Our staff are experienced and well trained professionals characterised by genuine appreciation and respect for young children, patience, flexibility, sense of humour, and dedication


Areti Panagiotou - Nursery Founder

Areti holds a degree of Master of Science in Speech and Language therapy from City University of London, U.K. a Bachelor’s degree in Early Years Education from the University of Greece and a Montessori Diploma from North America Montessori Center. She has worked in the UK as a Speech and Language Therapist, in Greece as an Early Years Teacher and most recently in Dubai at Dubai Center for Special Needs as a senior Speech Therapist. She is a full member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in the U.K. She is First Aid certified. Areti loves theatre and volleyball.

Ana Stevanov - Nursery Manager

Ana Stevanov has been working at Great Minds Nursery since September 2014. She brings with her years of experience in education, development programs and care for children. She has a degree of Master of Science in Education and a Montessori certification. Before moving to Dubai she worked as an author and facilitator of projects approved by Ministry of Education in Serbia. All the projects were intended to cater educational needs of children who attended regular and inclusive school programs. Also, as a member of Scouts Association of Serbia she worked with primary and high school aged children during Summer and Winter camps.She is First Aid certified. Ana loves reading and yoga.
“I’m a self-motivated Pedagogue from Serbia and working with children is not only my vocation but also a personal interest too. I love reading and always looking for new approaches in working with children. My hobby is baking and I also like going to theatre.”

Sara Mougharbel Burhani – Head Teacher

Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, from the Lebanese American University, in addition to an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy from the Montessori Centre International. Apart from her 5 years of Montessori teaching experience in Dubai, she has also worked as an elementary school teacher for Grade 2 and 4. She is First Aid certified.
Sara’s hobbies include cycling, aerobics and reading.

Jeena Mathew - Registered Nurse

Jeena Mathew is the nursery nurse. She a registered nurse in DHA (DHA–P-0041407) since December 2013. Ms Mathew has a BSc in nursing from M.G University of Kerala She has worked as a surgical nurse for 2 years and she has been working as a registered nurse at Great Minds Nursery since January 2014. She is First Aid certified.

Dr. Rouba Abdennour - Visiting Pediatrician

Dr. RoubaAbdennour is a Specialist in Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She received her medical degree from the American University of Beirut, then completed her training as a Specialist in Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre.
She is experienced in preventive paediatric health care, immunisations, newborn care, child growth and development, adolescent medicine, nutrition and breastfeeding counselling, and management of acute and chronic illnesses in children. She provides comprehensive evidence-based and patient-centred care from birth to 18 years of age