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School Leadership

Jay Roy, Director
Jay Roy, Director
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.

Bobbi McDaniel, Girls Principal
Bobbi McDaniel
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 has been in the Middle East for 3yrs; 1st as a Curriculum Coordinator and for the past 2yrs. Assistant Primary Principal at English Modern School, Al Wakra. Dr. Bobbi has taught and worked with PreK - 12.  Prior to coming to Qatar (2014), she served as the Director of Upward Bound a U.S.College Preparation Program for high school students at Los Angeles Valley College, in CA.  Dr. Bobbi has experience implementing the Common Core Standards and Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop. Additionally, she has Certificates of Completion for both PYP and MYP in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program from training in both Qatar and Jordan. 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 5 siblings, and has one beautiful daughter who works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jake Leyba, Boys Principal
Jake Leyba
Jake Leyba, Boys Principal

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.

Jane Ostrander, Early Childhood Principal
Jane Ostrander
Jane Ostrander, Early Childhood Principal

Ms. Jane Ostrander earned her degree in Educational Leadership (1997) from the University of Phoenix, her Master’s in Communications and English/Language Arts from Webster University where she was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa, an educational sorority/fraternity, and her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Vision International School as our Curriculum and Assessment Director, Ms. Jane served as Founding Primary Principal (KG1 through Grade 4) at the International School of Kazan, Kazan, Russia, Deputy Head of Primary - Early Years at Oberoi International School in Mumbai, India and Assistant Principal (PreK through Grade 8) I the Peoria School District in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to her leadership experience, Ms. Jane served on accreditation teams for NEASC and CIS. She also has memberships in the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Other Administrators at VIS:

LAbbasiLaila Abbasi, Director of Operations


JThomas.JPGJeffrey Thomas, Director of Information Technology



Margo Tripsa, Director of Curriculum and Assessment


RNolan.JPGRachel Nolan, Director of Admissions and Student Activities