Mrs. Amal Shahine
Mrs. Amal Shahine joined Horizon Private School – Branch in 2008 as a Founding Principal. Before that, she spent 15 years in an international school in Abu Dhabi where she joined as a freshly graduated Biology teacher and became Head of Science as well as Head of Secondary.
Mrs. Shahine takes great pride in the progress HPS-Br. has undergone from a small school of 100 students in its first year to a grown school with over 1,900 students in its eleventh year. Due to her dedication and vision, quality was never compromised at HPS -Br.; therefore, professional educators have always delivered quality education to our students who are distinguished by their exemplary attitude and respectful disposition.
Mrs. Shahine believes that every student is a gift from God, born to add value to this world, and that it is the duty of the educators to help the child discover his/her talents. Consequently, students have a big respect for Mrs. Shahine and endeavor to meet the high expectations she sets for them.
Mrs. Shahine leads by example and is a role model for the students, teachers and staff under her guidance. She is a fair and firm leader highly respected by staff, parents, and students.
Mrs. Shahine believes that the secret behind being a great teacher lies in the word “TEACHER” itself. She explains that by just rearranging the letters of the word “TEACHER” you will get “THE CARE” and that’s what differentiates an outstanding teacher from a good one. An outstanding teacher cares about the achievement, progress, personal development, safety, and happiness of his/her students. This is the teacher who will never be forgotten and whose impact shapes the students’ future.
Ms. Noha Sbaiti
Ms. Noha Sbaiti is the Assistant Principal at Horizon Private School – Branch, and has been with the school since its inauguration in August 2008. Prior to joining HPS-Br., and being a holder of a BA and a Teaching Diploma in English Language, she was an Upper Elementary and Middle School English language instructor. In fact, she has taught English for almost 20 years both in her home country, Lebanon, and in the UAE.
Along with her duties as an Assistant Principal, she has laid down the foundations of the English Department and acted as the English language coordinator.
“I have watched HPS-Br. grow and prosper, and I am extremely proud of the progress, achievements, and reputation it has accumulated along the years. We, at HPS-Br., believe that a solid education is achieved through the partnership established between the parents and the faculty as well as the meticulous selection of well-qualified and caring teachers, collaborating to raise lifelong, happy, and suitably challenged learners.”
Moreover, Ms. Noha strongly believes in teamwork and strives to ensure that an atmosphere of collaboration and mutual respect is evident among the students, parents, faculty members, and employees. It is with pleasure and pride that she watches HPS-Br.’s students excited to come to school and looking forward for a new day of learning, growth, and achievements.
Mr. Nicolas Jreije
Mr. Nicolas Jreije joined Horizon Private School – Branch in 2014 as a Grade 4 Homeroom teacher and was promoted to Administrative Director in 2016. He believes that a school is as strong as its leadership and that the best form of leadership is by example. Mr. Jreije views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and leads to higher levels of attainment and progress. This shared system of belief and values ensures that students are pushed to achieve the highest levels in personal and academic growth.
Head of Kindergarten Department
Mrs. Bushra Barsik
Mrs. Bushra Barsik joined Horizon Private School – Branch in 2009 as the Head of Kindergarten Department. Her role is to develop a positive and creative learning community across the department. “Everything we do is focused on helping the children develop into happy, healthy, and confident learners equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the future.”
Mrs. Bushra puts her extensive experience as a teacher into use especially when planning activities and events with her team for the children in her department. She ensures that the team provides the children with various opportunities to develop their abilities, learn from and about the world they live in, and develop organizational and problem solving skills in a fun and playful manner.
Although she believes that kindergarten is the first stage in our children’s educational journey and in building their future learning, she strongly believes that childhood is not just a preparation for adulthood but an essential experience by itself. “Childhood should be valued as an important time in each person’s life; it should be full of joy and happy adventures.”
Head of the Lower Elementary Department
Mrs. Mary Khoury
Mrs. Mary Khoury has been in the field of education for 23 years. She joined HPS-Br. in 2010 as a Homeroom teacher and in 2012 she became the Head of the Lower Elementary Department.
Mrs. Mary strongly believes in education. “If you do what you love with passion, you’ll never work a day in your life.” She also believes that every student has the right to learn, to be taken care of, to be loved, and to be accepted. Her students are enthusiastic, enjoy coming to school, and strive to become lifelong learners.
She leads a strong team with tolerance and honesty. As a result, the team members support each other, collaborate, and thrive to excel in their mission. In Mrs. Mary’s opinion, “whenever there is great love, miracles can happen.”
Head of Upper Elementary School
Ms. Clara Nader
Ms. Clara Nader joined Horizon Private School – Branch in 2017 as a teacher and was promoted to the Head of Upper Elementary School in 2018 since she has an extensive background working in UAE schools.
Ms. Clara sincerely believes that caring for and supporting students and staff is a key part of creating a happy and secure learning environment. Her passion is to help each and every student succeed. With a group of professional coordinators, highly qualified teachers, and well-trained staff, she ensures that the academic, social, and emotional needs of the students are met.
“Our students are the heart of all we do. They are enthusiastic participants in everyday school life, made possible through the provision of an exciting, broad, and balanced curriculum that inspires and motivates them to develop into independent and lifelong learners. They are also engaged in a range of in- and after-school activities that make school a fun place for them. Parents, too, are involved in their children’s school life. We believe that parents can complement and reinforce what we start at school in the same way that we complement and reinforce what the students learn at home.”
Ms. Clara adds: “Within this caring and nurturing environment, we equip our students with the skills needed to be good citizens who are tolerant and respectful of others, ready to face middle school challenges, and adjust to the changes in the world and the community they live in.”
Head of Middle School
Mrs. Dalia Mouawad
Mrs. Dalia Mouawad joined Horizon Private School – Branch in 2008 as a French teacher as well as the Head of the French Department, and in 2015 she was promoted to Head of Middle School.
Mrs. Dalia is passionate about education and genuinely believes that it has the power to transform lives. “Job satisfaction comes from knowing that I have made a positive difference in my young people’s lives, urged them to have aspirations, and encouraged them to work hard to fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams.”
Given the fact that middle school is a challenging period in the journey of every student, where the range of academic ability, and physical and emotional development is huge, the major aim of our Middle School Head is to meet the needs of our 21st century students, families, and educators in order to set high standards, raise expectations, take risks, and face challenges in a safe and positive learning environment. “When families, community groups, and educators band together to support learning, students achieve more in school and enjoy the experience more as well.”
Head of High School
Mrs. Zeina Rafeh
Mrs. Zeina Rafeh is the Head of High School since 2015. She joined Horizon Private School – Branch in 2013 where she established the Guidance Department. Mrs. Rafeh graduated with a major in education and found her passion in the field through various experiences.
Mrs. Rafeh believes that opportunities presented to us in life should be turned into learning experiences, elaborating that it is not always about what we know, but in fact what we do that makes a difference in people’s lives. Mrs. Rafeh believes that high school is a phase where we do not only prepare students for university, but we also prepare them for life. It is about guiding, motivating, and encouraging the students into achieving their optimum goals.
She believes that in order to appreciate students, you must recognize them for their unique individuality. When students are recognized for their individuality, they gain self-confidence and learn their strengths. Only then do they learn how to work as a team without being intimidated by the strengths of others.
As in everything in Mrs. Rafeh’s life, she believes that her role at HPS-Br. is a learning journey, and she will continue to learn something new from her students every day.