Jim Atkinson

Jim Atkinson

Assistant High School Principal

2021 will be Jim’s 9th year at DAA and 18th Year in Education. Jim’s background is in the Natural Sciences and has a Bachelor of Science majoring in marine science from Southern Cross University, Australia.

Upon completion of his Diploma in secondary education from the University of Western Australia, Jim taught across a range of educational systems including Australian, English, American as well as being involved in the International Baccalaureate programs. Jim’s passion for travel and education led him to complete a Masters in international education from Bath University, UK. Jim has held a number of leadership roles over his 18-year career in education from Head of Department, IB coordinator, to Assistant Principal. His passion for education and bringing the best out of students prompted Jim to begin a second Masters in educational leadership and management from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Jim’s professional interests focus on developing students' approaches to learning, building high quality learning environments, assessment practices and international mindedness. Jim is joined at DAA by his wife Mandy who is the MS librarian and his two children Oakley and Zoe.


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Our Leadership Team, with over 200 years of combined diverse experience, takes great pride in serving the children of this learning community. Their thoughtful practice and commitment to student-centered decision making keeps children at the heart of the work they do. This makes for an exceptional team to serve the families of Dubai American Academy.


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