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School Leadership

Jay Roy, Director
Jay Roy, Director
Jay Roy

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.

Maisae Affour, Principal
Maisae Affour
Maisae Affour, Ph.D.

Maisae joined our team in August 2015 from neighboring Bahrain. After completing her BA in English Literature, she finished her graduate studies in Translation, Interpretation and Education from Aleppo University and Marygrove College. In the U.S., she earned certification as a school administrator in the state of Ohio.

Maisae brings with her over twenty years of experience in international education, teaching Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, ESL and Early Childhood. She has also filled leadership positions as principal and assistant director promoting international education in schools in Syria, the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Bahrain, and now Qatar.

Maisae truly enjoys working with the international community at VIS and has a great appreciation of Qatari culture. Maisae is fully bilingual in Arabic and English.  She lives in Doha with her son who attends Middle School at Vision International School.

Jake Leyba, Principal
Jake Leyba
Jake Leyba

Jake Leyba has been in education for 22 years.  He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado in the USA, where he received a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Bachelors in Social Studies Secondary.

Mr. Leyba worked in the gulf region for 2 years at the American International School in Kuwait.  He fully appreciated the learning opportunities that he had at AIS, especially the International Baccalaureate programming.  Prior to AIS he worked at Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colorado.  In the 5 years that he was at Altona, the school received several awards for academic excellence.  It was rated an A+ school by the State of Colorado, and it was categorized as a School to Watch by the Colorado Association of Middle Level Education.

Most important, Mr. Leyba is looking forward to providing strong leadership and support for the students, staff and parents at VIS.

Anna Mims, Principal
Anna Mims
Anna Mims

Anna Mims is excited to be working with the VIS administrative team as the Principal for Early Childhood.  An educator for over ten years, her previous experience has been in a variety of capacities in schools and school systems around the world.

Anna earned her undergraduate degree in History from Duke University before joining Teach for America to serve as a primary teacher and reading specialist in under-resourced schools in rural Mississippi.  Following her time in Mississippi, she moved to Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) where she again taught the primary grades and served as the school's accreditation coordinator.

She then completed her M.Ed in School Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and served as a principal intern at a small elementary school in the Boston area.  She then joined the Abu Dhabi Education Council, where she led policy development for all public schools in the Emirate and was awarded a medal from the Director General for her service.

Anna is happily married to a fellow educator, and has one daughter, Celia, who is looking forward to enrolling in preschool in the future!

Other Administrators

JThomas.JPGJeffrey Thomas, Director of Information Technology



Jane Ostrander, Director of Curriculum and Assessment


RNolan.JPGRachel Nolan, Director of Admissions and Student Activities