Staff Directory

  • 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.
  • Sadiya Malik

    Grade 1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
    Sadiya was born and grew up in Bristol, which is a City located in the South West of England. She is married and has two children who both attend Ajman Academy.
    Sadiya graduated from the University of the West of England in 2010 with a BD in Education in Professional Practice. Her speciality is working with English as an Additional Language Learners.
    Sadiya has a firm belief embedded in hard work and striving to do the best possible no matter what the role. Being a parent herself enables Sadiya to see the child from a holistic perspective - catering for all their needs and not just academically. This has helped her to form firm and long lasting friendships with her students as well as develop positive partnerships with their parents who are crucial. Although Sadiya has taught from the American perspective, she values the role of the EYFS 2014 which is firmly rooted in child centre practice. This, in turn, has enabled her to develop both sets of the curriculum as well as helped her to meet the needs of the individual child. Child-centred practice is at the forefront of her teaching but at the same time realising that the role of the team is only as effective as its members.
    In her spare time, Sadiya likes to spend time with her children doing various activities, from baking at home to numerous outdoor activities.
  • Sinead Kelly

    Grade 1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Sinead was born in Belfast, Ireland. Sinead attended the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, just outside Belfast and graduated in 2012, with honours in Language and Linguistics. She then pursued her love of travelling and moved to Qatar to teach for five years in The International School of Choueifat and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education, with the University of Sunderland, England. Sinead then moved to the UAE in 2017 to teach in Ajman Academy.
    Sinead loves to see the development of students, from the beginning of the year to the final day. To watch a child, expand their fountain of knowledge and for their confidence to grow so they can use it, is the reason she became a teacher.
  • Tamara Salkhady

    Grade 1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Tamara was born and raised in Jordan. She graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy. Tamara has worked in Jordan for two years, and in UAE for six years. She has been in the UAE since 2012 and has worked at Al Mawakeb School in Dubai. She is married and has one daughter.
    Tamara has the potential to understand and apply different teaching methods. She can motivate and inspire students to be able to succeed. She can take care of their health and safety and nourish their knowledge and understanding.
  • 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.
  • Kedhuri Naicker

    Grade 2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Mrs Kedhuri was born and raised in South Africa. She achieved her Bachelor of Education degree at Edgewood University in Kwa- Zulu Natal. After completing two years of teaching in South Africa, she ventured out to work in UAE and taught at an International School in Sharjah. She has since gone on to teach at several primary schools around the UAE. She now has eight years of teaching experience and enjoys encouraging her students to expand their boundaries to developing critical thinking skills further.
    Mrs. Kedhuri’s inclusive approach to teaching ensures that all children work at their best ability and move forward throughout each lesson efficiently. She is a dedicated, hard-working person; who is am enthusiastic to be in this profession and is proud to be working at Ajman Academy.
  • Zeina Monzer

    Grade 2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Zeina started teaching in 2012 after completing a B.Sc degree in Chemistry at York University in Toronto, Canada and moved to the UAE. For five years, she taught Science and Mathematics at a well-known school in the UAE from Grades 2 - 7 and provided special classes to students who were struggling in those two subjects during lunchtime as extra help. By 2016, with only four years of solid teaching experience, she completed a Teacher Preparation Program in Washington, DC, USA and received an official American teaching license and teaching certificate.

    Being fully certified to teach, she joined Ajman Academy in 2017, and can honestly say it was one of the best decisions she has ever made! She loves being a part of a teaching staff that provides such creative, engaging and immersive learning experiences for the children in our school. Zeina thoroughly enjoys working alongside the dedicated and happy staff, not to mention, the wonderful students and parents that are a part of the AJAC family.
  • Lina Biyazid

    Grade 2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Lina was born in Belgrade, Serbia where she spent her childhood. After that, she moved to Syria with her family. She speaks three languages fluently; Serbian, English and Arabic. Lina is married and has a daughter who has graduated from Ajman Academy and a son who is in the Secondary School in Ajman Academy. Lina graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor Degree in English Literature. She has also graduated from North America Montessori Center, Canada in 2013 with an International Montessori Teaching Diploma for Lower Elementary. Lina worked as a Montessori Teacher for five years, and as an IB Teacher for six years. Lina joined Ajman Academy in 2013; she taught different grade levels from Pre-Kg to Grade 6.
    Lina loves spending time with her family and friends, she also loves being in the classroom with her pupils. She enjoys jogging and horseback riding. Lina is very passionate about teaching and strongly believes in Differentiation and Inquiry-based curriculum. She also believes that every teacher can make a difference.
  • Samantha Bhogal

    Grade 3 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Samantha was born in the UK. She grew up in the village of Highley in Shropshire with her Mum, Dad, identical twin sister and younger sister. At the age of 27, she moved to Wolverhampton with her husband and started a family. She is married with three young children. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as swimming and loves to shop! Travel is also something which she enjoys, especially as she gets to learn about new cultures.
    After attending high school, she went to study at Bangor University in North Wales, where she completed her Bachelor of Education in 2004. Her specialist subjects are Science and Religious Education, additionally specialising in Key Stage 2. Since graduating, she has taught at schools in Wolverhampton, with a high percentage of EAL children. Teaching predominately in Key Stage 2, Samantha also relished the challenge when working in a Year 2 class. She has held several management positions while teaching, including; Science co-ordinator, Inclusion manager (SEND, Gifted and Talented and EAL co-ordinator) and Key Stage 1 coordinator. Furthermore, she enjoyed the opportunity to mentor student teachers and NQT’s.
    Samantha is extremely passionate about teaching and feels very privileged to teach and inspire young children to achieve their full potential. She believes that education needs to be relevant and fun so that children have real-life experiences to ensure that they are engaged. Children should be given the opportunity to develop key skills so that they become independent and reflective learners.
  • Sara-Jayne Canning

    Grade 3 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Sara-Jayne Canning is an experienced teacher that has worked in the Middle East on and off for over ten years — educated in the UK with a degree in Teaching from Nottingham University. She believes in education being about the individual student, and that humor helps student learning. She is accompanied by her husband Mr. Daniel Canning who works in the Secondary School at Ajman Academy. Since being in the UAE, Miss SJ has also adopted two rescue dogs.
  • Basil Curlewis

    Grade 3 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
  • Leanne Buali

    Grade 3 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
    Leanne was born and raised in Canada. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor Degree in Education. She has worked in Canada, The Bahamas and the UAE. She has been in the UAE since 2004 and has worked at Wesgreen International and Sharjah English School, both in Sharjah. Her 25-year teaching experience has rewarded her the opportunity to teach Kindergarten through Grade 3 as well as being a Grade Coordinator at several schools and most recently Head of KG2 at Wesgreen International School. She is married and has one son.

    Leanne’s emphasis in teaching is to provide a safe and positive environment for students in which they develop the skills and concepts they need to become responsible, contributing, community-minded citizens. She wants the children to experience academic and personal growth during the school year. Her students are encouraged to respect, value, and share their own and each other's unique gifts.
  • David Betteridge

    Grade 4 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Dave is English and was brought up in the county of Shropshire. He was awarded the Bachelor of Education degree from Birmingham University. Dave has spent many years working abroad. He has been a football coach in America and as a teacher in England, Kuwait (10 years) and the United Arab Emirates.
    Dave has been teaching for almost 30 years in primary schools. He has held numerous curriculum positions of responsibility and has previously been a Key Stage coordinator. David is now in his fifth year at Ajman Academy and is teaching grade 4.
    Dave believes in creating a caring and child-centred environment within the structure of the classroom. Children are given the freedom to express their ideas and are encouraged to be open-minded, when addressing other cultures and beliefs systems. They are given opportunities to be risk takers and are awarded for a positive approach to their studies.
  • May Campbell

    Grade 4 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
  • Heidi Groesche

    Grade 4 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
  • Sandra Brock

    Grade 4 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Sandra is from Australia
    Her qualifications: Diploma Teaching(Primary); Bachelor Education; Post Graduate Certificate TESOL; Master of Education (Special Education)q
    In Australia, she taught in country schools in Victoria, suburban schools in Melbourne and Brisbane. In overseas postings, she has held classroom teaching positions and Learning Support positions in Hong Kong, Thailand and now in the UAE.
  • Benjamin Farrelly

    Grade 5 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.
  • Emma Philips

    Grade 5 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Assessment Coordinator
    Other Titles: Child Protection Officer
    Emma is the Assessment Coordinator and Child Protection Officer for the Primary School and is a Grade 5 Girls’ Homeroom Teacher. Emma is British but was born in Rome, Italy. She has lived in the UK, Italy, Germany and the UAE. Emma lives in Ras al Khaimah with her family and has worked in the UAE since 2010. She worked for two years at The International School of Choueifat where she taught from KG1 to Grade 2. In 2012 Emma started working at RAK Academy British School teaching Year 4 and began teaching at Ajman Academy in 2017.
    Emma earned her BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 and worked on several HR projects before she became a teacher. She started her teaching career while studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology where she ran a Language for Learning Project at an inner city school in Sheffield that was in ‘special measures’. At the start of the second year of her employment at this school, they opened the Sixth Form, and she was asked to help set up a Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care department. During Emma’s 3rd year at this school, she was funded to complete the GTP (PGCE equivalent) and then did her NQT year, teaching Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care GCSEs, AS, A2 and BTEC Level 2 and 3. However, for the last nine years, Emma has been teaching the British Primary Curriculum in the UAE.
    Emma is extremely passionate about education and seeks to provide a learning environment where the children are independent and excited about learning, encouraging them to build on existing skills and develop new ones. Emma also believes in the importance of children being reflective and taking ownership of their learning.
  • Nadine Quirk

    Grade 5 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
    Nadine was born and raised in East London, South Africa. She is passionate about travelling, meeting new people and engaging with new cultures. Nadine graduated from university with a Bachelor Degree of Education with a specialisation in Primary Phase. She has previously taught in Namibia and Taiwan and has been a teacher in the UAE at Ajman Academy since 2017. Nadine has experience teaching across a variety of grades and subjects, ranging from Grade 3 through to Grade 7. She also has experience with added responsibility within administration, leadership and on the sport’s field. Currently, Nadine is the Grade 5 Level Leader.
    Nadine is zealous about education and intends to continue developing her knowledge by furthering her studies in the future. Diversity, creative thinking, individuality and inclusivity are important aspects to her within the classroom environment. She hopes to motivate and inspire her students to achieve their best and to exceed their potential. She aims to always be a role model to her students to foster the necessary skills and knowledge needed to ensure their optimum development both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Kerry-Lee Schroeter

    Grade 5 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Kerry-Lee was born and raised in South Africa, where she graduated from the University Of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape with a Bachelors Of Education Primary and a specialisation in Foundation Phase. Kerry-lee has worked in the UAE since 2016 where she has been a teacher at Ajman Academy in grades 3 and 5. Kerry-Lee is currently the Coordinator of the IT integration program for the Primary Department
    Kerry-Lee is an Apple Professional Learning Specialist and works closely with Apple Education UAE in training Educators across the country and supporting technology innovation in schools. Kerry-lee has completed the INCYTE international program in mentoring of teacher's alongside TEMSC.

    Kerry-Lee is an enthusiastic Teacher who is passionate about creating an ethos for her students that supports and encourages creativity, international mindfulness and success. Kerry-Lee enjoys engaging with her students and inspiring them to become critical thinkers. She aims to influence her students in their academics and allow them to become motivated to reach their full potential. Kerry-Lee believes in creating a learning environment that has a positive and safe ethos. Kerry-Lee believes that students strive when they become part of the learning, and teaching process, providing them real-life experiences and enabling them to discover their passion and talents.
  • Bakr Al Ahmad

    Islamic Teacher

    Departments: 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.
  • Coba Burger

    KG1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
  • Lisa Pollitt

    KG1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
  • Sam Coghill

    KG1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
  • Sarah-Jane Pattison

    KG1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, Sarah-Jane has been teaching in South Africa for several years. Newley married, Sarah-Jane and her husband relocated from Cape Town to Dubai in 2016.
    After graduating with an Honours degree in Writing, Strategy and Communication, Sarah-Jane completed her PGCE, specializing in Foundation Phase Teaching and Early Childhood Development. Sarah-Jane has taught from KG1 up to Grade 3. She is a keen sportswoman and was involved in many extracurricular activities at her previous school. Sarah-Jane was instrumental in starting the Debate Society as an extracurricular activity for Grade 6 and Grade 7 students. In addition, she is a music enthusiast and started a Junior Choir for Grade 1 to Grade 3 students at her previous school.
    Sarah-Jane is passionate about education and she puts her heart into every challenge. She feels privileged to work with young children and to help them grow and develop into independent learners.
    In her free time, Sarah-Jane enjoys drawing, photography and exploring the UAE.
  • Katherina Joyce

    KG1 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
  • 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.
  • Hayley Beresford

    KG2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Secondary Title: Grade Leader
    Hayley is from South Africa and has been living in the UAE for 18 years. Hayley has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology through The University of South Africa and her Post Graduate Certificate in Education through The University of Sunderland in England. Hayley has been teaching young children for 18 years, specialising in Early Years. Hayley taught in a Nursery school in Sharjah for seven years and then moved to a school in Dubai for another seven years. During her experience, she progressed to being the Foundation Stage Leader in her previous school. Hayley is currently the KG2 Grade Leader and KG Read, Write Inc. Co-Ordinator at Ajman Academy. She is married and has one daughter. Hayley enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors; in the pool, camping and having Barbeques.
    Hayley aims to create a fun and safe learning environment for her students who will be active, engaged and become independent learners. Hayley believes students learn best through real-life experiences and being involved in their learning as well as working in different areas including inside and outside the classroom.
  • Elaine Luies

    KG2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School
    Elaine Luies was born in Gauteng, South Africa. She gained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pretoria in Learning Support while simultaneously supporting herself, working as a grade 5 teacher. She moved to South Korea in 2011 to teach conversational English and completed an inspiring and successful year in South Korea after which she moved to the UAE and taught for two years in a very successful Foundation Stage Class in a school in Sharjah. She has been teaching Kindergarten 2 for five years at Ajman Academy. She loves living and working in the UAE, and has settled happily here.

    She enjoys reading and travelling and has recently visited Eastern Europe. She loves to experience new culture, to explore different places and meet new people. She also enjoys an active lifestyle too.

    Education has always been Elaine’s first love, and the fact that supportive teachers and quality teaching can impact a child’s life: to inspire, empower and liberate children to learn, question, investigate and believe in themselves has always been at the heart of Elaine’s teaching philosophy. Each child is unique, and that she, as an educator can help them to reach their full potential, by guiding and helping them through all areas of school life.
  • Famia Arnaout

    KG2 Teacher

    Departments: Primary School

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