Meet Ms. Linda LaPine
Welcome and thank you for visiting GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi, an esteemed school in a vibrant city of culture and contrast. I am very excited to be joining GWA as Principal this August 2016. My education career has taken me from schools in the USA to Tanzania, Singapore, Russia and Panama and, most recently, as the Head of the ACS Hillingdon International School in London, UK. Coming to the UAE is truly another remarkable international destination.
GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi, located in the downtown area on Fatima Bint MubarakStreet in the heart of Abu Dhabi, is a GEMS School; a global multi-faceted education company that owns, operates, and provides education support services to both the public and private sectors. Our mission at GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi is to provide every child with a school experience that is joyous and meaningful supporting their development as internationally minded students empowered to act both locally and globally in a diverse world. As a fully authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school we engage each child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. Through our inquiry-based learning program, children develop deep understandings, skills and dispositions that build academic success and strength of character.
As a parent of two daughters who have attended international schools in four countries, I know the challenges a parent faces rearing children in an increasingly complex world and how monumentally significant it is that you choose the right school placement for your child. I want GEMS World Academy to be that ‘right’ school, your child’s ‘home away from home’. Our joyful and supportive setting will be the center of his or her social world and an environment where he or she will learn to function independently. Yet, parent involvement is essential and I want you to be actively involved in your child’s education with us.
The 2016-17 school year will be another great year at GWA. We proudly boast a blend of highly qualified and experienced faculty and staff, a plentiful supply of resources and educational learning tools, and a spacious and secure campus that includes an updated facility fully suited and designed to house primary years learners. We have many returning veteran teachers, while others have gained experience elsewhere in the world, having been recruited for their talents and expertise.
As is consistent with GEMS premium schools, parents can expect the GEMS World Academy experience will include high academic standards, cutting-edge practices and a variety of after school activities geared toward young children. We are a community of young learners and we will celebrate their achievements both social and academic throughout the year. As a Primary Years Program, IBO World school, we celebrate internationalism, recognize the uniqueness of each nationality represented among our students and build appreciation of all cultures and approaches to education. Our academic standards are derived from the IB’s Primary Years Program curricular framework and have been blended with educational standards from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the USA.
Integrated into the entire school life and program are GEMS Education’s Core Values: leading through innovation, pursuing excellence, growing by learning and global citizenship. Providing constructive opportunities for all, practicing tolerance, appreciating diversity, and respecting cultural differences embellishes our international experiences and citizenship with ways we might all make a difference locally and globally.
I look forward to embarking on a wonderfully exciting and important journey for students this year! Join us in partnership at our ‘home away from home’ --- where your child’s academic achievement, increased confidence, resilience and self-esteem will flourish. Here your child can blossom and thrive and, best of all, be happy and have fun learning and growing!