Primary Arabic and Islamic Education
Head of Primary Arabic and Islamic Education
After graduating from Lebanon with a degree in Arabic language, Leila enjoyed eight years of teaching in her home country before moving to Australia to further develop her teaching expertise and to help train teachers of Arabic as a foreign language. Leila's has a wealth of experience in teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies to children of all ages across the primary age range and in her spare time, enjoys reading, sporting activities and swimming.
Reem read for her degree in Arabic Literature at Damascus University, where she also completed her Higher Diploma in Arabic Language Studies followed by her Diploma in Education. Her extensive experience teaching in the UAE includes service at the Australian International School in Sharjah, EIS and more recently at Raffles. Reem writes short stories and has authored a book for teaching Arabic.
Ahmed holds a BA in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from Tanta University in Egypt, and has wide experience teaching in international schools, most recently at Dubai International Academy, from where he joined JBS in September 2011. Ahmed teaches Arabic B and Islamic Studies throughout the primary school.
Primary French Leader
Valerie is a graduate of the University of Paul Valery, Montpellier, in the South of France. Here she specialised in English and French Language and Literature and also earned her Master’s degree in English Literature and English and French translation. After a period as a French teaching assistante in Oregon, USA, she taught French for three years in Lycée Joffres, in Montpellier. Valerie then moved to Dubai, where she taught French for six years before joining JBS in September 2010. Previous responsibilities included curriculum development and implementation, evaluating and monitoring the quality of teaching within the French department.
In 2004 Tunisian-born Saoussen received a Master's degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Mannouba in Tunis followed by the award of her teaching qualification from the Tunisian Ministry of Education (CAPES). From September 2001 to June 2011 she taught French in a range of private and public schools in Tunisia, and since arriving in Dubai, Saoussen taught at Al Mawakeb School for a year before joining JBS to teach Primary French in September 2012.
Grace studied for her music degree at the National University of Ireland, Maynoth, where she also took her PGCE. She is an Associate and Licentiate of Trinity College, London, in the area of performance. Before coming to JBS in September 2012, she worked in a variety of schools in her native Ireland at both Primary and Secondary level. She is an experienced instrumental tutor, specialising in woodwind, while also directing ensemble, choir and orchestra work.