Senior Leadership Team
Michelle is currently fulfilling the role of the acting principal at the Multinational School Dhahran. She is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and experienced educationalist with a history of successful leadership. She has been in education for more than 28 years, of which 20 years was spent serving in senior leadership capacity in international schools in South Africa, Sweden, Poland, China and now in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hanan Kanj, is the Early Years Foundation Stage Coordinator as well as the FS2 Homeroom Teacher. She has been working at MNS-D since its very beginning and feels very privileged to be part of the MNS family. She was born and raised in Australia and then moved with her family to Lebanon where she received her two bachelor’s degrees. She has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for the past 8 years where she gained her EYFS teaching experience from different international schools.
Ashwaq Saeed Badgaish is our new Saudi leader originally from Saudi Arabia. Ashwaq holds a Master’s degree in Education of Instructional Media and Tech, from Eastern Washington University, she had her Bachelor’s degree in the Arabic literature, from the University of Dammam. Ashwaq is a dedicated, compassionate, and intuitive educator. She had a vast experience in one of the reputable schools in Khobar where she had worked as an Arabic coordinator and a vice principal.
Daphné van Huyssteen is Upper Primary Coordinator and the Year 5 Girls’ Home Room Teacher 7. She has been working at the Multinational School Dhahran since 2019. Her passion and dedication towards learning started at home; following in the footsteps of her parents who were both educators. She understands and values the importance of a supportive and nurturing educational environment since she had attended several different schools in her childhood.
Aisha Almubarak is the Arabic & Islamic Studies Coordinator as well as the Arabic teacher for non-native speakers. She has been in the field of education for over 6 years and is passionate about education. After she graduated from Dammam University, she studied English at the Highway Institute. She has worked in several reputable schools that increased her experience and passion in education and learned many modern education strategies.