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Our Teachers


Lucy Horn

Foundation Stage Leader

Lucy is a highly talented Early Years teacher and leads our dynamic Foundation Stage team. She enjoys leading and working alongside like-minded people who share her passion for teaching future generations. Lucy is very passionate about Early Years education and inspiring young minds. Originally from North Yorkshire, Lucy’s role in her UK school was split across the school, with the main focus on teaching EYFS and Key Stage One.

Lucy enjoys a variety of hobbies and sports, although her keen interests are horse riding, running and netball. Before coming to Dubai she competed nationally and took part in area competitions, such as one day events and cross country.

Lucy Horn

Foundation Stage Leader

Christopher Lee

Key Stage 1 Leader

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

Key Stage 1 Leader

Mary Donnelly

Key Stage 2 Leader

Joining as a founding teacher, Mary has since stepped into the role of Key Stage 2 Leader at The Arcadia Preparatory School. With a particular passion for English, she co-ordinates this at Arcadia, driving forward areas including Reading and Writing. With Talk for Writing being our core approach, Mary is leading the development of this across the school, ensuring that both teachers and children are appropriately supported.

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 provision.

Mary Donnelly

Key Stage 2 Leader

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 British Curriculum schools and for multi nationality students from FS1 up to year 6.

Rima is highly motivated to ensure the learning of Arabic is fun and engaging for learners. She describes how working at The Arcadia Preparatory School as a founding teacher has added to her experience and effectiveness by enriching her lessons with technology and a wide range of exciting resources available to her as a professional. Rima believes that the key to success in teaching is to to understand what really motivates each individual student in order to ensure they are able to apply their learning in meaningful ways.

A highly talented and passionate Arabic teacher, Rima is driven to apply her knowledge and experience to providing excellent learning opportunities for the pupils of The Arcadia Preparatory School.

 

 

Rima Al Tarawneh

Head of Languages

Thomas Gayler

Head of Digital Innovation

Thomas qualified as a teacher in 2012 from the Bishop Grosseteste University in his home town of Lincoln, England. For the first four years of his career, he worked in a small, rural village primary school. In the role he has taught upper Key Stage Two and has had a particular interest in Mathematics, Computing and Physical Education.

During his time teaching in England, Thomas also qualified as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. This means he can see the challenges that some children face and knows how good practise can combat these challenges, allowing all children to succeed. Thomas is hoping to complete the rest of his Masters degree in the next few years.

Thomas is one of our founding teachers, having taught at The Arcadia Preparatory School in our maiden year. As Thomas moves into his sixth years of teaching, he is taking on a new role as Head of Digital Innovation. He is excited to lead and develop the way we use the fantastic technology in school to improve our teaching and learning.

Thomas Gayler

Head of Digital Innovation

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

Head of Library

Sanam BozorgiSanam is a founding staff member of our school and brings with her a wealth of experience in library management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science and is currently completing her QTLS. Prior to joining Arcadia, she had worked for 14 years in several types of libraries, ranging from the national library to school libraries.

Her experience of working with the Children’s Book Council has provided her with a unique understanding that a child who reads will become an adult who thinks and she believes that our world is in need of more thinkers.

Sanam approach is based on the premise that a library’s value cannot be measured in books only; at Arcadia the library is a place to ignite the passion for reading in children, to equip students with lifelong learning skills, to develop their critical thinking abilities and enable them to live as responsible citizens.

Sanam Bozorgi

Head of Library

Kieran Ballard – Tremeer

Head of Performing Arts

Kieran BallardKieran has performed clarinet and saxophone for many years, both in Southern Africa and Dubai. She attained her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from The University of Pretoria. Kieran won the National UNISA DJ Roode Overseas Study Teaching Licentiate competition.

Kieran has performed extensively as a solo musician, in chamber music ensembles and was principal clarinet with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. She enjoys many genres of music including classical, jazz and celtic music. Kieran has recorded music for big screen movies, DVD and television recordings and broadcasts and has recorded a CD of her own to assist babies in sleeping.

In her spare time Kieran enjoys endurance swimming and triathlon racing.

Kieran Ballard - Tremeer

Head of Performing Arts

John Simmons

Head of Physical Development

John SimmonsSince graduating top of his year from The University of Edinburgh (BEd Physical Education), John has worked in various schools throughout Scotland, gaining experience teaching pupils aged 3 to 18.

John has a keen interest in curriculum development, and recently had a curriculum research paper published in the international journal ‘Sport, Education and Society’. He focuses on delivering innovative and exciting lessons that both engage and challenge pupils. John is a very enthusiastic teacher who focuses on social and cognitive development through physical activity, accompanied by an appreciation of the importance of skill mastery and improving physical competencies.

With regards to specific sports, John’s main areas of expertise are tennis, rugby, football and badminton – all of which he has played and coached to a high standard. John is delighted to have been welcomed as part of the team here at Arcadia and is looking forward to initiating representative sports teams, further developing sports enrichment and improving the quality of Physical Education for every pupil.

John Simmons

Head of Physical Development

Emily O’Neill

Inclusion Teacher

Emily O'NeillEmily’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.

With a background in Special Educational Needs and experience of teaching children with English as an Additional Language, Emily aims to create an environment where learning is life-long, where excellence is rewarded and where teaching is of the highest quality.

As a passionate advocate for inclusion in the classroom and wider environment, Emily looks forward to helping every child at Arcadia reach their maximum potential.

Emily O’Neill

Inclusion Teacher

Ikram Oukal

Arabic Teacher

Ikram OukalIkram Oukal is an experienced teacher, having worked with both primary and secondary students in both IB and British curriculum schools. She brings a wide knowledge of education in the Gulf region, having taught in Qatar and the UAE for more than 13 years. Ikram has a background of specialist teaching in both Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Ikram sees herself as a lifelong learner and has undertaken a wide range of professional development opportunities, most recently through the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

She strives constantly to make the learning of Arabic fun and engaging for all her pupils and successfully applies modern techniques of interactive teaching and learning.

Ikram Oukal

Arabic Teacher

Amna Tanveer

EAL Teacher

Amna TanveerAmna graduated with a degree in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics in 2015 and a PGCE from University College London (IoE). Her experience includes teaching in the UK and, more recently, the UAE.

Amna is a hardworking individual with a passion for developing children’s abilities. She focuses on fostering skills of collaboration and engagement in her pupils. As an EAL specialist teacher, she believes strongly in the importance of delivering interactive and engaging learning opportunities, providing new to English pupils with skills in speaking, reading and writing. She researches, locates and incorporates a variety of resources to accommodate learners through visual, audio, tactile and kinaesthetic methods. Amna is privileged to join such an innovative and aspirational school.

Amna Tanveer

EAL Teacher

Lauren Engelbrecht

Foundation Stage Teacher

Lauren is South African and moved to the UAE two years ago where she taught in a BSME recognised British Curriculum School. She has taught a range of ages including early years children in a variety of settings. Lauren believes in a school environment that develops lifelong learning as well as learning through active play.

Lauren is passionate about and loves teaching. She has always had a strong interest in child development and shared her passion from a young age by looking after young children.

Lauren has a keen interest in various hobbies and sports. She enjoys running, cycling, swimming and generally just being outdoors. Additional activities include reading, meeting new people and thinking about new and innovative ideas. When not at school, Lauren enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Lauren enjoys bringing new ideas to the fruition and believes that it is important to learn from others in all aspects of work and life.

Lauren Engelbrecht

Foundation Stage Teacher

Tia Linton

Foundation Stage Teacher

A founding teacher at Arcadia, Tia brings passion and dedication to working with young children. Her previous experience of working with children with a wide range of needs, allows Tia to create an inclusive learning environment for all learners and build strong relationships with children, enabling them to become well rounded and successful individuals. Tia enjoys living and working in Dubai, experiencing new cultures within the classroom and learning and supporting Foundation Stage children on a daily basis.

Tia Linton

Foundation Stage Teacher

Micaela Jenkins

Foundation Stage Teacher

Micaela JenkinsMicaela brings a wide experience having working for thirteen years in both Special Educational Needs and Mainstream education establishments in the UK and she is excited to join the Foundation Stage team at The Arcadia Preparatory School.

As well as being a fully qualified UK teacher, Micaela has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Early Years from Huddersfield University.

As well as being a talented and dedicated Early Years teacher, Micaela is also an aspiring children’s author and aims to have her first book published very soon!

Micaela Jenkins

Foundation Stage Teacher

Tara Furness

Foundation Stage Teacher

Tara FurnessTara is an enthusiastic and highly motivated English Studies (English Literature, Language and Creative Writing) graduate with a teaching qualification in Early Years/Primary Education. She gained these qualifications while studying in in the UK at both Sheffield and London.

Her experience includes teaching in the UK and, more recently, the UAE. These experiences have helped shape and refine her attitude to teaching and learning – she firmly believes that each and every child should be provided and accommodated for through various individual and progressive teaching styles and strategies. She ensures a very hands-on, interactive and engaging learning environment, based on developing creative, independent learners.

Tara Furness

Foundation Stage Teacher

Sara Lowndes-Rostek

Foundation Stage Teacher

Sara Lowndes-Rostek brings a wealth of experience to Arcadia, having lived and worked in Dubai for the last 11 years in various educational environments and in different capacities.

With an extensive teaching background Sara is passionate about education, in particular the development of young children, with a focus on allowing the children to develop their own sense of self.

Allowing the children to follow their interests and develop a sense of enquiry and curiosity. Sara is a dynamic, child-centered teacher with a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding the U.K. Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Sara Lowndes-Rostek

Foundation Stage Teacher

Nicole Viljoen

Foundation Stage teacher

NicoleNicole joins Arcadia as a Foundation Stage teacher with 15 years of valuable teaching experience in a range of age groups including Foundation Phase, Key Stage One and Special Educational Needs. Originally form Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Nicole attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, cum laude, at the University of Port Elizabeth. Previously to working at Arcadia, Nicole worked in South Africa at Parklands College and Elkanah House as Head of Foundation Phase.

Nicole enjoys sharing her knowledge and ideas with her colleagues and is passionate about the implementation of an exciting and challenging curriculum. Nicole is a creative and organised teacher who believes in forging strong relationships with the children in her class, parents and her colleagues.

She is excited to be part of such an innovative and dynamic teaching team and looks forward to welcoming new children and parents to the Arcadia Family as Arcadia grows from strength to strength.

Nicole Viljoen

Foundation Stage Teacher

Alice Foley

Key Stage Teacher

Alice is a founding Arcadia teacher having moved to Dubai in August 2016. She has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the founding team and watching the school grow over the first academic year. She is excited about developments over the coming years as the school welcomes new staff and children to join the Arcadia family.

Alice is an organised and creative teacher who ensures strong relationships with children, colleagues and parents, as well as making learning fun and engaging for all abilities.

Previous to working at Arcadia, Alice taught at a Primary School in Lancashire in England for 3 years and her degree was completed in Leeds, where she specialised in Key Stage 2. Alice has a passion for dance and movement and has thoroughly enjoyed being involved with school productions and performances at Arcadia.

Alice believes that the staff and children at Arcadia benefit from an amazing learning environment and state-of-the-art facilities that enable her as a teacher to deliver creative, innovative and challenging lessons.

Alice Foley

Key Stage Teacher

Rebecca Gray

Key Stage Teacher

RebeccaPrior to joining Arcadia, Rebecca was teaching in a rural school outside of Newcastle, which included a role as Head of English. Based on her passion for literature, Rebecca developed a whole school literacy scheme which has been shared with other schools in the North East of England.

Rebecca describes herself as being a hardworking, creative individual who forges strong relationships with students and staff. She feels extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to join the Arcadia family and looks forward to working in such an innovative teaching environment.

Rebecca Gray

Key Stage Teacher

Lauren Welfare

Key Stage Teacher

Lauren WelfareLauren brings strong recent teaching experience to Arcadia. Her teaching career began in Bristol in the South West of England where she gained a first class honours teaching degree. Whilst training, she spent two months volunteering in a township school in South Africa which is where her love for exploring different cultures began.

Since then Lauren has gone on to specialise in teaching in Key Stage 1 children and she considers herself to be extremely organised, compassionate and dedicated to ensuring that every child reaches his or her full potential.

More recently, Lauren has taken responsibility for mentoring university students to enable them to become successful teachers.

Lauren looks forward to using the incredible learning facilities ay Arcadia and making strong relationships with parents and pupils.

Lauren Welfare

Key Stage Teacher

Heather Wright

Key Stage Teacher

Louise CuttPrior to moving to Arcadia Heather was year group leader and class teacher at a primary school in Abu Dhabi. Heather developed her considerable teaching skills in the United Kingdom where she taught in both key stage 1 and key stage 2.

Heather enjoys keeping fit, and travelling to new countries exploring different cultures. She is a well organised, creative and passionate teacher who strives to build great relationships with children, encouraging them to become lifelong learners.

Heather has previously led whole school mathematics which involved training for staff, parents and teaching assistants. She has developed a range of strategies and teaching skills in mathematics across school to bring fun, engaging and collaborative learning.

Heather is thrilled to have joined the dynamic Arcadia teaching team and aims to develop an exciting and challenging curriculum for her pupils.

Heather Wright

Key Stage Teacher

Liam Cain

Key Stage Teacher

Liam Cain

Liam has recently joined the Arcadia team and is thoroughly looking forward to becoming joining a dynamic school. Liam is a highly skilled teacher and has recent experience of delivering the new English National Curriculum to primary aged children.

As a passionate teacher, Liam believes positive relationships to be at the centre of a successful learning experience for children. Liam has a proven track record of working successfully with pupils, parents and staff to generate excellent outcomes for learners in his care.

Before gaining employment at Dubai, Liam taught at a Primary School in the North East of England for 3 years and completed his degree at Newcastle University, in which he completed a PGCE. He also has a passion for all sports, in particular football, keeping fit and has been involved in teams in both Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

Liam is a firm believer that children learn best though inspiring, fun lessons and uses this as the foundation for his teaching.

Liam Cain

Key Stage Teacher

Sara Hogan

Key Stage Teacher

Sara graduated from The National University of Ireland, Maynooth with a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching. Since graduating she has taught at international schools in Al Ain and Dubai where she taught Year 2 and worked as year level coordinator.

She has a keen interest in the teaching of reading and writing and carried out her final year research on the teaching of reading comprehension.

Sara’s teaching methodologies include child centred and discovery based learning where children are actively engaged and are given the opportunity to be leaders of their own learning.

Sara describes herself as a dedicated, engaging and innovative teacher who is passionate about her job.

She enjoys travelling to various countries and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoys exercise and has taken part in various sporting events in Dubai.

Sara Hogan

Key Stage Teacher