UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY
v. 40 SEPTEMBER 6th, 2018
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Dear DAA Families,
It is both my honor and privilege to introduce to you the Dubai American Academy Senior Leadership Team for 2018-2019. Our team of dedicated professionals collectively have over 300 years in education. This experience, knowledge and dedication in their field makes them beyond outstanding! Each brings their unique expertise to our school and collectively we promote a growth and continuous improvement mindset.
We look forward to building relationships with you and the students this year. Please join us for divisional coffees and other venues where we can get to know one another and make connections around our shared work.
senior leadership team
HEAD OF TEACHING, LEARNING & INNOVATION
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
ASSISTANT HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
His passion is in working and growing school communities with a focus on building student agency. He loves working with Middle School students and teachers in a rich learning environment in which both holistic and academic growth are encouraged, and modelled, by all stakeholders.
Assistant Middle School Principal
Executive Principal K-5
As a teacher, Craig has experience in a number of educational systems as he taught in British Columbia, England and Tokyo, Japan where he worked within the Primary Years Program. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria. Throughout his eighteen years as an educator, Craig has strongly valued inquiry-based learning, collaboration, innovation, pursuit of each child’s personal excellence and the capacity building of educators. Craig believes in inspiring those around him and spent five years as the licensee and curator of TEDxWestVancouverED, an event designed to challenge and inspire our ideas and practices as educators.
Principal of Learning Gr.1-5
After being inspired by the children in the cast of Anne of Green Gables, she returned to school and began her career in education as a Drama and English teacher. From there she became an Arts Consultant, Vice Principal, Principal, Principal of Program and, for the last seven years, a Superintendent of Program and Innovation, where she facilitated modern learning for over 50,000 students in 107 schools.
Anita is proud to have earned the ORION K-12 Leadership Award for Innovation in 2017 for the province of Ontario. She was also the Canadian Cluster Lead in a global deep learning lab for three years, led by Dr. Michael Fullan, where she worked closely with cluster leads from Finland, Netherlands, Uruguay, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Anita is passionate about leadership, learning, innovation, the arts and creativity.She’s joined by her husband, Michael, a Canadian actor.
Principal of Culture & Organizational Systems Gr. 1-5
Assistant Principal KG1/KG2
Tooshna is excited to begin her ninth year at GEMS Dubai American Academy, and fourteenth year with GEMS Education. This is her second year in the role of Assistant Principal, prior to which she served in the capacity of Homeroom Teacher, Team Lead, Learning Support teacher and Early Years Coordinator. Prior to working at DAA, Tooshna taught at GEMS Wellington International School for five years. She has also taught in India for a number of years at St. Columba’s School, New Delhi. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi, India, a post graduate certificate in education from the University of Sunderland, UK, and is completing her dissertation towards a Masters degree in educational leadership from the University of Leicester, UK. Tooshna and her family have called Dubai home for more than thirteen years, and both her children have been part of the DAA family since they were little. Her daughter graduated from DAA this year, and her son is a Junior at the school. Tooshna’s professional interests include early childhood education, inclusive education, curriculum and assessment. She believes in educating from the heart, and also believes that schools are learning cultures that are built on respect, trust, relationships, and a growth mindset. Tooshna feels privileged to be a part of the DAA community where teachers, parents and students work towards making education a positive, dynamic, and progressive experience for all.
Director of Learning Early Childhood KG1/KG2, Arabic & Islamic K-12
Scott will be starting his 25th year in international school education, which has spanned 6 schools and 5 countries. He started his teaching career in 1993 at the Frankfurt International School as a substitute teacher and sports coach. In 1996 he took his first full time position at the International School of Frankfurt-Rhein Main where he started and developed the Physical Education and Athletics programs. Scott is credited for helping create the German International Schools Sports Tournament League (GISST), which is a 10 school sports league for German International Schools. In 2004 Scott moved to Bogota, Colombia and to the Colegio Anglo Colombiano where he was the Head of Sport and Physical Education. There he led the program in an extensive re-build of the PE curriculum and Athletics Department. These foundations he helped build at both schools are even felt today. In 2008, Scott moved back to Europe and was the Athletics and Activities Director at the American International School of Bucharest. At AISB Scott led the department as it expanded to include new activities and sports teams, as well as, introducing new policies and procedures for students, coaches and parents. In 2016 Scott took on a new challenge by moving to Africa and to Tanzania. Here he worked at the International School of Moshi as the Head of Sport, Physical Education and Life Skills. Here he worked on improving the athletic facilities, and setting firm expectations for participating students.
Scott holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a Masters of Science in Athletics Administration from Grace College and Seminary in Indiana as well as a Certificate of Athletics Administration from the NIAAA.
Director of Inclusion
Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Director of Innovative Learning Systems
Academic Data Coordinator
A graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, Anna received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She earned a B.A. in Human Resource Management from De La Salle University in Manila. She holds a Virginia Teaching License and an IB PYP Certificate. She looks forward to continuing her commitment to lifelong learning as she pursues her Certificate in School Management and Leadership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Manager of School Operations
She joined GEMS Education in 2015 and worked in the pre-operations team and then in GEMS Nations Academy and GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail before joining GEMS Dubai American Academy in December 2017. Valentina earned the Bachelor Degree in International Relations from Tomsk State University and MBA in Finance from Canadian University Dubai and holds a professional CIPD qualification in HR Practice.
key dates september
DAA's Student Information System powerschool
PowerSchool is our new DAA all-school Student Information System. This is our main database of student information, including grades, attendance and schedules. The parent portal access is a gateway to information giving parents visibility to this information in addition to receiving bulletins and information from the school. Student schedules are currently been adjusted and stored in the platform. A phased rollout for parent accessibility to the system is expected to be launched in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for further information.
athletics and activities
Middle and High School Season One registration for sports and activity teams has started and has generated a lot of enthusiasm with over 300 students involved. Teams have begun tryouts and selections of teams will be taking place in the next week. The coaches and the Athletics and Activities Department are really excited to kick off the new sporting year!
after school activities registration begins on sunday!
Next week will be a busy time for parents to sign up for After School Activities! Depending on the age of your child(ren), and the activity in which they are interested, there are different programs and different ways to register. Please refer to our Athletics / Aquatics / Activities Information Booklet as posted on our DAA website, for an overview of all programs. Internal ASAs will run from 3:00 to 3:45, while Jr EAC and External ASAs will run from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Locations of ASAs will be sent out next week.
Specific information for next week:
On Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, and Monday, September 10 from 7:00 - 8:30 am, DAA will be hosting the External ASA Provider Registration Fair. This will include over 28 vendors who provide paid instruction classes at DAA (immediately after school as well as evenings and weekends), or off-site (ie culinary arts, water / beach activities, etc). Parents will register with, and pay directly to, these providers. Please note - these providers primarily offer ASAs to students from KG1 to Grade 5, but also for Grade 6 and above. The Fairs are open to all DAA parents. Please see below the list of Delta and ESM paid providers.
Also on Sunday September 9, the DAA Internal (teacher-led) ASA registrations, for KG2 - Grade 5 parents will go live, online at 11 am. Parents will click on the link below for the Schoolbookings.net login, and enter the code fmngf.
You will only be able to register for an ASA if it is not full. If you are successful, you will receive an email confirmation. Please only choose an ASA which is offered to the same grade level as your child. The Internal ASA and Jr EAC bookings will be open most of the week, but please sign up early to avoid disappointment, as the activities will fill up quickly. Parents may sign up for one Internal ASA (per child) only, but can also sign up for Jr EAC, and as many External ASAs as you wish.
Check out the Schedule of Trimester 1 Internal Teacher-Led Activities below and sign up via this link:
use this code:
Schedule of Trimester 1 Internal After-School Activities (updated Sept. 8th)
JR EAC (FOR GRADES 4, 5 &6)
EXTERNAL (PAID) ACTIVITY OFFERINGS
DELTA Providers & direct link to DELTA Offerings:
Science & Experiment by Mad Science
- Fun Robotics
- Mandarin (Native & Non Native ) by Think First
- German, Spanish , French , Russian by Headway
- Creative Art by Aufuq Alebdaa
- Engineering for Kids
- Coding by coded Minds
- Musical Theatre by DPA
- Ballroom dancing by Crystal Dance
- Chess by International chess center
- Art programme by Young Rembrandts
- Mini theatre by Impact
- Equestrian Club – Sustainable city- Horse-riding
- Water cooled – Sailing
- Fairmont culinary art
- GEMS Music Hub will also be on hand to answer questions
ESM Providers at DAA
· Absolute Gymnastics
· FC Barcelona
· Turning Pointe
· Hamilton Aquatics
· UAE Shaolin Kung Fu
· Ultra-Sports MMA/Boxing
· Budo Juku Karate
· Parkour DXB
· Divers Down
· EAFL (Football & Cheerleading)
· DLL - Dubai Little League
gems music hub
Slices September Weekly Menus
Please note that Slices will no longer issue Slices cards to students. Students (in grades 3-12) will receive DAA issued ID cards which they can use in the cafeterias. Students will receive their cards through classroom distribution. The student Slices account will be linked to the student's DAA student ID number. Bus children have already received their IDs and can use them for identification in the cafeteria.
Please note that payment and registration for Slices is not processed through the GEMS OASIS portal, but via the www.Slices.ae website.
Students in KG1, KG2, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will be having lunch in the classroom this year. This means that if you intend to use the services of Slices, you must register online and pre-order the meals that will be delivered to your child’s classroom. This pre-order does require 48 hour notice, so if you have not made these arrangements, it is suggested that you please send lunch with your child. For questions and registration information regarding Slices, please find more information, including the Frequently Asked Questions on our DAA website.
Dubai American Academy
Main Landline: 04 704 9777
Main Email: email@example.com
ADMISSIONS - Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9708/ 04 704 9707
- Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane firstname.lastname@example.org / 04 704 9706
- email@example.com 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744
- firstname.lastname@example.org / 04 704 9761
- Hilda Tabrizi email@example.com / 04 704 9730
- Soheir Mohamed S.MOHAMED_DAA@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9736
- firstname.lastname@example.org / 054 792 7515 / 054 792 7503
STS BUS SERVICE
- Kelvin Rosario email@example.com / 04 704 9755
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