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.  

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

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