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 Mr. Frank Scarcelli, Principal, Dubai Scholars educators are committed to teaching standards that allow children to build confidence as they challenge themselves.


Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Frank Scarcelli,
Head of School
Educator for 41 years

Mr. Scarcelli has been an educator for 41 years, leading schools in Canada, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. His curricular experience encompasses the National Curriculum of England, International Baccalaureate, Ontario, as well as Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge curriculum. Mr. Frank specializes in building capacity in schools from within utilizing the energy and knowledge of both faculty and students. He has spoken internationally at conferences in Mumbai, Dubai, Baku, Shanghai, UAE, and Ontario. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Management as well as as specializations in Special Education, and Technology.

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.”

Fauzia Waheed, Head of  Foundation Stage and Lower Primary
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.”

Vidya Sriram, Senior School Administrative and Exams Coordinator
Educator for 6 years

Educational Statement:
 “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in us…”

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.”

Nazhat Surve, Co Faculty Head Math And Science (Primary)

Educator for 22 years

Educational Statement: As an educator I believe that education is more than imparting knowledge; It is about building character and empowering each child to be an enthusiastic life-long learner. Children enjoy challenges and excel in all situations if motivated and encouraged . I am very passionate about using technology for teaching and learning as it is very rightly said, “Technology gives even the quietest student a voice.”


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