Adrian Moody began as Head of Ramallah Friends School on August 1, 2017. Adrian follows Joyce Ajlouny, who served for thirteen years before taking up the post of General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee.
Adrian came to the Friends School with an extensive background in international education, having served in school leadership positions in Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and India. His depth of experience with the International Baccalaureate and his masters-level specialization in teacher assessment will allow him to shepherd implementation of the RFS Board’s new strategic plan which focuses on strengthening academic programs. His professional expertise in management of large multi-campus schools will facilitate a thorough analysis of long-term financial and physical needs and the development of strategies for sustainability.
A committed Roman Catholic with a master’s degree in theology, Adrian feels deeply called to the particular witness of a Friends School under occupation. He says: “I am drawn to RFS for so many reasons. It has a long history of shared communities. It has a strong academic program and is able to offer its students wonderful opportunities. But RFS is not just a school – it is much more than that. I look at RFS and I see that the grace of God is working within this community. I see God carrying us all on a journey, together through moments of success and challenges which strengthen our lives and our bonds with each other and God.”
Adrian, an Australian national, and his wife Gillian, a New Zealander, are enjoy their new life in Ramallah. Their teenage daughter, who recently graduated from boarding school in New Zealand, has been able to spend several vacations with her parents.
Adrian serves as a member of the FUM Field Staff, with his salary, benefits and expenses covered through designated donations to FUM. In order to prevent a gap in leadership and to facilitate a smooth hand-over as Joyce leaves the school, a generous FUM supporter has provided transitional funding to allow Adrian to begin without delay. As FUM and Adrian work together to build his support community, these funds will be repaid. Join Adrian's team of support.