Rania Maayeh is the newly appointed head at Ramallah Friends School (RFS) in Palestine. The school is a ministry of Friends United Meeting.
Maayeh began her service in June, succeeding Adrian Moody. An education specialist with over 20 years of experience across the fields of higher, secondary, and primary education in Palestine, Jordan, and the United States, Maayeh is also a former RFS student, teacher, and the parent of three alumni. She most recently worked for World Vision as the education lead for Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza. She has also served as an English instructor and school principal.
As a Palestinian Christian, Maayeh considers the RFS community to be the place where her spiritual journey began. She attended meeting for worship as a child with her classmates at the school. Through her education and career at RFS, Maayeh developed a close affinity and spiritual kinship with Quakers. As a graduate student in Pennsylvania, Maayeh often attended Downingtown (Pa.) Meeting. She presently attends Ramallah Meeting, located near the school.
Maayeh considers Friends testimonies to be integral to the academic achievement and spiritual transformation of RFS students. “This transformation,” she notes, “can only be understood as a reflection of God’s light, which I see as constantly pushing us to strive for a more loving and whole world.”