Sister Latifa BarnettCo-Director, al-Hadi Learning Organization, Professor, Montgomery College
Latifa Barnett has always been inspired toward two endeavors: pursuing reliable Islamic guidance and empowering families to nurture their human potential through lifelong learning, spiritual development, and personal growth. In an effort to promote her love of teaching and learning, Latifa has organized and engaged with several community organizations over the last two decades. In 2014, Latifa co-founded the Junior Alliance for Worship, Action, and Development (JAWAD) an organization established as a safe space for Muslim youth to engage in activities that promote spiritual growth and community activism. Five years earlier, she began the Sisters Support Group (SSG), to create a forum for Muslim women to nurture social bonds and encourage each other toward personal and spiritual growth. In addition to these organizations, Latifa has been a dedicated supporter of multiple religious and educational efforts for the benefit of families in the Shia Muslim community, including most recently, Stand for Justice DMV.
Latifa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Education. She is currently the Co-Director of Al Hadi Learning Organization in Silver Spring, MD and a Mathematics professor at Montgomery College. Her professional teaching career has spanned 30 years. During this time, she has worked in both public and private schools as well as colleges. Latifa is also a passionate proponent of home education, she has spent the last 18 years teaching her six children. In addition to her own children, Latifa has supported more than ten families through their homeschool journeys, with six of those students currently thriving in college.