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OUR TEAM

Washington Arabic School is proud to have a staff of teachers that are passionate about making a difference in students’ lives through tireless dedication to education. Get to know each of our team members below.

DR. HANI ABO AWAD

Founder and Head of School

Dr. Abo Awad has been an educator for 18 years in the elementary and high school levels on two continents. Dr. Abo Awad was graduated from Howard University’s Urban Educational Leadership and Policy doctoral program after having received two Masters from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one in teaching Arabic and one educational leadership.

DR. VALAIDA L. WISE

Founding Principal

Dr. Wise served as the Head of School in the DMV area for more than 20 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Syracuse University, a Masters of Art in Teaching in Early Childhood Education from Trinity College, and earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the George Washington University. Dr. Wise also holds an AMS Primary Montessori certification and Charlotte Danielson Teaching Framework Certification.

JAYME SHORES GUBARTALLA

Inclusion Director

Ms. Gubartalla is excited to have the opportunity to support WAPCS mission and further the vision for a unique and timely dual immersion environment. Ms. Gubartalla has received her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from American University and Graduate Certificate in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners from George Washington University.