Originally from Lancashire, England Alexandra studied at King's College, London and obtained aBA (Hons) degree in English Language. Her passion for writing saw her embark on successful career as an Account Manager at a high-profile London based PR Agency, before commencing before commencing her teaching career, following the completion of a PGCE in Education at St. Mary’s College,Twickenham and then a number of years as a KS2 Teacher and Curriculum Lead at an Outstanding Primary School in Kensington and Chelsea.
After a year spent travelling and volunteering in Schools in Africa and Nepal, Alexandra spent 5 years at a British International School in Bangkok, Thailand and the last 2 years at an IB School in Dubai, UAE. Throughout her career she has taught in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and taken on a number of roles including Eco Schools Lead, Director of Social Studies, Head of CPD and Assistant Head of Primary. As a keen dancer, she has also run a number of Dance ASAs, trained students for competitions and choreographed many a School Production! Alexandra is passionate about nurturing a love of learning in all students and equipping them with essential 21 st Century skills; embedding entrepreneurship, innovation and environmentalism. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys cooking, cycling and visiting the UAE’s beautiful beaches with her husband and two young daughters.
Miss Asma Abuarqoub was born and raised in Jordan. She moved to Dubai with her family in 2010. She holds a bachelor of Education Arabic with Islamic studies from AL Ghurair University in Dubai. Asma has been teaching Arabic for non-Arabic speakers for eight years in Dubai. She is so passionate about teaching and she knew from an early age that she wanted to become a teacher, inspired by her father's experience and his positivity to make her feel like she could do anything she wanted for a career in her life. Her main objective for all classes is to make learning Arabic interesting, effective and meaningful and she aims to integrate Arab cultural and social aspects into her classes. Asma loves to cook healthy meals for her family and she enjoys reading for pleasure in her spare time.
Miss Becky Evans grew up in Brighton before moving to London where she gained a first-class honour teaching degree. She began her working career in a primary school in South-London, this is where she developed her passion for the Early Years. She has been teaching in the UK for six years and during this time, has delivered quality provision across the foundation stage. She is now part of the Arcadia family, looking forward to sharing her skills and continue developing as a dedicated and creative Early Years teacher.
In the classroom Miss Becky Evans follows a child centred approach, encouraging children to take learning into their own hands in a safe and engaging environment. When Becky is not teaching, she relishes travelling opportunities and enjoys reading for pleasure and swimming.
Miss Chloe Southgate began her teaching career studying Primary Education at the University of Hertfordshire and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education degree. She taught Year 5 and 6 in London for two years before making the exciting decision to move to the United Arab Emirates! Since then, Miss Southgate has taught in Key Stage Two in a primary school in Abu Dhabi. Her roles included Head of Year 4, leading dance and gymnastics club and being part of the Behaviour for Learning Committee. Miss Chloe Southgate’s favourite subject is English and Art. She loves to develop creativity and believes that there is no ceiling to learning as all children have the ability to reach for the stars and inspire others to do the same.
During her fifth year in the UAE, Miss Southgate hopes to make more memories at Arcadia School and welcomes the new children into her adventurous, exciting and fun classroom. In her spare time, Miss Chloe Southgate enjoys being outside. She loves to travel and learn more about other cultures and is hopeful that next year will provide the same opportunities.
Chris Shrubsole knows that successful students become successful adults. This is his 8th year in education and his 6th working in the UAE. So far, Year 6 is his favorite year to teach! Chris attended the University of Hertfordshire where he completed his degree in Business Management. He recently completed his M.S. in Educational Leadership and Management which gave him a huge insight into leadership in educational establishments. Prior to joining Arcadia, Chris taught at Rashid School for Boys and GEMS World Academy. This included roles as Team Leader and Data and Assessment Coordinator.
Daniel’s multi-sporting experience started at the renowned Millfield School where he attended from nursery through to sixth form. During his school years he played age-group county cricket, hockey and tennis, representing Somerset. He also won the IAPS Tennis Singles and Doubles, as well as winning the Millfield Prep U13 team golf competition. For Daniel, these achievements marked the start of his exciting sporting journey.
In 2009, Daniel earned his first age-group international cap, representing Wales in hockey. He played at both U16 and U18 level before deciding that his main focus was to be cricket; his First XI cricket career saw him win the National T20 Championships in 2012 with Millfield, and he played a pivotal role in this team for the four years that he was a part of it. Daniel progressed his cricket, going on to play for Glamorgan Seconds and Wales Minor Counties. Whilst training full time with Cardiff MCCU, he made his First-Class debut against Glamorgan in 2015, alongside perusing his academics; studying a degree in Business and Events Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University, of which he obtained a First-Class Honours Degree.
Sport has aided Daniel’s love of travelling, presenting itself as an enabling factor which has granted him the opportunities to visit many new places. In fact, one of his most memorable experiences occurred through being a member of the MCC when, in 2019, he was invited to tour with the team to Costa Rica and Mexico where he played in the Central American Cricket Championship.
A Gap Year in 2013 saw the beginning of Daniel’s journey into education, having worked at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth, Australia in 2013 where he coached the First XI cricket team. Then, five years on, Daniel joined the successful, co-educational independent day school, The Cathedral School Llandaff. Progression within the establishment took him from PE teacher/Sports Coach to Head of Junior Boys’ Sport, at the same time, completing his PGCE in Physical Education. Daniel also holds coaching qualifications in rugby and cricket and is currently undertaking his ECB Advanced Cricket Coaching Programme (Level 3).
Both coaching and teaching enable Daniel to remain engaged in sport, but the main attraction is seeing the sense of achievement on pupils’ faces when they reach their personal and team goals. Having been described by many as a people’s person, being involved in education is extremely fulfilling for him. Daniel is really looking forward to working alongside an experienced department and is excited by the opportunity to learn from the expertise of his colleagues.
Miss Edele Nolan is from Ireland and has 17 years of experience in Education. Edele started off her career as an Early Years Educator and has a B.A in Early Years and Montessori Education. She has worked in Ireland, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia and been working here in the UAE for 5 years. Edele has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, is a qualified Play Therapist, Mental Health First-Aider and, is also a Mindfulness Educator.
Edele is extremely passionate about what she does and believes in the importance of supporting student’s emotional and social wellbeing. Her experience of working in different countries has given her a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to supporting students and their families. Her goal is to build positive relationships of kindness, empathy, respect and understanding with the students and families of Arcadia. Her door will always be open
Miss Emma Stott started her working life in law after falling in love with the subject at A level. Having gained two degrees in law, she turned her hand to teaching in 2012 inspired by the passion and enthusiasm her teachers had shown her as well as her Grandmother. Upon completing her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University, Miss Emma Stott moved to Oxford to start her teaching career.
Miss Emma Stott has always been passionate about helping children grow and develop and has linked this to her other passions by running theatre groups and teaching in Kenya whilst building a school for the local community. She sees herself as a very creative individual and loves to bring this creativity into the classroom.
In her spare time, Miss Emma Stott enjoys singing and performing in musicals. She is also an avid traveller and is currently training for Everest Base Camp after completing an equally challenging hike to Machu Picchu in 2019.
Miss Hannah Greene is from Dublin, Ireland. She completed a 4-year B.Ed degree at Dublin City University in Ireland in 2017. Since graduating she has worked in schools in Ireland including early years and primary. Due to her interest in the early years of teaching, she completed a postgraduate diploma in Early Childhood Education, graduating in June 2021.
Prior to joining Arcadia Hannah has worked in a Primary School in Dublin, Ireland. This role included working as a Year leader and leading many school initiatives such as running the Green School's Committee and leading the Music and Arts committees. Hannah describes herself as a friendly, caring, creative, generous and hard-working individual.
Hannah is excited to join the Arcadia team as she believes the school’s ethos of nurturing the whole child and developing a life-long love of learning aligns perfectly with her educational philosophy.
Miss Jane Mottram has been a primary school teacher since 2018. Originally from Sheffield, she completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University and then relocated to Manchester, where she taught KS2 for the following three years.
During her time in Manchester, Miss Jane Mottram supported the maths subject lead in implementing a mastery curriculum across the school, which worked towards ensuring children had a deep understanding of their learning. She also researched and developed an aspirations curriculum, with the aim to inspire and motivate all children to achieve their goals and to aim high, regardless of any barriers to learning they may face.
Miss Jane Mottram describes herself as positive, passionate and inquisitive. She strongly believes that, through creating an inclusive, nurturing classroom environment, children will thrive and evolve into confident, independent and resilient learners.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Miss Jessica Walkinshaw was leading the Music and Performing Arts department in a large school in Dubai. Alongside the completion of her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor of Arts in Music before undertaking a music PGCE at the University of Huddersfield.
Throughout her career, she has worked as a Literacy Coordinator for a secondary school in the UK, and led music and performing arts across EYFS to KS3, supporting special educational needs and played a key role in developing wellbeing across the Primary and Secondary phases in the UK, Working as a music teacher and school counsellor at Arcadia this year, Miss Jessica Walkinshaw aims to share her love of learning and passion for music, wellbeing and positive education with all students. She strongly believes in the application of student-centred and solution-focused positive psychology interventions to achieve the best possible progress for the child.
As a lifetime learner of the arts, Miss Jessica Walkinshaw has a special interest in incorporating the expressive arts into counselling techniques used with her students. She believes in the power of creative expression to enhance the lives of students and discover their individual strengths.
In her free time, Miss Jessica Walkinshaw enjoys singing as part of the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus, playing netball, Gaelic football and CrossFit. She is a seasoned traveller who loves exploring new places and learning new things. She is excited to be part of the Arcadia family this year to support and motivate all learners to achieve their potential and flourish in an ever-changing world.
Ms Kate Riddle began her teaching career as an Early Years practitioner. It was during this time that she developed a particular love and interest in literacy and storytelling. After obtaining her PGCE she gained an MA in Teacher Librarianship from Charles Sturt University, Australia. Kate very much enjoys working within the international community and its schools and has lived and worked in Ireland, Portugal and the UAE.
Kate is a published children’s author and is passionate about reading and most importantly inspiring this love of reading in her students. With over 10 years experience as a teacher librarian in Dubai, her aim is to encourage students to become critical thinkers, skilful researchers and enthusiastic life-long readers.
Miss Kathryn Corken first developed a passion for teaching whilst working as a British Council English Language Assistant in Clermont-Ferrand, France, during her University year abroad. After graduation she worked as a lectrice at the Université de Savoie, in Chambéry, France, and then decided to train as a teacher, completing her PGCE at the University of Oxford. Miss Kathryn Corken describes herself as conscientious, friendly, and passionate about teaching, travel and languages.
Before joining Arcadia, Miss Kathryn Corken spent 5 years teaching at a school in the south- east of England, where she was a Subject Lead, Head of House, and Co-ordinator for Additional Languages.
Ms. Kelsey Daignault began her educational journey by completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and French Language. After completing her second Bachelor degree in Education, she began her teaching career in her home country of Canada in 2005. Having a passion to understand the world not only through teaching but also in travel and learning through experience, she started her international teaching adventure in 2012.
Ms. Kelsey Daignault has taught in Macau, China, South Africa and Namibia and lastly in the UAE for the past two years. Prior to joining Arcadia, Ms.Kelsey Daignault was teaching in the IB MYP Program in Dubai. This included roles as Year 7 subject leader, Form Tutor in Year 9 and Year 10, as well as coaching sports at various levels.
Having the opportunity to meet and teach students in these international settings has provided an enriched learning experience, she embraces new cultures, and values new challenges.
Ms. Kelsey Daignault describes herself as a positive person who is enthusiastic about life. She is caring and outgoing and loves her job. She gets a great sense of achievement from seeing her students develop and grow as individuals.
Mrs Kaushi Wick began her teaching career in 2009 with Foundation children. Having gained her Bachelor of Arts in 2014, she started working as a Key Stage English Teacher in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the team at Arcadia in 2018, she spent 2 years working in Dubai as a KS1 Teacher. Eight years of teaching in various communities has advanced her teaching techniques and given her some rich and invaluable experience.
Kaushi describes herself as a creative and friendly individual who is passionate about her role as a teacher. She thoroughly believes that among the many purposes of teaching and learning, four areas are strong within her own values when she teaches: to nurture and care for children; to serve parents and their children; to empower children; and to ensure children experience learning that will remain with them forever.
Outside of school, Kaushi takes immense pleasure engaging in craftwork and also enjoys travelling to new places and exploring different cultures around the world.
As a keen tennis player from a young age, Laura Carmichael represented North Tyneside (UK) until the age of 18. Following her degree at Northumbria University specialising in Sports Development and Coaching, she trained as a Level 2 LTA Tennis Coach and worked as a Development Manager for a newly built million-pound tennis centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.
After completing her teacher training through the UK's number 1 provider (North East Partnership SCITT) she quickly started her career as a PE teacher and followed on as Head of Department in her 2nd year. Since moving to the UAE in 2018 Laura has been Head of Elementary PE at a school in Abu Dhabi and in her spare time has coached for Capital Netball U10 and U12 teams. Laura is also a qualified trampolining and swimming instructor and is looking forward to meeting the students at Arcadia. She believes that sport is for all and can't wait to get started!
Miss Wild began her creative career at the very young age of 5. Throughout school, she performed on professional stages and was awarded a number of TV appearances. Whilst gaining her Bachelor of Arts degree, she worked in Boston Massachusetts, USA, leading a Performing Arts summer school. On her return, she was employed as a Drama and Dance teacher in Manchester, and it was then that she discovered there was an even greater joy to be had in enthusing others with her passion for Drama and Theatre. She stayed in Manchester to undertake her teacher training, graduating with a First Class Drama PGCE in 2016. Miss Wild describes herself as committed, approachable and effervescent.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Miss Wild was Head of Drama and Gifted and Talented Coordinator, in a grammar school in Canterbury, Kent. As well as this, Miss Wild has also been an AQA A-level (post 16) examiner for Drama and Theatre studies for the past two academic years.
Miss Lauren Holden studied at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster completing her Bachelor of Arts with Qualified Teacher Status. She taught in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage Two in the UK before moving to Dubai to work for Emirates Airlines. This role gave her the opportunities to work and connect with people from other nationalities and gain first-hand experience into many different cultures. These experiences inspired Miss Holden to continue her career as a teacher in an international setting. She has a passion for the Early Years and has been teaching in the Foundation Stage in Dubai for 3 years. This involved a role as Head of House, planning whole school events, and providing guidance and support to students in her team to exceed their potential.
Miss Holden strives for her classroom to be inclusive and creative and for the students in her class to become independent and curious learners. She is passionate about developing links between the classroom and local community, in particular with sustainable and charitable organisations. In her home life, Miss Holden still has a passion for travelling as well as exploring the UAE with her rescue dog.
Mrs Linda Rooney is a Maths and Science teacher qualified from the University of Limerick in 2009 after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education. Following this, she moved to the UK where she achieved qualified teacher status and continued working in a school in South East England for 6 years. After this Linda moved to Dubai and has been here ever since. Mrs Rooney would describe herself as hardworking, dedicated, energetic and dependable. Her experience working in both the UK and UAE have helped her to develop both her teaching and leadership skills. Throughout her career, Mrs Rooney has been promoted to various roles of responsibility. In her most recent position, she was the Deputy Head of Mathematics and now will be working in both Maths and Science as a Team Leader.
Miss Louise Hamilton has been a qualified Physical Education teacher for the past 6 years. Her involvement and success in sport from a young age has heavily influenced her career choice, which has ultimately led to her academic success as a Sport Science and PGDE Graduate.
Miss Hamilton has also been a National level swimmer from the age of 10. Before she qualified as a PE teacher, she began her career as a swim teacher; teaching the ‘learn to swim’ programme with children and adults in her local community. As well as this, she worked closely with local primary schools in her hometown to ensure all primary age children were given the opportunity to learn to swim as part of an essential life skills program. Miss Hamilton also worked closely with her local swimming clubs ‘elite squad’ training program, where she developed swimmers and coached them at National level.
In addition to being a qualified PE teacher, Miss Hamilton is Swimming, Netball and Trampoline coaching qualified and enjoys teaching and coaching a variety of different sports.
Mr Matthew Pewtner is a dually qualified teacher and ex-professional athlete with unrelenting determination. His passion for teaching has always been of vital importance. Having gained two teaching degrees, he further developed his teaching experience within a highly reputable school in the UK, where he spent time teaching the British Curriculum within upper KS2. His experience of teaching within HM Prison Usk also played a valuable role in his teaching development.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Mr Matthew Pewtner taught the IB curriculum in Dubai for 4 years, further developing his teaching practice.
His ten years of competing as a professional sportsperson have earned him valuable experience in delivering work of the highest standard. Mr Matthew describes himself as a relaxed practitioner who believes strongly in trusting his students and promoting independence within their learning journey.
Ms Melissa Phillips holds a PGCE, specialising in Early Years, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Early Years education and Health Studies, from Liverpool Hope University.
Ms Phillips has successfully taught across both stages in a primary school in Bolton, Lancashire for the past 11 years. She has led a variety of areas, including Geography, EYFS and personal development, and was a member of the senior leadership team.
Ms Phillips is a passionate teacher, who instils a love of learning in all of her pupils, providing memorable learning experiences which spark curiosity. Building positive relationships with her pupils and their parents lies at the core of her teaching, as she believes that children reach their potential when they feel safe and happy. She is very excited to continue her teaching journey at Arcadia, and is looking forward to meeting her new class.
In her spare time, Ms Phillips enjoys reading, painting and being outdoors. She is new to Dubai, and lives with her 2 children, who are all ready to explore and become a part of a new community.
Originally from the North of England, Phil studied at Saint Martins College, Lancaster graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Youth and Community work. Phil then embarked on a successful career in London, working for various local authorities as a Youth Participation Manager, and ending as a policy consultant for Children and Young People in Central Government.
After working with Secondary age children, Phil decided to retrain and become a Primary school teacher, graduating with a PGCE from the University of Keele. Following this, Phil spent 5 wonderful years at a British International School in Bangkok. During which time, he worked in KS1 and KS2, held leadership positions in Science, IPC coordinator and whole school House lead. Most recently, Phil has been working in an IB school here in Dubai. Phil is passionate about STEM and believes in nurturing a growth mindset in children.
Phil and his wife have travelled extensively, and spent a year volunteering in Ghana, Zimbabwe and Nepal during which time they helped establish a Montessori school for children rescued from prisons.
In his spare time, Phil can be found on the Al Qudra cycle track, swimming or playing football, as well as enjoying all the Dubai attractions, with his wife and two young daughters.
Miss Sarah Jones is originally from Billingham, in the northeast of England. She acquired a first-class honours degree in Early Childhood Studies at Teesside University and has completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Sunderland University.
Being a Foundation Stage Specialist, Sarah has a deep-rooted passion for the early years and is committed to providing creative and unique learning opportunities for young children. Sarah believes in fostering positive relationships, enabling children to become lifelong, confident learners. Her holistic approach facilitates children’s natural curiosity and allows them to challenge their thinking in a safe and stimulating environment.
Miss Sophie Davies began her teaching journey as a Teaching Assistant in South Wales in 2012. After working with many groups of students of all abilities and ages, she decided to pursue her teaching career and further her studies in Education. Sophie gained her Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Education before teaching Year 5 and 6 in a small Primary school in South Wales. She spent a total of 8 years there before moving to Dubai.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Miss Davies taught all year groups in Primary School. Her roles have included leading ICT and digital learning, Literacy and P.E. In most recent years, Sophie has been a part of a Middle Leadership team, leading on Data and Assessment in the Primary school.
Miss Sophie Davies describes herself as dedicated, friendly, and passionate about teaching.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.