MEET OUR TEAM
KG 1 - Ms. Yana
Ms Yana has a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Bethel University (St.Paul, MN, USA). Her teaching experience includes an international school in Asia, an elementary school in Minnesota (USA), and an international school in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
In her classroom you’ll hear many read alouds and lots of questions; you’ll see the students trying new things and making mistakes, not giving up and persevering when things get tough.
She loves experiential learning, trying new things, and is pretty competitive. She loves good black coffee and dislikes chocolate.
“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared….It means you go on even though you’re scared.” (Angie Thomas)
KG 2 - Ms. Noshida
My name is Ms. Noshida and I am a KG2 teacher at Bright Learners Private School. I have been teaching in the UAE for the past 11 years. I have taught in an American school for the last 7 years and I have been blessed to be selected as Educator of the Year for Early Years Education in the School Nujoom awards.
I grew up in Houston, Texas and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
I believe Kindergarten 2 is an important time of transition for children. I build a safe and comforting connection with my children from day one and begin our Kindergarten journey by making it bright, fun, and hands-on. I believe, ‘when you engage a child’s body, you engage a child’s mind.’ I try to do just that with lots of excitement, fun activities, story times and a sense of belonging. That is why my motto is, “You Belong!” In my class, we all welcome each other with big smiles and open hearts. I model this for my children everyday as they walk in every morning.
My motto is not something I necessarily say aloud everyday to my students, but rather something which guides how I make decisions. I believe that early year’s classroom is a place where a devoted teacher can bring out the best piece of herself and feed it to the child’s heart and mind every day. Routine, love, discipline, consistency, setting small goals and making them feel like rock stars is my key. I believe in my children and let them put their trust in me by showing them my loyal, promising, and happy actions and gestures, which have them believe that ‘They Belong.’
I firmly believe in keeping the mind and body healthy. We will be eating healthy in my classroom, lots of fun exercises and meditation!
I can’t wait to play, learn and grow with you!
Grade 1 - Ms. Samsam
Mrs. Samsam is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and has received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in Family Studies, and an M.A. from Augsburg University in Education, with an emphasis on English as a Second Language.
Although this year will mark her fourth year as a certified US teacher, Mrs. Samsam has 9 years of classroom experience teaching students from Pre-K to 12th grade.
Mrs. Samsam’s educational philosophy includes teaching the whole child by tapping into each child’s unique learning abilities and interests. Her passion as an educator is to connect with students prior to teaching in order to lay down a strong foundation. She strongly believes that a successful classroom consists of creating a warm and inclusive environment that allows students to remain confident, curious and challenged.
Outside of school, Mrs. Samsam enjoys relaxing with her family, reading, and spending time outdoors. This will be her second year in the UAE and she is excited to create a year filled with unforgettable memories at Bright Learners!
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X.
Grade 2 - Ms. Trenease
Trenease Williams is our 2nd grade classroom teacher at Bright Learners Private School. Trenease has over 13 years of educational experience and has taught in the US, UAE, and China. She is originally from Miami, Florida and obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida A&M University and a Masters of Education degree from Winthrop University. Trenease is very passionate about teaching and her love of Reading is shown throughout her classroom. She enjoys cooking, reading, and watching movies. One of her favorite authors is Tomi Adeyemi and her favorite quote is, “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” -Michelle Obama Trenease also loves spending time with her husband and 9 year old son LJ whom will be at the school this upcoming year. Trenease is currently working on being accepted into a Ph.D program within the US.
Grade 3 - Ms. Lori
Hello! My name is Lori Wardrup and I am from Texas. I am the mother to 4 children (Andrew, Joseph, Brittany, and Ashley) who are in university or starting their careers back in Texas. I have been in the UAE for 5 years and love living in Dubai with my husband. I enjoy reading, movies, games, continuing to learn, exploring art, and look forward to the day we can travel again. I have over 15 years’ teaching experience and hold a bachelor’s degree of Education in History and English from Texas Christian University. Currently, I am working to complete my master’s
degree in Educational Leadership.
“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” Anatole France My teaching philosophy is reflected in my favorite quote. I focus on the Growth Mindset in my
classroom to empower students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, make goals, identify how they learn best, and focus on growth with a positive attitude. Once students believe in themselves and have choices in their learning, there are no limits to what they can do!
Grade 4 - Mr. Ervin
Mr. Ervin Johnson is an innovative and highly effective primary educator from Miami, Florida, USA. He has had the honorable privilege of guiding bright learners toward their dreams for eight years now. Although he is a product of a family of educators, he never envisioned being a classroom leader until college. It was at the University of Florida where he gravitated toward the education profession while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and volunteering as a youth mentor. He is presently pursuing a graduate degree at Florida A&M University. He endorses the educational philosophy of “Teach a man to fish…Feed a man for life” because he believes that success is not only taught in the classroom, but also in the school of life. In his leisure time, he enjoys travelling with family, watching football, and supporting FAMU Rattler athletics. His favorite quote is from author and motivational speaker, Les Brown: “One must be willing to do the things today that others won’t do, in order to have the things tomorrow that others won’t have.”
Arabic - Ms. Eman
Islamic - Ms. Lamis
Assalam Alaykum! My name is Lamis Hasan, and I will be the Islamic teacher for all grades. I am from Palestine and I was born in the United Arab Emirates. I had a master’s degree in Islamic studies from the University of Sharjah, and I worked as a teacher of Islamic for six years within the country.
From my work experience, I contacted different students of different ages, nationalities, abilities and skills. All these differences increased my determination to develop skills and methods to reach the purpose of the job I loved, which is to see my students ascend the ladder of success and shine with success, and be good citizens with knowledge and contribute to building the nation, society and bright world.
And remember as your teacher I promise you that I will always be with you, supporting, charging you with knowledge, and to be your friend, because I believe in you, how much you are important, and how much you can make a change in the world.
SEND Coordinator - Ms. Laila
Laila Abousoliman is the Bright Learners’ Special Education Coordinator (SENDCo). Ms. Laila has 10 years of experience in Special Education and creative curricula. She has attained her masters degree in Special & Inclusive Education from the University College of London and has finished various studies in the education field fiercely exploring the innovative approaches of Education.
Before Ms. Abousoliman joined the Bright Learners she was the head of teaching and learning in a child’s skills development center in Dubai. Back in Egypt, Laila is the founder and director of an inclusive foundation for creative learning and expressive arts where she aspired to find a common ground between her passion for art and special education. Ms Laila has taken role in helping mainstream schools in Egypt implement inclusion models, having a direct role in training staff members and shadow teachers as a firm believer in inclusion.
For years, Ms. Laila has been an active member in an Egyptian NGO that advocates for inclusion in society, where she headed and was the cofounder of its Intervention Center for Down Syndrome. She has also worked closely with tens of families of children with disabilities in Egypt training them to apply home support intervention programs with their children. When Ms Laila is not working with children, she is an art enthusiast and a contemporary painter and for that passion she believes in the power of creativity and compassion in learning and development. “Learning will happen when you truly know your child. When the child feels understood and accepted, he feels safe and capable of climbing mountains, and for that, learning becomes a joy”.
Music - Ms. Patil
Patil Khajarian is our music teacher at Bright Learners. She is originally from Armenia and received her bachelor’s degree in music from the music conservatory in Damascus and had the pleasure to play with the national symphony orchestra for 10 years before becoming a full time music teacher. She has over 12 years teaching experience and this is her fifth year teaching in Dubai.
Patil has a true passion for working with young learners, encouraging them to love music which will impact all areas of their development and skills, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language and overall literacy. She likes her lessons to be active by including practical activities and games to present the important elements of music theory in a fun way.
When Patil is not teaching, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, go to the beach on sunny days, workout, listen to music, she also enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
Favorite instrument: The violin
Favorite composer: Mozart
Favorite quote: Where there’s a will there’s a way..
Art - Ms. Basma
PE Teacher - Mr. Kais Issa
Mr. Kais Issa is a qualified PE Teacher, graduated from the High Institute of Sports and Physical Education Tunisia in 2008, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Basketball coaching diploma.
He has been teaching Physical Education in Dubai since 2010. Working in many schools in Dubai as a PE teacher for KG to grade12. As well as, Physical Education curriculum specialist with the Ministry of Education.
His great love for sports coaching, energy and creativity led him to coach football, basketball and swimming in Dubai for the last 10 years.
His great achievement was to help kids engaged in different sports activities to develop their fitness, wellbeing and social connection. Also, he has the chance to lead some Emirati kids to achieve their goals and get involved in many UAE national clubs.
“Over many years of teaching physical education, I have discovered that teaching young minds and bodies is not always an easy task. Each day can be filled with many challenges and responsibilities. However, teaching physical education is full of excitement, joy, and smiles. I believe all students in Bright Learners Private School have the right in a great physical education learning environment and as a teacher it is my job to motivate all learners and challenge them to reach their full potential. My hope is that my love and passion for leading a healthy lifestyle will leave a lasting impression on all of my students”. Kais Issa