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School Leaders

Mr. Bill Delbrugge, Dunecrest Director

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.


Mr. Patrick Hould, Dunecrest's Secondary School Principal

Patrick Hould
Secondary School Principal

Mr. Hould received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Eastern Montana College and his Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Montana. Mr. Hould's professional vision is to build a caring community for learning. He works hard to help every student reach their full potential and to make them feel valued and welcome. He started his career in Montana where he was a Band Director and Principal at both Middle Schools and High Schools. In 2012, Mr. Hould joined Esol Education Schools as Principal of the American International School in Egypt. He moved to Dubai in 2013 working with Esol Education Schools here and he was the Founding Secondary School Principal of Dunecrest American School. He is the recipient of the prestigious G.V. Erickson Award for his outstanding contribution to education in Montana and he was a founding Board Member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. 

Get to know our Secondary School Principal, watch the video of  Mr. Pat Hould.


Ms. Lisa Gibson, Elementary School Principal

Lisa Gibson
Elementary School Principal

Ms. Gibson received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Victoria. In addition, she has qualifications through the British Columbia College. She has a wealth of certifications from the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization and was instrumental in guiding Dunecrest to our IB accreditation. Ms. Gibson started her teaching career in London, England and has held international teaching and leadership positions in Canada, Venezuela, and Dubai as well. She joined our team at Esol Education in 2013 and has been with us to her present position at Dunecrest American School where she is the Founding Principal of the Elementary School as well as the PreK-12 Curriculum Coordinator. Ms. Gibson is a NWEA Certified Trainer and travels the world helping schools interpret and develop improvement plans for their MAP testing data. She is committed to excellence in all areas of education and student success.

Get to know our Elementary School Principal, watch the video of  Ms. Lisa Gibson.

Ms. Cristal Hanna, Early Childhood Center Coordinator

Crystal Hanna
Early Childhood Principal

Ms. Hanna received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Special Education and Elementary Convocation. She started her teaching career in Greece where she taught English speaking children in an elementary setting as well as she taught private English lessons to ESL students. She then moved to Abu Dhabi where she became a Grade Level Coordinator, leading her team to meet the expected curriculum standards of all core subjects. In 1992, Ms. Hanna had her first teaching experience in Dubai where she has enjoyed the culture and vibrance of the community so much she continues working here today. Crystal has been a member of the Esol Education Team since 2004 and she was the Founding Early Childhood Principal of Dunecrest American School. Ms. Hanna believes that education is vital to establishing a strong foundation on which understanding is based. She guides students in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to become mature, contributing members of society. 

Get to know our Early Childhood Principal, watch the video of  Ms. Crystal Hanna.


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.