I have worked in education for over 20 years and prior to Principal leadership roles, I have taught in all primary years. I have been involved in delivering a wide variety of staff training and introduced educational programs across both primary and secondary years. I have worked with various educational groups including local authority, national academy, university and educational charities.
I continue to develop The Pearl’s positive learning ethos and ensure it remains as one of the most successful schools in Abu Dhabi. As a believer in developing lifelong learners, I am committed to providing a 21st century education that combines creativity, critical thinking, innovation and a love of learning.
MEET OUR LEADERSHIP
Miss Samantha Hughes-Lewis is the Acting Vice Principal of The Pearl Academy and has been at the school for three years. In her role as head of data and assessment, Miss H-L oversees the assessment, progress and attainment of all the children in the school and how results are reported.
Miss H-L has been a teacher for 16 years, and she is passionate about international education. She has lived in Abu Dhabi for seven years and has taught in schools all over the world in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Nepal.
Miss H-L loves kitesurfing and skiing in her free time. She speaks French and German and is also a keen musician - leading the school band!
As a member of the school’s Senior Leadership team, Miss H-L works hard with her colleagues to develop the school’s ethos and implement the school’s development plan.
HEAD OF INCLUSION
Mrs. Barr began her teaching career twenty-five years ago in Portsmouth, UK. Since then, she has worked in several countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Mrs Barr also worked as a volunteer teacher in Sudan, where she taught classes in a village with no electricity or running water, so she is extremely appreciative of the beautiful facilities at The Pearl! Whilst working as a class teacher in EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, Mrs Barr developed a particular interest in children with specific learning differences and undertook further studies in this area. Mrs Barr is an accredited inspector for British Schools Overseas, and has post-graduate qualifications in educational testing and SEND. She now leads the Inclusion department at The Pearl, the aim of which is to ensure that all children achieve their very best.
Head Of MOE Subjects
Maha holds a Bachelor Degree of Science from Al Yarmouk University, Jordan, as well as a Bachelor of Education in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from Alhosn University, UAE. With more than 25 years of experience in teaching and leadership gained through working in different British curriculum schools in the UAE, Maha has developed her skills in implementing meaningful learning experiences for children.
She joined The Pearl Academy in its second year 2008 and says ''It has been a great pleasure to witness the growth and success of the school as the years have progressed. Joining the Pearl was my choice to develop myself and my career further, and it has been a pleasure to work and grow in such a nurturing environment.
I am always keen to further my knowledge and development to enhance the student's learning experience.''