Vanessa Keenan - Deputy Head of Primary




Vanessa Keenan - Deputy Head of Primary
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Vanessa Keenan
Deputy Head of Primary - PYP Coordinator
Ireland

Vanessa graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with a BA in Classical Civilization and Theatre studies and holds an MA in International Education from the University of Bath, UK. She also completed an advanced IB Educators Certificate in teaching and learning research and an NPQSL. Vanessa is a CIS accreditation evaluator and enjoys participating in school visits to support their development while getting to visit new countries. As a PYP coordinator, her role includes developing curriculum in collaboration with the teachers and she is a certified Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction trainer.

Vanessa is known by colleagues for her interests in inquiry-based learning and willingness to share her practices with the wider community such as when she presented at the IB Global Conference in Vienna (2018) on Responsive Classroom Morning Meetings. She also enjoys writing and has been published in the International Schools Magazine. Vanessa came to the UAE to teach 20 years ago. She really enjoys working in a progressive school like Raha under the guidance of Taaleem with other open-minded educators.
 
Fun fact: Vanessa knows more Arabic than Irish!

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