Director General Message
Dr. Connie Weiner
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of IPS-J,
Thank you for your warm welcome! I am privileged and thrilled to have the opportunity to follow in Ms. Nehad Al Shamsi’s footsteps and serve as your new Director General. The first time I visited the school I immediately knew that it was a remarkable place and I was eager to join your family oriented learning community.
As a former middle school educator, university professor, and for the last 13 years school principal in the USA and UAE, I passionately believe in the importance of providing high-quality programs and personalized education to meet the social, emotional, and diverse learning needs of all students. I consider it my privilege and honor to support the amazing teachers, administrators, and staff at IPS-J so that together we continue to provide your children with an engaging, challenging, and relevant education.
My goal is to collaborate closely with our school faculty and administration to carry on the mission and vision as intended by the school founders and the Board of Directors to “provide a nurturing learning environment which motivates students to develop and exercise essential leadership skills for the 21st century”, while at the same time “create a generation of heritage guardians and global thinkers.”
We are in our third week of school and have had a great start to the new school year! Every morning when I greet you and your children in front of the administrative building, I notice that there is a wonderful buzz of excitement and positive energy in the air that minds me of the infinite possibilities that await us all. I believe in the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” and therefore, I invite you to become active participants in our school community through volunteering, joining our “Mothers’ Council,” as well as attending and/or supporting school events.
This year we will continue our focus on strengthening teaching and learning as we prepare for the upcoming KHDA inspection and CIS/NEASC accreditation visit. While maintaining the implementation of initiatives already in place, we will also add our Positive Education initiative to enhance the academic, social, and personal well-being of your children. In addition, I am pleased to announce that we are preparing to be active participants in the Expo 20/20 (more information to come).
Thank you again for your heartfelt welcome! I am very happy to be part of this wonderful school. I am looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the IPS-J community.