Emma Shanahan - Aspen Heights British School

Mrs Emma Shanahan has worked in education for almost 25 years, starting as a primary school teacher in London. A graduate of the University of Durham, Emma considers herself a ‘lifelong learner’, being awarded NPQH (National Professional Headship Qualification) in 2013, and receiving a MA (ed)(distinction) from Liverpool Hope University in 2016.

She has held strategic leadership roles in high performing schools both in the UK and internationally, with significant Middle-East regional experience. The impact of Emma’s leadership is regional, and externally validated with her school being graded ‘outstanding’ in every category in the unified inspection framework in 2015-16.

Passionate, focussed and ambitious, Emma has exceptionally high expectations of herself and others. She is experienced in establishing and facilitating processes for personal and organisational continuous evaluation and improvement, exemplified by the organisational attainment of the International Investors in People award.

Emma’s philosophy of education is centred around building positive relationships, and innovative and creative teaching to ensure all children make impressive progress, and community learning and engagement.

Emma lives in Abu Dhabi with her husband Steve, and their three teenage sons.