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Our Team

At NIS, we are proud to say that we only recruit teaching staff with a passion for lifelong learning and the desire to share that passion with children, colleagues and the community.

Our teaching staff have worked internationally and here in the region, and boast between them a vast range of skills and experiences.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Safe recruitment practices, pre-employment background checks, and police checks are undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Michael Cipriano

Principal

Michael Cipriano

Principal

I am delighted to serve as the principal and ensuring success for Nibras and most importantly, your children.

As part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP) family, NIS is dedicated to ensuring that every child experiences ‘Amazing Learning’. I want you to literally ‘be amazed’ by the learning and progress made by your child, and it goes without saying that they need to amaze themselves with what they can achieve.

In order to continue and improve upon our recent successes my focus as principal is to provide co to your, consistency, communication and collaboration to you as partners in our students’ learning.

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HANNAH SUNG

Head of Kindergarten

HANNAH SUNG

Head of Kindergarten

I am truly honored to serve as the Head of Kindergarten. I have a diverse educational experience in different schools in Korea and the United States. My academic studies in early childhood education and seven years of teaching practice in Korea and the U.S. helped to shape my passion for delivering quality education to young children.

I received a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a professional teaching standards program as a representative of teachers in Maryland State schools. The educational leadership experience from 2012 to 2016 as a Principal at EtonHouse Pre-school in Korea, one of the rigorous international pre-schools in the EtonHouse group, has guided me in becoming an educational leader who values the right education and commits to work as a team with staff and parents in order to help every child reach their potential.

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JASON MILNER

Head of Middle School

JASON MILNER

Head of Middle School

Our middle school requires dedicated leadership to ensure the curriculum and learning meet the needs of students in early adolescence. This is a time when young people test boundaries, prefer socialising to learning and do not always understand the consequences of their actions on their futures. We have appointed Jason Milner, formerly a successful deputy head in the region, to be our Head of Middle School. Jason has high level expertise in digital learning and mathematics and is well-equipped to lead learning improvements in this phase.

ANTONIA STRONG-ETHERIDGE

Head of Middle & High

ANTONIA STRONG-ETHERIDGE

Head of Middle & High

Antonia Strong-Etheridge comes to Nibras having 17 years of experience in secondary schools in the United States of America. Having been a teacher for 13 years and nine years as a member of various senior leadership teams holding roles as: Department Head, Data Support Specialist, and Assistant Principal. Antonia has a strong background in the area of Teaching and Learning, teacher coaching, and evaluation. In addition, Antonia has experience in creating Professional Development, Curriculum Development and Implementation, and has worked with SEND teachers to develop accommodations for scholars.

Antonia believes all scholars deserve a quality education and feels it is our role as educators to prepare them for a globally interdependent society. She feels parents serve as an integral part of the educational team, and looks forward to developing a strong bond to ensure student success. Her vision is that all scholars are able to develop their individual voice and

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AHMED AMR

Finance & Administration Manager

AHMED AMR

Finance & Administration Manager

I have joined NIS as a Financial Manager after 8 years of experience in the finance sector across Africa and the Middle East. I am certified as a managerial accountant from IMA and having a bachelor degree from AUC. My other interests are travelling, swimming & reading.

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BRIAN SMITH

Team Leader Grades 3-5

BRIAN SMITH

Team Leader Grades 3-5

Brian Smith, previously an experienced principal in London has joined us as Grade 5 teacher and he will be the Team Leader for Grades 3-5. Brian will work closely with our Elementary Coordinators to further develop learning and progress so that our students are well-prepared for the transition to Middle School.