Dr. Stephanie Chattman, Elementary Principal
Dr. Chattman has been dedicated to serving families for the past twenty-five years. She is a native of Alabama and served as a social worker there for ten years specializing in children and family services. Throughout this time, she realized the most effective and impactful way to empower children was through education. She then decided to move to Atlanta to become a special education teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in the DeKalb County School District. During this time, Dr. Chattman took on positions of leadership including curriculum designer, professional learning facilitator, and director of the after school program. She was then appointed Assistant Principal of Laurel Ridge Elementary and served in that position for three years. As a result of her performance in the district, she was promoted to be the the principal at Evansdale Elementary where she has served for the past four years. While there, Dr. Chattman and her team developed one of the first dual language programs in Georgia while also designing and implementing a STEM program where they received AdvancED STEM certification. Eager to meet the next challenge in her career, Dr. Chattman has been given a tremendous opportunity to become part of the UAS team. She wants to prepare students to compete on a global level and be prepared for college and their career no matter where they decide to go.
Throughout her career, Dr. Chattman has positioned herself to be a professional educator. In order to stay ahead of current trends in education, she continuously educates herself, encourages team members to do the same and sets a standard of excellence for herself, her staff, and students. Initially, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in Sociology. Once Dr. Chattman decided to dedicate her life to education, she went on to earn her Master’s, Specialist, and Doctorate advanced degrees in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. She is certified in special education in Kindergarten-12th grade, Educational Leadership and Gifted education. She is also certified in the Orton Gillingham phonics program, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Dr. Chattman also currently served on AdvancED teams which conduct reviews for educational institutions to determine accreditation. She was awarded the distinct honor of Teacher of the Year for Hawthorne Elementary in 2009. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and watching movies with her husband and three children. Dr. Chattman is very excited to be joining the UAS team.
Mr. David Jones, Assistant Principal
David Jones has been an educator for 10 years, gaining experiences through multiple roles and with students from multiple backgrounds. David started his career in education in a Support Staff role after graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s in Math and Spanish. His love of teaching and supporting student success drove him to return to Northern Kentucky University to pursue a teacher certification. After two years as a Spanish teacher and three years as a Math teacher, David received a Master’s degree for Principalship after others encouraged him to become an administrator. He was promptly hired as an Assistant Principal where David spent three more years, completing a total of nine years at Florence Elementary. Looking for new challenges and continued growth, David accepted a position as Vice Principal at Conner Middle School, a high-performing school of distinction.
David’s goal as an educator is to develop an intrinsically motivated desire within each student to succeed at their highest possible level. His objective is to create a safe, collaborative, and innovative building environment where teachers are supported and each student gets instruction tailored to their individual learning styles and needs.
Outside of school duties as an administrator, David enjoys playing sports (especially soccer and basketball), exercising, and woodworking.
Mrs. Sabrina Sambola, PYP Coordinator
Sabrina Sambola is in her second year as the UAS IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator. Sabrina calls New Orleans, Louisiana home and brings thirteen years of experience in education, including eight years in international education and the IB PYP. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Louisiana State University and received her educator certification in the state of Texas. After a couple years teaching in the Rio Grande Valley, she returned to New Orleans as a founding teacher at Langston Hughes Academy. Sabrina has also worked at the American International School in Abu Dhabi (AISA), where she was a classroom teacher and then a physical education teacher while earning her Master’s Degree in Physical Education Teacher Education from West Virginia University. For four years, Sabrina was the PYP Coordinator at AISA, focusing on improving the collaborative structure and curriculum in the PYP. She has spent her first year at UAS working with the leadership team and teachers to strengthen the UAS Program of Inquiry based on our American standards as well as provide opportunities for collaboration amongst teachers in the school.
Sabrina considers herself a life-long learner and is always eager to explore new ideas and tackle new challenges. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, playing sports, enjoying the outdoors (but not during UAE summers), or relaxing in front of a good movie or show.
Mrs. Rianne Fox, Early Years Coordinator
Rianne Fox has taught at UAS for the past 7 years. This year will be her first year as Early Years Coordinator. She is very excited to take on this new role and is committed to providing an engaging and positive start for children on their life long journey of learning. She has a passion for the early years, a love of literacy and is motivated to encourage and promote mother tongue.
Rianne was born and raised in Ireland. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree she traveled to Spain and taught English in Madrid. She returned to Ireland and completed a Postgraduate in Education. She taught in Ireland for 4 years before making the move to Dubai and joining the UAS family.
Outside of school Rianne and her husband spend most of their time running after their little boy Hunter! She enjoys reading, walking (once the weather cools down!) and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to take on a new challenge this year and can’t wait to build relationships with the students, parents and teachers in the early years and beyond.