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Mission Statement
Riffa Views International School is a non-profit, college preparatory school committed to implementing the best educational practices from around the world, while being sensitive to local cultural values. We strive to be a community of learners engaged in becoming intellectually adept, technologically proficient, and ethically guided contributors to a global society.
Message from the Board Chair
Chairman, RVIS Board of Trustee
Mr. Atif Ahmed Abdulmalik
Message from the Director
Kurt Nordness
Dr. Kurt Nordness

Dear RVIS Parents,

 

It was truly a pleasure to welcome you all to the RVIS Parent Luncheon this week. It was great to meet all the families who attended to celebrate our first high school graduates and the completion of the first phase of the school's development. This note provides an overview of the points presented about the school's achievements and some exciting new initiatives being considered for the next phase of development.

 

Landmark Achievements

 

  • An official inaugural event under the patronage of H.R.H Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
  • Accreditations from two world- wide accreditation agencies in the US and Europe.
  • An Outstanding rating from the National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (NAQQAET).
  • Authorization by the International Baccalaureate Organization for the IB Diploma Program.
  • Admissions by our graduates to top UK, US, Canadian and other universities world-wide.
  • Hosting an annual international Model United Nations Conference.
  • Inaugural member of the international Oasis Athletics and Activities Conference.

 

Outstanding School Programming

 

  • A top quality academic program incorporating best educational practices from across thi world.
  • Small class sizes with a personalized learning environment.
  • A U.S. standardized testing system (MAP) taken each semester in Grades 1-10 with results that show academic achievement to be significantly higher, in reading, mathematics, and science, than U.S norms and norms for international schools throughout the world.
  • Close relationships between students and teachers.
  • Commitment to hiring the best teachers available in the international market place.
  • Some of the best extra- curricular activities available in Bahrain such as elementary after school activities, secondary sports, clubs, Model United Nations, and a commitment to community outreach and service learning both locally and internationally.
  • The development of an early childhood program and a full high school program.

 

Exciting Initiatives for our Next Phase of Development

 

  • Partnerships with top private independent schools in Princeton, US.
  • Implementing innovative practices in our instruction and communications as described in our Technology Revisioning Plan.
  • Development of an additional parent organization—The Parent-Teacher Partnership.
  • An expanded Board of Trustees to deepen relationships and connections with the community.

 

We have intentionally created a school we feel is the perfect size. Our class size average of 16 is among the best to be found anywhere. Our student to staff ratio is 6:1 which compares favorably to the top private schools in the world. Even when we reach capacity at 630 students, we will maintain the intimate atmosphere where every student feels like they are part of a family.

RVIS has succeeded thanks to its close relationship with its parent community through its first phase of development. With your support, we look forward to even greater growth and success.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my best wishes and prayers to you and your family for a blessed month of Ramadan.

 

Atif Ahmed Abdulmalik

Chairman, RVIS Board of Trustees

Welcome to Riffa Views International School!

 

Riffa Views International School, now in its tenth year, is a community of learners engaged in becoming intellectually, adept, technologically proficient, and ethically guided contributors to a global society. As a true international school with students coming from over thirty nations, RVIS has implemented best educational practices from around the world, while at the same time being sensitive to local cultural values.

We seek a wide-range of experiences for our students in the classroom, in the community, throughout the region, and throughout the world to help them reach their potential and ensure that they are prepared to attend top post-secondary institutions world-wide.

Some of the key principles from our philosophy include:

 

  • A quality education focuses upon the universal character traits of honesty, integrity, compassion, responsibility, and respect.
  • Instruction must be differentiated to meet the individual needs of each student.
  • To be effective, a curriculum must be relevant, engaging, and should promote life-long learning.
  • Educational decisions should be based, first and foremost, on what is best for students.
  • Learning is enhanced when technology is integrated into instruction.
  • A cooperative partnership among all stakeholders: students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members, strengthens the education process.
  • A qualified faculty with a common sense of purpose and a commitment to collaboration promotes a positive learning environment for students.

 

We hope that this short overview of our school and its values makes you want to learn more about RVIS. You are invited to arrange a visit to our campus so that you may ask questions and let us know how we can help you.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Regards,

Dr. Kurt Nordness

Director

Message from the Board Chair
Chairman, RVIS Board of Trustee

Dear RVIS Parents,

 

It was truly a pleasure to welcome you all to the RVIS Parent Luncheon this week. It was great to meet all the families who attended to celebrate our first high school graduates and the completion of the first phase of the school's development. This note provides an overview of the points presented about the school's achievements and some exciting new initiatives being considered for the next phase of development.

 

Landmark Achievements

 

  • An official inaugural event under the patronage of H.R.H Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
  • Accreditations from two world- wide accreditation agencies in the US and Europe.
  • An Outstanding rating from the National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (NAQQAET).
  • Authorization by the International Baccalaureate Organization for the IB Diploma Program.
  • Admissions by our graduates to top UK, US, Canadian and other universities world-wide.
  • Hosting an annual international Model United Nations Conference.
  • Inaugural member of the international Oasis Athletics and Activities Conference.

 

Outstanding School Programming

 

  • A top quality academic program incorporating best educational practices from across thi world.
  • Small class sizes with a personalized learning environment.
  • A U.S. standardized testing system (MAP) taken each semester in Grades 1-10 with results that show academic achievement to be significantly higher, in reading, mathematics, and science, than U.S norms and norms for international schools throughout the world.
  • Close relationships between students and teachers.
  • Commitment to hiring the best teachers available in the international market place.
  • Some of the best extra- curricular activities available in Bahrain such as elementary after school activities, secondary sports, clubs, Model United Nations, and a commitment to community outreach and service learning both locally and internationally.
  • The development of an early childhood program and a full high school program.

 

Exciting Initiatives for our Next Phase of Development

 

  • Partnerships with top private independent schools in Princeton, US.
  • Implementing innovative practices in our instruction and communications as described in our Technology Revisioning Plan.
  • Development of an additional parent organization—The Parent-Teacher Partnership.
  • An expanded Board of Trustees to deepen relationships and connections with the community.

 

We have intentionally created a school we feel is the perfect size. Our class size average of 16 is among the best to be found anywhere. Our student to staff ratio is 6:1 which compares favorably to the top private schools in the world. Even when we reach capacity at 630 students, we will maintain the intimate atmosphere where every student feels like they are part of a family.

RVIS has succeeded thanks to its close relationship with its parent community through its first phase of development. With your support, we look forward to even greater growth and success.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my best wishes and prayers to you and your family for a blessed month of Ramadan.

 

Atif Ahmed Abdulmalik

Chairman, RVIS Board of Trustees

Message from the Director
Kurt Nordness

Welcome to Riffa Views International School!

 

Riffa Views International School, now in its tenth year, is a community of learners engaged in becoming intellectually, adept, technologically proficient, and ethically guided contributors to a global society. As a true international school with students coming from over thirty nations, RVIS has implemented best educational practices from around the world, while at the same time being sensitive to local cultural values.

We seek a wide-range of experiences for our students in the classroom, in the community, throughout the region, and throughout the world to help them reach their potential and ensure that they are prepared to attend top post-secondary institutions world-wide.

Some of the key principles from our philosophy include:

 

  • A quality education focuses upon the universal character traits of honesty, integrity, compassion, responsibility, and respect.
  • Instruction must be differentiated to meet the individual needs of each student.
  • To be effective, a curriculum must be relevant, engaging, and should promote life-long learning.
  • Educational decisions should be based, first and foremost, on what is best for students.
  • Learning is enhanced when technology is integrated into instruction.
  • A cooperative partnership among all stakeholders: students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members, strengthens the education process.
  • A qualified faculty with a common sense of purpose and a commitment to collaboration promotes a positive learning environment for students.

 

We hope that this short overview of our school and its values makes you want to learn more about RVIS. You are invited to arrange a visit to our campus so that you may ask questions and let us know how we can help you.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Regards,

Dr. Kurt Nordness

Director

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Dr. Kurt Nordness
Director
Personal Statement:
Education is a life-long journey, and I believe that everyone is a learner on this journey. As such, I am committed to ensuring that all learners at Riffa Views International School achieve excellence, reach their potential, make ethical choices, and become critical thinkers each and every day.…
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Education is a life-long journey, and I believe that everyone is a learner on this journey. As such, I am committed to ensuring that all learners at Riffa Views International School achieve excellence, reach their potential, make ethical choices, and become critical thinkers each and every day. 

It is for these reasons that I will work to instill a passion for learning in myself and those around me so that we, together, make a positive difference at our school and in our world. I will work to ensure students learn in a safe and motivating school environment where they participate in inquiry activities and real world experiences. I will support teachers in their use of highly effective instructional strategies that engage and inspire every student. I will work with parents to reinforce their messages of encouragement for their children to do their best in their studies each day. For us all, I will seek ways to forge strong relationships and foster open communication. And, I will seek avenues for us all to honor, learn about, and celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of Bahrain. 

In short, I commit to ensuring the best educational practices in an environment of cultural sensitivity, outstanding teaching, dynamic learning, and close bonds among all members of the community. With great enthusiasm, I look forward to making this journey with all who are part of the Riffa Views community. 

 Jo Garrahy  Elementary Principal Bahrain
Ms. Jo Garrahy
Elementary Principal
Personal Statement:
I am delighted to be part of the RVIS community. Quality teaching and learning are both my priority and my driver. I believe effective teaching and learning are achieved when all members of the school community, not just the students, continue to learn and to share their knowledge and skills with…
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I am delighted to be part of the RVIS community.

Quality teaching and learning are both my priority and my driver. I believe effective teaching and learning are achieved when all members of the school community, not just the students, continue to learn and to share their knowledge and skills with each other.

International schools such as RVIS are well positioned to teach the skills and dispositions that will serve our students both now and in the future. As an educational leader it is my hope that when the time comes for our students to leave RVIS, they do so with sound knowledge and skills, respect for diversity of opinion and culture, empathy for others and the confidence to be contributing members of society.

As a school we must continue to embrace opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. At RVIS we certainly have both the facilities and teaching expertise to do so. Recognizing opportunities, and fostering potential for students to develop across all domains - academic, creative, sporting and social are what we should strive for. Students do amazing things when they feel safe and secure and are willing to take risks knowing that their efforts are supported, nurtured and celebrated.

To be successful now and in the future, it will be essential we build on the excellent foundations that have been set in the early years of RVIS. I believe that by embracing the core values of the school, remaining true to our mission and striving for excellence in all that we do, we can ensure a bright future for all. 

Danielle Pinkerton
Ms. Danielle Pinkerton
Secondary School Principal
Personal Statement:
I believe that an educational experience at RVIS should allow students to thrive intellectually, socially and culturally. In order for a student to reach his/her fullest potential, our job is to create an environment which celebrates risk-taking, inquisitiveness, and sharing of ideas. Students of…
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I believe that an educational experience at RVIS should allow students to thrive intellectually, socially and culturally. In order for a student to reach his/her fullest potential, our job is to create an environment which celebrates risk-taking, inquisitiveness, and sharing of ideas. Students of all ages should be empowered to take control of their learning and self-advocate in times of adversity with respect and thoughtfulness. All students have the ability to learn, and it is our duty as educators to find that which motivates, key in, and move them forward so that they become valuable, knowledgeable contributors to a global society. 

 

The teachers have expectations to create a classroom which is diverse in delivery methods and pushes the envelope of critical thinking. Teachers are encouraged to facilitate lessons as students explore and discover the answers either individually or collaboratively. Content should come from multiple sources whether from texts, multimedia, or applicable real world settings. A strong emphasis on literacy and writing should be included across the curriculum in order to ensure that students are able to exhibit solid communication skills. Teachers should have a keen awareness of each unique individual in the classroom and develop rapport of respect and a healthy community of learners. Learning is fun and that should emanate from any great teacher.

 

In any leadership setting it is my goal to create an environment where mutual understandings are developed and all parties have a vested responsibility to reevaluate, reflect, and continue to strive for excellence no matter the challenges. A strong work ethic cannot be denied, but good humor and an ease of nature go a long way in promoting a workplace where people want to be

Jessica Davis  Curriculum Coordinator Bahrain
Ms. Jessica Davis
Curriculum Coordinator
Personal Statement:
I believe children learn through experiences. Given the skills to solve problems, students become self-directed learners and are more engaged and empowered in their own education. Students that are taught these problem solving skills can learn to curiously analyze and evaluate challenges they…
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I believe children learn through experiences. Given the skills to solve problems, students become self-directed learners and are more engaged and empowered in their own education. Students that are taught these problem solving skills can learn to curiously analyze and evaluate challenges they encounter both in the classroom and in life. When the students feel safe, protected and culturally valued, they can fully explore their curiosity in their environment.

My role as the curriculum coordinator is to support the RVIS teachers in creating a culture that focuses on student outcomes and results. A culture where Professional Learning Communities analyze data for informed decision-making and celebrate achievements. I am excited to bring my experiences and ideas to RVIS, lead teachers through our professional learning and support school-wide professional development.

As a member of the team at RVIS I will promote a culture of international mindedness. A school in an international setting has the opportunity to teach and support diversity in education because of the unique situation of being a culture within a culture. Our school’s philosophy states the importance of teaching multicultural awareness, international mindedness and helping all students, from both the dominant and non-dominant cultures, become global citizens. As educators we have the privilege to help students develop their individual stories, as well as link their stories to the lives of others to build a community of learners for today and the future. 

Airam Neesa
Ms. Airam Neesa
Business Manager
Personal Statement:

I joined the fantastic team at Riffa Views International School in April 2016, bringing with me a wealth of knowledge to confidently manage the Financial and Facilities function of the school.

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I joined the fantastic team at Riffa Views International School in April 2016, bringing with me a wealth of knowledge to confidently manage the Financial and Facilities function of the school.

My role as the Business Manager is to offer a pillar of support to the RVIS teachers and co-ordinators, whilst maintaining strong relations with our external partners, whom allow us to equip our school with the best facilities available to ensure a better experience for our valued students.

Having graduated from The University of Huddersfield with a degree in Accountancy and Finance, I have spent the past 10 years working in various educational environments; from preparing young pre-schoolers for the transition to full time education through to supporting mature students in their aim to find work. My experiences allow me to work proactively and make informed decisions to ensure RVIS is performing to the exceptional standard expected from our students, parents and board.

I feel immensely proud to serve Riffa Views International School, where commitment to our communities, passion for cultural learning and support for each and every individual in RVIS form the core values. I look forward to building a stronger relationship with you all.

Mr. Ken Davis
Mr. Ken Davis
Admissions/Marketing Coordinator
Personal Statement:
A key component to meaningful education is creating a sense of belonging and significance with all members of the community. Through student-centered decision making and collaboration, our community will not only be an effective learning environment for students but for parents and teachers as well…
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A key component to meaningful education is creating a sense of belonging and significance with all members of the community. Through student-centered decision making and collaboration, our community will not only be an effective learning environment for students but for parents and teachers as well. Whether it be a parent teaching about the world economy, or a student describing the benefits of game-based learning, a community that focuses on learning, creates a rich environment where all members have a chance to grow. 

 

As learners, we learn best when we feel encouraged. As a school, our purpose is to create an environment where everyone is a teacher, mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities, and where members actively engage in making the greater community a better place. This not only makes everyone feel they are part of something greater, it also helps them feel like they are contributing members to the school community. 

 

Lastly, a support system within the school to meet the community’s needs is essential. This means that each of our students have the necessary resources to reach his/her full potential, faculty and staff have opportunities to grow as individuals and professionals, and parents have access to support and resources in times of need. 

 

I am excited to be a part of RVIS, and look forward to supporting the community in its continuing growth. 

Ms. Belgues Al Harazy
Ms. Belgues Al Harazy
Nursery Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
I believe my role as a teacher is to guide students to become independent life-long learners, who enjoy learning and pursue knowledge beyond the walls of a classroom. In my classroom, children are encouraged to develop their own originality, be creative, and to build confidence in all they do. I…
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I believe my role as a teacher is to guide students to become independent life-long learners, who enjoy learning and pursue knowledge beyond the walls of a classroom. In my classroom, children are encouraged to develop their own originality, be creative, and to build confidence in all they do. I aim to help learners become self-motivated; learning to take risks and make their own choices. As an educator, I use developmentally appropriate best practices that allow students to explore a variety of ideas and concepts that challenge and diversify their thinking. I base learning experiences in the classroom on students' everyday lives to make learning more meaningful and relevant to them. Children are given opportunities to work alone and with others in order to encourage problem-solving and team working skills on an individual and collective front. Every student is unique in their own development; I strive to reach each student through her/his individual learning style. I also believe in addressing the whole child, helping them develop in all areas, not just academically, but emotionally, socially, physically and morally. I look forward to continuing my career as an educator at Riffa Views International School.

Ms. Suzy Verhaar
Ms. Suzy Verhaar
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Personal Statement:
I feel extremely privileged to join the wonderful teaching staff at RVIS. Having taught in both special needs and mainstream schools here in Bahrain, I feel I am able to implement facets of both approaches in my classroom. Children learn best when they are nurtured in a caring and creative…
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I feel extremely privileged to join the wonderful teaching staff at RVIS. Having taught in both special needs and mainstream schools here in Bahrain, I feel I am able to implement facets of both approaches in my classroom. Children learn best when they are nurtured in a caring and creative environment. I combine hands on, sensory-based lessons ,which spark children’s curiosity and encourage learning through play, in a language rich learning environment. I believe following a standards based curriculum enables me to focus on enriching each child’s learning journey individually. I believe the partnership between family and school plays a key role in helping to guide children during their learning journey, so I encourage frequent communication with parents throughout the school year. I enjoy watching each and every child reach their full learning potential, whatever their strengths may be. I hope to instill a sense of confidence, curiosity and empathy in all the children I am lucky enough to teach, and the intimate learning environment at RVIS definitely encourages this.

Ms. Meg Hutchinson
Ms. Meg Hutchinson
Kindergarten Teacher
Personal Statement:
Learning to me means fun. Investigating, exploring, questioning, making mistakes and being brave enough to laugh at them. Education is so much about the journey as well as the outcome, and as adults we so often forget this in life. Children have the unique ability and innocence to see the world…
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Learning to me means fun. Investigating, exploring, questioning, making mistakes and being brave enough to laugh at them. Education is so much about the journey as well as the outcome, and as adults we so often forget this in life. Children have the unique ability and innocence to see the world through extraordinary eyes, and in my classroom I aim to preserve this, all the while encouraging children to broaden their horizons and views of the world through their learning experiences. Children need to be taught to respect themselves as well as the different people and cultures that surround them. It is so important at these influential early stages of education to inspire children to do good, for both the environment in which they live and the people and animals which surround them. As Desmond Tutu said “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world". They need to have manners instilled at an early age, in order for them to become children of the world who can easily communicate with others and make an impact. A huge part of my teaching style involves creativity, and making lessons into exciting journeys on which we depart sometimes skeptical, and return with our hair windswept, wearing a smile that shows the wonder of our new found knowledge. It is important for children to take risks, explore and enjoy accepting responsibility. The relationship in a classroom is much like a family, and should be treated with mutual respect, understanding and admiration. This is also true of the relationship between teacher and parent, and I believe that communication is the key to ensuring a happy child at school and home. I look forward to joining the RVIS family next year! 

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Tilly Hutchinson
Kindergarten Teacher
Personal Statement:

I am delighted to be returning to the RVIS family! I am an example of an ongoing learner as I changed my career as a nurse and became a teacher a few years ago, and was privileged enough to do my practicum amongst some very inspiring professionals at RVIS.

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I am delighted to be returning to the RVIS family! I am an example of an ongoing learner as I changed my career as a nurse and became a teacher a few years ago, and was privileged enough to do my practicum amongst some very inspiring professionals at RVIS. What I know is this – I love children and am passionate about education and having a positive impact on their learning journeys. My aspiration is to be an integral part of their whole learning experience. It is important that the personal growth in the classroom is not only about academics, but also ensures the development of their creativity, humor, compassion, and active decision-making. I look forward to building a positive and collaborative relationship with the parents of my class, and a safe and welcoming classroom for the children. 

Teachers in Bahrain
Ms. Sharmeen Moosa
Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

I am delighted to join Riffa Views International School as a First Grade teacher.

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I am delighted to join Riffa Views International School as a First Grade teacher. Education is a life-long journey; therefore I am continually developing myself as a teaching practitioner and so look forward to working alongside a truly dedicated team, who really want to make a difference in education. Last year I was the Librarian at RVIS, and this year marks the beginning of a new journey for me as an Elementary classroom teacher.

Over the last 12 years I have worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language, to children of various ages’ as well as adults, across Bahrain and Sri Lanka. I have a Masters in Teaching English to Young Learners and have recently completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Through this journey I have come to realise my area of expertise to be particularly synchronised with the needs of elementary school students.

Being a mother of two girls, aged 4 1/2 and 6 1/2, I absolutely love this age group. First grade is truly special, as it is a time when reading and writing develop leaps and bounds, so this year will be very exciting! I believe that reading is the key to life. Books are magic, as they have the ability to transport one to places without having to go there. I strongly believe that reading is one of the most rewarding skills a child can learn. It becomes the base for all of their learning and it lays a foundation for future knowledge, lifelong readers, and hopefully lifelong learners.

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Erin Carney
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

Margaret Mead stated: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Since University, I have lived by these words and have made them into a pillar of my educational philosophy to enable students to becom

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Margaret Mead stated: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Since University, I have lived by these words and have made them into a pillar of my educational philosophy to enable students to become committed citizens. As an educator, my goal is to have students appreciate, question, and be informed about the world around them. I achieve this by challenging students academically and encouraging them to find their own answers and solutions within a safe and supporting learning environment. Doing this, I enable students to appreciate the world around them and empower them to be committed citizens in their community. I am originally from Northern Wisconsin, but I have taught internationally for eight years in Japan, the Philippines, and Cote d’Ivoire.

Best Faculty in Bahrain
Mr. Mike Morrison
Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

I believe education is essentially about connection – Connection between the teacher and student, connection between the student and curriculum, and connection between the students themselves.

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I believe education is essentially about connection – Connection between the teacher and student, connection between the student and curriculum, and connection between the students themselves. I love teaching for the opportunity I get to connect with children and guide them in their growth and learning. My goal as a teacher is to create the conditions for deep learning and understanding to take place in my students. Community building is a large part of my teaching philosophy, as is a whole-child educational approach. I strive to make school engaging for students and to create fun, hands-on learning experiences. I believe that the classroom environment needs to be safe for risk-taking and supportive of each student to be his or herself.

I come to RVIS from the San Francisco area, where I've taught in grades Kindergarten, 1st and 4th. I enjoy integrating nature, mindfulness and community-building activities into my teaching. Outside of school I enjoy hiking, gardening, photography, following sports, watching movies and reading. I am excited to be joining RVIS and look forward to the year ahead!

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Maci Nazzarini
Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

To be a teacher is to have the privilege to guide students as they learn and grow. I always strive to create a safe, welcoming environment where my students can make mistakes, explore, and reach their potential.

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To be a teacher is to have the privilege to guide students as they learn and grow. I always strive to create a safe, welcoming environment where my students can make mistakes, explore, and reach their potential. A classroom community succeeds when the students feel empowered to learn from and teach each other. At RVIS, I cannot wait to embark on a new journey where my students and I can view learning as a series of fun, challenging projects that benefit us as individuals and help us contribute to a better world.

When children are faced with academic challenges that prove to be authentic and relevant, their interest and care will drive their ambition to excel in and out of school. Overall, my responsibility as an educator is to show my students that anything is possible because, time and time again, life shows me that opportunities are limitless and this world is meant to be loved, respected, and explored with eyes open wide.

Best Faculty in Bahrain
Mr. Luke Meinen
Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

I am extremely excited to join the RVIS team next year! Over the past five years, I have enjoyed working abroad in both South Korea and Egypt. My family and I are very excited to take the next step in our journey in Bahrain!

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I am extremely excited to join the RVIS team next year! Over the past five years, I have enjoyed working abroad in both South Korea and Egypt. My family and I are very excited to take the next step in our journey in Bahrain!

Excitement is a word that really defines education for me. I am a firm believer that in order to truly learn something, you need to be actively engaged and EXCITED about it. Denis Waitley was quoted as saying, "Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it and see it from a mile away." Students see and thrive on excitement in the classroom. They look for it everywhere. In an elementary classroom, this is so important! As students become excited to learn, they start to truly take their leaning into their own hands. Students who take control of their learning are then in the "driver's seat" to becoming lifelong learners. My goal as an educator is to create an exciting 21st century classroom environment with high expectations for my students to help them rise to their fullest potential. I also put a large focus on students taking responsibility for themselves and their work. I believe this helps create learners who have an intrinsic value to learn. The teacher then becomes a guide on a path where students drive the learning and the teacher facilitates it.

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Amy O'Meara
Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

As an educator, my role is to guide. I believe in providing my students access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. No matter the content area, I believe that a student's search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions.

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As an educator, my role is to guide. I believe in providing my students access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. No matter the content area, I believe that a student's search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to learn, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and to practice skills in authentic situations. By providing my students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied, I create an opportunity for individual discovery and learning. Essentially, I believe in fostering an environment that creates independent thinkers.

It is my desire to help students fulfill their academic, social and emotional potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas and at the same time focuses on collaboration, critical thinking, in an information rich technological environment. From my perspective, in a successful classroom, the teacher acts as a facilitator and allows the child's natural curiosity to direct his or her learning.
 

Alicia Butler
Ms. Alicia Butler
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
I see primary education as the most important aspect of the learner's experience. It layers the fundamental foundations for developing the child's inquiring mind, ethics and social skills. To me, teaching is a most rewarding vocation and profession that is charged with the responsibility of…
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I see primary education as the most important aspect of the learner's experience. It layers the fundamental foundations for developing the child's inquiring mind, ethics and social skills. To me, teaching is a most rewarding vocation and profession that is charged with the responsibility of empowering the next generation to continuously learn, grow and transform themselves and their society.

I believe schools are collaborative learning environments where students, parents, educators and the larger community benefit from working together. Co-evolving and co- learning are essential to the advancement of the social science that is education.

For the past fifteen years I have been fortunate to have taught in international schools in Pakistan, Thailand and Japan. I am now eager to be part of the school community at Riffa Views Bahrain.

 

Ms. Gaynor Myers
Ms. Gaynor Myers
Pre-Kindergarter Teacher
Personal Statement:
Singing, dancing, acting, talking, discovering, playing and interacting all while learning is the best way for children in the early years to learn. These are the cornerstone years of a child's life and as such are the most important time to create a strong and solid foundation. It is my desire to…
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Singing, dancing, acting, talking, discovering, playing and interacting all while learning is the best way for children in the early years to learn. These are the cornerstone years of a child's life and as such are the most important time to create a strong and solid foundation. It is my desire to ensure that children do not simply learn to live in this global world but live to learn. Learn to be critical thinkers, responsible and caring citizens, and problem solvers to be movers, shakers and leaders of their time. As such, I aim to equip each child with the tools that best fits him/her which I achieve through differentiating. I learn about each child as an individual and a person thus understanding how to spark his/her curiosity for a lifetime of learning.

 

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”  - Clay P. Bedford

Jonathan Fields
Mr. Jonathan Fields
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
I am excited to be joining the Riffa Views International School Team and to have a daughter enrolled in the school as well. I have taught the last 13 years in New York City, Quito, Ecuador, and Ithaca, NY in different grade levels, but mainly upper elementary. I really enjoy teaching and…
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I am excited to be joining the Riffa Views International School Team and to have a daughter enrolled in the school as well. 

 

I have taught the last 13 years in New York City, Quito, Ecuador, and Ithaca, NY in different grade levels, but mainly upper elementary.  I really enjoy teaching and working with students.  As a teacher, I try to establish a structured and nurturing environment with clear expectations, classroom norms, and learning standards.  I believe it is important to engage students in their learning and make them involved in the learning process.  It is imperative for students to learn problem solving skills, work together, and reflect on their work.  I enjoy collaborating with colleagues, parents, and students to help student learning and to further my learning as a teacher.  I try to be flexible in my teaching with the understanding that students learn in different ways through different processes.

 

My goal this year is a fun, learning atmosphere in the classroom in which all students continue to grow in their education through collaboration, hard work, goal setting, and reflection on their work.  

Juli Loveridge
Ms. Juli Loveridge
Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
I am so excited to begin working at RVIS. For the last two years I have been working in Cairo and prior to that I was working in Kuwait. I thoroughly enjoy working in the international school setting and love living and working in the Middle East. I believe all children should receive and have…
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I am so excited to begin working at RVIS. For the last two years I have been working in Cairo and prior to that I was working in Kuwait. I thoroughly enjoy working in the international school setting and love living and working in the Middle East.

 

I believe all children should receive and have access to a safe learning environment where they are able to grow. I create an environment where students can collaborate and learn from their peers and continue to develop their social, emotional and academic skills. In the international school setting students come from all different walks of life. I try create lessons that are culturally relevant to the students where they can make personal connections to the lessons. Incorporating the students strengths in lessons can help them better master the standards and all the while reinforcing the methods that are most successful for their learning style.

 

As for me, teaching presents a opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my goals as an educator is to instill a love of positive inquiry in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.  My greatest goal is to help shape young people of the world to be aware of the constant need for compassionate, spirited, and dedicated individuals. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I will continually strive to be the best educator that I can be.

Mia Vitullo
Ms. Mia Vitullo
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
My passion for multiculturalism and diversity brought me to RVIS. I strive to inspire my students by modeling positivity, enthusiasm, and curiosity. As a life-long learner myself, I know that learning should be fun and full of inquiry and investigating. I have high standards for my students because…
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My passion for multiculturalism and diversity brought me to RVIS. I strive to inspire my students by modeling positivity, enthusiasm, and curiosity. As a life-long learner myself, I know that learning should be fun and full of inquiry and investigating. I have high standards for my students because with patience, the right amount of support and encouragement, every student can be successful. I love the challenge and excitement of being a teacher. 

 

I believe that learning is constructed by students, so hands-on learning is a big part of my classroom. It is also important for students to work cooperatively to develop social skills and academic language. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and my master’s degree in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and am an English language specialist. This means that I am skilled at teaching classroom content and developing English language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), which is important for native and non-native English speakers.

 

I have taught elementary school in a few countries, including: the United States, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and I am excited to join RVIS. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.

Jonathan Fields
Mr. Jonathan Fields
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
I am excited to be joining the Riffa Views International School Team and to have a daughter enrolled in the school as well. I have taught the last 13 years in New York City, Quito, Ecuador, and Ithaca, NY in different grade levels, but mainly upper elementary. I really enjoy teaching and…
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I am excited to be joining the Riffa Views International School Team and to have a daughter enrolled in the school as well. 

 

I have taught the last 13 years in New York City, Quito, Ecuador, and Ithaca, NY in different grade levels, but mainly upper elementary.  I really enjoy teaching and working with students.  As a teacher, I try to establish a structured and nurturing environment with clear expectations, classroom norms, and learning standards.  I believe it is important to engage students in their learning and make them involved in the learning process.  It is imperative for students to learn problem solving skills, work together, and reflect on their work.  I enjoy collaborating with colleagues, parents, and students to help student learning and to further my learning as a teacher.  I try to be flexible in my teaching with the understanding that students learn in different ways through different processes.

 

My goal this year is a fun, learning atmosphere in the classroom in which all students continue to grow in their education through collaboration, hard work, goal setting, and reflection on their work.  

Juli Loveridge
Ms. Juli Loveridge
Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
I am so excited to begin working at RVIS. For the last two years I have been working in Cairo and prior to that I was working in Kuwait. I thoroughly enjoy working in the international school setting and love living and working in the Middle East. I believe all children should receive and have…
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I am so excited to begin working at RVIS. For the last two years I have been working in Cairo and prior to that I was working in Kuwait. I thoroughly enjoy working in the international school setting and love living and working in the Middle East.

 

I believe all children should receive and have access to a safe learning environment where they are able to grow. I create an environment where students can collaborate and learn from their peers and continue to develop their social, emotional and academic skills. In the international school setting students come from all different walks of life. I try create lessons that are culturally relevant to the students where they can make personal connections to the lessons. Incorporating the students strengths in lessons can help them better master the standards and all the while reinforcing the methods that are most successful for their learning style.

 

As for me, teaching presents a opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my goals as an educator is to instill a love of positive inquiry in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.  My greatest goal is to help shape young people of the world to be aware of the constant need for compassionate, spirited, and dedicated individuals. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I will continually strive to be the best educator that I can be.

Karen Maloney
Ms. Karen Maloney
HS English Teacher
Personal Statement:
I am very excited about joining the Riffa Views community and the teaching and learning journey that lies ahead. My lessons are largely a collaborative learning experience, where I aim to inspire students with my own brand of enthusiasm, humour and creativity. I am passionate about language and…
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I am very excited about joining the Riffa Views community and the teaching and learning journey that lies ahead.  My lessons are largely a collaborative learning experience, where I aim to inspire students with my own brand of enthusiasm, humour and creativity.  I am passionate about language and all its variations, so experimentation and enquiry play an important role in my lessons.

 

Students are unique individuals, they come in all shapes and sizes with varying levels of ability, learning styles and experience, which in itself is a valuable resource.  In order to include everyone and help them to achieve their potential, a variety of tasks and experiences are required to address each learning style and level of ability.  Every contribution from every student should be valued, but for this to happen we need to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, wherein students feel safe and secure enough to take risks and get things wrong.  Teaching is about much more than imparting knowledge to students.  It is about caring for the whole person and preparing them to be well-rounded citizens who will make a positive contribution to an increasingly global society.  I feel privileged as an educator to be in a position where I may have some influence on our future generations. 

Maria Yung
Ms. Maria Yung
Secondary Art Teacher
Personal Statement:
Every student can be an artist and discover their own medium, balance and original aesthetic expression. My vision is to help all students learn and appreciate the visual arts. As an art educator, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my own subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. I am a…
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Every student can be an artist and discover their own medium, balance and original aesthetic expression. My vision is to help all students learn and appreciate the visual arts. As an art educator, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my own subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. I am a firm believer in a constructivist approach to education that places emphasis on students building their own understandings of the world through first-hand experiences, and reflecting on those experiences in light of what they already know and believe. In my classes, I strive to expose students all areas of art such as drawing with various media, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and time-based media. Art is vital in the development of fine and gross motor control, creative problem solving skills, as well as concrete and abstract thought processes.  More importantly, art is an expressive means of communication that impacts and shapes our perceptions of the world around us and what is possible. 

Megan Curtino
Ms. Megan Curtino
ES Learning Support
Personal Statement:
“All students can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way” – George Evans My teaching philosophy consists of addressing the needs of the whole child- in and out of the classroom. This is necessary to produce individuals who are competent, caring and able to make sound choices within…
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“All students can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way” – George Evans

 

My teaching philosophy consists of addressing the needs of the whole child- in and out of the classroom. This is necessary to produce individuals who are competent, caring and able to make sound choices within society. As an educator it is my duty to follow the premise that all children can learn. With this in mind, I feel that as a teacher, students should be challenged to reach their maximum potential. This is done by raising the bar for academic learning. I also believe that if you have high expectations for students, they will be eager to rise to the challenge of learning academically. I think that my role as a teacher, also consists of creating a climate of mutual respect between the teacher and the student. I feel that students are more likely to perform for the teacher if they feel like valued members of the classroom. This method of respect was used by one of my former teachers. I feel that it was because of this display of respect, which led me to pursue a career in education.

Mia Vitullo
Ms. Mia Vitullo
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
My passion for multiculturalism and diversity brought me to RVIS. I strive to inspire my students by modeling positivity, enthusiasm, and curiosity. As a life-long learner myself, I know that learning should be fun and full of inquiry and investigating. I have high standards for my students because…
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My passion for multiculturalism and diversity brought me to RVIS. I strive to inspire my students by modeling positivity, enthusiasm, and curiosity. As a life-long learner myself, I know that learning should be fun and full of inquiry and investigating. I have high standards for my students because with patience, the right amount of support and encouragement, every student can be successful. I love the challenge and excitement of being a teacher. 

 

I believe that learning is constructed by students, so hands-on learning is a big part of my classroom. It is also important for students to work cooperatively to develop social skills and academic language. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and my master’s degree in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and am an English language specialist. This means that I am skilled at teaching classroom content and developing English language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), which is important for native and non-native English speakers.

 

I have taught elementary school in a few countries, including: the United States, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and I am excited to join RVIS. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.

Mohamed Shamry
Mr. Mohamed Shamry
HS Chemistry Teacher
Personal Statement:
I have a strong background in my disciplines and extensive experience in teaching them in the United States as well as internationally. I use a guided inquiry-based learning approach in all my classes. According to How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom; 2005 from…
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I have a strong background in my disciplines and extensive experience in teaching them in the United States as well as internationally. I use a guided inquiry-based learning approach in all my classes. According to How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom; 2005 from the National Research Council, teaching by telling does not work - especially for science -for most students. As part of an interactive community, students are more likely to be successful. Gaining knowledge is personal; students enjoy themselves more and develop greater ownership over their learning when they are given an opportunity to construct their own understanding. Using the inquiry-based approach has shown a significant growth in my students’ understanding of the chemistry concepts based on the SAT and AP scores.  I am thrilled to join Riffa Views International School where I can combine the best practices in education with my extensive background in chemistry and biology. It is my goal to promote the best intellectual, technological, and ethical learning experiences for my students and to guide them to become effective contributors to the global society. As my own children will be new students at RVIS, I am focused on promoting a wholesome and productive learning experience.

Alicia Butler
Ms. Alicia Butler
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:
I see primary education as the most important aspect of the learner's experience. It layers the fundamental foundations for developing the child's inquiring mind, ethics and social skills. To me, teaching is a most rewarding vocation and profession that is charged with the responsibility of…
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I see primary education as the most important aspect of the learner's experience. It layers the fundamental foundations for developing the child's inquiring mind, ethics and social skills. To me, teaching is a most rewarding vocation and profession that is charged with the responsibility of empowering the next generation to continuously learn, grow and transform themselves and their society.

I believe schools are collaborative learning environments where students, parents, educators and the larger community benefit from working together. Co-evolving and co- learning are essential to the advancement of the social science that is education.

For the past fifteen years I have been fortunate to have taught in international schools in Pakistan, Thailand and Japan. I am now eager to be part of the school community at Riffa Views Bahrain.

 

Saed Talafha
Mr. Saed Talafha
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement:
I believe that education is a message that must be delivered to learners in the easiest way possible to make it clear, so, I always look for new strategies that are commensurate with student’s individual abilities, and I always have to change the ways I communicate with my students for better…
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I believe that education is a message that must be delivered to learners in the easiest way possible to make it clear, so, I always look for new strategies that are commensurate with student’s individual abilities, and I always have to change the ways I communicate with my students for better learning opportunities. I also believe that the teacher must have the educational aspect in dealing with students and that the best ways to connect with students is by respecting their thinking and encouraging them to learn Arabic.


I always aim to instill love of the Arabic language in the hearts of my students because I believe that if the student likes a creative topic, it comes through the engagement of the student in the educational process and through classroom activities.


I also aim to teach the students the language that he/she can employ in his /her practical life by simplifying the rules of the Arabic language and using them in their writings. It is always wise to build in my students the mentality of the critic and problem solving for lifelong learning.

zarea Dzinic
Ms. Azarea Dzinic
Secondary Drama Teacher
Personal Statement:
Hello Everyone! My name is Azarea Dzinic, I am originally from Australia and I graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Art and Design from the University of South Australia and later gained my Master of Education from Framingham State University, Massachusetts. I have been teaching…
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Hello Everyone! My name is Azarea Dzinic, I am originally from Australia and I graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Art and Design from the University of South Australia and later gained my Master of Education from Framingham State University, Massachusetts. I have been teaching internationally for the past fifteen years, focusing my career and passion towards teaching performing and visual arts. I have taught in Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Egypt. My goals for my classes are to instill a life long passion of the arts, with an understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the performing arts through dramatic performances designed to facilitate these objectives. To foster a creative environment where new and challenging work can thrive and flourish. I am excited about being part of the Riffa Views community!

Sandor Lukacs
Mr. Sandor Lukacs
HS Math Teacher
Personal Statement:
Hello, my name is Sandor, I was born and raised in Hungary. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, starting in my home country and later internationally at IB schools in England and Germany. My aim is to create unity through diversity in my classes. We learn together as a team where the…
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Hello, my name is Sandor, I was born and raised in Hungary. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, starting in my home country and later internationally at IB schools in England and Germany.

 

My aim is to create unity through diversity in my classes. We learn together as a team where the importance of the individual is emphasised. Every one of us has certain skills and unique ideas, and I concentrate on these.  Some students find Maths a difficult subject. However, I believe that achieving great results mainly come from positive attitude and effort, not necessarily from talent. Led by this thought I am keen to strengthen the self-confidence of my students.  ‘Focus on what you are good at and be inspired by what you have already learnt! The rest will follow, just be persistent and do not give up. If you are determined to learn and improve, I will do my best to help you to reach your desired goals.’ This is what I tell to my students all the time and I am incredibly proud of their success.

 

The mutual care and respect what we build together, not only during the lessons but outside of the classroom, give me strength and motivation to carry on in my profession for many years. I am looking forward to our journey together here at RVIS, too.

Camelia Bistriceanu
Ms. Camelia Bistriceanu
PE Teacher
Personal Statement:
Physical Education betters the body and soul, just as Math and Science better the mind. It creates well-rounded, healthy individuals through a variety of activities and movement. It shows them ways to be fit for a lifetime and exposes them to activities to which they might not otherwise be exposed…
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Physical Education betters the body and soul, just as Math and Science better the mind. It creates well-rounded, healthy individuals through a variety of activities and movement. It shows them ways to be fit for a lifetime and exposes them to activities to which they might not otherwise be exposed.

 

As a teacher, I strive to provide learning experiences for children that meet their developmental needs which help improve their mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn and enthusiasm for learning.

 

Through active participation in movement and sport, students will foster an appreciation for personal fitness and other social skills vital to becoming healthy, productive members of the community.

 

“Fit is not a destination, it is a way of life.”

Stephanie Hawkins
Ms. Stephanie Hawkins
HS Social Studies Teacher
Personal Statement:
As a teacher, I ultimately endeavour to encourage and inspire students to be curious and have a lifelong love of learning; to realise that each day represents an opportunity to strive to be better. I live and breathe History. Therefore, I am an unabashed enthusiast in the classroom, as I seek to…
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As a teacher, I ultimately endeavour to encourage and inspire students to be curious and have a lifelong love of learning; to realise that each day represents an opportunity to strive to be better. I live and breathe History. Therefore, I am an unabashed enthusiast in the classroom, as I seek to take students into the fascinating foreign world of the past, but also to motivate them to set, pursue and explore their own enquiry questions. The meteoric development of technology in the last fifty years has led to vast amounts of information and opinion being only a click away. I believe it is vital to educate young people that learning is an enthralling process of self-discovery which can be fun, however it is not always easy with a ‘quick fix’ available. Therefore I believe it is important to promote resilience by providing skills on how to research, analyse and evaluate information, whether that is online or in a library, so students can form arguments they can substantiate with evidence. As a result, students should feel they can embrace challenging tasks with confidence and that they are able to navigate this developing world of knowledge effectively.

 

Building a positive relationship with students which is founded on mutual respect is fundamental. I want my students to meet the highest standards but to also feel they are supported and that they can approach me for guidance. The classroom is an environment which must value each and every voice. Extra-curricular activities are fantastic opportunities for students and teachers alike to see each other in a different light. I want to show commitment not simply to students’ academic performance but to their personal development as a whole. Becoming an international teacher is such an exciting prospect and I am thrilled to be joining Riffa Views International School as a History Teacher.

Dana Wells
Ms. Dana Wells
Secondary Learning Support
Personal Statement:
Students learn best when they feel safe, engaged, challenged and cared for. Research has shown that classrooms which cultivate a feeling of acceptance and lack of judgement tend to have a high percentage of students who exhibit positive learning behaviors. Student achievement is strongly affected…
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Students learn best when they feel safe, engaged, challenged and cared for. Research has shown that classrooms which cultivate a feeling of acceptance and lack of judgement tend to have a high percentage of students who exhibit positive learning behaviors. Student achievement is strongly affected by teacher expectation.

 

As an educator for more than a decade in international schools, I have experienced firsthand the diversity, rich cultural experiences and challenging curriculum delivered by these institutions. With my background in special education in both the United States and abroad, I strive to create a learning support program in which all the above is true. I believe in creating an environment where students are able to show their strengths and engage in learning strategies that make them an active participant in classrooms and the community. With my extensive educational training and experience in learning support, I expose my students to the science of learning to improve the way they learn. In this way, they are supported in becoming independent, self-aware, lifelong learners.

 

My family and I are thrilled to join the wonderful team at Riffa Views International School. I look forward to making positive contributions to the growth of this amazing school.

Mr. Stewart Pinkerton
Mr. Stewart Pinkerton
Media Specialist
Personal Statement:
I am honored to be included in the community of RVIS, and to explore a country new to me, Bahrain. I anticipate meeting new and different people and I look forward to sharing what is important in our lives. I will strive to positively impact the school, and also the families that make it such a…
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I am honored to be included in the community of RVIS, and to explore a country new to me, Bahrain. I anticipate meeting new and different people and I look forward to sharing what is important in our lives. I will strive to positively impact the school, and also the families that make it such a unique place to learn.

 

As a hub of activity, the RVIS Media Center offers a unique opportunity to expose students to the world outside of their “sphere of reality.” Of course, here we must begin with reading - an important early step in learning how to communicate. Every student (young and old) will be encouraged to “dive into a good book!” Next, experience and practice with state-of-the-art tools make the Media Center a perfect gathering place. Students use, master, and collaborate with technical communication tools such as computers, the internet, audio-visual, and presentation equipment. All of these resources allow students to connect and learn from each other while investigating personal interests and capabilities.

 

It is my desire to utilize (and expand) the resources available at RVIS in order to prepare our students for the world they will inherit, as well as to enable them to later create the world they see as important and useful.

Danielle Pinkerton
Ms. Danielle Pinkerton
Secondary School Principal
Personal Statement:
I believe that an educational experience at RVIS should allow students to thrive intellectually, socially and culturally. In order for a student to reach his/her fullest potential, our job is to create an environment which celebrates risk-taking, inquisitiveness, and sharing of ideas. Students of…
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I believe that an educational experience at RVIS should allow students to thrive intellectually, socially and culturally. In order for a student to reach his/her fullest potential, our job is to create an environment which celebrates risk-taking, inquisitiveness, and sharing of ideas. Students of all ages should be empowered to take control of their learning and self-advocate in times of adversity with respect and thoughtfulness. All students have the ability to learn, and it is our duty as educators to find that which motivates, key in, and move them forward so that they become valuable, knowledgeable contributors to a global society. 

 

The teachers have expectations to create a classroom which is diverse in delivery methods and pushes the envelope of critical thinking. Teachers are encouraged to facilitate lessons as students explore and discover the answers either individually or collaboratively. Content should come from multiple sources whether from texts, multimedia, or applicable real world settings. A strong emphasis on literacy and writing should be included across the curriculum in order to ensure that students are able to exhibit solid communication skills. Teachers should have a keen awareness of each unique individual in the classroom and develop rapport of respect and a healthy community of learners. Learning is fun and that should emanate from any great teacher.

 

In any leadership setting it is my goal to create an environment where mutual understandings are developed and all parties have a vested responsibility to reevaluate, reflect, and continue to strive for excellence no matter the challenges. A strong work ethic cannot be denied, but good humor and an ease of nature go a long way in promoting a workplace where people want to be

MS Humanities Teacher
Mr. William Yung
MS Humanities Teacher
Personal Statement:
We all learn because we need to. Learning is a universal aspect of the human experience, where we are continually adapting and changing after each interaction with our environment. When we face authentic problems with real stakeholders, we grow in our capacity, our knowledge base, and ability to…
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We all learn because we need to. Learning is a universal aspect of the human experience, where we are continually adapting and changing after each interaction with our environment. When we face authentic problems with real stakeholders, we grow in our capacity, our knowledge base, and ability to empathize. John Dewey explains that we learn best by doing. As such, my role is to walk alongside and introduce learners to society’s ever-increasingly complex series of challenges; together, we will discover and implement solutions.

 

In humanities, we will consider literature, or expressions of mankind’s condition, as mentor text. These will enable us to learn to communicate ourselves, while the classroom will provide a safe, respectful and genuine environment to grow in.  In this rapidly changing digital topography, ideas, audiences and demographics have dramatically diversified, and teachers should acknowledge that shift.  Students in my class will learn how to leverage technology as a purposeful tool, critically analyze information, and persuasively communicate.  

Dhara Levers
Ms. Dhara Levers
HS Biology Teacher
Personal Statement:
“Change is the end result of all true learning.”  - Leo Buscaglia I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of Riffa Views International School as a member of the Science Department. I truly believe that my job as a teacher is to guide my students through their evolution into young men and women…
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“Change is the end result of all true learning.”   - Leo Buscaglia

 

I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of Riffa Views International School as a member of the Science Department. I truly believe that my job as a teacher is to guide my students through their evolution into young men and women who are able to go out into the world and be productive citizens. Science offers an amazing lens through which we can examine how we respond when challenged, how we create balance, how we distinguish between anomalies and paradigm shifts and most importantly how every voice has the ability to bring about change. Every student is different.  As a teacher, it is my job to create a safe space where each student is able to demonstrate his or her growth. The focus will always be on the process as we take on challenges together. Our classroom will be one where opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged and apparent failures lead to learning opportunities. I am excited to meet everyone and begin this new adventure. 

Fuad Al Anzarouti
Mr. Fuad Al Anzarouti
Arabic Leader
Personal Statement:
All children can learn when their environment is safe, welcoming, and conducive to acquiring knowledge. Creating this positive learning environment requires educators to utilize effective communication, strong classroom management, parental involvement, academic rigor, high expectations for all,…
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All children can learn when their environment is safe, welcoming, and conducive to acquiring knowledge.  Creating this positive learning environment requires educators to utilize effective communication, strong classroom management, parental involvement, academic rigor, high expectations for all, collaboration and collegiality, acceptance of change, and accountability.

 

All students can learn at higher levels when expected.  This position must be consistently articulated and modeled from the principal, teachers, parents and support staff.  A school climate that is collaborative and focused on results will ensure that all students learn.  Educators need to be committed to frequent and ongoing assessment of student performance that focuses on student learning.  Assessment methods should be varied and aligned to instructional practices applied in the classroom.  Teachers need to work collaboratively to analyze assessment results and develop strategies for improvement based on the assessment data.  When instruction is based on assessment, teachers and students will have a clear image of what students need to know, understand, and be able to do at the end of each unit of instruction.

 

Change in education must be systemic, sustainable, and effective as measured by increased learning for all students and adults.  I believe that for sustainable, effective change to become imbedded in our practice, school leaders must develop a vision that values and utilizes shared leadership.  We need to involve all teachers, administrators, parents, and the community in the change process.  Finding new solutions to new problems requires a shared sense of urgency, a common vision, and a deeper level of active engagement.  Teachers need to feel valued as part of the solution to the problem, more than merely an agent of change for acceptance to occur.  If our goal is to improve student achievement, then teachers, staff, parents, and the community must share the problem and solution with the understanding that they are accountable to its success.  They must be committed to the shared vision for change.

 

The education of our students requires educators to synthesize many components.  When we unify our efforts around a strong vision, sound educational practices, professionalism, and an environment of collaboration and collegiality, we create an environment for meaningful learning.  This positive learning environment embraces the concept that schools are for students and achievement.

Ms. Gaynor Myers
Ms. Gaynor Myers
Pre-Kindergarter Teacher
Personal Statement:
Singing, dancing, acting, talking, discovering, playing and interacting all while learning is the best way for children in the early years to learn. These are the cornerstone years of a child's life and as such are the most important time to create a strong and solid foundation. It is my desire to…
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Singing, dancing, acting, talking, discovering, playing and interacting all while learning is the best way for children in the early years to learn. These are the cornerstone years of a child's life and as such are the most important time to create a strong and solid foundation. It is my desire to ensure that children do not simply learn to live in this global world but live to learn. Learn to be critical thinkers, responsible and caring citizens, and problem solvers to be movers, shakers and leaders of their time. As such, I aim to equip each child with the tools that best fits him/her which I achieve through differentiating. I learn about each child as an individual and a person thus understanding how to spark his/her curiosity for a lifetime of learning.

 

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”  - Clay P. Bedford

Huda Atif
Ms. Huda Atif
Technology Integrationist
Personal Statement:
My educational philosophy is based on the value and importance of human connection and the power of relationships. Dr. James P. Comer, professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University says, "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship". Building a connection with your students…
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My educational philosophy is based on the value and importance of human connection and the power of relationships. Dr. James P. Comer, professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University says, "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship". Building a connection with your students allows them to trust you as their mentor and they begin to thrive as they learn from you in a comfortable and trusting environment. For this, you must listen to your students, understand their needs and invite them to play an active part in discussions as well as decisions.

 

I have taught several age groups in various school settings in Nevada - from preschool and Montessori, to high school in county and charter schools.  During all these years, I realized that at the core of every successful learning experience was a positive relationship between me and my students. After some years of teaching, I was given the opportunity to work as an Instructional and Digital Coach. The power of building relationships became even more important as I learned that coaching and helping teachers required me to first gain their trust. Integration of technology in classrooms was successful when teachers and students were both comfortable and on board.

 

I am very excited to join RVIS as a Technology Integration Facilitator. I have seen what wonders technology can do in classrooms when we use it as a tool to enhance lessons. It brings efficiency and ease, for both students and teachers. It increases engagement, retention and most importantly, it gives students a chance to explore, invent and create- hence taking their learning to a whole new level!

School Director
Dr. Kurt Nordness
Director
Personal Statement

Education is a life-long journey, and I believe that everyone is a learner on this journey. As such, I am committed to ensuring that all learners at Riffa Views International School achieve excellence, reach their potential, make ethical choices, and become critical thinkers each and every day. 

It is for these reasons that I will work to instill a passion for learning in myself and those around me so that we, together, make a positive difference at our school and in our world. I will work to ensure students learn in a safe and motivating school environment where they participate in inquiry activities and real world experiences. I will support teachers in their use of highly effective instructional strategies that engage and inspire every student. I will work with parents to reinforce their messages of encouragement for their children to do their best in their studies each day. For us all, I will seek ways to forge strong relationships and foster open communication. And, I will seek avenues for us all to honor, learn about, and celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of Bahrain. 

In short, I commit to ensuring the best educational practices in an environment of cultural sensitivity, outstanding teaching, dynamic learning, and close bonds among all members of the community. With great enthusiasm, I look forward to making this journey with all who are part of the Riffa Views community. 

 Jo Garrahy  Elementary Principal Bahrain
Ms. Jo Garrahy
Elementary Principal
Personal Statement

I am delighted to be part of the RVIS community.

Quality teaching and learning are both my priority and my driver. I believe effective teaching and learning are achieved when all members of the school community, not just the students, continue to learn and to share their knowledge and skills with each other.

International schools such as RVIS are well positioned to teach the skills and dispositions that will serve our students both now and in the future. As an educational leader it is my hope that when the time comes for our students to leave RVIS, they do so with sound knowledge and skills, respect for diversity of opinion and culture, empathy for others and the confidence to be contributing members of society.

As a school we must continue to embrace opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. At RVIS we certainly have both the facilities and teaching expertise to do so. Recognizing opportunities, and fostering potential for students to develop across all domains - academic, creative, sporting and social are what we should strive for. Students do amazing things when they feel safe and secure and are willing to take risks knowing that their efforts are supported, nurtured and celebrated.

To be successful now and in the future, it will be essential we build on the excellent foundations that have been set in the early years of RVIS. I believe that by embracing the core values of the school, remaining true to our mission and striving for excellence in all that we do, we can ensure a bright future for all. 

Danielle Pinkerton
Ms. Danielle Pinkerton
Secondary School Principal
Personal Statement

I believe that an educational experience at RVIS should allow students to thrive intellectually, socially and culturally. In order for a student to reach his/her fullest potential, our job is to create an environment which celebrates risk-taking, inquisitiveness, and sharing of ideas. Students of all ages should be empowered to take control of their learning and self-advocate in times of adversity with respect and thoughtfulness. All students have the ability to learn, and it is our duty as educators to find that which motivates, key in, and move them forward so that they become valuable, knowledgeable contributors to a global society. 

 

The teachers have expectations to create a classroom which is diverse in delivery methods and pushes the envelope of critical thinking. Teachers are encouraged to facilitate lessons as students explore and discover the answers either individually or collaboratively. Content should come from multiple sources whether from texts, multimedia, or applicable real world settings. A strong emphasis on literacy and writing should be included across the curriculum in order to ensure that students are able to exhibit solid communication skills. Teachers should have a keen awareness of each unique individual in the classroom and develop rapport of respect and a healthy community of learners. Learning is fun and that should emanate from any great teacher.

 

In any leadership setting it is my goal to create an environment where mutual understandings are developed and all parties have a vested responsibility to reevaluate, reflect, and continue to strive for excellence no matter the challenges. A strong work ethic cannot be denied, but good humor and an ease of nature go a long way in promoting a workplace where people want to be

Jessica Davis  Curriculum Coordinator Bahrain
Ms. Jessica Davis
Curriculum Coordinator
Personal Statement

I believe children learn through experiences. Given the skills to solve problems, students become self-directed learners and are more engaged and empowered in their own education. Students that are taught these problem solving skills can learn to curiously analyze and evaluate challenges they encounter both in the classroom and in life. When the students feel safe, protected and culturally valued, they can fully explore their curiosity in their environment.

My role as the curriculum coordinator is to support the RVIS teachers in creating a culture that focuses on student outcomes and results. A culture where Professional Learning Communities analyze data for informed decision-making and celebrate achievements. I am excited to bring my experiences and ideas to RVIS, lead teachers through our professional learning and support school-wide professional development.

As a member of the team at RVIS I will promote a culture of international mindedness. A school in an international setting has the opportunity to teach and support diversity in education because of the unique situation of being a culture within a culture. Our school’s philosophy states the importance of teaching multicultural awareness, international mindedness and helping all students, from both the dominant and non-dominant cultures, become global citizens. As educators we have the privilege to help students develop their individual stories, as well as link their stories to the lives of others to build a community of learners for today and the future. 

Airam Neesa
Ms. Airam Neesa
Business Manager
Personal Statement

I joined the fantastic team at Riffa Views International School in April 2016, bringing with me a wealth of knowledge to confidently manage the Financial and Facilities function of the school.

My role as the Business Manager is to offer a pillar of support to the RVIS teachers and co-ordinators, whilst maintaining strong relations with our external partners, whom allow us to equip our school with the best facilities available to ensure a better experience for our valued students.

Having graduated from The University of Huddersfield with a degree in Accountancy and Finance, I have spent the past 10 years working in various educational environments; from preparing young pre-schoolers for the transition to full time education through to supporting mature students in their aim to find work. My experiences allow me to work proactively and make informed decisions to ensure RVIS is performing to the exceptional standard expected from our students, parents and board.

I feel immensely proud to serve Riffa Views International School, where commitment to our communities, passion for cultural learning and support for each and every individual in RVIS form the core values. I look forward to building a stronger relationship with you all.

Mr. Ken Davis
Mr. Ken Davis
Admissions/Marketing Coordinator
Personal Statement

A key component to meaningful education is creating a sense of belonging and significance with all members of the community. Through student-centered decision making and collaboration, our community will not only be an effective learning environment for students but for parents and teachers as well. Whether it be a parent teaching about the world economy, or a student describing the benefits of game-based learning, a community that focuses on learning, creates a rich environment where all members have a chance to grow. 

 

As learners, we learn best when we feel encouraged. As a school, our purpose is to create an environment where everyone is a teacher, mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities, and where members actively engage in making the greater community a better place. This not only makes everyone feel they are part of something greater, it also helps them feel like they are contributing members to the school community. 

 

Lastly, a support system within the school to meet the community’s needs is essential. This means that each of our students have the necessary resources to reach his/her full potential, faculty and staff have opportunities to grow as individuals and professionals, and parents have access to support and resources in times of need. 

 

I am excited to be a part of RVIS, and look forward to supporting the community in its continuing growth. 

Ms. Belgues Al Harazy
Ms. Belgues Al Harazy
Nursery Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

I believe my role as a teacher is to guide students to become independent life-long learners, who enjoy learning and pursue knowledge beyond the walls of a classroom. In my classroom, children are encouraged to develop their own originality, be creative, and to build confidence in all they do. I aim to help learners become self-motivated; learning to take risks and make their own choices. As an educator, I use developmentally appropriate best practices that allow students to explore a variety of ideas and concepts that challenge and diversify their thinking. I base learning experiences in the classroom on students' everyday lives to make learning more meaningful and relevant to them. Children are given opportunities to work alone and with others in order to encourage problem-solving and team working skills on an individual and collective front. Every student is unique in their own development; I strive to reach each student through her/his individual learning style. I also believe in addressing the whole child, helping them develop in all areas, not just academically, but emotionally, socially, physically and morally. I look forward to continuing my career as an educator at Riffa Views International School.

Ms. Suzy Verhaar
Ms. Suzy Verhaar
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Personal Statement

I feel extremely privileged to join the wonderful teaching staff at RVIS. Having taught in both special needs and mainstream schools here in Bahrain, I feel I am able to implement facets of both approaches in my classroom. Children learn best when they are nurtured in a caring and creative environment. I combine hands on, sensory-based lessons ,which spark children’s curiosity and encourage learning through play, in a language rich learning environment. I believe following a standards based curriculum enables me to focus on enriching each child’s learning journey individually. I believe the partnership between family and school plays a key role in helping to guide children during their learning journey, so I encourage frequent communication with parents throughout the school year. I enjoy watching each and every child reach their full learning potential, whatever their strengths may be. I hope to instill a sense of confidence, curiosity and empathy in all the children I am lucky enough to teach, and the intimate learning environment at RVIS definitely encourages this.

Ms. Meg Hutchinson
Ms. Meg Hutchinson
Kindergarten Teacher
Personal Statement

Learning to me means fun. Investigating, exploring, questioning, making mistakes and being brave enough to laugh at them. Education is so much about the journey as well as the outcome, and as adults we so often forget this in life. Children have the unique ability and innocence to see the world through extraordinary eyes, and in my classroom I aim to preserve this, all the while encouraging children to broaden their horizons and views of the world through their learning experiences. Children need to be taught to respect themselves as well as the different people and cultures that surround them. It is so important at these influential early stages of education to inspire children to do good, for both the environment in which they live and the people and animals which surround them. As Desmond Tutu said “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world". They need to have manners instilled at an early age, in order for them to become children of the world who can easily communicate with others and make an impact. A huge part of my teaching style involves creativity, and making lessons into exciting journeys on which we depart sometimes skeptical, and return with our hair windswept, wearing a smile that shows the wonder of our new found knowledge. It is important for children to take risks, explore and enjoy accepting responsibility. The relationship in a classroom is much like a family, and should be treated with mutual respect, understanding and admiration. This is also true of the relationship between teacher and parent, and I believe that communication is the key to ensuring a happy child at school and home. I look forward to joining the RVIS family next year! 

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Tilly Hutchinson
Kindergarten Teacher
Personal Statement

I am delighted to be returning to the RVIS family! I am an example of an ongoing learner as I changed my career as a nurse and became a teacher a few years ago, and was privileged enough to do my practicum amongst some very inspiring professionals at RVIS. What I know is this – I love children and am passionate about education and having a positive impact on their learning journeys. My aspiration is to be an integral part of their whole learning experience. It is important that the personal growth in the classroom is not only about academics, but also ensures the development of their creativity, humor, compassion, and active decision-making. I look forward to building a positive and collaborative relationship with the parents of my class, and a safe and welcoming classroom for the children. 

Teachers in Bahrain
Ms. Sharmeen Moosa
Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

I am delighted to join Riffa Views International School as a First Grade teacher. Education is a life-long journey; therefore I am continually developing myself as a teaching practitioner and so look forward to working alongside a truly dedicated team, who really want to make a difference in education. Last year I was the Librarian at RVIS, and this year marks the beginning of a new journey for me as an Elementary classroom teacher.

Over the last 12 years I have worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language, to children of various ages’ as well as adults, across Bahrain and Sri Lanka. I have a Masters in Teaching English to Young Learners and have recently completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Through this journey I have come to realise my area of expertise to be particularly synchronised with the needs of elementary school students.

Being a mother of two girls, aged 4 1/2 and 6 1/2, I absolutely love this age group. First grade is truly special, as it is a time when reading and writing develop leaps and bounds, so this year will be very exciting! I believe that reading is the key to life. Books are magic, as they have the ability to transport one to places without having to go there. I strongly believe that reading is one of the most rewarding skills a child can learn. It becomes the base for all of their learning and it lays a foundation for future knowledge, lifelong readers, and hopefully lifelong learners.

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Erin Carney
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

Margaret Mead stated: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Since University, I have lived by these words and have made them into a pillar of my educational philosophy to enable students to become committed citizens. As an educator, my goal is to have students appreciate, question, and be informed about the world around them. I achieve this by challenging students academically and encouraging them to find their own answers and solutions within a safe and supporting learning environment. Doing this, I enable students to appreciate the world around them and empower them to be committed citizens in their community. I am originally from Northern Wisconsin, but I have taught internationally for eight years in Japan, the Philippines, and Cote d’Ivoire.

Best Faculty in Bahrain
Mr. Mike Morrison
Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

I believe education is essentially about connection – Connection between the teacher and student, connection between the student and curriculum, and connection between the students themselves. I love teaching for the opportunity I get to connect with children and guide them in their growth and learning. My goal as a teacher is to create the conditions for deep learning and understanding to take place in my students. Community building is a large part of my teaching philosophy, as is a whole-child educational approach. I strive to make school engaging for students and to create fun, hands-on learning experiences. I believe that the classroom environment needs to be safe for risk-taking and supportive of each student to be his or herself.

I come to RVIS from the San Francisco area, where I've taught in grades Kindergarten, 1st and 4th. I enjoy integrating nature, mindfulness and community-building activities into my teaching. Outside of school I enjoy hiking, gardening, photography, following sports, watching movies and reading. I am excited to be joining RVIS and look forward to the year ahead!

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Maci Nazzarini
Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

To be a teacher is to have the privilege to guide students as they learn and grow. I always strive to create a safe, welcoming environment where my students can make mistakes, explore, and reach their potential. A classroom community succeeds when the students feel empowered to learn from and teach each other. At RVIS, I cannot wait to embark on a new journey where my students and I can view learning as a series of fun, challenging projects that benefit us as individuals and help us contribute to a better world.

When children are faced with academic challenges that prove to be authentic and relevant, their interest and care will drive their ambition to excel in and out of school. Overall, my responsibility as an educator is to show my students that anything is possible because, time and time again, life shows me that opportunities are limitless and this world is meant to be loved, respected, and explored with eyes open wide.

Best Faculty in Bahrain
Mr. Luke Meinen
Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

I am extremely excited to join the RVIS team next year! Over the past five years, I have enjoyed working abroad in both South Korea and Egypt. My family and I are very excited to take the next step in our journey in Bahrain!

Excitement is a word that really defines education for me. I am a firm believer that in order to truly learn something, you need to be actively engaged and EXCITED about it. Denis Waitley was quoted as saying, "Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it and see it from a mile away." Students see and thrive on excitement in the classroom. They look for it everywhere. In an elementary classroom, this is so important! As students become excited to learn, they start to truly take their leaning into their own hands. Students who take control of their learning are then in the "driver's seat" to becoming lifelong learners. My goal as an educator is to create an exciting 21st century classroom environment with high expectations for my students to help them rise to their fullest potential. I also put a large focus on students taking responsibility for themselves and their work. I believe this helps create learners who have an intrinsic value to learn. The teacher then becomes a guide on a path where students drive the learning and the teacher facilitates it.

Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Amy O'Meara
Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

As an educator, my role is to guide. I believe in providing my students access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. No matter the content area, I believe that a student's search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to learn, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and to practice skills in authentic situations. By providing my students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied, I create an opportunity for individual discovery and learning. Essentially, I believe in fostering an environment that creates independent thinkers.

It is my desire to help students fulfill their academic, social and emotional potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas and at the same time focuses on collaboration, critical thinking, in an information rich technological environment. From my perspective, in a successful classroom, the teacher acts as a facilitator and allows the child's natural curiosity to direct his or her learning.
 

Alicia Butler
Ms. Alicia Butler
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

I see primary education as the most important aspect of the learner's experience. It layers the fundamental foundations for developing the child's inquiring mind, ethics and social skills. To me, teaching is a most rewarding vocation and profession that is charged with the responsibility of empowering the next generation to continuously learn, grow and transform themselves and their society.

I believe schools are collaborative learning environments where students, parents, educators and the larger community benefit from working together. Co-evolving and co- learning are essential to the advancement of the social science that is education.

For the past fifteen years I have been fortunate to have taught in international schools in Pakistan, Thailand and Japan. I am now eager to be part of the school community at Riffa Views Bahrain.

 

Ms. Gaynor Myers
Ms. Gaynor Myers
Pre-Kindergarter Teacher
Personal Statement

Singing, dancing, acting, talking, discovering, playing and interacting all while learning is the best way for children in the early years to learn. These are the cornerstone years of a child's life and as such are the most important time to create a strong and solid foundation. It is my desire to ensure that children do not simply learn to live in this global world but live to learn. Learn to be critical thinkers, responsible and caring citizens, and problem solvers to be movers, shakers and leaders of their time. As such, I aim to equip each child with the tools that best fits him/her which I achieve through differentiating. I learn about each child as an individual and a person thus understanding how to spark his/her curiosity for a lifetime of learning.

 

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”  - Clay P. Bedford

Jonathan Fields
Mr. Jonathan Fields
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

I am excited to be joining the Riffa Views International School Team and to have a daughter enrolled in the school as well. 

 

I have taught the last 13 years in New York City, Quito, Ecuador, and Ithaca, NY in different grade levels, but mainly upper elementary.  I really enjoy teaching and working with students.  As a teacher, I try to establish a structured and nurturing environment with clear expectations, classroom norms, and learning standards.  I believe it is important to engage students in their learning and make them involved in the learning process.  It is imperative for students to learn problem solving skills, work together, and reflect on their work.  I enjoy collaborating with colleagues, parents, and students to help student learning and to further my learning as a teacher.  I try to be flexible in my teaching with the understanding that students learn in different ways through different processes.

 

My goal this year is a fun, learning atmosphere in the classroom in which all students continue to grow in their education through collaboration, hard work, goal setting, and reflection on their work.  

Juli Loveridge
Ms. Juli Loveridge
Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

I am so excited to begin working at RVIS. For the last two years I have been working in Cairo and prior to that I was working in Kuwait. I thoroughly enjoy working in the international school setting and love living and working in the Middle East.

 

I believe all children should receive and have access to a safe learning environment where they are able to grow. I create an environment where students can collaborate and learn from their peers and continue to develop their social, emotional and academic skills. In the international school setting students come from all different walks of life. I try create lessons that are culturally relevant to the students where they can make personal connections to the lessons. Incorporating the students strengths in lessons can help them better master the standards and all the while reinforcing the methods that are most successful for their learning style.

 

As for me, teaching presents a opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my goals as an educator is to instill a love of positive inquiry in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.  My greatest goal is to help shape young people of the world to be aware of the constant need for compassionate, spirited, and dedicated individuals. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I will continually strive to be the best educator that I can be.

Mia Vitullo
Ms. Mia Vitullo
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement

My passion for multiculturalism and diversity brought me to RVIS. I strive to inspire my students by modeling positivity, enthusiasm, and curiosity. As a life-long learner myself, I know that learning should be fun and full of inquiry and investigating. I have high standards for my students because with patience, the right amount of support and encouragement, every student can be successful. I love the challenge and excitement of being a teacher. 

 

I believe that learning is constructed by students, so hands-on learning is a big part of my classroom. It is also important for students to work cooperatively to develop social skills and academic language. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and my master’s degree in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and am an English language specialist. This means that I am skilled at teaching classroom content and developing English language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), which is important for native and non-native English speakers.

 

I have taught elementary school in a few countries, including: the United States, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and I am excited to join RVIS. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.

Ms. Shannon Greer
Ms. Shannon Greer
MS Humanities Teacher
Personal Statement

Who we want to be and the impact we want to make on the world begins today. With this in mind, each day is a chance to build upon our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and challenge what we think we cannot do. As an educator, my most important task is to set high goals for students and help them achieve what they didn’t think was possible. Ultimately, my goal is to teach students how to set and work towards their own short and long-term goals. Learning to build upon our strengths and grow from our weakness and mistakes together, takes a classroom of trust, understanding, and acceptance. Together we will foster a classroom where students feel safe to make mistakes, ask others for help and support, and cheer each other on. 

Through writing and artifacts of the past, we have learned about people and the struggles they have overcome and the impact they made on the world. Within every community that ever existed, change was evident. In our time together, students will discover how change is inevitable and change causes change. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” In order to impact the world, we must first be brave enough to change ourselves. I am excited to discover how my students and the people I meet in Bahrain and at Riffa Views will change my life. 

Ms. Danelle Kneyse
Ms. Danelle Kneyse
MS Math/Science Teacher
Personal Statement

Education is a lifelong journey, and in this ever changing world students need the right skills to thrive and survive. In my classroom students are provided with numerous opportunities to grow and mature as collaborators, communicators, critical thinkers, independent workers, and global citizens. They will experience an infectious enthusiasm for learning which involves hands-on inquiries, and real world situations. Since we come from different backgrounds, we can learn from each other, so students will experience the role as a “teacher” as well as a “learner”. 

Parents play an important role in their student’s learning too. Learning may begin at school but it needs to be nurtured, encouraged and continued at home. I make it a priority to inform parents of the student’s ongoing progress at school so communication between the parents and teacher is vital. I want my students’ parents to feel comfortable with me and know that their comments, questions and concerns are welcomed and taken into consideration. I am in the business of molding minds for the future. I love what I do and have fun doing it! 

RVIS
Dr. Jennifer LeBlanc
MS Science Teacher
Personal Statement

My passion for collaboration, innovation, and multicultural science education has driven my philosophy and journey in the world of education over the past 9 years. I started teaching middle school science in 2007 and I realized students’ curiosity is the most precious motivational tool we have. Through exploratory science, students are given the chance to truly embrace their curiosity about how the world works. Learning through inquiry empowers students to raise questions, conduct research, and make their own evidence-based decisions. I believe, for a just society, students must have the freedom to make evidenced-based decisions within their community. I also believe that teachers must model the type of learning they expect to see in the classroom. Because of this steadfast belief, I too raise questions and conduct research in order to make the best evidence-based decisions for how to teach science. 

My students have, and always will, see me questioning, reflecting, and revising. I have learned, through six years of research in urban/multicultural science education (as well as 5 years teaching middle school), that the How People Learn Framework (Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 2001) laid the foundation for the Next Generation of Science Standards. Knowing this, combined with techniques based in culturally responsive teaching and critical pedagogy, I strive to orchestrate a classroom environment that is student-centered with balanced scaffolding. By utilizing technology for feedback/research, providing time for meta-cognition, and creating activities that encourage transfer, students learn to make connections outside of the classroom. Overall, my goal is not to make every learner into a career scientist, but rather help every learner feel empowered to impact their community through the process of inquiry and to guide all learners to see the critical connection science has to our everyday lives. 

Patrick Durkin
Patrick Durkin
MS Math Teacher
Personal Statement

Hi, my name is Patrick and how I became a teacher is too long a story for now – involving 3 countries, the comedy show ‘Cheers’, a new university campus opening, grants, and, most of all, a dog. Since then, 12 years ago, I have found that I truly enjoy helping the younger grades introduce themselves to mathematics and science and learn the thinking skills they will need to be successful in these subjects and life. 

I decided to become a specialist in teaching grade 6 because it is such an important year for the students. They are in specialist classes for the first time and have to get used to a range of different teachers and different classrooms. The students are full of excitement and nervousness – so it is a great time to try and captivate them and let them see the wonder of mathematics and science. 

As for my classroom, there is a lot of laughter and the students look forward to coming to it and they want to learn. Can’t ask for more than that I guess. We take lots of examples from the world and the students are encouraged to find their own problems in the world that can be solved using the knowledge they are gaining. 

I am looking forward to working at Riffa Views, and especially getting the students out in that wonderful garden and measuring, calculating, predicting, modelling and justifying using their new found skills! 

Dr. Bicker
Dr. Gary Bicker
MS Humanities
Personal Statement

I believe students learn best when they are having fun, so I work hard to make my classroom an enjoyable learning environment. As a result I believe students come to class with a passion for social studies, and an eagerness to learn. I am also a strong believer in the use of technology in the classroom. I therefore aim to integrate technology wherever possible, as I believe an interactive classroom is an engaging one. Furthermore, I believe this use of technology helps students to be better prepared for both college and the workplace, in a continuously globalizing world.

If you were to spend time in my classroom, it would become immediately apparent that I am a great believer in learning though self-enquiry. Accordingly, my teaching style is dominated by student-centered learning, where I guide and facilitate, rather than lecture. I think this approach to learning is even more relevant in a world of smartphones and connected classrooms, where students can research at the tap of a button.



Finally, I understand that I also play an important role in helping to develop students as honorable citizens. I do this by modeling positive behavior, while encouraging students to give back to their community. I hope the students in my classes will develop a passion for helping those who are less fortunate, both in their own communities, and globally. This applies not only to people in desperate situations, but to animals too! 

I am honored to be a member of the RVIS community. 

Callie Bushmiller
Ms. Callie Bushmiller
HS Science Teacher
Personal Statement

Learning is an adventure. It involves asking questions, testing boundaries, trusting, venturing into the unknown, risking failure. Recognizing the uniqueness of everyone’s journey is a vital part of education. 

As a teacher, I am the tour guide for students as they make their way on their adventure. It is my responsibility to create an environment where every student is accepted, respected, and valued. Each student’s unique talents and abilities are recognized and each is challenged to stretch beyond what they think is possible. Taking risks and making mistakes are encouraged. That’s where the fun is and that’s where learning happens. Learning becomes a shared journey as we develop understanding together as a community. 

I am excited to be part of the RVIS staff and look forward to the adventures to come. 

Ms. Angela Robinette
Ms. Angela Robinette
HS English Teacher
Personal Statement

It is important that high school students have a voice and can effectively communicate with a myriad of diverse people in our interconnected world. When I enter a classroom for the first time, I don’t ask my students what they want to be when they grow up. I ask them what problems they want to solve; I ask them what they want to learn more about; I ask them what they would change if they had the power to do so. Children have curious minds, and in my classroom I cultivate an environment of curiosity and inquiry, self expression and creativity. Their visions can, indeed, be fulfilled through critical thinking, engaged reading, academic writing, and intellectual dialogue. 

When students learn something new, direct instruction is necessary, but my philosophy is that adolescents acquire the most knowledge when they have vested ownership in their work. I place an emphasis on student-centered learning through literary circles, peer editing, Socratic seminars, and international peer relationships. Sharing work, debating, and collaborative dialogue among peers promotes meaningful learning experiences that mold students into independent thinkers with a voice. 

Ms. Margaret Wang
Ms. Margaret Wang
HS Social Studies Teacher
Personal Statement

My philosophy of education revolves around constant development for both my students and myself-- to join my students in becoming self-regulated learners so that they will continue to learn throughout their life beyond my classroom, and so that I will continue to learn to be the best educator I can possibly be. 

As partners in this journey, I believe in a symbiotic relationship: students and teachers work together to constantly improve by providing feedback. In one avenue, I believe in giving immediate and full feedback. At the same time, it is a two-way street: in the very folders where I provided feedback for their written work and participation in class, I accept feedback. Without my students, I could never have been the teacher I am today. But just like my students, I still have a lot to learn. 

I also believe in culturally transformative pedagogy and empathy-- to redefine "mainstream" culture in order to provide a safe environment for all students while maintaining cultural pluralism and equality. The diverse student and faculty population at RVIS provides a wonderful opportunity for multiple perspectives to shape learning. 

Lastly, I believe in prompting curiosity. Curiosity is the most powerful instigator for learning. Stay curious, and you will never stop learning! 

James Bushmiller
Mr. James Bushmiller
IB Coordinator/HS Math Teacher
Personal Statement

I am excited to join the Riffa Views International School community. I bring more than 25 years of Mathematics teaching and commitment to students to share at RVIS. As an IB and AP trained Mathematics instructor, I am ready to prepare and challenge the students of RVIS to meet the requirements to be successful at university and in today's changing and technological world. 

I want to foster a culture of curiosity and challenge in my classroom, I encourage my students to take risks, ask questions, find and express new ways of thinking and solving problems, and believe it is "OK" to make mistakes as long as we learn from them. I believe students learn best by "doing" rather than watching others and that they learn at their own pace. Mathematics is not a spectator activity and it takes practice to improve. 

Communication and building relationships are vital to the learning process. All invested parties need to understand the goals and outcomes of the class, which is accomplished thru open communication. The student-teacher relationship is critical to foster the culture of curiosity, challenge, and learning from mistakes that encourages thinking and problem solving. Success in education is instilling the desire to learn and the process of learning that gives students the skills needed to thrive throughout their lifetime. 

Dhara Levers
Ms. Dhara Levers
HS Biology Teacher
Personal Statement

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”   - Leo Buscaglia

 

I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of Riffa Views International School as a member of the Science Department. I truly believe that my job as a teacher is to guide my students through their evolution into young men and women who are able to go out into the world and be productive citizens. Science offers an amazing lens through which we can examine how we respond when challenged, how we create balance, how we distinguish between anomalies and paradigm shifts and most importantly how every voice has the ability to bring about change. Every student is different.  As a teacher, it is my job to create a safe space where each student is able to demonstrate his or her growth. The focus will always be on the process as we take on challenges together. Our classroom will be one where opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged and apparent failures lead to learning opportunities. I am excited to meet everyone and begin this new adventure. 

Karen Maloney
Ms. Karen Maloney
HS English Teacher
Personal Statement

I am very excited about joining the Riffa Views community and the teaching and learning journey that lies ahead.  My lessons are largely a collaborative learning experience, where I aim to inspire students with my own brand of enthusiasm, humour and creativity.  I am passionate about language and all its variations, so experimentation and enquiry play an important role in my lessons.

 

Students are unique individuals, they come in all shapes and sizes with varying levels of ability, learning styles and experience, which in itself is a valuable resource.  In order to include everyone and help them to achieve their potential, a variety of tasks and experiences are required to address each learning style and level of ability.  Every contribution from every student should be valued, but for this to happen we need to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, wherein students feel safe and secure enough to take risks and get things wrong.  Teaching is about much more than imparting knowledge to students.  It is about caring for the whole person and preparing them to be well-rounded citizens who will make a positive contribution to an increasingly global society.  I feel privileged as an educator to be in a position where I may have some influence on our future generations. 

Mohamed Shamry
Mr. Mohamed Shamry
HS Chemistry Teacher
Personal Statement

I have a strong background in my disciplines and extensive experience in teaching them in the United States as well as internationally. I use a guided inquiry-based learning approach in all my classes. According to How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom; 2005 from the National Research Council, teaching by telling does not work - especially for science -for most students. As part of an interactive community, students are more likely to be successful. Gaining knowledge is personal; students enjoy themselves more and develop greater ownership over their learning when they are given an opportunity to construct their own understanding. Using the inquiry-based approach has shown a significant growth in my students’ understanding of the chemistry concepts based on the SAT and AP scores.  I am thrilled to join Riffa Views International School where I can combine the best practices in education with my extensive background in chemistry and biology. It is my goal to promote the best intellectual, technological, and ethical learning experiences for my students and to guide them to become effective contributors to the global society. As my own children will be new students at RVIS, I am focused on promoting a wholesome and productive learning experience.

Sandor Lukacs
Mr. Sandor Lukacs
HS Math Teacher
Personal Statement

Hello, my name is Sandor, I was born and raised in Hungary. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, starting in my home country and later internationally at IB schools in England and Germany.

 

My aim is to create unity through diversity in my classes. We learn together as a team where the importance of the individual is emphasised. Every one of us has certain skills and unique ideas, and I concentrate on these.  Some students find Maths a difficult subject. However, I believe that achieving great results mainly come from positive attitude and effort, not necessarily from talent. Led by this thought I am keen to strengthen the self-confidence of my students.  ‘Focus on what you are good at and be inspired by what you have already learnt! The rest will follow, just be persistent and do not give up. If you are determined to learn and improve, I will do my best to help you to reach your desired goals.’ This is what I tell to my students all the time and I am incredibly proud of their success.

 

The mutual care and respect what we build together, not only during the lessons but outside of the classroom, give me strength and motivation to carry on in my profession for many years. I am looking forward to our journey together here at RVIS, too.

Stephanie Hawkins
Ms. Stephanie Hawkins
HS Social Studies Teacher
Personal Statement

As a teacher, I ultimately endeavour to encourage and inspire students to be curious and have a lifelong love of learning; to realise that each day represents an opportunity to strive to be better. I live and breathe History. Therefore, I am an unabashed enthusiast in the classroom, as I seek to take students into the fascinating foreign world of the past, but also to motivate them to set, pursue and explore their own enquiry questions. The meteoric development of technology in the last fifty years has led to vast amounts of information and opinion being only a click away. I believe it is vital to educate young people that learning is an enthralling process of self-discovery which can be fun, however it is not always easy with a ‘quick fix’ available. Therefore I believe it is important to promote resilience by providing skills on how to research, analyse and evaluate information, whether that is online or in a library, so students can form arguments they can substantiate with evidence. As a result, students should feel they can embrace challenging tasks with confidence and that they are able to navigate this developing world of knowledge effectively.

 

Building a positive relationship with students which is founded on mutual respect is fundamental. I want my students to meet the highest standards but to also feel they are supported and that they can approach me for guidance. The classroom is an environment which must value each and every voice. Extra-curricular activities are fantastic opportunities for students and teachers alike to see each other in a different light. I want to show commitment not simply to students’ academic performance but to their personal development as a whole. Becoming an international teacher is such an exciting prospect and I am thrilled to be joining Riffa Views International School as a History Teacher.

MS Humanities Teacher
Mr. William Yung
MS Humanities Teacher
Personal Statement

We all learn because we need to. Learning is a universal aspect of the human experience, where we are continually adapting and changing after each interaction with our environment. When we face authentic problems with real stakeholders, we grow in our capacity, our knowledge base, and ability to empathize. John Dewey explains that we learn best by doing. As such, my role is to walk alongside and introduce learners to society’s ever-increasingly complex series of challenges; together, we will discover and implement solutions.

 

In humanities, we will consider literature, or expressions of mankind’s condition, as mentor text. These will enable us to learn to communicate ourselves, while the classroom will provide a safe, respectful and genuine environment to grow in.  In this rapidly changing digital topography, ideas, audiences and demographics have dramatically diversified, and teachers should acknowledge that shift.  Students in my class will learn how to leverage technology as a purposeful tool, critically analyze information, and persuasively communicate.  

Jonathan Fields
Mr. Jonathan Fields
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
1

I am excited to be joining the Riffa Views International School Team and to have a daughter enrolled in the school as well. 

 

I have taught the last 13 years in New York City, Quito, Ecuador, and Ithaca, NY in different grade levels, but mainly upper elementary.  I really enjoy teaching and working with students.  As a teacher, I try to establish a structured and nurturing environment with clear expectations, classroom norms, and learning standards.  I believe it is important to engage students in their learning and make them involved in the learning process.  It is imperative for students to learn problem solving skills, work together, and reflect on their work.  I enjoy collaborating with colleagues, parents, and students to help student learning and to further my learning as a teacher.  I try to be flexible in my teaching with the understanding that students learn in different ways through different processes.

 

My goal this year is a fun, learning atmosphere in the classroom in which all students continue to grow in their education through collaboration, hard work, goal setting, and reflection on their work.  

Juli Loveridge
Ms. Juli Loveridge
Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
1

I am so excited to begin working at RVIS. For the last two years I have been working in Cairo and prior to that I was working in Kuwait. I thoroughly enjoy working in the international school setting and love living and working in the Middle East.

 

I believe all children should receive and have access to a safe learning environment where they are able to grow. I create an environment where students can collaborate and learn from their peers and continue to develop their social, emotional and academic skills. In the international school setting students come from all different walks of life. I try create lessons that are culturally relevant to the students where they can make personal connections to the lessons. Incorporating the students strengths in lessons can help them better master the standards and all the while reinforcing the methods that are most successful for their learning style.

 

As for me, teaching presents a opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my goals as an educator is to instill a love of positive inquiry in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.  My greatest goal is to help shape young people of the world to be aware of the constant need for compassionate, spirited, and dedicated individuals. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I will continually strive to be the best educator that I can be.

Karen Maloney
Ms. Karen Maloney
HS English Teacher
1

I am very excited about joining the Riffa Views community and the teaching and learning journey that lies ahead.  My lessons are largely a collaborative learning experience, where I aim to inspire students with my own brand of enthusiasm, humour and creativity.  I am passionate about language and all its variations, so experimentation and enquiry play an important role in my lessons.

 

Students are unique individuals, they come in all shapes and sizes with varying levels of ability, learning styles and experience, which in itself is a valuable resource.  In order to include everyone and help them to achieve their potential, a variety of tasks and experiences are required to address each learning style and level of ability.  Every contribution from every student should be valued, but for this to happen we need to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, wherein students feel safe and secure enough to take risks and get things wrong.  Teaching is about much more than imparting knowledge to students.  It is about caring for the whole person and preparing them to be well-rounded citizens who will make a positive contribution to an increasingly global society.  I feel privileged as an educator to be in a position where I may have some influence on our future generations. 

Maria Yung
Ms. Maria Yung
Secondary Art Teacher
1

Every student can be an artist and discover their own medium, balance and original aesthetic expression. My vision is to help all students learn and appreciate the visual arts. As an art educator, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my own subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. I am a firm believer in a constructivist approach to education that places emphasis on students building their own understandings of the world through first-hand experiences, and reflecting on those experiences in light of what they already know and believe. In my classes, I strive to expose students all areas of art such as drawing with various media, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and time-based media. Art is vital in the development of fine and gross motor control, creative problem solving skills, as well as concrete and abstract thought processes.  More importantly, art is an expressive means of communication that impacts and shapes our perceptions of the world around us and what is possible. 

Megan Curtino
Ms. Megan Curtino
ES Learning Support
1

“All students can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way” – George Evans

 

My teaching philosophy consists of addressing the needs of the whole child- in and out of the classroom. This is necessary to produce individuals who are competent, caring and able to make sound choices within society. As an educator it is my duty to follow the premise that all children can learn. With this in mind, I feel that as a teacher, students should be challenged to reach their maximum potential. This is done by raising the bar for academic learning. I also believe that if you have high expectations for students, they will be eager to rise to the challenge of learning academically. I think that my role as a teacher, also consists of creating a climate of mutual respect between the teacher and the student. I feel that students are more likely to perform for the teacher if they feel like valued members of the classroom. This method of respect was used by one of my former teachers. I feel that it was because of this display of respect, which led me to pursue a career in education.

Mia Vitullo
Ms. Mia Vitullo
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
1

My passion for multiculturalism and diversity brought me to RVIS. I strive to inspire my students by modeling positivity, enthusiasm, and curiosity. As a life-long learner myself, I know that learning should be fun and full of inquiry and investigating. I have high standards for my students because with patience, the right amount of support and encouragement, every student can be successful. I love the challenge and excitement of being a teacher. 

 

I believe that learning is constructed by students, so hands-on learning is a big part of my classroom. It is also important for students to work cooperatively to develop social skills and academic language. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and my master’s degree in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and am an English language specialist. This means that I am skilled at teaching classroom content and developing English language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), which is important for native and non-native English speakers.

 

I have taught elementary school in a few countries, including: the United States, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and I am excited to join RVIS. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.

Mohamed Shamry
Mr. Mohamed Shamry
HS Chemistry Teacher
1

I have a strong background in my disciplines and extensive experience in teaching them in the United States as well as internationally. I use a guided inquiry-based learning approach in all my classes. According to How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom; 2005 from the National Research Council, teaching by telling does not work - especially for science -for most students. As part of an interactive community, students are more likely to be successful. Gaining knowledge is personal; students enjoy themselves more and develop greater ownership over their learning when they are given an opportunity to construct their own understanding. Using the inquiry-based approach has shown a significant growth in my students’ understanding of the chemistry concepts based on the SAT and AP scores.  I am thrilled to join Riffa Views International School where I can combine the best practices in education with my extensive background in chemistry and biology. It is my goal to promote the best intellectual, technological, and ethical learning experiences for my students and to guide them to become effective contributors to the global society. As my own children will be new students at RVIS, I am focused on promoting a wholesome and productive learning experience.

Alicia Butler
Ms. Alicia Butler
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
1

I see primary education as the most important aspect of the learner's experience. It layers the fundamental foundations for developing the child's inquiring mind, ethics and social skills. To me, teaching is a most rewarding vocation and profession that is charged with the responsibility of empowering the next generation to continuously learn, grow and transform themselves and their society.

I believe schools are collaborative learning environments where students, parents, educators and the larger community benefit from working together. Co-evolving and co- learning are essential to the advancement of the social science that is education.

For the past fifteen years I have been fortunate to have taught in international schools in Pakistan, Thailand and Japan. I am now eager to be part of the school community at Riffa Views Bahrain.

 

Saed Talafha
Mr. Saed Talafha
Arabic Teacher
1

I believe that education is a message that must be delivered to learners in the easiest way possible to make it clear, so, I always look for new strategies that are commensurate with student’s individual abilities, and I always have to change the ways I communicate with my students for better learning opportunities. I also believe that the teacher must have the educational aspect in dealing with students and that the best ways to connect with students is by respecting their thinking and encouraging them to learn Arabic.


I always aim to instill love of the Arabic language in the hearts of my students because I believe that if the student likes a creative topic, it comes through the engagement of the student in the educational process and through classroom activities.


I also aim to teach the students the language that he/she can employ in his /her practical life by simplifying the rules of the Arabic language and using them in their writings. It is always wise to build in my students the mentality of the critic and problem solving for lifelong learning.

zarea Dzinic
Ms. Azarea Dzinic
Secondary Drama Teacher
1

Hello Everyone! My name is Azarea Dzinic, I am originally from Australia and I graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Art and Design from the University of South Australia and later gained my Master of Education from Framingham State University, Massachusetts. I have been teaching internationally for the past fifteen years, focusing my career and passion towards teaching performing and visual arts. I have taught in Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Egypt. My goals for my classes are to instill a life long passion of the arts, with an understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the performing arts through dramatic performances designed to facilitate these objectives. To foster a creative environment where new and challenging work can thrive and flourish. I am excited about being part of the Riffa Views community!

Sandor Lukacs
Mr. Sandor Lukacs
HS Math Teacher
1

Hello, my name is Sandor, I was born and raised in Hungary. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, starting in my home country and later internationally at IB schools in England and Germany.

 

My aim is to create unity through diversity in my classes. We learn together as a team where the importance of the individual is emphasised. Every one of us has certain skills and unique ideas, and I concentrate on these.  Some students find Maths a difficult subject. However, I believe that achieving great results mainly come from positive attitude and effort, not necessarily from talent. Led by this thought I am keen to strengthen the self-confidence of my students.  ‘Focus on what you are good at and be inspired by what you have already learnt! The rest will follow, just be persistent and do not give up. If you are determined to learn and improve, I will do my best to help you to reach your desired goals.’ This is what I tell to my students all the time and I am incredibly proud of their success.

 

The mutual care and respect what we build together, not only during the lessons but outside of the classroom, give me strength and motivation to carry on in my profession for many years. I am looking forward to our journey together here at RVIS, too.

Camelia Bistriceanu
Ms. Camelia Bistriceanu
PE Teacher
1

Physical Education betters the body and soul, just as Math and Science better the mind. It creates well-rounded, healthy individuals through a variety of activities and movement. It shows them ways to be fit for a lifetime and exposes them to activities to which they might not otherwise be exposed.

 

As a teacher, I strive to provide learning experiences for children that meet their developmental needs which help improve their mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn and enthusiasm for learning.

 

Through active participation in movement and sport, students will foster an appreciation for personal fitness and other social skills vital to becoming healthy, productive members of the community.

 

“Fit is not a destination, it is a way of life.”

Stephanie Hawkins
Ms. Stephanie Hawkins
HS Social Studies Teacher
1

As a teacher, I ultimately endeavour to encourage and inspire students to be curious and have a lifelong love of learning; to realise that each day represents an opportunity to strive to be better. I live and breathe History. Therefore, I am an unabashed enthusiast in the classroom, as I seek to take students into the fascinating foreign world of the past, but also to motivate them to set, pursue and explore their own enquiry questions. The meteoric development of technology in the last fifty years has led to vast amounts of information and opinion being only a click away. I believe it is vital to educate young people that learning is an enthralling process of self-discovery which can be fun, however it is not always easy with a ‘quick fix’ available. Therefore I believe it is important to promote resilience by providing skills on how to research, analyse and evaluate information, whether that is online or in a library, so students can form arguments they can substantiate with evidence. As a result, students should feel they can embrace challenging tasks with confidence and that they are able to navigate this developing world of knowledge effectively.

 

Building a positive relationship with students which is founded on mutual respect is fundamental. I want my students to meet the highest standards but to also feel they are supported and that they can approach me for guidance. The classroom is an environment which must value each and every voice. Extra-curricular activities are fantastic opportunities for students and teachers alike to see each other in a different light. I want to show commitment not simply to students’ academic performance but to their personal development as a whole. Becoming an international teacher is such an exciting prospect and I am thrilled to be joining Riffa Views International School as a History Teacher.

Dana Wells
Ms. Dana Wells
Secondary Learning Support
1

Students learn best when they feel safe, engaged, challenged and cared for. Research has shown that classrooms which cultivate a feeling of acceptance and lack of judgement tend to have a high percentage of students who exhibit positive learning behaviors. Student achievement is strongly affected by teacher expectation.

 

As an educator for more than a decade in international schools, I have experienced firsthand the diversity, rich cultural experiences and challenging curriculum delivered by these institutions. With my background in special education in both the United States and abroad, I strive to create a learning support program in which all the above is true. I believe in creating an environment where students are able to show their strengths and engage in learning strategies that make them an active participant in classrooms and the community. With my extensive educational training and experience in learning support, I expose my students to the science of learning to improve the way they learn. In this way, they are supported in becoming independent, self-aware, lifelong learners.

 

My family and I are thrilled to join the wonderful team at Riffa Views International School. I look forward to making positive contributions to the growth of this amazing school.

Mr. Stewart Pinkerton
Mr. Stewart Pinkerton
Media Specialist
1

I am honored to be included in the community of RVIS, and to explore a country new to me, Bahrain. I anticipate meeting new and different people and I look forward to sharing what is important in our lives. I will strive to positively impact the school, and also the families that make it such a unique place to learn.

 

As a hub of activity, the RVIS Media Center offers a unique opportunity to expose students to the world outside of their “sphere of reality.” Of course, here we must begin with reading - an important early step in learning how to communicate. Every student (young and old) will be encouraged to “dive into a good book!” Next, experience and practice with state-of-the-art tools make the Media Center a perfect gathering place. Students use, master, and collaborate with technical communication tools such as computers, the internet, audio-visual, and presentation equipment. All of these resources allow students to connect and learn from each other while investigating personal interests and capabilities.

 

It is my desire to utilize (and expand) the resources available at RVIS in order to prepare our students for the world they will inherit, as well as to enable them to later create the world they see as important and useful.

Danielle Pinkerton
Ms. Danielle Pinkerton
Secondary School Principal
1

I believe that an educational experience at RVIS should allow students to thrive intellectually, socially and culturally. In order for a student to reach his/her fullest potential, our job is to create an environment which celebrates risk-taking, inquisitiveness, and sharing of ideas. Students of all ages should be empowered to take control of their learning and self-advocate in times of adversity with respect and thoughtfulness. All students have the ability to learn, and it is our duty as educators to find that which motivates, key in, and move them forward so that they become valuable, knowledgeable contributors to a global society. 

 

The teachers have expectations to create a classroom which is diverse in delivery methods and pushes the envelope of critical thinking. Teachers are encouraged to facilitate lessons as students explore and discover the answers either individually or collaboratively. Content should come from multiple sources whether from texts, multimedia, or applicable real world settings. A strong emphasis on literacy and writing should be included across the curriculum in order to ensure that students are able to exhibit solid communication skills. Teachers should have a keen awareness of each unique individual in the classroom and develop rapport of respect and a healthy community of learners. Learning is fun and that should emanate from any great teacher.

 

In any leadership setting it is my goal to create an environment where mutual understandings are developed and all parties have a vested responsibility to reevaluate, reflect, and continue to strive for excellence no matter the challenges. A strong work ethic cannot be denied, but good humor and an ease of nature go a long way in promoting a workplace where people want to be

MS Humanities Teacher
Mr. William Yung
MS Humanities Teacher
1

We all learn because we need to. Learning is a universal aspect of the human experience, where we are continually adapting and changing after each interaction with our environment. When we face authentic problems with real stakeholders, we grow in our capacity, our knowledge base, and ability to empathize. John Dewey explains that we learn best by doing. As such, my role is to walk alongside and introduce learners to society’s ever-increasingly complex series of challenges; together, we will discover and implement solutions.

 

In humanities, we will consider literature, or expressions of mankind’s condition, as mentor text. These will enable us to learn to communicate ourselves, while the classroom will provide a safe, respectful and genuine environment to grow in.  In this rapidly changing digital topography, ideas, audiences and demographics have dramatically diversified, and teachers should acknowledge that shift.  Students in my class will learn how to leverage technology as a purposeful tool, critically analyze information, and persuasively communicate.  

Dhara Levers
Ms. Dhara Levers
HS Biology Teacher
1

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”   - Leo Buscaglia

 

I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of Riffa Views International School as a member of the Science Department. I truly believe that my job as a teacher is to guide my students through their evolution into young men and women who are able to go out into the world and be productive citizens. Science offers an amazing lens through which we can examine how we respond when challenged, how we create balance, how we distinguish between anomalies and paradigm shifts and most importantly how every voice has the ability to bring about change. Every student is different.  As a teacher, it is my job to create a safe space where each student is able to demonstrate his or her growth. The focus will always be on the process as we take on challenges together. Our classroom will be one where opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged and apparent failures lead to learning opportunities. I am excited to meet everyone and begin this new adventure. 

Fuad Al Anzarouti
Mr. Fuad Al Anzarouti
Arabic Leader
1

All children can learn when their environment is safe, welcoming, and conducive to acquiring knowledge.  Creating this positive learning environment requires educators to utilize effective communication, strong classroom management, parental involvement, academic rigor, high expectations for all, collaboration and collegiality, acceptance of change, and accountability.

 

All students can learn at higher levels when expected.  This position must be consistently articulated and modeled from the principal, teachers, parents and support staff.  A school climate that is collaborative and focused on results will ensure that all students learn.  Educators need to be committed to frequent and ongoing assessment of student performance that focuses on student learning.  Assessment methods should be varied and aligned to instructional practices applied in the classroom.  Teachers need to work collaboratively to analyze assessment results and develop strategies for improvement based on the assessment data.  When instruction is based on assessment, teachers and students will have a clear image of what students need to know, understand, and be able to do at the end of each unit of instruction.

 

Change in education must be systemic, sustainable, and effective as measured by increased learning for all students and adults.  I believe that for sustainable, effective change to become imbedded in our practice, school leaders must develop a vision that values and utilizes shared leadership.  We need to involve all teachers, administrators, parents, and the community in the change process.  Finding new solutions to new problems requires a shared sense of urgency, a common vision, and a deeper level of active engagement.  Teachers need to feel valued as part of the solution to the problem, more than merely an agent of change for acceptance to occur.  If our goal is to improve student achievement, then teachers, staff, parents, and the community must share the problem and solution with the understanding that they are accountable to its success.  They must be committed to the shared vision for change.

 

The education of our students requires educators to synthesize many components.  When we unify our efforts around a strong vision, sound educational practices, professionalism, and an environment of collaboration and collegiality, we create an environment for meaningful learning.  This positive learning environment embraces the concept that schools are for students and achievement.

Ms. Gaynor Myers
Ms. Gaynor Myers
Pre-Kindergarter Teacher
1

Singing, dancing, acting, talking, discovering, playing and interacting all while learning is the best way for children in the early years to learn. These are the cornerstone years of a child's life and as such are the most important time to create a strong and solid foundation. It is my desire to ensure that children do not simply learn to live in this global world but live to learn. Learn to be critical thinkers, responsible and caring citizens, and problem solvers to be movers, shakers and leaders of their time. As such, I aim to equip each child with the tools that best fits him/her which I achieve through differentiating. I learn about each child as an individual and a person thus understanding how to spark his/her curiosity for a lifetime of learning.

 

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”  - Clay P. Bedford

Huda Atif
Ms. Huda Atif
Technology Integrationist
1

My educational philosophy is based on the value and importance of human connection and the power of relationships. Dr. James P. Comer, professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University says, "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship". Building a connection with your students allows them to trust you as their mentor and they begin to thrive as they learn from you in a comfortable and trusting environment. For this, you must listen to your students, understand their needs and invite them to play an active part in discussions as well as decisions.

 

I have taught several age groups in various school settings in Nevada - from preschool and Montessori, to high school in county and charter schools.  During all these years, I realized that at the core of every successful learning experience was a positive relationship between me and my students. After some years of teaching, I was given the opportunity to work as an Instructional and Digital Coach. The power of building relationships became even more important as I learned that coaching and helping teachers required me to first gain their trust. Integration of technology in classrooms was successful when teachers and students were both comfortable and on board.

 

I am very excited to join RVIS as a Technology Integration Facilitator. I have seen what wonders technology can do in classrooms when we use it as a tool to enhance lessons. It brings efficiency and ease, for both students and teachers. It increases engagement, retention and most importantly, it gives students a chance to explore, invent and create- hence taking their learning to a whole new level!

Ms. Brita Nash
Ms. Brita Nash
Secondary School Guidance and College Counselor
Personal Statement

It is a pleasure to be at Riffa View International School (RVIS). I have worked as a teacher at the K-12 settings and guidance counselor/college counselor for over thirty years. 

As a school counselor, my mission is to help students learn about themselves and develop in three areas; personal/social, education, and career. I believe every student has unique abilities and my goal is to help them maximize their potential to become successful students and citizens. The goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for the student to address the issues that are concerning them. As the counselor I will have an open door policy in order to meet with students on a one-to-one bases but to effectively get the curriculum across to the whole school. 

As the upper school counselor at Riffa View International School, the counseling center believes that each student should be treated as an equal and given a fair opportunity to achieve in a learning environment that emulates respect and a caring community. The department strives to help students meet their fullest potential academically, emotionally, socially, and physically by providing a safe and supportive environment. Students at RVIS will benefit from the comprehensive guidance and college-counseling program. All students have open access to all guidance related services. 

Ms. Hanadi Rustom
Ms. Hanadi Rustom
Elementary Guidance Counselor
Personal Statement

I am really glad to join Riffa Views International School as a school counselor. I believe that all students are equal and should all be treated the same by offering unconditional acceptance. I like to work with pre-school and elementary students because it is the foundation for future success, when students begin to develop their academic self-concept, life skills and character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes. I believe that a good counseling program should provide education, prevention and intervention services which are integrated into all aspects of the children's lives. I believe also that early identification and intervention of children's academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. I always remember that students learn better when they are happy. 

Ms. Heather Meinen
Ms. Heather Meinen
Secondary Art Teacher
Personal Statement

In 2010, my husband and I started our adventure teaching abroad and haven't looked back. Over the past five years, I've been teaching lower elementary students in South Korea and Egypt. I'm very excited to be joining the RVIS team as I continue my journey as an educator. 

As a teacher, I believe lessons taught in the classroom should positively affect students both academically and in every day life. During my teaching career, I've found that following key components to achieving this. 

Enthusiasm and organization are key components to effective teaching. Each day, my goal is to make learning an adventure by developing a variety of activities to complement the topics we are studying and the different learning styles of each of my students. 

Classrooms should be caring, positive, stable environments. It's important for me to clearly communicate classroom policies, consequences, rewards and expectations, so each of my students knows what I expect from them, and also what they can expect from me. This helps create a positive learning environment that encourages students to do their best. 

Students must feel confident in themselves and the skills they have developed. To help my students gain confidence in their abilities and themselves, I encourage them to always do their best and praise them for their efforts. I also give my students ample time to practice their skills and become active learners in the classroom. 

Teachers should strive to be better educators each day.Professional development is key to being a successful educator in the long term. I reflect on each lesson I teach and try to find ways I can do better. Each day, there is always something I can do better. It's my job to find out what that is and how to do it better next time. 

Ms. Melissa Davis
Ms. Melissa Davis
Elementary School Music
Personal Statement

My love of music began at a very early age and has grown throughout my life. I can't imagine a day where I haven't been touched by music in some way whether it is listening to the radio, practicing an instrument, teaching a music lesson or leading a rehearsal. I believe that learning about music should be an integral part of any person's education. I also believe that given the right environment and encouragement any student can learn to understand and appreciate music or any other subject. Music is a great way to unleash creativity in many students, especially when provided with a safe environment for making mistakes. It is amazing what children can do when they are given the right tools. I once heard someone say he thought that his daughter loved to read because her teacher loved her while she learned to read. I truly believe that the same can be said of music. If you take the time to support and care for each and every child in the class, every one of them can leave your care with a great love and appreciation of music.

Nicole Cerro
Ms. Nicole Cerro
Elementary Art Teacher
Personal Statement

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin 

Involving students in learning is what art is all about. It is the greatest reason why I love my job, and why I think students walk out of my classes feeling that they had a hand in their own learning. And why is it so essential that students have the opportunity to step into an art class? I will tell you: Because through art, students as young as kindergarten age learn to use basic shapes to create a drawing which also helps their handwriting and fine motor skills. Students of all ages learn refinement of visual-spacial abilities, the willingness to experiment and make mistakes, how to learn and adapt from those mistakes, and grow exponentially in the process. Constructive criticism, self-expression, creativity, embracing diversity, appreciating beauty, observation, and reflection are all taught in my classroom. Add to this the knowledge of art history, culture, and numerous artistic skills and techniques and you have an essential part of a well-rounded education. It is my honor to be selected, as part of the Riffa Views staff, to impart this knowledge to my students. 

Mr. James Holloway
Mr. James Holloway
Athletics Director
Personal Statement

A school is a place of learning, interactions and personal growth. It is a safe haven for students to feel part of something while developing a better understanding of themselves. I am a strong believer that any student can find fulfillment and expression through involvement in physical activity. It is my goal to provide opportunities for students to learn and explore many different types of sports and healthy pursuits.

I would like to encourage students to be part of the community here at Riffa Views International School and grasp all opportunities to get involved. Some of my best memories of school are of relationships and experiences with teachers and classmates outside of the classroom. My hope is that our students will take the chance to create positive memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. Experiences that will motivate and inspire them to make physical activity part of their adult lives, while also valuing teamwork, effort and perseverance. 

Mr. John Greer
Mr. John Greer
PE Teacher
Personal Statement

As a physical education teacher, a main goal of mine is to teach students how to live an active and healthy lifestyle that will continue beyond their formal education. So much can be learned within sports besides the actual sport the student is participating in. Perseverance, teamwork, discipline, and organization are just a few life skills students take away. Students begin to foster new relationships with people they typically might not interact with. As athletes learn to depend on one another, they also feel an increase in responsibility and dedication. These skills can then be transferred from the playing field to real life situations. It is my job as a teacher and coach to help them achieve these skills. 

Two of my favorite quotes are by the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. As a coach and teacher I refer to these quotes as a philosophy to how my teams and classes are organized. 

“Sports do not build character; they reveal it” 
“The main ingredient of stardom, is the rest of the team.”

Ms. Kelly Carpenter
Ms. Kelly Carpenter
K-12 Learning Support
Personal Statement

As a Learning Support teacher, I believe that all children have equal capacity to learn and deserve the opportunity to reach personal success. Educators should remember that every student is unique and they deserve activities that are engaging to their strengths. 

Teaching is important to me because I am able to be a part of a child’s learning and growth throughout their school career. It’s a wonderful feeling to be with children and see their faces light up when they discover something new and exciting. 

Education should inspire and motivate; it should be a positive and personal experience; and should promote a sense of purpose, global citizenship and social responsibility. 

I believe students learn best when they can relate learning material to meaningful experiences, such as life outside of school, experiences with family, and culture. What students learn in school should also be tied into real-life so that they can see the relevance in learning. 

A teacher’s enthusiasm and passion for learning is something that influences students’ attitude toward education. 

Ms. Dima Abu Sinneh
Ms. Dima Abu Sinneh
Secondary Arabic Coordinator
Personal Statement

It is an honor to join your esteemed school. I look forward to utilizing my experience, skills, and love of the Arabic language to maximize the high quality learning that occurs at RVIS for all of our students. It is a great opportunity for me to develop positive relationships with my students through our mother tongue, Arabic. Our Arabic team of teachers is committed to reaching the highest levels of development for our language with our students. I am truly in love with the friendly atmosphere of the school, and the amazing culture that has been created. 

Aysha Alghoul
Ms. Aysha Alghoul
Elementary Arabic Coordinator
Personal Statement

Everyone has a vision or message. Human vision is the feature of his/her personality. As educators, we must accommodate all students' visions and reams in order to help them achieve their own goals. 

My vision is that there is no failure as there is no lasting success. It depends on the human will, to overcome failure and achieve success. 

My teaching is student centered. They think for themselves and learn to be creative. I believe that each student has his personal strengths and we, as teachers, need to find that strength and polish it. 

I am proud of myself, and I love being a source of student development. I can achieve my vision through student management and help them learn creatively, and intellectually. I want to enhance the student's ability to innovate. 

Ms. Khulood Saleh
Ms. Khulood Saleh
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement

Arabic is such a rich language that deserves to be learnt. I believe that we as adults cannot grasp the potentials of our children, who always are capable of surprising us with amazing ideas every day. Therefore, my role as an educator is to help them discover and explore the treasures within themselves. Over the past years, I have found that music, physical activity and games help make the learning process more enjoyable and constructive for both the students and teacher. 

Ms. Mai Al-Aryan
Ms. Mai Al-Aryan
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement

I am delighted to have the honour to join Riffa Views International school as an Arabic teacher . I am also so pleased to share this experience of teaching with high standard teaching staff and students as well. I do believe that working in such an environment and in cooperation with my colleagues will prompt me do my utmost efforts, ensuring that all the teaching objectives all achieved and the students would love learning Arabic. 

It is also a fact that all civilized nations are aware that the teaching process is considered the basis for any nation's prosperity and survival. My role as a teacher is to do my utmost effort to instill the desire for love of learning, innovation and creativity among my students, because I do believe that they are the pillars of any society who wants to develop themselves. 

Ms. Rania Elias
Ms. Rania Elias
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement

I am truly honored to be part of the staff of Riffa Views International School. I am an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who always tries my best to educate my students. I believe in effective classroom management and teaching, using different learning and teaching strategies which interest all students. This can only be achieved by teaching interesting lessons that individual students can participate actively in to reach their goals in education.

Ms. Lama ElKhudri
Ms. Lama ElKhudri
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement

I am very glad and honored to be part of the RVIS staff and the school's Arabic department. From my experience as a teacher, I see teaching the Arabic language, especially to non-native speakers, as always a challenging but rewarding experience, taking into account their native tongue, their background and motivation to learn the language. The whole purpose of my teaching is to advance the student's ability to comprehend the language, and improve their reading, speaking, and writing skills in a positive and enjoyable environment. I also see that the parents play a supportive role to help their children understand the importance of learning multiple languages, including Arabic. I will work closely with parents to understand the individual needs of each student and improve on their overall learning in the class. Based on that, I will make my classroom and teaching the Arabic language a positive and enjoyable experience to the all the students, regardless of their level and background. 

Ms. Huda Al Mahdi
Ms. Huda Al Mahdi
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement
Dr. Amin Naeim
Dr. Amin Naeim
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement
Mr. Salman Al Meshaal
Mr. Salman Al Meshaal
Islamic Studies Teacher
Personal Statement
Ms. Sana Ben Mussa
Ms. Sana Ben Mussa
Islamic Studies Teacher
Personal Statement
zarea Dzinic
Ms. Azarea Dzinic
Secondary Drama Teacher
Personal Statement

Hello Everyone! My name is Azarea Dzinic, I am originally from Australia and I graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Art and Design from the University of South Australia and later gained my Master of Education from Framingham State University, Massachusetts. I have been teaching internationally for the past fifteen years, focusing my career and passion towards teaching performing and visual arts. I have taught in Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Egypt. My goals for my classes are to instill a life long passion of the arts, with an understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the performing arts through dramatic performances designed to facilitate these objectives. To foster a creative environment where new and challenging work can thrive and flourish. I am excited about being part of the Riffa Views community!

Camelia Bistriceanu
Ms. Camelia Bistriceanu
PE Teacher
Personal Statement

Physical Education betters the body and soul, just as Math and Science better the mind. It creates well-rounded, healthy individuals through a variety of activities and movement. It shows them ways to be fit for a lifetime and exposes them to activities to which they might not otherwise be exposed.

 

As a teacher, I strive to provide learning experiences for children that meet their developmental needs which help improve their mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn and enthusiasm for learning.

 

Through active participation in movement and sport, students will foster an appreciation for personal fitness and other social skills vital to becoming healthy, productive members of the community.

 

“Fit is not a destination, it is a way of life.”

Dana Wells
Ms. Dana Wells
Secondary Learning Support
Personal Statement

Students learn best when they feel safe, engaged, challenged and cared for. Research has shown that classrooms which cultivate a feeling of acceptance and lack of judgement tend to have a high percentage of students who exhibit positive learning behaviors. Student achievement is strongly affected by teacher expectation.

 

As an educator for more than a decade in international schools, I have experienced firsthand the diversity, rich cultural experiences and challenging curriculum delivered by these institutions. With my background in special education in both the United States and abroad, I strive to create a learning support program in which all the above is true. I believe in creating an environment where students are able to show their strengths and engage in learning strategies that make them an active participant in classrooms and the community. With my extensive educational training and experience in learning support, I expose my students to the science of learning to improve the way they learn. In this way, they are supported in becoming independent, self-aware, lifelong learners.

 

My family and I are thrilled to join the wonderful team at Riffa Views International School. I look forward to making positive contributions to the growth of this amazing school.

Fuad Al Anzarouti
Mr. Fuad Al Anzarouti
Arabic Leader
Personal Statement

All children can learn when their environment is safe, welcoming, and conducive to acquiring knowledge.  Creating this positive learning environment requires educators to utilize effective communication, strong classroom management, parental involvement, academic rigor, high expectations for all, collaboration and collegiality, acceptance of change, and accountability.

 

All students can learn at higher levels when expected.  This position must be consistently articulated and modeled from the principal, teachers, parents and support staff.  A school climate that is collaborative and focused on results will ensure that all students learn.  Educators need to be committed to frequent and ongoing assessment of student performance that focuses on student learning.  Assessment methods should be varied and aligned to instructional practices applied in the classroom.  Teachers need to work collaboratively to analyze assessment results and develop strategies for improvement based on the assessment data.  When instruction is based on assessment, teachers and students will have a clear image of what students need to know, understand, and be able to do at the end of each unit of instruction.

 

Change in education must be systemic, sustainable, and effective as measured by increased learning for all students and adults.  I believe that for sustainable, effective change to become imbedded in our practice, school leaders must develop a vision that values and utilizes shared leadership.  We need to involve all teachers, administrators, parents, and the community in the change process.  Finding new solutions to new problems requires a shared sense of urgency, a common vision, and a deeper level of active engagement.  Teachers need to feel valued as part of the solution to the problem, more than merely an agent of change for acceptance to occur.  If our goal is to improve student achievement, then teachers, staff, parents, and the community must share the problem and solution with the understanding that they are accountable to its success.  They must be committed to the shared vision for change.

 

The education of our students requires educators to synthesize many components.  When we unify our efforts around a strong vision, sound educational practices, professionalism, and an environment of collaboration and collegiality, we create an environment for meaningful learning.  This positive learning environment embraces the concept that schools are for students and achievement.

Huda Atif
Ms. Huda Atif
Technology Integrationist
Personal Statement

My educational philosophy is based on the value and importance of human connection and the power of relationships. Dr. James P. Comer, professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University says, "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship". Building a connection with your students allows them to trust you as their mentor and they begin to thrive as they learn from you in a comfortable and trusting environment. For this, you must listen to your students, understand their needs and invite them to play an active part in discussions as well as decisions.

 

I have taught several age groups in various school settings in Nevada - from preschool and Montessori, to high school in county and charter schools.  During all these years, I realized that at the core of every successful learning experience was a positive relationship between me and my students. After some years of teaching, I was given the opportunity to work as an Instructional and Digital Coach. The power of building relationships became even more important as I learned that coaching and helping teachers required me to first gain their trust. Integration of technology in classrooms was successful when teachers and students were both comfortable and on board.

 

I am very excited to join RVIS as a Technology Integration Facilitator. I have seen what wonders technology can do in classrooms when we use it as a tool to enhance lessons. It brings efficiency and ease, for both students and teachers. It increases engagement, retention and most importantly, it gives students a chance to explore, invent and create- hence taking their learning to a whole new level!

Maria Yung
Ms. Maria Yung
Secondary Art Teacher
Personal Statement

Every student can be an artist and discover their own medium, balance and original aesthetic expression. My vision is to help all students learn and appreciate the visual arts. As an art educator, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my own subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. I am a firm believer in a constructivist approach to education that places emphasis on students building their own understandings of the world through first-hand experiences, and reflecting on those experiences in light of what they already know and believe. In my classes, I strive to expose students all areas of art such as drawing with various media, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and time-based media. Art is vital in the development of fine and gross motor control, creative problem solving skills, as well as concrete and abstract thought processes.  More importantly, art is an expressive means of communication that impacts and shapes our perceptions of the world around us and what is possible. 

Megan Curtino
Ms. Megan Curtino
ES Learning Support
Personal Statement

“All students can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way” – George Evans

 

My teaching philosophy consists of addressing the needs of the whole child- in and out of the classroom. This is necessary to produce individuals who are competent, caring and able to make sound choices within society. As an educator it is my duty to follow the premise that all children can learn. With this in mind, I feel that as a teacher, students should be challenged to reach their maximum potential. This is done by raising the bar for academic learning. I also believe that if you have high expectations for students, they will be eager to rise to the challenge of learning academically. I think that my role as a teacher, also consists of creating a climate of mutual respect between the teacher and the student. I feel that students are more likely to perform for the teacher if they feel like valued members of the classroom. This method of respect was used by one of my former teachers. I feel that it was because of this display of respect, which led me to pursue a career in education.

Saed Talafha
Mr. Saed Talafha
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement

I believe that education is a message that must be delivered to learners in the easiest way possible to make it clear, so, I always look for new strategies that are commensurate with student’s individual abilities, and I always have to change the ways I communicate with my students for better learning opportunities. I also believe that the teacher must have the educational aspect in dealing with students and that the best ways to connect with students is by respecting their thinking and encouraging them to learn Arabic.


I always aim to instill love of the Arabic language in the hearts of my students because I believe that if the student likes a creative topic, it comes through the engagement of the student in the educational process and through classroom activities.


I also aim to teach the students the language that he/she can employ in his /her practical life by simplifying the rules of the Arabic language and using them in their writings. It is always wise to build in my students the mentality of the critic and problem solving for lifelong learning.

Mr. Stewart Pinkerton
Mr. Stewart Pinkerton
Media Specialist
Personal Statement

I am honored to be included in the community of RVIS, and to explore a country new to me, Bahrain. I anticipate meeting new and different people and I look forward to sharing what is important in our lives. I will strive to positively impact the school, and also the families that make it such a unique place to learn.

 

As a hub of activity, the RVIS Media Center offers a unique opportunity to expose students to the world outside of their “sphere of reality.” Of course, here we must begin with reading - an important early step in learning how to communicate. Every student (young and old) will be encouraged to “dive into a good book!” Next, experience and practice with state-of-the-art tools make the Media Center a perfect gathering place. Students use, master, and collaborate with technical communication tools such as computers, the internet, audio-visual, and presentation equipment. All of these resources allow students to connect and learn from each other while investigating personal interests and capabilities.

 

It is my desire to utilize (and expand) the resources available at RVIS in order to prepare our students for the world they will inherit, as well as to enable them to later create the world they see as important and useful.

Ms. Susan Scott
Ms. Susan Scott
Executive Assistant to the Director
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1656-5002
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
sscott@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Vivien Hillier
Ms. Vivien Hillier
Administrative Assistant to the Secondary Principal
Secondary School
Phone:
(973) 1656-5026
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
vhillier@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Jamie Murzello
Ms. Jamie Murzello
Administrative Assistant to the Elementary Principal
Elementary School
Phone:
(973) 1656-5016
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
jmurzello@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Hawra Abdulredha
Ms. Hawra Abdulredha
Administrative Assistant to the Elementary Principal P/T
Elementary School
Phone:
(973) 1656-5024
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
hbdulredha@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Ann Nordness
Ms. Ann Nordness
Permanent Substitute Teacher
Sec/Elem School
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
anordness@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Nuha Rustom
Ms. Nuha Rustom
Administrative Assistant / Events Coordinator
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1656-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
nrustom@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Reem Mattar
Ms. Reem Mattar
Administrative Assistant for Admissions and Marketing
Admissions/Marketing
Phone:
(973) 1656-5019
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
rmattar@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Engel Mariano
Mr. Engel Mariano
Webmaster
Marketing
Phone:
(973) 1656-5014
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
emariano@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Faria Farooq
Ms. Faria Farooq
Accountant
Business Office
Phone:
(973) 1656-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
ffarooq@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Gilbert Sinocruz
Mr. Gilbert Sinocruz
IT Manager
IT Department
Phone:
(973) 1656-5007
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
gsinocruz@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Stanley Bacarro
Mr. Stanley Bacarro
IT Asst. System Administrator
IT Department
Phone:
(973) 1656-5008
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
sbacarro@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Samantha Browne
Ms. Samantha Browne
Nurse
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1656-5013
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
sbrowne@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Jaffer Ahmed
Mr. Jaffer Ahmed
Driver
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1656-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
jahmed@rvis.edu.bh
 Ms. Barbara Ann
Ms. Barbara Ann
Supplies Coordinator/Photocopy Clerk
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1656-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
bann@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Sayed Ahmed Sabt
Mr. Sayed Ahmed Sabt
Facilities/Maintenance Coordinator
Maintenance
Phone:
(973) 1656-5015
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
sahmed@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Dinesh Raj Dahal
Mr. Dinesh Raj Dahal
Maintenance Assistant
Maintenance
Phone:
(973) 1656-5015
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
ddahal@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Ann Keates
Ms. Ann Keates
Nursey
Paraprofessional Staff
Ms. Karen D'Silva
Ms. Karen D'Silva
Nursery
Paraprofessional Staff
Ms. Dhannya PD
Ms. Dhannya PD
Pre-Kindergarten
Paraprofessional Staff
Ms. Fatima Shamlooh
Ms. Fatima Shamlooh
Pre-Kindergarten
Paraprofessional Staff
Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Safa Khamiri
Kindergarten
Paraprofessional Staff
Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Sarah Buhaila
Kindergarten
Paraprofessional Staff
Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Fatima Thamer
Grade 2
Paraprofessional Staff
Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Oliva Vivekanandarajh
Grade 3 & 4
Paraprofessional Staff
Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Yasmeen Ismail
Arabic Program Assistant
Paraprofessional Staff
Bahrain International Schools
Ms. Manar Al Aali
Library Assistant
Paraprofessional Staff