Having been in education for the last 25 years I have witnessed many changes, however the one constant factor remains: An education is one of the most valuable things we can possess. It influences how we see the world and contribute to it.
I have been fortunate to be a part of Aldar Academies for the last 9 years, and fully endorse the vision that it is our purpose to empower the next generation to shape our future.
We achieve this effective by recognising the importance of a holistic approach to education, being fully inclusive and allowing children to develop their skills in which they can realise their dreams for their future.
Taking on the role as Principal of Al Muna in March 2020 has allowed me to continue my passion in developing a community approach to educating our children, where all stakeholders play a part in a child’s development.
MEET OUR LEADERSHIP
I am proud to be able to call Al Muna Academy, my home for the past six years, where I have had a variety of roles beginning as a class teacher and several years in leadership. I am incredibly excited for this new academic year as Vice Principal in Al Muna. I began my teaching career in England, where I graduated from Newman University College in 2008. I worked in 2 primary schools in England before moving to Abu Dhabi in 2014.
Being part of the Al Muna family and having a range of roles has been a wonderful experience and provides me with a unique insight into how to develop the school further. I am incredibly fond of the close community feel there is at Al Muna Academy, and I am dedicated to continuing to see this flourish.
My main area of responsibility as Vice Principal is teaching and learning, where I will support the development of the staff within the school to ensure all pupils at Al Muna Academy make as much progress as possible. Through quality, first teaching children are allowed to develop their potential and effectively use their skill set to become lifelong learners. I am passionate about learning and the quality of education we deliver.
I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2005 with a MA (Hons) in Psychology; while studying for this degree, I found I had a particular interest in Developmental and Educational Psychology and decided to go on and study Primary Education.
I completed my PGDE in Primary Education from the University of Strathclyde in 2006. I worked in inner-city primary schools in Glasgow before embarking on a wonderful experience of travelling in Asia and Australia for a year. On my return to Scotland, I decided to combine my passion for teaching and travel and move to the UAE in 2010.
I have been a proud member of the Aldar Academies family for ten years, working at Al Yasmina Academy. During my time there I taught across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and held various leadership positions as Head of Subject, Head of Year, Head of Key Stage and Associate Assistant Principal for Visible Learning. I believe that the children should be central to everything we do; teachers should see the learning through the eyes of their students, setting challenging goals and facilitating the students’ learning journeys so they can reach their full potential, with no cap on expectations. I am proud to be part the Al Muna community as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Assessment, working to continually develop an enriching and engaging curriculum, to ensure all students are motivated and realising the endless possibilities available to them throughout their education.
I spent my formative years growing up in a beautiful coastal village in Northern Ireland.
I moved and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Primary Education, and I have been privileged to hold both teaching and leadership roles in outstanding schools in The UK, The UAE and Kuwait.
My goal at Al Muna is to develop the outstanding pastoral care that the school already offers. I have always been passionate about ensuring that school is a safe and welcoming place where children enjoy coming, and I will work hard to ensure that every child feels valued and has the opportunity to develop as both a learner and a person.
Outside of school, I spend my free time with my wife and three children. At the weekend I enjoy watching my favourite football team play and when time permits it, playing squash and hockey. Over the coming months and years, I look forward to developing positive relations and getting to know all of the students, their families and the wider Al Muna community.
Head of Inclusion
I have joined the school from a British school in Barcelona, where I was Head of Learning Support. Prior to that, I was a SENCo and a class teacher in schools in Hertfordshire, London and Berkshire. I was also fortunate enough to spend time in an international school in Seattle, USA.
I see my role as Head of Inclusion as being the advocate for all children who require any additional support at any time during their academic lives.
If children have English as an additional language, it is sometimes necessary for the school to ensure they are supported in their English language acquisition to enable them to access the curriculum. I will lead on the provision that these pupils receive, working collaboratively with all other staff within the school.
At Al Muna, every child matters, and should be given the tools and resources to be successful, always striving for the very best that they can be, in a safe, supportive environment.
Head of MOE
I am delighted to introduce myself as the Head of MOE.
My role in making the MOE subjects interested and attractive to pupils to enhance their learning experience as a whole. I am proud to have been a part of Aldar Academies for twelve years to date, seeing many students excel both personally and academically. I believe in thinking outside the box and gearing education to each student's abilities.
I took part in various CPD courses and assisted in developing the FS curriculum across Aldar Academies. I have a Bachelor's degree in Literacy and under graduation of my NPQML.