Scott MacDonald - MS Dean of Students

Scott Macdonald

Middle School Dean of Students

Scott has been with GEMS Dubai American Academy since 2017 and will head into his 9th year with GEMS in the UAE.

He is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada and began teaching overseas 14 years ago. In that time, he has worked in schools in Canada, Taiwan, Colombia, Dubai at GEMS Nations Academy and Abu Dhabi where he taught for five years at GEMS American Academy.

Scott began his teaching career as an upper elementary teacher and transitioned to Middle School to work with students during such an important time in their life and educational journey.

Scott has a B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master of Science in Teaching Childhood Education (with Distinction) from the State University of New York. He also holds professional certificates and training from Harvard Graduate School of Education and Carnegie Mellon University for his passions in Innovation and Inquiry Learning. In his second year as Dean of Students, Scott continuously builds vital relationships with our students, guiding them to uphold our Culture of Kindness and our school's values in regards to Respect. This encompasses respect for themselves, respect for others and respect for the property and environment around them.

His passion in this role is working with students, staff and parents as a cohesive team which allows for the opportunity for growth, learning and success through a student's educational career.


Meet Our Team

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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