Middle School Principal Message

Dear MMS Families,

It is with great honor and humility that I introduce myself as the new Middle School principal at Modern Montessori School.Ever since I first stepped inside a classroom as a teacher more than 16 years ago, I knew that I had found what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I believe that being part of something bigger than one’s self is how we can truly have an effect that surpasses our individual capacity. Nothing is more honorable than investing in each other for the sake of our collective and shared humanity. Our children are our future.

I have worked at different international schools in a broad spectrum of capacities, such as a Teacher, Head of Department, Teacher Leader, Deputy Director, and Board Member. I have been privileged to attend and be part of great educational institutions in the world. I have a B.Sc. in Computer Science and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and am currently working towards a special certification in School Leadership and Management from Harvard University. I am also part of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), Council of International Schools (CIS), and MEPLI at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). My goal is to make our Middle School an active hub, where it purposefully connects students, teachers, and parents in a positive, healthy symbiotic environment that nurtures the success of our students and supports them in achieving excellence in education and in life itself. Our Middle School teachers will continue to strive to enable our students to grow as empowered leaders and agents of change, wherever they go. I look forward to collaborating with you to provide our students with the best learning experience that prepares them for the IB Diploma Program in the Senior School. Together we can help them reach their full potential and maximize it so that they can genuinely be the best version of themselves.

Sincerely, Amer Dababneh, M.Ed.
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About Middle School

As an MYP accredited school, the MMS Middle School connects the Primary Years to the Diploma Programme providing vertical consistency along the IB continuum of education. It is a rigorous programme that aims to build upon the fundamental skills and knowledge developed in the Primary Years, and prepares and enables a smooth transition into their subsequent IB programme.

We strive to meet the needs of adolescents, who are confronted with a vast range of changes during the critical years that play a pivotal role in a student’s overall development.

To prepare our learners for the challenges of society. Three major skills that can contribute to the overall student academic achievement and student success are: 1. Affective skills Students are encouraged to control their emotions and reactions through exploring their attitudes, values, interests and appreciation developing into motivated life-long learners. 2. Cognitive skills Students are trained to use different critical thinking and reasoning strategies to sustain concentration and develop internal procedures to comprehend, analyze, evaluate and apply acquired knowledge to real-life situations. 3. Metacognitive skills Students are directed to focus on their ability to plan, monitor, regulate and self-evaluate the learning process, through a student-centered environment. The enhanced higher order thinking skills and creativity acquired generate competent, confident and independent learners. To ensure our students’ holistic development, we offer a wide range of AHA and other extracurricular activities to provide authentic extensions to what our students learn in class, develop existing interests and discover new ones. We hope you will enjoy this memorable educational journey to excellence. Education must not simply teach work-it must teach life.

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