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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 ninth 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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Our Administrative Team
Our Administrative Support Staff
Our Elementary Faculty
Our Secondary Faculty
Our New Faculty 2016-2017
Our Specialist Faculty
Our Paraprofessional Staff
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.…
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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. 

RVIS Dr. Joseph Rosevear Bahrain
Dr. Joseph Rosevear
Secondary School Principal
Personal Statement:
I am privileged to be part of the RVIS community. The rich RVIS learning environment includes varied perspectives, understandings, skills, and values from literally all around the world. Because of this, we have a tremendous opportunity to learn from each other – students, teachers, and parents…
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I am privileged to be part of the RVIS community. The rich RVIS learning environment includes varied perspectives, understandings, skills, and values from literally all around the world. Because of this, we have a tremendous opportunity to learn from each other – students, teachers, and parents alike – and to develop a nuanced cultural literacy. In an increasingly interconnected world, the interpersonal and intercultural skills developed while at RVIS hold immense value and they prepare our students for successful futures.
I believe in cultivating curious, confident, collaborative, and successful students who purposefully act to better their community and environment. I believe that the RVIS secondary program should develop students with a sense of location, a sense of belonging, and a sense of ongoing excellence in their performance. Developing a high degree of competence and confidence in the use of technology is a critical building block for the current and future success of our students. Additionally, I believe it critical that students feel safe to take risks while exploring academic interests, their aptitudes, and their community. I believe that successful secondary schools develop the skills and approaches to learning which prepare students for admission to, and success within, the best of the world’s universities.

I find student-centered decision-making to be a hallmark of excellent teachers and administrators. Examples of student-centered decision-making include: differentiating instruction and assessment for individual learners; including students in discussions about their learning; and relentlessly asking, “What’s best for learning?” In a student-centered learning environment, I believe students should assist in setting academic goals, help assess their performance, and discuss with their teacher how they best learn. Our goal should be to engage students so that learning is not something done to them, but instead, something done with them.

I am honored to serve the RVIS community and look forward to learning with you. 
 

 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. 

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.

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. Kerry Diaper
Ms. Kerry Diaper
SS Assistant, Events and Activities P/T
Secondary School
Phone:
(973) 1656-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
kdiaper@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) 1556-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
nrustom@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Ken Davis
Mr. Ken Davis
Admissions/Marketing Coordinator
Admissions/Marketing
Phone:
(973) 1556-5004
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
kdavis@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Reem Mattar
Ms. Reem Mattar
Administrative Assistant for Admissions and Marketing
Admissions/Marketing
Phone:
(973) 1556-5019
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
rmattar@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Engel Mariano
Mr. Engel Mariano
Webmaster
Marketing
Phone:
(973) 1556-5014
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
emariano@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Faria Farooq
Ms. Faria Farooq
Accountant
Business Office
Phone:
(973) 1556-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
ffarooq@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Gilbert Sinocruz
Mr. Gilbert Sinocruz
IT Manager
IT Department
Phone:
(973) 1556-5007
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
gsinocruz@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Stanley Bacarro
Mr. Stanley Bacarro
IT Asst. System Administrator
IT Department
Phone:
(973) 1556-5008
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
sbacarro@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Samantha Browne
Ms. Samantha Browne
Nurse
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1556-5013
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
sbrowne@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Jaffer Ahmed
Mr. Jaffer Ahmed
Driver
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1556-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
jahmed@rvis.edu.bh
 Ms. Barbara Ann
Ms. Barbara Ann
Supplies Coordinator/Photocopy Clerk
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1556-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
bann@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Sayed Ahmed Sabt
Mr. Sayed Ahmed Sabt
Facilities/Maintenance Coordinator
Maintenance
Phone:
(973) 1556-5015
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
sahmed@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Dinesh Raj Dahal
Mr. Dinesh Raj Dahal
Maintenance Assistant
Maintenance
Phone:
(973) 1556-5015
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
ddahal@rvis.edu.bh
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. Linda Grunwald
Ms. Linda Grunwald
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Personal Statement:
Teaching is like a creative puzzle for me. The children enter the class with unknown abilities and interests in life. As I come to know them and what sort of journey they'd like to take, I begin building our learning environment to assist them in achieving these goals. Lots of time is spent singing…
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Teaching is like a creative puzzle for me. The children enter the class with unknown abilities and interests in life. As I come to know them and what sort of journey they'd like to take, I begin building our learning environment to assist them in achieving these goals. Lots of time is spent singing, writing, playing, reading and exploring. Our responsive classroom begins each day with a Morning Meeting, establishing a routine to build a positive, safe classroom community and to prepare us for the rest of the day. RC models strategies such as showing respect to others, using classroom materials, demonstrating positive, safe classroom behavior, and experiencing what a good learner is, just to name a few. The day and year continues building from where we began in our Morning Meeting, sharing ideas, working with others, learning and exploring. By the end of the year, we hope to have begun building the personal puzzle of each individual child preparing them to continue their learning at the next level. 

Kindergarteners are loving, trusting, funny, creative children whom I love spending my days with! 

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. 

Best Faculty in Bahrain
Ms. Deidra West
Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn" -John Cotton Dana. It takes true passion and commitment to be an influential educator. As a teacher I strive to give my students the most positive and rewarding classroom setting.

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“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn" -John Cotton Dana. It takes true passion and commitment to be an influential educator. As a teacher I strive to give my students the most positive and rewarding classroom setting. It is important to provide students with both support and consistency in the class.

Three important characters in a child's education are the teachers, student and parents. It is my mission to instill in each student to be productive citizens, create a healthy environment that promotes learning as well as equip them with the necessary tools to become life-long learners. It is the role of the student to be motivated about their learning along with being active participants in the classroom. When home and school are attuned together, the student benefits the most. Parents can be a better support system to their child by being fully-engaged in their child's learning.

I am excited and anticipate an amazing school year with the students, parents and RVIS community. 

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
Mr. Greg Overlie
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

I am thrilled to be joining Riffa Views International School as a second grade teacher. I have been a longtime special education teacher who has taught a variety of students over the years. I am excited about this new opportunity.

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I am thrilled to be joining Riffa Views International School as a second grade teacher. I have been a longtime special education teacher who has taught a variety of students over the years. I am excited about this new opportunity. To me, special education and general education are not mutually exclusive. I believe the skills I have utilized as a special education teacher will serve me well as I begin my role as a second grade teacher. Some of those skills include: seeing each learner as an individual with his/her own experiences, strengths, and learning style; using a variety of strategies in presenting the curriculum; and utilizing student data to assist in lesson plans that will help each student fulfill their potential.

I am a very positive and enthusiastic teacher who has high expectations for his students. I am known for smiling frequently when I am at school. I think this stems from my joy at doing something that I love. It is very important for me to create a safe, nurturing school community where students feel empowered to take ownership of their education. To create this type of environment I believe in having a structured environment for the students where clear guidelines are established. At the same time I believe in listening to all students and having them assist in the development of the classroom community. I firmly believe schools should be an inviting environment where students feel a palpable excitement and energy when they walk in the door. Being respectful of everyone in our community is also an integral part of my philosophy of education. I want to teach the students to celebrate the diversity in a variety of ways. I think we are in a unique position being in an international school to help students break down barriers and connect with the world. By doing this we will be preparing for them a bright future.

On the personal side I have been teaching for fourteen years. I started teaching in San Antonio, Texas, and then taught in Minneapolis, Minnesota for several years before moving to Kuwait for a one year assignment. I enjoy immersing myself in a variety of cultures. I love meeting a variety of people and learning from them. My hobbies include swimming, watching movies, and traveling.

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.
 

Bahrain International Schools
Mr. David Griffith
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the RVIS team. After teaching for a number of years in Australia, I have recently enjoyed teaching abroad in the United Kingdom. I have enjoyed teaching in a range of contexts such as special education and mainstream classrooms.

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I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the RVIS team. After teaching for a number of years in Australia, I have recently enjoyed teaching abroad in the United Kingdom. I have enjoyed teaching in a range of contexts such as special education and mainstream classrooms. Teaching and sport are my two passions.

In my classroom, I aim to promote a safe and positive learning environment where all students' ideas, values and beliefs are respected. My classroom is an inclusive environment in which high standards are set and maintained for individuals to learn to the best of their abilities. I aim to facilitate a wealth of knowledge, problem solving strategies and lifelong skills in order to create autonomous learners. My favorite thing about teaching is building a professional relationship with my students. I enjoy getting into the playground to play football with them and in engaging them in fun activities. My motto in life is 'A healthy body leads to a healthy mind'. I encourage my students to have a balanced sporting and academic lifestyle as it teaches discipline, strengthens interpersonal skills and also teaches them how to manage difficult situations - all of which are essential lifelong skills.

Best Faculty in Bahrain
Ms. Jodee Jungee
Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Personal Statement:

Teaching internationally has helped me learn how important it is to create a classroom of cultural understanding and mutual respect.

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Teaching internationally has helped me learn how important it is to create a classroom of cultural understanding and mutual respect. The more we (students and teacher) truly get to know each other and where we have come from, the easier it is to gain an appreciation and understanding for the differences amongst us. Building this safe, positive, classroom atmosphere is a key component of their learning potential. I want to nurture my students so that they feel secure enough to take chances and ask questions. It is through those risks, and the accompanying successes and failures, that true learning can take place. It is my goal to provide them with rich, engaging, and meaningful opportunities to guide and foster their learning. I'm looking forward to working with the kids and staff of RVIS.

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.

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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. 

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.

Ms. Nicole Cerro
Ms. Nicole Cerro
Elementary School Art
Personal Statement:

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

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“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.

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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.

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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.”

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.

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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. 

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. 

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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. 

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.

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.…
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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! 

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. 

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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. Magen Rabatin
Ms. Magen Rabatin
MS Humanities Teacher
Personal Statement:
I feel very fortunate to be joining the RVIS community. Teaching middle school age students is simply exhilarating because they are embers just awaiting the right kindling to help ignite their passions. Or, as William Butler Yeats would say, “Education is not a filling of a pail, but the lighting…
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I feel very fortunate to be joining the RVIS community. Teaching middle school age students is simply exhilarating because they are embers just awaiting the right kindling to help ignite their passions. Or, as William Butler Yeats would say, “Education is not a filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” and this is the mark of excellence I strive for in my classroom. While delving into the curriculum, my students are encouraged to make real world connections to help fuel their passions and extend their curiosity beyond the lesson. I push for every student to feel challenged while experiencing their own level of success. 

My students are able to take ownership of their learning and truly make it meaningful to them by being immersed in the processes of inquiry, discovery, investigation and interpretation. In my classroom, both teacher and student benefit from the unique gifts and personalities of each child; therefore, I strive to respect and develop every student’s voice by engaging them in conversations and peer discussions. Above all, I value building relationships with my students and continually encourage them in both their academic endeavors inside my classroom and the extracurricular activities of their outside life. 

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…
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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. 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/…
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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. 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
Best Faculty in Bahrain
Mr. Ahmed Hasan
Grade 3 & 4
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
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…
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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.…
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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! 

Ms. Magen Rabatin
Ms. Magen Rabatin
MS Humanities Teacher
Personal Statement:
I feel very fortunate to be joining the RVIS community. Teaching middle school age students is simply exhilarating because they are embers just awaiting the right kindling to help ignite their passions. Or, as William Butler Yeats would say, “Education is not a filling of a pail, but the lighting…
Read more...

I feel very fortunate to be joining the RVIS community. Teaching middle school age students is simply exhilarating because they are embers just awaiting the right kindling to help ignite their passions. Or, as William Butler Yeats would say, “Education is not a filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” and this is the mark of excellence I strive for in my classroom. While delving into the curriculum, my students are encouraged to make real world connections to help fuel their passions and extend their curiosity beyond the lesson. I push for every student to feel challenged while experiencing their own level of success. 

My students are able to take ownership of their learning and truly make it meaningful to them by being immersed in the processes of inquiry, discovery, investigation and interpretation. In my classroom, both teacher and student benefit from the unique gifts and personalities of each child; therefore, I strive to respect and develop every student’s voice by engaging them in conversations and peer discussions. Above all, I value building relationships with my students and continually encourage them in both their academic endeavors inside my classroom and the extracurricular activities of their outside life. 

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.

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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. 

RVIS
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.

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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. Bickers
Dr. Gary Bickers
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.

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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. 

Greg Sipp
Mr. Greg Sipp
High School English Teacher and IB Coordinator
Personal Statement:

I am an IB trained English teacher that has taught a myriad of courses including Ninth and Tenth grade English courses, Drama, Speech, ELL, ELL Sheltered Literature courses, Film appreciation, Personal Reading, IB A1, IB A2, Language A: Literature, and Language, A: Language and Literature.

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I am an IB trained English teacher that has taught a myriad of courses including Ninth and Tenth grade English courses, Drama, Speech, ELL, ELL Sheltered Literature courses, Film appreciation, Personal Reading, IB A1, IB A2, Language A: Literature, and Language, A: Language and Literature. As an international teacher I have taught students from over 60 different countries and have been immersed in the International community.

My philosophy of education revolves around understanding and creation. Many of the assessments that I assign are project based so that students apply what they are learning in an authentic and creative way. I am also a strong believer and practitioner of cooperative learning. During most classes, students have the opportunity to discuss their ideas as a class and in their perspective groups. I take pride in trying to expose my students to different ways of exploring the subject matter. My ultimate goal for each class is that every student understands and masters the material. 

Emily Cornet
Ms. Emily Cornet
High School Social Studies Teacher
Personal Statement:

I am excited to join the RVIS community as a History teacher. I have spent more than a decade teaching English and History in California and Oregon.

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I am excited to join the RVIS community as a History teacher. I have spent more than a decade teaching English and History in California and Oregon. No matter what the class, or where the location, I strive to get to know my students and to challenge them to do their best in every assignment and task they do. I invite students to engage in the curriculum in a hands on, inquisitive manner as they explore deeper. I challenge students to practice and utilize the skills they will need as they enter university and the world after high school. 

I recognize the need for each student to practice and find their own path and strategies that best fit their learning style and their goals. We will explore history in a way that we will each reach understanding, although we might take different paths to get there. 

As a lifelong learner, I continually reexamine my own approach to teaching and learning, and am not hesitant to try new technology, approaches, and material. I love to learn, and am always looking for more understanding. Combined with my love for travel, I approach each situation as an opportunity to explore and learn more. 

I look forward to joining RVIS and working with each and every student as they move forward in their education. I am excited to share my passion of teaching and learning with the students of RVIS. 

Brian Wilkinson
Mr. Brian Wilkinson
HS Science Teacher
Personal Statement:

Before becoming a teacher I was able to experience a number of professional occupations that enable me to bring real-world science applications to the classroom.

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Before becoming a teacher I was able to experience a number of professional occupations that enable me to bring real-world science applications to the classroom. I am energized by science and learning, and therefore my students are motivated to explore and understand the science that surrounds them. 

Learning the sciences should be engaging. It provides countless opportunity for students to use technological tools, hands-on laboratory skills, collaboration, and exploration. By creating positive relationships with students and parents, I can create unique learning experiences that challenge each individual and help them develop as lifelong learners. 

I am excited to join the RVIS community, where the positive school culture of learning and success influences every member. 

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. 

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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.

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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 c

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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! 

Ms. Peggy Morton
Ms. Peggy Morton
HS Math Teacher
Personal Statement:

While teaching both in the United States and internationally, I have worked with students and colleagues from a variety of different cultures. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner not only in the fields of mathematics and teaching but also of life in general and the world around me.

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While teaching both in the United States and internationally, I have worked with students and colleagues from a variety of different cultures. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner not only in the fields of mathematics and teaching but also of life in general and the world around me. I hope to instill this same love of learning in my students. 

Every student has the potential and capability to learn mathematics. In my classroom, I strive to help students recognize this and develop an excitement about their education. I am a big proponent of students investigating mathematics to fully develop their understanding of concepts. I believe that by engaging with the material in this way, students will understand and retain the information better and come to enjoy the learning process. Whether it be having students research something on the internet, conducting a survey via polleverywhere.com, or using graphing software to help them visualize vectors in three dimensions; technology is an essential tool to teach in this way. I believe that every student can leave my classroom with a healthy respect and appreciation for the beauty and usefulness of mathematics; and, more importantly a confidence in, and recognition of, their own potential. 

Ms. Randi Wilkinson
Ms. Randi Wilkinson
Technology Integration Facilitator
Personal Statement:
My educational philosophy includes making decisions like a mom, using technology to negotiate a competitive world, and ensuring mastery readers. A mom always puts her children first. It is easier to focus on the issues and make tough decisions when I first ask myself, "What is best for the student…
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My educational philosophy includes making decisions like a mom, using technology to negotiate a competitive world, and ensuring mastery readers. A mom always puts her children first. It is easier to focus on the issues and make tough decisions when I first ask myself, "What is best for the student?" and "What would I want for my child?" 

From this perspective the answers become clear. I want a caring environment where my child is excited to attend daily, where he or she feels comfortable taking risks and thinking in an investigative way. I want to be a teacher who fosters a team atmosphere and builds positive interdependence so that each child feels included and successful. 

School is a practice run for "real life." My children and my students need to be ready to enter a competitive workforce. They will need to be comfortable using technology, and even more important, comfortable knowing how to adjust to ever changing technology. 

The most important thing for my children and my students to know is how to learn. They will not always get individualized attention, so they must learn to be their own self-advocate. They need to know when and how to get help, and they need to know a variety of specific learning strategies that work for them. 

Finally, reading is the key to life! I share with my students that a good mind-movie is better than any fancy, state-of-the-art, special effects Hollywood movie team; and the best part is, it's right in their imagination. When they pick up a great book it can be more vivid than any movie or video game. In addition, reading is a great way to learn. From Google to gardening to WWII to writing a resume - it is all there for us to learn about if we can read well! 

As a mother and an educator I provide knowledge, care, and guidance for my children and students. I prepare them to survive our highly technological, knowledge-based economy. Lastly, I inspire a love of reading, the most important tool in their life-long quest for knowledge. 

I am incredibly excited to join the RVIS community. I look forward to the learning and growth that will take place between staff and students. In particular, I am interested in exploring the questions and goals of our middle and high school students as they face the many challenges and global opportunities of this school. 
 

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/…
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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,…
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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. Fiona Al Rowaie
Ms. Fiona Al Rowaie
Literacy Coach
Personal Statement:
I believe that learning is a lifelong journey, which is at its most rewarding when undertaken in partnership with others. As Literacy Coach for PreKindergarten to Grade 5, it is my privilege to collaborate with the outstanding teachers at RVIS in a shared journey to improve student learning.…
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I believe that learning is a lifelong journey, which is at its most rewarding when undertaken in partnership with others. As Literacy Coach for PreKindergarten to Grade 5, it is my privilege to collaborate with the outstanding teachers at RVIS in a shared journey to improve student learning. 

Literacy Coaching can be defined in multiple ways and the role of a literacy coach varies according to the needs of the individuals and institutions he or she works to support. The role of literacy coach grew out of the realization that the impact of traditional professional development is limited because it is intermittent, takes place out of the classroom context and lacks the support needed to facilitate transfer of learning. Literacy Coaches “work with adult learners, design and facilitate professional learning, provide confidential classroom-based support, and assist the administrative team in reaching data-driven student achievement goals" (National Staff Development Council, September 2005). 

The success of Literacy Coaching in the United States lead Bonnie-Campbell Hill and Carrie Ekey to develop a two year training program in Literacy Coaching for International Schools. Their goal was to support and sustain literacy education in international elementary schools through the work of literacy coaches. In 2007 I was lucky enough to be accepted into the first cadre of International Literacy Coaches trained by Bonnie-Campbell Hill, Carrie Ekey and Katherine Casey. I am grateful for the opportunity this training has given me to work and learn alongside so many remarkable educators and students, as I continue my own learning journey. 

Ms. Kristine Emerson
Ms. Kristine Emerson
Secondary Art Teacher
Personal Statement:

As an educator, I recognize that the learning environment impacts students' performance in the classroom and amongst their peers, and as such I maintain an atmosphere in which students can be inspired by one another and where ideas and comments are accepted and encouraged..

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As an educator, I recognize that the learning environment impacts students' performance in the classroom and amongst their peers, and as such I maintain an atmosphere in which students can be inspired by one another and where ideas and comments are accepted and encouraged.. Humour and fun are also necessary to encourage thinking and learning on a level that students can appreciate, understand and enjoy. As a teacher, I am continuously searching for ideas, materials and experiences to help learning. I respect what my students know and use this as a bridge to new language and information. Specific to visual arts, it is imperative that the arts be supported and encouraged in any school setting. Visual arts are a form of communication that provides cultural enlightenment. Art is a subject that teaches patience and inventiveness; qualities that create life-long learners and mature and thriving individuals. It is important for students to understand that creativity is at the core of new ideas and that art inspires and records cultural history. I will provide my students with the necessary foundations for the advancement of knowledge, ethical behaviour and personal fulfillment. 

As an avid world traveller, I have a passion for world cultures and history and seek out diversity and artistic styles such as the cultural handcrafts of South Eastern Asia, pottery of North Africa, European architecture, Northern Canadian Inuit prints and Central and South American textiles. I truly believe in “learn though doing” or experiential learning. Art- provides obvious opportunities and outlets to extend learning. 

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. 

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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. Kate Oliverson
Ms. Kate Oliverson
Secondary Music and Drama
Personal Statement:

I am a firm believer that exposing students to a combination of the good literature and the arts allows them an outlet wherein they not only explore their creativity and interpretive skills, but they are able to tap into their own emotions and feelings.

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I am a firm believer that exposing students to a combination of the good literature and the arts allows them an outlet wherein they not only explore their creativity and interpretive skills, but they are able to tap into their own emotions and feelings. Through performance and interpretation, students also hone essential communication skills. In my English courses I work hard to create everyday assignments that showcase my students' knowledge and stretch their imagination, tasks that challenge them and help them to develop skills in reasoning and analysis. I like to encourage my students to find practical applications of the themes and plots in current events and historical happenings so that the literature comes alive for them. It is no secret that when a student is allowed the chance to relate personally to the subject and actually take ownership of that information, they learn more. 

I believe my position as a subject teacher goes hand in hand with my responsibility to help my students mature and develop into honest and ethical individuals who are leaders within their communities and responsible citizens of the world. As a great deal of teaching happens beyond the classroom walls when students are participating in extra-curricular endeavors, I have always been actively involved in these programs. I also believe that an educational institution is only as strong as its community and outreach into the greater community, so I am passionate about exposing my students and myself to outreach and service learning projects. I am looking forward to becoming an integral member of the RVIS community and taking part in the programs and activities offered at this great institution. 

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.

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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.

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.

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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. 

Ms. Brandy Brenwall
Ms. Brandy Brenwall
Physical Education Teacher
Personal Statement:

My ultimate goal as a Physical Educator is to give my students the knowledge that is needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. I want to instill in them the importance of making healthy choices and physically moving daily.

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My ultimate goal as a Physical Educator is to give my students the knowledge that is needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. I want to instill in them the importance of making healthy choices and physically moving daily. For my younger students I will introduce them to many different activities and show them that daily exercise can be fun. For my older students I will explain, demonstrate and teach them the importance of making healthy choices not just in what we eat but everyday situations that might arise. I want to give them the tools and knowledge needed to become a responsible, safe and healthy adult. 

I also like to incorporate technology into my lessons. Technology is all around us and it can certainly aid in helping us make better choices. Making healthy choices is not only important for our bodies but for our mind as well. By being physically active on a daily basis, students will improve in the classroom. Our body is just as important as our mind. P.E. is also a great place to work on our social skills such as teamwork, conflict resolution, and good sportsmanship. 

I am thrilled to be part of the Riffa Views team and look forward to the upcoming school year. 

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." - John F. Kennedy 

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.

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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. Amy Daraiseh
Ms. Amy Daraiseh
Secondary Learning Support Teacher
Personal Statement:

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener," These words by Robert Frost remind me of my second grade teacher Mrs. Ford.

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“I am not a teacher, but an awakener," These words by Robert Frost remind me of my second grade teacher Mrs. Ford. It was she who ignited in me the love of learning and desire to become an “awakener." Years later, I continue to think of her often and hope I will have as great an impact on my students as she did on me. 

My perspective on teaching and learning comes from observations of former teachers and mentors. Creating a learning environment takes the efforts and participation of students, educators, parents, and the community alike. Learning takes many shapes and forms. It moves at different speeds and directions. It requires analysis, collaboration, decision-making, and self-reflection. 

Such an active learning environment is what I strive for. I want to create learning experiences for my students that are engaging both in and out of the classroom. I want them to find places in their lives where the ideas and what is learnt are real and apparent. 

It pleases me to be part of the RVIS family and I look forward to working with you all. 

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. 

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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. Debbie Ihrig
Ms. Debbie Ihrig
ES Learning Support Specialist
Personal Statement:

I am honored and excited to be joining the team here at RVIS. 

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I am honored and excited to be joining the team here at RVIS. 

Teaching to me is about helping all students reach their highest potential. This is done through positive feedback, research, observation, and collaboration with a team that includes teachers, student, staff, and parents. Communication and teamwork is key to educational success, as well as making learning something that is fun, exciting, and meaningful. All students are capable of learning, sometimes it's just a matter of finding the best way to help that student access and use the information presented to them. 

Ms. Trina Roth
Ms. Trina Roth
Librarian
Personal Statement:

As a librarian in the 21st Century, I agree with Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book and Coraline and other titles when he says: “Literacy is more important than ever it was, in this world of text and email, a world of written information.

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As a librarian in the 21st Century, I agree with Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book and Coraline and other titles when he says: “Literacy is more important than ever it was, in this world of text and email, a world of written information. We need to read and write; we need global citizens who can read comfortably, comprehend what they are reading, understand nuance, and make themselves understood.” 

It is true that “Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”-Laura Bush (wife of George W. Bush, past president of the United States). 

My credo is for kids to read, read, read. Reading opens minds, expands vocabulary, introduces new ideas and thoughts, and makes them think. And as kids’ minds are opened, their world views enlarge and they understand more about the greater world around them. Digitalization shrinks the world into bite-sized bits; reading opens the world up. And what a wonderful world it is! 

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.

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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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:
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Dr. Amin Naeim
Dr. Amin Naeim
Arabic Teacher
Personal Statement:
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Mr. Salman Al Meshaal
Mr. Salman Al Meshaal
Islamic Studies Teacher
Personal Statement:
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Ms. Sana Ben Mussa
Ms. Sana Ben Mussa
Islamic Studies Teacher
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Nabeela Al Janahi
Ms. Nabeela Al Janahi
Secondary Islamic Studies
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What Makes us Different

The RVIS library has purposely been designed to act as a bridge between the elementary and secondary programs. Its bright, spacious windows and natural light have become a focal point of the school. Five specially designed science laboratories, dedicated fine and performing arts facilities and world-class athletic facilities demonstrate our school's commitment to excellence in every aspect of our students' education. RVIS brings a new level of school design to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Libraries in Bahrain

Our location in the Riffa Views housing development provides us with unique access to world-class sporting facilities. Our students have access to the Riffa Views Colin Montgomerie PGA level championship golf course, outdoor tennis facilities located on campus (six outdoor courts), a 25-meter competition swimming pool with an adjacent training pool for young children, a large purpose built gymnasium, a full sized FIFA,standard soccer field and mini basketball court.

World Class Facilities

The faculty of Riffa Views International School has been carefully selected from the very best available teachers from around the world. Annual recruiting trips by the Director ensures that our faculty is of the highest caliber. We aim specifically to recruit teachers with prior experience teaching in North American curriculum schools. RVIS faculty are committed to ongoing professional development, providing personalized instruction, and presenting a child centered, stimulating academic program of the highest possible quality. In addition, they actively promote the social and emotional well being of every child under their care. Our school is a warm, friendly place for children overseen by a caring engaged faculty. RVIS is committed to providing an organized, ongoing professional development program for its teachers to ensure that up-to-date educational practices are continually made available to the children of RVIS. We have a truly outstanding faculty to match our outstanding facilities.

Bahrain International Schools

The facilities at Riffa Views International School are second to none. RVIS engaged the services of RMJM Hillier Architecture to complete the design of the school. Hillier, a US based company, are experts in school design and construction and have years of experience in designing overseas schools. They have also been involved in the design of some of the premier private schools in the United States. Hillier has created a school design with beautiful, well-lit classrooms, landscaped central courtyards and warm welcoming façades.

The best school in Bahrain

From its inception Riffa Views International School has made a commitment to providing the highest quality technology resources for its students. The technological infrastructure available to RVIS students is truly exceptional. The entire school has been wired with fiber-optic cable as well as a wireless network throughout the campus. This technological infrastructure allows us to seamlessly integrate high-speed internet, intranet, videoconferencing and provide state-of-the-art home/school communication anywhere on campus. Interactive Smart Boards and LCD projectors are standard equipment in all RVIS classrooms. Thin client laptops are available for every student in every academic classroom. RVIS is a regional and global leader in the use of technology resources in education.

Bahrain International Schools
Hillier Designed Campus
RVIS Library
Quality Faculty Recruited From Around The World
Integration of the Latest Educational Technology
World Class Athletic Facilities
Governance, ISS & Accreditation
Governance
International Schools Services
Accreditation
Board of Directors

Riffa Views International School is governed by a five-member board comprised of Mohammed A. Muiz Chowdhury, Executive Director, Financial Management Group, Arcapita; Yasser Abdulrahman Alraee, Director of Real Estate Investments Arcapita; Bruce McWilliams, Vice President, International Schools Services; Atif A. Abdulmalik, Chief Executive Officer of Arcapita; Isa Abdulla Al Kooheji, Deputy Director of Scholarships and Cultural Offices, Ministry of Education, and Kurt Nordness, Director of Riffa Views International School.

International Schools Services

Riffa Views International School is the only International Schools Services (ISS) managed school in the Kingdom of Bahrain. ISS, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, is the world leader in international and overseas school development. ISS has been providing educational support to international and overseas schools for over 58 years. ISS currently provides services for over 200 schools worldwide and annually recruits over 1,000 teachers to work in international and overseas schools. This expertise will ensure that RVIS provides a proven, research-based, world-class educational experience for the children of Riffa Views International School.

 

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS SERVICES

 

"Excellence is a standard, an expectation and a state of mind. It is the standard we seek in operating a school, an expectation we have of our staff and our students, and it is the state of mind by which we make decisions about programs, practices and procedures. Decisions concerning the operation of the Riffa Views International School will be guided by the principle of excellence and by what is in the best interest of the children.

We recognize that the choice of a school for any parent is one of the most significant decisions they will make in determining the future of their child. At ISS we respect the different needs of children and families, we recognize that the education received at Riffa Views International School will be one step on the journey of a child's education and development, and that successful education is a result of the child, the family and the school working in concert to achieve clear and articulated outcomes.

We view the educational program offered at Riffa Views International School as an experience for the whole family and encourage parents to actively participate in the school."

RVIS offers quality education and prides itself on being internationally accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) located in Europe, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) located in the United States and is authorized by the IB organization to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

 

In 2014, RVIS received an “Outstanding" rating in all areas assessed from Bahrain's National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (NAQQAET).

  • IB Program
  • Council of International Schools
  • ISS
  • MSA
  • NAQQAET
Contact Us
Riffa Views International School
Building 407, Road 4303
Block Al Mazrowiah 943, Riffa
P.O. Box 3050
Kingdom of Bahrain

Phone:
(973) 1656-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
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. Nuha Rustom
Ms. Nuha Rustom
Administrative Assistant / Events Coordinator
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1556-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
nrustom@rvis.edu.bh
Airam Neesa
Ms. Airam Neesa
Business Manager
Business Office
Phone:
(973) 1656-5005
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
aneesa@rvis.edu.bh
Ms. Reem Mattar
Ms. Reem Mattar
Administrative Assistant for Admissions and Marketing
Admissions/Marketing
Phone:
(973) 1556-5019
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
rmattar@rvis.edu.bh
Jessica Davis  Curriculum Coordinator Bahrain
Ms. Jessica Davis
Curriculum Coordinator
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1556-5000
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
jdavis@rvis.edu.bh
 Jo Garrahy  Elementary Principal Bahrain
Ms. Jo Garrahy
Elementary Principal
Elementary School
Phone:
(973) 1656-5016
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
jgarrahy@rvis.edu.bh
Mr. Ken Davis
Mr. Ken Davis
Admissions/Marketing Coordinator
Admissions/Marketing
Phone:
(973) 1556-5004
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
kdavis@rvis.edu.bh
RVIS Dr. Joseph Rosevear Bahrain
Dr. Joseph Rosevear
Secondary School Principal
Secondary School
Phone:
(973) 1656-5026
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
jrosevear@rvis.edu.bh
School Director
Dr. Kurt Nordness
Director
Administration
Phone:
(973) 1556-5001
Fax:
(973) 1791-0392
Email:
knordness@rvis.edu.bh