Maisae Affour has over 25 years of teaching experience in the U.S., Qatar, Bahrain and Pakistan. (Photo courtesy of Affour)

Former principal, teacher with international experience to become head of lower school

After 15 years as head of lower school, Christy Vail is retiring, and Maisae Affour will replace her.

Affour has over 25 years of teaching experience in the U.S., Qatar, Bahrain and Pakistan.

Affour also fits in well with the Country Day community, according to head of school Lee Thomsen.

“(Affour) comes with a wonderful reputation for working across cultures,” Thomsen said. “She’s bilingual in Arabic and English and is a terrific partner to parents, students and faculty.”

According to Thomsen, Affour met virtually with different constituencies — parents, faculty, staff and administration, connecting well with each.  

“A sense of a caring community emanated throughout my day-long – albeit virtual – visit to SCDS,” Affour said. 

Affour owns Anthem Language Services LLC in Las Vegas.

“Anthem Language Services LLC offers translation and interpretation services,” Affour said. “Prior to that, I served as principal at Vision International School in Doha, Qatar.”

Affour will join Country Day this fall.

“I look forward to meeting every member of the school family, especially students,” she said.

—By Rod Azghadi