Message from the Principal



The identity of Gardens Elementary School has been fostered and forged from the global challenges of the past few years. We have demonstrated resilience, innovation and collaboration to experience incredible success and growth. Our students have proven to be resilient, engaged and enthusiastic. 

Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our teachers focus on promoting student agency, nurturing students’ voice and choice. We know that students who engage actively in their learning develop deeper understanding and love of learning. 

We have adopted internationally benchmarked standards in all curriculum areas, including following AERO standards in mathematics and English language arts. Our students study mathematics, English language arts and their units of inquiry with their homeroom teacher, and study Arabic, music, arts, physical education and an enrichment block with specialist teachers. 

Over the past few years we have modified and added to our elementary campus to make our learning spaces more collaborative and flexible. This supports us in our ongoing initiative of personalizing learning and meeting the needs of each learner. 

Our highly qualified teachers include a number of specialist support staff to ensure that our curriculum is accessible across our diverse school community. We offer a wide- ranging extra-curricular program that further enriches the social and emotional development of each student. Our teachers are dedicated to promoting students welfare, progress and individual interests.

Whether you are a current, soon to be, or prospective member of our school community, we welcome you to our school!

Jeff Woodcock


Originally from Kingston, Ontario in Canada, Jeff comes from a family of educators, with his parents both teachers, as well as his sister and brother-in-law, as well. His wife, Melissa McQuaid teaches in the Elementary School at TKS. 

After working in the field of criminal justice following degrees in Criminology and Sociology, Jeff returned to university to complete his Bachelor of Education degree. He later earned his Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, a program designed for international school administrators. 

Jeff began his teaching career in Germany at Bonn International School before moving to TKS in 2011, as a homeroom teacher and team leader in the Elementary School. He was later Associate Principal in 2014, before being promoted to his current role of Principal of the Elementary School in 2017.

During Jeff’s time at TKS, he has seen the Elementary School grow from 250 to more than 700 students. He has witnessed the school’s development from a start-up school to an institution with an outstanding reputation in the international school community. Jeff has sought to foster a culture dedicated to every member of the community getting better every day, collaboration and creating an engaging learning environment for all students.