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Our Founding Teachers


Alice Foley

Founding Teacher

Alice is currently a Year 5 Class Teacher in a primary school in Lancashire. She is responsible for creating a purposeful and engaging learning environment for the children to enjoy and develop academically, whilst providing regular feedback and assessment.

Alice describes herself as an organised and creative teacher ensuring strong relationships with both children and colleagues.

Over the past few years Alice has been heavily involved in the PE extra-curricular activities. As part of her responsibilities as a member of the PE and PSHE curriculum team she has organised and delivered extra-curricular activities (including netball, rounders and dance), attended inter school competitions and organised intra school competitions. She has also led dance clubs and for the last two years, has choreographed a dance for children to perform at a public, annual dance.

Alice feels extremely excited and privileged to be part of the Arcadia Preparatory teaching team, appreciating that this exciting new development provides the state-of-the-art facilities which will enable delivery of a creative, innovative and challenging curriculum.

Alice Foley

Founding Teacher

Christopher Lee

Founding Teacher

As a passionate teacher, Christopher strives to provide engaging and fun lessons on a daily basis. He is currently a Year 2 class teacher and PE Subject Leader. Christopher has taught across Key Stage 1 and has experience in both Primary and Senior schools. When not at work he enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures.

Christopher gets pleasure from learning new languages and can converse in Turkish at an intermediate level. Having taught at the British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey for 2 years, Christopher relishes the opportunity to experience living in a new country and becoming part of the Arcadia Team acknowledging that being part of the founding team and helping to create a positive reputation is something only a handful of teachers will get the chance to do.

Christopher’s knowledge and experience of teaching in a British school abroad means he is able to share best practise and help new staff, who are moving for the first time, with settling into their new surroundings and adapting to any differences they may discover.

Christopher Lee

Founding Teacher

Emily O’Neill

Founding Teacher

Emily O'NeillEmily currently teaches a Year 5 class in a large school in Watford, Hertfordshire. Along with this, she is the school’s P.E. coordinator ensuring high quality P.E. lessons throughout the school and in charge of organising extra curricular clubs and fixtures.

Emily’s belief is that individual differences should be cultivated and celebrated and she is determined to instil this attitude of self-belief and confidence into the children of The Arcadia Preparatory School. She also feels that education should be enjoyed and will foster a safe and stimulating environment for all pupils.

With a background in Special Educational Needs and experience of teaching children with English as an Additional Language, Emily is confident that she will provide an inclusive educational experience and she shares The Arcadia Preparatory School’s aim of creating an environment where learning is life-long, where excellence is rewarded and where teaching is of the best quality it can be.

Emily O’Neill

Founding Teacher

Jenny Sherwood

Head of SEN

For the past two years Jenny has worked as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) in a British Primary School, in Southampton, where she has worked for 5 years in total. She joined the school as a Newly Qualified Teacher and worked through all age groups before qualifying as the SENCo.

Jenny has extensive experience of working with the older children in Key Stage 2 but admits her passion lies in working in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 because she enjoys supporting children to build their foundations to learning.

Currently, through her university studies her interest has developed in Wellbeing and Mindfulness and she now looks forward to bringing this to the children and staff of The Arcadia Preparatory School. Jenny is excited at the prospect of being a part of the Arcadia Preparatory School and looks forward to immersing herself in a new community, culture and lifestyle with curious children and an enthusiastic and professional teaching team.

Jenny Sherwood

Head of SEN

Lizzie Niazi

Founding Teacher

Lizzie has over six years experience of primary teaching in England and has taught across a range of schools and year groups. Her passion for teaching lies with the younger pupils, particularly Key Stage One. She currently works as a KS1 Cluster Support Teacher across four very different schools, leading bespoke intervention groups which support various children including those with SEN, EAL and Gifted and Talented.

Lizzie has a degree in French language and enjoys speaking, listening and reading in French.

Having spent 7 years of her childhood living in Cyprus, Lizzie understands some of the challenges children face when going to school in a different country. Now, as an experienced teacher, she is well equipped to support and nurture children through their own experiences of this and to ensure that school life is inclusive for all. Her aim is to deliver high quality education and to encourage a positive and supportive ethos for both academic progress and social development.

Lizzie feels very proud to have been selected as a founding member of staff at The Arcadia Preparatory School and is looking forward to helping the pupils at this brand new, state-of-the-art school to ultimately become well educated, confident and respected members of society.

Lizzie Niazi

Founding Teacher

Lucy Horn

Founding Teacher

Lucy currently teaches within a rural setting of North Yorkshire. Her current role is split across the school with a main focus of teaching EYFS and Key Stage One. She also takes the lead for Computing, French and Music and teaches those subjects across the whole school.

Lucy enjoys a variety of hobbies and sports although her keen interests are horse riding, running and netball. She currently competes with her horse and takes part in area competitions such as one day events and dressage.

As an enthusiastic and hard working teacher, Lucy aims to create an environment where children aspire to learn.  She is very excited about joining The Arcadia Preparatory School and working along side like minded people who share her passion for teaching future generations.

Lucy Horn

Founding Teacher

Mary Donnelly

Founding Teacher

Mary works as a year 5 teacher in a primary school in West Sussex, South East England and during her three years at the school, has led Physical Education and Writing. When not teaching, Mary is a big fan of keeping fit!

As a teacher, Mary provides an innovative, modern approach that allows older children to take ownership of their knowledge and learning. Mary’s teaching, based on a rigorous structure intertwined with a current, stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum instils children with the open minds, knowledge and ability to view the world critically and believe that they can make a positive contribution to society.

Mary was drawn to the The Arcadia Preparatory School as an institution that promotes strong values for providing children with a joyful experience full of modern approaches to education combining innovative teaching methods and advanced technological provisions.

Mary is eager to further enhance her ability to teach in a way that changes the lives of young people in a transforming society, and believes that embarking upon this journey at The Arcadia Preparatory School will give her the necessary tools with which to achieve this.

Mary Donnelly

Founding Teacher

Rima Al Tarawneh

Head of Languages

Rima has been working in the field of education and teaching for over 10 years. She has held several positions in high ranked private schools in Jordan and has experience in teaching the Arabic language for first and second language speakers in a British Curriculum school and for multi nationality students from FS1 up to year 6.

Rima has a bachelor’s degree in English/Arabic Translation. She is really driven and motivated in her work and her aim is to apply her knowledge and experience in providing and developing the best quality of education for the pupils of The Arcadia Preparatory School.

 

 

Rima Al Tarawneh

Head of Languages

Thomas Gayler

Founding Teacher

Since qualifying as a teacher in 2012, Thomas has worked in a village primary school in his hometown of Lincoln in England. In the role he has taught upper Key Stage Two and has had a particular interest in Mathematics, Computing and Physical Education.

For the past two years, Thomas has taken on the additional responsibility of the role for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator which meant he could really help and influence the school’s provision for those children that found learning challenging.

Thomas will begin his fifth year of teaching and is looking forward to bringing his expertise as well as developing as a teacher at The Arcadia Preparatory School. The challenge of working in a brand new school excites him and he aims to be part of a team that will make The Arcadia Preparatory School the best school in Dubai.

Thomas Gayler

Founding Teacher

Tia Linton

Founding Teacher

Tia currently teaches a Year 1 class in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She is responsible for Art and Design throughout the school and runs a British Sign Language club, supporting and teaching children to communicate in sign, through the use of drama and singing.

With experience of working with both children with special needs and EAL, Tia strives to create an inclusive learning environment for all learners and builds strong relationships with children, enabling them to become well rounded and successful individuals.

Tia is looking forward to working at The Arcadia Preparatory School and feels extremely privileged to be a founding teacher in a school which will provide excellent facilities and learning opportunities for children. She is looking forward to moving to Dubai and immersing herself into a new culture.

Tia Linton

Founding Teacher

Mufida Al Digeil

Head of Islamic Studies

Mufida has taught in UAE for the last 15 years. She has worked in early childhood, primary and secondary education teaching Islamic studies, Arabic culture, social studies and the Arabic language. She has a deep appreciation of each child’s unique way of learning and has become adept at tuning her teaching accordingly. From her experience, she recognises that children of different ages have different approaches to knowledge and she enjoys helping children learn about themselves.

Mufida holds a Bachelor’s in Islamic studies, a Montessori Certificate in Early Childhood as well as NLP life coaching certificate. Her aim in education is – as she betters herself through continuous self-development- to instill in children the love of learning.

Mufida is honoured to be a founding teacher at Arcadia and is excited for the new journey.

Mufida Al Digeil

Head of Islamic Studies

Sanam Bozorgi

Librarian

Sanam BozorgiSanam received a Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science in 2001 and since then has been working in several types of libraries, ranging from national library to school library.

Her big career goal is to ignite a lifelong passion for reading in children. It was during her internship in the Children’s Book Council that Sanam gained an appreciation that a child who reads will become an adult who thinks and our world is in need of more thinkers.

With a background in art and technology, and experience of setting up new libraries, Sanam is confident that The Arcadia Preparatory School’s library will be a vibrant place for encouraging innovation, curiosity, and problem-solving. Sanam sees the library as a central point for engagement with all kinds of reading, cultural activities, access to information and knowledge building.

Sanam Bozorgi

Librarian