MEET THE STUDY ROOM TEAM

“TEACHERS WHO LOVE TEACHING, TEACH CHILDREN TO LOVE LEARNING.”

KIM GERBER

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Kim is the co-founder and manager of THE STUDY ROOM. She has been teaching for fifteen years and internationally for ten of those fifteen years.
Kim has experience in teaching students with learning difficulties as well as those students who are gifted and talented. Her experience lies in teaching students from 4 years old to 12 years old.
​Kim’s passion lies in identifying individual’s strengths and weaknesses and fostering the development of the child holistically. She believes that difficulties in learning are not isolated and that a child’s academic success is dependent on physical, social and emotional well being. It is for this reason that THE STUDY ROOM has chosen a differentiated and specialised approach to learning. Unlike the franchise centres in Dubai, THE STUDY ROOM tailor-makes each child’s program using a variety of resources, allowing for the program to be adjusted at any stage to suit a child’s needs. 

SHARON JANGARA

ADMINISTRATOR

Sharon Jangara is a Zimbabwean national who holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and has over 7 years of progressive legal and administrative experience. She has worked in both corporate and non-governmental institutions and brings the experience gained over the years to The Study Room. Sharon is passionate about human rights and was an active member of the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association in her home country where she operated mobile legal aid clinics and conducted community education drives. Sharon manages the administrative functions of The Study Room. She is the point of contact for clients and external agencies and handles communications, enrolment procedures and enquiries among other tasks.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys literature and is a sports fan. She also enjoys interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds and learning new languages.

KATIE PAWLAK

MATH, READING AND WRITING TEACHER

Katie has lived in Dubai since 2014. She is originally from the USA. She is an International Baccalaureate teacher who has taught at International schools in Bangladesh and Jordan. Katie recently left Middle School teaching in order to pursue a Master’s degree in informatics. She is passionate about skill-based learning and developing a sense of curiosity and discovery in young learners.
Katie has been teaching NUMICON Math at The STUDY ROOM since September 2016

NADINE RASHAD

MATH, READING AND WRITING TEACHER

Nadine was born and raised in a countryside town in Switzerland where nature and children have always been a part of her life. Her passion for traveling took her to Cairo, where she started teaching at an international school. She was instantly fascinated by the culture, the vibrant life and the interesting student community. The large classes also left her wondering how she could attend to the needs of each student and embarked on a journey to learn and teach at different schools in Cairo and Dubai.
Nadine believes that in her role as an educator it is key for her to recognize each child and their personality, strengths and weakness. “Respect is always common ground and it is important that my students feel safe in an encouraging, stimulating and challenging learning environment, which I foster permanently”.
Nadine is a natural optimist who is passionate about the people around her. “Children are an inspiration and I feel successful when small milestones are reached, concepts understood and conflicts between students solved out of own initiative. I come alive in a classroom while promoting values and skills that raise and build creative minds and caring hearts. I enjoy the international diversity of the UAE.”
Nadine is currently teaching NUMICON Math at The STUDY ROOM

OLIVIA RUSSELL

MATH, READING AND WRITING TEACHER

Olivia was born in Hong Kong where she lived for 4 years before moving to Japan with her family. Here, she attended an international school in Tokyo or 3 years and then moved to England.
Olivia studied Childhood Studies at The University of Leeds where she learnt about child psychology, developmental and behavioral traits and primary education. After her studies, Olivia taught in a primary school in Wandsworth, London for 2 years.
Olivia recently moved to the UAE and joins The Study Room team as a permanent staff member.
In her spare time, Olivia, thoroughly enjoys playing sport and doing outdoor activities. She has a love of travel and has been lucky enough to travel to Sri Lanka, Uganda and Jamaica. Olivia enjoys learning about other cultures and diversification. She believes it enriches our own life. “Experiencing and immersing yourself into different beliefs and being one with the local way of life.”
Olivia teaches Math, Reading and Writing at THE STUDY ROOM.

FARAH SANDID

ARABIC TEACHER

Farah has 9 years of teaching experience. She has worked with 3-9 year old students at different IB schools in Lebanon and Dubai. Farah can communicate fluently in Arabic, English and French. She has a passion for working with children and specifically enjoys guiding them in finding the answers to their curious questions. Farah has a BA in teaching elementary Mathematics and Sciences and an MA in educational leadership. Farah teaches Arabic at THE STUDY ROOM.