Pre-K Teaching Team
Andrea begins her third year teaching Pre K at Clarion. A veteran to early childhood, Andrea has been teaching since 2003. Her classroom experiences range from Virginia Public Schools in the United States to teaching internationally in Khartoum, Sudan and Guangzhou, China. A real lover of international school life, Andrea enjoys the diversity of families at Clarion.
Andrea has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. Her Master’s Degree in Education is from Cambridge College, in Massachusetts.
Geneva joins Clarion with five years of early childhood teaching experience in the UAE. She taught at Dubai American Academy and more recently Dubai International Academy, where she worked to plan well incorporated, relevant instruction in literacy and STEM through the personal and cultural stories of her young students.
A career changer into teaching, Geneva is a dual degree holder from New York University. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Politics and Economics and a Master’s Degree in European Studies. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Teaching from the University of Sutherland in the United Kingdom.
K1 Teaching Team
For the past two years Victoria taught K2 at Clarion. This year she is excited to join the K1 team. Across her 13 years of teaching, Victoria has worked in public and private schools in New York City. Before moving to Dubai and joining Clarion, she taught at the Bank Street School for Children and the Fieldston School, both in NYC.
Victoria has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Connecticut in Animal Science. She is a graduate from Bank Street College of Education in New York where she earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and General Education.
Elizabeth is joining Clarion from teaching K1 in Qatar for the past three years. At GEMS American Academy Qatar, she served as Department Head for the K1 team of teachers, where she coordinated the vertical alignment of standards taught across three grade levels (Pre K–K2). Before beginning her international school experience, she taught four and five year olds in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.
Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with a Master’s of Science in Childhood Education.
Nada comes to Clarion with eleven years of early childhood teaching. Mostly recently she joins us from Dubai International Academy, where she served as the K1 grade leader since 2014. In 2018, Nada was nominated for the GESS Education Award for Innovation in Education for the creativity of developing and utilizing of outdoor learning areas.
She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Arts in Education – Education Leadership, Learning & Technology from Michigan State University.
Marja begins her third year teaching K1 at Clarion. Prior to joining our staff, she taught Kindergarten in the Finnish, progressive education system. Prior to embarking on her early childhood teaching career, Marja danced professionally with the Finish National Opera. She taught dance at the Kruununhaka and Kaisaniemi Schools as well as the Espoo Dance Institute. Her dance instruction led her to teaching therapeutic dance movement with children. In Marja’s classroom, she enjoys incorporating the Arts fully into her students’ learning.
Marja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance from the University of Arts in Helsinki, Finland. She has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Metropolia University. Marja also has a Masters degree from the University of Arts.
K2 Teaching Team
Jacqueline, a veteran teacher of young children, is beginning her third year teaching K2 at Clarion. Her classroom experiences have taken her between the United States, Canada, Jamaica and the UAE. She holds a Montessori Diploma from the Foundation of Montessori Education in Toronto, Canada.
Her Bachelors degree in Education is from the University of Technology in Jamaica. Jacqueline’s Masters degree is in Early Childhood Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Always the eager learner, this summer, Jacqueline attended professional development institutes in the United States on literacy instruction, the Responsive Classroom II institute and a focused workshop run by Handwriting Without Tears (the handwriting curricula Clarion teachers use).
Maie taught K1 last year at Clarion. She returns this year to teach K2. Maie’s teaching career began in the Fairfax, Virginia public schools in 2001. In addition to experience teaching in several schools in the United States, Maie has also taught in international schools in Egypt and Qatar, where she has been part of strong instructional teams, planning for students with a wide array of learning profiles. Maie has a Medical Degree and practiced medicine before deciding to return to school to study to become a teacher. She has a Masters degree in Special Education from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. as well as a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from the University of London in England. Maie is fluent in Arabic.
Sara is starting her third year at Clarion teaching K2. Additionally, she is initiating a new role titled Climate & Culture Coordinator where she will support our staff in improving our internal communication skills and awareness of how our cultural experiences shape our communication expectations. In her first two years at Clarion, Sara taught Pre K. Her previous classroom positions include teaching at the Sarah Lawrence Early Childhood Learning Center and the Chapin School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Sara has a Bachelor’s of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Grand Valley State University, in Michigan. Her Masters degree in Education is from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Sara is fluent in Arabic.
Kristina, a New York City native, began her career in Brooklyn teaching Students with Determination. Her experience teaching children with autism and emotional disturbance strengthened her skillset as she moved to Maryland to teach Kindergarten in the well-regarded, Prince George’s County Public Schools. Across Kristina’s six years as a classroom teacher in the US and the UAE, she has taught Kindergarten to Grade 2.
Kristina has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Math from Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. Her Master’s of Science in Early Childhood Education is from Touro College in New York City.
Grade 1 Teaching Team
Like many international teachers, Louise began teaching English to students in South Korea. After returning home to Ireland in 2014, to solidify her teaching degree from Hibernia College, in Ireland, she taught Grades 1 and 2 in Kilkenny for the last three years. She frequently combines her cultural curiosity with international volunteer experiences, last year spending a month’s vacation volunteering in a youth centre for street children in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.
Louise has a Liberal Arts, Bachelors degree from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland. She has a Master’s of Arts in Irish Studies from National University of Ireland in Galway. Her Professional Master’s of Education in Primary Teaching is from Hibernia College.
Donna comes to Clarion having spent the last two years teaching Students with Determination out of The Developing Child Center (TDCC) in Dubai. Prior to teaching at TDCC, Donna was a Grade 1 & 2 teacher at the International School of Choueifat in Ras Al Khaimah. Donna is excited to join Clarion since her own childhood schooling was in a progressive, open-classroom model in rural South Africa, encouraging her outdoor, exploratory learning.
Donna has a Bachelor’s of Education in Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phase from the University of Pretoria. She also has a Post Graduate Honours Degree in Inclusive Education from the University of South Africa.
Last school year, Melissa taught K2 at Clarion. She returns this year to teach Grade 1. Teaching since 2013, Melissa’s classroom experiences have taken her between France and the UAE. After studying the Reggio Emilia approach in Italy in the summer of 2016, Melissa incorporated these teachings into her early childhood classroom. Prior joining Clarion, Melissa taught Kindergarten at the British Columbia Canadian School.
Melissa has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Contemporary Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. She has an additional Bachelor’s of Education degree (the Canadian equivalent of a US Masters) from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University.
Grade 2 Teaching Team
Rhoda taught Grade 3 last year at Clarion and this year is teaching Grade 2. A veteran teacher since 2001, her experience has focused on the middle elementary years of grades 3-5. She launched her career in California, but has spent the better part of the last 13 years teaching in international schools from the UAE, to Uganda, to South Korea and now returning to the UAE.
Rhoda is a graduate of California State University Northridge, in California with a BA in Liberal Arts and a concentration in Art. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Pepperdine University in California.
Miff is beginning her fourth year at Clarion. She spent the last three years working as a support teacher in Grade 1 with Janel Frazier. Prior to joining Clarion in 2016, Miff was a learning assistant at King’s School Al Barsha, focusing on targeted, small group instruction in math and literacy. Throughout her teaching experiences she has perfected planning for her instruction. She shares this strength freely with her colleagues at Clarion. A career changer into teaching, Miff’s pervious career was in business management.
Miff earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham.
Grade 3 Teacher
Robyn has been teaching for the past seven years. She began her career in Canada, in schools with a deep emphasis on incorporating the local culture to create curriculum that was relatable to her students. She is joining Clarion after having taught at the British Columbia Canadian School in Dubai and the West Yas American Academy in Abu Dhabi. The majority of her classroom experience is teaching students in Grade 3.
Robyn’s two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Liberal Arts and her second in Education (the Canadian Masters equivalent) are both from the University of Saskatchewan.
Grade 4 Teacher
Grade 4 co-teacher (Literacy/Social Studies)
Having taught for the last 11 years, Joy’s experiences have taken her from public schools in Nebraska to the GCC where she began teaching internationally at the Universal American School of Kuwait between 2009 – 2013. For the last five years she has taught in the UAE. At Clarion, we are excited to partner Joy’s experience in developing integrated curriculum, especially around units of sustainability and ethics with Shabina Chaudry’s experience teaching upper level math and science.
Joy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish, both from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Her Masters of Science in Education is in Teaching English as a Second Language, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She studied for a year at Universidad de Salamanca in Spain to earn her Lengua y Cultura certificate. Joy is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Grade 4 co-teacher (Math/Science) & Math Staff Developer
An experienced Secondary Mathematics and Science teacher, Shabina has taught in schools utilizing the American, International Baccalaureate and British curricula. Across all of her school settings, Shabina has perfected the skill of analyzing student data to inform her instructional decision making in order to maximize student learning outcomes. Shabina enjoys incorporating Math and Science studies into real life applications for her students. Outside of her daily professional life, Shabina serves as an active trustee of a charity school in Northern Pakistan.
At Clarion, we are excited to partner Shabina’s experience in teaching upper level Math, Chemistry, Physics and Biology with Joy Weir’s experience developing and teaching engaging interdisciplinary units, especially around units of sustainability and ethics. (See Joy’s bio.)
Shabina has a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Chemistry from Queen Mary University of London. She has a Master’s of Science in Economics, Banking & Finance from the University of Portsmouth. Her Post Graduate Certificate in Education; in Secondary Education, is from the University of Sutherland.
Caitlin holds a Masters of Education in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from George Mason University. She has worked as a special education teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax and in Alexandria City, VA working with students with learning disabilities. An applied behavior therapist (ABA), Caitlin has provided in home behavioral support for children with autism and Downs syndrome.
At George Mason University, she was a Division I athlete for the women’s rowing team for four years. While teaching at Fairfax County Public Schools she was the head coach of the Special Olympics basketball, track and field, and crew (rowing) team.