School Leadership

Our educators are dedicated to creating learning environments that encourage your child to reach for high standards and expectations.

Going Above and Beyond

Lead by Ms. Barbara Lubaczewska, Principal, Dubai Scholars educators are committed to teaching standards that allow children to build confidence as they challenge themselves.


Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Barbara Lubaczewska,
Head of School
Educator for 29 years

Ms. Barbara Lubaczewska joins Dubai Scholars after several successful years of school leadership in the UAE. Prior to joining Dubai Scholars, Ms. Barbara led Al Rabeeh Academy in Abu Dhabi. She was also the Founding Principal of Amity International School in Abu Dhabi.

Barbara brings over 29 years of experience in education, having held international and UK Principalship positions since 2007. She has worked extensively in the Middle East and Europe and more recently in Prague, London and Abu Dhabi.

Barbara’s passion for school improvement ensures that her key priority is always in establishing high performing teams and promoting each student’s academic success and well-being. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Education from the University of East Anglia, UK and has been an ISI inspector for over 5 years.

Barbara is also an Associate Leadership Trainer of Karen Ardley Associates, UK and has travelled the world facilitating leadership programmes to aspiring leaders. Barbara strongly believes in distributed leadership and empowering others to be the best version of themselves. Her work as a Counsellor for ChildLine and as a Safeguarding Lead has helped to shape her work on establishing and embedding Values programmes in schools. She has also worked closely with UK universities as a mentor of PGCE students and is excited to continue this work, being a strong believer in supporting younger teachers to be aspirational and brave in their approach to teaching.

Outside of school, Barbara is a keen walker and has completed charity walks in India and the UK to support ChildLine and WaterAid as well as more leisurely treks across many continents, her favourite being Petra and the wadis of Jordan.

Biniya Mary Jacob, Administrator

Education Statement: Education is vital to a student’s success in life. As the School Administrator, my team and I work to provide students a healthy, safe and supportive school environment to help effective learning.”

Remy Dias, Head of Early Years Foundation Stage
Educator for 26 years

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the FS Section of the school that has such a rich tradition of education. After having been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-six years, I have worked with a variety of learners’ ranging in age from FS to Primary in varied positions. I started my career in Dubai 14 years back as the Academic Head of Foundation Stage and Primary at the British Institute for Learning Development. I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Dubai Scholars School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.”

Fauzia Waheed, Head of Teaching and Learning
Educator for 29 years

Educational Statement “Every child is unique in their own right. They can only become independent and strong learners if given the sense of security, love, and guidance necessary, in an Enabled Environment. Children need the freedom that allows for expression and creativity. A child exuberant and inquisitive drives my commitment to help nurture creativity.  I believe in exploring and unlocking each child’s potential through a holistic approach.”

Samina Rizvi, Head of Primary
Educator for 26 years

Educational Statement:
“I am passionate about leading DS Primary and want to ensure that academic learning begins with motivation and inspiration, and that the highest standards are maintained by promoting, developing and modelling excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning.”

Sapna Changrani, Head of Secondary
Educator for 9 years

Educational Statement: I believe, an educator of the 21st Century essentially takes on the role of a mentor. It is essential that the mentor provides specific and meaningful positive feedback and encouragement to students as it is important that students build up their confidence and develop intrinsic motivation. The joy, the challenges, and the uniqueness that every child brings in every day makes a journey of an educator fulfilling and gratifying.”


Middle Leadership Team (MLT)

Kimberley Fernandes, Deputy Phase Head Years 3 to 6
Educator for 8 years

Educational Statement: “Children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is therefore imperative to create a safe atmosphere where students can share their ideas, take risks, accept themselves for who they are, as well as embrace the differences of others, to meet their full potential.”

Joretta Ghanchi, Co Faculty Head – English
Educator for 28 years

Educational Statement: “I wish for my students to be able to speak their minds while understanding the mindset of others, conquer their fears while reaching out to others, harness their potential while respecting the potential of others so that they give back as they have been given to, by others.”  

Jeoffrey Mendonca, Co Faculty Head – English
Educator for 20 years

Educational Statement: “A student enters the school with many expectations. Those expectations, however big or small, are unique to that student. My fulfillment as an educator is when the student finds contentment through various activities, fulfills a few of the expectations and goes home every day with a positive approach to life.”  

Amatul Noor, Faculty Head Science (Senior School)
Educator for 17 years

Educational Statement: “Education is a tool that can help students develop real- world, career ready skills and foster collaboration 

Eqbal Warag, Faculty Head – Arabic
Educator for 22 years

Educational Statement: “I try to make Arabic easy and fun as much as I can by using a lot of technologies.  I believe all of them have the potential do well and my role is to support and encourage them to do so.

Farhana Erum, Faculty Head – Islamic Studies

Educator for 25 years

Educational Statement: Knowledge is a treasure and when shared it does not reduce but doubles.”

Smriti Mendonca, Faculty Head Humanities, PSHE, Psychology & Coordinator Sixth Form
Educator for 19 years

Educational Statement:
 “I strongly believe that all children are capable of learning, if they have the proper motivation and direction from their teachers. I, as a teacher, am aware of the learning, motivation, behavior and development models related to the students and push my students to reach their full potential.”

Lydia Dias, Co Faculty Head – Mathematics
Educator for 28 years

Educational Statement:
 “Education doesn’t need to be reformed, it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, by identifying the individual talents of each child and placing  students in an environment where they want to learn thereby naturally discovering their true passion.”

Sudha Sripada, Head of Inclusion
Educator for 7 years

Educational Statement: “I am a qualified Psychologist with more than 7 years of experience in providing Inclusion Support, Counseling, Coaching and learning assistance. My areas of expertise include identifying and bridging learning barriers, emotional and behavioral concerns especially among young adults, acknowledging and dealing with stress and anxiety, performance development and ensuring an ethos of Inclusion among other related issues of adults, adolescents and children. I am passionate about helping people recognize their potential and supporting them in growing it. My work expertise coupled with my educational background helps me achieve this passion.”

Aubin Pereira, Department Head- P.A. (Performing Arts)
Educator for 13 years 

Educational Statement: “Students are equipped with all the tools for learning. It is a teacher’s job to facilitate and encourage it.”

Surjit Sandhu, Department Head- P.E (Physical Education)

Educator for 5 years 

Educational Statement: “It is my responsibility as an educator to challenge students and encourage their exploration of knowledge and understanding in Physical education, while providing the tools for them to become confident learners, active and fit individuals.”


Caroline Silva,Coordinator Foundation Stage 1
Educator for 11 years

Educational Statement: “Each child is unique with great capacity to learn and the ability to make positive contributions around them. When children are placed in an enriched environment with trained teachers, they tend to learn quickly and easily.”

Syed Anwar Abidi, Coordinator Sixth Form

Educator for 26 years

 Educational Statement: “Education is the most valuable asset which can be given to a child”

Liza Rebello, Coordinator Year 1

Candice Astrel D’Souza, Coordinator Year 1

Priyanka Martins, Coordinator Year 2

Santosh Bahadur, Coordinator Year 2

Lilian Norman, Coordinator FS2

Ishrat Abdus Samad, Coordinator FS2

Chanchal Sirohi, Coordinator Commerce

Manal Bennabbas, Coordinator French

Archana Kamath, Coordinator Humanities

“A good education is the most important thing we can give our children”

- Ms. Aparna Verma, Founder, Dubai Scholars