Message from Our Principal & Leaders


Dr. Terry Burwell
I am thrilled and excited to have joined Beaconhouse Al-Khaleej International School (BAKIS), and I am looking forward to spending many years here at the school. We have undergone considerable change in the last 24 months, and I am deeply thrilled to be part of the direction we are headed in together. I believe in educating the whole child, inculcating environmental awareness, responsibility and leadership and in enriching and extending both in the curriculum and in the extra-curriculum.

I love to grow all aspects of our calendar, curriculum and co-curricular programs to ensure we inspire and extend all students with leadership and service opportunities aplenty, whether it be in the performing arts, art, and design, languages, literature, history, geography, science, computer science, technology, engineering, mathematics, sport, outward bound activity, Model United Nations, community service, environmental work or entrepreneurship.

I believe learners should have a life plan and that teachers and parents working together as life coaches can help ensure all students develop very joyful and healthy work hard – play hard habits as the means of developing their grit, and other desirable learner traits and realizing their dreams through a commitment to their life plan. Through conceptual understanding, competency learning, and character development, we can weave outdoor education, sports, performing arts and art into our academically rigorous curriculum. In doing so, we will afford real depth and breadth to the ways in which we can nurture great character and enable students to secure the best of educational outcomes, places at their universities of choice and the determination to pursue their chosen path with passion.

My moral compass embraces trust, respect, integrity, and caring. It is with this embrace that I tirelessly work ensuring equity for all students; promoting student mental and physical well-being; enhancing parental and community confidence in the schools I serve by nurturing students to become confident, capable, and caring citizens. Moreover, I take great pride in helping students achieve high levels of academic performance and acquiring the skills they need to become productive citizens of our world. As a current Adjunct Professor in Higher Education, I know firsthand the skills that tomorrow’s students, today, need to be successful. I retired from Ontario’s public-school system on December 31, 2018, after spending 26 incredible years serving the students of Ontario, Canada. Of those 26 years, I spent the last 21 years as Principal so I can assure you that I bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the role here at BAKIS. A quote that has resonated with me throughout my career is this, “Alone we can do little but together we can do much.” I look forward to doing much with the BAKIS community in the months and years ahead.



Vice Principal

Rania Amaireh

Ms Rania Amaireh is an Instructional leader who has spent her last 15 years working in the Education Sector in UAE’s  different Emirates. She has a Master degree in Educational Leadership and Management (Distinction), Master of Business Administration (Distinction), and National Professional Qualification of Headship (NPQH). She had submitted many research related to education, assessment, curriculum, and different learning methods during her academic journey. Some of her educational articles are published in national and international educational magazines.

As the School Vice Principal, she is responsible for the school strategic improvement planning, preparation for inspection and accreditation, Curriculum and Assessment , in addition to her role in overseeing the parent relation department, admission, and Marketing. Ms. Rania is very eager about the latest trends in education. During her career path, she was able to lead the  transformation process of many  underperforming schools and improved them from different aspects. She believes in partnership between all stakeholders for the best of our students’ education. Her teaching philosophy is to help individuals in the school community to reach their maximum capacity and be a self directed learners. 



Head of Kindergarten
Yasmeen Musa

I am very excited to be introducing myself to you all as Head of Kindergarten. My name is Yasmeen Musa and I’m from Canada.  I have high standards and expectations for all and will always put students first. 

I’m excited and thrilled to be part of this wonderful team at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School.  I started my career with BAKIS 4 years ago.  I have completed my BComm at Ryerson University in Toronto Canada.

My creativity, flexibility and sensitivity helps to guide my team to create a magical experiences in the early years.  I’m very motivated, dedicated, enthusiastic and who wants all students to be success learners.

I looking forward to working with you as parents, as I’m also a parent to three amazing children, age 14, 12 and 9.  I strongly believe in positive communication and relationships with students and parents.   



Head of Mathematics, Science & Girls Section

Reem Naja

As an educator with over 10 years of experience in the field of academia, I believe that education is a continuous journey of self-reflection and evaluation.  My career began as an assistant teacher in my home country Lebanon.  I took every opportunity to acquire additional certifications and professional development. Driven by the passion of education and pedagogy, I have always enjoyed teaching young minds and have them become self-dependent.

I have joined BAKIS in 2018 as a math teacher and I am currently the Head of math & sciences and proudly the head of Girls Section. 

Looking forward to facilitating the values of integrity, innovation, professionalism and ethics to my team and the school.



Head of Elementary

Jasminka Vasic








Head of Curriculum and Assessment 

Islam Adel

Mr. Islam’s educational background and personal experiences have helped shape his philosophy of education. He believes all students are capable of learning at the highest level possible. He believes that our educational system will provide our children with the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. He has over 19 years of experience in the field of education. He worked as a Head of Department and Head of Curriculum and Assessment for more than ten years and was a Vice-principal and SAT Center Supervisor.
His experience has mainly been in school development and improvement.
He has vast experience in the USA, UK, and the IB curriculum. As for his education, he has completed foundational, elementary, and middle school education in the USA and his GCSE in UAE. Mr. Amer graduated top of his class in Management Information System with honor from AAST twinning with Central Michigan University. He has also completed his Master’s courses in the fields of MIS and Educational Leadership.



Head of Arabic & Islamic Department 

Intisar Abueida

Intisar Alian Abu Eida is an Educational Supervisor for Arabic Subjects at Beacon House Al khaleej  School. She holds a BA in Arabic Language literature and many awards & certificates of appreciation not only over the local zones, but also over the country. She worked for fifteen years as a teacher of Arabic language and for six years as an educational supervisor for Arabic materials. Moreover, she is a member of the jury for the (Together We Read) competition that is followed by the Ministry of Education.

As a head of the Arabic subjects department and educational supervisor at Beacon House Al khaleej  School, she aims to teach and learn Arabic language in way that keep pace with technological developments, strengthen the national identity, through tools that belong  to an educational system affiliated with the Ministry of Education,  build the national identity the relays on the values and the traditions of the UAE. that follows the future vision of the United Arab Emirates.

We in the Arabic subjects department  work with as a one team with a leader who surrounds herself with teachers who work with her not they work for her, reads the personality of teachers and those  who working with her,  participates them in implementing the department’s  plan,  encourages creative teachers who have a desire for continuous learning, development and professional growth, helps them to improve their weaknesses, and plans to prepare them as an effective qualified teamwork with well preparation and commissioning. She inspires her team to present new ideas that carry the concept of creativity and innovation to ensure the team on the right track in favor of maintaining a high teaching performance for our students.