Counseling Team

Counseling

High School Counseling Team

Brian Cadogan

Brian Cadogan

Counselor | Grades 8-9

Brian joined ACS in 2019. He earned a BA in Psychology from Hampton University, M.Ed in School Counseling from Long Island University, CW Post Campus, and an M.Ed from Northern Illinois University in Educational Leadership and Supervision. He has 18 years of experience as a School Counselor, starting in Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois where he was the Student Achievement Counselor for six years and Director of Summer School for three years. He then moved back to his home state of New York where he worked as a High School counselor at Uniondale High School in Uniondale, New York. He then moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where he was a Middle School counselor in the Montgomery County Public Schools for six years before moving to the UAE. In his spare time, Brian enjoys travel, naps, and reading about economics and quantum physics.

Phil Abraham

Phil Abraham

Counselor | Grades 10-12

Phil previously worked as a High School Counselor at GEMS American Academy (GAA) Abu Dhabi. Prior to that he worked as a counselor, teacher, and social worker in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Abraham's counseling background ranges from K-12 and focusing on students' personal, social, and academic development as well as their post-secondary planning. Having been in Abu Dhabi for many years, Mr. Abraham is familiar to many ACS families through his involvement in local high school and community athletics, specifically, wrestling and rugby. In his free time, Mr. Abraham enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing and watching sports, traveling, and discovering new places to eat.

Steph Tao

Steph Tao

Counselor | Grades 10-12

Steph is an international educator who has worked in East and Southeast Asia for the last ten years as a comprehensive counselor, college counselor and US university admissions recruiter. She is a member of the International Association for College Admissions Counseling and currently serves as a representative for the Inclusion, Access and Success Committee. Steph's background in anthropology, international education and counseling led her to believe in the strength of a students' understanding of their own identity and experiences to navigate their world and make empowering choices. She earned a Master of Education in International Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Outside of school, Steph likes adventure- traveling, scuba diving, and enjoying the outdoors. She loves to learn about cultures through food, books, music and the arts. Steph is moving to Abu Dhabi with her adopted ginger cat named Ulan.

Andrew Weiser

Andrew Weiser

Counselor | Grades 10-12

Andrew worked previously at the International School Bangkok (ISB) as a high school counselor, college counselor, Head of Department, baseball and golf coach, and Operation Smile sponsor. Prior to ISB, Andrew worked in Cairo (Cairo American College), Paraguay (American School Asuncion), and El Salvador (Escuela Americana); he also taught social studies for 10 years in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Andrew earned a BA in Economics and Government from Shippensburg University (PA), an M.Ed from Framingham State University (MA), completed post-graduate work in School Counseling from Millersville University, and earned a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. After school hours, to find Andrew, you may want to check a baseball/softball field, golf course, or other athletic fields/events. Andrew’s wife, Carmen Cano, works as a Learning Support Teacher in the Elementary School.

Middle School Counseling Team

Priscilla Bade-White

Dr. Priscilla Bade-White

Counselor | Grades 6-8

Priscilla has trained and worked in student support services for over 20 years, most recently as a school psychologist and counselor. She earned a BA in Psychology, MA in Inclusive Special Education and PhD in School Psychology in Arizona, where she was named Erasmus Circle Scholar. Her professional interests include service delivery, advisory, SEL, assessment, crisis response, and giftedness. Priscilla loves research and data and if she can turn her work into research, she will do it! She has published and presented on a variety of topics, taught university courses, and provided supervision for educator trainees.

Brian Cadogan

Brian Cadogan

Counselor | Grades 8-9

Brian joined ACS in 2019. He earned a BA in Psychology from Hampton University, M.Ed in School Counseling from Long Island University, CW Post Campus, and an M.Ed from Northern Illinois University in Educational Leadership and Supervision. He has 18 years of experience as a School Counselor, starting in Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois where he was the Student Achievement Counselor for six years and Director of Summer School for three years. He then moved back to his home state of New York where he worked as a High School counselor at Uniondale High School in Uniondale, New York. He then moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where he was a Middle School counselor in the Montgomery County Public Schools for six years before moving to the UAE. In his spare time, Brian enjoys travel, naps, and reading about economics and quantum physics.

Elementary School Counseling Team

Farwa Devji

Farwa Devji

Counselor | KG and Grade 1
Michelle Ramsay

Michelle Ramsay

Counselor | KG and Grade 1
Robin Gabriel

Robin Gabriel

Counselor | Grades 2-5

As student advocates, ACS counselors work in partnership with students, educators, parents and the community, to foster an inclusive and collaborative school environment central to the success of the ACS mission. ACS counselors provide an accessible program that is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate and addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students.

ACS counselors believe:

  • Every student has the right to have a caring adult advocate
  • Every student should feel safe, supported, and accepted
  • Every student is unique, capable, and developing as an individual
  • Every student, with support, possesses the ability to advocate for themselves and generate solutions to problems
  • Students learn through a variety of learning styles, depth and comprehension
  • Students should maintain balance with their academic and non-academic lives
  • Counselors should work within professional counseling code of ethics and adhere to standards of confidentiality
  • Our counseling program requires continual review and revision in order to meet the needs of the school