Meet the Board: Ten Minutes with Rashad Sinokrot, BOT Chair

Rashad Sinokrot and Family

Rashad Sinokrot is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the American School of Dubai, where his son is currently a student in sixth grade. We asked him a few questions about his connections to ASD, his favorite memories, and his advice for the upcoming graduates.

How long has your family been with ASD?

Not long enough compared to Nicky! (Fellow Board Member Nicky Daryani '96 is an ASD Grad.) It's been eight years, and I have just started to find my way around the Middle School. The High School looks like a foreign country to me! The Elementary School seems like a distant but wonderful memory.

How long have you been a Board Member?

Come think of it, this is my 6th year!

Why do you choose to serve on ASD's Board of Trustees?

It allows me to give back to the wonderful community that has embraced our family and brought so much happiness into our lives.

What does it mean to serve on the Board of Trustees?

The Board of Trustees has the fiduciary duty as caretakers of the school to ensure it is in the best shape for all current and future students. We govern the budget and work with the administration on the strategic direction of the school. It is a great joy and journey to uphold our values, of Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility. We have 1945 bosses for whom we are accountable, and they are really tough!

What sets ASD apart as a school?

Our wonderful community does everything from the heart.

How does ASD's model best prepare learners for the future?

By making learning fun, relevant and engaging, ASD develops passionate learners who are ready to take informed action, to live to their potential, and make the world a better place.

What are your favorite memories of ASD?

There are too many: The first day my son, Rashid walked into Ms. Charlotte Lillywhite’s K1 classroom and waved goodbye to me and my wife, Razan; and when we came back in the afternoon to pick him up, and he ran into our arms! I also get emotional during the opening ceremony of each school year—during the flag procession and when seniors and first graders walk together hand in hand. God bless our school!

Can you share a favorite book, movie, or quote?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” It's good advice for all of us.

My favorite movie would be Infinity War—epic battle!

My favorite book is Educated by Tara Westover. It's a very inspiring true story on the importance of education and determination for one to develop personally and professionally.

What is the most interesting thing about you that very few people might know?

I am not sure if people will find it interesting that I just finished my Master’s in Education from Teachers’ College at Columbia University specializing in Developmental Disabilities. Probably the fact that I make a killer feta pasta and berry salad would be more remarkable!

What words of advice would you offer the Class of 2021 as a new journey begins for them?

Be kind. People will always remember how you make them feel. And have the courage to always do the right thing—let your conscience be your guide. 

Sinokrot Family

The American School of Dubai Board of Trustees is a group of volunteers dedicated to carrying out the mission of ASD and the community it serves.

Read Rashad's official bio.

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