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| 31 October, 2017

Dunecrest American School announces its Founding Director

Dunecrest American School announces its Founding Director

Mr. Delbrugge brings with him vast school leadership experience in both the United States and overseas. In the US, he served as the Superintendent of

Accomplished international educational leader, Mr. Bill Delbrugge, to helm Esol Education's flagship American school in Dubai


Dubai, UAE – With over 27 years of educational leadership the US and abroad, Mr. Bill Delbrugge has been appointed as the Founding Director of Dunecrest American School, Esol Education’s new flagship school, opening in 2018 in Dubailand.

Mr. Delbrugge brings with him vast school leadership experience in both the United States and overseas. In the US, he served as the Superintendent of Schools in Flagler County, Florida, heading the team responsible for all facets of education for 26,000 students spanning PreKG – Grade 12, colleges and community education. He also served 1.5 million students as Director of Research and Reporting in the Georgia State Department of Education.

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Mr. Delbrugge joins Dunecrest from Esol Education’s American International School (AISE), an American and IB world school in Cairo, where he served as director for over seven years. Under Mr. Delbrugge’s headship, AISE grew in strength from 1,100 to 1,700 students, and is recognized as one of the leading American schools in the Middle East and Africa in terms of student achievement. Mr. Delbrugge has Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the Trevecca University, and was recently appointed as the President of the Middle East Association of International Schools (MAIS).

“At Dunecrest American School, we believe in the foundational importance of scholarship, the value of dialogue, and the need for academically curious young people to belong to a kind, creative, diverse, and joyful community. We will challenge our students to engage deeply in learning, appreciate one another, and grow into adults who are intellectually adventurous, ethically sure-footed, and generous of heart and spirit,” said Mr. Delbrugge, describing his vision for the school.

 “Bill’s extraordinary leadership style, spirit of mentorship and collaboration, is loved by our students and teachers alike,” shared Mr. Walid Abushakra, Esol Education Chairman. “We truly appreciate his contributions to our schools, from helping our students excel, to creating happy, caring school communities. Under Bill’s guidance, Dunecrest is set to provide Dubai students with an outstanding educational experience.”

Dunecrest American School has already broken ground and begun construction on a new state-of-the art campus, located on Mohammed bin Zayed Road adjacent to the Al Barari and Living Legends developments.

The school, which will welcome students for the 2018-2019 school year, will open with grades from Pre-KG to Grade 10 its first year of operation, offering an accredited American curriculum, based on AERO standards, with an option of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Grades 11 and 12.

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