Staff Directory

Staff are listed in alphabetical order by first name. To find a particular staff member by Name: search by Last or First name in the keyword box and press the tner key or click on the search button. For school specific departments use the drop down list to filter by school sections and subjects.

  • Abeer Al Hassan

    Senior Nurse

    Departments: Administration
  • Adele Stanbury

    Grade 1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Adele was born in Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom, and has also lived in Zambia, South Africa with her family. Adele graduated from Edith Cowan University in Perth in 1986 with a Diploma of Teaching. Adele also holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Public Relations and a Minor in Education. She has since spent many years living and teaching in Australia. Adele is married to Darren and has two teenage children, Nikita and Thomas.
    This is Adele’s first International posting, joining Ajman Academy in 2017. Adele has taught all year levels across the Elementary school in Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria in Australia, with over 25 years of teaching experience. She has a passion for teaching younger children and has a strong interest in improving children’s literacy. Adele has relished the challenge of teaching different curriculums and working with new teachers, parents and students. Her strength lies in her ability to communicate easily and effectively with people, and in wanting to get to know them at both a professional and more personal level.
    Her passion is travel, and Adele has a thirst for exploring new places and for meeting new people! She has a love of dance and music. Adele enjoys walking, swimming, zumba, yoga and pilates. As a result of travel, she has developed a love of photography.
  • Ahamed Haja

    IT Officer

    Departments: Administration
    Ahamed Haja hails from India and has a degree in Computer Application and is MCSE certified by Microsoft.
    He has more than six years of experience in the IT field within multiple international companies here in the UAE. In his last post, he worked as an ICT Administrator before being promoted to the Head of ICT Technical Department which he held for two years.
    Ahamed Haja is passionate about working with Ajman Academy, he especially enjoys being involved with the technology integration in the classroom and seeing how it is used to educate our students across all grades.
    His hobbies include playing cricket, listening to music and keeping an eye on all new technology releases.
  • Ahmad Al Hmidi

    Islamic Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, Arabic, Islamic
  • Ahmed Rifayi

    Deputy Accountant

    Departments: Administration
  • Alaa Abdulhay

    Librarian Supervisor

    Departments: Secondary School, Administration
  • Alanna Keane

    English Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, English
    Alanna join us as a secondary school English teacher. She was born and raised in the west of Ireland and speaks both English and Irish fluently. There she obtained an honours degree in English and the Irish language, later moving on to study a Post-Graduate Degree in Secondary Education with The University of Nottingham. She joined Ajman Academy after three years as Head of English and History in an International school in Dubai. Alanna loves music, reading and nature. She has worked as an English teacher in the U.A.E for seven years, and her passion for teaching has only grown with every year. Alanna believes that as much as teachers are integral in learning, they are also students themselves. She believes that teachers must be open to personal development in order to provide a well-rounded educational experience in the classroom.
  • Ali Abdallah Ali

    Arabic Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, Arabic
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  • Ali Imdad Ali

    General Maintenance

    Departments: Administration
    Secondary Title: School Gardener
  • Alia Al Amleh

    Arabic Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Alia is from Jordan; she is married and a mother. She has graduated from the American University of Sharjah (Education). She took different workshops in education and using resources.
    Alia has worked for twenty-six years as a teacher in the Foundation Stage 1 and 2 in UAE and Palestine.
    Alia believes that the foundation stage is a very important stage in a child’s life, and her role as a teacher is crucial. A Teacher can help to build an educated generation, with self-confidence and independence. She also believes that choosing the right resources and using them correctly, can help to provide a good environment for the child.
  • Amber Aultman

    Grade 2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
    Amber is from Houston, Texas, USA. She graduated from Stephen F Austin University with a Bachelor Degree in Education and Communication. She has worked in the US, China and the UAE. She moved to Shanghai, China in 2010 and worked at Yew Chung International School and Shanghai Livingston American School in various roles as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, First Grade and Primary Department Leader. Amber moved to the UAE in 2016 where she has worked at Ajman Academy in both Grades One and Two and currently is the Grade Two Leader and Read, Write, Inc. Coordinator. She has two sons in secondary at AJAC.
    Amber feels all children deserve to have equal opportunities in their education and strives to challenge all students. She believes in a fun and exciting learning environment for all.
  • Andrew Van Nooten

    English Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, English
    Andrew, from Melbourne, Australia, has taught for the last five years at Ajman Academy. Immediately, before this, he taught for six years in Muscat, Oman. Andrew is married to Gabby, PA to the Secondary School Principal.

 Andrew’s professional qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Masters of Education and he has completed the coursework for his Doctorate in Education. He taught with the Victorian Education Department for some 30 years, as well as for one year in the UK in 2005.
    It was that teaching experience in England that convinced him to try the international teaching scene. From 2008 to 2014, he taught in two international schools in Muscat, where he taught the English National Curriculum, IGCSE, the IB Diploma Program and A-levels.

Andrew's teaching philosophy is simple: he likes to develop both a positive learning experience and a rapport with his students. In the first instance in the classroom, but also through the co-curricula in such pursuits as school productions. He thoroughly enjoys being a part of the team at Ajman Academy.
    In his free time, Andrew is an avid walker, loves live theatre, test cricket, watching his AFL team play as well as spending time with family and friends.
  • Ankush Chand (Sharma)


    Departments: Administration
  • Apolonia Mergulhao

    Bus Nanny / Cleaner

    Departments: Primary School, Administration
  • Arwa Sayyam

    Arabic Teacher

    Departments: Primary School, Arabic
    Arwa was born and raised in Jordan. She has a Bachelor Degree in the Arabic Language. She has been in UAE since 2013 and worked at Ajman Academy for the last seven years. Arwa has 29 years teaching experience which was taken her to many countries such as Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia through in primary levels from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Arwa has specialised training in the Special Education field as well as hold an Apple Teacher certificate. Arwa is married and has one daughter and two sons.
    Arwa’s ethos for teaching is to provide a favourable environment for the students to develop them to be responsible, thinkers and open-minded. Arwa provides innovative lessons through the use of technology and allows her students the opportunity to be creative in their learning experiences. Her students are confident and hold a high level of respect to their peers and community. Arwa always pushes her students to succeed and reach their full academic potential as she believes every student deserves that success.
  • Asma Sobhi AlTayasinah

    ICT Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, ICT, Ajman Digital Champions
    Secondary Title: ICT Subject Leader
    Asma is from Syria and has been living in the UAE for over 20 years. Asma has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering through The University of Heriot-Watt in the UK. Asma taught in IGCSE schools in Dubai for seven years and then moved to an IB school in Dubai for another four years. During her experience, she progressed to being an ICT and Computer Science Teacher and technology integration specialist in her previous school.

    Asma has been in Ajman Academy for one year and introduced an artificial intelligence and robotics program during this time.
    Ajman Academy is the first school in the UAE to participate in this program bringing Electronics, Robotics, Renewable Energy and A.I.
    Asma aims to create a fun and safe learning environment for her students who will be active, engaged and become independent learners. Asma believes students learn best through real-life experiences and being involved in their learning as well as working in different areas using their device (Laptop or iPad) inside the classroom.
  • Azza Ibrahim

    Arabic Teacher Support

    Departments: Primary School, Arabic
  • Bakr Al Ahmad

    Islamic Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, Arabic, Islamic
    Bakr was born in Syria and has a Bachelor in Islamic Education from Damascus University.
    With twelve years experience in Syria and the United Arab Emirates, he has attended many different training sessions and workshops, which have taught, teaching morals and teacher development as well as how to teach children with learning difficulties. Bakr has also attended training on how to improve a student’s recital of the Qur'an (Tajweed) as the Prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him, recited.
    Bakr has the skills to deal with different age groups. He can discover the strengths of the student and encourages that student to build upon those strengths.
  • Basil Curlewis

    Grade 3 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Basil is an experienced teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience including ten years of environmental education, three years as a school teacher in South Africa and 12 years overseas. He is presently teaching Grade 3 and has taught many different grades at Ajman Academy since it’s opening as a class teacher and also taught Science and Environmental Management. He collaborates well with multicultural staff. A personal passion for the environment was his inspiration to share his enthusiasm as an environmental educator, which fuelled his desire to be an educator. He provided both formal and informal environmental education to students, adults and children as an employee of the Department of Wildlife. He wrote a weekly article for the local newspaper about events taking place in nature, under the heading ‘Walk with me in the veldt’. He has continuously developed his career by attaining further qualifications throughout his life and achieving top grades for the PGCE, Cum Laude. He completed a thesis to attain a PhD in Zoology. Basil is happily married to Joe-Ann. He is affable, approachable and a fair-minded person. Basil is a passionate, enthusiastic teacher, who enjoys teaching because the joy of a child's success is most rewarding.
  • Belal Khaled Satouf

    Arabic & Islamic Specialist

    Departments: Primary School, Islamic
  • Benjamin Farrelly

    Grade 3 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Benjamin is originally from the UK but has spent most of his career teaching abroad, in countries such as Austria, Malaysia and Kazakhstan. He lives in Ras al Khaimah with his wife and children and has worked in the UAE since 2016.
    Benjamin obtained his BA at Oxford University where he read Modern Languages and Linguistics. He then went on to study Primary Education, obtaining his PGCE at Buckingham University. Benjamin has taught in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as a Primary Class Teacher, has been Head of Years 5 and 6 and has been Literacy Coordinator in two schools. He has offered after-school activities in languages such as French and German and has run Primary and Secondary choirs, resulting in choir tours to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as London, England. He has also run both Primary and Secondary Drama productions and musicals in several schools.
    Benjamin attended the prestigious Chetham's School of Music and there developed a passion for music and languages. He has performed as a soloist singer in many concerts in venues around the world and has learnt several languages including German, French and Russian.
    Benjamin has a passion for learning and wishes to pass on this quality to the children in his care. He believes in child-centred, inquiry-based learning, whereby every child is given the opportunity to reach their true potential. He believes that learning should be the core of all of our experiences within the school environment and that children should enjoy every aspect of their learning journey.
  • Bernadette Sneddon

    Grade 5 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Bernadette Sneddon is from the beautiful country, New Zealand where she previously taught in a modern 21st Century Learning environment. In 2016 she decided to venture out into the world and relocate to the United Arab Emirates and continue her teaching career in Sharjah and Dubai where she has been fortunate to gain experience teaching in different curriculums. Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury and a Certificate in Literacy and Numeracy education. She is currently working towards her Diploma in Literacy Education.
    Bernadette believes in a good work-life balance and during the winter months enjoys swimming, mountain biking, camping and basically enjoying the outdoors.
    Bernadette is committed to working with colleagues, parents and the wider school community to ensure every student is successful.
  • Burak Bilgutay

    Head Swim Coach

    Departments: Primary School, Secondary School, PE
    Burak was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1971. His swimming life started in 1977 at the club where his grandfather and mother had also swum. During 1980s Burak was selected to represent the Turkish National team and went on to break two national records! He then received a full swimming scholarship to the USA. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor Degrees in Finance and International Business. After completing his professional swimming life in 1994, Burak has also involved more than 20 years in Turkish and Georgian Swimming Federations in various coaching positions and as a Director of Swimming.
    Burak is currently married to Tuba and has two sons, Emre and Noyan Bilgutay, who are also swimming for Turkish National team. Noyan and Emre study in Ajman Academy and successfully represent the school in many national and international swimming competitions.
    Burak’s primary objective is to generate high-level competitive swimmers within the region and to accomplish that; he developed a very successful interrelated program between school curricular swim, after-school swim and school swim team.
  • Busauo Mercy Akinyemiju


    Departments: Administration
  • Carly Jones

    KG2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Carly graduated from South Bank University in London in 1998 and begun a teaching career in Inner-city London. For the next six years, she worked with EAL children from a range of backgrounds in East London. Carly then moved to Ras Al Khaimah where she spent eight marvellous years at RAK Academy in Key Stage 1 and then in Early Years. After two years in Bangkok, Carly returned to her second home of Ras Al Khaimah. They say home is where the heart is!
    Carly is now into her third year as a KG2 teacher at AJAC. She is looking forward to many more years to come working with the Ajman community.
  • Carmencita Villalon Ramilo 

    Bus Nanny

    Departments: Primary School, Administration
  • Carolina Gonzalez

    PE Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, PE
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
    Other Titles: Secondary Student Leadership Coordinator
    Carolina completed her bachelor’s degree in physical education and a Master’s degree in High Performance from Argentina. After moving to the United Kingdom and completing her teacher training, Carolina earned her Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Over ten years of teaching at state schools in the UK followed, with Carolina taking on some leadership positions supporting staff to raise the standards of teaching and learning, implementing healthy schools’ program and improving girls’ participation in physical education. Soon after moving to the UAE, it was her passion for education that led her to further pursue a Master’s degree in Education from Murdoch University in Dubai.
    Carolina is an experienced educator who believes in values, fairness, honesty and lives with passion, dedication, and perseverance. A natural leader and an advocate of enjoyment as fundamental for effective learning and of excellence as a way of living; she is committed to holistic student development and supporting them in achieving their personal best in all areas with endeavour.
    Carolina has a great passion for student wellbeing, leadership and health and Physical Education as an essential part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and brings these, along with her leadership qualities, everlasting smile and enthusiasm for education, to the team at Ajman Academy.
    In addition to education, she enjoys reading, playing the piano and learning languages as a hobby.
  • Charmaine Van Zyl

    English Teacher

    Departments: Secondary School, English
    Secondary Title: Head of Student Achievement and Wellbeing
    Charmaine was born and raised in sunny South Africa. She speaks English and Afrikaans and is passionate about nature and wildlife.
    She obtained a BEd: SF and FET degree from the University of South Africa. She taught English, Geography and Math at two different high schools in South Africa and was an Academic Quality Controller at the International School of Choueifat for three years.
    Charmaine believes that when you teach, you touch the future.
    She strongly agrees with Nelson Mandela’s view on education – “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
  • Christian Ravena

    Teaching Assistant

    Departments: Primary School, Administration
    Secondary Title: Grade 4 & 5
    Other Titles: Administration Assistant
  • Clare Eastwood

    Pre-KG Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader

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