Our Team

Senior Management Team


Nicola Al Mazrouei

Deputy Principal | Head of KG

Ajyal International School Al Falah is a school with a tremendous heart for children. This can be seen clearly in our incredible KG department. In our first year, the department has grown and flourished. The warm and friendly atmosphere is felt from the minute you enter. Parents, teachers, and students feel welcome and appreciated.

Ajyal Al Falah KG department seeks to inspire young minds and to challenge each child to identify and develop their unique talents. Our students are encouraged and loved. We have adopted an inquiry-based approach to learning. Ajyal Al Falah students learn to be independent, critical thinkers.


Marilene Shane

Vice Principal | Head of Elementary and Middle School

I started my career in education as an upper elementary school teacher in Houston, Texas, in the United States in 1999. Upon obtaining my Master of Education degree from Prairie View A&M University in Educational Administration, I began working with the University of Texas supporting schools in the area of Reading in the Houston area.  After 2 years as a vice-principal and 4 as a principal in Houston schools, I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2014 to serve Al Badiya Girls School in Al Ain as a Deputy Principal for the ADEK school reform project. I was with Al Badiya school for 4 years and enjoyed the opportunity to live and serve the students in the UAE.  

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Maria Martin

HOD English and Curriculum Coordinator

My twenty plus years in education continues to foster my love of teaching and the gratification that comes with seeing students learn. I obtained my teaching certification from the state of New York and New Jersey with a degree in Education K-12 and English.  My desire to work with students who were disadvantaged led me over the years to work in inner-city schools both in New York and New Jersey where I believed I had the opportunity to make the greatest difference as an educator. I later went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Supervision, and Administration from Seton Hall University, New Jersey.

Head of Department and Coordinators 


Hiyam Al Rousan

Head of Arabic


Nada Talal 

Grade 2 Teacher / Coordinator


Randa Ghaloul

Arabic Teacher


Rami Al Sabbagh

Head of Islamic


Diarmuid Healy

Grade 3 Teacher / Coordinator


Suad Mazen

ICT Teacher / Coordinator


Najah Al Khodr

KG1 Teacher / Coordinator


Colm Morris

Grade 4 Teacher / Coordinator


Riham Khalifa

Social Studies Teacher / Coordinator


Magdalena Scheepers

KG2 Teacher / Coordinator


Hannelie Cranko

Grade 5 Teacher / Coordinator


Basma Elshimy

ESL Coordinator


Maria Badenhorst

Grade 1 Teacher / Coordinator


Sana'a  Yousef

KG Arabic and Islamic  Teacher / Coordinator


Amal Baz

French  Coordinator

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Ana Ciorei

P.E. Teacher / Coordinator

Learning Support and Intervention Team


Angelique van Tonder

Learning Support and Special Needs Coordinator


Hasna Guiapal

Learning Support Assistant