corporate headquarters of a national trucking company. She was drawn to Granada because of its mission and the opportunity to work with Muslims for a cause she strongly supported. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration-Human Resource Concentration from San Jose State University and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from San Jose State University Professional Development. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Her hobbies include all kinds of textile, jewelry making, and paper crafts.

School Email: Lindaz@granadaschool.org
School Phone: Ext (229)