Sean Areias, Head of School

Dr. Sean Areias is passionate about learning and leadership. He is particularly enthusiastic about preparing students to make a positive impact in our rapidly changing world and thriving in an unknown future. In recent years, he has dedicated efforts towards improving child safeguarding practices and enhancing teacher leadership opportunities in international schools.

Sean has been an educator for nearly three decades, the last twenty-two years in international schools in Mexico, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria. He is originally from California, USA where he started his education career as a primary school teacher assistant while studying at the university level. He was immediately hooked into the education field by seeing kids’ excitement for questioning and learning. Since then, he has held a variety of EC-12 teaching and administrative roles.

He possesses a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of San Diego, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (with an emphasis in Bilingual Education) also from the University of San Diego, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.

Outside of school life, Sean dedicates most of his time to his family. He is joined by his wife, Imelda, an early childhood teacher, and his three children. They enjoy several pastimes together including outdoor activities, sports and traveling.


David Bryan, Deputy Head of School

Dave Bryan is a Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator and Deputy Head of School, responsible for Teaching & Learning for The International School of London:  Qatar.  Dave is passionate about developmental and transformational components of both education and corporate environments.  

With a background in Secondary Education, he is focused upon professional learning and development for individuals and teams of professionals.  David has been working on a number of coaching initiatives, incorporating ‘Cognitive Coaching’  and ‘Adaptive Schools’ in relation to organisational change, development and transformation.

Dave has a broad range of experience in his application of LSP, Cognitive Coaching in both education and corporate settings.  His passion for facilitating transformation, is complemented by his desire to make a positive difference to the people he works with.


Roula H. Ismail, Head of Primary

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.


Helen Jeffery, Head of Secondary

Helen has been in international education for over 20 years – in Tokyo, Dar es Salaam, Cairo and Lusaka – and has been fortunate to combine two of her passions: teaching English and the IB MYP. Twenty years on, she continues to enjoy meeting the daily challenges of teaching MYP students of differing abilities, attitudes, cultures and socio-economic situations.

Helen is an IB workshop leader and a reviewer for the IB's Building Quality Curriculum service. Helen holds a Masters in Education (Merit) from the University of Bath; and PGCE (Distinction) from the Institute of Education, University of London.


Dounia Slaoui, Head of Administration & Human Resources

Dounia holds a Bachelor Degree in English literature from Ben M’sik University Casablanca, Morocco. Dounia started her career in Morocco while studying, as a teacher and translator then moved towards Administration career by choosing the Human Resources field where she strongly believes in relationship development and enjoys being amongst and working with all persons. Added to that she is also tri-lingual (Arabic, French & English) which helps within her role and works well with the diversity of our community. She has been working in ISL for the last 11 years where she grew and gained experience by working in different administrative departments. Dounia is Moroccan.