Superintendent / CEO
Tammy Murphy is the Vice President, Chair of the GEMS Education Committee and has proudly served the families of GEMS Dubai American Academy as Superintendent and CEO since 2017.
Prior to her move to Dubai, Tammy spent 12 years in California as the Superintendent of both Ross and Montecito Union School Districts. Originally from the East Coast, Tammy dedicated most of her 37-year career in education to the Cherry Hill Public Schools in New Jersey, USA. There, she served as an Elementary and Middle School Principal, and Assistant Superintendent of instruction for over 12,000 students and 19 schools. In each of these learning communities, she focused on both academic achievement and character development.
At Montecito, she collaborated with a committed staff to be recognized as one of only five US schools honored as an International Habits of Mind School of Excellence and received the US Department of Education’s National Green Ribbon School Award. Tammy also served on the California Board for Schools for Sound Finance.
Tammy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, and has completed extensive doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership at Rowan University.