Ghada Jaber, Academic Dean
St. Timothy’s School
Since 2008, Ghada Jaber has served the St. Timothy’s School community in many capacities — as a mathematics department chair and International Baccalaureate (IB) math teacher, academic dean, and IB coordinator, and even a current parent. She brings a rich and unique background to these roles, having been born and educated in Beirut.
What drew you to education?
Although the start of my career in education was incidental, sticking with it for 30 years was a highly intentional choice. Born and raised in a country torn apart by regional conflicts and civil strife, I learned firsthand about the damage a lack of good education can cause. Working with principled educators to develop and implement educational programs with much higher goals than just getting kids to college was a rewarding career option for me. Through attending and leading workshops in over 20 countries, I worked with diverse groups of students, educators and parents who shared a common vision of a better world led by thoughtful, reflective and grounded young individuals.
What do you like about your current school?
St. Timothy’s School is a school with unique character, helping girls develop skills for lifelong success. Guided by the school motto of Truth Without Fear, students are taught under the rigorous International Baccalaureate program, which adds equity, reliability, validity and a globally respected education to the school’s curriculum.
What do you hope to achieve through your role?
Our hope is that [our graduates] see the value of immersing themselves joyfully in the fun traditions as well as local and global experiences St. Timothy’s provides, while working tenaciously to meet rigorous academic, athletic and service requirements.