ECLC Staff


Dear Parents and Guardians,                                    

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to the Zayed University Early Childhood Learning Center. We are looking forward to a magical year. Our team believes in building strong connections between home and school to ensure student success. We feel that a positive early childhood experience is the foundation to a lifelong love of learning. Throughout this school year we will be focusing on being caring, building friendships, and celebrating diversity. We look forward to working together with you to provide a successful and memorable experience for your child.

Yours in Learning,

ECLC Admin:


Alia Albalooshi-DXB

ECLC Head Teacher

M.A in Education, Dubai Women’s College – HCT

M.A in Management and Policy, Deakin University

Alia Albalooshi was appointed as a Head Teacher in ECLC - Zayed University- Dubai Campus on 4th December 2016. She completed her Dual Master Degree in Education and Management and Policy from Higher Colleges of Technology- Dubai and Deakin University- Australia in 2014. HCT has published her research about ‘Formative Assessment- A Focus in the United Arab Emirates’ in their second book of the M. Ed. research series Education and the United Arab Emirates:  Perspectives from Experience.

She has experience in teaching prior to joining Zayed University. Alia worked previously in Al Anwar Kindergarten as an English KG teacher and English curriculum coordinator for 6 years. 


Khlood Baqrwan-AUH

ECLC Head Teacher

B.A in Education, Zayed University.

Khlood is an Emirati teacher who was appointed Head teacher, Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) effective 13th August 2017. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Education (specialization in Primary Science and Mathematics studies), in Zayed University in 2012. Prior to joining ZU as ECLC Head Teacher, she worked as a teacher in the ECLC and therefore has extensive experience of implementing the Creative Curriculum. 

“ I believe each child can learn through different ways of learning. A good teacher can help the child to gain knowledge as much as she provide him/her with good content, care, and rich environment.  Being a good teacher means she has good sense of humor, a good listener, gentle, and friendly.”


Nujoud Al Kaabi-DXB

Administrative Assistant, College of Education, ECLC

B.Sc. in Integrated Strategic Communication, Minor in Education

Nujoud Al Kaabi joined the Early Childhood Learning Center in the College of Education  on  5th Sept, 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Strategic Communication from the College of Media and Communication Science at Zayed University (minor in Education) and graduated in July 2015.

Nujoud is a fresh graduate and prior to joining Zayed University she worked on a part time basis in the Business Center and did her internship in Marketing and Publication Department and in the Admission and Registration Department at Zayed University.


Sharifa Ahmed-AUH

Administrative Assistant, College of Education, ECLC

Associates in Medical Assistant, Minor in Child Development

Sharifa is originally from San Diego, California and has been living here with her family since 2013. Prior to moving to Abu Dhabi Sharifa ran a Children’s Day Care Center whilst also working at Promise Hospital as an Administrative Assistant.  Sharifa is currently enrolled on a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has been working at the ECLC since 2015.

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” Patrick Riley

ECLC Teachers: 

ECLC Teachers: 


Muna Al Awadhi-DXB

ECLC Teacher, Late Toddlers

B.Sc. in Education, Zayed University (2016)

Muna is an Emirati teacher who was appointed in the Early Childhood Learning Center on the 20th November 2016. She graduated from Zayed University, Dubai, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (Preschool – Grade 3). Muna had the opportunity to work in several government and private schools during her practicum and internship. Also, she has experience in working with children with special needs in Dubai Rehabilitation Center for Disabled.

“I believe that an effective teacher is the one who is able to make effort in teaching and giving the students as much as she can to encourage them and help them learn independently. Moreover, a great teacher should create a generation that is capable of creativity for lifelong learning”.


Fatma AlJanahi-DXB

ECLC Teacher, Preschool

B.Sc. in Education, Zayed University (2016)

Fatma is an Emirati teacher at the ECLC. She is from Dubai. She graduated from Zayed University, Dubai, in May 2016 with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. She has experience working with KG2 students in a government school. She joined the ECLC team as a Preschool English teacher in 2016.

 “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn”- O. Fred Donaldson. I believe that, for a child to learn, he must enjoy what he is doing and do what he loves. And for us as teachers we must make the learning journey as fun as possible.


Hina Shaikh-DXB

ECLC Teacher, Infants

MA, English Linguistic and Literature-National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Pakistan -2005

BCT Certificate of Teaching – 2014

Certified e-Foundation Teacher, Beaconhouse School system – 2010

Hina has a diverse teaching experience at different levels and in multiple areas. Hina has also worked with children with special needs especially Down Syndrome and ADD.

Her love for working with Early Learners has brought her to our ECLC team and is all set to make profound contributions for nourishing young minds in their learning ventures. Her priority is moral and social well-being of her children. She is working on efficient cognitive development in Infants and is interested in carrying out her research in that area. Her philosophy of teaching is learning by involvement. She believes that higher order learning takes place in an interactive environment.


Jyothi Prameen

ECLC Teacher-DXB

BA English Language and Literature (Mahatma Gandhi University,2004-2007)

Bachelors in Education (2007-2008)

MA English Language and Literature (2008-2010)

Jyothi Prameen has been living in the UAE with her family since 2011.She has worked as an English teacher for different age groups at various private schools in UAE for 6 years. Her interest areas include Education based on experience and hands on learning. She believes that children should be introduced to activities related to their life to create a concrete cognitive learning in their mind.

“A baby’s mind is like a white paper. The first strokes on it can be permanent. I believe, an Early Year teacher should be capable of leaving colorful, permanent, influential strokes in their minds which will help them to become a better person” 


Lyanne Perera-AUH
ECLC Teacher, Late Toddlers

BA (HONS) Early Childhood Studies

Certificate in TESOL

City & Guilds Certificate in English Language Teaching (ACE)


Lyanne is a 26 years old teacher who was born and raised in the U.A.E for 19 years. She returned to the U.A.E. in 2013 to pursue her dreams of teaching children all over the world. Lyanne has experience teaching across the early years and primary grades as well as in special educational needs. She is currently enrolled on a MA in TESOL from the University of Sunderland in the U.K. where she specializes in teaching English as a Second Language alongside her specialism in early childhood. Lyanne has been working in the Early Childhood Learning Centre for over 2 years and thoroughly enjoys spreading happiness, learning through play and fostering independence with the children in her classroom. 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss


Sumaiya Yaaqub Almansoori-AUH
ECLC Teacher, Preschool

B.A in Education, Zayed university

 Sumaiya is an Emirati teacher at the ECLC and she has been teaching at the ECLC for 4 years. She is from Ras AlKhaimah and she moved to Abu Dhabi after her marriage. She graduated from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. Sumaiya likes teaching and interacting with children from age three years old. She also loves reading books! She joined the ECLC team as a Preschool Arabic teacher in 2014.

“From teaching and education we learn many things, education is very important in our life. We can develop our skills, understand our world and increase our knowledge from education and teaching. I like to teach and interact with young children using different strategies. I like to see how they think and work in the activities.”


Hanadi Hamdan-AUH

ECLC Teacher, Late Toddlers

B.A in Arabic Education, from Ajman university

Hanadi is originally from Jordan and has been living in the UAE for almost 35 Years. She graduated from Ajman University. She has worked as an Arabic teacher at private schools in Abu Dhabi for 10 years until joining the ECLC in 2014.

 “I believe that education is the most important role performed in our culture. It is where doctors, engineers and other jobs are built.”