Mr. Timothy Sloman – Founding Deputy Director General
Tim brings over thirty years of educational experience to the MiSK Schools. He has worked in both private and state; day and boarding; including recently three years founding a new school in the Czech Republic. He holds Master’s degrees in Education and International School Administration. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic, holding positions including Founding Head of School, Program Director, Athletic Director, Head of PE, Craft, Design and Technology Teacher, with a unique specialization in international summer camps for youth.
Ever since his beginnings as a Cabin Counselor at a summer camp, his passion has always been working with and making a difference in the lives of children in any and all situations. Tim’s dedication to student care, comfort and safety has earned him the respect and love of his former pupils, colleagues and administrators throughout his career.
He enjoys many sports, and has played, coached and refereed almost everything from football to volleyball, table tennis and ice hockey. Although it’s been many years since last living in his hometown of Stafford, England, Tim is a devoted supporter of the England national football team, as well as Manchester United Football Club, and now the Saudi Arabian national football team, of course! He is deeply honoured to have the opportunity to open MiSK Schools.
Susan Williams – Primary School Principal
Originally from New York, Sue has been an educator for 23 years, 14 of which have been in the international setting where she has been a teacher across the K-12 grade levels and a Director of Curriculum in Rotterdam, The Hague and Warsaw.
Prior to working internationally, Sue was a Professional Development Specialist in Mathematics, Science and Technology where she liaised with the NYS Department of Education and 22 school districts on such matters as educational best practice, data analysis, standardized testing, curriculum writing and review and strategic planning. Her work as a senior leadership team member in the international school community allows her to continue to work with teachers and other administrators as she leads schools through the accreditation process, assists in developing strategic plans and KPI’s, and develops, implements and reviews curricula. She also leads professional development in teaching practices and pedagogy, develops policies and procedures for English acquisition and learning support programs, and sees to the overall health of the organization.
Sue met her husband while working in The Netherlands, and enjoys reading, swimming, traveling and being with friends and family. Sue is thrilled to be a part of MiSK Schools where she is sure that students will receive the best education in the Kingdom and all students will reach their potential.
Roberto Baldizón – Director of Information Technology
Since 2001 Roberto Baldizón has served in senior administrative teams in independent schools in Mexico, Spain and the US. Prior to working internationally, he was a partner at an IT consulting firm in New York City.
In the past two decades Roberto has created/led numerous teams in the design of tech-edu integration initiatives. He has established 1:1 laptop/tablet programs, created faculty professional development programs, designed and deployed network platforms, built and managed teams in charge of organization-wide technical support, and overseen day-to-day server and network administration, in addition to leading ERP integration initiatives in academic institutions, foundations, and an array of corporations in the US, Latin America, South Africa and Europe.
His experience goes well beyond the server room, as he has created and taught a digital movie-making program for grades 6-12 as well as taught programming in grades 5-9. His passion is the moving image, and is actively exploring innovative ways to integrate 360-degree video and virtual/augmented reality in education.
Saeb Al-Halbouni - Director of Finance
Saeb is of Syrian and Lebanese descent, but was born and educated in Ontario, Canada. He received a Diploma in Business-Accounting graduating with Dean’s honor roll status, and then entered an Honors Bachelors of Commerce degree. He then gained entrance into the CPA Canada program where he successfully completed and attained his CPA designation (الحمد لله).
Saeb’s experience spans many industries including automotive manufacturing, automotive consulting, media, foods trading and logistics, where he has gained invaluable insight into the full-accounting cycle for both public and private corporations. This includes budgeting, detailed variance analysis, job costing, and establishing the financial systems and internal controls for startups. He’s worked in Canada, UAE, Kuwait and now KSA.
In his time off, Saeb loves spending time with family and friends, and enjoys being on the water to water-ski, jet-ski, and fish. He loves sports of all kinds and is an avid reader. He is excited to be part of MiSK Schools, valuing education as a key pillar of society, and is proud to be part of a leading organization that will help take the Kingdom’s education system to the next level.
“Seek education from the cradle to the grave”. Old Arabic Proverb
Tana Ebaugh - Head of English Language Acquisition
Tana has been a teacher educator since 2001, teaching and training in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United States, and Thailand. She holds a MA in Teaching and is a WL/SIT Trainer of Trainers for TESOL certificate courses worldwide. In addition to working in the fields of science and design, she was the Director for Training and Development at EGA in Riyadh, KSA, guiding the English programs for men’s and women’s vocational colleges; the Academic Director at UCC in Daegu, South Korea, providing teacher training and EFL specific courses for the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; and a Research Associate for Training Development and Implementation in the School of Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, setting up and running the Ann Arbor Language Partnership—bringing Spanish to the elementary schools.
Her professional interests lie in systems and complexity, reflective practice, and teacher agency. Her personal interests are travel, music, and the fine arts.
Margo Martin - PYP Coordinator
Margo Martin has been an educator for twelve years who recently worked as a teacher, and IB MYP/DP coordinator in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), designing curriculum, leading professional development and the authorization process for MYP and DP programs. In addition to working for CPS, Margo worked in a private school, K-8th levels as an Academic Principal on a leadership team as the lead for curriculum and teacher development. She has made the pursuit of being a catalyst of change as a lifestyle as she has received numerous grants and fellowships to pursue best practices in curriculum development and instructional coaching in the U.S., Japan, Indonesia and France.
Before pursuing a career as an educator, Margo lived in France for several years where she worked as a Project Manager/Technical Author for a French software editor. While in France, Margo taught a Web class to disenfranchised populations, which solidified her zeal to enter education and her commitment to furthering technology as an integral role in the learning process. Her professional accomplishments include editorial credits in educational testing materials, as well as an award from the Society of Technical Communication.
Margo loves reading, blogging, hiking and learning new languages (hopeful that Arabic will be next). She is very excited to join the MiSK Schools, and be a part of the team impacting 21st century world changers in the Kingdom.
Lama Al Chal - Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Lama was born in Baalback, Lebanon, and now lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her husband and two boys. She went to Lebanese International University from 2004 to 2007 and started teaching when she was 22-years-old. Lama taught in Lebanon in Ahliya Schools for 1 year, then got married and started teaching in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2008 where she taught for 7 years in King Faisal Schools (IB School) as a homeroom teacher for grade 2. She is now excited to be a member in MISK Schools staff for the coming school year.
Life to Lama means friends and family who you can trust and who trust you. She tends to be on the happy side of life, and helps her school days go by thinking or planning of either the next day or what will happen in class next, and she enjoys teaching and learning at the same time.
Lamia Abdelmoniem - KG2 Classroom Teacher
Lamia comes from Sudan and Egypt, the land of the pharaohs and where the two Niles meet. She was the School Librarian for 15 years at the Khartoum American school before going on to receive her Teacher’s Certificate and Masters in Education from The College of New Jersey in 2005. She taught grade one for two years, before moving to Khartoum International Community School, a PYP school, where she taught third grade for 6 years. Lamia then relocated to UAE where she got her first international posting, teaching KG1 for two years.
Lamia enjoys spending time with her family, which includes two sons who are currently in universities in the UK, and friends. She loves reading as well as passing on that love to her students and is looking forward to being part of the MiSK Schools family.
Aisha Wright - Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
A native of New York City, Aisha has spent the past 13 years in the field of education, teaching grades 1-8 in a variety of subjects. Her journey into teaching began in Atlanta, Georgia where she initially taught sixth grade Mathematics for some years and subsequently adding fifth and seventh grade Math and a bit of Science to her teaching repertoire. Her most recent educational ventures have taken me across international waters where she spent 5 years teaching abroad in South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. Overseas, she has arduously worked to provide local children with access to quality education in adaptable and engaging emersion programs. A sharp mind is one tool that can never be discounted and it is her earnest belief that learning should be enjoyable, so that it may transition into lifelong applicable skills. She enjoys planning activities that are both effective and engaging for her students. Teaching in the early years allows her to help instill a sense of joy and desire for learning during the most formative years of a child’s life.
Personally, being a lifelong learner is a philosophy she really prescribes to. Currently, she is working to utilize her love of visual arts by creating her own paintings and advancing her photography skills. In addition to her new found love for creating art, she is also working towards her open water certification for scuba diving. Of course, she enjoys traveling to new places and learning about new cultures, but she also travels for adventures like sky-diving, hang gliding, rafting, and animal encounters. When she is not immersing herself within the wanderlust, heaven for her are quiet evenings or weekends that usually involves reading and coffee!
Kyrsta Hauer - Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Kyrsta is very excited to start her first year at MiSK. Originally from Canada, she earned her B.A. and B.Ed from the University of British Columbia, and began her elementary teaching career in Canada and in 2011 she moved abroad to teach in Abu Dhabi. For the past 2 years she has been working in an IB PYP school and has thoroughly enjoyed it. With a background as a competitive swimmer and coach, she is also looking forward to getting back onto the pool deck. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading books and traveling the globe.
Diantha Giltz - Art Teacher
Diantha has enjoyed spending the majority of the last six years teaching art internationally. Like many Ohio natives, she has always embraced the chance to travel. Discovering that her love of exploring different places could be intrinsically tied to her profession, has been one of the greatest revelations of her life. After working with different youth and education organizations while pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, she realized her keen desire to be an art educator as well as an artist. This guided her into pursing an MAT at Kent State University and her teaching certification as a K-12 Art teacher from the state of Ohio. She was privileged to have had the chance to do her teacher’s training with a diverse population of K-5 students in the Shaker Heights District in Ohio.
Teaching overseas began as an IBDP and high school art teacher in Kuwait. The spirit of hospitality and graciousness experienced was a result of the students and their families during her time there, and will always be close to her heart. She has since taught in Southeast Kazakhstan with grades 7-10, and is now looking forward to returning to the Middle East and enthusiastically working at the Elementary level which has been her long desired position.
Iole De Simeone - PE Teacher
Fawaz Al-Odhyani - Government Relations Officer
Riyadh Al-Thunayan - Government Relations Supervisor
Zafer Ahmed - Head of Adult Language Learning
Maha Al-Nawfal - Administrative Assistant
Cesar Goya Putpane - Systems Administrator IT
Sally Darwish - Assistant to Deputy Director General
Oday Al Hamzah - Assistant to Deputy Director General
Hanouf Alqahtani - Marketing
Maha Al Hamdi - Marketing
Veronica Stephenson - Librarian
Aisha Ahmad - KG1 Classroom Teacher
Sonya Coles - KG2 Classroom Teacher
KaraLee Legresley - Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Karin Hiscox - SEN Teacher
Pam Fitzpatrick - English Language Learning Teacher
Angelina Vargas - English Language Learning Teacher
Katya Prokopenko - English Language Learning Teacher
Maria Argote - English Language Learning Teacher
Carolyn Boras - Drama Teacher
Ana Bravo Meija - Instructional Assistant
Feryal AlMushref - Instructional Assistant
Sutha Al Haqbani - Instructional Assistant