Leadership Team

Our experienced leadership team brings a wealth of experience, both from the US and internationally, to deliver an innovative program that redefining educational excellence in the region.
Dr. Paul Lieblich

Dr. Paul Lieblich

Executive Principal

Dr. Lieblich has been recognized as a National Distinguished Principal by the US State Department, Office of Overseas Schools. He has held Headship positions at several leading international schools since 1995, including Lyford Cay International School, Zurich International School and the International School of Amsterdam.
Dr. Lieblich’s global recognition stems from his co-initiation and authorship of the International Schools Curriculum Project which is now the IB PYP. Dr. Lieblich has also served on the advisory council to the IB regarding the integration of IB programs and the development of IB professional development programs.
Dr. Lieblich earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a Master’s in Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching from the College of William & Mary. He received a Bachelor’s in Economics from Bethany College.
Lisa Ripperger

Lisa Ripperger

Principal

Lisa Ripperger joins Clarion with a wealth of leadership experience at progressive schools. Lisa has just completed 12 years as Principal at Primary School 234, (PS 234), one of the pre-eminent progressive schools in New York City, located in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Prior to her leadership positions in New York City schools, Lisa spent two years as a literacy consultant in the San Diego Unified School District.  She taught First Grade at the exemplary, progressive public school, PS 321, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
She attended Bank Street College of Education’s School District Leadership Program. Lisa has a Master of Arts, in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts, in History from Boston University.
Lisa has worked extensively with professors at Bank Street College of Education, hosting the college’s student teachers at PS 234 during her tenure.  After studying with Professor Lucy Calkins at Teachers College, Lisa worked for her at the Teacher College Reading & Writing Project, the developer of the writing program we use at Clarion.

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. Betty joins us from the Goethe International Charter School in Los Angeles where she was the Academic Head.

Caron Welsby

Caron Welsby

Director of Operations

Caron joined Clarion last year to provide overall operations and facilities management as our school has grows in facilities and its number of students served. She has been leading operations in Dubai schools and nurseries for the past five years. Her expertise spans the full range of operational responsibilities from regulatory requirements to purchasing to parent liaison. She has also worked in school admissions, liaising with accounts and the KHDA.
Prior to her work with schools, Caron’s career spanned 20 years in the utilities field, with United Utilities in the UK. She worked in system integration, work performance and water field work. In the UAE, she has worked for Emaar and the Abu Dhabi government establishing customer care operations for customer satisfaction, forecasting and operation procedures and accredition.

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