Good governance is essential for any school, anywhere in the world. Our Principal is responsible for all academic decisions within the school for the benefit of the children, including the important drive toward school improvement. Our Principal, supported by the Senior Leadership Team, is accountable for the school’s overall performance and quality. They lead school evaluation, planning, monitoring and improvement through managing communication between all stakeholders including parents, students, staff and the wider community.

The School Governing Board is appointed with the prime responsibility for quality assurance, working closely with the Principal and the staff to ensure continuous improvement of the school both accurately and energetically.

The VIS Governing Board

Margaret Moffat Baxter

Margaret Moffat Baxter is the Assistant Middle School Principal at Dubai American Academy.

Margaret has been in international education since 2009, living and working in four countries and in the UAE since 2014. Previous to her role as Middle School Assistant Principal, Maggie worked as a school improvement partner across the UAE helping to improve and open schools with an emphasis on curriculum coordination, system management and people development.

Zainab Khalifeh

Zainab Khalifeh has worked in various schools for the last twenty years, and has a special interest in Arabic and Islamic Studies, with experience in school management. Zainab is also a parent of the school.

Dr. Areej ElSayary
Dr. Areej ElSayary

Dr. Areej ElSayary joined the College of Education at Zayed University as an Assistant Professor. She has 12 years’ experience, with specific expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), curriculum design and development, teaching and learning, assessment, and schools accreditation.

Dr. Areej has also conducted several teacher trainings including the MOE Arab Teacher Gulf Forum. She is currently involved in research and creative projects. She has an active research agenda and collaborates internationally on creative research projects.

Svitsai Kunyenya

Svitsai Kunyenya has a seven-year-old daughter at VIS. She is a happy, confident child who is super proud to be part of VIS. Svitsai holds an MBA HR and Organisational Psychology and also a BSc Honours Psychology. This has enabled her to work in a variety of professional roles within Talent Management, grievance management, and conflict resolution.

Maya Skaf

Maya has a Master degree in Networking  and Bachelor’s in Information Technology.

Maya has been teaching soft skills such as customer service, time management, body language and emotion intelligent as well as computer courses such as programming (C++, MS office) for variety of students. Maya is also a parent at VIS.


Balkis has worked as an analyst and researcher at the ICSS center of Risk Abu Dhabi. Balkis has a Master in Law and Bachelors in Political and Economic Sciences.

Balkis is also a parent at VIS.

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Nick Lojevec

Nick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Nick has worked in a variety of professional roles here in the UAE, most notably as part of the Smart City in Abu Dhabi, and also as a Business Development Director for an Irish company here in the UAE. Previously, Nick was a Professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Nick is also a parent at VIS, and his daughter is in KG.