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Jeewan Chanicka - Superintendent

Joining us from his current role in the Toronto District School Board, Jeewan brings a wealth of experience that spans over 20 years as a Superintendent, Principal, Curriculum Developer, and Educator. As a Superintendent, he successfully Supervised 13 school leaders directly and supported over 4,000 students in the city of Toronto. Jeewan’s career also includes- work at the Ministry of Education in Ontario in the Inclusive Education Branch. Prior to that, he was a Principal, instructional leader and teacher in the York Region District School Board. He also worked in Abu Dhabi to establish Raha International School both as an IB curriculum developer and educator. Additionally, Jeewan has been an international speaker, coach andmentor on Instruction, Assessment, Curriculum Improvement, System Leadership and Transformation.

He has a BA in Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Education from York University. He has consulted with the United Nations University of Peace as part of a team to develop a curriculum framework on Peace Education in the Islamic context that is implemented in various parts of the world. Jeewan is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee award for his work in Education and Community Service, and a recipient of the Promising Practices award from the Character Education Partnership based in Washington DC, for the Helping Hands initiative.

He received the Mary Samuels Educational Leadership Award in 2017 and in 2019, Jeewan was recognized as one of fourteen TED Ed Innovative Educators from around the world and he recently recorded his talk for TED Ed in Edinburgh, Scotland this past summer.

Jeewan is a father of two boys and one girl. In his spare time, you can find him in his garden. He also enjoys cooking, art, photography and travelling that has produced adventures and amazing stories from those travels around the world. We ask Allah the Most Merciful to grant him success.

“l am excited to join the NGS family. I believe that there is great potential here to transform old paradigms of education and become global leaders in the type of education that will lead us to finding solutions of some of the biggest challenges the world is facing. I  look forward toworking together with the students, families and staff to create and mould dynamic, compassionate, global citizens who will go on to make positive differences in the world.”  - Jeewan Chanicka

David Kinkead - Deputy Superintendent

David brings a wealth of experience in teaching and learning, school operations, curriculum and strategic school leadership. David has spent the last four years at GEMS World Academy, one of the leading IB schools in Dubai. He has been an integral part of the Senior Leadership Team who have moved the school to the cusp of an Outstanding rating with KHDA. Prior to this role, David has served as both a Head of Senior S21chool and as Head of English Faculty. Prior to moving into an administrational role, he served as an English, History and Theory of Knowledge teacher. For the past 15 years, David has been based in the Middle East, first in Saudi Arabia and then in Dubai.

Alhamdulillah, David's background and experience demonstrate that he embodies NGS's mission and values. The NGS Governing Board and learning community are confident David will continue to work on the implementation and further development of NGS's Strategic Plan, which will consolidate the school's promise to meld 21st Century learning with Islamic values.

David currently resides in Dubai with his wife Rania, who is also an educator and Head of Senior School at a leading IB school, and their daughter Sara. I have been impressed by NGS's strong core values, innovative learning and overall community spirit. Professionally and as a Muslim, I am excited to be joining NGS, a school that resonates so closely with my own personal beliefs and educational philosophy. I am very excited for the further implementation of the strategic plan and its transformational effect on student teaming.”     -David Kinkead

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