Alison Lamb
Principal

Alison is an established school leader with more than 21 years of successful headship both in the UK and internationally. Her experience of teaching and leadership spans 30 years in early years, primary and secondary departments and in a wide variety of schools including mainstream and special education; including schools for moderate learning, emotional, behavioural, and medical needs, EAL, private and state, co-educational and single gender. Since 2019 she has been committed to her role as Principal of Dubai Heights Academy and brings with her a wealth of experience in leadership in the Middle East.

Alison is also a PENTA trained British School Overseas inspector with outstanding knowledge and experience in local and international school accreditation. She has worked widely as an executive committee member and country representative for British Schools in the Middle East (BSME), mentoring new school principals and helping schools work through the requirements for achieving BSME accreditation. Since joining Dubai Heights Academy, she has led the school forward in its journey of excellence including the achievement of a good rating on its very first KHDA inspection, with several very good features.

Alison’s vision is to lead the school to greater ‘heights’ by creating and maintaining a positive and progressive environment for pupils and staff to learn and develop. Alison aims for Dubai Heights Academy to be recognised as an outstanding British School in Dubai which focuses on developing the whole child; academically, intellectually and emotionally. The school’s distinctive ethos of ‘Every Child, Every Mind and Everybody Matters’ forms an integral part of its unique identity where there is an emphasis on providing the best inclusive educational practice in addition to further strengthening the community of support from all stakeholders.

Rob Hitchings
Vice Principal / Head of Secondary

With 27 years of experience in both UK and international educational settings, encompassing new, evolving, and established schools, Rob Hitchings, Vice Principal at Dubai Heights Academy, brings a wealth of educational expertise. His background includes engagement with diverse school types such as for-profit, non-profit, segregated, and government institutions, where he has assumed various leadership responsibilities.

Displaying a strong enthusiasm for the intersection of education and technology, Rob is an advocate for harnessing technological tools to empower educators and students in reshaping the learning journey. His vision revolves around utilising technology to foster creativity, nurture innovation, and cultivate critical thinking.

Rob's academic journey began with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geography and Geology, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with a specialisation in Geography and 16-19 Education. His pursuit of knowledge led him to achieve a Master’s degree in Information Communications Technology and Education from Leeds University in 2011.

Kenneth Lyon
Head of Primary

"Hailing from Aberdeen in Scotland, Kenneth Lyon is no stranger to leadership in education. He comes with extensive leadership experience in primary and whole school settings, previously a Vice Principal. Formerly Kenneth has held positions of Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Head of Primary over a period of 14 years at a leading British curriculum school in Dubai.

He has considerable experience of school improvement, particularly around academic standards and the quality of learning and teaching. He is totally committed to placing the needs of the students at the centre of all decision making. He ensures that children are offered a real breadth and depth of experiences that builds on their talents, challenges them to question the world and offers them new and exciting opportunities.

He strongly believes that schools are at the heart of a community and he is known for his collaborative leadership style, working closely with teachers, staff and parents to develop and foster positive relationships."

Aisling Keaveney
Head of Inclusion, Pastoral and Well-being

"Aisling Keaveney brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Dubai Heights Academy, having over 13 years of experience in a variety of educational settings. With a background in Special Education, Aisling specialises in Inclusion achieving a first class honours Masters in Special Education. An ambassador for promoting inclusion and wellbeing, Aisling has featured as a guest speaker at Middlesex University Dubai and also presented as a panellist speaker in the Sixth Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS) conference 2022 titled “Today’s wellness ecosystem: Professional perspectives on initiatives from inception to implementation”.

Aisling believes in personalising the curriculum and learning experience of every student to ensure every child, every mind and everybody has the opportunity for success at Dubai Heights Academy. Aisling places a huge emphasis on creating a culture that celebrates diversity, promotes well-being and nurtures individuality and creativity."

Scott Goldstein
Assistant Head of Secondary
Terrie Spencer
Deputy Head of Inclusion

"Terrie Spencer is a passionate and dedicated teacher from England with experience teaching in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2. After completing her BA (Hons) QTS at Leeds University, she returned to her native Manchester to begin her teaching career. This is where she developed her passion for working with students of determination. She has vast experience of working with pupils in a variety of settings in both England and the UAE, including mainstream schools, specialist schools for students of determination and a pupil referral unit.

Terrie is the eternal student, committed to ongoing professional development. She holds a Master of Education in Special Education Needs with distinction and is a qualified neuro-developmental therapist (INPP method). Furthermore, she is a member of professional bodies including, The British Psychological Society and the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology. In her quest to support and challenge the students in her care, she has studied ABA therapy, Gifted and Talented identification and provision and school mental health improvement.

Terrie is currently the Deputy Head of Inclusion at DHA. She is particularly passionate about school readiness, early intervention and the role of movement in learning."

Pamela Snell
FS1 Teacher

"Pamela Snell is a passionate and dedicated Early Years teacher from The UK with 12 years’ experience teaching in Early Years. She received a BSc (Hons) from the University of Ulster and an MA Early Childhood Education from the University of Roehampton, London and following this, gained EYTS from the Department of Education in the UK and further gained Cache level 3 in Early childhood development.

The past nine years she has gained experience teaching across the UAE (Dubai, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi) and has experience teaching throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. Pamela is dedicated to encouraging each child to develop their personal and academic progress and instilling that dedication and desire to learn. She aims to create a positive and engaging learning environment for all children to grow and develop a true love for learning. It is her aim to teach engaging and challenging lessons to motivate and develop children of all abilities."

Dolly Bradley-Barnard
FS1 Teacher
Hayley Shaw
FS2 Teacher

Hayley Shaw is an enthusiastic and committed teacher who has lived in Dubai for 26 years. After completing her formative years of schooling in Dubai, she studied in England and graduated from university with a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education. This year will be Hayley's eleventh year teaching across the Early Years and Key Stage One. Learning is a lifelong skill that Hayley is passionate about embedding in her classroom environment and using adaptive teaching strategies that support each and every child. Being part of Dubai Heights Academy since the school’s opening, Hayley has enjoyed organising exciting school trips, events such as Science Week and helping out with the PTA. She is looking forward to the exciting year ahead at Dubai Heights Academy.

Tara King
FS2 Teacher

"Tara King (formerly known as Miss Furness!) is an enthusiastic and highly motivated English Studies graduate with a teaching qualification in Early Years/Primary Education. She has been teaching in the UAE for eight years, six of which she has spent teaching in Foundation Stage. This experience has helped shape and refine her attitude to teaching and learning.

Tara firmly believes that each and every child should be provided and accommodated for through various individual and progressive teaching styles and strategies. Of these, she prefers a hands-on, interactive and engaging learning environment which, in her experience, leads to more creative, independent learners. "

Melissa Conchie
Year 1 Teacher

"Melissa Conchie has 6 years of teaching experience both in the UAE and internationally. She promotes and delivers a strong play-based, holistic learning environment which caters to the needs of all learners through carefully planned activities. She uses children’s interests to plan her teaching and learning and is excellent at creating a positive learning environment where all students are recognised for their strengths.

Melissa is passionate about continuous professional development (CPD); having completed multiple courses to enhance her teaching expertise. These include courses in supporting the communication, language and vocabulary development of young children; making maths matter to young children; and inspiring young writers."

Erin Doody
Year 1 Teacher

"Erin Doody is a dedicated Year 1 teacher with 7 years of experience in the UK and the UAE who aims to create an inclusive and welcoming space that values each child's unique strengths and interests

With a passion for literacy, creativity and the outdoors, Erin loves to design fun and engaging learning environments that give children a realm of opportunity to explore and imagine. She is focused on instilling values such as independence and resilience in each child and helping them strive for success by creating challenging areas to increase levels of progress and attainment across subject areas."

Megan Elwell
Year 1 Teacher

Megan Elwell has been teaching for 8 years in the UK, UAE and South Korea. She believes that her role as a teacher is to enable her pupils to see opportunity in every situation and that they work best through a positive, creative and engaging approach. She ensures they are encouraged to explore their strengths and weaknesses to develop a natural curiosity. She is progressive in her approach to teaching, incorporating technology and innovation into her daily classroom learning to promote children’s interests.

Lauren Markham
Year 2 Teacher

"Lauren Markham is a creative and dedicated Primary School teacher from North England with experience teaching both Key Stage 1 and 2. She received a BA (Hons) degree specialising in Art and Design and following this, gained a PGDE in Primary Education and Masters in Leadership in Learning. The past several years, she has gained experience teaching in England and the UAE.

Lauren is dedicated to positively impacting each child's personal and academic growth. She continually works to create a nurturing learning atmosphere that empowers all students to thrive and cultivate a true passion for education. It is her continuous aim to deliver outstanding lessons that spark imagination, curiosity, captivate, and present challenges suited to students with diverse abilities."

Chelsea Peachey
Year 2 Teacher

Chelsea Peachey is a dedicated Primary School teacher from England with experience in both Key Stage 1 and 2. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Primary Education from the United Kingdom and has taught in various locations across the UK and the UAE for several years.

Charlotte Pickering
Year 3 Teacher

"Charlotte Pickering is a positive and resourceful teacher based in the UAE. Her recent roles as primary class teacher and the Head of Primary Science, has given her the opportunity to further connect with learners across the primary phase and develop her leadership skills. She is passionate about fostering a love for science and exploration among students.

She is keen on providing personalised learning opportunities that cater to the diverse needs of students, ensuring they can thrive and reach their full potential. She believes that all children are unique and that the provision for their learning should nurture and reflect this."

Michaela Boltman
Year 3 Teacher

"Michaela Boltman is a highly experienced and accomplished teacher with 10 years of experience in classroom instruction and leadership roles within the UK and UAE. She is adept at creating engaging and inclusive learning environments and skilled in designing and implementing innovative curriculum plans, integrating technology to enhance learning experiences based on individual student needs.

Michaela is passionate about inspiring students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and compassionate global citizens. In her previous role, she has implemented the Design for Change initiative, to empower students through their ‘I Can’ mindset and STEAM learning."

Chloe Lydon
Year 4 Teacher

"Chloe Lydon has 5 years of experience working in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 both in the UK and in the UAE, equipping her with vast knowledge on the English Curriculum, as well as the KHDA’s directives. Further to her experience in SEN, EAL, ELL and G&T; she has also taken on the role of Science Lead for Year 3 in her most recent post and has worked as a Mad Science presenter running after school science clubs.

Chloe promotes a love of learning by inspiring curiosity in all of her students through a supportive and stimulating environment. She believes in providing high-quality differentiated continuous learning experiences to help them practise taught skills and be challenged. She encourages children to love reading for pleasure and to be the best versions of themselves."

Zena Groom
Year 4 Teacher
Mary Connolly
Year 5 Teacher

"Mary is a dedicated primary school teacher originally from Ireland who has been living in Dubai since 2001. She completed her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Dubai and has been teaching in various schools in the city since then. She is truly grateful for the incredible teaching opportunities she has had and for the chance to explore different parts of the world.

One of Mary's greatest passions is promoting a love for reading among her students. She also believes in challenging and expanding her students' thinking abilities, fostering their creativity, and encouraging them to be inquisitive learners throughout their educational journey. Mary also places a strong emphasis on connecting classroom learning to real-life experiences and the local culture of the UAE, providing her students with a well-rounded education.

Outside of her teaching duties, Mary is a busy parent, spending quality time with her son at the pool, beach, or cheering him on from the sidelines during his football matches. When she's not focused on her son or teaching, Mary indulges in another passion: shopping, and she can often be found wandering through the malls of Dubai."

Danielle Walsh
Year 5 Teacher

"Danielle Walsh has been a valuable member of DHA's academic team for 4 years. She graduated with Primary Teaching QTS and a degree in English language in the UK in 2012. Danielle now has over 10 years of teaching experience in the primary setting and has also fulfilled the role as a middle leader.

Her philosophy of education is centred around her belief that learning should be meaningful and stimulating, instilling self-confidence and enthusiasm. Danielle aims to deliver an exciting, fun and hands-on curriculum that allows all children to explore their strengths and talents. Her aim is not only to develop young minds academically but to also develop invaluable life skills through enjoyable and memorable experiences in an environment where each and every child is valued and able to flourish.

Danielle is extremely passionate about health and well-being and is also a qualified personal trainer. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym and priorities self-care practices as she very much believes in the importance of a healthy body and mind."

Samuel McNally
Year 6 Teacher
Matt Craze
Year 6 Teacher

Matt Craze is the Primary Maths Lead at Dubai Heights Academy and has worked in education for over 8 years across the UK and the UAE. Matt has been a Maths lead for over 7 years bringing a wealth of experience to his role. Matt holds a Bachelors in Primary Education with Maths Specialism from University of Roehampton and has completed his National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership (NPQML). Matt will be working towards completing his NPQ in Senior Leadership across the next academic year. Matt loves to take part in various sports and is a big Liverpool FC fan.

Issy Baqqari
Year 7 Form Tutor

"Issy is a passionate and dedicated primary and secondary School teacher from the United Kingdom with experience teaching Key Stage 1 and 2 and 3 in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. With a Moroccan heritage, Issy embodies cultural diversity. She has studied in the United Kingdom, where she pursued and successfully earned a bachelor's degree in French and Business Studies and a Certificate in Education (PGCE), further enhancing her skills. Issy is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, she navigates across these languages, fostering an inclusive and dynamic learning environment for her students. Beyond her linguistic talents, Issy's passion for teaching and her genuine enthusiasm contributes to each child’s personal and academic progress.

Issy is devoted to ensuring that every child experiences significant growth in both their personal and academic journeys, she revolves around establishing a constructive atmosphere for learning, enabling all children to flourish and cultivate a genuine passion for learning. She always aims at delivering exceptional lessons that inspire and captivate students. With empathy and dedication, Issy guides students to discover their potential, leaving an indelible mark on their educational journey."

Rabekah Melchizedek
Year 7 Form Tutor

"Rabekah Melchizedek is a Science teacher (Biology specialist) from The UK with 7 years’ experience teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. She received a BSc degree in Biological Science and Biological Anthropology from Roehampton University and gained her PGCE Science from London Metropolitan University. She has taught in both the UK and the UAE. Rabekah has a love for science and anything sports related and fashion design.

Rabekah is dedicated to igniting the love of science in her students whilst going above and beyond to create meaningful connections with all of her students. Her dedication and passion for teaching shine through her outstanding lessons which leave a lasting impact on her students’ learning journey. Rabekah empowers her students to reach their full potential whilst enjoying the learning of the subject."

Paul Begley
Year 9 Form Tutor

"Paul Begley takes the responsibility of the secondary English department at Dubai Heights Academy for his third year. His academic journey began at Queen's University in Belfast, where he studied English and Politics, before further enriching his teaching career with a PGCE from Birmingham City University, England.

Drawing from his diverse experience, Paul transitioned from roles as an English teacher and Head of Year in England to his current position in Dubai. Within his classroom, he orchestrates dynamic and imaginative learning environments, fostering a passion for literature and language. His affinity for poetry and modern drama shines as he guides students through these expressive domains. Paul's commitment to fostering vibrant, creative, and intellectually stimulating classrooms profoundly enriches the educational experience at Dubai Heights Academy."

Lauren Davies
Year 10 Form Tutor

"Lauren Davies is an accomplished Secondary School Maths teacher hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Wales, UK. Her academic journey began at Swansea University, where she distinguished herself and attained a 1st Class Honours in Business Management. Eager to channel her passion for learning into teaching, Lauren furthered her education by obtaining a PGCE in Secondary Education, specialising in Mathematics.

Her teaching journey has transcended borders, encompassing schools in both Wales and the UAE, bringing a wealth of experience spanning from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4. Her dynamic and forward-looking approach is rooted in fostering a positive learning environment, dedicated to enhancing students' academic and personal growth. One of her remarkable strengths lies in her ability to translate complex mathematical concepts into relatable and real-world scenarios, thereby nurturing students to become confident problem solvers and critical thinkers.

Furthermore, it is Lauren's unwavering commitment to inclusivity that ensures every student, without exception, is empowered with equitable opportunities to not only attain but surpass their potential. "

Ahmed Sahbi
Year 8 Form Tutor

Ahmed Sahbi is a secondary school Mathematics and Business Studies Teacher with 4 years of experience in education both in the UAE and the UK. He holds 2 Masters Degrees in Finance and Investments, and had worked in the Investment industry for several years. He has held a number of leadership roles and has contributed to the strategic development and implementation of high-quality curriculum programmes and platforms across schools.

Ahmed believes that all students deserve an outstanding education and an opportunity to thrive. He has always held a passion for mathematics and after training as a teacher, he tries to instil this passion into all the students he teaches. He believes that an excellent mathematical / business education will lead to young people being able to access exciting opportunities across many fields.

Paul King
Head of Physical Education

"Paul King has a wonderful passion for sport and physical activity and the benefits it can bring to individuals and society. It is for these reasons he pursued a career in PE through completing a Sport and Exercise Science degree followed by a PGCE in Physical Education. He is currently completing a masters in business administration with educational leadership.

Paul is into his tenth year of teaching, nine of which have been in the UAE. He is also a founding staff member of DHA. His currently roles include Head of PE and Swimming, Head of House, and is heavily involved with the health and safety team.

His teaching philosophy is simple – that school PE and sport should accommodate and cater for children of all ages and abilities, while at the same time, encourage competitiveness, independence and resilience. Indeed, he believes that PE and sport participation should play a vital role in every young person’s life as it acts as the ideal foundation to access and gain essential life skills necessary for success in today's (and tomorrow's) modern, fast-changing world where young people can grow, achieve and ultimately become positive contributors to society.

Paul is a keen sportsman outside of work. His main sports include football, Gaelic football, golf, padel and swimming. He represents several sports teams and organisations across Dubai and the UAE. He is currently involved with the Dubai Irish FC men's football teams. His notable achievements include winning U17 international caps, attending Boston University on an athletic scholarship, and working closely with the inter-school sports organisation, DASSA, to organise the primary boys football schedule."

Kira Haughian
Physical Education Teacher

"Kira Haughian is embarking on her 6th year as a teacher, gaining experience teaching across all Key Stages in the UK and UAE. Her passion for fostering physical well-being and growth shines through her role as a dedicated Physical Education and swimming teacher. She received her BA (Hons) Degree from York St John University before going on to complete a PGCE in Physical Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

Kira's heart resonates most with the grace and dynamism of gymnastics, formerly being a competitive gymnast for an impressive 13 years. Her journey extends beyond the mat, as she also competed internationally as a cheerleader, further embodying the spirit of camaraderie and teamwork.

In her PE classes, Kira infuses her deep-rooted love for movement and sport, encouraging students of all ages to discover the joy of staying active while nurturing essential life skills. Additionally, Her expertise in swimming imparts invaluable water safety knowledge and stroke techniques to her eager learners. "

Sarah Shehab Al Din
Design Technology and Art Teacher

"Sarah Shehab is an accomplished secondary school teacher specialising in Art and Design Technology at Dubai Heights Academy. With an impressive 14-year teaching journey, including 10 years within the UAE, she brings a wealth of experience to her role. Sarah's expertise spans a wide range, from Key Stage 2 (KS2) to Key Stage 5 (KS5), allowing her to effectively engage students across various age groups. Her passion for merging artistic expression with technological innovation has inspired countless students to explore their creative potential.

Outside of the classroom, Sarah enjoys spending quality time with her young family, embracing outdoor adventures and exploring new countries. "

Charlotte Williamson
Primary Science Teacher (Year 3-6)
Rabekah Melchizedek
Secondary Science Teacher

"Rabekah Melchizedek is a Science teacher (Biology specialist) from The UK with 7 years’ experience teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. She received a BSc degree in Biological Science and Biological Anthropology from Roehampton University and gained her PGCE Science from London Metropolitan University. She has taught in both the UK and the UAE. Rabekah has a love for science and anything sports related and fashion design.

Rabekah is dedicated to igniting the love of science in her students whilst going above and beyond to create meaningful connections with all of her students. Her dedication and passion for teaching shine through her outstanding lessons which leave a lasting impact on her students’ learning journey. Rabekah empowers her students to reach their full potential whilst enjoying the learning of the subject."

Paul Begley
Secondary English Teacher

"Paul Begley takes the responsibility of the secondary English department at Dubai Heights Academy for his third year. His academic journey began at Queen's University in Belfast, where he studied English and Politics, before further enriching his teaching career with a PGCE from Birmingham City University, England.

Drawing from his diverse experience, Paul transitioned from roles as an English teacher and Head of Year in England to his current position in Dubai. Within his classroom, he orchestrates dynamic and imaginative learning environments, fostering a passion for literature and language. His affinity for poetry and modern drama shines as he guides students through these expressive domains. Paul's commitment to fostering vibrant, creative, and intellectually stimulating classrooms profoundly enriches the educational experience at Dubai Heights Academy."

Lauren Davies
Secondary Maths Teacher

"Lauren Davies is an accomplished Secondary School Maths teacher hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Wales, UK. Her academic journey began at Swansea University, where she distinguished herself and attained a 1st Class Honours in Business Management. Eager to channel her passion for learning into teaching, Lauren furthered her education by obtaining a PGCE in Secondary Education, specialising in Mathematics.

Her teaching journey has transcended borders, encompassing schools in both Wales and the UAE, bringing a wealth of experience spanning from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4. Her dynamic and forward-looking approach is rooted in fostering a positive learning environment, dedicated to enhancing students' academic and personal growth. One of her remarkable strengths lies in her ability to translate complex mathematical concepts into relatable and real-world scenarios, thereby nurturing students to become confident problem solvers and critical thinkers.

Furthermore, it is Lauren's unwavering commitment to inclusivity that ensures every student, without exception, is empowered with equitable opportunities to not only attain but surpass their potential."

Issy Baqqari
French Teacher

"Issy is a passionate and dedicated primary and secondary School teacher from the United Kingdom with experience teaching Key Stage 1 and 2 and 3 in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. With a Moroccan heritage, Issy embodies cultural diversity. She has studied in the United Kingdom, where she pursued and successfully earned a bachelor's degree in French and Business Studies and a Certificate in Education (PGCE), further enhancing her skills. Issy is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, she navigates across these languages, fostering an inclusive and dynamic learning environment for her students. Beyond her linguistic talents, Issy's passion for teaching and her genuine enthusiasm contributes to each child’s personal and academic progress.

Issy is devoted to ensuring that every child experiences significant growth in both their personal and academic journeys, she revolves around establishing a constructive atmosphere for learning, enabling all children to flourish and cultivate a genuine passion for learning. She always aims at delivering exceptional lessons that inspire and captivate students. With empathy and dedication, Issy guides students to discover their potential, leaving an indelible mark on their educational journey."

Hayley Burrows
Computing Teacher

"Hayley Burrows is a highly dedicated educator from the UK, with extensive experience. Holding a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Psychology and a PGCE in Primary Education from University College Northampton, her career has encompassed diverse roles. With 9 years in UAE education and 4 years at DHA, she excels in roles ranging across all year levels and serves as the Computing teacher for KS1 to KS3. Hayley's active contribution to our collaboration with MIT enriches AI comprehension in KS3.

Passionate about coding's integration across all years, along with developing digital literacy, she enhances our Computing curriculum. As Designated Safeguarding Lead, she ensures student and staff safety, providing vital support. Hayley nurtures student leadership through successful Student Council development, fostering school initiatives and community events. This year, she aims to strengthen student leadership and drive sustainability.

Beyond education, Hayley cherishes rescuing two cats, enjoys crime dramas for critical thinking, and expresses creativity through drawing and painting. She also enjoys listening to a wide range of music and attending live music events and festivals. She thrives on engaging students with innovative, adaptable computing projects that cater to various skill levels."

Ahmed Sahbi
Year 8 Form Tutor

Ahmed Sahbi is a secondary school Mathematics and Business Studies Teacher with 4 years of experience in education both in the UAE and the UK. He holds 2 Masters Degrees in Finance and Investments, and had worked in the Investment industry for several years. He has held a number of leadership roles and has contributed to the strategic development and implementation of high-quality curriculum programmes and platforms across schools.

Ahmed believes that all students deserve an outstanding education and an opportunity to thrive. He has always held a passion for mathematics and after training as a teacher, he tries to instil this passion into all the students he teaches. He believes that an excellent mathematical / business education will lead to young people being able to access exciting opportunities across many fields.

Kholod Alahmar
Islamic Studies Curriculum Leader

"Kholod Alahmar is the Islamic Lead at Dubai Heights Academy and has worked in education for over 12 years across the UAE and Syria, bringing a rich Islamic curriculum school experience to her role both in Primary and Secondary stages. She holds two bachelors; one in English Literature, while the other one is in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Damascus University in Syria, along with a diploma in Professional Teaching from Ajman University. Kholod is working now on her National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership from UK; NPQSL.

Kholod was born in Dubai, living her whole life in this gorgeous country, and she believes that every pupil should take his full opportunity in learning, That’s why she focuses in her Islamic teachings on all the modern strategies and initiatives that support in making the Islamic Studies one of the students’ favorite subjects. This all makes her so passionate to deliver her teaching experiences, and to bring the students up to her teaching philosophy; “Everyone can do it!""

Kholod's favourite hobbies are swimming, reading and exploring the world by traveling to new places. She is a mother of two little kids, which makes her so busy during the day. When she has some free time, she grabs a new book, and enjoys reading with some snacks."

Emtesal Al Ghaz
Arabic A Teacher

"Emtesal Abdou is a passionate and dedicated Arabic teacher who holds a diploma in Arabic education. She has extensive experience teaching the Arabic language to Arabs and non-Arabs at all levels. She has been an Arabic teacher in Dubai for over 23 years and has been at DHA for the last 5 years. Emtesal describes herself as an outstanding teacher who aims to deliver interesting and engaging lessons to pupils of all abilities.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, partaking in sports and spending time with her little family."

Maysoon Saleh
Arabic A/B Teacher
Abeer Al Naseri
Arabic A/B Teacher

"Abeer Al Naseri hails from Iraq and has a degree from Baghdad University. She previously worked in another Dubai school for 13 years as a primary school Arabic B teacher. Abeer is thrilled to be a part of the incredible team at DHA. Teaching is her passion and she absolutely love working with young minds and helping them discover their potential. With over 14 years of experience in teaching, she has developed a deep understanding of child development and effective teaching strategies.

Her goal is to create a nurturing and inclusive classroom environment where every student feels valued and supported. She believes in making learning fun and engaging, incorporating hands-on activities, interactive games, and technology to enhance the learning experience. She strives to create a classroom community that fosters curiosity, critical thinking, and a love for learning.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is also actively involved in extracurricular activities, such as organizing Arabic for Parents sessions. She is excited to collaborate with parents and guardians to ensure the success of each student as she believes that open communication and partnership are essential in creating a positive and effective learning environment. She is truly honored to be a part of your child's educational journey, and she can't wait to see them grow and thrive."

Rufaida Al Kharabsheh
Islamic Teacher

"Rufaida Alkharabsheh is a dedicated educator with a strong enthusiasm for teaching Islamic studies. She received her BA in Islamic Studies from Al Yarmouk University in Jordan in 2010, and she offers a unique blend of knowledge and experience to her position. Over the past seven years, she has effectively taught Islamic studies across diverse settings, ranging from Jordan to the United Arab Emirates. Rufaida is skilled at creating an interesting and nurturing learning environment in addition to her instructional ability.

With an unwavering dedication to her profession, she strives to create a thorough awareness of Islamic beliefs in her pupils. Her approach is centered around fostering connections between these values and their practical application in everyday life inline with the United Arab Emirates Islamic Studies curriculum. Her dedication and extensive experience make Rufaida an asset for both academic growth and moral development, leaving a positive impact on the pupils she teaches as an Islamic teacher in Dubai Heights Academy."

Sumaia Shatnawi
Arabic B Teacher

"Sumaia Shatnawi comes from Jordan and has a Diploma in Global Teaching Practice from Liverpool Hope University in the UK. She has 12 years of experience teaching Arabic B to primary and secondary students in Dubai schools. Sumaia is committed to helping students develop their critical thinking skills and is known for her ability to inspire them to love reading and writing.

Her favourite quote is “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.""

She is also an advocate for social justice and uses her classroom as a platform to promote diversity and inclusion. She is very fond of walking on the beach, traveling, drawing and reading. She often visits the beach with her family on the weekends for family fun time and she loves learning about new cultures."

Rabab Housino
Arabic B Teacher

"Rabab Housino is an EYFS and Primary Arabic B teacher with a Bachelors in Education from Damascus University who has been teaching Arabic in Dubai for 10 years. She ensures that her lessons are creative, engaging, fun and challenging.

She believes that utilising technology for learning is vital for 21st century learners and tries to incorporate innovation and technology in all of her classes. Rabab considers herself to be a lifelong learner and hopes to instil the love of the Arabic language in her students."

Riham Salameh
Arabic B Teacher

"Riham Salameh has a Bachelor’s of Education in Arabic from the University of Bethlehem and will be joining us as an Arabic B teacher for Secondary. She has 17 years of experience, including 11 years in the UAE, where she has been teaching all the way from Year 2 to Year 13.

Her previous experiences as Deputy Head of Arabic and Team Leader has given her a clear understanding of the Arabic teaching curriculum and the needs of students in each age group. Riham is passionate about education and is committed to helping her students succeed and feel confident in learning an additional language."

Rufaida Al Kharabsheh
Islamic A Teacher
Aisling Keaveney
Head of Inclusion, Pastoral and Wellbeing

"Aisling Keaveney brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Dubai Heights Academy, having over 13 years of experience in a variety of educational settings. With a background in Special Education, Aisling specialises in Inclusion achieving a first class honours Masters in Special Education. An ambassador for promoting inclusion and wellbeing, Aisling has featured as a guest speaker at Middlesex University Dubai and also presented as a panellist speaker in the Sixth Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS) conference 2022 titled “Today’s wellness ecosystem: Professional perspectives on initiatives from inception to implementation”.

Aisling believes in personalising the curriculum and learning experience of every student to ensure every child, every mind and everybody has the opportunity for success at Dubai Heights Academy. Aisling places a huge emphasis on creating a culture that celebrates diversity, promotes well-being and nurtures individuality and creativity."

Terrie Spencer
Deputy Head of Inclusion

"Terrie Spencer is a passionate and dedicated teacher from England with experience teaching in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2. After completing her BA (Hons) QTS at Leeds University, she returned to her native Manchester to begin her teaching career. This is where she developed her passion for working with students of determination. She has vast experience of working with pupils in a variety of settings in both England and the UAE, including mainstream schools, specialist schools for students of determination and a pupil referral unit.

Terrie is the eternal student, committed to ongoing professional development. She holds a Master of Education in Special Education Needs with distinction and is a qualified neuro-developmental therapist (INPP method). Furthermore, she is a member of professional bodies including, The British Psychological Society and the Institute of Neuro- Physiological Psychology. In her quest to support and challenge the students in her care, she has studied ABA therapy, Gifted and Talented identification and provision and school mental health improvement.

Terrie is currently the Deputy Head of Inclusion at DHA. She is particularly passionate about school readiness, early intervention and the role of movement in learning."

Elaine Irvine
Inclusion Teacher

"Elaine Irvine is now in her fourth year at Dubai Heights Academy as an Inclusion teacher. She is mainly based in Secondary, teaching English and maths. Elaine has 17 years of teaching experience across the UK and Dubai. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Study of Education, PGCE and the National Award for SEND Coordination.

Elaine is passionate about challenging her students to reach their full potential in a supportive and engaging learning environment. She recognises that one path does not fit all and actively strives to accommodate all learning styles through a range of pedagogical approaches.

Elaine has three boys who all attend Dubai Heights Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cycling and family days out across Dubai."

Sarah Marnell
Inclusion Teacher

"Sarah Marnell is an enthusiastic and dedicated special needs educator with 8 years of experience as an inclusion teacher. In her current role, she collaborates with a wide range of professionals including area specialists and occupational therapists to create an inclusive, supportive setting for all students. She is also adept at providing academic support for students in core subjects to enable and encourage them to develop appropriate organisational and academic skills. She believes in a data-inspired approach to supporting students, using data to inform teaching approaches and expectations.

She has a deep understanding of fostering supportive and inclusive learning environments, identifying main areas for growth, and providing differentiated and personalised learning activities. Sarah is looking forward to providing meaningful, engaging lessons and celebrating the many successes of her students throughout the year."

Aisa Riley
Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Aisa Riley is a Senior Speech and Language Specialist with several years of experience working with children from age 2 to teenagers. Her passion lies in making a positive impact through speech and language therapy; from early language support to social interaction, speech sounds, vocabulary expansion, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), stammering, and vocal care. Her goal is to support our amazing children, dedicated staff, and parents.

Aisa brings a mix of energy, enthusiasm, and creative ideas to the learning environment, ensuring a warm atmosphere for all. She is genuinely looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you and making a positive impact within the school.

Hayley Burrows
Social Responsibility (including safeguarding) and Innovation Lead

"Hayley Burrows is a highly dedicated educator from the UK, with extensive experience. Holding a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Psychology and a PGCE in Primary Education from University College Northampton, her career has encompassed diverse roles. With 9 years in UAE education and 4 years at DHA, she excels in roles ranging across all year levels and serves as the Computing teacher for KS1 to KS3. Hayley's active contribution to our collaboration with MIT enriches AI comprehension in KS3.

Passionate about coding's integration across all years, along with developing digital literacy, she enhances our Computing curriculum. As Designated Safeguarding Lead, she ensures student and staff safety, providing vital support. Hayley nurtures student leadership through successful Student Council development, fostering school initiatives and community events. This year, she aims to strengthen student leadership and drive sustainability.

Beyond education, Hayley cherishes rescuing two cats, enjoys crime dramas for critical thinking, and expresses creativity through drawing and painting. She also enjoys listening to a wide range of music and attending live music events and festivals. She thrives on engaging students with innovative, adaptable computing projects that cater to various skill levels."

Arushi Bhatia
School Counsellor

"Arushi Bhatia joins us at Dubai Heights Academy as our new School Counsellor. Originally from India, she earned her master's degree in Psychology and brings with her over 7 years of industry experience in the field of counselling and child & adolescent mental health. She has been an integral member of several school communities and has contributed significantly in creating school-based intervention programmes. Her passion for counselling extends beyond children and she has led several staff training workshops and parent support groups in her previous roles.

Outside of work, she loves experimenting with cooking different world cuisines and absolutely enjoys retail therapy. She is beyond thrilled to be associated with the DHA community and is looking forward to spreading her light and laughter with everyone."

Marion Mendoza
School Nurse
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