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by Eddie Rayner

These new appointments represent notable achievements during a year of unprecedented disruption and change. Congratulations to all on their new roles.

Fairgreen International School Welcomes New Director
Fairgreen International School, part of the Esol Education family of international schools, has appointed Mr. Edward Pearce as its new Director, beginning the 2021-2022 academic year. With over 20 years of international school leadership and teaching experience, he joins Fairgreen with a firm belief in building strong leadership teams, a background in school improvement, and a passion for sustainability.

“An experienced leader with an international track record of impressive accomplishments”

Most recently, Mr Pearce held a four-year post as Head of School at The British International School Chicago, Lincoln Park in the United States, where he received a prestigious Cannes Award for his school’s ‘Floating Gardens’ conservation project, aimed at rehabilitating river banks and local wildlife, in consultation with Chicago-based Urban Rivers.

“Fairgreen is focused on innovation and preparing students to be a voice and means for positive change in the world, and I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to guide and direct this inspiring momentum,” said Mr Pearce.

Dwight School Dubai Appoints Associate Diploma Coordinator
Dwight School Dubai has announced announce the appointment of Peter Atkins as the Associate Diploma Coordinator at Dwight School Dubai.

Peter brings to his role more than 16 years of experience teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and has held senior leadership positions in schools in the UK, Italy and the UAE, with his subject specialisms being Business Management and Economics.

“Peter brings to his role more than 16 years of experience teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme”

Through his work as an IB Workshop Leader, he has facilitated training for over 150+ IB Coordinators and Senior Leaders, as well as being a Senior Examiner for IB Business Management and the IB Extended Essay. Peter has successfully led IB World Schools through all stages of authorisation, implementation, development and evaluation of the IB Diploma Program.

New Principal at Dubai British School Jumeirah Park
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park is delighted to announce that its Vice-Principal, Rebecca Coulter will be transitioning to Principal commencing August 2021.

Rebecca is a University of Cambridge graduate and holds a UK teaching qualification and an Honours degree in Music, which reflects her lifelong passion for the expressive arts.

Responsible for school improvement and leading and managing change, Rebecca has genuine expertise in safeguarding, student personal and social development, leading staff and teacher development, specifically evidence-informed learning, innovation in education pedagogy and whole campus health and Safety.

“Rebecca is a University of Cambridge graduate and holds a UK teaching qualification”

Rebecca’s interests extend beyond the classroom and include maintaining her talents as a violinist, long-distance running, musical theatre and enjoying the outdoor life of Dubai with her family.

Simon O’Connor from Deira International School Appointed Director of COBIS
Al Futtaim Education Foundation has announced that Simon O’Connor, School Director of Deira International School, has been elected to the Board of The Council of British International Schools, the leading global association for international British schools overseas. Deira International School is an accredited COBIS member school and is owned and operated by Al Futtaim Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation.

“Simon has over 25 years of experience in education management and as a school leader”

Simon O’Connor will join the COBIS board and contribute with significant knowledge and experience of international school leadership. Simon has over 25 years of experience in education management and as a school leader and joined Deira International School in 2020.

The Aquila School in Dubai Appoints New Head of Secondary
The Aquila School, part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP), has appointed Benjamin Atkins as the Head of Secondary, beginning the 2021/2022 academic year.

Benjamin, a Fellow of the UK’s Chartered College of Teaching, joins The Aquila School with an array of educational experiences. Most recently from another popular school in Dubai, where he was a part of the team that achieved high ratings from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Glen Radojkovich, New Head of School Improvement (UK & IB) at Taaleem.
Glen has been in Executive Leadership positions for 20+ years, implementing a variety of curriculum across primary and secondary levels in NZ, Singapore, South Korea and the UAE.

He is very familiar with both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge University International Examinations. Glen is a former Chairman of the IB Heads Association and Chairman of the Cambridge University International Examinations.

Glen is a former Chairman of the IB Heads Association

He has also been an advisor to Ministries of Education in five countries and, most recently,
was a Head of School/CEO in Dubai.

Iain Colledge has been appointed as Taaleem’s Director of Education
Iain Colledge has been appointed to his new post after five successful years as Executive Principal of Taaleem’s award-winning Raha International School. The dual-campus IB school in Abu Dhabi, with over 2,500 students, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by ADEK in consecutive inspections. The new role further expands his current remit supporting Taaleem’s three other IB schools, including the British curriculum school portfolio.
He will also take a key role at executive board level to support the continual development of educational standards and portfolio expansion across the group.

Global Indian International School, Dubai, Announces Appointment of New Principal
The Global Indian International School Dubai has announced that Antony Koshy has been appointed as their new Principal starting 21 May 2021. Antony Koshy brings with him a rich experience of almost three decades in the education sector. A visionary educator, Antony has pioneered some of the most promising pedagogies in nextgen learning. He is also renowned as an innovator, creating various digital tools for technology-based teaching and learning.

Swiss International School Dubai Announces New Deputy Head
Swiss International School Dubai has announced the appointment of Rania Hussein as new Deputy Head.

Educated in Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the UK, bilingual educator Rania is an IB graduate and an expert in the specialised curriculum. She serves as an Examiner for English Language and Literature with the International Baccalaureate organisation.

RRania has worked within the IB Programme for her entire teaching career, shaped by her international upbringing and experiences. After attending several international schools in the Middle East, Rania graduated with Honours in Mass Communication and Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. 

Upon completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the UK’s University of Sunderland, she began a successful teaching career as Head of Year and Head of House at the British International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, simultaneously teaching the IB Diploma Programme and IGCSE.