Senior Leadership Team
Janecke Aarnaes is our Head of School. She brings to her role 22 years of experience in the public and private education sectors including national and international schools in Norway and Belgium. Most recently she was Head of Oslo International School (OIS), a cutting-edge private PreK to Grade 12 co-ed IB World School in Norway.
She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John’s University in the UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Political Geography and French from University of Oslo in Norway. Janecke has furthermore studied international relations in Paris and speaks eight languages including, English, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, Italian and German. Her personal language acquisition goal is to learn Arabic in our Center of Excellence.
Rebecca Skinner is the Associate Head of School. She brings to her role over 20 years of experience in the educational sector, including independent schools and non-profit organizations in New York City. Prior to joining Dwight School Dubai, she was, for over 14 years, the founder and founding head of school at International School of Brooklyn, a Nursery-Grade 8 language immersion (French and Spanish) and International Baccalaureate (PYP and MYP) school.
She holds a MA in French Cultural Studies from the Institute of French Studies at NYU in New York City and a BA in French and International Studies from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. In addition to speaking English and French, Ms. Skinner has a basic level of Spanish and is looking forward to learning Arabic, along with her husband and two children, as they settle into life in the UAE.