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.”

Boghos Terzian

Principal, KG-Grade 5

MBZ City Campus

Boghos Terzian is an Ontario Teachers College certified principal, teacher, and social sciences subject specialist. Boghos has over 15 years of successful educational experience in private international schools in the UAE and Canada. He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto (UofT)—specializing in Educational Leadership and Policy. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree at UofT.

“I am grateful to be able to call UAE home. This welcoming, beautiful, and vibrant country is a source of inspiration with its progress and continuous innovation. I am fortunate to hold a position of responsibility and to be part of a reputable school that has been contributing to the educational vision of the country for decades.

Throughout my career, my passion for improving lives through education has been rooted in a sense of moral responsibility to foster an inclusive school environment with high academic expectations to facilitate student success and well-being. My vision for teaching and learning is based on collaboration, care, respect for diversity, concern for a sustainable future, and civic responsibility.

AIS is a unique school driven by a fundamental principle that all students can succeed in supportive, engaging, and challenging learning environments. I look forward to cooperating with parents and the broader AIS community to ensure that the best interest and needs of our students are met. I am keen for another successful year ahead as we continue to build upon the school’s outstanding achievements to offer quality education that enables our students to be principled, responsible citizens who are confident in their knowledge and skills to succeed in a globally diverse society.””

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.”