Select Language:

Select Language:

Governance

The Principal of ASCS has responsibility for the leadership of the school, the strategic direction linked to the aims of the school and governors as well as those of the National Agenda and UAE Vision 2021.

Parents and community members are encouraged to be members of the School Governing Body. In their capacity, they can help shape the School’s future direction and ensure a strong connection and sense of community between the School’s leadership and parents.


Mr. Zaheer Khan – Chair of Board of Governors

BEAMMr. Zaheer Khan is the Chair of the Governing Board at ASCS Al Barsha. Mr. Zaheer is one of the founding members of the Bukhatir Education Advancement and Management International (BEAM) Executive Leadership Team acting as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of BEAM and Associated Group entities. Mr. Zaheer spearheads the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes at Beam and oversees the entity’s operations from IT, Marketing and Human Resources. Additionally, Mr. Zaheer Khan serves as the Director of Finance and Treasury of Bukhatir Group. He is a passionate believer in the role of education as the primary social development tool in any society. He has been instrumental in setting the strategic development direction of Beam schools to help provide greater access to the unique Creative Science Schools model into newer geographies and to as many students as possible. He is an ardent advocate of leadership development at all levels for improving the quality of education in schools and has keen interest in supporting Special Educational Needs and G&T provision across BEAM schools.

He has spent his early career in investment research, corporate finance and venture capital, focusing on investments in renewable energy, before moving into global real estate, technology, and education investments and operations. He is a graduate of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and serves on the Advisory Committee of the UAE Alumni Chapter that actively contributes to the university advancement goals. He is a CFA Charterholder and Member of the CFA Institute, US. Mr. Zaheer is an avid cyclist, runner, nutrition and peak performance geek. He believes in lifelong learning, especially interested in behavioural psychology and behavioural finance, collecting more books than he can finish at any given point of time. He is a founding member of a Dubai based South Asian language collective called Qissa’ Go, working towards furtherance of native languages through storytelling, theatre and other contemporary media forms.


Mr. Ataullah Parkar – Vice-chair of Board of Governors

BEAMAtaullah is the School Principal of ISCS Nad Al Sheba. He has been a Senior Leader in schools for 7 years, including being a Head Teacher in the UK. He has worked for a number of government agencies in the strategic education departments including Ofqual as a policy advisor to the UK Government. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Education focusing on values-based education inspired through faith. Ataullah completed his National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers in 2017.


Mr. Johnathan Maxwell Letcher – School Principal

BEAMJohnathan Maxwell Letcher and his family have been in the UAE for almost 5 years. He is currently the principal of the American School of Creative Science Al Barsha. Prior to this appointment, he worked with the Abu Dhabi Educational Council as a Head of Leadership. Mr. Letcher is from the United States of America. He was born and raised in Washington DC but lived in a number of states including Massachusetts and Seattle. He was a teacher for 11 years and a principal and Deputy Superintendent.


Mr. Nooraaney Muhammad Sattar – Inclusion Governor

BEAMA dedicated teacher and leader with over thirteen years working with underprivileged youth in urban American schools, Mr. Nooraaney Sattar brings extensive experience and training in school improvement to his role as Vice Principal of Teaching and Learning. His experience includes teaching science in the secondary level where, in collaboration with the science department team, earned the school its first state recognition for student attainment in a content area. After moving into school leadership, he served as Special Education Administrator in a school serving predominantly At-Risk students. There he improved the delivery of student services and built the Special Education department into a model for other schools over the course of six months. Recognized for his leadership, he was assigned as the administrator of the flagship Early College program where he led a successful team effort to increase the number of students earning college degrees while still in high school for three consecutive years.

This program consistently outperformed the US national average from its inception. He has served as a mentor for teachers and aspiring leaders. With degrees in Biology and Curriculum and Instruction, he is committed to inclusive, collaborative leadership. He is a firm proponent of increasing leadership density and works diligently to establish a positive climate and culture school-wide.


Mrs. Ekhlass Abdelrahman - Parent Governor

BEAMMrs. Ekhlass Mustafa is a parent of two students attending ASCS Al Barsha. Mrs. Ekhlass holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with long experience in knowledge management and information management in government bodies and private sector. She has a professional certificate in leadership and government excellence from Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, and Leader of knowledge (professional diploma) from American Canadian board for professional training. Mrs. Ekhlass believes that "knowledge is power", so we must arm our children with knowledge, and enhance their ability to access it through reliable and reference means, also reinforcement them to use it in the development of societies. For indeed Allah brought us forth from the earth, settled us therein to build it, to be successors generations after generations in it.


Ms. Fatima Shariff – Staff Governor

BEAMMs. Fatima Shariff holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Mathematics from Newman University (UK) and has been an educator since 2015. She has taught both the British and American Curriculum and feels extremely satisfied with the rewards of educating the next generation. Ms. Fatima is currently teaching middle school Math and in her first year at ASCS Al Barsha. She believes in “lighting the way to a better future” by facilitating the future generation through creative education. She enjoys making every lesson creative and exciting for her students and ensuring that they learn the core values of mathematical thinking. Teaching is her passion and she firmly believes “educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all” (Aristotle).


Ms. Sara Hollis – Governor

BEAMSara Kimberly Hollis graduated with distinction from Dalhousie University, Canada with Distinction with an Advanced Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Learning and Child Development. She also gained a distinction in her PGCEi from the University of Nottingham and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education through the University of Nottingham. Till date Sara has over 15 years of teaching experience both within Canada and the UAE in both Primary and Secondary and has taught various subjects such as English Language, English Literature, Humanities and Psychology. Sara joined the BEAM in 2008 as an English teacher and has taken on several leadership roles serving at different times as a Head of Secondary English, Head of Higher Primary English and Head of Sixth Form. This is her third year as a Vice Principal, and whilst serving in this role, she oversaw in one of the BEAM branches a very successful MOE Evaluation outcome in the academic year 2017-2018. Known as a passionate educator, Sara recognizes the power education has to shape the future and believes that educators have the ability through their own action research to define what education looks like and can contribute to the growing body of academic research in the field of education. She sees educators as reflective practitioners who need to continuously examine the impact of their practices.

When it comes to our students, Sara firmly believes that it is our moral responsibility to develop well-rounded students, who don’t just excel academically, but also embody core values such as kindness, respect, and integrity. She recognizes that it is our duty to ensure that each child progresses and is able to pursue their own interests and contribute to their society.

Best Arabic Blended Curriculum School Award

The American School of Creative Science Al Barsha was among the top 3 finalist for the 2019 SchoolsCompared.com Best Arabic Blended Curriculum...

NEASC Foundation Visit for accreditation

ASCS Al Barsha completed successfully the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Foundation Visit for accreditation. Our NEASC...

Beam Interschool Competition

Congratulations to our students for winning the first place on the Beam Interschool Competition for Social Studies.

ASCS Literacy Week

We would like to thank all our parents who participated in ASCS Literacy Week by coming to the classrooms and reading to the KG students from...

More than Money - Program

ASCS Al Barsha invited INJAZ to come on board and train our 7th graders on a program called “More than Money”. The program was fun and educational...

Arabic Week

Our Arabic Week was full of fun activities that included interviewing the principal and much more. Engaging students in activities that support...

Activity Workshop

Students from different grades participated in an activity workshop to highlight some of the achievements of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin...

Unicorn Day

A big shout out to our fantastic PTA team, Unicorn Day was fun and successful and we were able to raise sufficient fund to update our school...

Students Artwork Sale

Our young entrepreneurs are also artists! Our first Students Artwork Sale was outstanding, a variety of art pieces from KG1 to Grade 7 were...

More News
OR
(We aim to answer within 2 business days)
X

Create New Help Ticket