Dr. Riyam Kafri Abu Laban
Dr. Riyam Kafri Abu Laban was appointed as the Upper School Principal in 2015. Riyam graduated from RFS in 1996, after attending the school since Kindergarten. Riyam earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Earlham College in Indiana and obtained her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2008. Riyam spent two years conducting pharmaceutical research before joining AlQuds Bard College for Liberal Arts at Al Quds University in Jerusalem as a founding faculty member. For six years, Riyam played an instrumental role addressing many challenges of a nascent institution and her work extended well beyond teaching Chemistry to include curriculum development and accreditation, student recruitment, student life, parent-college relations, college branding, faculty development and recruitment. Most recently Riyam served as the Content Editor of This Week in Palestine, a popular printed and online monthly magazine focusing on Palestinian culture.
Jeries Abu Etham
Jeries Abu Etham has a Masters in Education Administration from Birzeit University and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the same institution. In 2000, he accepted the deputy principle position at the Friends Boy School. Prior to that, he chaired the Science Department for two years, from 1998-2000, at the FBS. He is a graduate of the Friends Boy School (1974).
Joyce has been the Director of RFS since 2004 and is an alumnus (Class of 1983). Joyce graduated from Oakland University in Detroit, Michigan and received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate School in California. Joyce has over 27 years of development and management experience. She is in charge of the strategic management of both the Lower and Upper school campuses, including strategic planning and academics, budgeting, fundraising and development. Joyce manages the implementation of large-scale grants and controls budgets amounting to over $5 million annually. Before joining RFS, Joyce spent 15 years at the senior management level with international development and relief organizations, including the United Nations and at Oxfam, as the representative to Israel and Palestine. Joyce spends her time between Palestine and the United States and is married with three boys, two of which graduated from RFS.
Adele Jaraiseh Eid
Adele Jaraiseh Eid was appointed as the Deputy Principal for the Girls School in 2016. Adele was the FGS’s counselor since 2001. In 2007 the problem solving program started at FGS and Adele continued training all Homeroom teachers and students about this program as an integral part of the Quaker’s Values.
Adele graduated from the Evangelical Lutheran School of hope in 1993. Adele earned her B.A in Psychology and Education from Birzeit University in 1998 and her M.A in School and Psychological Counseling from Jerusalem University in 2006 and currently she’s working on her second M.A in Psychotherapy.
Huda Shamieh Faramand
Huda Shamieh Faramand is the Middle School Assistant Principal, her appointment for this position in 2016 coincided with the inauguration of a new Middle School building on the Upper School campus. Huda has a BA in Chemistry from Birzeit University, and an MA in Educational Management from the same institution. Following her studies, she worked for two years in Birzeit University as a teaching and research assistant in the chemistry department. Between 1994 and 2005, she worked as a science & chemistry teacher at the Ramallah Greek Catholic School. She joined the Ramallah Friends School in 2005, starting as an MYP science & chemistry teacher, and later as an IB science & chemistry teacher. She was the head for the science department at the school between 2009-2013.
Frieda Dahdah Khayat
Frieda Dahdah Khayat is a Palestinian who has lived in Ramallah most of her life. She holds an MA in Peace Education from Notre Dame University in Indiana and a BA in English Literature from Birzeit University. She is a graduate of the Friends Girls School (1983) and a mother of three sons who have attended the Friends School. She started her career as an English teacher in 1988 at Ahliyyeh College and after eight years was appointed as the first deputy Principal. She served as the director of the WYCA Vocational Training Center in Jerusalem, Palestine from 2001 to 2002. She has worked as project coordinator for a local NGO (WATC) on women empowerment. In 2005, she became the Deputy Principal of the Lower School. In 2010, she was assigned as Acting Principal for one year and returned to previous position until being reappointed as Interim Pricinipal in 2015.