Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - Present

Teacher Advisor

Nord Anglia Education PLC

  • Advised teachers in the partnership schools in methodology and best practice.
  • Worked with teachers in areas of need as defined by the School Improvement Plan and Key Performance Indicators
  • Helped teachers to achieve standards necessary to meet the teaching standards of ADEC in 2010, including IELTS instruction.
  • Set up pull out program for at risk students in English 
  • Modeled program for teachers to promote long term sustainability in the school. 
Jan 2007 - Jun 2009

Supervisor of the Professional Development Program

National Assessment and Placement Office/CEPA
  • Managed all aspects of the Professional Development Program for Educators of English in the UAE 
  • Coordinated workshops for 1400+ English Language teachers, supervisors and school leaders in UAE government schools from grades 10-12 for weekly workshops throughout the academic year. 
  • Designed a cohesive, practical, module-based curriculum 
  • Supervised and supported 9 professional development instructors throughout the country.
  • Created project based materials for workshop series on Transitioning to a Standard Based Environment for Supervisors, school leaders, and teachers across the country.
  • Maintained communication and positive relations with officials in zones, ministries, and educational organizations  in support of the PD program.
  • Supported teachers by facilitating programs and in school projects  as requested - particularly from teachers in the Family Development associations or other high-needs schools throughout the country.
Aug 1999 - Jul 2003

Teacher and Site Program Co- Coordinator

Minneapolis Public Schools

  • Taught English as second language from zero-beginner level 
  • Set up Peer Tutoring Program and other support systems for at risk students including relationship building with other students 
  • Set up after school tutoring program to promote academic achievement among all students
  • Acted as liaison between school staff and students
  • Translated on demand with Arabic speaking students, parents, and other school-staff 
  • Facilitated relationships between newly arrived students and supporting community organizations. 
  • Established school as an ELL site for newly arrived Ethiopian refugees and created 5 year curriculum.
  • Trained and mentored 100+ student teachers enrolled in teacher education programs throughout the city in planning activities to support standards.
  • Conducted staff development workshops: Cultural Awareness : Our New Muslim Students
Sep 1998 - Mar 1999

Secondary English Teacher

Naseem Secondary School

  • Taught English as a second language to grades 8-12. 
Sep 1996 - May 1997

English Instructor

University of Bahrain

  • Taught academic English to incoming students preparing for university level courses.
Sep 1994 - Jun 1995

Music Teacher

American International School in Cairo

  • Taught grades k-12 music curriculum
Aug 1992 - Jun 1994

English Instructor

American University

  • Taught Academic  English to incoming students preparing for university level courses.
Jan 1990 - Jan 1992

Meeting Coordinator

The White House: National Education Goals Panel
  • Assisted in the launch of the Committee for National Standards in Education and Testing
  • Supported production of the "Goals 2000" - the foundation for the No Child Left Behind legislation.
  • Coordinated meetings for the panel of governors, congressmen, White House officials and senators. 
  • Supported members of subcommittees composed of outstanding teachers and superintendants.
  • Mastermind behind the detailed preparation involved in the presentation of the final document Goals 2000 to George H.W
Jan 1986 - Jan 1989

Administative Assistant

US Dept of Education, Office of the Secretary

  • Part time college internship. 


1992 - 1994


The American University in Cairo
1986 - 1990


American University

Area of Concentration:  Middle East and Latin American

Minor:  Music

Professional Presentations

Invited Speaker

Sharjah, UAE . 2009 HCT Education Week:  

  • Introducing Educators to Standards -Based Environment.


Dubai, UAE.  TESOL Arabia 2009

  • Impacting Change from the Bottom up: Views from the Trenches. 


Qatar Ministry of Education 2009 Training Seminar: 

  • Teaching English to Young Learners

Plenary Panel Participant:  

CTELT 2008Dubai, UAE

  • The Role of the CEPA Exam in the UAE Landscape


TESOL Regional Workshops


  • Strategies to Promote  Independent Learning
  • Write a Great CEPA Essay,  
  • Practical Ways to Boost Motivation


Buenos Aires, ArgentinaCongress of Professional Development for Teachers.

  • Bring the Fun Back to your Classroom



  • Dubai Marathon 2010
  • Abu Dhabi Half Marathon 2009
  • Gulf 4 Good: Kilimanjaro Challenge, 2008


  • Abu Dhabi Philharmonic Orchestra  2009-2010

Overview of Profile

American citizen with twenty + years working in the Middle East in Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates teaching English as a Second Language as well as curriculum development, program management and textbook writing in various school improvement projects in the areas of Professional Teacher Development.



Arabic Language

Egyptian dialect, verbal fluency in understanding and communicating. Reading classical dialect - less fluent but understand.