More about Aldar Academies
Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi

Mrs. Casey Cosgray- Principal

Mrs. Cosgray brings over 23 years of international education experience to West Yas Academy, including 13 years in leadership positions. Before moving to the UAE during 2017, Mrs Cosgray was Elementary Principal at the Western Academy of Beijing, China. Her time in Asia followed a role as Director of Elementary Education in the USA, where she oversaw the teaching quality and operations of 12 elementary schools. In her home country, Mrs. Cosgray also held Director of Curriculum and earlier Principal roles. Passionate, energetic and imaginative, Mrs. Cosgray values an education that is internationally-minded, inquiry-based and hands-on, which ultimately develops the 'whole student'. With a personable approach to leadership, Mrs. Cosgray believes in creating a positive rapport with students, parents and teachers to build a strong and collaborative school community.

Mrs. Kathryn Head - Head of Elementary

Mrs. Kathryn Head brings over 20 years of educational experience to West Yas Academy, including nine years in leadership positions. Before moving to the UAE, Mrs. Head worked in both Asia and Australia and has experience in US, UK, IB, Australian and International Curriculum. Mrs. Head has extensive experience in curriculum development, specialising in the inquiry based approach. Mrs. Head promotes learning through creative thinking skills and values innovation, promoting 21st Century learning skills to enhance teaching and learning. Mrs. Head is passionate, dynamic and embraces international mindedness, valuing diversity while embracing the UAE culture in which she lives.

Ms. Kate Healy- Team Lead for Kindergarten

Miss. Kate Healy brings 11 years of educational experience to West Yas Academy. Miss. Healy holds a Bachelor of Education from Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Ireland. Prior to joining West Yas Academy, she worked at Scoil Ghobnatan in Cork, Ireland where her 10 years of experience has been dedicated to Early Childhood and working with children aged 4 to 6 years old. She was involved in piloting Literacy Lift Off; an intensive program that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing. This is Miss. Healy’s first year in leadership but she is looking forward to the challenge with the very supportive West Yas community. Miss Healy is firm believer in play based learning for Early Years which fosters and develops our 21st Century skills; collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. She is passionate, dynamic and pro-active and is looking forward to continuing her journey here at West Yas.

Mrs. Melissa Patrick- Team Lead for Grades One and Two

Mrs. Melissa Patrick brings over 15 years of educational experience in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. which includes 9 years in leadership positions. Prior to joining West Yas Mrs. Patrick worked at Gems American Academy and Gems World Academy in Abu Dhabi and was the Director of a Nursery school. Mrs. Patrick’s scholastic positions have included KG 1, KG 2, Grade 1, Library, P.E. and Learning Support. Mrs. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education Studies from Universities in Australia. Mrs. Patrick is a PYP qualified Educator and was involved in the 3 year candidacy program for IB accreditation in her previous school. She advocates for learning through play and inquiry based learning where Teachers are viewed as facilitators and not distributors of knowledge. Mrs Patrick is collegial and internationally minded and believes in leading by example.

Mrs. Lucy O'Connor - Team Lead for Grades Three, Four and Five

Mrs Lucy O'Connor, is originally from Brighton, England and has lived in Abu Dhabi for the past seven years, she brings with her over thirteen years of educational experience over a wide range of Grade levels and subjects.  Mrs. O’Connor  graduated from The University of Brighton with a Degree in Primary and Secondary Education. For the first five years of her teaching experience she taught in and lead the Information and Communication Technology Department at a secondary school in Brighton. Five years later, she moved to Doha, Qatar and taught as a primary and secondary teacher at Qatar International School.  She then moved to Abu Dhabi three years later working at Gems American Academy, first as an ICT Coach before moving on as an elementary and kindergarten teacher for a further five years and then joining West Yas Academy in it’s opening year.  Mrs. O’Connor is passionate about teaching and learning, she strives to create an active, collaborative learning environment in which students get excited about what they are learning by igniting their inner curiosity and giving students the confidence to learn.

Mrs. Amanda Molloy - Head of ELA

Mrs. Molloy brings 13 years of experience to West Yas Academy. She's held positions as a classroom teacher from Pre-K through 5th grade as well as leadership positions in Literacy, English as an Additional Language, and Special Education in the US and UAE. She is the Head of Literacy and EAL at West Yas Academy and is responsible for developing literacy programs, managing literacy and English proficiency assessments, supporting teachers in professional development of literacy topics, and working with students at all grade levels. Her goal is to raise the reading and writing achievement of our students by inspiring a lifelong love of literacy. 

Mr. Ridwan Falah- Assessment Coordinator and Head of Math

My name is Mr. Ridwan Falah and I have been teaching mathematics for 15 years. I began my teaching career as a high school math teacher within the NYC Department of Education for 10 years. My family and I began a new adventure when we moved to the UAE in 2012 where I worked as a mathematics teacher at the ADNOC School in Madinat Zayed, Western Region. We moved to the city for more opportunities where I became one of the founding teachers at West Yas Academy in 2016. I have been fortunate to be a part of this driven and progressive team of educators. I enjoy bringing math to life for children, by harnessing the power of their intrinsic curiosities and care for the environment around them. I look forward to excelling in my position as Assessment and Mathematics Lead, where I will ensure the success of our learners in mathematics throughout the whole school.”

Mrs. Hanaa Abdallah- Head of Inclusion

Hana’a Abdallah brings over 14 years in Special Education. Before moving to UAE in 2008 Hana’a worked as a Special Educator Teacher in School for general learning disability. Following that, she worked as a special Educator with a multidisciplinary team in a rehabilitation center. Being a highly adaptable and versatile educator, she enjoys the opportunity to teach diverse group of children. These  experiences have helped her take each student’s unique goals and interests into account and creates effective programs to accommodate their needs.

Following to her previous role Hana’a was instrumental in setting up the people of determination program and establishing the school protocol’s and policies regarding the integration of people of determination in a new school followed a role of Head of Inclusion in 2014.

Hana’s enjoys supporting all learners she works well with parents, teachers and administrators as well as external agencies in order to coordinates each student’s program. She is resourceful in working with agencies and making appropriate referrals for parents

Hana’s is a strong advocate for people of determination her backgrounds and her trilingual ability allow her to communicate with the significant variety of parents concerning POD in general and student’s needs specifically

Ms. Lisa Proctor -Head of Physical Education and ECA's

Miss. Proctor has been teaching for 10 years, including six in Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E.This is her third year at West Yas Academy as the Head of P.E., ECAs and is the school scheduling co-ordinator.Miss. Proctor holds a Bachelor of Coach Education and Sports Development from the University of Bath and a Master in Sport and Exercise Science from Oregon State University.Outside of West Yas Miss. Proctor runs the Abu Dhabi Netball League n achievement that won her the accolade of U.A.E. Coach of the Year in 2018.Under Miss. Proctor and her teams leadership West Yas Academy won Best Sports School (Newcomer) in 2017 and Best Female Emirati Sports team 2018.Miss. Proctor believes in lifelong physical activity for all and ensuring that every student is able to find an activity that they enjoy and can participate in.

Mr. Derek Joung- Team Lead for the Arts

Mr. Derek Jung is going into his 7th year teaching music at the Elementary and Middle School level.  Before arriving at West Yas Academy, he spent graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Music Education and spent two years teaching at an elementary school in America.  After teaching in Al Ain for the past four years, he has arrived to bring his knowledge and passion for music and teaching to Abu Dhabi and West Yas Academy.  Mr. Jung believes in music for all students to enhance both their core curriculum and to meet their creative needs as human beings.  He hopes to bring his extensive knowledge of wind instruments and band programs to West Yas Academy and build a flourishing musical community within the school.