MR. JEAN CLAUDE CHALOUHI
I believe that an effective school leader’s role is to empower, inspire and motivate others. This type of leadership can promote the changes needed to prepare learners for their future achievements. Strong collaboration and trust between parents, students, teachers and leaders is the foundation to help learners achieve high academic standards and help them to become life-long learners and active citizens.
I believe in being an effective leader by raising expectations for students, staff members and the entire school community based on a common vision which inspires and motivates all the stakeholders. This we can achieve by working in partnership with all and having an open and continuous communication to inform and support student learning.
I believe ensuring continuous professional growth for all by providing continuous professional development based on the best practices which focus on improving learning for every child ensuring that every child has the right to learn and grow and be successful by allowing professionals to work together in order to redesign and change as we work with individuals and make a difference.
MS. JOAN MARIE LARTER
Head of School
I am pleased to introduce myself to new parents and to reacquaint myself to returning families.
My name is Joan Marie Larter and this is my 4th year as Head of School at EMS Khor. I am Canadian and I have worked as an educator in 6 countries. I have been an administrator in the Middle East for the past 11 years. Prior to joining the Khor team, I was Primary Principal at the EMS Doha campus. Each of these opportunities has offered very different cultural insights. I feel these experiences have allowed me to be more open-minded and have a better understanding of people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, both professionally and socially.
I am excited to be returning to EMS Khor and look forward to another successful year, working with our dynamic administrative team and dedicated, diligent teachers to ensure your children get the best educational experiences possible.
MS. MICHELE COOKE
My name is Michele Cooke and I am the Curriculum Coordinator at EMS Khor. I have a husband who is a retired principal and is currently learning to embrace retirement. I have a son who lives in the states and is currently working as a regional manager and cicerone at a restaurant in the states. I have been an educator for more than 30 years and I look forward each year to working with the faculty, staff, and students at EMS.
I have taught grades two through eight and special education. I began my teaching career in the public-school system in the United States and remained in that system for 16 1/2 years. I then accepted my first overseas position, which was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I taught in Saudi Arabia for one year and went back to the states and owned and operated a sign company. Since then I have worked in Bangladesh, China, Africa, and Saudi Arabia, again. I am excited to be in Qatar and look forward each year to the adventure that awaits.
As a strong proponent of lifelong learning, I believe that education is a journey and not a destination. To that end, I have a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education earned at Arizona State University. I earned my Master of Science degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Multidisciplinary Studies with a specialization in leadership. Most recently, I earned my doctorate degree from Bethel University in Educational Administration. And the journey continues!
MS. JEAN RIVARD
ECE and Lower Primary Principal
My name is Jean Rivard, this is my third year as the ECE and Lower Primary Principal here in Khor. I am from the United States. I have been in education for over 30 years in international schools as a teacher and for the last 11 years as a Principal in Early Childhood and Primary.
My international experience and education in Child Psychology, Montessori, Masters in Education and in Leadership, allows me to adapt and understand other cultures and learn from other educational systems. It has helped me to become open minded, and continue as a lifelong learner.
I am thrilled to be among such a dynamic and diverse group of educators and enthusiastic community of students and parents who believe in an education based on values and understand the importance of seeing the child holistically.
MS. JENNIE MAJOR
Upper Primary & Secondary Principal
My name is Jennie Major and I am the Upper Primary and Secondary Principal. I am from the United States and have been in education for 17 years. I have taught Art, Math, English, ESL, and Social Studies. My students have ranged in ages from 3 years old to 70 years old. I have been an Assistant Principal in Primary and Secondary School. I received my Certificate of International School Leadership in 2016 and my second Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Multidisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Leadership.
This is my 7th year with the EMS family and my 5th year at EMS, Khor. I am privileged to be part of the EMS, Khor community where the teachers and the parents work together in partnership to provide a full experience for the children at a school as small as ours. I believe that all children have a love for learning; it is our job as educators to figure out what they love to learn.
MS. EDWINA LEONARD
My name is Edwina Leonard and I am the School Counsellor for EMS Khor. I am originally from the United States of America. This is my second year in Qatar and have learned to embrace the rich customs and culture of the Middle East. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Services, a Master’s of Science Degree in School Counselling and a Post Master’s Degree Certification in Mental Health.
I have a lifetime of working with diverse groups of students and families within the educational and mental health setting and despite each of our differences, we all have the same core belief and conviction to be our “Best Self.” Therefore, It is my honour to embrace and encourage your children in their quest for Self-Advocacy, Self- Accountability, Self-Respect and Self-Determination as they become the individuals that they were created to be.