Mrs Dawn E. Lee is an American educator who has been in the GCC area for almost 30 years, during that time she has had extensive administrative and teaching experience with more than 23 years’ experience in teaching and learning with second language English learners and 10 years as a school administrator. Her educational background includes a B.A. Humanities with undergraduate concentrations in English, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership. She has taken certification classes in Academic Advising and in Principal training,

She has had a wide variety of educational professional development experience in the following areas: Professional Development for English Language Teachers Teacher Training Program with the US Embassy , certification in TOEFL iBT Test from Propell, Visioning & Curriculum Development from Tribal, Coaching Skills for Trainers and The Magic of Making Training Fun from Special Management Resources, Instructional Supervision and Evaluation : Planning, Assessment and Student Results and Leadership in International Schools from PTC International Principal Certification, Introduction to Primary Years Program and Teaching and Learning in the PYP from the International Baccalaureate Organization, Technology Education Program from Futurekids, a number conferences with The Arabian Reading Association and  NESA leadership and training conferences.  She has also taken part and led schools to successfully achieve Middle States Association and Advanced Ed accreditations.

Over her many years in education; as well as teaching grades KG2 -grade 12, she has been a principal, a vice principal and a coordinator for the Primary Years Program and Humanities subject in seven international private schools in the GCC region in both the American and British educational systems.

Her educational philosophy is to teach the whole child through the following tenets:

Whole Child Tenets

        Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.

  •          Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  •          Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  •          Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
  •          Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.


Along with these tenets she believes children should be culturally sensitive towards others while understanding and embracing their own culture, social and religious values. This will enable children to grow to be world citizens while supporting and honoring their own country.