A founding teacher at Arcadia, Miss Linton brings passion and dedication to working with young children. Her previous experience of working with children with a wide range of needs, allows Miss Linton to create an inclusive learning environment for all learners and build strong relationships with children, enabling them to become well rounded and successful individuals. Miss Linton enjoys living and working in Dubai, experiencing new cultures within the classroom and learning and supporting Foundation Stage children on a daily basis.
Miss Jenkins brings a wide experience having worked for thirteen years in both Special Educational Needs and Mainstream education establishments in the UK and she has been a long term member of the Foundation Stage team at The Arcadia Preparatory School.
As well as being a fully qualified UK teacher, Miss Jenkins 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, Miss Jenkins is also an aspiring children’s author and aims to publish a book as one of her life long goals.
Miss Potgieter, or Miss P as she likes to be called is an experienced Foundation Stage teacher who has worked in international and British schools for the last eleven years. She places a strong emphasis on ensuring each child is valued and as an individual learner. Miss P has lived in the UAE for ten years with her husband and two children, both of whom who are attending The Arcadia Preparatory School. Miss P is a passionate, caring and resilient educator who always strives to provide the very best learning opportunities for her children. She focuses on lessons that are interactive, hands-on and challenging for young minds to think and problem solve. Miss P is a lifelong learner and as a leader is passionate about supporting her teachers to develop a similar ethos.
Miss Lowndes is an experienced educator, having lived and worked in Dubai for the last 14 years in various educational environments and in different capacities. With an extensive teaching background, Miss Lowndes is passionate about education. She has an undergraduate degree, Interior Architectural Design, (Hons) and a postgraduate teaching degree from Australia. Miss Lowndes is a creative and organised teacher who believes in forging strong relationships with the students, parents and colleagues.
Miss Neale is an inspirational and passionate teacher. One of her central beliefs is the importance of creating a positive learning environment, where there are high expectations of all children. With ten years experience in primary and early years, Miss Neale’s aim is to inspire young inquisitive minds by delivering lessons which are engaging, exciting and challenging, motivating all of the children to reach their full potential. Miss Neale is enjoying being part of the Arcadia team and at influencing the start of the children’s lifelong learning journey.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Miss Gray was teaching in a rural school outside of Newcastle, which included a role as Head of English. Based on her passion for literature, Miss Gray developed a whole school literacy scheme which has been shared with other schools in the North East of England.
Miss Gray describes herself as being a hardworking, creative individual who forges strong relationships with students and staff. She feels extremely privileged to be working in the Arcadia family and is enjoying working in such an innovative teaching environment.
Miss Kaur is a dynamic teacher with a commitment to creativity and innovative learning. She has five years of teaching experience within the UK Curriculum across Key Stages 1 and 2. She has experience of being the Grammar leader and Maths leader in her previous teaching position in the UK. Prior to moving to Arcadia, Miss Kaur was the KS1 co-ordinator in a UK curriculum school in Dubai. Her role involved her delivering training and supporting staff members in delivering lessons where children are independent and active learners.
Miss Kaur has a philosophy of valuing each child as an individual, as well appreciating the importance of children engaging in the wider community. She gives children as many learning opportunities and experiences as possible in order to engage, motivate and prepare them for life. Miss Kaur has a passion for personalised learning, setting high expectations for the pupils and herself.
Miss Corkhill graduated from the University of Cumbria with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Primary Education QTS with the specialism of Science. Since university, she was teaching at a local school in Blackpool, UK. Miss Corkhill has a passion for sport, playing hockey at the international level. Throughout her school and university career, she had the opportunity to play hockey for her country, travelling to many places around the world to compete.
As a teacher, Miss Corkhill describes herself as creative, encouraging and dedicated; having always encouraged children to take pride in their achievements, both by the way she responds to their work and the way it is displayed in a classroom. She sees this as a delicate balance; ensuring children celebrate their success and have a sense of pride in their work while giving them constructive feedback for improvement. Miss Corkhill believes that every child, whatever their ability, should feel they have achieved at the end of each lesson.
Miss Corkhill designs and delivers learning programmes that motivate, excite and challenge children. She feels Arcadia encapsulates her philosophy of being a teacher ensuring lessons are meaningful and targeted; ensuring each child develops a lasting desire to continually learn, grow and develop.
Miss Foley 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, Miss Foley 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. Miss Foley has a passion for dance and movement and has thoroughly enjoyed being involved with school productions and performances at Arcadia.
Miss Foley 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.
Miss Storey graduated with a history degree from the University of Sussex before going on to complete a PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire. Miss Storey taught in a diverse school in London for three years with experience in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. During her time at the school, she thoroughly enjoyed leading history, particularly focusing on the opportunity to make more cross-curricular links throughout the school.
Miss Storey strongly believes in creating a classroom community where each child’s individual strengths and passions are celebrated and encouraged in order for them to develop their own identity both in the classroom and beyond. She strives to promote an environment where all children are challenged, fostering resilience, perseverance, curiosity and critical thinking.
When not at school, Miss Storey enjoys reading, playing netball and swimming. She also enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.
Miss Hickey qualified as a teacher in 2014, graduating from The University of Lancaster. She has just completed her fourth year teaching at a primary school in her home town of Manchester in the north west of England and has also completed her Master’s Degree in Education studies during this time.
Before gaining employment in Dubai, Miss Hickey taught across Key Stage Two and also led school-wide programmes aiming to improve reading attainment and engagement at the primary school level. She has a particular interest in reading and the teaching of this across the school.
Miss Hickey is an organised and enthusiastic teacher who believes firmly that successful teaching requires a passionate teacher and strong relationships with children in the class. She makes her lessons engaging, inspiring and purposeful for all abilities.
Away from the classroom, Miss Hickey is a keen traveller and enjoys visiting new countries and learning about other cultures. Miss Hickey enjoys continually furthering her own education and believes Arcadia’s ethos of nurturing lifelong learning is key when educating young children.
Mr Cain is a highly skilled teacher and has experience of delivering the new English National Curriculum to primary aged children.
As a passionate teacher, Mr Cain believes positive relationships to be at the centre of a successful learning experience for children. Mr Cain 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, Mr Cain 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.
Mr Cain is a firm believer that children learn best though inspiring, fun lessons and uses this as the foundation for his teaching.
Miss Ferdousi is an innovative, organised and enthusiastic teacher who has a passion for education. She thoroughly enjoys using different techniques to ensure that all children get the most out of their time at school, whilst acquiring a love for learning.
Before her career at Arcadia, Miss Ferdousi had been working in a Primary school, in an exciting and diverse part of London. Miss Ferdousi is experienced in teaching upper KS2 children and is dedicated to ensuring that learning is personalised for all. She believes that this is imperative, as it allows each and every child to thrive and reach their full potential. She has also mentored a number of trainee teachers and guided them to becoming impactful teachers.
Mr Greaney is an enthusiastic and engaging science educator. He has been learning science ever since he could walk, talk and hold up a magnifying glass. He gained his undergraduate in Forensic Investigation and Analysis from the Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland, then went on to work in Forensic Research Science and Pathology. His love and awe of the scientific world led him to enrol in a Professional Masters in Science Education at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has been teaching A Level Chemistry, GCSE Sciences and Mathematics for five years across Ireland, United Kingdom and Dubai. He brings a modern approach to teaching, using research-based and proven learning techniques to help students achieve learning in every lesson at their own ability and pace. The enthusiasm and love for science he possesses are vibrant and contagious whereby students of all types of interest enjoy the positive learning experiences he provides in lessons.
Miss Al Tarawneh 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.
Miss Al Tarawneh 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. Miss Tarawneh believes that the key to success in teaching is 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, Miss Tarawneh is driven to apply her knowledge and experience to provide excellent learning opportunities for the pupils of The Arcadia Preparatory School.
Mr Moursy is an experienced teacher with a Bachelor of Arts and a Major in Arabic Language and Literature. He has been working in the field of education for more than 13 years and has wide experience in dealing with all levels of students.
Mr Moursy believes that teaching is a great profession and the best teachers are those who teach from the heart as well as from the head. As a teacher at The Arcadia Preparatory School Mr Moursy delivers lessons that ensure children approach learning with confidence and the ability to seek solutions and solve problems.
Miss Barakat is an experienced teacher who has worked in primary education for almost 7 years, teaching Arabic in both British and American curriculum schools. She has multinational experience working internationally having taught in both Jordan and now the UAE. Miss Barakat believes that the ability to learn multiple languages provides pupils with a universal tool – connecting different cultures together.
Miss Barakat believes passionately that every single child in our school deserves the very best education and she works hard to produce a conducive environment for practical and enjoyable learning to occur.
Away from teaching, Miss Barakat is a talented jewellery designer and enjoys travelling to different countries and learning about different cultures.
Miss Hajar is an experienced educator who supports pupils to progress along their individual educational journey and reach their potential.
After graduating from the American University of Beirut with a Teaching Diploma in Special Education with high honours, she worked for well over a decade with students with Specific Learning Disorders (in Reading, Writing and Maths), ADHD, developmental delay and Intellectual Disability. She has a total experience of 15 years working as a teacher, special educator & special education coordinator in both school and centre environments.
Previously, Miss Hajar was the manager of Leaps Centre in Dubai, catering for pupils with learning difficulties.
Since graduating top of his year from The University of Edinburgh (BEd Physical Education), Mr Simmons has worked in various schools throughout Scotland, gaining experience teaching pupils aged 3 to 18.
Mr Simmons 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, Mr Simmons’s main areas of expertise are tennis, rugby, football and badminton – all of which he has played and coached to a high standard. Mr Simmons 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.
Mr Gayler 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, Mr Gayler 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.
Mr Gayler is one of our founding Our Teachers, having taught at The Arcadia Preparatory School in our maiden year. As Mr Gayler 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.
Miss Ballard-Tremeer 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. Miss Ballard-Tremeer won the National UNISA DJ Roode Overseas Study Teaching Licentiate competition.
Miss Ballard-Tremeer 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. Miss Ballard Tremeer 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, Miss Ballard-Tremeer enjoys endurance swimming and triathlon racing.
Miss Bozorgi 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.
Miss Bozorgi 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.
Miss Wilson has been teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) to international students for over 12 years. She is a certified Apple-Teacher, who has a BA in English Literature and Linguistics and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Education from the UK.
In her most recent role, she worked as a Whole School EAL Subject Leader and teacher, in which she managed the EAL Department and supported all primary and secondary EAL Students’ language development, social integration and educational achievement.
As a teacher, she believes in meeting the needs of diverse learners and creating a positive learning atmosphere. One of her favourite quotes is “You can’t make your child speak a language. However, you can set the stage so they will want to speak it.” –an extract from The Bilingual Edge book. She incorporates technology and other motivational resources to encourage learning in the classroom and beyond.
Miss Wilson believes that being a part of The Arcadia Family is an exciting opportunity that will enable her to thrive in a positive, successful and exceptional community.
Miss Hitchings graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with both a BA HONS in Fine Art and an Art and Design PGCE. Since graduating Miss Hitchings has experience teaching pupils aged 3 -18 including the subjects of Art and Design, Textiles, Food Technology and Ceramics in both the UK and New York.
Miss Hitchings delivers all lessons with great enthusiasm for her subject, motivating and inspiring confidence in learners, providing an uplifting atmosphere to the class. Miss Hitchings aspires to give pupils individual learning opportunities through different themes that enrich and enhance the taught curriculum including skills such as drawing, painting, sculpture and print work.
During her spare time, Miss Hitchings enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures, visiting galleries to discover new artists and producing her own art and photography.
Miss Hitchings is excited to be working at Arcadia to develop art and design technology into integrated topics, and motivating individual learners to stimulate their creativity to produce excellent outcomes in our premium facilities.
Miss Lorton graduated from Birmingham City University, England, with a PGCE specialising in Early Years. Since graduating, she has taught across the primary areas in key stage one, key stage 2 and early years.
Miss Lorton loves to travel, exploring different countries and cultures. She describes herself as an enthusiastic and focused teacher who is committed to ensuringpositive learning and promoting the well-being of children at all times. Miss Lorton motivates the children by encouraging learning through experience.
Miss Green hails from Chester in the North-west of the UK. She is a versatile, well-organised and motivated professional with five years of Early Years and Primary teaching experience. As a teacher, she aims to embody excellence, innovation, creativity and compassion in the classroom. She strives through inspirational teaching to ensure that children’s individual needs are met and that they achieve academic success and a love of learning. Teaching has always been a passion for Miss Green and her experience includes several years of highly successful teaching in Dubai. The opportunity to join Arcadia is an exciting one for Miss Green as she firmly believes in the school's ethos of nurturing the whole child and developing a lifelong love of learning. In her spare time, Miss Green enjoys living in Dubai, travelling and always seeks to explore and learn more about the world.
Miss Collins is a highly experienced teacher having taught in schools across Ireland and Dubai for the past 12 years. During this time, she has worked with all primary age groups, from Foundation Stage up to Year 6, teaching pupils with a wide variety of needs and abilities. She has also worked as a phase leader and as a member of senior leadership. Miss Collins places huge value on professional development and life long learning and has recently completed a Masters in Education with her research on the educational partnership between parents and teachers being highly commended.
Miss Hickey was qualified with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Limerick in 2014. She spent the first part of her teaching career in Ireland where she gained wide experience teaching across a range of rural and city primary schools. Prior to moving to Dubai Miss Hickey was promoted to the role of Acting Deputy Principal.
Miss Hickey has taught for two years in Dubai, as a Class Teacher and Science Coordinator. Miss Hickey prides herself on her active and engaging approach to teaching and learning. She is an organised and enthusiastic teacher, who is practical and creative. She believes building positive relationships with children and parents is the key to a successful learning journey.
After graduating from The University of Glasgow (PGDE Primary), Mr Fisher embarked on his teaching career, working across Key Stage 1 and 2. Following a move to Dubai in 2017, Mr Fisher moved into a leadership role as Head of Key Stage 1. This role then evolved into Assistant Principal, where Mr Fisher was responsible for the strategic development of the school.
Mr Fisher has always been an advocate for innovative teaching and has worked with local authorities in the UK to expand their use of technology within the classroom. He has experience in curriculum development and adaptation to enhance its ability to meet the needs of all learners. He believes learning should be fun, purposeful and engaging for the children.
As a teacher, Mr Fisher is passionate about inclusion. He believes that meeting the needs of all learners is vital to ensuring that all children feel successful and are able to reach their full potential. Mr Fisher believes that a positive, successful and enjoyable time at primary will inspire children to become lifelong learners.
Mr Fisher is delighted to become a member of the Arcadia team. It is a very exciting time to become a part of the Arcadia team as the school is growing from strength to strength.
Miss Gulamali achieved a Bachelors of Arts with Honours from Middlesex University and a PGCE from Leicester University. Her career of working with children began in London where she managed, led and supported a team of professionals in meeting the learning and development needs of children in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Before moving to Dubai she taught Key Stage pupils at a school in Peterborough. Her teaching experiences of working with children of various backgrounds have developed her philosophy of valuing each child as an individual and challenging them to achieve their best. Miss Gulamali enjoys travelling and is passionate about playing badminton and netball.
Miss Macleod graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BEd (Hons) in Physical Education. She has taught in various schools across Scotland providing rich and meaningful learning experiences to pupils aged 3 to 18. Miss Macleod has had the role of mentoring newly qualified teachers and providing them with the support and knowledge for their own teaching career.
In the classroom, she strives to provide motivation and inspiration for all pupils to study and understand the benefits and relation between education, sport, fitness, health and wellbeing. As a committed and driven individual, she strives to inspire children and young people and provides high-quality learning and teaching experiences.
Miss Macleod’s main sports are swimming and netball which she has competed and coached to a high level. Miss Macleod has also led a number of dance initiatives within her previous schools. Miss Macleod is honoured to be welcomed as a member of the Arcadia team and firmly believes in Arcadia’s ethos of nurturing lifelong learning. She aims to provide creative, innovative and challenging lessons to bring passion and dedication to the dynamic Arcadia team and pupils.
Miss Al Asmar is a Lebanese citizen with a Master’s Degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the Lebanese University. She has worked as an Arabic teacher in Lebanon and the UAE for 10 years and in that time has developed extensive experience working within both British and American Curriculum schools. She is passionate about education and is excited to be joining the Arcadia team.
Miss Grier graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Edinburgh. Since then, Miss Grier has taught in Scotland, Spain and has spent the last 4 years teaching in an English curriculum school in Dubai. She has gained a breadth of experience working with children from all over the world. Miss Grier has taught across a wide range of year groups from Foundation Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. In her previous schools, Miss Grier has joined the school in their founding year and has helped develop the curriculum and policies.
Miss Grier describes herself as a positive and compassionate professional who is dedicated to meeting the needs of every child. She enjoys building relationships with parents and colleagues to support a whole community approach. In addition to this, Miss Grier has been involved in the Parent/Teachers Association and has coordinated the Dubai Well-being Census.
Outside of the school, she enjoys taking part in sports such as golf and skiing. Dubai has provided Miss Grier with fantastic opportunities to travel and she looks forward to exploring the city further and the new and exciting experiences Arcadia has to offer.
Miss Saeed has been in the teaching profession for over 18 years, achieving a Bachelor of Arts Primary Education, specialising in Early Childhood Education from Roehampton University.
Miss Saeed believes every child has the right to a quality education, which is exciting and stimulating. One that will build a solid foundation for learning skills and self-confidence; encouraging them to become life-long learners and achievers.
As a teacher, Miss Saeed has the highest expectations for every child irrespective of gender, social class, ethnicity and level of ability.
Miss Wastall graduated from the University of Worcester with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Integrated Early childhood studies. She then went on to complete a PGCE in primary education with a specialism in Early Years and lower primary. Since university, Miss Wastall has taught in a diverse school in the West Midlands UK, teaching across key stage 1 and has worked as the schools PE coordinator.
Miss Wastall is a hardworking, dedicated and passionate teacher who forges strong relationships with students, parents and colleagues. She ensures a child centred, hands-on and interactive learning environment, where children are actively engaged and given opportunities to be independent lifelong learners.
Away from the classroom, Miss Wastall is a keen traveller and is excited to make the move from the UK to Dubai and feels extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to join the Arcadia family.
Mr Rubra graduated from the University of Chichester in the South of England, with a degree in Primary Education and Teaching with an English specialism. Before joining Arcadia, he taught at a primary school in Guildford for 4 years where he was also the subject lead for Science and English.
After joining Arcadia in 2018, Mr Rubra has since taken up the position of science leaders across the school.
Outside of teaching, Mr Rubra enjoys sports such as golf and baseball and playing games like chess and backgammon. He has a keen interest in following an eco-friendly lifestyle and developing children’s environmental awareness.
Originally from Manchester, Miss Atkins graduated with BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Cardiff University. After working as a design engineer for a few years, Miss Atkins gained her PGCE in secondary mathematics from the University of Manchester. Leena has taught in across key stages 3, 4 and 5 for over 10 years in the both the UK and Dubai with a specialism in mechanics post 16. For the past 5 years, Miss Atkins has held the position as Head of Mathematics and most recently Head of Sixth Form.
Away from the classroom, Miss Atkins enjoys spending time with her family and 2 young daughters.
Miss Atkins is honoured to be the founding Head of Mathematics at Arcadia Secondary School and is looking forward to the new and exciting journey.
Miss Giles completed her PGCE at the University of Northumbria in 2012 and for the last 7 years, she has worked across both key stage 1 and in Early Years.
Miss Giles is an organised individual with a passion for supporting children to become confident learners. She believes strongly in providing stimulating and engaging opportunities for children to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.
How children communicate is an area she is very passionate about and Miss Giles believes that providing a communication friendly environment can support all children to become independent learners.
Miss Amy is a highly motivated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher with wide international teaching experience. She has developed effective and organised teaching practice with diverse groups of students based on a fair, kind, calm and consistent approach.
Miss Amy qualified as a teacher in 2013 with a PGCE from Nottingham University and is looking forward to graduating in a Master of Education before the end of 2019. Most recently, Miss Amy has been working as the whole school Head of Science and a Key Stage 1 Teacher in a bilingual school in Dubai. Before moving to Dubai, Miss Amy lived in Spain and France where she enjoyed the opportunity to work with EAL students and bilingual schools.
Mr Paton is a passionate and committed inclusion teacher, who believes all children deserve an outstanding teaching and learning experience.
As an experienced leader and teacher who has worked both in mainstream and in inclusion both in the UK and Dubai, John has a breadth of experience in working with children in a variety of contexts. He firmly believes that giving children a well-rounded and personalised education will open doors for a happy and successful future, which is his goal for every student at Arcadia School.
Miss Hernandez was born in Bogota, Colombia. She has more than 9 years' experience as a Spanish Language Teacher, having completed her Bachelor's Degree in Modern Foreign Languages from Universidad de la Salle in Colombia. She has been living in UAE for the past four years working as a Spanish Teacher in British and American curriculum schools.
Miss Hernandez is an enthusiastic and focused Spanish Teacher who is committed to promoting the education and wellbeing of children. She is passionate about providing pupils with the best possible education in life and she enjoys working in a multicultural environment.
Mr Tharwat holds a Bachelor of Islamic Studies in English from Al-Azhar University, one of the oldest Islamic universities in the world. He is an experienced educator, having taught successfully not only within British Curriculum schools but also at the International Baccalaureate. His passion for teaching is based on providing children with experiences that engender a love of learning. Tharwat believes that children learn better when they understand what qualities they need to demonstrate not only to achieve academically but also in order to become well rounded, respectful young citizens equipped for global life. In his spare time, Tharwat he likes to keep as active as possible- he can often be seen running the streets of Dubai as he attempts to stay fit enough to keep up with his two young boys.
Miss Marengo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from France as well as a PGCE from England. She enjoys incorporating her enthusiasm for creativity and innovative thinking into her teaching and consistently commits herself to deliver differentiated lessons to suit the learning needs of all her students. Miss Marengo has two years of experience working with Key stage 1 in an 'outstanding' rated British school in Dubai. Her experience working with young children of many different nationalities as well as being bilingual herself ensure effective teaching for children of all backgrounds. She is very familiar with and appreciative of the multi-cultural environment of Dubai having spent the majority of her life here. She appreciates the value of helping to form young children’s curiosity and creativity by encouraging and supporting them to ensure they reach their personal goals.
Miss McAleese completed a Bachelors degree in New Media and English literature from the University of Limerick Ireland, before continuing to obtain her United Kingdom PGCE. It is this love for literature that inspires Miss McAleese’s classroom to practise: this sparks her students’ love for storytelling and drama, as well as early reading and writing.
With over 7 years of experience in the classroom, Miss McAleese has a passion for Early Years, especially enriching young minds through purposeful play and exciting experiences. She strives to encourage the children in her care to become independent, resourceful and resilient learners.
Miss El Halim is joining us with 10 years of teaching experience across different countries in the Middle East, including the GCC. Her teaching background includes teaching all ages from Foundation Stage up to university level. She is an expert at catering for a range of needs and for differentiating to ensure each child is challenged.
Miss El Halim has held varied roles within teaching, including preparing students for examinations, directing after-school language programs, counselling students, teachers and families, organising intercultural exchanges, as well as classroom management and lesson planning. Hala provides motivational learning experiences for her students and is an enthusiastic and passionate Islamic teacher.
Miss Atallah is an experienced Islamic teacher having taught the subject for over 17 years at all levels, from primary to IB Diploma level. She is also and well regarded Islamic researcher and the author of two books on Quranic studies. Miss Atallah’s teaching philosophy focuses on using creative approaches and creating a class environment that strengthens the teacher-student relationship, resulting in a better understanding of the core values of Islam.
Masa has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and will shortly begin her 15th year in Education. Masa has worked in a variety of schools with different curricula and served students through numerous roles and responsibilities. Her experiences as an elementary teacher, junior school counsellor, senior school counsellor, Career advisor and head of counselling department have provided her with valuable insight about the way students learn, behave, and succeed. Masa believes that all students can learn, have differences worth recognising and respecting, and deserve access and equity to learning opportunities.