Mrs Tia 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, Mrs Tia’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. Mrs Tia Neale is enjoying being part of the Arcadia team and at influencing the start of the children’s lifelong learning journey.
Mrs Donna 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 Mrs 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, Mrs Donna 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 Tracey 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 Tracey 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 Tracey Giles believes that providing a communication friendly environment can support all children to become independent learners.
Miss Ashlee Steward has been engaged in education for close to a decade with significant experience of Early Years practice in Dubai.
She always leads by example through her lifelong love of learning and a growth mindset and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Education for Early Years.
She is thrilled to be working in the FS1 department at Arcadia and believes in helping to enhance her children’s unique talents and needs by guiding them to become curious explorers, independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Ashlee is passionate about creating learning experiences that connect with children, including their interests, whilst creating a space for them to practice their skills. Her key motivation is to make the Arcadia classroom a special place for each and every child.
Mrs Obianuju Udu holds a PGCE in Primary Education from the University of Birmingham. Before joining Arcadia, she worked for the last decade, supporting a variety of primary schools and all age groups, from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
She aims to inspire curious young minds and is very passionate about children’s learning. She strives to embody excellence and innovation in the classroom by igniting a passion for exploration in every child. Her teaching philosophy is 'given the right resources every child can achieve their full potential.' Mrs Udu has lived in Dubai for over 8 years with her husband and two children who both attend the Arcadia School.
Miss Noreen 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 Noreen 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 Noreen Saeed has the highest expectations for every child irrespective of gender, social class, ethnicity and level of ability.
Miss Jennifer 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 Jennifer Green and her experience includes several years of highly successful teaching in Dubai. The opportunity to join Arcadia is an exciting one for Miss Jennifer 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 Jennifer Green enjoys living in Dubai, travelling and always seeks to explore and learn more about the world.
Miss Micaela 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 School.
As well as being a fully qualified UK teacher, Miss Micaela 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 Micaela Jenkins is also an aspiring children’s author and aims to publish a book as one of her life long goals.
Robyn Barnes completed a BA in Child and Youth Studies before going on to complete her PDGE in Primary Education at the University Of Dundee in Perth, Scotland. Prior to this, Robyn worked in an EYFS setting for three years.
In between her studies, Robyn has spent three years working at a children’s summer camp in the USA. She is very enthusiastic and creating fun activities so this was the perfect place to grown and develop her skills over the years.
In the classroom, Robyn places high importance on developing positive relationships and creating a nurturing and positive environment putting children’s needs and interests at the centre of her practice. She is also very passionate about play-based learning and cannot wait to welcome her new class at Arcadia!
In her spare time, Robyn loves skiing, hiking and reading. Recently she has started teaching herself to play the guitar!
Mrs Nicola Walker is originally from Derbyshire, England and lives here in Dubai with her husband and daughter.
She has been teaching in the Early Years for eleven years, eight of those at schools in Dubai. She has taught in a wide range of school settings as a Foundation Stage teacher, FS2 leader and ‘Special Educational Needs’ teacher.
Mrs Walker strives to ensure that children come to school feeling happy, confident and excited to learn. She believes that children learn best when they are encouraged to be creative and independent in a safe and engaging environment. She celebrates achievement at all levels and works hard to support all children to reach their potential, both as learners and as individuals.
Outside of school, Mrs Walker enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, travelling and spending as much time as possible outdoors.
Mr Aaron 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 Aaron Rubra has since taken up the position of science leaders across the school.
Outside of teaching, Mr Aaron 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.
Miss Catherine Moon holds a PGCE with Distinction from Kingston Univerity, London, specialising in Early Years and an Honours degree in English Language with Linguistics from the University of Kent, UK.
Miss Catherine Moon has taught successfully across both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and has a particular passion for children's literature. She is an advisory panel member for book clubs, reviewing children's books before they are offered to the public. Miss Catherine Moon joins a strong Year 1 team of teachers and is excited about the opportunity to work at Arcadia in her first international position.
Mrs Irne Potgieter, or Mrs 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. Mrs P has lived in the UAE for ten years with her husband and two children, both of whom who are attending The Arcadia School. Mrs 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. Mrs P is a lifelong learner and as a leader is passionate about supporting her teachers to develop a similar ethos.
Miss Jessica Chohan holds a PGCE for Primary Education, specialising in Mathematics, from the University of East London, UK. She was awarded the Manuel Alvarado Prize for her outstanding practice and innovative lessons. She has worked at a primary school in England for three years as a year 1 teacher where she progressed to be the year 1 lead teacher and mentored newly qualified teachers.
Miss Jessica Chohan believes strongly in creating a culture of resilience, self-belief, and the knowledge that a growth mindset will lead you to success. She strives to provide the children with the confidence to achieve their goals and an enthusiasm to become life-long learners. She also believes children should have a love for learning that is facilitated through a diverse, inclusive, engaging, and creative curriculum.
Outside of the classroom, Miss Jessica Chohan enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures. She also enjoys swimming and has a love for animals.
Miss Madeleine Storey graduated with a history degree from the University of Sussex before going on to complete a PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire. Miss Madeleine 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 Madeleine 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 Madeleine Storey enjoys reading, playing netball and swimming. She also enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures.
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 . 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.
Miss Emma 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 Emma 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 Emma 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 Emma 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.
Miss Suzanne 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 Suzanne 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 Suzanne Lorton motivates the children by encouraging learning through experience.
Miss Alice 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 Alice 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 Alice Foley has a passion for dance and movement and has thoroughly enjoyed being involved with school productions and performances at Arcadia.
Miss Alice 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 Lucy Grier graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Edinburgh. Since then, Miss Lucy 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 Lucy Grier has taught across a wide range of year groups from Foundation Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. In her previous schools, Miss Lucy Grier has joined the school in their founding year and has helped develop the curriculum and policies.
Miss Lucy 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 Lucy 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 Lucy 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 Emily Murphy graduated in 2015 from the University of Winchester, England, after completing a Primary education degree. She has experience of having taught children in both the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage classes. Miss Emily Murphy is an enthusiastic and caring teacher who focuses on delivering lessons that are innovative, fun and creative. She believes in creating an inclusive and safe environment for children where children are nurtured to help develop a lifelong love of learning. Outside of school, Miss Emily Murphy enjoys skiing, volleyball, going to the gym and being active. She also enjoys travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures.
Miss Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte Corkhill believes that every child, whatever their ability, should feel they have achieved at the end of each lesson.
Miss Charlotte 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 Edel 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 Edel Hickey was promoted to the role of Acting Deputy Principal.
Miss Edel Hickey has taught for two years in Dubai, as a Class Teacher and Science Coordinator. Miss Edel 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.
Mr Bryan Cahill began his working life in journalism, having gained his Bachelor of Arts, before transferring to teaching in 2007. After initially working as an English teacher with second language students, in Dublin, he then moved to London to undertake his PGCE, graduating from London South Bank University in 2010. Mr Bryan Cahill describes himself as hardworking, friendly and passionate about teaching.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Mr Bryan Cahill was teaching in a school in Westminster, London. This included roles as a subject lead, Year 4 Leader and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In addition, Mr Bryan Cahill was a Key Stage 2 Writing moderator for the last seven years, moderating writing samples for the Standards and Testing Agency across London.
Mr Donal Devenney qualified with a Bachelor of Education degree from Dublin City University in 2016. Mr Donal Devenney began his teaching career gaining experience working in a large Senior Primary School in Ireland. He then spent two years working as a Key Stage 2 Teacher in Dubai before joining the team at Arcadia. He has worked on his previous school’s Innovation and IT committees, helping them to implement the creative use of IT into the teaching and learning process.
Mr Donal Devenney prides himself in his interactive and engaging style of teaching. He always centres the students’ interests at the forefront of his lessons and he places a strong emphasis on building positive relationships with students and parents. Outside of teaching Mr Donal Devenney has a keen interest in football, athletics and swimming. He loves sharing his passion for sports to the students he teaches.
Mr Liam 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 Liam Cain believes positive relationships to be at the centre of a successful learning experience for children. Mr Liam Cain has a proven track record of working successfully with students, parents and staff to generate excellent outcomes for learners in his care.
Before gaining employment at Dubai, Mr Liam 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 Liam Cain is a firm believer that children learn best though inspiring, fun lessons and uses this as the foundation for his teaching.
Miss Muhsina 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 Muhsina Ferdousi had been working in a Primary school, in an exciting and diverse part of London. Miss Muhsina 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.
Miss Eleanor 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 Eleanor 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 Eleanor 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 Eleanor Hickey is a keen traveller and enjoys visiting new countries and learning about other cultures. Miss Eleanor Hickey enjoys continually furthering her own education and believes Arcadia’s ethos of nurturing lifelong learning is key when educating young children.
Miss Emma Brown graduated from the University of Northampton with a Bachelor of Education and has four years of experience teaching in the UK across Key Stages 1 and 2. She brings creativity and dedication to provide a positive learning experience for all students and provides engaging lessons that embed a love of learning in her students. Miss Emma Brown believes in listening to her students, to parents, carers and colleagues and working together to build positive relationships so that children are well supported and nurtured throughout their learning journey. She wants her students to feel proud of every step they take towards reaching their full potential.
Away from the classroom, Miss Emma Brown continues her lifelong love of learning through reading and travelling.
Mrs Zaida 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 students 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. Mrs Zaida Gulamali enjoys travelling and is passionate about playing badminton and netball.
Miss Susan Rani is a highly experienced teacher who has taught in schools across Birmingham, Abu Dhabi, and now in Dubai for over 15 years. During this time, she has worked with all primary age groups, from Foundation Stage through to Year 6, and has undertaken a variety of roles.
Miss Susan Rani is very passionate about children’s education and believes that every child has the potential to achieve regardless of their ability. She firmly believes in making children feel comfortable, confident, and motivated to progress with their learning.
Outside of teaching, Miss Susan Rani loves to travel and explore different countries and cultures.
Mrs Sara 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, Mrs Sara Lowndes is passionate about education. She has an undergraduate degree, Interior Architectural Design, (Hons) and a postgraduate teaching degree from Australia. Mrs Sara Lowndes is a creative and organised teacher who believes in forging strong relationships with the students, parents and colleagues.
Mr Enda 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 Tania Ahmad hails from London, UK and brings a depth of experience having taught GCSE and A-level English there for six years, prior to moving to Arcadia. Miss Tania Ahmad held the distinctive position of Teaching and Learning Lead Practitioner, whereby she researched innovative teaching methods, designing and delivering professional development workshops for colleagues, enabling them to become outstanding practitioners. Miss Tania Ahmad is a strong advocate for the use of enriching technology in learning and incorporates these within many of her lessons. She was also appointed RSC Lead Teacher, in which she was in charge of her school’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, receiving specialist training in the delivery of teaching Shakespearean texts. This partnership afforded Miss Tania Ahmad the opportunity of co-directing the performance of her students in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the prestigious Barbican theatre. Miss Tania Ahmad comes from a strong educational background, with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, her PGCE in English and most recently a Masters degree in English Education (UCL), with a special focus on Shakespearean literature. Miss Tania Ahmad has a passion for the arts and loves to replicate this in her classroom with her students when studying literature.
Miss Rima 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 Rima Al Tarawneh is highly motivated to ensure the learning of Arabic is fun and engaging for learners. She describes how working at The Arcadia 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 students of The Arcadia School.
Mr Abouzeid 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 Abouzeid 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 School Mr Abouzeid Moursy delivers lessons that ensure children approach learning with confidence and the ability to seek solutions and solve problems.
Mrs Manal El 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.
Mrs Nour Atta is a Jordanian citizen and this is her 12th year living in the UAE.
She has 11 years experience in teaching Arabic as an additional language, having worked at both British and IB curriculum schools.
Mrs Nour Atta enjoys mentoring colleagues and has facilitated a range of professional teacher workshops to enhance and improve teaching skills. She is currently working on her Masters' study in educational management, leadership and policies.
Apart from education, Mrs Nour Atta enjoys fashion and likes to travel extensively during her holiday time.
Mrs Sandy 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.
Mrs Sandy 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.
Mrs Deisy 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.
Mrs Deisy Hernandez is an enthusiastic and focused Spanish Teacher who is committed to promoting the education and wellbeing of children. She is passionate about providing students with the best possible education in life and she enjoys working in a multicultural environment.
Miss Hakima Ghalem is an experienced languages specialist teacher who has worked in primary, middle and high schools for several years, teaching French mother tongue, French second language and French foreign language in a wide range of schools, including French, British and American curriculum schools. She has multinational experience working internationally, having taught in both Algeria and now the UAE.
Miss Hakima Ghalem believes that teaching is the most beautiful job when done with passion and dedication. She believes that each student in our school has the ability to learn several foreign languages to ensure they develop the necessary tools to succeed in an increasingly global world.
Mr John 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 Paton 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.
Mrs Lina Hajar is an experienced educator who supports students 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, Mrs Lina Hajar was the manager of Leaps Centre in Dubai, catering for students with learning difficulties.
Miss Rabab Latiff hails originally from Oman and is a passionate, highly motivated and student-focused educator with a particular focus on the individual needs of the student. Miss Rabab Latiff has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s degree, specialising in learning difficulties. She has worked with students with specific learning difficulties (in Reading, Writing and Mathematics), ADHD, Autism, and students with developmental delay. Miss Rabab Latiff has over 10 years of experience in teaching and behaviour modification.
Apart from her experience in teaching, Miss Rabab Latiff has worked in hospitals and her role included enhancing parenting skills, working with other schools in Oman, developing educational plans, offering instructions and consulting expertise, as well as interventions and behavior control.
After graduating from The University of Chichester, Mr Liam Hirrel taught physical education for 7 years in Greater London, holding various positions including Head of PE. He has spent the past three years in the UAE, working for the Ministry of Education's Physical and Health Education department, teaching as well as training future teachers.
Mr Liam Hirrel strives to create an environment where students are confident, independent learners and believes strongly in PE and Sport being accessible for all. He has been a part of the improvement of teaching in many schools and this has allowed him to hone his professional skill-set whilst supporting colleagues to improve their own. Outside of teaching Mr Liam Hirrel enjoys a range of sports and has played football at a professional level.
Miss Lorna 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 students aged 3 to 18. Miss Lorna 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 students 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 Lorna Macleod has also led a number of dance initiatives within her previous schools. Miss Lorna 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 students.
Mr Mohamed 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. Mohamed 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, Mohamed 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.
Marwa Elbaharawi an Egyptian citizen graduated from the faculty of education with a B.A. degree in Islamic studies and later did her diploma in Islamic studies. She has 12 years of teaching experience in various international schools.
Being a teacher to her means making a difference in children's lives. It is her passion to teach and facilitate the learning process for students. Marwa Elbaharawi believes that when pupils are interested and involved in all activities, it can effectively help them and create significant improvement. She aims to instil a love for learning in all her students. Every school day brings with it a new beginning. When she is not in school, she enjoys reading and traveling.
Mr Tom 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 Tom 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 Tom Gayler is one of our founding Our Teachers, having taught at The Arcadia School in our maiden year. As Mr Tom 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.
Mr Andrew Lyon is an experienced teacher of ten years specialising in Computer Science and ICT. Hailing originally from Lancashire in the North of England but based in London for the last decade, he is an avid fan of using technology to improve peoples’ lives and has a particular passion for the use of Apple technology in teaching and learning.
Mr Andrew Lyon is hardworking, organised and aims to improve education for all, through the use of digital devices. He believes learning about technology should not be complex and confusing but creative and intuitive.
In his spare time, Mr Andrew Lyon enjoys football (both watching and playing), as frequently as possible. He is also a keen runner and a squash player. Mr Andrew Lyon is a fan of lifelong learning and is always attempting to develop new skills and to broaden his horizons.
Mrs Sanam 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.
Mrs Sanam 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 Laura 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 Laura Hitchings has experience teaching students aged 3 -18 including the subjects of Art and Design, Textiles, Food Technology and Ceramics in both the UK and New York.
Miss Laura Hitchings delivers all lessons with great enthusiasm for her subject, motivating and inspiring confidence in learners, providing an uplifting atmosphere to the class. Miss Laura Hitchings aspires to give students 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 Laura Hitchings enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures, visiting galleries to discover new artists and producing her own art and photography.
Miss Laura 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.
Mrs Anna Krupenya is a passionate musician and educator who has a Master's degree in Pedagogy of Higher Education and a Bachelor's degree in Performing Arts with Piano as her specialism.
She has been living and breathing music for the last 13 years. As a piano teacher, Mrs Anna Krupenya was the concertmaster of the opera class in the College of Culture and Arts, Ukraine and, since 2013, has been working in the Middle East. Mrs Anna Krupenya has worked as a piano player and music teacher in several well-regarded British Curriculum Schools before joining Arcadia School.
Mrs Anna Krupenya believes passionately that music is an international language that connects people and develops their emotional intelligence. She appreciates Arcadia School as a warm and wonderful place to implement her knowledge and to support students in developing a range of musical skills as well as a love for music in all its forms.
Miss Kieran 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 Kieran Ballard-Tremeer won the National UNISA DJ Roode Overseas Study Teaching Licentiate competition.
Miss Kieran 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 Kieran Ballard-Tremeer enjoys endurance swimming and triathlon racing.
Mr Navin Valrani has a passion for lifelong education. After completing his primary schooling at Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) and his secondary education at Dubai College, Mr Navin Valrani went on to achieve academic honours at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the prestigious Ivy League School. Subsequently, Mr Navin Valrani completed his MBA with academic distinction from London Business School and his M.S. Ed from the University of Pennsylvania.
Having worked in the Al Shirawi Group for over 20 years in various roles, Mr Navin Valrani continues to serve the world of academia: being a member of the Wharton Alumni Board from 1997 through to 2003; presently on the Board of Overseers at the Penn Graduate School of Education and on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Middle East and Africa; and serving as the Chairperson of the UAE Alumni Interviewing Committee for the University of Pennsylvania for the last 25 years. Mr Navin Valrani was also a member of the Campaign Committee and the International Alumni Council at London Business School and the Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee on the Council.
Mr Navin Valrani is the former Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Emirates Chapter, having served for over 5 years on the chapter board. In 2014, Mr Navin Valrani furthered his commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School by instituting the Monica and Mr Navin Valrani M. Navin Valrani scholarship fund to support students to attend both schools.
Giles Pruett is an educator through and through. After completing his A-Level studies in the UK, he trained and competed as a professional tennis player for five years until moving back into full-time study to complete his Bachelor of Education at Bedford, reading Geography and Sport Science. He immediately returned to his home city of Bath and subsequently started his teaching career as Director of Rugby, Boarding Housemaster and Geography teacher in the independent community of Prior Park College. After completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management at Bath University in 2012, gaining a distinction level, Giles transferred into the international education community, joining Jumeirah College in Dubai as Vice-Principal, where he remained for four years, before becoming Secondary Principal and Deputy Head of School at GEMS World Academy, helping them to become the highest rated full IB programme school in the city.
Giles is also a qualified corporate coach with a specific interest in building impactful professional learning communities by empowering others. He has developed pastoral structures to support learning and development in three previous leadership positions, ensuring that educational outcomes have been met and exceeded. Giles has experienced and driven inspection outcomes as a Senior Leader within several different frameworks, including Ofsted, HMI, CSCI, DSIB, CIS, BSO, COBIS, working as a Lead Reviewer within the GEMS organization and as Lead Evaluator for the Council of International Schools. His core inspection specialisms fall under the domains of teaching and learning, safeguarding, child protection and leadership and management.
Giles brings a wealth of experience in coaching, school operations, pastoral care and strategic school leadership and has been instrumental in developing an Apple Distinguished Teaching Programme, Entrepreneurship and Innovation curriculum alongside the design and construction of a new Senior School Learning Centre and Entrepreneurship Hub. He has a keen interest in this strand of education, recently completing a diploma from the Penn Graduate school of Education.
Above all else, Giles is a committed father to three wonderful girls and a husband to Joanna, who is also an educator and former British Olympic Modern Pentathlete. Together they share a passion for working with children, striving to bring learning to life and making a difference.
BA Primary Education with QTS (Hons)
Joining as a founding teacher, Mary has embarked upon a developmental journey into leadership which led firstly to Key Stage 2 Lead. Within this role, Mary successfully oversaw the improvement of student outcomes across Key Stage 2. Further to this, Mary also showed a particular passion for English, driving forward areas across the school including reading and writing.
Through continued exposure to whole school improvement and strategic planning, Mary’s passion for leadership continued to grow which led to being successfully appointed as Arcadia’s Head of Teaching and Learning. Within this role, Mary will be responsible for whole school improvement using outcomes from lesson observations and assessment data. Using information of this nature, Mary will develop the curriculum, ensure our staff have continual and relevant development and ultimately ensure that our students are engaged within a wholesome and efficient learning programme.
Using her previous experience as a teacher, Mary’s approach was based on a rigorous structure intertwined with a current, stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum which ultimately 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. This will inform her guidance and development to teachers across the school.
Mary was drawn to The Arcadia 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.
BA Management (Hons)
Jaclyn Redgwick has over 15 years’ experience within customer services. This time was predominantly spent within the aviation sector in a supervisory role for a major airline. Having been schooled in both the UK and Africa, and working in various countries throughout Europe, Jaclyn is familiar with the varying customs and cultures from living Internationally.
Since moving to the UAE Jaclyn has worked in the education sector, prior to taking up her role at The Arcadia preparatory School she worked in a similar position for an established EYFS Nursery in Dubai.
Jaclyn is excited to bring her experience of customer relations to the school and is looking forward to interacting with the parents.
Miss Roma Joshi has her Master’s degree in Psychology has been working with several British schools in Dubai over the last 6 years with both primary as well as secondary children. Her experience has been in counselling, child protection & safeguarding and case management providing guidance to students, parents and teachers from diverse socio-cultural regarding career development, academic achievement, social & behavioral concerns and mental health.
She is trained and experienced in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy and Mindfulness. She strongly believes that school counseling interventions need to be student centered and solution focused to achieve the best possible progress for the child.
In her free time, Miss Roma enjoys spending time with family and loves travelling, she has visited 14 countries with her husband. She looks forward to being part of the Arcadia family and excited to work with students and families.