Your Child's Teacher


Chamindika Edirisinghe

Pre-School Lilac Class Teacher

I joined DBS as a Teaching Assistant in year 1 in 2011. Currently I work as the Pre-School Lilac Class Teacher. My goal is to continue growing as a professional to give the children at DBS the best possible learning experiences that will help them develop and get not only for Pre-School but for life. It is my purpose to make each day a great day for every child. This is what makes my job so rewarding.

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BTEC Level 3 National Award: Children’s care, Learning & Development, Certificate Course in Professional Growth for Pre-school Teachers

Joanne Mainka

Pre-School Silver Class Teacher

I came to Doha from the UK just over 3 years ago. I have taught at a well respected British nursery school in Doha for the last 2.5 years. I really enjoy teaching in the early years foundation stage and find my job very rewarding. My aim is to give the children at DBS enjoyable learning experiences and to have fun whilst learning. 

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FPC, CACHE Level 2 Education & Childcare, Jolly Phonics Certificate Course, SEN Certificate Course

Lena Salha

Pre-School Yellow Class Teacher

I am Australian born.  I graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.  I started my career in the IT field in Australia and then transitioned into the world of education where I have been teaching for almost 10 years.  I have had the opportunity to teach in reputable schools in Lebanon, Oman and Qatar.  

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BA Computer Science, Certificate in Early Childhood: Learning and Early Development

Pravani Pullian

Pre-School Green Class Teacher

I am a South African teacher who has 11 years experience in Primary education. I began my career in Durban, teaching English, Natural Sciences, Literacy, and Library and Media Sciences. My tenure at Doha British School began with my acceptance of the role of a one-on-one learning support educator in Pre-School. This experience revealed my affinity for teaching this year group and I then went on to become a class teacher of Pre-School in 2014.

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BA Hons, Media and Communication, PGCE

Wathsala Aluthge

Pre-School Red Class Teacher

I became a Teaching Assistant at DBS in 2009. I worked with children in Year 1 for 4 years. I became a Pre-School Class Teacher in 2014. One of the most rewarding things about being in Pre-School is seeing the children grow and develop through the early years. The 3 to 4 year olds are my favourite age group. I enjoy every single day working with the children. I feel really content and at home in my Pre-School Red classroom.

Diploma in Montessori Pre-School and Primary Method , BTEC Level 2 Intermediate Certificate

Carly Tarraf

Reception Orange Class Teacher

I began teaching in Reception at DBS in 2012. Before this I taught at a Nursery in London. I thoroughly enjoy teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage as I believe that children learn most effectively when they are engaged, happy and secure.

BA Education with Early Childhood

Kirsty Paterson

Reception Gold Class Teacher

I have been the class teacher in Reception Gold since September 2014. I have many years experience teaching in different Key Stages in Scotland. My main aim is always to ensure that children learn in a fun, engaging and stimulating environment.

BEd Hons, Primary Education

Lynn Hamilton

Reception Purple Class Teacher

Since graduating in Scotland, I have subsequently been teaching there for 11 years, including a year in New Zealand working within Early Years establishments.  The core of my teaching experience has focused on Reception and Year 1. 

I am passionate about shaping the minds of future generations and strive to be an inspiring role model encouraging children to be the best that they can be.

I am very much looking forward to being part of the team at DBS in 2015.

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BA Social Science, PGCE Primary Education

Rebecca Hawkins

Reception Turquoise Class Teacher

I am currently in my second year teaching at DBS. I previously taught for 8 years in South Wales. My main role as a teacher is to plan effectively and to carry out activities in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage that stimulate and engage young learners.

BA Hons, Early Years Education

Rhian Jones

Reception Blue Class Teacher

Since completing my PGCE I have many years experience teaching at various primary schools within Early Years and KS1 in South Wales. I aim to see the children grow in a holistic environment. One that encourages, supports and challenges each individual where necessary. I believe in the development of the whole child and their happiness is vital. I have found my passion for teaching within Early Years and find it rewarding to see the children grow and develop rapidly at this young age. I am very much looking forward to being part of the team at DBS in 2016.

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Aisha Sarwar

Year 1B Class Teacher

I have two years teaching experience in an inner city school in London. I have been a Reception teacher for two years and have experience across Key Stage 1 and 2.

I love teaching and am driven by a desire to make a difference. I am excited for my first year at DBS for an opportunity to explore and learn about different cultures as well as helping me grow in my profession.

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BA Hons Primary Teaching

Bea Gardner

Year 1C Class Teacher

I really enjoy working with children as it is a fascinating and rewarding career.

I was brought up in Oxfordshire in England and later moved to Leicester for my undergraduate studies.  I also took my Post Graduate Degree in Education at the University of Leicester. I taught in a school in Leicester for two years before making the exciting move to Doha. I worked in different year groups including teaching SATs.  I believe it is important that every child is seen as an individual and that learning is personalised for them.

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BA Hons Economics, PGCE

Margaret Currie

Year 1D Class Teacher

I have been teaching Reception at DBS since September 2014. I had been teaching for 12 years in Scotland, before deciding to take a career break and move to Doha. I have taught Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. I love teaching children to read and write and find the Early Years extremely rewarding as this is when they develop such crucial literacy skills. The progress children can make at this stage can be amazing.

Year 1 Progress Leader

PGCE Primary Education, BA Hons, Behavioural Science

Rebecca Elsworth

Year 1E Class Teacher

I decided to move to the Middle East to gain valuable experience working in International schools. I began at Doha British School in September 2014, teaching in Year 4. I completed my BA Honours in Primary Education at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle, England. I have experience teaching in both Key Stage 1and Key Stage 2.

BA Hons Primary Education

Samantha Weed

Year 1A Class Teacher

I started teaching Year 1 at DBS in September 2014, after taking the leap to leave the UK for a new challenge in the Middle East. I also assist in the running of the KS2 school choir as I have a passion for singing - you will often catch me singing in the classroom. I am currently setting up a class blog as a window into our classroom. It helps to keep parents informed of the children’s learning and I hope to see this progress throughout the school year.

BA Hons, Primary Education with QTS

Ailsa Robinson

Year 2B Class Teacher

After completing my degree in Modern Languages, I worked in international summer camps in Switzerland which inspired me to train further as a teacher.  After studying for my PGCE in 2001, I worked as a teacher in England and in that time, progressed to Head of Department before taking a career break from full time teaching to have my own children. 

I am thrilled to be returning to teaching in an international setting; my experiences in Switzerland and, latterly, at DBS confirm to me just how much our children can learn from a multicultural environment.  

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BA Joint Hons, PGCE

Catherine Jordan

Year 2A Class Teacher

I taught in London, England until the summer of 2012. During this time I progressed to a leadership role and was Key Stage Leader for both the Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1. I obtained my BEd from the University of North London. I am currently in my 15th year of teaching and have had experience across both Key Stages. I will enter my 4th year at DBS in September 2015 where I have had the privilege of teaching Year 2 students.

BEd Hons

Estelle du Toit

Year 2C Class Teacher

I am currently in my 4th year at DBS. I have been a Year 1 and Year 2 teacher throughout this time. As Year 2 Leader, my responsibilities include the general welfare of all the children within the Year Group. I ensure that the National Curriculum is being delivered and play a crucial role in the monitoring of learners’ progress. Parental concerns about their children’s progress and development are referred to me as the point of contact. Other matters such as issues relating to discipline are often also referred to me as Year 2 Leader.

Year 2 Progress Leader


Seda Pheby

Year 2E Class Teacher

I started teaching Year 1 at DBS in September 2012. Previous to this I used to teach Year 1 in The English International School in Istanbul. I have managed to share my passion for art through the extra-curricular activities on offer in the school. I have been part of the Art club and have run the model building club. I find it rewarding to see the children creating different structures while they are solving the problems they have been set.

BA Hons, Primary Education with QTS

Victoria Colwell

Year 2D Class Teacher

I began teaching Year 2 at DBS in 2014 but have previously taught in the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and England. I run a paper craft club for KS1 children which is very popular. At university I always enjoyed volunteering with children and became a qualified leader within the Girl Guides Association which prompted my decision to become a teacher.


Bernadette Coyne

Year 3D Class Teacher

I qualified  in the Republic of Ireland in the Froebel College of Education. I am currently teaching a Year 3 class within Key Stage 2 of the Primary department. Having completed a B.A in Irish and History, I continued in full time education with a Higher Diploma in Primary Education. I have taught reception in Dublin for the last two years. I have a keen interest in the Irish language and I have taught the language at university level. I like to swim and I love to bake!

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Conor Carlin

Year 3B Class Teacher

I achieved a BEd with History from St Mary’s University College in 2009. I have taught in Ireland and England before moving to Doha in October 2014. I have had experience in teaching in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I am currently teaching year 3 which I enjoy immensely.

Year 3 Progress Leader

BEd Hons with History

Hannah Walton

Year 3C Class Teacher

I obtained my BA Hons in Primary Education in Carlisle, England. I started teaching Year 2 at DBS in January 2015, after taking the leap to pursue my passion for teaching in the Middle East. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in Doha and look forward to my future at the school.

BA Hons, Primary Education with QTS

Jordan Cassy

Year 3E Class Teacher

I completed my teacher training at the University of Worcester, during which I was able to work with various West Midlands schools. I have had the privilege of teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2 in Herefordshire before moving to Doha this year to teach Year 3. I feel that it is important to have high expectations in the classroom to create the perfect learning environment. I am a keen musician and have previously led various music groups in English schools. I believe that through a creative and exciting curriculum, children are able to enjoy their journey through education.

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Bmus Hons Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music. PGCE Primary Education

Lois Bamber

Year 3A Class Teacher

I taught in the UK until the summer of 2013. I obtained my BEd from Edinburgh University. I am currently in my twentieth year of teaching and have experience across both Key Stage 1 and 2. I am soon to enter my third year at DBS in September where I have had the privilege of teaching Year 3 and 4 students.

BEd Hons

Danielle Wilkinson

Year 4E Class Teacher

I am currently in my fourth year at DBS and have just moved to Year 4, having been a Year 6 teacher for the previous 3 years. I have responsibility for working with the Primary Prefects, House Captains and Student Council. As part of my role within year 6, I organised the four day trip to Dubai, which is an opportunity for children to grow and become more independent.

Year 4 Progress Leader

PGCE, MA Education

Hardeep Kooner

Year 4D Class Teacher

I am a qualified teacher from the UK and prior to arriving at DBS I taught for 11 years in Buckinghamshire. In addition to class teaching duties I was also ICT and PE coordinator for 6 years. Before qualifying as a teacher I spent over a year teaching English in Japan and it was this enjoyable experience which inspired me to embark on a PGCE course. This is my first year at DBS and I hope I can make a valuable contribution to Year 4.

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BSc Business, PGCE

Kevin James

Year 4B Class Teacher

I am currently in my second year of teaching at DBS. I have an interest in how technology can be used to support learning. I take a keen interest in sport, and have been responsible for coaching the Year 5/6 soccer team as an ECA and assisting the team in representing the school.

PGCE for Key Stage 1 and 2

Melissa Matthews

Year 4A Class Teacher

I am a young, enthusiastic and inspirational teacher, who has a vast experience teaching in both the UK and Kuwait. A year ago, I moved to the Middle East, where I have built upon my own expertise in supporting children’s education, gaining a wider understanding of different cultures. Now I have moved to Qatar and I am teaching at Doha British School, which I am extremely excited about. Whilst I enjoy all aspects of teaching, I particularly enjoy teaching English writing, maths, art and sports. As a passionate teacher, I like to keep my lessons creative and fun, tailored to the individual needs of the children within my class enabling them to achieve their full potential. I believe that every child has the ability to achieve both academically and socially in a nurturing, supportive and active learning environment.

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Stephanie Gould

Year 4C Class Teacher

Before training to become a teacher I worked with special needs children in Wales. Following my passion to work with children I obtained my PGCE at Bath Spa University. Once graduated, I moved to Kuwait where I completed my NQT year teaching a Year 3 class. This is my first year teaching at DBS, I am excited get stuck into school life whilst supporting, motivating and encouraging children to do their best. I look forward to exploring Qatar and more of the Middle East.

Primary PGCE

Adam Manley

Year 5A Class Teacher

I am currently teaching a Year 5 class within Key Stage 2 of the Primary department. Prior to joining Doha British School, I taught in two diverse Primary schools in the East London Borough of Newham, teaching pupils in Years 5 and 2. I have also taught at a rural school in the South West of England, near Plymouth. Here the classes had mixed Year Groups due to the very small size of the school.

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BEd Primary Education with QTS

Amanda Morris

Year 5D Class Teacher

I have been teaching and assisting at DBS since September 2010. I am currently a Year 4 teacher. I have previously worked in Australia. I have a keen interest in swimming and have been involved with coaching the KS2 swimming squads for the last 4 years.

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BPE, Dip Ed, MEd, MBA

Barry Egan

Year 5C Class Teacher

Recently qualified in the Republic of Ireland, I am currently teaching a Year 5 class within Key Stage 2 of the Primary department. Having completed a B.A in Media Studies and English, I continued in full time education with a Masters in Legal Science and a Professional Masters in Primary Education. I have a keen interest in ICT, Development & Intercultural Education and Amnesty International. I also enjoy all sports, with a particular interest in G.A.A – an Irish Sports organisation made up of two national games – Gaelic Football and Hurling.

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B.A in Media Studies and English, Masters in Legal Science, Professional Masters in Primary Education

Cheryl Potgieter

Year 5E Class Teacher

I was born in South Africa where I taught for 15 years. My experience as a teacher was further developed when I taught in the USA before coming to Qatar. I have been with DBS since 2008 and taught in Year 5. Through the years I have seen how DBS has developed. In 2013 I started to lead Year 5. My role is to ensure that the national curriculum of England is being delivered and I play a crucial role in the monitoring of pupil progress. I handle parents’ concerns and see to the well-being of all the students in Year 5.

Year 5 Progress Leader

Janet Berg

Year 5B Class Teacher

As a qualified teacher from the UK, I spent many years teaching at various primary schools in England before embarking on my overseas teaching adventure at DBS in 2012. My career to date has seen me teach across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, gaining experience in the entire arena of primary education from Nursery to Year 6, This has enabled me to acquire insight into educational progress from ages 3 to 11. Recently I also gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice and became a Member of the British Dyslexia Association.

Cert Ed, PGCE in Advanced Ed Prac

Ben Cooper

Year 6A Class Teacher

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James Ross

Year 6D Class Teacher

Before teaching at DBS, I was a teacher in the North West of England. My teaching experience so far has covered every year group from Year 1 to 6. Prior to becoming a teacher, I had a number of jobs. I was a baker, garden centre worker, analyst, cadet instructor and military officer. These experiences have given me skills which I find useful and beneficial in teaching.

Laura Sylvester

Year 6B Class Teacher

I have worked in London as a year 5 and then year 6 teacher for over 3 years, and have loved every moment! I am now a year 6 teacher at DBS and am looking forward to living abroad for the first time and working here in Qatar. I strongly believe in creating an environment where all children can flourish and achieve their best potential; my mantra is “Be the very best version of you!” You’ll probably hear me chanting this on a daily basis with a huge smile on my face!

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MA Policy Studies in Education, PGCE in Primary Education, BA Business Studies and Law

Matt Cliffe

Year 6C Class Teacher

I have been involved in education for over 20 years: this has included working for the Edinburgh Science Festival organising outreach sessions, developing holiday workshops in museums and educational software to support pupils with special needs. I enjoy exploring topics with my students and finding creative ways for us to learn more about the world we live in. My aim is to create: a sense of wonder and excitement to encourage students to lead their own learning; and a safe and caring environment so they can challenge themselves to produce work they are proud of.

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Year 6 Progress Leader

BA Hons Social Science, MSc Sociology, PGCE

Richard Lashley

Year 6E Class Teacher

I am in my 28th year as a teacher. Twenty four of those years were spent in Middle Schools in West Yorkshire and on the Isle of Wight, with a further two years at a primary school before moving to Abu Dhabi last year to teach Mathematics. At DBS I aim to motivate children to learn as much as possible and to embrace a love of learning. 

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BSc Hons Environmental Science, PGCE Primary and Middle PGCE Educational research

Simon Armstrong

Cross Phase Music Teacher

I am extremely passionate about music. Music has been a huge part of my life over the last 10 years. I have been very lucky to have worked as a professional musician, both as a performer but also as an orchestral conductor. This is my first international position and I am extremely happy to be here.

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Asma Al Agha

Arabic Teacher

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Georgia Kenneford

PE Teacher

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James Moloney

PE Teacher

I have been employed at Doha British School since September 2015. I teach PE across Key Stages 2 and 3. I enjoy teaching PE and take great pleasure in seeing how all pupils can strive physically and socially through PE and Sport. I relish the opportunity to be able to teach a wide range of sports to pupils of all abilities so they have the opportunity to get the most from their PE lessons and for them to continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. I appreciate the prospects that Extra Curricular Activities and School competitions bring to allow pupils to compete in their chosen sports.

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BSc PGCE MA Education

Jennifer Kayes

Spanish Teacher

As a linguist with a curious mind, I love to travel and be open to different languages and cultures. Having spent my first three years teaching Secondary Spanish and French, I moved to Madrid. There, I spent three years teaching ESL from ages 3 to 18. I love bringing languages to life and look forward to providing your children with engaging, interactive lessons!
Hasta Pronto!
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BA Hons, PGCE Secondary Spanish with French

Lamia Jelassi

Arabic Teacher

I have been at DBS since 2011. It has been another step in my career that has enhanced my experience in the international system. I currently teach Arabic language for key stage 2. It is a great pleasure to be working with such ambitious colleagues and students in DBS, who encourage the knowledge of many languages belonging to different cultures. Personally, I believe that earth is a series of islands and languages are its bridges.

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Lucy Jones

PE Teacher

I have been teaching Primary PE since September 2014 at Doha British School. In terms of my role at the school, I believe it is my duty to impart the importance of health and well-being to every student. This includes promoting a healthy diet and encouraging all students to take part in physical activity. Since joining DBS I have had the pleasure to teach children who have a love for sport. Students take every opportunity possible to compete in sport and with a vast array of sporting activities on offer both during and after school. I believe this is undoubtedly giving students lifelong skills such as team work, communication and leadership.

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Lucy Martin

Music Teacher

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Belen Doncel

Spanish Teacher

I am Spanish national who loves languages and exploring different cultures. For the past seven years, I have taught Spanish and French in England from beginners to A’ level courses, I also enjoy teaching English as another language when possible. During my lessons at DBS I do my best to inspire pupils to be curious and engage discovering with what the Spanish culture and its language has to offer. In the past I have worked as a Tourism, Leisure and Transport Technician, International Human Resources Specialist and achieved a first class degree in applied languages before training to become a teacher. I am someone who has made the most of all the opportunities provided by pursuing the study and use of foreign languages. I like students to sound as natural as possible when they speak Spanish. I am keen in investigating alternative ways of developing pupil confidence and spontaneity around speaking foreign languages, through debating and drama. I love water sports, nature, singing, drama and having fun.

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BA in Applied Languages (First Class Honours), PGCE in MFL

Mary Double

Primary Librarian

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Milka Derosche

Library Assistant

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Pedro Caballero

Spanish Teacher

I was born and raised in Spain. I obtained my Foreign Language Teaching Degree from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, and I am qualified to work in Spain and UK. Before moving to Doha in September 2014 I have had experience teaching both in England and Spain. My experience so far has covered all year groups across KS1 and KS2. I have a keen interest in basketball and have been involved with coaching the DBS U16 basketball team.

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Foreign Language Teaching Degree, Primary Education with QTS

Rasha Haragy

Arabic Teacher

Since September 2005, I have been working as an Arabic and Islamic teacher at DBS for KS1 and KS2. During this time I have gained a lot of experience both in school and outside school. Whereby I have attended workshops to improve and enhance my teaching skills. My goal is to enable the Arabic students to develop their knowledge of the Arabic Language and deepen their awareness of the Islamic Faith.

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Seham Hussein

Arabic Teacher

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Tom Bell

PE Teacher

I have been Head of Physical Education at Doha British School since 2013 and have enjoyed developing and teaching a variety of talented, competitive and passionate students. I am very fortunate to teach across every Key Stage and enhance the impact that Physical Education has on the whole school. I enjoy using social media and technology as a tool for Physical Education and aim to develop a series of mobile applications and web tools to encourage life-long participation.

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Head of PE Department


Naureen Mirza

Learning Support Associate

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Alison Kuit


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Gemma Gillett

Learning Support Assistant

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Julia Moody

EAL Coordinator

I am Canadian with the majority of my life having been spent on Canada’s beautiful West Coast. I recently graduated with my Master of Education degree with a specialization in teaching English as an additional language from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. I have experience teaching English both in Canada and abroad, namely in Spain and Cambodia. I am passionate about helping children gain crucial English language skills in fun, exciting ways. 

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Master of Education specializing in Teaching EAL

Julia Zinyoro

Learning Support Assistant

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Lysette Goodwin

Learning Support Assistant

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Marion Mitchell

Learning Support Assistant

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Sue McGuire

Assistant Head: Learning Support

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Rashidat Oyekan

Pre-School Lilac Teaching Assistant

Chaturika De Alwis

Pre-School Green Teaching Assistant

Dolores Legaspi

Pre-School Yellow Teaching Assistant

Lady Laine

Pre-School Red Teaching Assistant

Linda Eduava - Sam

Pre-School Yellow Teaching Assistant

Mary Jane Clima

Pre-School Silver Teaching Assistant

Rekhani Navaratne

Pre-School Silver Teaching Assistant

Samsia Islam

Pre-School Red Teaching Assistant

Shahela Akhtar

Pre-School Green Teaching Assistant

Sylvia Mercer

Pre-School Lilac Teaching Assistant

Angela McGrath

Reception Blue Teaching Assistant

Claire Millar

Reception Turquoise Teaching Assistant

Lacey Morris

Reception Purple Teaching Assistant

Nicola Aitken

Reception Orange Teaching Assistant

Maja Predovan

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Chaula Patel

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Desigee Moonsamy

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Nikki Harrison

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Tereece Rosas

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Laila Saleh

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Maria Calaguian

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Tess Soliveres

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Chamila Herath

Year 3 Teaching Assistant

Tahira Abdulghaffar

Year 3 Teaching Assistant

Maria Mira

Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Svetlana Gorbunova

Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Heide Cases

Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Lori Giron

Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Hala Abdelkhaleck

Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Michelle McMurdo

Year 6 Teaching Assistant