Dara Davey

They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Carl W. Buehner

About Me

I grew up on a small farm in a beautiful area of Sligo in Ireland. From a young age I was immersed in Irish music and I am proud of my Irish roots. My primary school were lucky enough to join the New York St Patrick’s Day parade which is a fond childhood memory. Growing up I spent most of my time outdoors and played on local football teams and loved competing in track and field events.

I have found Dubai to be a fantastic place to grow my career and develop professionally with some of the world leading schools being based here. I have been so fortunate to work with teachers and leaders from across the globe to deliver innovative teaching strategies to enhance the progress of each learner.

Outside of school I love to travel and have a real thirst for new experiences. Learning to ski, completing a sky dive and chasing the northern lights have been some highlights so far. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity which was a once in a life time experience. My summer months are spent exploring new cultures and countries or helping my Dad at home on our farm. 

My Experience

Having been in education for 11 years, I thoroughly enjoy my role as Assistant Head at Safa British School.  Originally, I completed a corporate law degree at the National University of Galway. After working in America on camp with children, I realised how much fun each day could be, and I completed my PGCE in London where I worked for several years before moving to Dubai.

After leading teaching and learning across Safa British School and Safa Community School for a number of years, post covid I eventually returned to my passion for nurturing the social and emotional wellbeing of the young learners as I missed the children. With current responsibility for pastoral, wellbeing and happiness, I am passionate about the important role that this can play in a happy and positive school experience. Children won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Developing positive relationships with every child will always be my main priority.