A Welcome from Our Principal

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Assalamu Alaikum,

Welcome to Charlotte Islamic Academy!  If you are a new or a returning family, this Academy is a close-knit educational community that has been promoting academic excellence and social development of all students in a pure Islamic environment since 1998.


The 2016-2017 academic year is my first year to serve the community as Principal.  I am honored and humbled to contribute to the betterment of our children and our future in this role.
 
Our dedicated staff at the Charlotte Islamic Academy serves students in grades PreK to 12. In addition to the North Carolina Common Core curriculum, the school offers Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies, extra curricular activities, Islamic counseling, physical education, daily prayers and Eid celebrations, to name some benefits.
 
We view parents as equal partners in providing our children with meaningful educational and spiritual experiences. I encourage you to become active participants in the Academy’s programs and activities. There are many ways to support your child, such as volunteering, attending the PTO or one of our many school programs. We understand everyone leads busy lives, and it is often difficult to volunteer at school. However, remember that a nightly routine of reading to your child, praying, reciting Quran, practicing Duaa, talking about the day, and getting prepared for the next day of school is just as important as volunteering.
 
I am delighted to be part of such an outstanding team of students, educators, parents and board members at the Charlotte Islamic Academy.   We invite you to join our school community as we work together to nurture our students.  Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have a suggestion, question, concern, or just a good story to share!  I look forward to collaborating with you and your children.
 
Respectfully,
 
Mr. Mirza Azim Beg
Principal
Charlotte Islamic Academy
Principal@ciacademy.us


About Our Principal

Assalamu Alaikum

Many of you have known Br. Beg in his role at the Charlotte Islamic Academy for five years now as Math teacher.  This year is his first year as Principal, as well as Math teacher.  His accomplishments and credentials are extraordinary.  Please join us in learning more about our new leader.

Mr. Beg’s official name is Mirza Azim Beg, and he likes to be called Br. Beg.  He has been teaching high school Mathematics for the last fifty-five years with licenses in Math, Science, and School Administration.

Completing his high school at the age of 12 and his Bachelor's at the age of 17, he is a Gold Medalist in B. Ed, which means he scored number one in the university on the B. Ed exam.

Br. Beg has three university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science, Physics & Mathematics; Karachi University, Pakistan
  • Bachelors of Education, Teaching of Science & Teaching of Math; Karachi University, Pakistan.
  • Masters in School Administration; University of Detroit, Michigan.

Additionally, he is one, if not the only, known Muslim in the State of North Carolina, who is licensed as a Principal in K-12 schools.

In addition to teaching 12 years in Pakistan (including being Headmaster for three years), he taught for 27 years at the Catholic Central High, a highly distinguished School in Detroit, Michigan.  He served as the Principal of Al Huda School & Montessori in Michigan, where he helped the school achieve accreditation with North Central Association (NCA) within two years of his term. In 2004, Br. Beg moved to Charlotte and taught at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) for seven years, where he was able to raise End Of Course (EOC) passing percentages from 29 to 87. He was recognized as teacher of the month at Vance High School in 2004-2005, his first year with CMS.  After retiring from CMS in 2011, he joined Charlotte Islamic Academy as a Math teacher raising achievement levels greatly.  A well respected educator, Br. Beg is a regular lecturer at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte’s Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education.

Br. Beg has been involved in running Sunday School programs at several Masajid (mosques) in Detroit and Charlotte since 1988.  He currently runs the Sunday program at the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte (ISCG).

Alhamdulillah, Br. Beg has been very successful as a father, teacher, principal and leader. His students have achieved great success in many places including at the Charlotte Islamic Academy and beyond.  Among his students, there are doctors, engineers, professors, teachers, businessmen, a Michigan congressman, and an Under Secretary at the Department of Labor in the H. W. Bush's cabinet!  Many of them are parents and successful Muslim citizens.

Charlotte Islamic Academy welcomes Br. Beg as Principal.  We trust in his credentials, his passion for community service and his wisdom.  We believe in his pursuit of excellence and his commitment to quality education in an Islamic environment.

Respectfully,

Board of Education

August 2016.