We Aim For Excellence

The American Foundation for Educational Excellence is an organization whose mission is to improve higher education globally. Our emphasis, initially, is in the Middle-East.

We seek to raise the educational bar and attain excellence by (1) improving academic programs; (2) building new programs to better match local job demand; (3) implementing a better incorporation of educational technology; (4) improving ethics and leadership skills, and establishing the norm for service leadership; and (5) paving the way towards achieving accreditation from the relevant US agencies.

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Why Choose Us? Here are a few reasons:

Stairway to Success We help you reach your goals.

We work closely with our clients and tailor our services to their needs to make sure they reach their goals.

Excellence All the Way We aim for excellence.

Our services are sealed with excellence, every step of the way.

Team of Experts We are experts in our fields.

Our team consists of very knowledgeable people in their fields, each with a vast experience that spans over decades.

Reliable Services We say what we do; we do what we say; and we do it well.

We always honor our word. Our work is the embodiment of the best that can be done.

Our Highlights

 

  • We assess your institution’s needs
  • We tailor our services to your needs
  • We bridge the gap to reach desired goals
  • We improve teaching and learning skills
  • We improve communication skills
  • We create a culture of emotional intelligence
  • We create a culture of team work
  • We set up mentoring programs
  • We improve educational technology
  • We improve ethics and leadership
  • We help you to achieve accreditation
  • We help you become more competitive

What We are Best At

Evaluating Programs
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Improving Programs
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Building New Programs
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Facilitating Accreditation
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ATTITUDE

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APTITUDE

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KNOWLEDGE

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SKILLS

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ETHICS

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EXPERTISE

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Nada Salem Abisamra

President/CEO

Nada Salem Abisamra is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Technology Leadership at the George Washington University. She co-created and co-teaches at the GWU Graduate School of Education an online Methods Course for Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language when it is offered. Nada is a passionate and highly motivated person who is committed to excellence and innovation.

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Nada Salem Abisamra is a passionate and highly motivated person who is committed to excellence and innovation, and will do anything to get any challenging job very successfully done. She is a pioneer in web page creation and design and has an energetic, dynamic, and proactive approach to working. She has outstanding communication skills that she puts to use on a daily basis. Nada is an expert in assessment and evaluation to reach objectives (needs analyses). She has conducted a lot of research on team work, emotional intelligence and leadership skills, which she always strives to incorporate in the work environment.
Nada combines several skills that enable her to be highly successful in any endeavor she undertakes: leadership, technology, web page design, social media, photo editing (Photoshop), publishing (yearbooks and yearEbooks), communication, language fluency (in 3 languages), creative thinking, teaching, assertiveness, empathy, win/win thinking, friendliness, competence, production efficiency, hard work, organization, marketing, and public relations skills. In addition, Nada believes in every person’s need to be humble, hence to know their limits, seek advice, and ask questions, without forgetting to often recognize and praise the members of their team.

Nada taught English for 15 years both in school settings (College Notre-Dame, Jamhour & the American Community School at Beirut) and in college settings (Saint Joseph University, USJ). She co-created and co-teaches at the GWU Graduate School of Education an online Methods Course for Teachers of Arabic as a Foreign Language when it is offered.

In 1998, Nada created and designed a website titled “Nada’s ESL Island” (http://www.nadasisland.com/) which has more than one million visitors and has won several educational awards (The Busy Educator’s Award, the Web English Teacher Outstanding Resource award, three Golden Web Awards, and an Academic Excellence award). Nada also created a related group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nadasisland/ where she always shares information and ideas for teachers and students.

Nada gave, in schools and universities and at different national and international conferences, several workshops related to integrating technology in the classroom, emotional intelligence, team building, webpage design, peer mentoring, motivation, and learning strategies. She produced an award-winning 250-page centennial yearbook in 2006.

In September 2006, Nada became the administrative director of the Master of Science in Finance Program at GW School of Business and received an Appreciation Award in June 2008. She remained their Assessment of Learning Coordinator for Accreditation until May 2014.

Nada was the executive director of Project Roots (2011-2013). She created the website and social media pages, organized the work, and worked with the regional coordinators spread throughout the US. In August 2012, Nada became the Executive Director of the Maronite Academy (http://www.maroniteacademy.org/) which she co-founded and helped launch. She recruited 100 students from all over the world, gave them, along with four other instructors, five online courses about Lebanon which determined who would be selected to go with the Maronite Academy on a fully-covered educational trip to Lebanon in summer 2013.

Nada was appointed Director of Project Roots in October 2013 and Director of The Christian Lebanese Foundation in the World (http://www.lebanesecitizenship.com/) towards the end of November 2013, when the organization was established. Ever since, she has successfully managed to grow the team to about 100 people who are highly committed to the cause.

Nada holds a bachelor’s degree in languages (Arabic, French, English), a teaching diploma, and two master’s degrees, one in Translation (Attestation de Maîtrise, from Saint Joseph University, USJ) and another in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (from the American University of Beirut, AUB). She is now working at The George Washington University, GWU, towards an Education Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Technology Leadership (http://nadasisland.com/doc/ ).

Anna Uhl Chamot

Vice-President

Anna Uhl Chamot is Professor Emerita of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where she was Faculty Advisor for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Foreign Language Education. She directed the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC), which conducted research, teacher education, and materials development for foreign language educators.

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Anna Uhl Chamot is Professor Emerita of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where she was Faculty Advisor for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Foreign Language Education. She directed the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC), which conducted research, teacher education, and materials development for foreign language educators.

Dr. Chamot has been principal investigator for a number of studies that investigated language learning processes of both second and foreign language students. Her research interests are in language learning strategies, content-based language instruction, and literacy development in adolescent English learners.

In addition to preparing future language teachers, Dr. Chamot has also taught second and foreign languages in Grades 1 to 12 in the United States, Great Britain, Colombia, and Venezuela.

She co-designed the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA), an instructional model for English language learners and has adapted this model to meet the needs of students learning English and other languages as foreign languages.

Her publications include articles and books on research, methodology, and instructional materials, including: The Learning Strategies Handbook, The CALLA Handbook: Implementing the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (2nd edition), and Learning Strategies in Second Language Acquisition.

Dr. Chamot holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in foreign language education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Spanish literature from the George Washington University. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and fluent in French.

Karen Kortecamp

Vice-President

Karen Kortecamp is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development where she teaches and advises doctoral candidates in Curriculum and Instruction.  For many years, Dr. Kortecamp coordinated and taught in the school’s Secondary Education Program.  Her courses in education policy and program evaluation are taught online.

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Karen Kortecamp is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development where she teaches and advises doctoral candidates in Curriculum and Instruction.  For many years, Dr. Kortecamp coordinated and taught in the school’s Secondary Education Program.  Her courses in education policy and program evaluation are taught online. 

Dr. Kortecamp has evaluated numerous education and philanthropic programs that include Digital Learning Applications for emergent readers, professional learning, and the Deutsche Bank’s Americas Foundation.  She has expertise in conducting literature reviews, logic modeling, needs assessment, and evaluability assessment. Her research presentations and publications are in program evaluation, professional learning, and education technology.  Her Ph.D. is in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

George M. Jabbour

Board Member

George Jabbour is the Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Finance at The George Washington University School of Business. He has been a consultant and conducting professional training for the World Bank Group in Washington DC (USA), Vienna (Austria) and Islamabad (Pakistan), for The International Training Banking Center in Budapest (Hungary), the Center of Excellence in Management in Kuwait, and others.

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George Jabbour is the Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Finance at The George Washington University School of Business.

George has been a consultant and conducting professional training for the World Bank Group in Washington DC (USA), Vienna (Austria) and Islamabad (Pakistan), for The International Training Banking Center in Budapest (Hungary), the Center of Excellence in Management in Kuwait, and for Kipco Asset Management Group (KAMCO) in Kuwait.

George was a Visiting Professor at Franklin College in Lugano (Switzerland), Dongseo University (South Korea), Holy Spirit University-Kaslik, and Sorbonne University in Paris (France). He developed curriculum for BBA and Msc degrees in business and finance. He has several publications in professional refereed journals. He co-authored “The Option Trader Handbook” for trade adjustments. His research papers were presented in the US and around the world.

He is a member of several leading professional finance organizations He is a member of the editorial advisory board of two journals. Four of his co-authored papers won the best paper award. He has received several Teaching Excellence Awards. He participated in the Forum for Democracy and Development in Doha (Qatar), in the Education without Borders and the Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates.)

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Jabbour is very active in equity and derivatives trading. He was Senior Financial Analyst at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and a consultant to several American corporations and international organizations.

He is Managing Director of Global Asset Management Inc., President of Global Finance Associates, Inc; Advisor to the CEO of NGP V Real Estate Fund, and a Board member of Energy Research Solutions.

He has a Ph.D. in Finance, an MBA in Finance, a BBA in Marketing, and BS in Mathematics.

Ramez G. Skaff

Treasurer & Legal Advisor

Ramez Skaff is the Executive Treasurer of Interstate Resources, Inc. Dr. Skaff manages the Legal, Benefits, Treasury, and Risk Management Departments of the company. Additionally, he serves as Treasurer and Secretary to the Board of Directors.  Dr. Skaff has worked for INDEVCO Group since the early 1980’s. Before moving to Interstate Resources, he was Group Controller for the INDEVCO Saudi Joint Venture. He has 30 years of experience in the paper and packaging industry.

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Ramez Skaff is the Executive Treasurer of Interstate Resources, Inc. Dr. Skaff manages the Legal, Benefits, Treasury, and Risk Management Departments of the company. Additionally, he serves as Treasurer and Secretary to the Board of Directors.  Dr. Skaff has worked for INDEVCO Group since the early 1980’s. Before moving to Interstate Resources, he was Group Controller for the INDEVCO Saudi Joint Venture. He has 30 years of experience in the paper and packaging industry. Before joining INDEVCO Group, Dr. Skaff held several executive positions at the World Bank.  Dr. Skaff also serves on the Boards of American Friends of Al Younbouh, SESOBEL, Georges N. Frem Foundation, CLFW, and American Fidelity.

Meet Our Consultants

Assaad Eid

Assaad Eid is Assistant to the President for Planning and Development at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon.

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Assaad Eid is Assistant to the President for Planning and Development at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon.

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Edward M. Salem

Edward M. Salem left SMC after serving six years as Director, Change Management in the Program Management Integration Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center (Air Force Space Command), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Mr. Salem had been in the Federal Service continuously since 1972.

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Edward M. Salem left SMC after serving six years as Director, Change Management in the Program Management Integration Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center (Air Force Space Command), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

Mr. Salem had been in the Federal Service continuously since 1972.  His service includes having been a Loan Officer with the Small Business Administration, Chief, Advertising and Sales Promotion and Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Des Moines, Iowa. Arriving at Space and Missile Systems Center in 1985, he has been Command Speech Writer, Chief of Community Relations, Deputy Director, Commander’s Action Group, Deputy Director, Directorate of Strategic Planning, Director of Strategic Planning, and Acting Director and Deputy Director, Plans and Programs.  He has been awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal and the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal as well as several Letters of Commendation.  Among his many projects, he has managed the Center’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission efforts, the Quality Air Force Assessment, the base renovation and revitalization program, and effort to deploy a knowledge management instance, managing change in the organization through business process engineering and reengineering and the development and training of a workforce to replace an aging, soon to retire, workforce. Mr. Salem retired from active federal service in February 2005, and returned to duty under the reemployed annuitant program in January 2006. Non-government experience includes consulting for Pioneer Hybrid Seed, Des Moines, Iowa, Osmotik, Inc, Leonie Industries, and professional practices of medicine, dentistry and law on market positioning.

Among his many community activities are activities with his church on a local, diocesan and international level.  He provides counseling and mentoring to men and women both at SMC and in the local communities.  Among his awards are the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the Exemplary Civilian Service Medal and the Distinguished Career Medal.  He has been active in groups sponsoring educational events to perpetuate the Lebanese heritage among immigrant communities around the world.  In May 2000, he was recognized with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  He is most active in the Maronite Catholic Church. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Maronite Foundation, a religious, educational and humanitarian foundation seeking to perpetuate the traditions of his church and culture. He also serves on the boards of directors of many non-profit and profit corporations. In January 2014, Mr. Salem was recognized for his lifetime of achievement as a visionary leader by the National Apostolate of Maronites. He was also recognized by Pope Francis I with the highest award granted a lay person, Pro Eccllesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope).

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Salem is a 1965 graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.  He is married to Samia Ayoub, and has two children, Christopher and Nicole.  They reside in Orange County.

Kassim A. Shaaban

Kassim Ali Shaaban is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the English Department at the American University of Beirut.  His research and teaching interests include language policy and language planning, second language acquisition, assessment and evaluation, professional development, cooperative learning, and curriculum design.

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Kassim Ali Shaaban is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the English Department at the American University of Beirut.  His research and teaching interests include language policy and language planning, second language acquisition, assessment and evaluation, professional development, cooperative learning, and curriculum design. In addition to publishing reference books and textbooks in Linguistics and ESL, he has published articles on the above topics in international journals such as Journal of Sociolinguistics; Language Problems and Language Planning; Foreign Language Annals; Journal of Language, Identity and Education; Language, Culture and Curriculum; System; Reading Psychology; TESL Reporter; and Forum.  He has also given presentations at most major international conferences in the field of language study worldwide.  His current focus in research is on the policies of foreign language education in the Arab world.