Andrew worked for 17 years in one of the UK’s largest secondary academy’s in Devon, before joining AAESS. He held many portfolios including Director of 6th Form, Head of Year 7 and Keys Stage 3 Manager. Andrew trained as a PE teacher and undertook his Master’s degree with a leading professor in the UK, in ICT & Physical Education. Andrew has given many conference speeches for BETT Middles East, The British Educational Research Association, and also at many Premier Football Clubs, including Chelsea and Arsenal! His research has been published in many renowned journals. He led a very successful ICT, Business & Law Faculty that saw results at A Level being in the top 5% of the UK. Andrew enjoys skeet shooting and time with his wife, Georgia, and two sons, James & Ben.
Before moving to Al Ain to join AAESS in August 2013 Helen lived and worked in the West of Scotland. She spent 13 years in her previous school which had been graded by Her Majesty’s Inspectorates (HMI) as one of the top performing primary schools in Scotland. During Helen’s time in her previous employment she achieved Chartered Teacher Status and worked very closely with the Senior Leadership Team in improving standards across the school. In addition, Helen also worked on curriculum development within her local authority and with Education Scotland (the national body for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching). Helen is a 2nd level trained inspector with the British Schools Middle East. She enjoys spending her holidays with her husband and 3 grown children who live and work across the UK.
Zaheer graduated with the honour of being chosen as the best Physicist of his year while achieving distinctions in Physics and Chemistry. Zaheer started his teaching career in 1996 in South Africa. He joined AAESS in January 2002 as General Science and Physics teacher. In 2008 he was promoted to the Head of Science in the secondary school. Zaheer is particularly proud of students’ achievements in Science in his time at AAESS. Besides achieving outstanding results in Science, several students have extended their success in scientific careers worldwide.
Zaheer’s wife teaches English in the secondary school and his daughter attends the primary school. He enjoys running, cooking and body surfing.
Chris completed his H.D.E (B. Ed Equivalency) Qualification in 1993, and started his career as a Year 4 teacher in January 1994. He has held many portfolios over the years, such as Subject Head of Science, Head of Years 4 and 5, Extra Curricular Coordinator and Head of Department Life Skills (Pastoral). During this time, he has served on a number of committees, focusing on improving and developing areas such as the raising of attainment and standards, extra-Curricular activities for children, school fundraising and managing the procurement of resources. He has also been very involved in the development of teachers and empowerment of parents, through leading many INSET initiatives and workshops. In July 2003, Chris was promoted to the position of Deputy Principal at a large primary school in South Africa. In 2010 he completed a further two years qualification in School Leadership, Administration and Management. Chris joined AAESS in August 2014 and was promoted to Deputy Head of Primary in August 2015. Chris is also the Youth Manager of the Al Ain Amblers Rugby club, realising the importance of sport in the development of our youth. He enjoys participating in all kinds of sport and spending quality time with his wife and two teenage children.
Carolyn joined AAESS in Sept 2017 having previously worked in the South West of England, at an ‘Outstanding’ school, for 17 years and prior to that at a school in Bedfordshire for a further 7 years.
In her previous school, Carolyn held the position of Assistant Headteacher with responsibilities for: developing and maintaining high standards of teaching and learning, raising pupil attainment and achievement, monitoring pupil progress, leading training for trainee teachers, mentoring the induction process for Newly Qualified Teachers and motivating and inspiring her teaching teams.
Carolyn is passionate about ensuring all children have a challenging and enriching learning experience that will prepare them for future life. As an Arts leader, Carolyn effectively led a primary teacher’s support network, on behalf of the Torbay Teaching Alliance providing CPD and monitoring music provision. She was also an educational representative on the strategy board of a Music Hub working in partnership with all schools to ensure they provided a high quality music education for all.
Her husband, Richard, also teaches at AAESS, as Head of Maths in Secondary and they have two boys – one who is currently studying at university in the UK and one who is in his final year at AAESS.
In her spare time, Carolyn pursues a wide range of interests including: cycling, swimming, water-sports, travelling and spending time with her family.
Hadi is a devoted father of three children, advising them to continue having Islamic values and virtues.
Hadi loves soft music, swimming and walking.
He is proud of Arabic as a language which was the reason he chose to get his Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic studies followed by a teaching career.
After nine years as a teacher, Hadi followed with eight years as the Head of the Arabic Department and later as a Principal for a private school for six years. During those times, he made sure to continue to develop his professional skills in all areas which enabled him to be a permanent member of the Board of Trustees for a numbers of schools in Al Ain.
Recently, Hadi was honored to join AAESS to be one of the members of staff working together hard with his team to do their best. He is encouraged by how much the Arabic team is dedicated on enriching Arabic reading in the school. Aiming for a better performance in using innovation and creativity in all aspects of their students’ learning journey.
Neil loves Teaching and Geography, which is why he has been doing this for over 18 years. During his career in the UK, he was promoted to Head of Geography at Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough. Having spent 7 wonderful years there, he and his wife Rebecca decided to move to Al Ain English Speaking School in 2009, for a new challenge. Initially, Neil was Head of Key Stage 4 and a teacher of Geography and P.E., but since that time he has been promoted to Head of Geography and Head of Key Stages 3 and 4 and is now part of the new senior leadership team as Associate Principal. During the 7 years he has spent in Al Ain, Neil’s family has grown and he now has two children, Joshua and Evelyn. Joshua started Foundation Stage 1 in August 2015 and is thoroughly enjoying the experiences and guidance given at AAESS. Evelyn will soon follow and as a result, Neil is committed to making sure that the education provided at AAESS is of the highest standard. Neil loves football both playing and supporting his hometown club, Middlesbrough who has just been promoted to the Premier League.
Before arriving at AAESS, Mike spent his teaching career across several primary schools in New Zealand. His previous position was as Assistant Principal of Marian Catholic School in Hamilton where he taught for 10 years. He was in charge of Teaching and Learning across Years 5-8 and held the portfolio of school-wide curriculum development and shared portfolios of assessment and reporting. He presented at local conferences on curriculum development and at a nationwide conference on the development of school-wide values.
Mike is passionate about pedagogy and curriculum, and has a particular interest in developing collaboration and mutual understanding at school transition points.
Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Arnna and children, Mollie, Abbie and Elliot who all attend AAESS. He is also a keen follower of rugby and supports the Chiefs and Highlanders at Super Rugby Level and of course, the All Blacks! He is currently the co-coach of the Under 13 Team at the Al Ain Amblers Rugby Club and enjoys exploring the off road challenges of Oman when he gets the chance. In quieter times he also enjoys writing, movies and reading widely.
Eliza was inspired to teach by her own experiences at school. After being awarded her BSc Analytical Chemistry in 2005, she studied the Graduate Teacher Programme through Exeter University, United Kingdom and she considers herself extremely fortunate to have developed her teaching alongside some well-educated and outstanding teachers whilst working on placement at two large comprehensive schools.
Eliza served 8 years at her first school; an outstanding centre of education, and progressed to the position of Head of Year. In her various roles as a teacher and in middle management she has worked hard to get to know both the pupils and their parents. Eliza believes that building these strong relationships ensures that each individual is given the right opportunities that will best support their individual learning and pastoral needs.
In 2014; wishing to expand her own professional development, Eliza accepted a teaching position at The British International School of Houston, an age 3-18 private school in the United States of America. Working closely with Primary colleagues in America, particularly at KS2 is something she felt she gained a lot of professional development from; understanding how a child’s scientific education develops prior to KS3 has been paramount to her understanding how maximum progress can be made once secondary education starts.
Having worked within and managed aspects of curriculum and pastoral development for over a decade, both in the UK and internationally, Eliza has procured a comprehensive knowledge of School processes and how they can be developed to maximise academic achievement for our students. Her ability to encourage all pupils to aspire to achieve their full potential academically whether they are near the bottom or at the top of a wide ability spectrum is a strength in her own teaching pedagogy.
Eliza continues to be aspirational and admits that she herself thrives on learning and being able to continually broaden her professional understanding teaching and learning. Currently, as part of her continued professional development, she is studying for her Master’s Degree in the Leadership and Management of Education.
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