Director's Profile

Mr. Zakariya Palsha

Director, Fawzia Sultan International School


  • B.A. Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. School Administration


  • Teacher Certificate
  • Principal Certificate
  • Superintendent Credential



Mr. Zakariya S. Palsha was appointed by the School Board as the Director of FSIS in November 2014, effective August 2015.  He oversees all aspects of FSIS daily operations and works with the Board and Ownership on strategic planning.

Mr. Palsha has a myriad of experience in education and came highly recommended.  Mr. Palsha began his career as a primary school teacher and since then has held positions as Principal, Assistant Principal, Program Coordinator and adjunct professor in the United States and Qatar.

He is an accomplished school administrator and has been awarded several local, state and regional awards for his work, including the coveted Washington State Golden Apple Award for Educational Excellence, the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) Regional Distinguished Principal Award, and the Renton School Board Outstanding Employee Award, while serving as a school principal.

Mr. Palsha is the first to acknowledge his team when asked about his accomplishments and often uses the proverb, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.”  He says his personal mission has always been to bring people together to do what it takes to improve student achievement.

Mr. Palsha and his wife Nardin have two young children.  In his spare time, he is an avid reader, enjoys swimming, spending time with his kids and mentors educators around the world.