School Leaders

Bill Delbrugge


School Director

Dunecrest American School’s Founding Director, Mr. Bill Delbrugge, brings with him his extensive school leadership experience in both the United States and overseas.

In the US, Mr. Delbrugge served as the Superintendent of Schools in Flagler County, Florida, heading a team responsible for all facets of education for 26,000 students in schools spanning PreK-12, colleges and community education. In every year of Mr. Delbrugge’s tenure as Superintendent, the school district was rated “A” by the Florida Department of Education. Prior to his time in Florida, Mr. Delbrugge had the honor to serve 1.5 million students in the State of Georgia as Director of Research and Reporting for the Georgia Department of Education Office of Education Accountability.

Mr. Delbrugge moved to Cairo, Egypt in 2010 to assume his first international position as Director the Headship of Esol Education’s American International School in Egypt (AISE). Under Mr. Delbrugge’s leadership, AISE, an American and IB World School, has grown from 1,300 students to its current enrollment of 3,100 students on two campuses. AISE has also become one of the leading American schools in the Middle East and Africa in terms of student achievement.

Mr. Delbrugge strives to help all students find success, build character, and develop passion for community involvement. He also believes that a positive and productive school environment for students, teachers and parentsfosters academic growth, inspires global mindedness and creates an uncompromising resolve to keep your character at the center of your actions and aspirations.

Bill received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca University.

Patrick Hould

Patrick Hould

Secondary School Principal

"I find working with young people rewarding. My youth was dotted with inspirational teachers who motivated me to work hard, have a positive attitude, and passionately pursue my dreams/aspirations. I have always subscribed to the notion that I have the golden opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my students. It is my hope that I can lead and inspire like the role models who guided and encouraged me in my youth."Universities attended:

  • Montana State University, Billings
  • University of Montana, Missoula

Countries where you have taught:

  • United States of America
  • Egypt
  • United Arab Emirates

Lisa Gibson


Elementary School Principal
Head of Teaching and Learning

"What I love the best about education is the kids! We can learn so much from our students. They have such amazing energy and ideas and it is such a gift to be able to help them realize their dreams and aspirations."

Universities attended:

  • University of Victoria, Canada
  • Western University, Canada

Countries where you have taught:

  • Venezuela
  • Canada
  • United Arab Emirates
  • England

Cristal Hanna

Crystal Hanna

Early Childhood Center Coordinator

"For me, a school is a place where research, community, passion, creativity, knowledge, and innovation come together to create a bridge between the past, present and future. The powerful interactions that I get to experience with the children, such as to inspire them to reach their goals and motivate them to be successful life-long learners, has a lasting impact on their future and provides me with purpose. As educators, we embark on a never-ending professional development journey, with us growing parallel with the students. Everyday I get to do all the things I love: watch, listen, question, communicate, learn and of course...laugh. Education is an extremely rewarding field that keeps giving back day after day and I am extremely grateful that I have chosen to be an educator."

Universities attended:
  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Canada

Countries where you have taught:

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Greece
  • United Arab Emirates

Candace Frazier-Klein

Candace Frazier-Klein

Admissions Director

Ms. Candace Frazier-Klein joins the Dunecrest American School team with over eleven years of experience managing school admissions with Esol Education in Dubai.

Working closely with school leadership teams, Ms. Frazier-Klein has deep knowledge of the international American education program, curriculum and pedagogy, the IB Diploma Programme, and the various university pathways available to graduates from Esol Education schools. With a background in customer service, her role includes consulting with parents, and assisting them in making the best educational choices for their children throughout the admissions process. Originally from Montreal, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Concordia University, Ms. Frazier-Klein, has lived in Dubai for over 15 years. In her spare time, she is an avid supporter for her children in their endeavors in baseball, softball, hockey and swimming, and stays active by walking and playing with the family pet dog.