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School Leaders

Our kindergarten student holing a plastic container during art project

Dave McMaster

Founding Director

 

Dave McMaster, Founding Director of American School in Bahrain, brings to the Esol Education team over 30 years of K-12 education experience, largely in leadership positions in Canada, Hong Kong, and Bahrain.

Joining the organization in September 2018, Dave oversaw the construction of the school and led the founding team during its pre-opening years. He was proud to open the doors at ASB in September 2020. Under his leadership the school has grown six-fold in its first two years of operation.

Dave McMaster, Founding director for American School of Bahrain

 


DR. Juan Saavedra 

Middle & High School Principal
 
Dr. Juan Saaverda is our Middle & High School Principal - PGCE, DVM. He is an accomplished international school administrator with 28 years of educational experience, 21 years in a leadership position and 18 years as high school principal. He is a former IB Biology teacher and IB Coordinator and he has worked in Colombia, UK, Kuwait, China and the Ivory Coast. Juan is also a CIS accreditation team member and he has served on team accreditation visits on three continents. He has vast experience in strategic planning, school growth and improvement, a proven track of staff recruitment and up-to-date curricular knowledge.

 


Steve Bodnar

Elementary School Principal


With 33 years of experience as an educator in three different countries, Mr. Bodnar brings passion, energy and an internationally minded approach to ASB. For the past 21 years he has served as an elementary school principal in Ontario, Canada. Prior to that he had spent a number of years as a teacher in Venezuela and Switzerland, gaining international experience which he brings to the ASB leadership team.

Mr. Steve Bodnar, Principal

 


Casey Bucheler 

Early Childhood Coordinator
 

Casey Bucheler offers more than 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Casey has been a Pre School and Kindergarten Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Teacher Trainer, Principal, and Head of School. She had worked in New Zealand, Turkey, Thailand, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Korea, Vietnam, and China. Casey has vast experience with IB PYP and Reggio Emilia. In addition to that, she has trained in New Zealand and Australia and led multiple teams of teachers through the process of inquiry and authorization. Casey is a passionate school leader with an affinity for early childhood education. Casey is also a member of IBEN and is a PYP Evaluation Leader and School Visit Team Member for the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

 

 


A. Fuad Al Anzarouti

Head of Arabic Language & Culture


Building on decades of experience across the region and internationally, Mr. Al Anzarouti serves as teacher and leader in American School of Bahrain. He has also been an official translator in a number of companies and a school liaison officer with the Ministry of Education.

 

Mr. Fuad Al Anzarouti