Eyad Al Araj (Executive Director)
Mr. Eyad has a long career in international development, over 20 years of extensive senior managerial experience in the nonprofit sector, and a record of success in getting initiatives off the ground and flourishing.
Throughout his career, serving in senior positions at several international NGOs as Executive Director, Change Manager and Director of Programs, in a wide range of settings in-country or regionally in East Africa and the Middle East with a specific focus on education sector development across all programs, institutional growth, development of organizational strategy and strategic management.
His strengths lie in senior management, strategic planning, change management, building relationships and effective representation, being a principled and effective leader and colleague, committed to promoting organizational values.
Majd Jasser (Principal, Elementary)
Majd Jasser started her educational career with the University of Haifa as a research assistant while she was still a B.A student, where special Education was the main core subject and it touched her a lot. She found her aim in helping and empowering students with special needs. She has since worked with different schools and agencies. Since 2016, she has been working as a Special Education Supervisor and teacher at the Jerusalem American International School. The year 2019-2020 she was hired as Elementary and Middle school principal, grades 1st to 8th. These educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Her educational philosophy is based on the uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family. All of which, JAS possess.
Angelika Khalilieh (Principal, Kindergarten)
Angelika Khalilieh has joined the Jerusalem American School in 2013 and she has been serving as the Kindergarten Principal since 2017, prior to this she served as a homeroom teacher and as Assistant Principal. She is delighted to be part of the school’s leadership, such a great community of students, parents, educators and friends. She graduated from the Rosary Sisters High School in Jerusalem. She earned her graduate degree from Bethlehem University with Bachelor of Education and major Kindergarten. She attended many courses in leadership which provided her with the knowledge and expertise to guide her team. She believes in this quote “every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, they make this world a beautiful garden”, she says: “we will value each child and we will work towards developing each child’s strengths, interests, skills, capacities, and knowledge through comprehensive and quality education. Your child is the future, we will work together in partnership to achieve each child’s full potential for a better future.”
Karine Hagopian (Academic Leader)
Mrs Karine Momjian Hagopian was born and raised in Jerusalem. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and later obtained a degree in Education and English Literature. Currently, Karine is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management. She has been working at the Jerusalem American School since 2003 and obtained various teaching positions as well as administrative. Mrs Karine’s current position is the leader of academics along with the middle and high school English Literature teacher. Karine’s passion is observing students’ growth and watching them prosper in a positive and safe environment. Her greatest rewards are witnessing children feeling included, loved, and successful.
“Education is the most powerful tool which you can use to change the world.”