Q&A with Head of School, Dr. Susan Borden – Insights into an Exciting Year Ahead at ACS Doha

Posted: 7th September 2023

What inspired you to take on the role of Head of School at ACS Doha?

The exceptional sense of community and commitment to readiness at ACS Doha truly resonated with me. The school’s dedication to nurturing curiosity, fostering strengths, and preparing students for the future aligns perfectly with my educational philosophy. I am excited to lead a diverse community of students and educators toward a year of growth and discovery.


How do you envision the concept of readiness shaping this academic year?

Readiness, to me, encompasses more than just academic excellence. It’s about instilling the confidence to face challenges head-on and the willingness to explore uncharted territories. This year, we’ll focus on equipping students with adaptable skills, a global perspective, and a strong sense of self. By fostering curiosity and embracing new experiences, we’ll empower each student to push their boundaries and reach their full potential.


Could you share more about the role of the ACS Doha community in shaping the educational journey?

The ACS Doha community is the heart of our school. It’s a vibrant tapestry of cultures, ideas, and perspectives. Our community fosters a sense of belonging and encourages collaboration, creating an environment where students can learn from one another and develop a deep respect for diversity. More importantly, the globalization of major businesses makes cross-cultural communication an essential skill.


The transition of experienced principals into new roles is notable. How does this contribute to the consistency and growth at ACS Doha?

Our experienced principals bring a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of our school’s values. Their transition into new roles reflects our commitment to consistency and growth. They will play a pivotal role in ensuring that our students receive a holistic education that focuses not only on academics but also on character development, creating a seamless and nurturing experience for all.


Can you elaborate on the exciting opportunities in sports, arts, and design that students can look forward to?

This year, we’re encouraging students to venture beyond their comfort zones by embracing sports, arts, and design. These avenues provide platforms for creativity, teamwork, and personal growth. Whether it’s discovering a new passion in the arts, honing athletic skills, or exploring innovative design projects, our students will have the chance to make unforgettable memories and develop skills that extend beyond the classroom. I’m excited to embark on this journey with the ACS Doha community, and I am committed to fostering an environment of readiness and growth. Together, let’s make this year a remarkable one, full of achievements and meaningful connections.

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