Mr Paul FisherAssistant Headteacher (Data and Assessment)
After graduating from The University of Glasgow (PGDE Primary), Paul Fisher embarked on his teaching career, working across Key Stage 1 and 2. Following a move to Dubai in 2017, Paul Fisher moved into a leadership role as Head of Key Stage 1. This role then evolved into Assistant Principal, where Paul Fisher was responsible for the strategic development of the school.
Paul Fisher has always been an advocate for innovative teaching and has worked with local authorities in the UK to expand their use of technology within the classroom. He has experience in curriculum development and adaptation to enhance its ability to meet the needs of all learners. He believes learning should be fun, purposeful and engaging for the children.
As a teacher, Paul Fisher is passionate about inclusion. He believes that meeting the needs of all learners is vital to ensuring that all children feel successful and are able to reach their full potential. Mr Fisher believes that a positive, successful and enjoyable time at primary will inspire children to become lifelong learners.
Paul Fisher is delighted to become a member of the Arcadia team. It is a very exciting time to become a part of the Arcadia team as the school is growing from strength to strength.
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Giles Pruett is an educator through and through. After completing his A-Level studies in the UK, he trained and competed as a professional tennis player for five years until moving back into full-time study to complete his Bachelor of Education at Bedford, reading Geography and Sport Science. He immediately returned to his home city of Bath and subsequently started his teaching career as Director of Rugby, Boarding Housemaster and Geography teacher in the independent community of Prior Park College. After completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management at Bath University in 2012, gaining a distinction level, Giles transferred into the international education community, joining Jumeirah College in Dubai as Vice-Principal, where he remained for four years, before becoming Secondary Principal and Deputy Head of School at GEMS World Academy, helping them to become the highest rated full IB programme school in the city.
Giles is also a qualified corporate coach with a specific interest in building impactful professional learning communities by empowering others. He has developed pastoral structures to support learning and development in three previous leadership positions, ensuring that educational outcomes have been met and exceeded. Giles has experienced and driven inspection outcomes as a Senior Leader within several different frameworks, including Ofsted, HMI, CSCI, DSIB, CIS, BSO, COBIS, working as a Lead Reviewer within the GEMS organization and as Lead Evaluator for the Council of International Schools. His core inspection specialisms fall under the domains of teaching and learning, safeguarding, child protection and leadership and management.
Giles brings a wealth of experience in coaching, school operations, pastoral care and strategic school leadership and has been instrumental in developing an Apple Distinguished Teaching Programme, Entrepreneurship and Innovation curriculum alongside the design and construction of a new Senior School Learning Centre and Entrepreneurship Hub. He has a keen interest in this strand of education, recently completing a diploma from the Penn Graduate school of Education.
Above all else, Giles is a committed father to three wonderful girls and a husband to Joanna, who is also an educator and former British Olympic Modern Pentathlete. Together they share a passion for working with children, striving to bring learning to life and making a difference.
Miss Mary Donnelly
Head of Primary
Joining as a founding teacher, Mary has embarked upon a developmental journey into leadership which led firstly to Key Stage 2 Lead. Within this role, Mary successfully oversaw the improvement of student outcomes across Key Stage 2. Further to this, Mary also showed a particular passion for English, driving forward areas across the school including reading and writing.
Through continued exposure to whole school improvement and strategic planning, Mary’s passion for leadership continued to grow which led to being successfully appointed as Arcadia’s Head of Teaching and Learning. Within this role, Mary will be responsible for whole school improvement using outcomes from lesson observations and assessment data. Using information of this nature, Mary will develop the curriculum, ensure our staff have continual and relevant development and ultimately ensure that our students are engaged within a wholesome and efficient learning programme.
Using her previous experience as a teacher, Mary’s approach was based on a rigorous structure intertwined with a current, stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum which ultimately instils children with the open minds, knowledge and ability to view the world critically and believe that they can make a positive contribution to society. This will inform her guidance and development to teachers across the school.
Mary was drawn to The Arcadia School as an institution that promotes strong values for providing children with a joyful experience full of modern approaches to education, combining innovative teaching methods and advanced technological provision.
Mr Navin M. ValraniFounding CEO
BSc (Hons), MBA (Distinction), M.S. Ed
Navin Valrani has a passion for lifelong education. After completing his primary schooling at Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) and his secondary education at Dubai College, Navin went on to achieve academic honours at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the prestigious Ivy League School. Subsequently, Navin completed his MBA with academic distinction from London Business School and his M.S. Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. Navin is now on course to complete his Doctorate in Education in the summer of 2023.
Having worked in the Al Shirawi Group for over 20 years in various roles, Navin continues to serve the world of academia: being a member of the Wharton Alumni Board from 1997 through to 2003; presently on the Board of Overseers at the Penn Graduate School of Education and on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Middle East and Africa; and serving as the Chairperson of the UAE Alumni Interviewing Committee for the University of Pennsylvania for the last 25 years. Navin was also a member of the Campaign Committee and the International Alumni Council at London Business School and the Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee on the Council.
Navin is the former Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Emirates Chapter, having served for over 5 years on the chapter board. In 2014, Navin furthered his commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School by instituting the Monica and Navin M. Valrani scholarship fund to support students to attend both schools.
Miss Ahlam IsmailGovernment Relations Officer
Before her current role as an Executive government relations in Arcadia, Ahlam Abu ALyaqien have worked in multiple schools gaining knowledge and vast experience along the way, recently and mainly as an admission Manager, Head of Marketing and KHDA Coordinator. Along the way, she gained the ability to influence and teach the future leaders along with possessing good communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with all levels of management.
Ahlam performed outstandingly in all evaluations according to the KHDA report which led to her being honored by KHDA for completing the tasks in a professional way.
Before moving to Dubai, she has lived in Jordan, where she was born and raised, also where she completed her bachelor’s degree in law firm at Yarmouk University which was delivered by lecturers who have had their PHD from UK, USA, and Europe universities.
Driven by her ambitious to enrich her knowledge, skills, and experience along with enriching the same to others, she is pursuing her dreams of becoming an educator where she can learn and share the knowledge as she is proud to be a part of Arcadia team, a highly environmentally conscious school, as she strongly believes that quality education is the key to a sustainable future.
Miss Pamela Chikhani
Founding Director of Strategic Alliances
Bcom (Hons), MSc (Merit), CPM, CIL
With over 14 years of experience in business and finance and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Pamela is passionate about shaping the future of organizations and helping them deliver growth. A high-energy, tenacious and goal-driven leader, she has a proven track record of identifying new opportunities, forging long-term strategic alliances, and offering clients real and innovative solutions to their problems.
Presently, Pamela is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Arcadia Education. In this capacity, she manages all non-academic activities like communications and digital strategy, events, partnerships and more. At the same time, she also serves as the General Manager of Secure Parking UAE where she oversees its day-to-day operations and drives its business growth. Previously, Pamela served as the Head of Business Strategy at London Business School (LBS), where she defined, set-up and delivered LBS Dubai business development and outreach strategy for the MENA region. Prior to that, she was Head of Customized Solutions at Thomson Reuters and spent eight years at Zawya where she led and managed the Financial Solutions Division.
Pamela is also a co-founder, board member and mentor at Reach, a non-profit organisation registered in DIFC that is dedicated to helping young professional women unlock their true potential through structured mentoring and professional support.
Ms Chikhani believes in continuous learning and self-development and holds several certifications from various prestigious institutes such as the Coach Training Institute (CTI), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM). She is also a certified digital marketing expert, having earned this distinction from the prestigious Columbia Business School in the US. She has completed with Honors a Masters in Economics from the University of London in the UK and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Mr Charalampos Sarafopoulos
Director of Facilities
With more than 13 years of experience in FM Industry and MEP Maintenance services, Charalampos is passionate about optimising built assets. His focus is firmly on operational and service excellence, which he achieves through outstanding leadership and people management skills.
He is currently serving as the Director of Facilities at The Arcadia School and is the General Manager of Al Shirawi FM. Prior to this, he headed the Operations of Al Shirawi FM and was accountable for its 320 active contracts and the productivity of its over 1,500 employees.
During his career, Charalampos held important positions in other reputed organisations in the GCC as well as Europe and accumulated a wealth of industry expertise and diverse market experience. He remains committed to delivering world-class standards of facilities management through innovation, encouraging professional development and ensuring superior customer service.
Charalampos holds a degree in Technical Mechanical Engineering from Technical University Crete, Greece and earned several FM industry certifications, as part of Continuous Professional Development, in HVAC& R, LPG Common Elements and Plastic Technology to name a few. He is also certified in Strategic Management and Marketing of Enterprises.
Miss Jaclyn Redgwick
PA to Executive Principal & Parent Relations Manager
BA Management (Hons)
Jaclyn Redgwick has over 15 years’ experience within customer services. This time was predominantly spent within the aviation sector in a supervisory role for a major airline.
Having been schooled in both the UK and Africa, and working in various countries throughout Europe, Jaclyn is familiar with the varying customs and cultures from living Internationally.
Since moving to the UAE Jaclyn has worked in the education sector, prior to taking up her role at The Arcadia preparatory School she worked in a similar position for an established EYFS Nursery in Dubai.
Jaclyn is excited to bring her experience of customer relations to the school and is looking forward to interacting with the parents.
Mr Dileep Yadav
Director of Finance and Administration
Dileep Yadav graduated in Accounting and Finance in 1999 from the University of Mumbai, India. He is also a certified Investment Advisor and keeps abreast of market movements. After working for six years with renowned companies in Mumbai as Finance Manager, he moved to Dubai in 2006. He joined the Al Shirawi Group as a Senior Auditor and thus began his close association with Mohan Valrani.
Dileep was a key member in developing the Silicon Oasis branch of the Indian High School, playing a major part in the supervision of the school’s construction and also served as an honorary adviser to the Board. When Arcadia Education embarked upon its ambitious programme of the school building in 2013, Dileep assisted in the negotiation of the construction contracts and subsequent supervision of them.
He is presently overseeing all the aspects of the administration and financial management of Arcadia Education and its related companies.
Mr Liam CainHead of Upper Key Stage / Strategic Project Lead
Liam Cain is an inspirational and highly motivated leader with a commitment to providing innovative and stimulating learning opportunities for young children. His range of experience in several settings has enabled him to develop a honed reflective practice and regularly use this to guide and mentor others.
Before joining Arcadia five years ago, Liam taught across Key Stage 2, as well as gaining the positions of Teacher Mentor and PE Curriculum leader. Through this, he learnt fostering positive relationships to be intrinsic to his practice, enabling children to become strong, independent learners and for staff members to truly master their craft.
Upon joining Arcadia, Liam was awarded the position of Upper Key Stage 2 leader. Within this role, he is responsible for upper-school improvement using outcomes from lesson observations and assessment data. Using this information, Liam will adapt the curriculum, ensure our staff have continual and relevant development and ultimately ensure that teachers impart a wholesome and efficient learning programme maximising the progress and enjoyment of the children.
As a teacher, Liam firmly believes in imparting essential learning skills such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration within the curriculum. He considers it imperative to teach students about the mental processes required to adapt and improve upon a modern work environment. Liam has a key interest in this strand of education and has recently embarked on the task of implementing a learning skills programme in Arcadia.
The Arcadia mission of creating ‘lifelong independent learners’ resonates deep inside Liam; he takes great pride in ensuring this passion is instilled in children, helping every child flourish and realise their potential. He is a dedicated individual who is committed to developing this ethos in Arcadia school.
Miss Alice FoleyAssistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)
As a founding member of staff, Alice Foley has been heavily involved in the development of the teaching and learning in Key Stage Two at Arcadia. As a highly skilled Year 3 Class Teacher, Alice understands the transition from Key Stage One to Key Stage Two and the importance of planning and delivering high quality lessons that cater for all abilities and learning styles as well as using a range assessment tools to identify gaps and misconceptions.
During her time at Arcadia, Alice has also furthered her passion for leadership. In January 2018, she was appointed as Head of Mathematics. As a core subject leader, Alice was responsible for further developing the quality and consistency of the teaching and learning of Maths from Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage Two. Alice completed action research into a variety of schemes of work, implemented new initiatives to raise attainment and progress of students and regularly planned and delivered continual professional development for members of staff. In addition to this role, Alice also took on the role of Lower Key Stage Two leader in September 2018 which involved leading the team of Year 3 and 4 Class teachers and utilising assessment and data to make improvements to teaching and learning across LKS2.
Using her experience in leading Mathematics, Alice has been successfully appointed as Core Subject Coordinator this academic year. In the role, Alice is working closely with the Core Subject Leaders to develop consistency across the school, further develop teaching and learning in all subject areas through strategic planning, creating a network of schools through cluster meetings to share good practice and make improvements to quality assurance. Alice is also working on curriculum design and adaptation with a particular focus on concept based learning.
Mr John PatonHead of Inclusion
John is a passionate and committed inclusion teacher and qualified SENCo, who believes all children deserve an outstanding teaching and learning experience.
As an experienced school leader and teacher who has worked both in mainstream and in inclusion both in the UK and Dubai, John has a breadth of experience in working with children in a variety of contexts. His journey working with young people started while still at school, as volunteer, coach and event organiser for the UK Special Olympics. This fuelled his desire to positively impact the lives of young people of determination and their families, which he continued to do in a variety of voluntary and professional roles while at studying and the University of Hertfordshire, qualifying with a BEd in Primary education.
John has also worked in the USA, as part of an administrative leadership team running a residential social and life skills program for young people with autism and social development delays, something he continued for almost a decade, supporting many families in finding pathways to independence for the young people he worked with. This fostered his understanding of the importance of teaching children transferable learning skills and attracted him to Arcadia School, which places great value on the holistic development of its students.
John firmly believes that giving children a well-rounded and personalised education will open doors for a happy and successful future. As a committed advocate for people of determination and a driven professional, he aims to continue to develop and grow the school's inclusion department and continue to find bespoke pathways to allow all Arcadians to navigate their own independent journey through education and beyond.
Miss Rima Al TarawnehHead of Arabic
Miss Rima Altarawneh has been working in the field of education and teaching for over 15 years. For the first 10 years, Rima held several positions, starting as an Arabic teacher and later to becoming a department coordinator, in high ranked private schools in Jordan. Rima has experience in teaching the Arabic language for first and second language speakers in IB and British Curriculum schools for multi-nationality students. Since joining The Arcadia School 5 years ago, Rima as well as teaching Arabic to the lower and upper-year groups started her leadership Journey in Arcadia.
Miss Rima Altarawneh is highly motivated to ensure that learning of Arabic is fun and engaging for learners. Working at The Arcadia School as a founding teacher has added to her experience and effectiveness by enriching her lessons with technology and a wide range of exciting resources. Miss Altarawneh believes that the key to success in teaching is to understand what really motivates each individual student in order to ensure they are able to apply their learning in meaningful ways.
A highly talented and passionate Arabic teacher and a strong yet supportive leader, Miss Altarawneh is driven to apply her knowledge and experience to provide excellent learning opportunities for the students of The Arcadia School.
Mr Thomas GaylerHead of Digital Innovation
Tom Gayler has a passion for innovative technology and the positive effects it can have on teaching and learning in the modern classroom. Originally intending to become a secondary PE teacher, Tom studied a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport from Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2010. In 2011, Tom returned home to Lincoln, England to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specialising in upper primary school. He acquired his first teaching post in a small rural setting, teaching multiple year groups and taking on a vast amount of responsibility for an inexperienced teacher. In 2014, Tom was appointed Special Educational Needs Coordinator and took the masters level qualification from the University of Northampton. With teaching a multi year class full time and leading the SEN department in the school, Tom started to see the benefits of using technology to help learners and teachers in the classroom.
In 2016, Tom was appointed as one of the founding teachers for the Arcadia School in Dubai. Initially, his job was Head of PE and Head of Computing, taking on the leadership of two subjects that he was passionate about. In 2017, Tom was made the full time Head of Digital Innovation in the school, overseeing the use of technology for teaching and learning across all of Arcadia. His job is ensuring that teachers have the skills, confidence and resources to experiment and innovate the teaching and learning in their classroom. In 2018, Arcadia was named as an Apple Distinguished School, making it one of only 500 schools in the world to do so. Tom played a vital role in achieving this accolade and continues to work closely with Apple to ensure he is constantly improving the school’s practice. Following this, Tom works with the Arcadia team to make sure we host and provide support to other schools and teachers, making sure they can reach their potential in this growing field.
In 2019, Tom was named as an Apple Distinguished Educator, joining a group of only 3,000 educators worldwide that have received this award. He was presented with this for his continued work and efforts to improve and innovate the use of technology in education. He is excited about the opening of the Arcadia High School and continuing to develop and improve the teachers across both schools.
Miss Tania AhmadHead of Key Stage 3 Pastoral
Tania Ahmad originates from London, UK and brings a depth of experience having taught GCSE and A-level English there for six years, prior to moving to Arcadia. Tania comes from a strong educational background, with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, PGCE in English, a Masters degree in English Education (UCL) and will be completing her NPQ this year. Alongside being Head of Year and Head of English, Tania has held the distinctive positions of Teaching and Learning Lead Practitioner, and the Royal Shakespeare Company Lead for her previous schools; the latter partnership afforded Tania the opportunity of co-directing the performance of her students in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the prestigious Barbican theatre in London. Tania has also spearheaded the Oracy initiative at Arcadia as well as creating the digital teaching newsletter ‘The Arc’ which showcases the outstanding T&L across the school.
Outside of school, Tania enjoys travelling with her husband, adrenaline-filled activities, and delicious food!
Mr Ivan RigneyAssistant Head of Secondary
Ivan Rigney graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He was then given the opportunity to work on a research Masters in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended several international conferences where he presented papers on his work. Whilst pursuing this Masters, he started to lecture and it is then that he developed a love of teaching. Since then, he has spent the last 16 years working in schools in Ireland, the UK, Egypt and the UAE. He firmly believes in the power of education and the difference that outstanding teachers and schools make to a student’s opportunities in life.
Ivan has been very fortunate to be part of and contribute to teams who have made significant improvements in each school he has worked in. He moved to Dubai 6 years ago, working as Head of Department for Maths and then as Assistant Principal in the Secondary School at GEMS World Academy. He joined the Arcadia family last year as the Head of Maths and is this year the Assistant Principal in Secondary.
Ivan and his family love living internationally and exploring countries and their cultures. Ivan is a very proud husband to Laura and the father of three amazing children.
Mr Liam HirrelDirector of PE and Sports
Mr Liam Hirrel brings with him a vast wealth of experience from over 10 years teaching in both the UK and Internationally. He is a highly motivated and passionate practitioner who continually strives to make sure all students can access, engage and succeed through a fully holistic and inclusive PE and Sport curriculum.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Mr Hirrel was working at the UAE Ministry of Education as a PE Lead Trainer and worked alongside the Emirates Golf Foundation on a countrywide initiative. Before this, he gained key experience as Head of PE for 3 years in a school in South London, there he regularly obtained high levels of exam results at Key Stage 4 and 5, whilst leading a High-Performance Programme amongst the student athletes. This was reflected in the school’s excellent results and national titles across varying sports.
Mr Hirrel has had the opportunity to play professional football both in the UK and UAE. During his footballing career, Mr Hirrel has gained a wealth of experience in collaborating within a sporting context, participating in healthy competition and learning to cope with failure. These are all aspects of PE and Sport that Mr Hirrel is hugely passionate about and subsequently instils an array of learning skills and values amongst students so that they, too, can be successful in a competitive setting. With a strong foundation where resilience, adaptability, reflection and determination sit at its core, Mr Hirrel believes that students are able to achieve anything!
Mr Hirrel has developed and instilled a love of Physical Education for all students at Arcadia by offering children an extensive range of sports in the curriculum and creating the new ‘Games Afternoons’ across all year groups. This gives all students the opportunity to thrive whether that be focusing on skill-based aspects of Physical Literacy or squad-based competition. For younger students who are at the beginning of their journey at Arcadia, Mr Hirrel works closely with the PE department to deliver a curriculum of Physical Literacy where students develop the Fundamental Movement Skills that can stand them in good stead as they progress through school and beyond. Within his role at Arcadia, Mr Hirrel continues to grow the profile of Physical Education and Sport, both internally and externally. Mr Hirrel is looking forward to the next chapter of sport at Arcadia as we begin to host and compete in DASSA competitions.
Mr Bryan CahillHead of Year 4 / Project Leader
Mr Bryan Cahill began his working life in journalism, having gained his Bachelor of Arts, before transferring to teaching in 2007. After initially working as an English teacher with second language students in Dublin, he then moved to London to undertake his PGCE, graduating from London South Bank University in 2010. Mr Bryan Cahill describes himself as hardworking, friendly and passionate about teaching.
Prior to joining Arcadia as the Year 4 Leader, Mr Bryan Cahill was teaching in a school in Westminster, London. This included roles as a subject lead, Year 4 Leader and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In addition, Mr Bryan Cahill was a Key Stage 2 Writing moderator for the last seven years, moderating writing samples for the Standards and Testing Agency across London. This year, he will be taking on an additional role in the Associate Leadership Team, raising the prominence of student leadership and promoting Arcadia’s school values.
Miss Luisa NickelParent Relations Executive
Before her Parent Relations role in Arcadia, Maria Luisa most recently worked as the Admissions & Marketing Manager for another prestigious UK curriculum school, based in Dubai.
Living in the UAE since 2010, for the most part, Luisa worked in a leadership supervising role for one of the top airlines in the world. She managed multicultural teams, focusing on customer care, while experiencing traveling around the globe. On her time off, she also enjoyed volunteering as a (ISA qualified) Surf Instructor.
Previous to moving to Dubai, she has lived in the UK and Brazil, where she is from. There, she acquired many years of experience in marketing and managing corporate and sports events for large organizations. In parallel, she also helped run her family business, a restaurant by the beach, where regular sports events for the community were held.
Born and raised in Curitiba, the Capital of Paraná, a sustainable city in the south of Brazil, known for promoting environmental awareness and care for its natural resources, Luisa has naturally taken an interest in such themes since a very early age.
Luisa’s passion for surfing and love for the Environment inspired her to develop, implement and volunteer in a range of local and international initiatives, to promote education about Sustainability. She is on a journey to becoming an Educator, hence is very happy to be a part of Arcadia’s team, a highly environmentally conscious school, as she strongly believes that quality Education is the key to a sustainable future. Her philosophy is to "always leave a place the same or better than you found it."
Miss Mareyette AquinoAdministrative Assistant
Mareyette believes in saying "Stop doubting yourself, work hard, and make it happen". She is driven and persistent in achieving her goals. She completed a degree in BSBA Major in Financial Management at Baliuag University, Philippines. Before she tried her luck here in the UAE she worked as an accounting assistant at Philippine Airlines.
Mareyette has over 7 years' of experience within the customer service field since moving to the UAE. It has given her confidence in whatever she is doing. She's looking forward to bringing this excellence in customer service to Arcadia and interacting with the students and parent community.
Miss Aileen YangHR Assistant
Aileen has over 7 proficient years’ experience for both local and international. She has been in different industries like insurance, marine & agriculture, construction, oil & gas. Has experience in operations management, full administration, and human resources. She earned her degree in Divine Word College, Philippines.
She opens the communication between the school staff and government processes. Aileen has been in charge of staff’s visa processing, insurance, payroll, & recruitment which became her passion.
Miss Mae TanParent Relations Executive
Mae is guided by the saying “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts” by Winston S. Churchill. Young driven to succeed and ambitious. Her objective is to live up to her professional potential be it in the educational field or in other business industries. She obtained her degree in University of Pasig City, Philippines.
Mae has over 8 meaningful years’ experience within customer services and administration both in the Philippines and the UAE. With her expertise, she is clever to perform full administrative support across the organisation and is excited to bring her experience of customer relations to the school and is looking forward to interacting with the parents.
Mr Deepak VermaSystem Analyst
Deepak is the man we call upon if there’s anything we call upon from Engage, Follett, Tapestry, Seesaw, Classroom Monitor, Hardware and Network support or the AV system. He is an all rounder who has been looking after the multitude systems that are needed to keep online or on ground learning afloat.
Deepak moved to Dubai in 2016 and joined Arcadia’s sister concern Al Shirawi and was transferred to Arcadia as a founding member based on his previous experiences. He has completed his B.Tech degree and was in the software industry as a Software Developer and then moved on to be an ERP Software Engineer and help customize various solutions based on business needs.
Mr Hariharan DevicharanApple Certified Systems Engineer
Hari was born and raised in Chennai, India, the city known for its busy and fast-paced lifestyle, giving him an opportunity to grow up in a multicultural society. He completed his graduation and post-graduation in University of Madras, which was established in 1857, under the British government, and it is one of the oldest universities in India.Thereafter, he followed his passion and career goal in the field of Information Technology. Over the past 19 years, Hari has worked across the world as ‘Apple-certified technology consultant’ and the UAE has been his home since 2014. Since 2016 he has worked with the Arcadia family and is excited to be a part of a motivating, multilingual and international learning environment.
My Motto: Life has its highs and lows, but regardless of your situation, always remembers to be grateful.
Mr Pratik SurendranAccounts Officer
Mr. Pratik Surendran is a graduate in Bachelors of Commerce from Mumbai University in 2011. He has experience of 6 years in his career before starting the journey with Arcadia School. In India, he has worked with UAE Exchange and Hotel Trident (Oberoi Group of Hotels) for around five years as Sales Executive and Accounts officer. In Trident, he assisted the core team in implementing SAP and also supported in setting-up the logistics and inventory management system.
He shifted to UAE in 2017 and started working with Rayan Hotel as an Accounts payable officer dealing with vendors, handling collections, and invoicing to the customers. In Nov’19 he joined Arcadia School as an Accounts executive. Pratik has been part of Arcadia School to look after the Cashier department, dealing with parents, and looking after the payables module.
Mr Paul Paolo PateSenior Quality Health and Safety Officer
You can call him "Paul" like his friends do when Paul Fisher is not near the vicinity or not sitting in the same room, but we all call him Paolo. Paolo has been volunteering in Philippines Red Cross as an Emergency Medical Technician - B (EMT-B) for almost 8 years after passing the Philippines Nursing Licensure Examination when he decided to come to UAE and work as a Health and Safety Officer. Paolo is working in health and safety in UAE for almost 8 years now, having experience in construction and oil & gas and now in the education section. Paolo believes in a saying that "The Only Constant Thing in Life is Change, So You Must Learn to Adapt to Survive". Paolo is Arcadia School's Senior Quality Health and Safety Officer closely working with the Director of Finance and Administration and also overseeing the health and safety of both campuses together with the facilities management, school clinic and the senior leadership team. Paolo's favorite safety tagline is "Safety Always Not Just First and Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail".
Mr Shanawaz KhanIT Support
Shanawaz was born and raised in Chennai, India, the city known for its busy and fast-paced lifestyle, giving him an opportunity to grow up in a multicultural society. He completed his graduation and post-graduation in Annamalai University, which was established in 1929 and it is one of the oldest universities in India. Thereafter, he followed his passion and career goal in the field of Information Technology.
Over the past 12 years, Shanawaz has worked in Chennai, India and UAE as Certified Apple Mac & iOS Engineer. UAE has been his home since 2017. Since 2021 he has worked with the Arcadia family and is excited to be a part of a motivating, multilingual and international learning environment.
My Motto: “Live and let live.”
Mr Rahul MaheshwariSenior Accounts Officer
Rahul Maheshwari graduated in Accounting and Finance in 2015 from the
University of Mumbai, India. He is also an Intermediate Chartered
Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He worked
for two years with a Chartered Accountant firm in Mumbai as an Auditor
where he was actively involved in statutory and internal audits. He was also
a key member in developing internal control and accounting policies for
He moved to Dubai in 2018 and joined Arcadia School. He is currently
working as an Accounts Officer overseeing the accounts and finance for
Arcadia Schools. Rahul was a key member in devising accounting and financial
strategies, implementing adequate internal and financial controls,
administering the cash flow requirements, and financial reporting for Arcadia
School. He was actively involved with the IT department in developing
various system reports and MIS for enhancing the efficiency of the
department. He played an important role along with the team in setting up the accounts department of Arcadia High School.