Leadership Team

Our experienced leadership team brings a wealth of experience, both in the US and internationally, to truly deliver an innovative program that will redefine educational excellence in the region.
Dr. Kandace Williams

Dr. Kandace Williams



Dr. Kandace Williams has a rich tapestry of experience both nationally and internationally with 20 years of school leadership experience. She has earned both a Masters and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at the University of North Carolina, College of Education

In Charlotte, North Carolina, her middle school won national recognition for academic achievement and social inclusiveness. In Saudi Arabia, she was a Founding Principal at the highly reputed KAUST school which served students from 75 countries. In only the second year of operation, the school was named as an International Baccalaureate World school. She has also served as an Elementary Principal at the prestigious Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Williams’ most recent assignment was the Chief Instructional Services Officer for the Reading School District in Pennsylvania where she was in charge of supporting the academic programs of 19 schools.

Betty Brown

Betty Brown

Dean of Studies

Betty Brown is an experienced educator teaching in international schools in Indonesia, Tanzania, China and the U.S. over the past 22 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Massey University, Bachelor of Arts in Education from Victoria University, and Advanced Diploma of Teaching Victoria University.

Betty is a successful education administrator, working with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) in California and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Betty has taken two schools successfully through the WASC accreditation process and has taken two schools through CIS (Council of International Schools) accreditation. She has also taken three schools through IB accreditation. She is coming to Dubai from Los Angeles where she is currently Academic Head.

Danette Lipten

Danette Lipten

Head of Professional Learning

Danette Lipten holds a Masters of Science in Education with a specialisation in Literacy from Bank Street College in New York City. She has been teaching in the Bank Street School for Children for over 20 years where she is lead teacher for Grade 2.

As a teacher at Bank Street, Danette has trained many graduate students during their in-classroom studies. She is a sought after consultant for schools on Progressive Education practice and presenter at conferences. A panelist for National Geographic at the Conference for Teaching and Learning, she presented Bank Street’s innovative Hudson River study.

Ms. Lipten will lead Clarion’s professional development for teachers to ensure our best practice and adherence to progressive teaching and learning principles.

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