Leadership Team

As an American school, our highly qualified faculty at AAM is mainly recruited from North America.

At AAM, the strength of our family of teachers and staff is one of the key advantages that sets us apart. Our team of highly professional, North American and internationally trained staff is passionate about teaching and dedicated to children. They believe that the learning process should emphasize the education of the whole child and recognize that students learn in different ways. Therefore, our teachers design and deliver lessons that target a range of learning abilities and styles. Equally important, they serve as strong role models for our students. Our teachers have multiple degrees, including advanced qualifications such as Masters and Doctorates.

Our staff also takes part in regular professional development programs, to ensure they are at the forefront of the latest educational methodology.

Our teaching team is ably assisted by an equally enthusiastic administrative and support team. With this we ensure stability and consistency; vital factors in teacher-pupil relationships and successful learning.

BRIDGET JUSTENPrincipal
Bridget Justen’s career in education spans over twenty-five years. Her university qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree, and a higher degree in Educational Specialist for Administration of Education and Policy Studies. She is certified as an administrator for Elementary, Secondary and as a Superintendent. Prior to joining Al-Mizhar American Academy, Bridget served as the Principal/Head of an American School – Eisenhower Elementary, Boulder, Colorado – and two IB International Schools – Munich International, Germany, and Greenfield Community School, UAE. During her time as senior leader, each schools’ academic performance was raised and a strong sense of school community was developed.

Denise Kish
Head of Curriculum and Assessment

ALTHEA EDMONDSONHead of Elementary
Althea is an accomplished educator with more than 12 years’ teaching experience in an international setting; 10 of which have been part of the Taaleem Group. She has held various leadership roles within primary education. As a passionate educator, Althea has led various authorization and evaluation processes within the United Arab Emirates, as well as focusing on change initiatives within a school context. She has been a part of the development of teachers and middle leaders alike and has implemented various systems to ensure the smooth running of the primary school.

Sheena Nolan
Head of Learning Support

CHERYL KLAVERHead of Secondary
Cheryl has over 25 years’ of experience in education. She has worked as both a teacher and as an administrator in the United States, Thailand and the UAE. She has two Master’s Degrees in Education and in Administration (from Fordham University and the College of New Rochelle), as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She is certified in Administration, Special Education, Secondary School History, as a Middle School Generalist, and in Elementary education. Her number one priority is student success, which she achieves by ensuring the alignment of curriculum goals to student outcomes and by creating partnerships with parents.

Saba Adnan
Head of IT Integration