OUR TEAM

Ajyal School Team

The Ajyal School team consists of a group of the best educational ٍStaff who are qualified to lead the educational process while ensuring the achievement of the school's Mission and vision.

We also have the best administrative teams qualified to lead the school within the best international standards to ensure the quality of education for our students.

Mohamad Saad
Principal

My name is Mohamad Saad. I joined AJIS MBZ in August 2018 as school principal. My journey in education started in 1988 when I first taught English language to grade 5 in Beirut. Since then, I’ve been in the education sector for more than 30 years, both as a teacher and senior administrator.

My last 14 years have been in senior management: program manager/interim campus director, business manager, and principal in international schools, local schools with international programs, government body, and higher education institute. I believe in having strong teams within the school as the key to building a successful school; teams that have the same commitments to excellence, success, and achievement.

In this regard, I’m lucky to have such a great leadership team at AJIS. I hold a BA (Ed) in English language and literature teaching, Lebanese University 1992 and a PGD in Finance and Accounting, University of Liverpool 2012. I hold an MBA in (Educational) Leadership, University of Northampton 2016 (with distinction).

 

Manal Azouqa
Vice Principal & Head of Secondary

My name is Manal Azouqa and I am delighted to be the School Vice Principal and Head of Secondary at Ajyal International School.

My professional teaching endeavors in the education field began in 1989. I consider my professional experience to be well rounded; from an economics and business studies teacher of IGCSE, A-level and Advanced placement (AP) to regional head of economics and business studies. In my 27 years of teaching experience, prior to coming to Ajyal School I spent the last fifteen years as the regional Head of economics & business studies in one of the UAE’s leading schools.

I now proudly serve as a School vice Principal and Secondary Principal where I hope to continue to make a positive impact on students’ academics and attainment achievements, in the hope to foster a lifelong love for learning.

I enjoy travelling, experiencing different cultures, and keeping up with the global economic developments.

 

Helen O’Connor
Head of Primary

Educated at Sisters of Mercy Secondary School, Helen then completed a BA in Montessori Education at St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, Cork. Her passion for teaching English as a Second Language was ignited after 3 years of teaching in the UAE, and she completed her CELTA in University College Cork. After many years of teaching at both Primary and Tertiary Level she gained her PGCE and Master Degree in Education with Murdoch University in Dubai. Since qualifying, Helen has enjoyed a stellar career: she has excellent experience, from schools in Ireland, the UAE and also teaching at University level in the UAE.

Helen writes: “Teaching has introduced me to some of the most amazing people I have ever met. I have gotten to know students of different nationalities, abilities, race, creed & through their diversity I have come to know & understand more about who and how I should be as a teacher”.

I have lived in the UAE for 20 years. I met my husband, Ahmed here shortly after I arrived & we have been together ever since. We live in Abu Dhabi city with our dog Setanta. I have enjoyed living in Abu Dhabi so much that I convinced my siblings to move here too with their families. We spend lots of family time together enjoying the various activities around UAE. My parents also visit twice a year. I look forward to my time in Ajyal International School- MBZ helping & supporting our wonderful students to become confident, independent learners. I am eager to be a part of the school’s journey towards being an outstanding provider of high quality learning for families in Abu Dhabi.

Caroline Peel
Academic Director

My name is Caroline Peel and I’m the academic director. I joined Ajyal at the beginning of the Academic Year, 2020-2021. I have been in the Education sector for over 40 years. I have been in the UAE for 14 years now having come in the first wave of School Improvement Advisors  appointed by GEMS to assist with the roll out of the UAE Educational Reform Programme. I have been both Founding Principal and a Principal in Private schools in the UAE.

My role within the school is to ensure the quality of teaching  and  learning is of the highest standards possible to deliver an excellent 21st Century Education and allow our students to have  access to many  pathways to  develop their academic potential , to be the best they can be and be.

 

 

 

Ben Kehoe
Assistant Head of Primary

Hi my name is Ben Kehoe, I am from Liverpool in the UK. I have been teaching for 15 years, 13 of which have been spent in the UAE, all of which have been teaching students from year 2 – 6.

I have worked as academic coordinator for English, Science and Maths and as year group leader in Year 4 and Year 6. I have been KS2 team leader since November 2015 and look forward to working towards ensuring that all students at AJYAL International School are provided with the best possible learning experience.

The only things I love more than teaching are my family, ice-cream and Liverpool Football Club.

Ala Alshoubaki
IT Manager 

My name is Ala Alshoubaki and I am the acting IT Manager at AJIS.

I’m originally from Hashemite kingdom of JORDAN, I have a bachelor degree in Computer Software engineering From BAU-Jordan.

I Started My career in UAE From Dubai international Airport T2 Project then I moved to education sector support starting from ADEK for public schools between 2013-2019.

I joined Ajyal international school in 2019 to start another success story, currently am the acting IT manager.

My hobbies are swimming and camping.

 

 

Abeer Nammour
Community Manager

My Name is Abeer Nammour and I am the Community Manager at AJIS.

I am Syrian and I have been living in Abu Dhabi for the past 28 years with my husband and my two boys. I obtained A Bachelor of Arts and Humanities from Damascus University Department of French Literature.

I have been in the education filed for almost 25 years and during my working journey I achieved many certificates related to Education Management. I started my career in Giggles English Nursery & School Where I joined as French& Arabic teacher and I left as Principal after spending the most fruitful 17 years of my life. I followed my dream and I founded and led a nursery in Abu Dhabi and managed to make it a very successful Nursery within 3 years.

Recently I was lucky to be part of Ajyal International School Team as a Community Manager where I can contribute to the wellbeing of all stakeholders. My goal is to learn a new thing every day as per the Hadith of Prophet Mohamed PBUH قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: (إِذَا مَاتَ الإنْسَانُ انْقَطَعَ عنْه عَمَلُهُ إِلَّا مِن ثَلَاثَةٍ صَدَقَةٍ جَارِيَةٍ، أَوْ عِلْمٍ يُنْتَفَعُ بِهِ، أَوْ وَلَدٍ صَالِحٍ يَدْعُو له).

Abdul Muhsee
Accountant 

My name is Abdul Muhsee and I am an accountant at AJIS.

I am a finance professional from INDIA with a passion in conceiving & implementing effective ideas in the finance Department.

I joined Ajyal in 2020. I am having a dynamic career of 12+ years that reflects rich experience in SMEs , Schools and Nurseries.

 

 

 

 

Anila Aftab
Student Welfare & Child Protection/Safeguarding  Officer

My name is Anila Aftab and I am the Student Welfare Officer and Child Protection/safeguarding  Officer at AJIS.

I am from Pakistan. My aim is to help students with issues that may be affecting their academic, career and personal/social interaction.

My hobbies are reading and writing poetry, planting and cooking.

My goals are:

  • Promoting positive attitudes among students towards self, family, peer and community.
  • Developing skills such as decision making, resolving conflict and respecting others.

 

 

Bryan Octaviano
Health & Safety Officer

My name is Bryan Jay Octaviano and I am the Health and Safety Officer at AJIS.

I am a registered Health and Safety practitioner and a registered nurse at the same time, I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, I have 8 years’ of experience in the Health and Safety field including construction and medical industry and now in the education sector.

My favorite sport is Taekwondo which I am a First degree brown belt holder. I am a good and supportive friend to everybody. My mission is to keep everybody healthy and safe!

 

 

 

Chellie Ferrer
Assistant Data Officer

My name is Chellie Ferrer and I am an assistant data officer at AJIS.

I am a registered Nutritionist-Dietician with a Masters in Business Administration  from the Philippines. I have been working in the academic field for over 11 years.

I am a focused and positively driven individual working as Asst. Data Officer for Primary School at Ajyal International School, MBZ  for almost 3 years now. I am a team player who seeks continuous learning and growth while providing a positive impact to the organization.

On the lighter side, I have passion for baking and a proud home baked entrepreneur.

 

 

Christian Lopez
Reprographer/Bookshop Attendant

My name is Christian Lopez and I am a reprographer/bookshop attendant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines. I studied Computer Networking Technology IT.

My hobbies are playing online games, singing and dancing.

My goal in life is to be a successful businessman. I am the one who has a big dream. One of my weaknesses is that I easily cry and lack much confidence. I am shy when I want to talk in front of anyone or the public but I am sure that I am a friendly, hardworking and creative guy. I always do something different

 

 

Coni Francisco
HR Assistant 

My name is Coni Francisco and I am an HR assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I have been with Ajyal International School since 2017. I love spending my time playing video games with my son.

My goal is to provide the school with well-trained and well-motivated employees, and help achieve work-life balance for our colleagues.

 

 

 

 

Eythar El Assadi
Admissions Registrar

Hi, my name is Eythar El Assadi and I am an Admissions Registrar at AJIS.

I graduated from High School in Damascus Syria.

I have 14 years of experience as an admin and I am happy to be a member of AJYAL Team.

 

 

 

 

Luwilla Lagat
Admin Assistant

My name is Luwila from the Philippines and I am an admin assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I studied Bachelor of Secondary Education at SPAMAST Malita, Davao del Sur. I usually spend my free time camping or cycling with my family and friends.

I’m also into the financial market, a stock trader both local and global market is my personal career.

My goal in general is to achieve work-life balance.

 

 

 

Marwa Al Ghossaini
Receptionist

My name is Marwa Al Ghossaini and I am a receptionist at AJIS.

I am Lebanese and I hold a BA degree in Graphic design from American University of Science and Technology in Lebanon. I have worked for more than 6 years in this field before I came to Abu Dhabi 2 years ago and joined AJYAL international school.

My hobbies are art, swimming, traveling and discovering new places. I’m planning to get a master's degree in design and improve my communication skills.

 

 

 

Mohamed Sarfraz
IT Coordinator

Hi, my name is Mohamed Sarfraz and I am an IT Coordinator at AJIS.

I am from India and I have a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology. I have more than 10 years of experience in the industry and I am proficient with a wide variety of security, engineering, networking and managing operating system software and hardware.

My objective is to utilize my technical and management skills for achieving the target and developing the best performance.

 

 

 

 

Sahar Abou Aiche
Receptionist

My name is  Sahar Abou Aiche and I am a receptionist at AJIS.

I am lebanese and  I finished my BA in Travel and tourism at the Lebanese University .

I came to Abu Dhabi in 2014. My hobbies are reading, cooking and spending time with my family.

 

 

 

 

Sahar Zaatar
Supervisor/Secondary

Hi, my name is Sahar Zaatar and I am from Lebanon. I have been living in the UAE all my life.

I work as a supervisor in the secondary school. I joined Ajyal in 2014.

I like going out and spending time with my family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Susan Barcenal
Admin Assistant/Secondary

Hi, My name is Susan Barcenal and I am an Admin Assistant in the Secondary Department at AJIS.

I majored and graduated as a Bachelor in Fine Arts. I have a creative skill set that I infuse into every task assigned to me be it for administrative work or graphic designing.

From my illustrations to my concept in art designs and paintings, if you look closely and appreciate you can actually see the creativity dripping off my hands. Art is not a two-minute drudgery, art takes time to produce a quality artwork.

My experiences taught me to Do what I love and love the things that I do.

 

 

Tahani Abu Ghadir
Principal’s Personal Assistant

My name is Tahani Abu Ghadir and I am the Principal’s Personal Assistant at AJIS since the school establishment in 2014.

I am  Lebanese and completed my BA in Business Administration at Beirut Arab University in 2007.

Apart from my job at Ajyal, I am a registered exercise professional in Abu Dhabi and I teach group exercise classes in various reputable gyms.  I enjoy all kinds of sports and social services.

 

 

 

 

Tamara Hamed
Librarian

My name is Tamara Hamed and I am the Librarian at AJIS.

I have been at Ajyal since it opened in 2014.

I am Iraqi/German and I graduated from Baghdad University with a B.S. Electronics and communication engineer and after living in Germany and spending most of my time reading, I decided to specialize in digital Media.

With my love for reading and educating our youth, I strive to instill and nurture a passion for reading and learning in all of our students and positively impact their lives.

I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, traveling, and of course, reading.

 

Varughese Abraham
Accountant

My name is Varughese Abraham and I am an accountant at AJIS. I am from India.

Accounting is my Life because of loving Ledgers, Friendly Figures, Comforting Calculations, Supportive Statements and Neighborly Numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Magsakay
Reprographer/Bookshop Attendant

My name is Virgie and I am a reprographer/bookshop attendant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I have lived in the UAE for 16 years.

I studied at Bulacan Polytechnic College in the Philippines and I have a (BSE) Bachelor of Science and education from Bulacan state university. I’ve also done my short term at FACE (Filipino association for computer excellence) here in the UAE.

I love the arts, hanging out with friends, singing a song with my mother (deceased) and dancing with my father when I am in the Philippines.

My goal is to give a good education to my kids.

 

FS 1

FS 2

Joanne Cullen
FS2 Leader & Teacher

My name is Joanne Lisa Cullen and I am the FS leader and teacher at AJIS.

I am British from the UK. I hold a BED Hons degree in Primary Education. I have worked in many different settings both here in the UAE, UK and in the USA. My favourite year group is Early Years in which I have the most experience and expertise.

My hobbies include travelling, yoga, reading and extreme adrenaline activities like climbing the highest peaks, bungy jumping, or white-water rafting.

My goal is to make young children confident to follow their dreams in life.

 

 

Shortbio Alicia B Quintero 
FS2 Teacher

My name is Alicia B. Quintero and I am an FS2 teacher at AJIS.

I am from Spain and my teaching career started in 2009 after I completed a Bachelor of Education in EYFS. I have always possessed a thirst of learning which has resulted in me gaining two Master degrees and my QTS in Coventry University, England.

I joined Ajyal in 2017 having previously worked in Qatar, China and the UK. When I am not teaching, I love Yoga and getting lost inside a book.

My goal is to see progress being made by all my students through play and fun activities.

 

 

Bethany Harrison
FS2 Teacher

My Name is Bethany Harrison, and I am a EYFS teacher at AJIS.

I am from Manchester in the UK. I graduated from Edge Hill University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Years Education with QTS.

This is my first year in the UAE and I am thoroughly enjoying this beautiful country and culture by exploring everything it has to offer! Due to the diverse nature of the country, I am enjoying the different cultures and food that is available.

My goal is to have a positive impact on children’s learning and provide the best opportunities through play! Learning through play is a strong part of my philosophy and by creating an enabling environment, I enjoy watching children flourish and reaching their best potential!

 

 

Alvarez Sernandez
FS2 Teacher

My name is Cristina Alvarez Sernandez and I am an FS2 teacher at AJIS.

I am a Spanish citizen and completed my Bachelor Degree in Primary Education and English as a second language in Leon, Spain. I have been working and living in the UAE for the last 8 years.

I have been working five years in Al Ain and the last 3 years in Abu Dhabi. I have more than 15 years of experience as a Kindergarten teacher. I joined AJIs two years ago.

In my free time I like to read, swim, travel and discover new places in Abu Dhabi.

 

 

YEAR 1

Laura Harman
Year 1 Leader & Teacher

My name is Laura Harman and I am the Year 1 leader and teacher at AJIS.

I come from the UK and I was born in Wales and grew up by the sea!

I have a First Class Honors in Primary Education which also gave me my Qualified Teacher Status. I have been a Year One teacher for the past 5 years and I am currently in my second year of teaching Year 1 in the UAE.

When I am not teaching I love to cook, play Dungeons and Dragons and aim to start riding scrambling bikes again. My goal is to ensure all children understand that they are capable of anything they put their mind to and that making mistakes only makes your learning grow stronger.

 

 

Adrianna Rose
Year 1 Teacher

My name is Adrianna Rose and I am a Year 1 teacher at AJIS.

I am from London and I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education. This is my 3rd year of teaching and I have previously taught Year 3 at a school in Kent, England.

I am new to the UAE and am enjoying my time here. I enjoy reading, exercising and listening to music. My goal is to instill a passion for learning into the children I teach for them to carry through the rest of their lives.

 

 

 

YEAR 2

Louise Kennedy
Year 2 Leader & Teacher

My name is Louise Kennedy and I am the Year 2 leader and teacher at AJIS.

I am British and I have been teaching in the UAE since 2018.  I have a degree in Journalism, a postgraduate degree in Primary Teaching (specialising in Maths) and am currently studying for my Masters in Education.

I enjoy cooking, reading, playing video games and watching football.

 

 

 

 

Aoife Cunningham
 Year 2 Teacher

My name is Aoife Cunningham and I am a Year 2 teacher at AJIS.

I am  from Ireland.  It is my third year teaching at Ajyal international school, having previously taught in my home country and Doha.  I have completed a Bachelor of Education with History as a specialist subject.

I love to read, travel and spend time with my family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Emily Philips
Year 2 Teacher

My name is Emily Philips and I am a Year 2 teacher at AJIS.

I am from the UK and I graduated from the University of Salford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance. I later studied for my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Brighton.

I have experience of teaching Key Stage 1 and Key Stage Two in the UK and I taught English as a second language in Vietnam before moving to the UAE in 2020.

I love music and to keep fit, read and write scripts and short stories. Coffee is my one true love and I recently took up roller-blading! My goals for the future are to have my work published and to be as happy and healthy as possible.

 

 

YEAR 3

Heena Rehman
Year 3 Teacher

My name is Heena Rehman and I am a Y3 teacher at AJIS.

I come from the UK and I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I also completed my postgraduate degree in Primary education. I have worked as a teacher in the UK for four years. I have also worked with children with special educational needs and raised lots of money for hospitals and hospices that support and take care of vulnerable children.

My favorite quote that I remember and discuss with the children is “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. I am passionate about creating a safe, happy and loving environment for children to learn. Giving them an education and experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. I always want children to believe they can succeed and achieve anything they put their mind to and strive to every day. My goal is to continue to motivate my students to achieve and be the best they can be.

This is my second year in the UAE. I have loved immersing myself in the culture and traditions here. I love hearing the call to prayer each day and taking photos of the stunning palm trees and landscapes in the UAE and of course the beautiful sunny weather! I enjoy shopping, cooking, baking and photography. In my spare time I like to explore new places, try new food and take photos because I believe these are memories that will last and allow you to reminisce.

Mellisa Turner
Year 3 Teacher

My name is Mellisa Turner and I am a Year 3 teacher at AJIS.

I moved to Abu Dhabi in August of 2019 from Birmingham in the U.K. I have really enjoyed my time here in Abu Dhabi so far soaking up all of the sun and culture.

I completed my BA Undergraduate degree in Primary Education in Cardiff, Wales in 2016. I then taught in the UK for 3 years before moving here to Abu Dhabi where I have been teaching in schools for the past year and a half.

My favourite part of my job is seeing the children grow in confidence and knowledge and work towards their dreams and goals.

I love to keep fit and I really enjoy going to the gym or exploring the Mangroves on a kayak or you might find me lost in a book on the beach.

 

YEAR 4

Annette Murray
Year 4 Leader & Teacher

My name is Annette Murray and I am the Year 4 leader and teacher at AJIS.

I am from Ireland and I first started my teaching career seven years ago.

Having completed a Biochemistry degree from the National University of Galway , I felt a sudden urge to travel and booked a one way ticket to Thailand where I underwent a TEFL course and started teaching in a school in Bangkok, I then went onto further myself with a teaching position in South Korea where I then realised I loved teaching.From there, I  went onto to work in an international school in Oman where I started the PGCEi with the University of Sunderland whilst teaching in Oman. I stayed in that teaching position for two years before returning closer to home London where I obtained my QTS and NQT. I stayed in London for two years before embarking on my present position now here in Ajyal.

Having taught in a range of different schools and countries , I feel like Ajyal International School has made me feel like home.

 

Suzanne Outram
Year 4 Teacher

My name is Suzanne Outram, and I am Canadian/Caribbean who has trained and taught Primary Education in the UK. I am a Year 4 teacher at AJIS.

I completed my Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from Exeter University in 2006 and gained my Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2007. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (BA) and Diploma for Developmental Service Worker (DSW) which were obtained in Canada.  As a teacher, I have travelled the world and taught students from various cultures, economic status as well as abilities.

My passion for travelling has led me to a passion for cooking different foods in which the kitchen has become my sanctuary. With cooking, I enjoy music and dancing and relish the opportunity to move and sway to the sounds of music of any genre.

My goal as an educator is to inspire children. To make a difference and to foster a love for learning. Learning goes way beyond the classroom and I strive to create memories within my students that they can carry with them throughout life.

 

YEAR 5

Hannah Sherratt
Year 5  Leader & Teacher

My name is Hannah Sherratt and I am the Year 5 leader and teacher at AJIS.

I am from the UK and I was fortunate enough to study at the prestigious University of Cambridge, UK, where I specialised in teaching 7-11 year olds.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being at Ajyal International School for 3 years, I am now their Year 5 Leader. My ultimate career goal would be to be part of Ajyal’s Senior Leadership Team, so I may gain more knowledge and experience and help drive the school forward to be the best it can be. I love to see the light come on in a child’s eyes at that “I get it” moment, my reward is their advancement. I’m there to remind them that in life just when you think you know it all, you are really still learning and I equate that to myself, as while in the UAE, I have been able to embrace a new culture and learn so much more about many religions.

My free time is spent water skiing which I have done with my father in the UK since I was 7, also cooking and photography. I have been fortunate to visit and photograph many mosques’ I love the architecture, old and new.

 

Aaron Porter
Year 5 Teacher

My Name is Aaron Porter and I am a Year 5 teacher at AJIS.

I am from Donegal, Ireland and I graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Education studies in 2019. Then, I completed my Postgraduate degree in Primary Education and Liverpool Hope University, in 2020.

I am new to the UAE and have been enjoying exploring this amazing country. Thanks to the fantastic weather, I am able to go swimming and walking, which are my favourite pastimes.

My goal is to continue motivating students to reach their full potential and be the best they can be.

 

 

Stevie Owen
Year 5 Teacher

My Name is Stevie Owen, and I am a Year 5 teacher at AJIS.

I come from a small town called Chorley in the North West of England. I graduated from Edge Hill University with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education School Sport in 2014. Then, I completed my Postgraduate degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Physical Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I have a huge passion for travelling and being new to the UAE, I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this beautiful country so far. I’m looking forward to making more memories in the future.

My goal is to continue to plant seeds of knowledge in children’s minds and watch them grow to reach their full potential.

 

 

YEAR 6

Ozair Khalid
Year 6 Leader & Teacher

My name is Ozair Khalid and I am the Year 6 leader and teacher at AJIS.

I was previously a Primary school teacher from Manchester, UK. I have graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business management. I have worked in schools since 2014 and completed my QTS primary qualification in 2018

This is my second year teaching in the UAE and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! I have loved visiting all the lovely places UAE has to offer and I have enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather which makes a change from rainy Manchester all year round.

I enjoy watching all sports in my free time, especially football. I am a massive Manchester United fan, season ticket holder and when I am back home, I love going every weekend with my brother’s to the theatre of dreams, Old Trafford to watch my favourite team play live!

 

Ethein Kelly
Primary Teacher

My Name is Ethein Kelly, and I am a primary school teacher at AJIS.

I am from Downpatrick, Ireland. Fun fact, it contains the burial site of Saint patrick! I graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a Bachelor's degree in Primary Education with QTS.

I am new to the UAE and have fallen in love with the culture and atmosphere. Thanks to the amazing weather, I am able to go swimming and walking, which are some of my favourite pastimes.

My goal is for every child within my care to reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

Children's learning reaches far beyond my classroom, my students are learning for life!

 

Melissa Coetzee
Year 6 Teacher

Hello my name is Melissa Coetzee and I am from sunny South Africa. I am a Year 6 teacher at AJIS.

I have been teaching in the UAE for almost 5 years and before that in my home country for 3 years. I studied in the beautiful city of Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, where I received my bachelors of education degree. A keen hobby of mine is make-up and lash artistry, in which I am also professionally qualified.

In my spare time, I enjoy experiencing the beautiful country in which we live with my fiancé, family and friends. It is my primary goal with my students to inspire them to believe they can accomplish everything and anything if they put their mind to it. And I will always be there, cheering them on.

 

 

Kamal Haddad
Secondary Head of the Mathematics Department/Maths Teacher

My name is Kamal Haddad, I am the Secondary Head of the Mathematics Department and a Math Teacher at AJIS.

I have been in Abu Dhabi for 33 years. I worked at International School of Choueifat for 21 years then with ADNOC Schools for 10 years. I joined AJYAL in September 2018.

I am Lebanese and completed my Master’s degree in Education as well as a Mathematics degree in Applied Mathematics and I also hold a teaching Diploma.

I have a family of five children with two married daughters. I enjoy spending most of my time with my family and friends.

My hobbies are reading novels and poems.

 

Mark Walton
English Teacher/Head of English & Humanities

My name is Mark Walton I’m a teacher of English and currently Head of English and Humanities at Ajyal International, MBZ.

I am from Birmingham, England and studied BA English language and literature at Worcester University.

I have been teaching high school English for twenty years and have thoroughly enjoyed working with students and helping them to achieve the best grades in their exams.

 

 

 

Ameera Al Qawasmeh
ICT teacher

My name is Ameera Al Qawasmeh and I am an ICT teacher at AJIS.

I have a Bachelor degree in computer science engineering since 1998 from one of the biggest universities in the middle east, located in Jordan. I worked as a teacher assistant in two universities just after my graduation. I got married to my husband and migrated to Canada to start a new journey in my education. I got my high diploma from Humber university in computer science to fulfill my passion for technology and eagerness to know and learn more and more in this field. I started my career as a teacher back in 2006 when I moved from Toronto to Abu Dhabi, the fabulous city.

I like going to different beaches in and out of the city, playing with my kids, walking and exercising with my husband on a daily basis. I  Joined AJIS in August 2017, I admire my job as an ICT teacher and I am looking forward to more to come.

 

 

Georgina Watkins
 Pastoral Lead & an English Language/Humanities teacher

My name is Georgina Watkins and I am a Pastoral Lead and an English Language/Humanities teacher at AJIS.

I am from Liverpool, England. Home to the best football team in the world! I completed both my English Degree and PGCE in Liverpool. I have 10 years of experience working in an educational setting and hope for many more to come! I am a huge fan of; Harry Potter, football, musicals and Disney! I can usually be found reading a book, watching football or planning my next trip to the Theatre!

The well-being and happiness of our students is my priority and I hope to continue developing this during my time at AJIS!

 

 

 

Jacqueline Walton
History Teacher

My name is Jacqueline Walton and I am a History teacher at AJIS.

I am from Worcester, England where I also went to University. At university I took a BA in History; when I completed my degree I went on to take my PGCE in Secondary History.

I have over 20 years’ experience of secondary teaching and have also taught in a middle and a primary school.

I have a real passion for my subject and truly believe history has the skills to develop young people into leaders within their chosen field of work. Students at AJIS have shown a great love of History too, making my job an absolute pleasure.

 

 

Manal Ghamrawi
English Teacher

My name is Manal Ghamrawi and I am an English teacher at AJIS.

I graduated from The Saint Family School in Lebanon, I then completed my bachelor degree & teaching diploma in English Language and Literature. I moved with my husband to live in Abu Dhabi city in 2003.

I joined Ajyal-MBZ in 2018. I obtained the CELTA course

(Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2017. I have 18 years of experience in teaching English for middle school,being a form tutor every year.

I have earned my experience in three different private schools across the UAE.

Apart from teaching, I like travelling and reading non-fiction books.

I'm also preparing for my Master’s Degree in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Nouran Qasem
Biology Teacher

My name is Nouran Qasem and I am a Biology teacher at AJIS.

I have a Bachelors of Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. I was in the states for 19 years until I got married and moved to the UAE with my husband. I love life here in Abu Dhabi and hope to raise my kids here one day.

I have knowledge in the general sciences such as Biology and Chemistry. I have experience in various medical divisions from pharmacy to hospital settings with several qualities of planning, organizing, and constructing tasks.

I have taught and tutored grades 9-11 in subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and English. In my spare time, I love to have fun by going out with friends, playing PlayStation, and watching movies and TV shows as well.

 

 

Queliane Fatima Oliveira
Spanish Teacher

My name is Queliane Fatima Oliveira and I am the Spanish teacher at AJIS.

Born in Brazil and raised in Argentina, I am a French-Brazilian citizen passionate about languages, cultures, and education.

I have a Master degree in Letters and Languages, Advanced Studies in American Latin Languages (Spanish, French & Portuguese), a Bachelor's degree in Education, and another in History, and more than 10 years working as a language teacher.

I spent my whole life between Europe and the Americas, speaking my loved Latin languages, but now I am living in Abu Dhabi and Arabic in my new passion.

 

 

Rissa M. Salatandol
Lab Attendant

My name is Rissa M. Salatandol and I am the Lab attendant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education majoring in Biological Science in Negros Oriental State University in 2015. I also passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in Secondary Level on September 27, 2015. After graduating, I was hired as a college instructor and senior high science teacher in Negros Oriental State University.

I am currently working at Ajyal International School in Abu Dhabi as a Science Laboratory Technician for 4 years now.

My goal is to utilize my skills and experience as well as my passion for science practices to train and educate young minds.

 

 

Jihad Nasser
Maths Teacher

My name is Jihad Nasser, and I am a Maths Teacher at AJIS.

I am from Palestine.

I have taken a B.Sc. course in Mathematics and obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied Maths from Beirut Arab University. I have lived in Abu Dhabi for 21 years and spent that time working in teaching Maths for the secondary stage. Within these 21 years, I worked for 5 years in a government school, IAT (Institute of Applied Technology) and the rest in private schools.

I enjoy getting to teach students a subject that is so wonderful and helps a person to build strong logic. Maths is usually misunderstood, but I love helping them build their love for Maths and making it easier for them.

I have a family of 5 with 2 daughters and 1 son. One of my hobbies is that I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.

 

Maysa Tamimi
Maths  Teacher

My name is Maysa Tamimi and I am Palestinian American. I graduated from Simmons College in Boston USA with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science and got my PGCE from Sunderland University in the UK.

While I initially started as a computer programmer, I found my calling in teaching Mathematics when I moved to the GCC in the year 2000. Since then, I have worked in teaching and leadership positions in various international schools in Kuwait and the UAE.

When not teaching, I enjoy baking desserts, taking long walks on the Corniche and reading mystery books.

 

 

 

Rasha Kamal
Head of Arabic Department

My name is Rasha Kamal and I am the Head of Arabic Department at AJIS.

I have been in the education sector for 17 years and I have been in the UAE for 22 years.

As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person I should try to change is me. My standards of excellence should be higher than those I have set for others. To remain a credible leader, I must always work first, more seriously and for a longer time to change myself.

This is neither easy nor natural, but it is necessary. I love my job at Ajyal International School.

Success does not come easy. You have to struggle to reach your goal.

 

Esra Abu Romi
Islamic Subject Coordinator & Islamic teacher

My name is Esra Abu Romi and I am the Islamic Subject Coordinator and an Islamic teacher at AJIS.

I am from Jordan and I have been in the UAE my whole life. I finished studying here. After that, I completed a BA degree in Sharia’ at Yarmouk University in Jordan with an excellent grade. Besides, I hold a license in reciting the Holy Quran, a teaching Diploma, and a teaching license.

I joined AJYAL School as an Islamic teacher since the school establishment in 2014. Now I’m the Islamic coordinator for FS to Year 13. Before AJYAL, I had over 11 years’ experience of teaching and heading the Arabic Subjects Department. I love to work hard for the future of my students.

My goal is to take part in creating a generation that influences, builds the future, and preserves the ethics and identity of its society.

 

Abdul Kader Kanbari
Islamic Education Teacher

My name is Abdul Qadir Ahmed Qanbari  and I am an Islamic education teacher at AJIS.

I love teaching, and I consider it a mission and a duty, and I have been doing this for 30 years! The number of students I have taught has reached about 10,000 students. I also teach  Arabic language and Social Studies with perfection and distinction to university students in Abu Dhabi.

I hold a BA (BA) in Law from the University of Aleppo in Syria in 1988 and a Masters degree in Islamic Studies from the Theological Foundation of America for Higher Education in 2013.

My hobbies are: football and reading, and God Almighty has honored me with a beautiful voice when reciting the Holy Quran.

My goal is to create a generation that is conscious, educated, adheres to its religion and morals, loves its country and its people, and contributes to spreading knowledge, morals, love and peace in the whole world.

Ahmed Alwan
Arabic Language Teacher

Ahmed Alwan and I am an My name is Ahmed Alwan and I am an Arabic Language teacher at AJIS.

I am Egyptian and I come from the city of Mansoura. I graduated in 2004 from Mansoura University in Egypt, majoring in teaching Arabic. I have more than 12 years of teaching experience in the United Arab Emirates.

My hobbies are football and swimming.

 

 

 

 

Alaa Abu Hamoudeh 
Arabic Language Teacher

My name is Alaa Abu Hamoudeh and I teach Arabic language for primary students at AJIS, MBZ.

I come from Jordan, and I’ve been teaching Arabic language in the United Arab Emirates since 2012. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arabic, graduated in 2021 and higher diploma in Education, 2018.

My career goal is to work to improve students' skills in Arabic in a way that enhances their advancement opportunities.

 

 

 

 

Amani Abu Zedan
Arabic Teacher

My name is  Amani Abu Zedan and I am an arabic teacher at AJIS.

I have  a BA degree from Damascus University, Faculty of Education, Department of Class Teacher.

I started teaching directly after I graduated and for the next five years in the government sector, then I moved to the UAE and started my career here in 2011. In 2017 I joined AJYAl International school.

So far, I have worked in many schools as an early childhood Arabic teacher. Teaching and working with kids at this age is a wonderful and great thing, it makes life full of happiness.

I am always in progress in developing my skills and knowledge, keeping up with new used technology in the education process.

 

 

Ekram Al-Amary
Islamic Studies

My name is Ekram Al-Amary and I am an Islamic Studies teacher at AJIS.

I am from Jordan and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in class teaching from Yarmouk University  and after that I completed  my masters in educational administration from Yarmouk University.

I joined AJIS in 2016 and I am happy with my job.

My goal is to instill Islamic morals  and principles in the hearts of children.

 

 

 

Etab Zahreddin
Arabic Language Teacher

My Name is Etab Zahreddin and I am an Arabic Language teacher at AJIS.

I am syrian and I graduated from the Faculty of Education in 2015 and then I studied Cashe level 3 in 2020.

I have eight years of experience in the field of teaching. most of it in EYFS.

My hobbies are tourism and sport. My goal is to complete my education and master's degree.

 

 

 

Hebah Alnababteh
Arabic Language Teacher

My name is Hebah Alnababteh and I am an Arabic Language teacher at AJIS.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Education from Jordan University. I have worked in the UAE since 2010 as a teacher in primary school.

Teaching is every little girl’s dream and I do it with love and passion. My goal is to teach the children to learn Arabic with excitement and to develop their Arabic language skills.

 

 

 

 

Israa Khashram
Arabic Language Teacher

My name is Israa Khashram and I am an Arabic Language teacher at AJIS.

I am from Jordan and I have a BA in Applied Arabic Language from Al-Balqa Applied University.

I taught  Arabic Language  for second graders for 9 years.

My goals are to create an educated and a creative generation, to raise the level of students in Arabic language skills, and learning new things in the field of learning and education.

 

 

 

Mohamed Emam
Social Studies Teacher

My name is Mohamed Emam and I am a Social Studies teacher. I am from Egypt from the city of Suez.

I graduated in 2003 from Tanta University in Egypt, majoring in Geography and Maps.

I have more than 14 years of experience in teaching in the United Arab Emirates. My hobbies are fishing and design.

 

 

 

 

Mona Hasan
Arabic Language Teacher

My name is Mona Hasan and I am an Arabic Language teacher at AJIS.

I am from Egypt and   I hold a BA in Arabic Language from Cairo University.  I have been working for 20 years as an Arabic language coordinator/teacher of High School various curricula in the UAE.

I hold several recognition certificates and teaching licenses granted by Educational Authorities and Culture Ministry.  I also coordinate activities.

I enjoy reading and cpd projects. My utmost goal is to promote Arabic teaching and learning.

 

 

Reem Yousef
Arabic Teacher

My name is Reem Yousef and I am an Arabic teacher for non arab students at AJIS.

I hold a BA in Arabic Literature from the Applied Sciences University, Jordan.

I began teaching Arabic in many schools, following which I taught Arabic to native and non-native students.

I joined Ajyal International School in 2015 to improve my educational career, and face new challenges in teaching and learning. It is a pleasure to work in the school where there is mutual respect and cooperation.

My goal as a teacher is to develop my student's love for Arabic and use it to communicate with others inside and outside of school.

My hobbies are reading novels and poems.

 

Rifaa Abu Eida
Arabic & Islamic teacher

My name is Rifaa Abu Eida and I am an Arabic/Islamic teacher at AJIS. I am from Palestine.

I have been living in the United Arab Emirates since my childhood - I grew up in it and learned in its schools until I graduated and worked as a teacher of Arabic language and Islamic Education in several American and foreign schools since 1990 until now. I joined  Ajyal International School in 2017.

I enjoy teaching students classical Arabic and teaching them the proper recitation of the Holy Qur’an and the teachings of the true religion, and I always aspire to development and work on finding new creative ways for students to learn.

I am the mother of five children and I always aspire to promote them to the highest levels.

 

 

Saida Younis
Social Studies & Islamic Teacher

My name is Saida Younis and I teach Social Studies/Islamic to non arab students at AJIS.

I was born in 1967 in Germany and I was raised in a city called Stuttgart for 5 years then I was admitted to a boarding school in Hanover for 3 years, I came then to the UAE to join a Convergent school until graduation. After my graduation, I travelled to North Africa to complete a degree in the history of Religions.

I have been working as a teacher for all grades – including primary and secondary students since the year 1990. Along my many accomplishments, I taught IB students for many years while also teaching fun activities such as yoga to primary students.

I enjoy guiding and teaching students, and being able to do this as a profession has been a great experience. I travelled around the world to several countries located in Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. I hope to travel to many more exciting places.

I am a grandmother to two lovely girls and a mother to three young women and two young men.

Sayed Elkomi
Arabic Language Teacher

My name is Sayed Elkomi and I am an Arabic Language teacher at AJIS.

I have a Bachelor of Art –the department of Arabic -1995 and I have completed my high studies getting my education diploma in 1997. I occupied many positions in the field of education passing by teaching preparatory and secondary stages , being the coordinator and reaching to teach non Arab students in international schools with  total experience of 23 years.

I am so interested in technology and languages ,earlier I got  ITI ,ICDL,TOEFL and  many other local certificates in the field of education technology. I like working in a team , sharing ideas and participating in solving problems.

My main goal is to create an educated, creative, thinking generation that knows how to communicate with others in Arabic Language.

 

 

Shaimaa Ramadan
Social Studies Teacher

My name is Shaimaa Ramadan and I am a Social Studies Teacher at AJIS.

I am from Egypt. I have taught Social Studies at AJIS for the past 5 years and counting.

I graduated in 2000 and I worked in my country for 2 years then I came to the Uae and started my teaching career here.

 

 

 

 

Sohaib Enizat
Arabic Language Teacher

My name is Sohaib Enizat and I am an Arabic Language Teacher at AJIS.

I graduated from the Yarmouk University of Jordan with a MA in Arabic (Linguistics and Syntax), and I have 13 years experience in teaching.

I decided to join AJIS since its establishment in 2014, I believe in the development of the Arabic Language department and with our collaboration we can achieve a high standard. This school provides a good atmosphere for students to learn the Arabic Language, which the students can use Arabic both within and beyond the school setting.

I love children. I spend a lot of time working on the computer. I like to read books of literature and novels. My free time is full of activity, particularly with reading , outdoor cycling workout.

 

 

Yara Altaweel
Arabic Language Teacher

My name is Yara Altaweel and I am an Arabic Language teacher at AJIS.

I am from Syria and I graduated from Damascus University, College of Education, Class Teacher Department in 2016.

I started working as an Arabic teacher in 2017 in the United Arab Emirates. I like to work with young children and I love my work as a kindergarten teacher.

 

 

 

Gina Zaki
Primary Music Teacher

My name is Gina Zaki. I am a primary music teacher at AJYAL International School, MBZ.

I have a Bachelor of Educationin Music, specializing in Piano -Opera singing .

I have 14 years of experience in the education field. My hobbies are drawing, painting, and computer design.

My goal is to encourage my students to love music and sing. I want them to use instrumental techniques, scales, sight reading and music theory to discover musical talent also using their skills in live performances.

 

 

 

 Maitha Al-Ali
Arts & Design Teacher

My name is Maitha Al-Ali and I am an Arts and Design teacher at AJIS.

I am from Syria and I have been working for about 27 years in Abu Dhabi schools.

I believe that art can be a way to create awareness and for development ...With art we rise.

 

 

 

 

Mayada Wardah
Primary Arts Teacher 

I am Mayada Wardah and I am the Arts teacher for primary students at AJIS.

I studied fine Arts and specialized in Art & Design, advertising and visual communications.

I have 12 years of experience in the education field, my hobbies are drawing, painting,  creative design, and sport.

My goal is to encourage my students to love the art of drawing and creative design, discover their  talents, improve their skills, and use the recycled items in their projects to save nature.

 

 

Nick Lewis
Head of PE

My name is Nick Lewis and I am Head of PE at Ajyal International School MBZ.

I have held a strong passion for sport from an early age and an admiration for my PE teachers growing up led to me choosing a pathway in teaching. From Liverpool John Moores University I obtained the required qualifications and teacher status with a BA Honours Degree in Primary and Secondary education, specialising in PE.

During my many years of experience I have taught in England, China and the UAE. I bring subject knowledge, passion, and a sense of humour to our PE department.

As a Head of PE it is my job to make sure all of our students have access to opportunities to participate in as much physical activity as possible. Our department seeks to instil an understanding of Fundamental Skills and the development of Physical Literacy, which will lead to our students choosing an active lifestyle right the way through school and into adulthood.

In my spare time I enjoy playing football, listening to music and spending time with my wife and 2 children.

Moez Zouabi
PE Teacher

My name is Moez Zouabi from Tunisia, I am a PE teacher at AJIS.

I graduated from the High Institute of Sport and Physical Education “Ksar Al Said” Tunis.

I have been passionate about sports and physical activities since I was young.

My favorite sports are: Handball, Football, Basketball and fitness. I am also a big foodie but I always take care of my diet as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

I am looking forward to sharing my experience with my students and to use my knowledge in fitness and sports to take teaching to another level.

 

Nesrine Elouaer
PE teacher

My name is Nesrine Elouaer and I am a PE teacher at AJIS.

I am from Tunisia and I graduated from the Sports and Science University. I have been a weightlifter since I was 13 years old. I am a PE teacher and international fitness instructor certified by Lesmills Europe.

I have 4 years  teaching  experience  and 4 years training young athletes.

I love teaching  and sharing good information with my students and colleagues, I love to smile all the time and give my environment good vibes and energy.

 

 

Doaa Ahmed
STEM & ICT teacher

My name is Doaa Ahmed , I am a STEM and ICT teacher at AJIS.

I am from Egypt and I graduated from the Faculty of Engineering in Ain Shams University (computer and systems engineering department ) ,then I prepared a diploma in embedded systems at iTi after that I worked as a software engineer in a French global automotive supplier “Valeo “ for 1 year  . I shifted my career to work as a teacher  4 years ago as I love teaching  and kids and I am very happy doing that, I joined a teaching diploma at Abu Dhabi university and I am a certified stem educator from “Sam Labs”. I like curriculum development, classroom management and student improvement plans. Moreover, my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set including first rate interpersonal and time management abilities.

My goals are:

  • Introducing kids to effective computer skills such as typing.
  • Providing information about how computers, tablets and phones are beneficial and how to use them safely.
  • Ensuring computer-related material is fun and easily related to real-world scenarios In my spare time I enjoy playing football, listening to music and spending time with my wife and 2 children.
Carol B. De Leon
Teacher Assistant

My name is Carol B. De Leon and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines. I am an undergraduate of BS in Economics, and BS in Computer Science.

 

 

 

 

 

Charmaine Montil
Teacher Assistant

My name is Charmaine Montil and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I am an Associate in Computer Technology graduate back home.

My hobbies are watching vlogs, watching random videos and listening to music. My goal in life is simple: to be successful and make the people I love proud of me.

 

 

 

 

Cristina Rarogal Agno
Teacher Assistant

My name is Cristina Rarogal Agno and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I attended college at Northwestern University at Laoag City, with a course of Associate in Hotel & Restaurant Management.

I love to travel to different places, I also love camping in the desert especially when winter, staying overnight and watching the sky or chatting with friends. I have been in the UAE since 2015, and I am very lucky & thankful  to work with Ajyal International School as a Teacher Assistant.

I really love to teach children, assist them and show them what is good, how to become friendly to others.

 

 

Diana Ignacio
Teacher Assistant

I am Diana Ignacio and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I have a 2-year college degree in Computer Secretariat. With the number of work experiences I have, teaching kids for me is the best.

For I am able to touch the lives of these kids by serving not only as an assistant teacher, but as a mother as well. I am looking forward to seeing more years in this service.

 

 

 

Janet Fenecious
Teacher Assistant

My name is Janet Fenecious and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I have a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Saint Joseph College.

I have been in the UAE for almost 8 years working as an assistant teacher. It is a great privilege being able to practice my profession in teaching young children which has always been my passion.

During my free time I usually spend it fishing with my friends and I also love to travel to different countries and meet different people and know about their culture.

 

 

Janine Montil
Teacher Assistant

My name is Janine Montil and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines  and I love UAE, my second home. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and a Bachelor in Secondary Education Units Earner in one of the universities back home.

I have loved living in Abu Dhabi for almost 5 years now and counting.

I’ve been employed as KG Supervisor (as my first job) and now as an Assistant Teacher without regrets. I love teaching kids as well as reading random books and watching videos.

Making my family proud is a common goal and it’s the first in my list.

 

Jessel Jane Monti
Teacher Assistant

My name is Jessel Jane Montil and I am a teacher assistant at AJIs.

I am from the Philippines and have been working as a Teaching Assistant in  UAE since 2007.

I have a  Bachelor of Science and Hotel Management.

Singing, listening to music and cooking are the hobbies I loved the most.

 

 

 

Katherine Joy Seniel
Teacher Assistant

My name is Katherine Joy Seniel and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and  I lived in the UAE for more than 11 years and I consider it my second home.

Throughout my experience in Ajyal I developed  the interest to pursue my career in the field of education. I loved the experience to work directly with students. This hands-on experience can enhance my abilities and my knowledge of teaching.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Management Accounting at the University of Mindanao.

 

 

 

Laarnie G. Eugenio
Teacher Assistant

My name is Laarnie G. Eugenio and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I graduated as Bachelor of art in public administration at Isabela state university Philippines.

My hobbies are cooking, reading books and usually listening to music.

My goals in life are simple, to have a stable job so that I can provide my two children with a good life.

Be kind, have faith and respect everyone.

 

 

Maila Mabuan Lucas
Teacher Assistant

My name is Maila Mabuan Lucas and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce majoring in Banking and Finance.

My hobbies are dancing, singing, watching movies and playing Virtual Reality games with my family.

My goal is to have my own business related to online marketing .

I have been working in the UAE since 2012 and have taken on administrative roles within the schools.  I have worked here in Ajyal since 2014 as a Teaching Assistant. I Love teaching children, guiding them as they learn and play and I care for them.

 

 

Racel De Jesus-Santiago
Teacher Assistant

My name is Racel De Jesus-Santiago I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

Being a college undergraduate way back in the Philippines, I decided to work abroad to support and provide the needs of my family.

I have been working in the United Arab Emirates for 12 years now. I worked in different schools, as an assistant teacher. It is my pleasure to have this job because I love kids and it is something I am passionate about. With the challenge that the world is facing, I would love to go back to the Philippines.

 

 

 

Renalyn Castillo Barrios
Teacher Assistant

My name is Renalyn Castillo Barrios and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the Philippines and  I graduated from the University of Cabugao Ilocos Sur. I started working here in UAE in 2003, I consider this country my second home.

I love baking and cooking, especially filipino food where I can express myself and become stress free.

My Goals are to improve my job performance, expand skills and to work towards senior leadership roles that comes with greater responsibility, and to work hard to earn enough money so I can be able to support my family in the Philippines and when the time comes I can be able to go home to my country the Philippines to be with my children and family.

 

 

Sana Javad
Teacher Assistant

My name is Sana Javad and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from Pakistan but shifted with my family to UAE at a very young age and was brought up here in Abu Dhabi. I did my secondary school at Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed School. And then i did a computer course from Abu Dhabi itself.

My hobbies include reading books and novels and I've recently started taking swimming lessons .
I love my job at Ajyal international school and I'm looking forward to continuing this job. And my goal is to get more experience in my work field.

 

 

 

Venus  Casi
Teacher Assistant

My name is Venus  Casi and I am a teacher assistant at AJIS.

I am from the  Philippines  and I have a Bachelor of Secondary  Education from Holy Cross of Davao College. I have been working in the UAE for almost 12 years.

I joined Ajyal International School in 2019 as Teaching Assistant / Bus Monitor.I love teaching young children, guiding them to learn and playing them.

 

 

 

Pamela Opperman
Head of SENCO

My name is Pamela and I am the Head of SENCO at AJIS.

I am from  Hails, Ireland. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education, a Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Education and I am currently completing my masters in Special Educational Needs.

I have been teaching for almost 16 years. I have a huge passion for inclusive education and I am a strong advocate for children with special or additional needs. I work tirelessly to ensure they are immersed in the classroom and can access the curriculum alongside their peers.

I am a mother of boys and a huge fan of all things action! Football, swimming, rollerblading and skateboarding are among my many hobbies. I have also studied yoga for more than 20 years and still practice daily – the down time is much needed!

 

Marie B Mamparair
Inclusion Team Member

Hi, my name is Leslie Marie B Mamparair and I am a member of the Inclusion Team at AJIS.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Child Development Education majoring in Special Education. I am a Licensed Professional Teacher in the Philippines and Certified English Language Teacher L2 in Singapore. I have eight years of experience in the field of Education. Most of my working years are spent in Singapore and I'm very much delighted to have an opportunity to work here in the UAE as part of your Inclusion Team.

My passion is to help children discover their interests and maximize their strengths in order for them to tap their fullest potentials. I am also committed to embrace new learnings and give my best to provide equal opportunities for everyone.

When I'm not in the classroom, I do backpacking. Traveling reconnects me to the world,  and my  free time is definitely spent on outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, swimming and camping.  Presently, I am exploring the stunning places here in the Emirates.

 

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