Primary Leadership Team

Roula Ismail, Head of Primary (Core PLT)

Roula Haj Ismail spent her formative years in Australia and holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Sydney, and a Masters in Philosophy from the American University of Beirut, where she began her teaching career. She is currently studying for her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) with Bath University. Roula Haj Ismail is a highly experienced and accomplished IB educator, with 20 years of involvement with good international schools in Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. She has worked as an IB PYP Coordinator for six years, and has been an IB workshop leader and team visitor for eight years.

She has presented sessions at IB and other educational conferences like NESA. Roula has a background in visual and performance art, which she brings to bear in her leadership and teaching. She has developed and performed art pieces and videos at art festivals in Europe, USA, and locally. Roula enjoys art, media literacy, music, and cross country skiing.


Marwa Nsouli, EC/KG Coordinator (Core PLT)

Marwa Nsouli holds both a BA and MA (Honours) in Education from the American University in Beirut. She is a child development specialist by both training and experience. Marwa has taught in many different countries, including Beirut, Lebanon. She has over 12 years of experience working with children and their families from around the world. Marwa especially loves learning about the different cultures that families bring to the learning environment, and helping them to maximize their child’s growth and development, while respecting the cultural values they treasure.

Marwa is a mother of two. Both children - Mila aged 8 and Mohamed aged 3 - will be joining ISL Qatar in August. Both she and her husband are very excited about this new experience. In particular, they are looking forward to meeting new people and learning about new cultures and more about the world through those they meet. During her leisure time, Marwa enjoys swimming, travelling, researching and writing. She is looking forward to a wonderful year, one filled with new experiences and learning opportunities.

Danielle Robertson, PYP Coordinator (Core PLT)

Danielle Robertson is  most commonly known as 'Dani'.  She holds two Bachelor degrees from Oregon State University in English Language, and Education. Dani is also additionally qualified in TEFL to teach the English language to non-native speakers.  To date, she has only had the opportunity to teach in the United States and Europe (Belgium, more specifically), but has amassed over five years of experience within the international education community.  Currently, Dani is employed as a Dean of Students and PYP Coordinator at a small Belgian international school. She lives with her husband of four years, who is Belgian. Outside of her love of teaching, Dani is an avid amateur chef and cyclist.