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School Leadership

Mr. Jay Roy, Director
Mr. Jay Roy, Director
Mr. Jay Roy, School Director

Jay Roy has had a distinguished career in education and brings a wealth of experience to Vision International School (VIS).   Prior to being named Director of Vision International School, Mr. Roy held positions in the United Arab Emirates as Founding Principal/CEO of GEMS World Academy, an International Baccalaureate Organization World School in Abu Dhabi (2011-2016); and Elementary Principal at Dubai American Academy, a 1250-student school offering an enriched American curriculum in Dubai (2008-2011).  

His career as an educational leader began in the United States where he served as Principal of Rollinsford Grade School in New Hampshire (1990-2008); subsequently, he held positions in administration, public, and private education in elementary, middle, and high school levels.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of New Hampshire.  He has served as an Accreditation Team Member for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and on the Board of Examiners for the New Hampshire State Department of Education.  

Mr. Roy has had an illustrious career, winning a Fulbright Memorial Fund award in 1997, the New Hampshire Junior Achievement Principal of the Year award in 1996, the National Educator Award in 1996, and finalist for the New Hampshire Association of School Principals’ Outstanding Elementary Principal of the Year in 1995, 1996, and 1997.  Mr. Roy resides in Doha with his wife of 32 years, Dolores Roy.  They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Dr. Bobbi McDaniel, Girls Principal
Dr. Bobbi McDaniel
Dr. Bobbi McDaniel, Girls Principal

Dr. McDaniel has 25 years of experience in education with the last 10 years focused on Educational Leadership. She earned her Doctorate in Education (2012)  from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. She also earned her Master’s in Education from Fordham University, NYC and a Bachelor’s in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada. She starts her 5th year in Qatar and 2nd year as the Girls Principal at VIS. 

Dr. Bobbi has experience implementing the Common Core Standards and Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop. Additionally, she has earned Certificates of Completion for both PYP and MYP in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Although she enjoys working with boys and girls she is happy to have the opportunity to focus on something dear to her heart; Girls Education at VIS. Her hometown is Las Vegas, NV where most of her family lives, she is the youngest of 4 siblings, and has one beautiful adultdaughter who works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


 Dr. Bobbi McDaniel

VIS Principal - Girls Division

Dr. Debbie Badawi, Boys Principal
Dr. Debbie Badawi
Dr. Debbie Badawi, Boys Principal

Dr. Debbie Badawi started her career in education, as a teacher, more than 20 years ago. She demonstrates an expertise in K-12 education and holds a plethora of credentials. They include: a Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Administration, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Secondary Education/English, and multiple certifications in teaching, instruction, and supervision. Her diverse experience spans almost every grade level elementary through high school. Dr. Debbie’s overall teaching philosophy is rooted in building rich, positive relationships with children in order to “reach” them and help them become the best versions of themselves.  Similarly, her leadership philosophy is grounded in servitude to people and coaching them to greater professional and personal heights. As an educational leader, her mission is to cultivate a school culture that nurtures partnerships, fosters creative problem solving, and facilitates the development of  high functioning and high performing teams. Ultimately, her vision is to create a school where students experience learning that prepares them for the 21st  century and beyond. Dr. Debbie is  dedicated and committed to being a positive, productive force in contributing to the betterment of this world. Today, she steps in forward in contributing and growing with a school that is preparing students to be local leaders and global learners. 


Dr. Debbie Badawi 

VIS Principal - Boys Division

Ms. Barie Pinsker, Early Childhood Principal
Ms. Barie Pinsker
Ms. Barie Pinsker, Early Childhood Principal

Ms. Barie Pinsker has over 14 years of teaching experience internationally and in the USA focusing on Early Childhood and Special Education. She has earned her Educational Leadership Certification (2018) from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (2010) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education (2005) from state universities in Pennsylvania. In addition to this, Barie has teaching certificates in ICT, Middle School English/Language Arts, and Middle School Math. Prior to coming to Qatar (2010), she worked in Germany for 3 years at a private bilingual school as a KG teacher and special education coordinator. Before launching her international career, she was a learning and emotional support teacher at a middle school located in the inner-city of Philadelphia, USA. Ms. Pinsker has experience with the International Baccalaureate  (Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program) Curriculum, Common Core, Creative Curriculum, and the British National Curriculum.

Although Ms. Pinsker is from New York, USA, having spent the past 8 years here, she considers Qatar to be her home. She has fallen in love with, and developed a genuine respect for both the Qatari people and their country. Ms. Pinsker is looking forward to leading the Early Childhood (EC) Division at VIS and working with teachers, students and parents to “Shape Local Leaders and Global Learners”.


Ms. Barie Pinsker

Early Childhood Principal

Other Administrators at VIS:

LAbbasiLaila Abbasi, Director of Operations



VIS is near and dear to my heart. I'm honored and privileged to have been here from the beginning of its journey. I came to Qatar from the state of New Jersey USA in 2009 with my husband and two sons - both who are now back now in the USA. I had the opportunity to work with the gracious Al Muftah family at English Modern School as a Learning Support Coordinator, and I have been in VIS from the beginning, before the floors were even installed.

I hold degrees in Business Management and in Special Education. I have been blessed with a versatile career for more than 26 years. I am also bilingual. I was a teacher; a licensed Realtor, and managed and co owned (with my husband) a lucrative embroidery factory. I also ran my own business, ABA Logic for special needs and autistic children.

These experiences have enabled me to excel in life and in my position as Director of Operations in VIS. My position as Director of Operations entails most of the operational and non-academic aspects of running a school.

In my personal life I enjoy reading, assembling puzzles and music of all genres. The only sport I play is darts with my family. My professional motto is “Stabilize - Systematize - Optimize.”

I'm proud of being part of the VIS family and strive for excellence in everything I do in life. My aspirations are to witness VIS become an essential part of Qatar's bright future.


IMG_2850.JPGMr. Dan Larson-Knight, Director of Information, Communications and Technology



Mr. Dan Larson-Knight has experience as a Director of Technology, Technology Coach, Technology Integrationist and an international educator for nine years facilitating the integration of technology into all levels of instruction.  His approach to using learning technology to implement technology infused differentiated instruction into all of the classes at Vision is recognized internationally as best practice. By encouraging our school to become 1:1, providing training for our teachers, and ensuring that we’re using cutting edge instructional strategies Vision International School will maintain its mission statement to continue, “Preparing students for the 21st century.”

Through participation in and being a presenter at AASSA, EARCOS, NESA as well as online Google Apps for Education training, he has developed his abilities as a technology facilitator, coach, and administrator.  In addition, He has recently completed his Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies including a Certificate in Educational Technologies with an emphasis on leadership, conflict resolution and management skills.


Dan has lived in Canada, England, Thailand, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and now Qatar.  He and his family are happy to call Al Wakra, Qatar, and VIS home. Dan continuously strives to impact student learning in a positive manner by seamlessly implementing technology and support the technology needs of the entire VIS community in the most timely and efficient manner possible in terms of both soft and hardware use.   His goal is to make technology utilization as easy and as accessible as possible and to improve every community member’s understanding of the way in which technology can impact learning.




Margo Tripsa, Director of Curriculum and Assessment



Margo has 18 years of experience in education on three different continents: Europe, North America, and Asia.  She earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Technologies from Kennesaw State University, Georgia (2017), and a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Greensboro College, North Carolina (2012). She also holds a second Master’s degree in Business English from Western University of Timisoara, Romania, and two bachelor degrees in Elementary Education and English Language and Literature. She has recently earned a certificate in Educational Leadership from Cambridge.


While working as an international educator, she has been awarded a series of honors, one of the most noteworthy being the Global Educator Award, 2013. She is a published curriculum writer – her curriculum unit of study having been published on the Yale National Initiative website. She has delivered professional development training sessions to teachers at national and international conferences in the US and Qatar on topics related to 21st century education.


As a founding faculty member and as a curriculum and assessment director she is committed to utilizing her skills in order to design systems that would facilitate the delivery of high quality education and would promote the strategic achievement of Vision International School’s mission and vision. She strongly believes in the importance of developing and implementing shared strategic plans that help build capacity at the school which ultimately translate in continuous growth and improvement.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein


RNolan.JPGRachel Nolan, Director of Admissions and Student Activities



Rachel holds a M.Ed in International Education Administration from Endicott College in the United States, as well as a MA in International Relations and BA (Hons) in English Studies & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham in England.

She joined VIS in 2016 and has with over 14 years experience in international education. Most recently she was working at Jakarta International School in Indonesia as the High School Activities Director in a HS of over 900 students. Her role included organizing and managing overseas service learning and academic trips for all high school students; hosting major conferences such as the regional Model United Nations and Debate & Forensics conventions; and coordinating all student activities and events.

Prior to her role at JIS where she also studied as an international student, she was working in Higher Education in Australia, where she managed a range of international programs, high level delegation visits, study tours, international exchange & study abroad programs, capacity building projects and training programs for international government bodies and student groups.

She speaks conversational Bahasa Indonesia.