I touch the future. I teach

Current Teaching staff & Responsibilities

  • Adele Kruger

    My name is Adele Kruger and I am from Pretoria in the beautiful country of South Africa. I am currently living in Al Ain and I enjoy the UAE a lot. I have taught lower and upper primary grades from grade 1 to 7 for the past 11 years. I have a passion for teaching; specifically for students who need support as well as academically gifted and talented students. I strive to provide a differentiated education to all students in a child friendly and academic environment.

    Reading and perceptual development of each young student is my priority. I believe that each student can experience positive results and success in the classroom, making school a pleasant and enjoyable journey.  I enjoy working with students not only on an academic level, but to watch them develop holistically throughout a period of time. I value good relationships with the parents of my students, as success is a joint effort to guide children to excellence.

    I enjoy working in an environment with cultural diversity as I come from a multi-cultural country better known as the rainbow nation. I embrace different opinions, team work and new ideas as I believe that developing yourself as an educator is an ongoing and lifelong process.

    I am looking forward to continuing my work as a grade 1 educator at Liwa International School for Girls as well as being part of a great team. 

  • Ana O’Brien

    My name is Ana O’Brien and I am originally from Lithuania, a small country in the heart of Europe, which follows the Scandinavian model in education. Prior to moving to Al Ain 4 years ago, I lived and worked in Ireland for a number of years. I have a Master’s Degree in arts and education for which I studied in both countries. I continuously strive to perfect my skills and qualifications through professional development and have recently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in University College London in UK.

    I am a firm believer in the benefits of play based learning for children’s development and the importance of teaching empathy, self-regulation and nurturing independence. In my practice, I strive to develop the whole-child through ‘multiple intelligences’ and by employing 21st century skills. I am constantly working on discovering students’ interests and encouraging them to acquire new ones by using multiple approaches to teaching the same topic.

    I am excited to meet your child and hope that together we will have a great and engaging year.

  • Ashley Curd

    Ashley is an Early Education teacher from America. She has worked with children in many settings including tutoring and research but found that teaching is her passion. She began her teaching career as an Early Years Music Instructor then moved to the role of Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She loves to travel and has worked with children in the UK, India, Guam, and the US.

    Ashley promotes a love of learning in her classroom. She uses an emergent curriculum to reach standards when possible and encourages a classroom environment of kindness and respect for others. She is very excited for this new adventure in her life!

  • Brittany Eriksen Kia ora – that’s how we say “Hello” where I come from

    Welcome to all Students in Liwa International School for Girls. 

    My name is Brittany Eriksen and I am from New Zealand. I have a back ground in Fine Arts and have a passion for all things creative. My family are from a small town in New Zealand called Rotorua and I studied and taught at a primary school in New Zealand's capital, Wellington. I am very excited to be living in Al Ain and can't wait for you to teach me all about your culture. I hope I can also share a bit of my culture with you too.

  • Ciske Louw

    My name is Ciske Louw and I am from a small town called Mossel Bay in South Africa. I have worked with children in the Netherlands. I began my teaching career over 6 years ago in Al Ain. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Foundation Phase Education and majored in Arts and Culture so love to be active in Music, Dance and Drama.

    I have a passion for teaching children and I am very creative and active in the class. I strive to prepare children with the skills they will need in the future to be positive and independent learners.  I am in love with the City Al Ain and very excited to continue my journey at Liwa International School.

  • Dunia Gonzalez

    Hello to all Liwa students, let me introduce myself. My name is Dunia Gonzalez, Music Educator. I’m from La Habana, Cuba - the biggest island in the Caribbean Sea. I’ve been teaching music for the last 8 years in my home country and here in the UAE; a place that I have loved from the very first day.

    I’m a truly enthusiastic teacher and my goal has always been to provide my students with a positive and creative environment where you all can discover and develop your musical and artistic skills. As music is my passion I’ll do my best to make you love it and enjoy every minute of it.

  • Emma Gray Kia ora (that’s how we say hello in New Zealand)

    My name is Miss Emma Gray and I come from Aotearoa, New Zealand. My family live in New Zealand's capital Wellington which is where I grew up and began my teaching journey. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a postgraduate Diploma in Primary Teaching.

    The majority of my teaching experience has been with teaching lower and upper Primary ages and I am looking forward to teaching Grade 3 at LISG.

    I am excited to be living in Al Ain and continuing my teaching journey at this very new school with you.


    Warm regards,

    Miss Emma

  • Hanan Elsayed Elgamal

    I am Hanan Elsayed Elgamal. I am Egyptian and I graduated from Ain Shams University. I have a lot of passion for teaching which enables me to work under pressure. I enjoy working co-operatively with students and parents to help them achieve well in Arabic.

    My hardworking spirit is a part of everything I do and I am dedicated to the aims of the school.

    I am looking forward to joining Liwa International School for Girls to share my experience and help to teach the students new skills. However, it is most important to me that I also build a love for the Arabic language now and for many years to come.  

  • Jade Farley

    Welcome to all the 4th Graders in Liwa International School for Girls. My name is Jade Farley and I am from the UK. I have 6 years teaching experience, working with children aged 4 to 15 years. Most of my teaching experience has been in the UK; however, I love to travel and have been fortunate to use my skills to work with children in various childcare settings in Greece, Belgium and Italy.

    Over the past year I have been working as a Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher at Liwa International School and have nearly completed my first year living in Al Ain. I have really enjoyed my first year here, meeting new people from all over the world, making new friends and exploring the interesting sites that the UAE has to offer. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, swimming, reading a good book, shopping, playing with my cat, exploring new attractions and seeing friends.

    I am passionate about working with children and as a teacher, I embrace new challenges and the changing situations that school life brings with innovation, practicality and enthusiasm. I am an optimistic, energetic person who likes to make the most out of life. I have a passion for modern dance and have organized and run a number of extra-curricular dance clubs across age ranges. I also completed a course in dance teaching in the UK. I am always enthusiastic to use my experience of teaching dance to support the school during whole school events and shows.I am highly reflective and always keen to learn from others in order to further my professional development.

    I look forward to being part of a hard-working, dedicated team and the new challenge of working at Liwa International School for Girls. I am excited to be working with everyone to develop the schools vision, mission and core values so that it is a success.

  • Christy McKoy

    The Basics: Hello my name is Christy McKoy and I'm from USA and reside from Charlotte, NC. This is my 9th year teaching, 1st year in the UAE and excited to teach Kindergarten! I love my family and meeting new friends, I enjoy traveling and creating new memories! 

    My Background: I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in the States. From a young adult, I always had a passion for working with young children & being a role model. I attended North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and majored in Child Development & Family

    The Favorites: 

    Children's Book: Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

    Color: Carolina Blue

    Hobbies: Sports & Fitness

    Food: Seafood & Pastas

    Quote: Teachers can change lives with just the right mix Of chalk and challenges. -Joyce Meyer

  • Natasha Dhoomun Kaushal

    My Biography:
    BSc (Hons) Computer Science – Sunderland University
    MSc Business Information Technology – Northumbria University
    Postgraduate Certificate in Education – The University of Bath
    Microsoft Certified Specialist (MOS)

    I am delighted to be part of The Liwa International School family and I am looking forward to meeting the students and their parents. I have taught for 8 years in the UK in the fields of ICT, EAL and SEN. I enjoy the busy and stimulating environment of schools and working with children, not only in the classroom but also in a pastoral and co-curricular environment. Watching students using different learning styles to develop socially, emotionally and academically has been the highlight of my teaching career.

    I am excited to widen my scope of teaching experience and to continue to develop, by using Information Technology to contribute to the quality of teaching at LISG. With technology becoming a fundamental part of society, I enjoy being able to educate students on how it works and how it can be used. Apart from being an important skill for students to master, it is also a constantly-developing medium for delivering exciting lessons. This has been a vital part of my teaching and I look forward to progressing this, with the excellent facilities available at the school.

    I am looking forward to living in Al Ain with my husband and daughter and we are excited about enjoying the diverse culture of the UAE for years to come.

  • Nevin Nabil

    My name is Nevin Nabil. I am home economics teacher in Liwa International School for Girls. I am from Egypt and I have Bachelor of Specific Education (Home Economics).The majority of my teaching experience has been with teaching lower and upper grades for the last 18 years in technical secondary schools in Egypt and 6 years as Art teacher in the UAE. I am very excited about joining Liwa International School for Girls and being part of the family.

    I will help the students create dishes and learn to prepare a range of meals. I will aim to help them to develop valuable life skills which they can put into practice in their homes. My goal is always to provide my students with a positive environment and making students enjoy the lessons. I am looking forward to a successful academic year working with the students and their parents.

  • Sara Hernandez

    Howdy Y’all! - This is how we say hello in Texas

    My name is Sara Hernandez, I was born and raised in the great state of Texas in the USA. I have 7 years of experience working with students from the ages of 3-17. I have been in a Kindergarten classroom for the past 3 years. I have a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Houston. I specialize in teaching fluency and phonological awareness to English Language Learners in a primary setting.

    My true passion is teaching students how to read. I have a student-centered classroom and provide students with authentic experiences that will translate into building their moral character for the real world. I follow a holistic approach allowing every student the opportunity to excel and grow. Every student will succeed socially, emotionally and academically in my classroom. I put my heart and soul into every student I encounter and it is an honor to be coming to Liwa International School for Girls. I am elated to move to the beautiful city of Al Ain and experience the wonderful UAE culture.

    It is going to be an engaging, nurturing and hands-on Kindergarten year!

    See ya’ll soon!

  • Basma Awad

    My name is Ms.Basma, born and raised in Al-Ain, I've been passionate about learning science my whole life, which is what lead to me to start my masters in molecular biology at UAEU.. I taught science for 3 years in the primary and middle school levels. I believe that science should be about teaching students a new way of thinking, not just learning concepts and ideas. I am very excited to share my passion with my new Liwa students. 

  • Jessica Stuart

    I am a graduate of Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts in the USA with a concentration on English Language Arts. I have been working with children for over 14 years and I am passionate about teaching. Recently, I have worked as a KG teacher at another private school in Al Ain for the past 5 years. I have also worked as a skiing and sailing instructor in the U.S., as well as a volunteer youth counselor for disadvantaged youths, particularly young girls.

    I have 3 cats (Jackson, Panda, and Nemo) and a dog named Rosie. I love to read in my spare time and visit different places in the UAE. There is so much to see and I intend to see it all while I enjoy my time here in this amazing country.

  • Melissa Ransom

    Hello, my name is Ms Melissa!  I’m very excited to join LISG’s staff for the next school year and I am looking forward to meeting the students, parents, and other staff members.  I am an American citizen and I have been teaching for the past 8 years, both in the USA and internationally.  I have worked in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Albania and I am looking forward to experiencing life in the Emirates.  

    My certifications include Elementary Education (K-6), Secondary English (9-12), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (K-12).  My MA is in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and I particularly enjoy teaching children who are learning English for the first time.  It’s always amazing to me how quickly young students can learn a new language!    

  • Shakila Mohamed

    Hello everybody I am Shakila Mohammed. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Education Management. I am also pursuing my PGCE from the prestigious University of Sunderland, U.K.

    I have been living in Al Ain for the last 18 years, happily married with 3 kids.  I started teaching 9 years ago and since then teaching has become my passion. My work experience extends to few primary schools across Al Ain where I have served as a classroom teacher and Primary Years Coordinator. During my teaching career, I have worked towards personal development of a student and specialize in raising the standards of English in ESL children. I greatly believe in professional development and have completed certifications from BBC and Cambridge online.

    I enjoy staying fit and working out at the gym. I am extremely proud of my healthy lifestyle and work towards encouraging and educating my students towards the same. 

  • Gemma Holden

    I completed my degree in Primary Education at St. Martin’s, Ambleside in the UK. Since qualifying in 2000, I have worked in a range of British Primary schools teaching Years 1 and 2. During my time teaching in the UK, I was involved in lots of new initiatives which has given me a sound knowledge of the curriculum.

    In 2011, I spent a year as a volunteer for the Ghana Education Service, working in small villages across Northern Ghana. My role included educating local teachers and government officers in how to deliver a child centered curriculum.

    Since moving to Al Ain four years ago, I worked as part of a Foundation Stage team before moving into Key Stage One to take on role as Head of Year 1.

    In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling to and exploring different countries and cultures.

  • Lakeaya Lane

    Hello!  My name is Lakeaya Lane.  I was born and raised in the state of North Carolina in the United States of America and have lived in the same state my entire life.  I have been enriching the lives of students by using my gift of teaching for 12 years. Working with scholars from ages 4-12.  I have taught grades 5, 3, 2, and now Kindergarten.  My experience has afforded me the opportunity to grow readers, and instill a genuine love for literacy and the enhance students mathematical problems solving sills. My classroom is one that is welcoming and supportive while still offering a challenge; which provides scholars the opportunity to learn and grow.  Of all the grades I’ve taught I believe 2nd grade is truly the best grade to make a positive impact on a learner. 

    I am an avid reader and learner.  I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from the North Carolina Central University, in Durham, North Carolina.  Due to my love of learning I have continued my education and have obtained several Master’s degrees (3).  I have a Masters of Education; with a concentration in Special Education from Winthrop University, Masters of Education; with a concentration in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Strayer University.  I utilize my personal growth as a means to inspire my students to show them that learning never ceases. 

    My true joy comes from working with children and developing a love for reading. For the last 12 years my classroom has been a home for students of all backgrounds and ability levels, especially providing love and support for students with disabilities.  My classroom is one that is inclusive and student-centered that provides students with freedom to voice their thoughts with limited restriction.  I focus on building relationships within the classroom to develop a sense of accountability. I link learning to practical things in students’ daily lives to insure that students feel confident and can attach their skills to things that they are familiar with.  I incorporate reading into all subject matter and assist in building background knowledge for scholars with the usage of technology. All scholars are provided real world experiences and I support my scholars becoming independent thinkers and problem solvers.  Most importantly I make sure that learning is fun for scholars, creating memories of the best learning experience ever.  I also pride myself on building interpersonal relationships with students and parents to best support my scholars in their personal and academic pursuits.   I am a teacher through and through to my heart.  I look forward to joining the Liwa International School for Girls family.  I know this will be a life changing experience for me and welcome the learning experience from the city of Al Ain and the UAE. 

    I look forward to our experiences and growing together becoming the village for our scholars! 

  • Linda Maria Aifan

    My name is Linda Maria Aifan. I am originally from Finland but I have lived in the UAE for six years now.

    I have a Master’s degree in intercultural education and another Master’s degree in English language from the University of Oulu in Finland. I have also studied in Otago University in New Zealand.

    Before moving to Al Ain I used to work in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Here in the UAE I worked for ADEC in a Finnish-Emirati Partnership project but I am excited to begin a new career in Liwa International School next academic year.

    In my work I am passionate about environmental education and I am also specialized in bilingual education. While living in the UAE I have learned to speak Arabic which is very helpful in my work.

    I spend most of my free time underwater. On weekends me and my husband drive to the East coast for scuba diving. I also enjoy travelling and I try to spend as much time as possible back home in the beautiful Finland.