Our team is an experienced team of teachers and support staff who are very knowledgeable about the needs of young children. Our teaching team has significant knowledge and experience in teaching the English National Curriculum and meeting the learning needs of young children.

Foundation Stage

Helene Costecalde

Helene Costecalde

FS Coordinator

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Helene Costecalde

Helene Costecalde

FS Coordinator

I successfully completed my teacher training in Ireland, where I subsequently taught Year 2. I moved to London and taught Foundation Stage 2, followed by Upper Key Stage 2. I have thoroughly enjoyed my varied experiences in all the Key Stages within the Primary setting and am delighted to be working with in Foundation stage .

FS 1 Team

Aoife O’Reilly

Aoife O’Reilly

FS1 Teacher /FS1 Coordinator

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Aoife O’Reilly

Aoife O’Reilly

FS1 Teacher /FS1 Coordinator

I started my teaching career in an Educate Together school in Dublin in Ireland. This has given me a wonderful opportunity to learn about many different cultures. I have experience working with all age groups and really enjoy the different challenges and learning goals of each group. This year in Capital School Dubai I will be working in FS1. It is so important to create a positive and happy learning environment, where the children can thrive and develop into independent learners. I will support their social and emotional growth throughout the year and look forward to all the learning and fun in the year ahead.

Joanna Whitehead

Joanna Whitehead

FS1 Teacher

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Joanna Whitehead

Joanna Whitehead

FS1 Teacher

I have been teaching in primary schools for 15 years, both in England and overseas. Previous to working in Dubai, I taught in a school in Malaysia. I have experience in all year groups of primary as well as Special Educational Needs experience and Teaching English as forging Language. I have been working in Dubai for four years and Capital School is my second teaching post here.

Lucy Grier

Lucy Grier

FS1 Teacher

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Lucy Grier

Lucy Grier

FS1 Teacher

Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh, I have taught in Edinburgh and in Spain. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my previous years teaching abroad and wanted to explore a new culture and experience in Dubai. I’m really looking forward to working at Capital school and participating in its growth. My aim is to provide children with opportunities which allow them to flourish both socially and academically.

Susan Masters

Susan Masters

FS1 Teacher

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Susan Masters

Susan Masters

FS1 Teacher

I’ve worked in many schools in the Middle East, Far East, South America & in the UK for more than 30 years. I’ve enjoyed the experience of teaching overseas immersing myself in the rich diversity of cultures and customs this brings with it.

Leanne Haribson

Leanne Haribson

FS1 Teacher

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Leanne Haribson

Leanne Haribson

FS1 Teacher

I have recently completed my teachers training through a Schools Direct route. During my training, I gathered experience in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. I enjoy teaching practical and creative lessons which I am looking forward to implementing at Capital School to enhance children’s learning. I am from the South of England and am excited to have the opportunity to teach children from different cultures here in Dubai. I am thoroughly enjoying my experience so far in Dubai and am eager to continue this journey.

FS 2 Team

Helene Costecalde.

Helene Costecalde.

FS2 Teacher

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Helene Costecalde.

Helene Costecalde.

FS2 Teacher

I successfully completed my teacher training in Ireland, where I subsequently taught Year 2. I moved to London and taught Foundation Stage 2, followed by Upper Key Stage 2. I have thoroughly enjoyed my varied experiences in all the Key Stages within the Primary setting and am delighted to be returning to Key Stage 1 here in Dubai.

Victoria Taylor

Victoria Taylor

FS 2 Teacher

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Victoria Taylor

Victoria Taylor

FS 2 Teacher

Having graduated from University of Cumbria, England, UK, I have worked with all age ranges of children but specialised in Early Years. In teaching I take the child centered approach and look at their individual needs, abilities and use this to challenge their potential. I am delighted to be part of Capital School and will be an enthusiastic, positive and support your child in their learning.

Mairead Loughran

Mairead Loughran

FS 2 Teacher

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Mairead Loughran

Mairead Loughran

FS 2 Teacher

Originally from Ireland, I have recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores University. During my three years of teacher training, I gathered experience of teaching in a variety of year groups across KS1 and KS2. I enjoy taking a creative teaching approach by incorporating practical learning opportunities into education and I intend to implement this approach while teaching in Capital School. I am dedicated to challenging learners of all abilities to ensure that each and every child meets their full potential, both socially and academically.

Yvonne Gallagher

Yvonne Gallagher

FS 2 Teacher

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Yvonne Gallagher

Yvonne Gallagher

FS 2 Teacher

Since graduating from Marino Institute of Education, I have taught in Ireland for ten years. In August 2010, I was awarded a Masters of Education. I thoroughly enjoy my role as a teacher. I receive great

Rachael Gibson

Rachael Gibson

FS 2 Teacher

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Rachael Gibson

Rachael Gibson

FS 2 Teacher

Since graduating from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, I have been teaching Year 2 children in Perth, Scotland. I’m really excited to be here in Dubai and enthusiastic to be joining Capital school’s expanding team. Within my classroom I am committed to ensuring children have equal opportunities to strive within their learning environment and thus enabled to become confident individuals, successful learners, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Aimee Faye Johnson

Aimee Faye Johnson

FS 2 Teacher

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Aimee Faye Johnson

Aimee Faye Johnson

FS 2 Teacher

Having graduated from Liverpool Hope university, England UK, I have been teaching in many UK primary schools working in all year groups. I have most currently been working in Liverpool teaching lower KS2. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all year groups and I have confidence across the primary age range. I am excited to be part of a superb school here in Dubai and I am looking forward to teaching FS2. I am an enthusiastic, creative, caring teacher who aims to support all children, individually, on their learning journeys.

Gemma Clark

Gemma Clark

FS 2 Teacher

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Gemma Clark

Gemma Clark

FS 2 Teacher

I graduated from Birmingham City University in 2008 with a 1st class honours degree in Primary Education from age 3 – 11 years. Following this I worked throughout England. I have mostly worked in FS2 and as such I am highly experienced in educating young children in their first or second year of school. During school holidays I worked for a charity for children with Special Educational Needs. I found that this helped to give me valuable training and experience. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in Dubai so far and am relishing the opportunity of working abroad in such a diverse and welcoming new school.

Amanda Onslow

Amanda Onslow

FS 2 Teacher

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Amanda Onslow

Amanda Onslow

FS 2 Teacher

My desire to teach began after working in a junior school in England as an unqualified cover teacher. Here, I taught a different year group every day, covering all areas of the curriculum and soon discovered teaching was my vocation. After completing a BA (hons) in English and a PGCE in primary teaching I have worked as a year 6 class teacher in London- which I thoroughly enjoyed. As a keen dramatist, I love taking part in community projects and bringing lessons to life through drama. I am keen to take an active role in many aspects of life at Capital School and I am particularly excited to join the FS2 team. I cannot wait to continue my teaching journey in my new home; Dubai.

Bethany McTeigue

Bethany McTeigue

FS 2 Teacher

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Bethany McTeigue

Bethany McTeigue

FS 2 Teacher

Since graduating from Edge Hill University with a PGCE specialising in Early Years I have been teaching Year 1 working with children both on the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage. As an established teacher I continually strive to build positive relationships whilst recognising that each child is unique. I am an energetic and creative practitioner using effective resources I make learning enjoyable yet challenging. I am excited to be part of Capital School where I will ensure the children in my care develop to their full potential.

Cheryl Middleton

Cheryl Middleton

FS 2 Teacher

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Cheryl Middleton

Cheryl Middleton

FS 2 Teacher

Originally from Scotland, I have an Early Education and Childcare qualification which allowed me to work in a nursery for four years during my university studies. Since graduating as a teacher from Aberdeen University I have worked with KS1 and KS2 children in Scotland. I am now delighted to be in Dubai working along side the team at Capital School. I look forward to helping the pupils in my class become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Key Stage 1


Year 1 Team

Natalie Broderick

Natalie Broderick

Year 1 Teacher /Key stage 1 Coordinator

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Natalie Broderick

Natalie Broderick

Year 1 Teacher /Key stage 1 Coordinator

I began my professional career as a Montessori teacher in Dublin, working with children from ages between three to five. This fostered a passion for teaching and learning and an interest in meeting the needs of all learners through creativity

Nicola Gavagan

Nicola Gavagan

Year 1 Teacher

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Nicola Gavagan

Nicola Gavagan

Year 1 Teacher

Since graduating from the University of Glasgow, I have been working in Scotland as a Year 3 teacher. I have experience of working with various age groups in KS1 and KS1. I enjoy using a range of media to stimulate and challenge my pupils in the classroom. I am committed to moulding them into positive, independent and resilient young adults. I have found my first year in Capital School an enriching experience and look forward to watching the school grow next year.

Rebecca Tyrell

Rebecca Tyrell

Year 1 Teacher

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Rebecca Tyrell

Rebecca Tyrell

Year 1 Teacher

I started on my career path to becoming a teacher in London, where I completed my PGCE in primary teaching in Kingston University. After qualifying, I spent a further two years teaching in London in a very multi-cultural and ethnically diverse school. This provided me with the opportunity to work with an incredibly wide range of children from all across the world and gave me valuable experience of working with students learning English as a second language. I am a positive, hard-working and caring teacher and strive to provide a learning environment in my classroom where children feel they are safe, their ideas are valued and their determination and contribution is recognised. I am delighted to be part of such a happy and welcoming community at the Capital School and I look forward to developing my teaching career here.

Maria Lowe

Maria Lowe

Year 1 Teacher

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Maria Lowe

Maria Lowe

Year 1 Teacher

I am an enthusiastic, creative and innovative teacher from Ireland and am looking forward to this new role in an expanding international school. I graduated in 2011 with a 1st class Honors degree in Education. Within my degree I specialized in special educational needs and after graduating began working in Ireland in a learning support unit specifically for children with autism. I am very passionate about special educational needs and feel that the knowledge and skills acquired in this area are beneficial and applicable to all classroom practice. After teaching in Ireland for 2 years I moved to Australia where I taught in a very multi – cultural school where many children had English as a second language. It was during my time in this position where my interest in ESL learners grew. I hope to instill confidence and a love for learning in all my Grade 1 students.

Siobhan McHugh

Siobhan McHugh

Year 1 Teacher

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Siobhan McHugh

Siobhan McHugh

Year 1 Teacher

After successfully graduating from Edge Hill University in 2013 with a PGCE in Primary education and English, I have taught throughout the North West of England in a range of age groups from foundation up to Key stage Four. In my teaching I enjoy taking a creative approach and believe it is vital to create a happy learning environment for children to flourish. I am dedicated to ensuring each individual child is able to reach their full potential both socially and in their learning within my classroom.

Chelsea Peachey

Chelsea Peachey

Year 1 Teacher

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Chelsea Peachey

Chelsea Peachey

Year 1 Teacher

I am a passionate, creative and caring teacher who has had two years teaching experience in the South of England. My teaching style aims to make learning fun and meaningful for all children. I look forward to getting to know my grade ones and to help each individual grow in knowledge, independence and becoming their own person.

Ami Jackson

Ami Jackson

Year 1 Teacher

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Ami Jackson

Ami Jackson

Year 1 Teacher

Since graduating from the University of York, I went on to complete a P.G.C.E. degree with the charity, Teach First. My teaching experience ranges from FS1 to KS2 and I have been fortunate to have worked with many talented and unique children who have helped me develop my teaching pedagogy. I strongly believe that children should be happy and enjoy coming to school which helps to develop a love for education resulting in creating independent, resilient, confident pupils. I am very excited about the forthcoming year at Capital School and feel privileged to be part of an outstanding team.

Rebecca Harrison

Rebecca Harrison

Year 1 Teacher

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Rebecca Harrison

Rebecca Harrison

Year 1 Teacher

I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Capital School team. I have experience within KS1 and KS2 in the UK working with the new curriculum. I am an enthusiastic, creative, nurturing teacher who aims to support all children. I started my career path to becoming a teacher in Yorkshire, where I completed my PGCE in primary teaching. After qualifying, I spent a further two years teaching in York in a very multi-cultural and diverse school. It is my aim to inspire through high expectations and by setting clear yet challenging targets to ensure children gain the skills to secure a successful future. I look forward to developing my teaching career in Dubai.

Year 2 Team

Rebecca George

Rebecca George

Year 2 Teacher

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Rebecca George

Rebecca George

Year 2 Teacher

I am excited to progress my teaching career further at Capital School. I have worked at the school since it opened, firstly as a PE teacher but transitioning back to teaching in the classroom. Previously I have taught across KS1 and 2 in a small school in Hertfordshire, England. I’m a creative and passionate teacher who believes every child should have their learning tailored to meet their needs.

Anne Hanton

Anne Hanton

Year 2 Teacher

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Anne Hanton

Anne Hanton

Year 2 Teacher

I am an enthusiastic teacher who graduated from St. Mary’s University College, London, with a B.A. (Hons.) in Primary Teaching. I have also taught a range of age groups in both England and Ireland. I have taught children from a wide variety of backgrounds, including children who have English as an additional language (EAL).

Holly Moore

Holly Moore

Year 2 Teacher

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Holly Moore

Holly Moore

Year 2 Teacher

I graduated from Northumbria University, specialising in Early Primary Education. During my three years of teacher training, I taught across the primary age range in a variety of schools in the North East of England. Since graduating, I have enjoyed teaching at a primary school in Leeds in Key Stage One. I am a passionate, creative teacher and I am looking forward to working at Capital School.

Nicola Scott

Nicola Scott

Year 2 Teacher

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Nicola Scott

Nicola Scott

Year 2 Teacher

Studying and qualifying from the University of Paisley in Scotland has enabled me to gain 10 years teaching experience. My training and work experience has encompassed teaching many age groups from age 5 -11 and have organised and led many extra-curricular activities including Sports clubs, Reading clubs and Whole school productions. I also taught within a SEN Communications Unit for 7 years giving me specialist experience in adapting lessons to suit individual needs of pupils. I strive to adopt an interactive, engaging approach to teaching involving all styles of learning. I maintain a high level of discipline through promoting positive behaviour strategies and value effective feedback within assessment to encourage progressive learning. I enjoy inspiring young people through learning. As an effective classroom practitioner, committed to raising the standard of every pupil in my care, I am conscientious, thorough and well organised in all areas of my planning, teaching, marking, assessing, and display and discipline capabilities. Out with school I enjoy dancing, keeping fit and reading. I was fortunate enough to perform at the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 which allowed me to showcase my love for dancing and performing while representing my country. I now seek fresh challenges here at Capital School and am looking forward to my time in Year 2.

Meabh Rohan

Meabh Rohan

Year 2 Teacher

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Meabh Rohan

Meabh Rohan

Year 2 Teacher

I am from Ireland and have been teaching for over ten years across a range of year groups and different curricula. I have been teaching in Dubai for several years and love the international element that exists in Dubai classrooms. I always have high expectations of all my students both inside and outside of the classroom and love to see students growing in confidence, independence and maturity. I like to have some fun in the classroom and love to get the students involved in various projects. I have a great interest in languages and in addition to my PGCE qualification, I also have a degree in German and Russian.

Key Stage 2


Year 3 & 4 Team

Karl Moore

Karl Moore

Year 3 Teacher

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Karl Moore

Karl Moore

Year 3 Teacher

I have recently graduated from the University of Cumbria within the UK with a degree in Primary Teaching, I have trained for the past three years. In the past three years I have had experience of working with children from grade 1 to 6 and children with specific behavioural difficulties and EAL all across the county. Grade 3 is my preferred age group and is where my strength lies within the National Curriculum. I believe in an exciting, dynamic and hands on approach to teaching which children love and enjoy. My classroom aims to be somewhere where the children can feel comfortable and relaxed and be an overall pleasant environment to be in.

Sophie Appleby

Sophie Appleby

Year 3 Teacher

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Sophie Appleby

Sophie Appleby

Year 3 Teacher

After graduating from Northumbria University in the UK, with a 1st class honours in Primary Education, I completed a successful year teaching a class of year 5 children. This enabled me to develop my understanding of learning and my passion and commitment to teaching, which has allowed me to be effective in motivating and inspiring children to learn. As a teacher I believe in a hands on approach to learning and believe it is important to establish a good rapport with all children and make certain that they receive sufficient praise and positive reinforcement. After completing my NQT year in the UK, I had the opportunity to travel and visit different schools around the world. This made me enthusiastic about moving to Dubai to work in an international school. I am fully enjoying my time here at Capital school and am pleased to be a part of the school’s expanding team.

Matthew Budd

Matthew Budd

Year 3 Teacher

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Matthew Budd

Matthew Budd

Year 3 Teacher

Since graduation from Edge Hill University in 2011, I have taught in two schools teaching across KS1 and KS2 over the last five years. As well as working in the classroom I have worked alongside Edge Hill University in the North West of England in supporting and mentoring trainee teachers. I firmly believe that children should enjoy coming to school and that the learning experiences should be fun and develop a real love of learning. I look forward to my time at Capital school and building respectful relationships with all children, parents and colleagues.

MICHAEL PEACOCK

MICHAEL PEACOCK

Year 4 Teacher

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MICHAEL PEACOCK

MICHAEL PEACOCK

Year 4 Teacher

I am a Loughborough University Graduate and also studied an MSc at Leeds Metropolitan University before starting work as a teacher. I have moved to the Capital School from a primary school in England where I was a Year 4 teacher and PE Coordinator. I am passionate about all areas of the curriculum and believe that developing a love of learning is the best way to encourage progress for all.

Year 5 & 6 Team

Morissa Hadden

Morissa Hadden

Year 5 Teacher /Key stage 2 Coordinator

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Morissa Hadden

Morissa Hadden

Year 5 Teacher /Key stage 2 Coordinator

I am an enthusiastic, hardworking teacher who has had worked internationally over 16 years, teaching in both the international system as a KS1 and KS2 teacher, as well as in language schools teaching English as a foreign language. Over the years I have had the opportunity to teach a range of children from 4 years of age to 16 years to learn skills to access the English language. I have worked in Dubai since 2011 .

Shane Sweeney

Shane Sweeney

Year 5 Teacher

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Shane Sweeney

Shane Sweeney

Year 5 Teacher

Originally from Ireland, I successfully obtained my teaching qualifications in Wales before teaching throughout KS2 in the UK over the past three years. I pride myself on my enthusiasm and high expectations in the classroom and I am committed to creating a friendly, fun and safe environment to allow pupils to reach their optimal potential. I am very excited to have joined such an ambitious and exciting team here at Capital School and I thoroughly look forward to contributing to the wonderful ethos that is already in place.

Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young

Year 6 Teacher

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Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young

Year 6 Teacher

I am an experienced Class Teacher from Newcastle upon Tyne (North East of England), who has experience teaching across all the curriculum stages.I am fully committed to delivering first class teaching to all children, whilst instilling an inquisitive attitude to learning. I am keen to promote proactive learning environments, to ensure successful, engaging, creative children. I have high expectations of all children in my care and I strive to make a difference to the education and development of every child. I feel that my genuine passion for teaching and learning, along with a good sense of humour, and abundance of energy, are crucial factors in my ability to motivate pupils, making learning fun and building positive relationships.

Emma Louise

Emma Louise

Year 6 Teacher

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Emma Louise

Emma Louise

Year 6 Teacher

I am delighted at the opportunity to join the staff of Capital School. I have experience within EYFS, Primary and Secondary Schools throughout the UK. I feel passionately that children should be inspired to enjoy learning and this can be achieved through structure and a supportive atmosphere which assists in the nurturing of children’s confidence. I am committed to children’s learning and development and believe this is fundamental when creating a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn in. I am a good role model with strong morals and a wide range of skills and interests. It is my aim to inspire through high expectations and by setting clear, consistent yet challenging targets to ensure children inherit skills to secure a successful future.

Secondary Team

Simon Attwood

Simon Attwood

Head of secondary

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Simon Attwood

Simon Attwood

Head of secondary

I graduated from the University of Manchester in 1990 with a Joint Honours Degree in English and Linguistics and have worked as a teacher of English and Head of English in a wide range of both selective and comprehensive schools in England. Since qualifying as a Secondary Teacher of English and Physical Education at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994 I have been a passionate teacher and subject leader, with unrelenting enthusiasm for teaching children from Year 7 all the way to preparing students for A Levels and University in the United Kingdom.I have been delighted to become Head of Secondary at Capital School and am looking forward to leading the Secondary staff as we open our doors to the first secondary students in August 2015. I am a firm believer in students and staff alike striving for excellence in all aspects of their time at school, both inside and outside the classroom.

Jamie Grant

Jamie Grant

History & Geography Teacher

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Jamie Grant

Jamie Grant

History & Geography Teacher

I am a graduate of the University of Sheffield, England, where I obtained my Bachelors Degree and PGCE. After gaining my PGCE I taught for three years at an outstanding secondary school in North Yorkshire, England. Alongside my main teaching responsibilities, I also ran a Geography lunch club, mentored a new Teacher to complete her NQT year, and was involved in a ‘Connecting Classrooms’ project ran by the British Council. As part of this project I was able to visit our partner school in Morocco and share ideas with the teachers. I then spent some time abroad travelling and volunteering, and made the decision that I would like to teach internationally. I enjoy planning creative lessons in order to engage pupils of all abilities, enabling all pupils to reach their full potential. I am extremely excited to bring my experience and enthusiasm to the Capital school.

Kevin McCarron

Kevin McCarron

Maths & PE

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Kevin McCarron

Kevin McCarron

Maths & PE

I am a graduate from the University of Limerick, Ireland, while I have also spent some time studying in Pennsylvania, USA. I have a first class honours in Physical Education and Mathematics teaching. Since I have graduated I have been teaching KS3 and KS4 Physical Educations and Mathematics in England, often working with EAL students. It has been my ambition for many years to live and teach in Dubai.

Laura Henderson

Laura Henderson

Science

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Laura Henderson

Laura Henderson

Science

I am a science teacher from Scotland and graduated in 2010 with a degree in pharmacology; I then worked in industry as a laboratory technician before returning to university to complete my MSc, which I graduated from with distinction. I gained my PGCE through Teach First which is a graduate scheme that recruits top graduates and gives on the job training in teaching and leadership. I have just finished my second full year teaching in a school in the North East of England.I am an enthusiastic science teacher and I always include practical science lessons to ensure pupils are engaged with the topics covered in science and can link their learning with the world around them.I am really looking forward to starting my international career at Capital School and all the opportunities that it will bring.

Elizabeth Huggett

Elizabeth Huggett

English

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Elizabeth Huggett

Elizabeth Huggett

English

Having graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in English Literature and History in 2010 I then joined the Teach First programme (a fast-track route into teaching aimed at exceptional graduates). I completed my PGCE in 2013 whilst teaching full-time in a school in England before completing my NQT year at the same school. During this time I have developed fun and exciting ways of teaching students across KS3 and KS4 as well as students with English as a second or additional language. Currently I am completing a distance Masters in Educational Leadership with Durham University. I have high expectations for both myself and my students and aim to challenge, motivate and inspire the students at Capital School.