BOT & Management
The Context 

"The health of the school depends upon having a responsible and effective system of governance which assures that the school remains true to its purpose and has the necessary resources to support its operation."

BOT Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Being responsible for the institution and its purpose as a whole, and not for the separate constituencies. 
  • Planning, developing and establishing policies.
  • Setting the policy of the financial condition of the school, approving budgets and monitoring them (checks and balances).
  • Ensuring that the physical plant of the school serves the purpose of the school.
  • Organizing and managing itself to fulfill its duties with bylaws, policies and procedures. 
  • Contracting, if and when needed, educational or other consultants to oversee the school's development, advising on the hiring criteria for the School Principal, assisting in recruitment and training, and developing the school's improvement plans in line with PPS Dubai's purpose and direction. 
  • Appointing the School Principal and the School Auditor. 

BOT Appointment 

  • PPS Dubai BOT is appointed by the Philadelphia Private School Limited Liability Company (PPS LLC).
  • The Board shall include expertise in educational and business affairs as well as public relations.
  • The Board should include at least three members of the PPS LLC or others nominated by members. The number of Board members will not exceed seven.
  • The Board shall be appointed for a term of four years indefinitely renewable.

BOT Members

Mr. Nashat Sahawneh/ Chairperson
Mr. Shukri Husni/ Vice Chairperson—Executive Director
Ms. Abeer Fakhoury/ Member—Education Committee
Mr. Raphael Khlat/ Secretary—Education Committee
Mr. Wael Sahawneh/ treasurer—finance Committee
Mr. Abdel Karim Esteitieh/ Member (Law Firm)

The School Principal

Mrs. Sadek graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University Victoria Australia with two Teaching Diplomas; one a graduate diploma and the other in religious instruction. She went on to receive a diploma in Educational Leadership and Management from the American University of Beirut. Mrs. Sadek also earned a Masters of Education from the Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Graduating with a secondary teaching degree and majoring in English literature, Mrs. Sadek had the opportunity to teach in the state of Victoria, Australia prior to travelling to Lebanon to further her educational experience and tertiary studies. During this period, Mrs. Sadek enjoyed a challenging yet rewarding career as an English teacher, Senior School Head and Vice Principal for more than 13 years. She went on to pursue her career as a Project Manager for school principals within the Middle East. She is currently the School Principal of Philadelphia Private School (PPS)-Dubai.

Mrs. Sadek strongly believes that leadership can positively impact students’ personal, social and academic development. Throughout her experience, she has focused on empowering teachers and staff to engage in decision making at all levels of the school structure. Student leadership empowerment has also been at the forefront of her work in education.

Mrs. Sadek also is the Assistant Director of School Development Consultants (SDC); the company that envisaged the Learner’s World International Schools (LWIS) Network concept. As such, she engages in ongoing training for school improvement. She has served as an Accreditation Chair and engaged in a school visit as an evaluator with the New England Association for Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
These experiences have supported Mrs. Sadek in her endeavor to positively impact student learning through ongoing school improvement and planning.

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