Tammy Murphy

Tammy Murphy

Superintendent / CEO

Tammy 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 35-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.

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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