We are excited to announce that Reem Abu Rahmeh has accepted the offer to join Lakeside School as Middle School director. She will start at Lakeside in early July.
Abu Rahmeh is currently dean of the Middle School at King’s Academy in Jordan, an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12 in Madaba, Jordan. The academy was started in 2007 by King Abdulah II to be a school for leaders from across the Middle East. The academy, along with Lakeside, was a founding member of the Global Online Academy.
As the founding dean of the King’s Academy Middle School, Abu Rahmeh designed, established, and launched the division for grades 7 and 8. She oversees all operations of the division, spearheading and modeling a mission-based approach to creating a culture that instills and upholds the school’s guiding principles. In founding the school, which opened in 2015, she incorporated current research in best practices to design a student-centered experience to create opportunities for deep and creative learning.
In an email to members of the Lakeside community, Head of School Bernie Noe shared: “The search committee was impressed by Reem’s understanding of middle school children and of the challenges unique to running a middle school program. We were also impressed by her understanding of what it means to lead a talented faculty into the future. With her years of work developing a middle school from the ground up, she has deep experience in all aspects of middle school leadership and she will be a strong addition to Lakeside School.”
Abu Rameh has been a leading voice at King’s Academy since its start. As a founding faculty member, she established a music program at the new high school, growing it from six musicians to more than 70 in the school’s third year. At that time, she was asked to become the freshman class dean and associate dean of students, taking a place on the school’s leadership team.
Previous to joining King’s Academy, Abu Rahmeh served as the head of the preparatory division and faculty member at The National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan, and taught at the Ahliyyah School for Girls in Amman, where she also graduated. She holds bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Jordan and in music from The National Music Conservatory/Yarmouk University, as well as a master’s degree in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.
In an email, Abu Rahmeh shared, “I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as the next Middle School Director of Lakeside School. The warm welcome I have received makes me excited to be part of such a special school community and the conversations I enjoyed with members of the Lakeside community gave me a glimpse of the commitment and love each member has for the school. I am grateful for the trust you have placed in me to be part of the continued self-reflection and growth at Lakeside School at such an exciting time of innovation and change.”
Members of the search committee included Director of Equity and Inclusion/Director of Student and Family Support Jamie Asaka, Middle School Personal Development Teacher Yvette Avila, trustee Amy Crichton, Concert Band Director Nse Ekpo, Middle School History Teacher Judy Rogers, Head of School Bernie Noe, Director of Human Resources Sara Skinner, Middle School Math Teacher Tom Rona, and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Felicia Wilks. The nationwide search was organized by Wickenden Associates.