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(K-12) Staff and Specialist Teachers

 

Annie Madden K-12 Teacher Librarian
Literacy, learning and collaboration sum up what is important to Annie Madden in her role as Teacher Librarian. Annie has been a teacher for over 30 years in varied roles across schools on the East coast of Australia and has found her time in school libraries the most rewarding yet. Annie initially completed her teacher training at the College of Advanced Education in Armidale and completed her Bachelor of Education very soon after at the Catholic College of Education in Sydney. Other studies have followed in various areas of education but the most beneficial has been further professional development in the area of school libraries. Being a part of two vibrant professional learning communities of Teacher Librarians on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales has meant she has been immersed in current trends and good practice for librarians. Student collaboration, inquiry and reflection upon their learning have transformed Annie’s view on how students learn and take ownership of their own knowledge creation.Mastering strong literacy skills, and the power this gives individuals, has been demonstrated to Annie through raising her own 4 children as well as the countless students she has had the pleasure of learning alongside of. This knowledge inspires Annie to do all she can to empower our students to achieve great literacy skills and to use these skills to inquire and learn about our amazing world. Encouraging reading for pleasure is one of Annie’s priorities and believes this is the key to achieving well at just about anything. A library should be a welcoming place to all members of a school community and Annie looks forward to meeting you all as together we use the fabulous resources and spaces we have on offer at al Yasat.
Rea Ramos Clerical Librarian
Rea Ramos-Pastrana comes from the shoe capital of the Philippines Marikina City. She completed her Bachelor degree in Library and Information Science at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. After graduating she became a high-school librarian in her alumni school in Rodriguez Rizal for almost 2 years. Then she transferred in a Maritime school as an academic librarian. Rea has lived in the U.A.E for almost seven years now. She has been a librarian at Al Yasat for four years now and she loves to read stories with children.
Labiba Abu Khadra School Councellor
Mrs. Labiba has B.A degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology. With over 19 years of working in schools with students, between teaching and counselling, spending 10 continuous years in Al Yasat. For the 15 years, she has been living in Abu Dhabi, with her husband and their four kids. One of Labiba`s self-set targets is to see the children enjoying learning with self-confidence to reach what they aspire.​ ​ Labiba​ ​ loves​ ​ traveling​ ​ and​ ​ enjoys​ ​ walking.
Rania Allouh Arabic (Non Arab) Teacher
Rania Allouh worked at Al Yasat Private School since August 2000. She holds the position of Arabic teacher for Non-Native Speakers for the Elementary classes. Rania’s four children have all studied all studied at Al Yasat.
Ceanlia Vermeulen HOD People of Determination and Gifted

Ms Ceanlia Vermeulen’s career to date has exposed her to the corporate, small commercial and public service environments. She’s passionate about education, teaching, especially curriculum development and teacher training. She’s our POD & TAG Head. POD is People Of Determination (previously called Special Educational Needs) and TAG is Talented And Gifted. Ceanlia has experience teaching from Kindergarten right through to adults with her main area of expertise in Special Education Needs. She compiled several training manuals, has presented at conference workshops for Outcome Based Education and Information Communication Technology and is an accredited assessor. She worked in South African schools for 21 years and 8 years in the UAE where she enjoyed the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students, including those in the primary, high school and special needs with ADD/ADHD, autism, non - compliant behaviour, learning disabilities, mentally handicap and physical challenges as well as the talented and gifted. Ceanlia has had many years of teaching experience in both the classroom and as a specialist in the areas of languages, remediation and the library. She has also held a variety of leadership roles that include Curriculum Coordinator and Special Olympics District Coordinator. She was a Course leader for Human Development International conducting classes in assisting learners with learning problems, offering courses for students at different schools, including attending courses and compiling study guides for students. She has also had employment with a software company as Regional Manager and Consultant Trainer and was director at Athena Interactive Training Network, a private, SETA accredited training institution. Outside of school Ceanlia is an avid Toastmaster where she’s the Vice-President Education of her club and a Pathways Guide in District 105 (comprised of four countries in the Middle East, including: Oman, UAE, Jordan and Lebanon). Yearly she volunteers at the Dubai Rugby 7s as a field marshal and manager. When she’s not enjoying time with family and friends she enjoys reading and painting with acrylics. Her future education plans is to pursue a Masters in Education.

Francis James Swim/Lifeguard
Francis comes from Mumbai, India. As a teenager, he has been an avid swimmer and decided to adopt his hobby as a profession. Francis started his career as a Swimming Teacher at Holy Family High School, India. In 2011, he moved to Gems American Academy, Abu Dhabi as Swimming Instructor, responsible for teaching and delivering high quality swimming lessons to a range of ages and abilities. Francis is a certified ASA Level 2, UK Swimming Instructor, Water and Safety Instructor from AUSTSWIM, Lifeguard from American Red Cross and Certified Pool Operator (CPO), USA. He has taken part in a charity swim 10kms. event for Somalia to raise funds. He enjoys teaching swimming because it empowers students to not only look after themselves in the water but also to help others in an unforeseen accident that could occur. Francis enjoys spending time with his three kids and playing sports.