Near East South Asia - Council of Overseas Schools

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The Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) works with the NESA Center Staff in organizing our professional development program. Made up of curriculum specialists from around the region, the PDAC meets three times a year to identify specialist speakers, suggest topics and strands and to provide input from the field as to what’s needed by our membership in the way of professional learning.

A great group—collaborative, productive and pro-active—and a wonderful resource for NESA.

PDAC Members 2022-2023

      • Shirley Droese (PDAC Chair) | The American Embassy School, New Delhi, India
      • Jessica Davis | Riffa Views International School, Manama, Bahrain
      • Julian Edwards | The KAUST School, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
      • Rhonda Guitroz | American United School of Kuwait, Sabah Al Salem, Kuwait
      • Amanda Knight | American International School - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      • Rachael Leibel | The American International School of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
      • Hans Ott | International Schools Group, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
      • Tonya Parham | American Community School Amman, Jordan
      • Jennifer Ricks | American Community School of Abu Dhabi, UAE
      • Sarah Toa | American School of Dubai, UAE
      • Heather Vlach | American School of Doha, Qatar

NESA PDAC at the October, 2022, Fall Leadership Conference in Abu Dhabi: Back row (l-r), Tonya Parham, Hans Ott, NESA Exec. Dir. Maddy Hewitt, Rhonda Guitroz, Jennifer Ricks, Sarah Toa, Julian Edwards, Heather Vlach. Front row (l-r), Rachael Leibel, Amanda Knight, Shirley Droese, Jessica Davis.