Our Leaders

Education is an opportunity… an opportunity for a brighter future… an opportunity for the pursuit of happiness… an opportunity for expressing one’s talent… an opportunity to change the world. This is my mission at AIS; a school that leads educational institutions to excellence, a school where children are accepted, nurtured, and provided with their needs, and grow to become unique individuals.

Our students at AIS grow with the idea that they are powerful beings who create their own destinies through the consistent exercise of good choices. Sincerely believing that actions speak louder than words, we, at AIS, seek to model this lesson throughout our school. We offer apologies, but yet we never accept excuses. This is what makes AIS a unique place and a different experience. This is what makes students of AIS pioneers in whichever field they wish to pursue.

Mrs. Jihan Nasr

The Founder of AIS

Ms. Adrienne Read

Principal, Grade 6-12

MBZ City Campus

Ms. Adrienne Read has over 15 years of experience in education in the United States and Abu Dhabi in both administrative and teaching positions. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Arizona State University and since 2013 she has been a dedicated faculty member at AIS.

“My passion for building lifelong learners has been shaped over the past fourteen years in the field of education. I was lucky to join the AIS family in 2013, moving to Abu Dhabi with my husband and two children. During my eleven years of teaching, I focused not only on the academics of my students, but the building of each of their characters as well. Students spend a large amount of time with their “school family”; therefore, it is imperative that we work closely, parents and school, to ensure the overall success and happiness of our children.

As an administrator, I feel strongly that each student must be  provided the opportunity to manifest the highest level of learning possible. We, as a school staff, must work together in order to provide our students with the necessary tools and skills to move forward as global learners. This year, I look forward to continuing to build upon the strong community that AIS is well reputed for and ensure that the best opportunities are provided for our children to learn and grow.”

Ms. Fadia E. Semaan

Principal, KG-Grade 5

MBZ City Campus

Ms. Fadia E. Semaan joined AIS in 2007 as an elementary teacher. In less than 3 years, Ms. Fadia was assigned to an academic leadership position, and in 2010 was assigned a principalship position, which she still holds till this day. She has been a dedicated faculty member of AIS accumulating many years of experience in school management, educational leadership, and curriculum & instruction.

“UAE has been my home since 2007, and living in such a dynamic country has been rewarding in many ways. I have lived here in Abu Dhabi with my husband and two young children who are also students at AIS, and we have been privileged as a family to belong to this prestigious school ever since we came to the UAE.

My passion for education and watching young minds grow started quite early in my career, and I have come to the realization that setting high expectations and aiming for high standards only brings out the best in our students, and sometimes the unthinkable.

Central to what I do is nurturing and empowering our young children to develop lifelong skills to grow into independent global citizens ready to face any challenge in this world. I look forward every day to continue to build on the rigor and success of the AIS learning community and ensure the best opportunities are provided for our children.”

Ms. Pamela Issa

Principal, KG-Grade 12

Abu Dhabi City Campus

Ms. Pamela Issa has over 20 years of experience in school administration, educational leadership and teaching. She had held teaching positions in schools in Lebanon and Abu Dhabi. Ms. Pamela joined AIS back in 2002 and since then has been a committed faculty member, assuming the position of principalship at Abu Dhabi Campus since 2016.

“Growing up in Abu Dhabi, studying through my Elementary years before moving to Lebanon as a teenager, exposed me to different programs, teaching strategies and cultural backgrounds. It helped me forge my educational philosophy and believes.

With practice and experience many aspects of our teaching and learning skills change and improve, but what remains strong and solid is our faith in our role as educators to positively impact the lives of the children entrusted to our care.

Such goal may not be achieved without the collaboration of the whole school community, working hand in hand to establish a better future for our young learners.”