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

Mike began his career in school leadership as an Assistant Principal in Whitewater, Wisconsin, and was named the 1999 State of Wisconsin ‘Assistant Principal of the Year’. Mike was a principal in schools in Wisconsin and Michigan, US, before heading to the UAE to take up the position of Cluster Manager and Educational Professional Development Specialist, Abu Dhabi. Internationally, he worked as an Executive Principal in Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE.

Mike has also worked as a Principal Coach and Adjunct Professor in the US.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology Education from Northern Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As the oldest of six boys, Mike grew up with a love of working with children and young adolescents, and has been a passionate teacher, coach and school leader dedicated to “doing what is best for kids”.

Mike’s positive attitude and

Althea Edmondson

Head of Elementary

Althea Edmondson

Head of Elementary

Althea grew up in South Africa before relocating to Muscat, Oman with her family and then moving to Dubai in 2002. Althea studied Human Resources Management which has given her invaluable administrative and recruitment experience. Althea then went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) through the University of Sunderland followed by a Master’s in Education from Murdoch University.

Althea is an experienced educator with more than 13 years in international education. Althea is passionate about a student-centered learning environment where students use hands-on, real life learning experiences to develop their communication and thinking skills along with learning through inquiry, problem solving and developing a student’s independent learning skills as key focus areas.

Althea has held various leadership roles within primary education and as a passionate educator, has led various authorization and evaluation processes within the UAE. She has been a part of the development of teachers and middle

Daspo Yiappos

Head of Teaching & Learning

Daspo Yiappos

Head of Teaching & Learning

Daspo Yiappos is the Head of Teaching & Learning and interim Head of Secondary to support our leadership team at the school.
With over 15 years of experience in the Education industry in the Middle East, Daspo is an accomplished international educator with vast school improvement skills. Previously, she was the Director of Education at BEAM schools, a group of 6 international schools in the UAE.
She has also led inspections for the KHDA during the last 4 years. Daspo is a visionary leader and strategic advisor who has proven her expertise in teaching, learning, school transformation, strategic planning, leadership coaching, learning observation, academic feedback and evaluation along with improvement planning. These combined areas of expertise are in line with Nibras’ objective of academic improvement and have made Daspo a precious asset for the school.

Gary Williams

Head of Secondary School

Gary Williams

Head of Secondary School

Gary joined the Nibras International School leadership team as the new Head of Secondary School this year.

With over 25 Years of experience in Dubai, Oman and London, Gary has been a key member of many teams that have led school improvement plans.
Gary has been recognised as an exemplary educator. He is passionate, innovative and highly motivated. He aims to inspire the students and hopes to further the school’s ethos of empowering students to achieve their potential as learners and responsible global citizens.
Gary holds a Master’s in Education - Leadership and Management from Middlesex University

Tracey Morrison

Finance and Administration Manager

Tracey Morrison

Finance and Administration Manager

Tracey joined Nibras International School in April 2020 as the Finance and Administration Manager.

Originally from a manufacturing background, where she worked in many national and multinational companies, including Rolls Royce Aerospace, British Nuclear Fuels and Alexander Dennis (Transbus), Tracey has worked with ISP for four years.
She has previously been the Finance and Administration Manager at Park House English School in Qatar, and also took on the same role at the Hamilton International School when it opened.
Tracey is from Scotland, where she gained her CIMA qualification (Certified Institute of Management Accounts).

Katrin Squier

Human Resources

Katrin Squier

Human Resources

Katrin joined the Nibras International School team in April 2020.

She has worked with ISP since 2019 where she joined the regional team as an Office Manager.
She is an experienced administrator, skilled at financial management and reporting. Furthermore, she possesses a strong acumen when it comes to talent management and corporate recruitment.
Katrin’s work will be fortified with her characteristics of reliability, service orientation and organisation skills.