Founder and President
Amine M. Khoury is the founder and president of Eastwood College with two campuses in Mansourieh and Kafarshima.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration, and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the American University of Beirut. He also holds a diploma in Theology and Philosophy from Cambridge University.
His passion for educating children formed his vision of founding a school of excellence at an early age of nineteen. Amine grew to see his vision become a reality. He has lead Eastwood College with great fervor, and inspired generations of learners to find success. Amine M. Khoury is an active member of the community and an ecumenical persona. He has served as Chairman of the Board of World Vision Lebanon for over 20 years. He also sits on the Board of the Bible Society and has been the Chairman since 2004.
Founder and President
Michel Khoury is the Director of Eastwood International School in Mansourieh. Michel is a graduate of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He worked for many years in the financial sector, with jobs at Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch before moving into the world of education. After receiving his MBA and Masters Degree in International Educational Development in Finance and Planning from Teachers College at Columbia University, Michel went on to become the Operations and Development Director for a group of private schools in Los Angeles,California.
Michel worked in the public and private education sector in the United States before moving back to his home country of Lebanon, where he was asked to lead Eastwood International School into the new century. Michel's innovation and relentless desire to integrate technology in education has made Eastwood International School a pioneering school in the Middle East with regards to bringing technology to the most fundamental level of the school system - the classroom.
As an Apple Professional Development Consultant and an Apple Distinguished Educator, Michel regularly gives workshops on how to better integrate technology in classroom learning environments and he has trained over 170 faculty members and administrators who now teach in Eastwood International School's iPad program. Michel has given educational technology workshops and teacher training to private schools in Lebanon, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
Science & IB Coordinator
Cendrella Kettaneh joined Eastwood International School in 2004 as a middle and high school chemistry teacher. After teaching for five years, Cendrella became the Science Coordinator for the entire school, revamping the curriculum and placing Eastwood International School among the best schools for science in Lebanon and the Middle East. Cendrella has been instrumental in Eastwood’s many successes in various science fairs around the country and her leadership has led to Eastwood regularly winning first prizes in the AUB Arts and Science Fair.
Most recently, Cendrella was named IB Coordinator and is in charge of guiding Eastwood International School through this challenging and exciting new endeavor. Cendrella holds a BS in Chemistry from the Lebanese University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Middle East University
Science & IB Coordinator
Dana Dimassi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the American University of Beirut, with an emphasis on teaching elementary Math and Science. Dana began her teaching career at a PYP school and taught within the program for six years. She also held the position of the Math and Science Coordinator for one year before moving to Eastwood International School. At Eastwood, Dana was the homeroom teacher of Grade 4 for two years, and will continue to teach as the homeroom teacher for grade 3 this year while assuming the role of the PYP Coordinator. Dana is also a published author for children's stories in the Arabic language. Besides being a teacher, Dana is a passionate reader, dancer and traveler. It is how she learns about the world.
Early Years & Elementary Principal
Sarah Reidenbaker is the Principal of the Elementary and Early Years divisions of Eastwood International School. She graduated summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in English education and was nominated for the New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Sarah taught English language arts in the public school sector in New Jersey in the United States before moving to Lebanon and to Eastwood International School. Though she has recently been accepted into Harvard Graduate School of Education, she has chosen to defer her graduate studies and remain at Eastwood International School.
Through Sarah’s leadership, Eastwood International has joined the professional development community of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. HGSE provides professional development through on-site programs and online academic courses. These courses are rooted in case studies, seminars, discussions with colleagues and professionals in the field, and practical applications within the classroom and the school as a whole. Teachers receive feedback and support in their professional learning from Harvard professors and alumni as they progress through these thirteen-week courses.
Sarah is interested in just about everything, from philosophy to horseback riding, but is particularly passionate about the natural world and the learning opportunities it affords children. Sarah writes regularly in the style of vignettes about her experiences at Eastwood and the wonder and joy she finds in exchanges between the children and their educators.