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

Hussaina Sheriff


Ms.Hussaina Sherieff is a founding Vice Principal of Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School. who has18 years’ experience in Educational Leadership roles including 13 years of U.A.E experience. She has completed Master’s in addition to two Bachelor’s degrees and currently, pursuing her Ph.D. She has the qualifications of being an International Inspector for UK curriculum schools. She is experienced in many different curriculums such as the UK, US and Indian. She is handling the Educational Operations of the school as well as inspections and accreditations. She is a visionary leader who strives in establishing the foundations of Educational Organizations and raising the standards both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, she has the abilities to transform challenging situations to opportunities in order to grow herself as well as the Organizations. She has excellent rapport with all the stakeholders and has been very passionate towards providing education for all.






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

Head of English & Boys Section

Abou ElSaoud

Head of Mathematics & Girls Section

Reem Naja

Head of Elementary

Jasminka Vasic

Head of Curriculum and Assessment 

Islam Adel

Head of Arabic & Islamic Department 

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