An initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the GCC, the Teacher Summit seeks to improve teaching and learning and connect education professionals throughout the MENA region to the resources provided by ASCD.
This regional event is a platform for American Curriculum teachers to engage and learn with renowned educators and scholars. Topics at the summit will address best practices in leadership, data, curriculum, and English Language Arts, Math, and Science. The audience for this conference will include classroom teachers, heads of department, program coordinators, school administrators, and organizations active in the educational sector.
|8:00-8:45am||Registration, Networking, Breakfast|
|8:00-9:00am||Registration, Exhibitors, Networking, Breakfast|
|9:15-10:00am||Keynote: Dr. Thomas Hoerr|
|10:00-10:15am||Coffee Break, Exhibitors|
|12:30-1:30pm||Lunch and Learn, Exhibitors|
|3:50-4:00pm||Giveaways, Reflections, Closing|
Dr. Tom Hoerr led schools for 37 years and is the Emeritus Head of School of the New City School in St. Louis, MO. He is a Scholar-In- Residence at UM-St. Louis and teaches in the principal preparation program. Hoerr worked as a teacher and principal, and founded and directed the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He leads the ISACS New Heads Network and holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Hoerr's latest book is The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs. He makes the case that it is not enough to prepare students academically; we must prepare them to succeed in life. Hoerr is also the author of Fostering Grit, The Art of School Leadership, Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School, and School Leadership for the Future. He has written more than 110 articles, and his "Principal Connection" column has been in Educational Leadership since 2004. Hoerr has presented at conferences around the world on grit, leadership, multiple intelligences, faculty collegiality, instructional leadership, and Success Skills.
6 October Only Pre-Conference with Dr. Thomas R. Hoerr is AED 800 per person
6 October Only Pre-Conference with Dr. Thomas R. Hoerr + Formative Five ebook is AED 900 AED per person
7 October Conference is AED 1000: Bag, keynote, workshop sessions, breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and Professional Development certificate for participation
6 and 7 October Full Conference is AED 1450 per person (add AED 100 to get the Formative Five ebook)
Dr. Tony Burks's career is defined by his culturally courageous leadership in support of today's learners as leaders and innovators.
As the Chief Learning Officer of LEADright and a K-12 Education Expert, Dr. Burks' ideas and insights center around thinking differently; taking different actions, and having different breakthrough results.
Dr. Burks served the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) as its Superintendent-in-Residence. He has helped school districts and their partners transform schools into places where students achieve academic proficiency, love learning, and graduate well prepared to succeed.
A fellow of the British-American Project and a two-time recipient of the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award (2003, 2006), Dr. Burks has earned three awards from the Fulbright Organization for his work in education: the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program (1998), the Fulbright Educator Exchange with the Kingdom of Jordan (2004), and the Fulbright Administrator Exchange with the Kingdom of Thailand (2006). Dr. Burks earned a BA in Philosophy with Honors from Morehouse College, an MEd in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from The University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Dr. Burks is the author of three books and a contributor to two. His newest book, Bought Wisdom: Tales of Living and Learning, is an interactive leadership memoir that invites you to tell your own stories. Bought Wisdom shows learners and leaders how to use their stories to reframe and transform their lives for the benefit of themselves and others.
Dr. Burks is an award-winning educator who developed an early drive for leading that resulted in him becoming an elementary school principal at the age of 27. Since then, he has served schools and districts in roles from Magnet Director to School Transformation Coach, from Principal Mentor to Executive Director of Small School Innovation, and from School Improvement Officer to Area Superintendent. Dr. Burks was the founding principal of The Early College at Guilford, North Carolina's first early college high school and one of the first such schools of its type in the world.
Andrew Miller is an Instructional Coach at the Shanghai American School in China, coaching with an emphasis on Assessment, Project Based Learning, and Teacher Leadership. He also serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD, and is an Associate for Jay McTighe. He has worked with educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, India, Mexico, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic. He has given presentations and workshops at many conferences for many organizations including the National Association for Multicultural Education, ISTE, ASCD, the International Literacy Association, and iNACOL's Virtual Schools Symposium. Andrew is an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD and Edutopia.
Cody Claver has spent his entire 30-year career in the field of education serving as a teacher of Social Studies and Mathematics; in school leadership positions as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the U.S. Cody has spent the past sixteen years as a member of the Danielson Group (www.danielsongroup.org) coaching and mentoring teachers and administrators in Charlotte Danielson's work known as "The Framework for Teaching".
Cody also served as the Head of School for a virtual charter school in the U.S. educating over 3,000 students throughout the state of Idaho using the K12 Inc. curriculum. While working for K12 he was promoted to Vice President of School Development and helped to establish other statewide virtual charter schools throughout the U.S.
In March of 2012, Cody accepted the role of Vice President of International Business Development for K12 Inc. and moved with his family to Dubai. Since then he has become General Manager for iCademy Middle East FZ-LLC exclusively using the K12 Inc. curriculum in the GCC Region to school over 750 students. Some of the projects that Cody has successfully implemented include a Blended Model Learning Center in Knowledge Village serving 100+ students, establishing a Blended Model School on the Khamis-Mushayt Compound in Abha, Saudi Arabia, and the Gems Sports Academy that uses the Blended Model approach for athletes.
Cody is a graduate of Idaho State University with Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and an Educational Specialist degree in Education Administration.
Dr. Angela Peery is an author and educator. She has authored or co-authored 13 books, including the bestsellers Writing Matters in Every Classroom and The Data Teams Experience: A Guide for Effective Meetings. In 2017, she will publish three books on vocabulary instruction. Prior to becoming a consultant, Angela was an instructional coach for a chronically low-performing middle school. Her other experience includes ten years of classroom teaching, four years as a high school administrator, and leadership roles at the building, district, and state levels. In these roles, she developed curriculum and mentored other teachers in standards implementation. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, both in-person and online. Additionally, she was a co-director of a National Writing Project site for several years, teaching the summer institute.
Patti Drapeau is an educational consultant, internationally known presenter and author. Patti is a presenter in the United States and abroad where she presents keynote and break out conference sessions as well as short and long-term workshops. Her presentation topics include: creativity, differentiation, personalized learning, engagement strategies, student empowerment and meeting the needs of special populations. Patti is on the part time faculty at the University of Southern Maine and St. Joseph's College where she teaches courses in gifted education. She is also a consultant for the Maine Department of Education in gifted education.
Patti is the author of Sparking Student Creativity Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving (ASCD, 2014), Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers 2nd edition revised and updated (Hawker Brownlow, 2010), Differentiating with Graphic Organizers Tools to Foster Critical and Creative Thinking (Corwin Press, 2008), Differentiated Instruction: Making It Work (Scholastic, 2004) and Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers (Scholastic, 1998). She authored a variety of articles for the Maine Exchange, Teaching Matters, and Understanding our Gifted. Patti has over twenty-five years of classroom experience teaching students and coordinating programs in Freeport, Maine. She coached Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Explorer Vision, and math teams. Patti received the New England Region Gifted and Talented award for outstanding contributions in gifted education and the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented award for exemplary service.
Adam Hall has a passion for life, learning, and teaching. Throughout his professional career in private industry and education, he has remained focused on making the world a better place. His interest in the environment grew while earning a degree in Biology at the University of Colorado. In 1999, he co-founded Moonwalk for Earth (MFE), an organization dedicated to promoting a "mission to the moon" scale renewable energy and energy efficiency program. MFE became a conduit for earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and a platform to motivate student activism within the arena of sustainability. The organization has helped schools attain solar power educational systems, grow gardens, and spark green initiatives.
From 2011-15, he focused on science and math instruction for students with learning differences in middle school academic support at Shanghai American School (SAS).During his tenure at SAS, Mr. Hall planned and coordinated a school-wide solar design challenge to address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In addition, Mr. Hall served as Roots & Shoots coordinator and launched Million Solar Stars to expand solar power in education. The initiative serves as a platform for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) learning while cultivating student creativity, collaboration, and leadership skills. In 2014, Million Solar Stars received endorsement from Dr. Jane Goodall for extending solar power's educational, environmental, and economic benefits to international schools and businesses.
Mr. Hall has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado, an International Teaching Certificate from the European Council of International Schools, and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College, Vermont.
Amy O'Meara is a Chicago native who holds M.A. in Curriculum Design & Instruction and TEFL certified. She is currently working to become a Google Certified Educator as well. She is in her second year at Riffa Views International School, Bahrain where she loves being back in the classroom teaching grade four. Prior to her first international post, Amy worked for Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida, in the US. A school district known for its innovation in education and the forefront of professional development for instruction. She spent several years in the classroom before serving 6 years as teacher coach in literacy. She specialized in the implementation of best practices for Writer's Workshop. She worked side-by-side with both teachers and students in the classroom to implement the most current trends in education. She has served on curriculum research teams and school leadership teams as curriculum specialist for writing instruction. Beyond this, she has also developed and delivered innovative professional development in literacy to teachers in her school, district, at the University of South Florida as a consultant for the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project and other schools in southeast Florida. She still currently a part of the National Writing Project, and a member of the NCTE, and ILA.
Ashley Green achieved a bachelor's in education from Glasgow University and taught in the city for two years before moving to Dubai to teach in International Schools. She is currently working at Jess for three years where the forward thinking and innovative senior leaders have allowed her to trial, pilot, and embed her knowledge into the curriculum. Ashley is passionate about promoting emotional education for children throughout their entire time at school and believes equipping them with skills to handle a variety of life situations ensures the development of the whole child.
Assile Al Amili
Assile Al Amili is an educator with more than ten years of experience in teaching and leadership. She received a Master's degree of educational leadership and administration with high distinction, a Bachelor's of Art in Arabic literature, and an international diploma in training. Assile gained an extensive and rich experience in very reputed organizations, particularly in teaching, learning, and leadership. During her professional career she developed resources, curriculum content, course work, assessment tools, and digital practices. Moreover, she contributed to her schools and educational organizations improvement plan and raised the profile of her department. Presently, Assile is working on a project that would enable the Arabic non-native learners to acquire the language and to help them achieve high attainment in their internal and international exams such as ministry exams, GCSE and IGCSE exams, and IB exams. Also, she is involved in a philanthropic project, where she is improving the quality of learning, teaching, and assessment in an educational center in Dubai.
After 23 years experience teaching science in rural and suburban schools in the U.S., Callie moved to the Middle East to teach at Riffa Views International School. She has extensive training in access and equity and was a Summer Fellow at the Science Museum of Minnesota where she helped train teams of teachers in race, equity, and STEM education. In addition to access and equity, she has led trainings on technology use, standards-based assessment, and flexible learning environments. Callie has twice been a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest award for a STEM teacher in the United States.
Dr. Craig Gabler
Craig Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant and the KDSL Global science consultant for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Previously he was at Educational Service District (ESD) 113 in Olympia, Washington, beginning in 2000. At the ESD, Dr. Gabler served as Regional Science Coordinator where his primary role was to coordinate and deliver science professional development to the 44 school districts in the region. During his time at the ESD, Dr. Gabler also served as Curriculum Director for Science & Mathematics for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington for two years. Dr. Gabler began his career in Centralia, Washington in 1975 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. Outside of his work in districts, Dr. Gabler has been active in science education leadership. He served as a writer for the NGSS, worked on Washington state science standards writing teams, and spent several summers as Mentor Teacher in the U.S. Department of Energy's Pre-Service Teacher program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is currently the Retiring President of the National Science Education Leadership Association. In addition, he served a two-year term as president of the Washington Science Teachers Association and as the National Science Teachers Association's District XVII Director. Leadership and leadership development continues to be an area of focus for Dr. Gabler. He served as the team leader of the 2014 NGSS Forum held in Dubai for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Dr. Gabler was also a featured author in Teach UAE Magazine where he wrote an article on implementing the NGSS. Dr. Gabler received a BS in Physical Science from Washington State University, an MS in Science Education from Oregon State University, and a PhD in Science & Mathematics Education from the Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
Dr. Sarah Boswell
Dr. Sarah A. Boswell, the founder of Collective Learning, is an accomplished educator and advocate for teachers and students. Her career evolved from the classroom to district level professional learning coach and staff developer to international teacher talent development consultant. Through her higher educational pursuits, beginning in early childhood education and culminating in adult learning, Sarah unconventionally brings two key aspects of expertise into her consultancy. As a result, Sarah is situated in a wealth of indispensable knowledge and experience that serve as a keystone to her ability to design, implement, and facilitate learning cultures that encapsulate the intellectual and intuitive capacity of teachers. She co-authored a chapter in "Reshaping Learning" titled, Schools as Learning Communities that explores the implication of learning organizations in schools. Dr. Boswell is a scholar-leader who continues to leverage her experience and research to facilitate change in schools.
Elizabeth Mitchell is a science teacher in Dubai who has a keen interest in exploring engaging ways to successfully foster STEM education. She has taught a diverse population of students in the USA and in Dubai. She is currently teaching as an adjunct instructor at Zayed University in the College of Education while at the same time completing a graduate program in Engineering Education at Tufts University in Boston, USA. As the Next Generation Science Standards include the integration of engineering practices she wanted to get a feel for what engineers really do and learn how to engage students actively in the engineering process. Elizabeth has now found a passion for teaching the "E" in STEM after learning many exciting ways to guide students through the thinking, designing, and building process. She feels there is vast potential for developing this field of education in the region as our students present diverse perspectives on problems and solutions.
A dynamic teacher trainer, with extensive international experience and a demonstrable track record of success, with a particular interest in whole school literacy. Heather French's strengths include the ability to critically evaluate schools and to deliver bespoke training programmes; professionalise literacy coordinators ; improve the teaching of phonics using a systematic approach; advise schools on language policies who have a high number of EAL pupils; provide drama workshops for staff; deliver training on creative ways to teach grammar, spelling and punctuation; present creative ideas for the teaching of poetry; improve the standard of writing across whole school and help to instill a love of reading amongst all pupils.
Heather Roy has been teaching for over 20 years in Canada and the UAE in both elementary and secondary classrooms. She is currently working as a Technology Teaching and Learning Coach at the American School of Dubai (ASD). Heather is passionate about Google Apps for Education and the power it has to transform teaching and learning in schools. She is a Google Certified Trainer and Leader Google Educator Group (GEG) for the UAE.
Inquisitive and analytical by nature, Jacqueline Burns is a problem solver who enjoys the complexity of teaching mathematics to diverse audiences of learners. She's passionate about creating interactive environments that allow participants to embrace the joys and also tackle the challenges of teaching and learning mathematics. Jacqueline's work draws on more than two decades of teaching and supporting mathematics in schools that span the cultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, and cognitive ability spectra. Prior to moving overseas, she served as a Mathematics Specialist for a major metropolitan school district in the United States. Her work has been featured in From Standards to Rubrics in 6 Steps: Tools for Assessing Student Learning, K-8 and Jacqueline has presented on mathematics topics at schools and conferences and in the MENA region and across the USA. Ms. Burns holds teaching support credentials as a Teacher Support Specialist and teacher certification in several subject areas including early childhood education and middle grades mathematics.
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Jancey Clark has been teaching and coaching at the American International School in Riyadh (AIS-R) for the past seven years. As a K-5 learning coach, Jancey focuses on supporting student learning through coaching cycles and unit planning. The best part about her job is empowering teachers through learning rounds, lab sites, and professional passion projects. When she is not learning with teachers at AIS-R, she can be found sharing her learning on twitter (@jancey5) or on her blog.
Janet Larsen Roberts
Janet Larsen Roberts was drawn to teaching because her first grade teacher told her she talked too much. Now she is a reformed teacher-talk junkie and her passion is helping over teachers overcome the habit of talking too much. She has taught English and ESL for 30 years to middle school, high school, university and adult students in the U.S. and UAE. Janet draws upon her vast teaching experience and leads teachers to discover new truths through her energetic, inspiring training sessions. In the U.S., she led her school's Character Development team. Janet has also taught English for HCT and Zayed University. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Communication and Theatre. She is a Certified Kagan Trainer and Senior Education Consultant for the Knowledge Group.
James Bush Miller
James Bush Miller is a 26-year teaching veteran who has embraced the use of technology in the classroom. As a high school math teacher, he has been flipping his classes for many years and has his own YouTube channel, mrmathmiller. As an IB educator for 9+ years, James has taught all dp math levels as well as myp levels 4 and 5. One year ago, he and his family ventured into the international teaching community and have enjoyed learning and teaching overseas in Bahrain.
Jeffrey Smith owns a Dubai-based business consultant specializing in K-12 education resources. He has over 15 years of experience forging partnerships with schools and organizations throughout the United States and across multiple countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Jeffrey is currently CEO of Copperstone Education. Copperstone represents the world-renowned and fully accredited Calvert Distance Learning curriculum for homeschool families and blended learning options in partnership with schools throughout the MENA region. Copperstone also offers Walkabouts by ActivEd and the Envision IELTS for Teachers program, which is thought to be the first IELTS preparation course developed specifically for teachers.
Prior to his current role, Jeffrey was Founding Director of Sylvan Learning in the UAE and Chief Operations Officer for Sylvan throughout the MENA Region. He is recognized for his extraordinary ability to develop "win-win" collaborations where the needs of all stakeholders are considered when developing solutions.
Jeffrey's record of success also includes developing a partnership with the US Department of Defense to provide college preparation courses for military families at the Fort George Meade Army Base in the state of Maryland and his creation of several free community outreach projects here in the UAE, including Read Across the Gulf and the Community Service Initiative. Jeffrey has served on the Governing Board at North American International School for the past 5 years. He is also known for his volunteer work in the education community such as the Real Men Read campaign in the UAE.
Kelly Seymour and Rachel Lloyd
Kelly Seymour is an expert in Leading and Teaching within the Early Years and has dedicated her career to developing child led learning philosophies that empower students and teachers to shine. Her fearless and empowered mindset has enabled her to develop practices and workshops for teachers and students that encourage creativity and imagination and promote empowerment and authenticity.
Kelly is passionate about developing the dreams and imaginations of the next generation in order to bring positive change into their lives and the world. She cofounded Limitless Education in order to develop innovative teaching and coaching practices that will support and empower all practitioners to bring this awareness and understanding to the forefront of education. Kelly is a unique facilitator due to the mindful combination of her passions in teaching, exploring the limitless possibilities of the imagination and playing with creativity.
Kelly is dedicated to student empowerment and developing fearless living, she fundamentally believes that in order to create positive change in the world and education reform we need to collaborate with youth, understanding that their empowerment is the key to sustainable change.
As co-founder of Limitless Education, Rachel Lloyd is passionate about fostering an understanding of the importance of dreams, passions, imagination, and creativity in education settings. She is committed to education reform and is invested in shifting the focus from grades and assessments to dreams and passions. Rachel committed herself to exploring the most effective education philosophies, she is a highly knowledgeable in 'Reggio Emilia' and child initiated learning. During her time leading schools in the UAE and UK, Rachel developed her own unique education philosophies, which incorporated 'passion projects, developing dreamers and creating change makers'.
With 16 years experience in education she has created outstanding and innovative education practices, Rachel has been highlighted as an innovative and inspiring head teacher by local authorities. With a refreshing and remarkable mindset she supports educators developing unique teaching philosophies and practices.
Kenneth Johnson has spent the last two years teaching internationally and coaching math teachers. Prior to joining the American United School (AUS) of Kuwait, he taught for 10 years in several school districts in Atlanta, Georgia. He worked primarily as a middle school math teacher. He also served in the role as a Computer Tech Instructor and a Physical Educational teacher. Kenny’s experience in these fields have assisted with his development as an educator in helping to understand the various developmental needs of students from elementary to high school. He is proud to continue as part of the AUS learning community in order to create 21st Century lifelong learners and global citizens, thus providing the best educational experience for students, parents, and peers.
Maci Nazzarini is an educator and learner practicing and engaging at Riffa Views International School in Bahrain. Maci has had the privilege of teaching some amazing first, third, and fourth graders. In the past she also had the enriching experience as a community outreach specialist and parent-program coordinator. This has given her the ability to work with parents, teachers, and students of all ages. Creating a safe, welcome environment where ALL students—no matter their age—can learn and share with each other is her passion. She believes in a future of education where teachers are learners and learners are teachers. She has become successful at engaging students in positive, fun ways that makes learning enjoyable and accessible. Maci's mission is to share these techniques and learn more from educators all over the globe.
Loretta Sanders is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist who has gained her work experience in both North Carolina, USA and the United Arab Emirates. Over her 16-year career, she has held various curriculum-based leadership roles from Elementary Curriculum Specialist to Vice Principal overseeing Professional Development and School Programs to her current role as a Secondary Principal. Loretta has led a team comprised of both teachers and Heads of Department in creating a rigorous and yet balanced elementary curriculum using Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards while ensuring integration of 21st Century skills for a student population of 40 different nationalities across four schools. As a result, district schools showed great improvement on their governmental inspection rating from the previous academic year. In her various curriculum roles, Loretta has invested vast amounts of time researching and building her expertise in all related areas. Her passion is to share her knowledge and enthusiasm about this field with fellow educators and ultimately have an impact on learners in classrooms everywhere.
Minette Finley-Lewis's passion is to ensure a superb learning environment for all educators and students by creating, nurturing and enhancing a lifelong love for knowledge in order to attain their full potential; and consequently creating successful next generation educators, learners, and innovators. She has a deep interest in learning about state-of-the-art educational tools, investigating research, and designing instructional materials.
Last year she completed her 2nd year at American United School (AUS), Kuwait. Prior to joining AUS, she gained a wealth of experience in education from West Africa, where she taught secondary school English Language Arts, French and Drama. In London, she developed, implemented, and supervised Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) for students with Special Educational Needs in reception through year 6, and in North Carolina as an educator for 9 years, including a year of internship as an administrator. Minette also served as a coordinator for a district After-School Quality Improvement Grant Program. Minette has a post master's graduate certificate in School Administration/Educational Leadership (PCER), post master's graduate certificate in curriculum leadership, administration, and supervision, a masters' of arts in Teaching, and a bachelor's in honors in education studies.
Mohamed Obaidat is the Director of Business Development for Knowledge Group – Education Division. He is a recognized expert in educational strategy execution, schools performance evaluation, leadership development and training programs for teachers. Mohamed works with senior executives and speaks at conferences on these topics. Mohamed works with organizations at senior levels on "Education Reform Strategy" to help governmental and private bodies to align strategic priorities with the rest of the organization and create a learning organization vs organizational learning in addition to the organization's harmony and sustainability. Mohamed has worked extensively on writing the National Identity program for the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC).
Mohamed has also worked with Mosaica Education/USA for 6 years. In 2009, Mohamed became the Regional Manager for the MENA Region. Mohamed has achieved the best employee prize for 3 years universally. He also served as a professional development director with CfBT and in then he was the director of Razi education from Canada. Mohamed holds 3 Masters Degrees in curriculum instruction, Islamic studies approaches, and educational leadership styles.
Pierre Atallah is an educational professional with 15+ years of experience in the educational arena. With expertise across various disciplines, he is mainly focused on math and science education and educational leadership and management. Driving his passion is commitment for community and social development through learning. He enjoys working with people in educational contexts bringing out their potential and enabling them to grow in the face of challenges through impacting their work cultures and behavioural routines. He finds himself influential in policy development, management sustainability and efficiency and integration of technology in leadership and management as tools of institutional effectiveness. Pierre holds a Master's Degree in International Education Policy and Management from the University of Birmingham, England and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the Lebanese University, Lebanon
As a 19 year veteran educator, Rhonda Guitroz has served as an ELA Skills Specialist, Curriculum Writer, District Presenter, and Assessment writer for Aldine ISD. Currently, she serves as a K-12 Literacy Coach at American United School in Kuwait.
Saki Milton is an experienced mathematics educator with more than 20 years in the education industry including adult learning, academic consulting, curriculum writing, teacher mentoring and coaching, market development and consulting, and most importantly eight years of classroom teaching.
Passionate about STEM education, Saki is known for her extensive work in the U.S. by founding The GEMS Camp (Girls interested in Engineering, Mathematics and Science), a non-profit organization whose mission is to build confidence in girls in grades 7-10 in five core areas called the 5 Karat Gems - Academics, Career, Creativity, Leadership, and Service - so that they will be successful in STEM studies and beyond. The organization has served more than 300 girls across Texas since 2010, partnering with major STEM employers such as BP Oil, Pepsico-FritoLay, Microsoft, HESS Corporation, and NASA to name a few.
Saki currently works for Pearson Education Middle East as the U.S. Schools Curriculum Manager, delivering educator support to schools across the gulf region. Saki holds a B.A. in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas and an M.B.A. in marketing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Scott Farber, president and founder of A-List Education, earned a degree in International Relations from Harvard University in 2001. Since A-List's inception in 2005, Scott has overseen all aspects of the company's growth while continuing to work directly with many students and a variety of schools and non-profit programs. Scott has personally worked with over 4,000 students, trained over 500 educators, developed innovative education products such as Vocab Videos, CollegeEssayOrganizer.com, and presented at conferences and educational organizations around the world. Scott also serves in a variety of educational consulting capacities for nationally recognized non-profit programs.
Since his childhood, Shady Elkassas looked forward to a career in teaching and is committed to maintaining high standards and practices in the education of young people. He has a Master's of Science in Education, Executive Management Diploma, and a Bachelor's of Science. Shady believes that the capstone of education is to give every student equal opportunities to learn. He has taken the initiative to adopt the project-based learning and inquiry-based learning methodologies to create a new foundation of STEM learning in his school.
For the past few years Shady has worked at Sharjah American International School. He joined as High School Physics Teacher and currently handles dual responsibilities as Head of Science Department and Academic Coordinator. As Academic Coordinator he oversees departmental recruitment, staff and faculty training, and organizes academic events. For a significant duration, he taught Physics and was successful in generating a growing interest in the subject among students.
Tamsin Thomas serves as director of international efforts at the College Board, working with K-12 schools and in partnership with our members in the Middle East, North Africa and South/Central Asia. In this role she oversees the implementation of College Board's K-12 programs and initiatives in MENA and South/Central Asia. Prior to joining the College Board, Tamsin spent over 13 years in the field of international education, most recently leading efforts with the British Council's international higher education program in the USA and as a founding member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling International Advisory Committee. Previously, Tamsin worked in international admissions for multiple UK universities with an emphasis in the Middle East, South Asia and West Africa. Tamsin earned her bachelor's degree in International Relations from Keele University (UK) and a master's degree in European Studies from the University of Birmingham (UK).
After a very successful career in the UK, Ashleigh moved to Dubai to be a Head of Foundation Department in a large school. During this time Ashleigh developed a wealth of local knowledge and got to grips with the culture, heritage and national agenda of the country. Whilst in the UK, Ashleigh specialized specifically in children’s literature for her BA Hons in English Language and Literature. Ashleigh has also studied for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with a Primary French Specialism and a Post-Graduate Certificate in 'Creative Writing in the Classroom'. Ashleigh subsequently went on to complete her Masters in 'Creative Writing in the Classroom'. Her love for literacy continues to play an important part in her life and she has written several children's stories.
In her school in Newcastle, UK, Ashleigh managed the french and early years department which was rated as 'Outstanding'. In her role, she was responsible for adapting the outdoor shared classroom and she developed as a Forest School Practitioner by building in regular opportunities to use the Fire-pit with the children. Due to her success within the school, she was asked to work in an advisory capacity with other teams in Newcastle to improve their Ofsted ratings and to support them to grow and succeed. She also took on the role of Governor in the Primary setting, on the board of a Nursery and within a pro-active team at a Secondary School.
Ashleigh's most recent role is Founding Director of IDEA Early Learning Center, part of IDEA Education. IDEA ELC is a KHDA approved early years center with nursery and school classes that provides the Creative Curriculum. Ashleigh has delivered many workshops and professional learning sessions on creativity in the classroom and developing children's creative voice.
Danielle Mincey White
Danielle Mincey White has an extensive background in the sport industry as a former athlete, coach, entrepreneur, administrator and professor. She has worked with athletes at all levels from youth to professional.
During her tenure at George Mason University; Danielle developed the curriculum for the undergraduate Sport Management program (2000) where she served as the Program Coordinator from 2000-2005. Concurrently, Danielle developed the concept, Sport Management Professional Preparation Institute (SMPPI) as a method of teaching undergraduate and graduate students the business of sport. SMPPI has been utilized at five (5) different institutions and is now a division of Athletic Mindset Consulting.
Danielle Mincey White began her academic career at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She earned advanced degrees from Xavier University (Ohio – M.Ed., Sport Administration) and; the Florida State University (Ph.D., Sport Administration). While working at the Procter & Gamble Company in her hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio; she volunteered at various high schools working with students labeled "at-risk". During this time, Danielle interest in the transitions of athletes after ending their athletic careers led to her forming a consultancy, Development After Sports, LLC. Development After Sports became Athletic Mindset Consulting, July 2016; in Dubai, UAE.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Bristol, Tom worked in Industry for 6 years in the UK & France. In his spare time, Tom worked with schools and a Cadet Force in his local area to help with the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It was during this time that he made the decision to become a teacher and trained through the Graduate Teacher Training Programme at the University of Wolverhampton. He developed his love for the outdoors and non-formal education by taking part in various courses relating to walking, kayaking, climbing, sailing, and scuba diving.
Having taught in the United Kingdom for two years, Tom went on to teach chemistry, Science and French at various schools in Qatar, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. It was whilst in Abu Dhabi that the opportunity to work for the Award arose. Now based in Abu Dhabi, his main focus is the development of the Award and non-formal education within the UAE. He also supports the Award in Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain.
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