Ms. Margaret has over twenty-five years of experience in education, including 18 years as a School Administrator in both the UK and the UAE; she possesses extensive current experience in the United Arab Emirates, in both UK and US curricula schools. She articulates and demonstrates a collaborative leadership approach and is determined that the partnership between school and family is strong and effective.
She is trained as a peer Inspector in the UK, with a specific focus on strategic planning and the focused improvement of teaching, learning, and assessment. Completing the NPQH in 2004, she continues her professional development through in-person and online seminars with a focus on school improvement.
Prior to relocating to the UAE, Ms. Margaret was a member of Pembrokeshire Headteachers Committee, serving as secretary and later Chair. She also took part in focus groups arranged by the Welsh Assembly government for Headteachers. She has provided training and support for teachers and administrators on Literacy and English Language Learning in the UK and the UAE.
In the UK, Ms. Margaret was a member of the Association of School and College Leaders, attending and participating in conferences focused on school improvement issues. She has successfully led external accreditation processes during her time in the UAE.
Ms. Hiba has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of education, both as a teacher and administrator. She worked as a homeroom teacher from KG through grade 5 in Lebanon and UAE and as an elementary principal and an academic advisor in UAE. She possesses extensive knowledge and experience in the American curriculum.
In her multifaceted role as a school leader, she headed inspection and accreditation committees and led various pilot programs and initiatives by ADEK.
Ms. Hiba has a complete overview and understanding of school policies and day-to-day operations. She assisted teachers in ensuring the development and implementation of a standards-based curriculum, effective lesson planning, balanced assessment framework, and appropriate pedagogical strategies to ensure the students receive effective learning opportunities.
She has successfully coached the faculty members in curriculum mapping, classroom observation techniques, and engagement.
Her interpersonal skills helped her work collaboratively with all school community members, including staff, parents, and students.
Believing in continuous personal development has led her to earn a master's degree in leadership in education and get certified by Tribal to serve as a school inspector focusing on improving teaching and learning, assessment, and students' learning skills. In addition, continuously attending seminars, workshops, and conferences focusing on deep learning, engagement, and school improvement enhanced her practices to be a more efficient school leader.
Ms. Deborah has been a teacher for nearly 17 years. During this time, she has held positions of responsibility for academic and pastoral areas, including working as the Head of Pastoral Support in Scotland, ensuring students' safety, wellbeing, and emotional development. A key part of her remit here was 16+, which focused on preparing students for life outside of school, whether in further education (UCAS) or employment.
In 2014, Ms. Deborah made a move to Dubai. During her time in Dubai, Miss. Debbie worked in two prestigious schools as Head of Humanities, UAE Social Studies, and Moral Education. Her departments were regularly judged as Outstanding per the UAE Inspection Framework, and her responsibilities ranged across the whole school. While in Dubai, she was also a Careers Advisor, which allowed her to develop a detailed understanding of the UAE education system, assessment, and other educational institutions in the UAE, as well as in the USA, Pakistan, Egypt, and Germany, to name a few.
Given her experience of the Scottish, English, and American education systems, Miss. Debbie has often been called upon to support and mentor students and teachers. She takes an active role in any school she works in to ensure that opportunities are available for the benefit of students.
Ms. Debbie is passionate about helping young people develop their skills and grow their self-esteem in a safe and caring environment. Her prior experiences give her an excellent depth of knowledge relating to pastoral care and career counseling, which will benefit students at LISM.
Assistant Vice Principal (Middle & High School)
Mr. Martin has over eight years of education experience in Ireland, UK, and the UAE. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Limerick and is certified to teach Design Technology & Mathematics to Middle and High School.
Mr. Martin has been with LISM since its opening in 2019 and is passionate about working with all students and helping them progress and develop their skills academically, socially, and emotionally. He aims to create a community feels where students are nurtured and challenged.
Ms. Nyasha has over 6 years of teaching experience in her early years and has been part of LISM since its conception in 2019. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communication and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Ms. Nyasha truly loves working with children of all ages. She feels fortunate to be in a profession where she is allowed to guide and observe children at such a fun and important developmental stage in their lives.
Ivona Ni Luain
Ms. Ivona has over 6 years of teaching experience in Ireland and the UAE. She has a Master’s Degree in Primary Education from Maynooth University in Ireland.
Ms. Ivona has worked with Liwa schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi and has been with LISM since its opening in 2019. Ms. Ivona is a dedicated teacher and leader, focused on supporting and helping students as they progress through their school journey and creating an environment where students are encouraged to aspire for the highest levels of achievement.
Ms. Rasha has over 20 years of school management and operations experience in the UAE.
She has a Master's Degree in Business Administration.
Ms. Rasha is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of support service departments:
• Leading a team of support service professionals and ensuring that these individuals provide quality parents, students, and staff service in accordance with school and ADEK standards.
• Developing new ways to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of all departments' processes.
• Establishing and maintaining relationships with parents, staff, and students to ensure service satisfaction. Overseeing the maintenance of facilities and equipment.
• Managing the day-to-day operations of an organization in accordance with its mission, goals, policies, and procedures coordinating with other departments to ensure that services are delivered efficiently and effectively.
Ms. Lisa has over 15 years of teaching experience. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs.
After teaching in a specialist school for profound and multiple learning difficulties, she trained as a Teacher of the Deaf, leading a Hearing-Impaired Resource Base in Cardiff, UK.
Since moving to the UAE in 2018, Ms. Lisa has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and is a qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator. She is passionate about enabling children to achieve their potential and is committed to supporting the inclusion of all children at LISM.
Head of Mathematics & Physical Education
Mr. Liam has over 10 years of teaching experience in Ireland & The UAE with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physical Education from the University of Limerick.
In his role, he aims to encourage students to develop both physically and mentally with an emphasis on improvement, participation, and problem-solving across the board.
Mr. Liam believes in linking Math to the everyday life of the student, designing real-life tasks in a student-centered environment to develop students' critical thinking skills, ability to work as part of a team & reach students' specific targets.
Through the P.E. curriculum, Mr. Liam aims to encourage students to develop autonomy for their well-being, physical fitness & developing a healthy lifestyle. While also providing opportunities for students to improve skills in different sports and team competitions.
Ms. Rachael Saebnoori has been heading LISG since 2021. She is passionate about education, having worked in schools in the UK, Europe, and UAE for over 18 years. Ms. Rachael is a visionary school leader possessing enthusiasm, resilience, and the commitment to lead a school with a purposeful learning culture to focus on developing, educating, and nurturing global female leaders of the future.
Ms. Rachael started her teaching career as a language teacher and moved to become a Senior Leader in one of the renowned education groups in UAE in 2013. She is a qualified Head, holding a Master’s in Education, and currently pursuing her studies for an Executive MBA in Strategic Leadership with the Valar Institute in the U.S.
Ms. Rachael believes that it is the responsibility of educators to ensure students are ready and equipped for the future. She is looking forward to an exciting new year ahead and the opportunity to work closely in partnership with parents and students.
Ms. Hana AlSaadi
Ms. Hana AlSaadi is a dedicated Emirati educator with 19 years of experience in teaching and leadership and holds a Bachelor’s degree in geography from the United Arab Emirates University.
Ms. Hana started her tenure within Liwa Education at Liwa International School Falaj Hazza (LISF) as a teacher before being promoted to department head and in 2012 as Vice Principal for LISF. In 2021 Ms. Hana has been appointed as Vice Principal at LISG.
Mrs. Hanaa is committed to the UAE national agenda and LISG’s vision, mission, and values while adhering to the UAE’s national identity and moral education. Ms. Hana looks forward to creating an educational and innovative environment in the field of education.
Ms. Naaz Ahmed
Ms. Naaz Ahmed has been an educator for over 15 years with experience in teaching and administration in schools in Canada. She holds a Masters of Education in Assessment and Evaluation from Queens University. Prior to joining Liwa International School, Naaz worked in Canada as a primary-junior teacher, program coordinator and vice principal.
Her focus is on promoting literacy and language from the early years through understanding the science of reading using a structured literacy approach. She has extensive experience with teaching reading and is trained to work with students with reading disabilities.
Naaz strives to foster a culture of inclusion while providing support to students of all needs. She promotes student success through exploration, inquiry, innovation and critical thinking.
Ms. Megha Kapoor
Ms. Megha Kapoor has served in many prestigious International Schools in the UK and the UAE for the past 13 years in several capacities. As a Deputy Head, she supported two schools during the initial phase of their journey with personalized learning. As a Head of Faculty, she facilitated professional learning experiences at a cluster level through her involvement as a leader on assignments for Project-based learning (PBL), coaching and developing middle leaders across the school, a project manager for school transformation, and United Nations Climate Change Lead. As Head of Science, she has led many student-led projects, and international trips and has been awarded with outstanding teacher’s award during school reviews in her career.
She holds a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leader (NPQSL) in addition to her Master’s degree in Education and PGCE from Nottingham Trent University, UK. She has also completed her Master’s degree in Chemistry along with her Bachelors in Biochemistry. She has been certified by Penta International to serve as a school inspector focusing on improving teaching and learning, enhancing parental engagement, assessment, and students’ learning skills.
Given her experience of the British, IB, and American education systems, Ms. Megha has often been called upon to support and mentor students and teachers. She has demonstrated to be an effective leader and has built the capacity for using effective instructional strategies among many of her colleagues. She believes in further enhancing her practices by attending workshops, seminars, and conference which focus on school improvement.
Ms. Megha is passionate about guiding young people to further develop their skills by cultivating pupil-centered cultures and enhancing pedagogical approaches to improve student outcomes. In her multifaceted role as a school leader, she headed inspection and accreditation committees, led various pilot programs and initiatives by ADEK. She has designed a professional development program to further build capacity and empower the middle leadership team.
Ms. Ruth Mwenda
Assistant Vice Principal
Ms. Ruth is a professional educator with nine years’ experience in South Africa and the UAE.
She worked as a Homeroom Teacher, Social Studies, History, Mathematics, and English Teacher for Grades 5-7, and Head of Grade.
Ms. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Education (Senior Phase) in Mathematics and Biology and a Postgraduate Qualification in Education Law Management and Systems.
Ms. Ruth believes that daily examples of female leaders surround girls at LISG. Ms. Ruth aims to cultivate an environment where the children’s competencies and weaknesses are strengthened, and the staff is empowered to produce leaders who will change our future.