Clarion School Dubai

Jim Pastore


Teaching children how to think not what to think is more than a phrase to Clarion Principal Jim Pastore, it is an action to live by and an inspiration. Jim’s own education started in a Montessori school and in many ways that has been his foundation for his life as a progressive educator, leading International Baccalaureate (IB) schools worldwide.

After obtaining his BA in English at the University of Notre Dame, Jim started his teaching career in Medellin, Colombia. Over the next eight years he worked in Latin America teaching English literature in accredited American Schools. Upon completion of his Masters in Educational Administration, Jim worked immediately in the first IB school in the state of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Principal, and from there moved to Rome, Italy, as Middle School Principal at Marymount School, Rome, also an IBDP school. Since then he has held leadership positions in public and private IB schools in a several different languages and cultures. He came to the UAE in 2015, as Principal of the ADNOC school in Abu Dhabi. From there he went to Ras Al Khaimah where he led the Emirates National School to full IB Authorization in the PYP, MYP and DP in only 2 years.

Jim is tri-lingual (English, Spanish and Italian) and loves to read historical fiction and history books - a love for books inspired by his mother. His father, a Principal in the Philadelphia School System, gave Jim the insight to understand how children learn and how to create environments to facilitate learning; in his words “how to get out of their way and let children take off!” He loves to read and walk, and in 2013 he walked the Camino de Santiago Trail from France, across Spain to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Suzanne Rodricks

Vice Principal

An educator for 31 years, Suzanne joins Clarion from our Scholars International Group sister school Dubai Scholars, where she has been Head of EYFS/Lower Primary since 2016. Her mission at Dubai Scholars was to challenge the status of teaching and learning in the EYFS/Lower Primary program, which has successfully resulted in the rise of the KHDA rating to “Very Good”.

Recently, Suzanne was invited to join the Harvard University Graduate School of Education beta program for planning and teaching for online learning at the Harvard Principal’s Center. In 2019, she received the 24th ICTEL  best paper accommodation at the TERA (Teaching and Education Research Association) International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning. This winter, Suzanne will present with Dr. Shafali Tsabary at the Global Tipping Point Summit on the topic “Nurturing Creativity with the Arts”.

Suzanne holds a Master’s of Special Education and a Bachelor of Education from S.N.D.T Women’s University, Mumbai, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay.

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Nada Iskandar

Head of Student Assessment and School Self-Evaluation

“When we encourage children to question, we teach them the most powerful tool they will need in an ever-changing world.” An early years educator with thirteen years of teaching experience in Dubai, she brings her experience, knowledge of how children develop and UAE culture to her classroom. She is an innovator of learning spaces, a growth mindset enthusiast and a believer in the power of grit.

Nada joined Clarion in August 2019 as a classroom teacher and later joined Clarion’s Leadership Team as Head of School and Student Assessment. Her classroom teaching experiences and leadership positions held at progressive IB schools give her a unique background to add to Clarion as we strengthen our assessment and evaluation practices. In 2018, Nada was nominated for the GESS Education Award for Innovation in Education for the creativity of developing and utilizing outdoor learning areas. In 2021, Nada completed her NEASC visitor training and is very excited to start her journey as an ACE-approved visitor.

She holds a Master’s of Arts in Education, Education Leadership, Learning & Technology, from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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