Meet the Staff

We believe the strength of a school lies in its staff. The RGS Guildford in Qatar has the highest standards when appointing those people who will work closely with your children. Rigorous assessments, references and the requirement for all staff to be experienced teachers with British teaching qualifications mean that only the best teachers come to work at the School.

We also employ a number of specialist teaching staff to deliver our Music, Sport and Language curriculum. Apart from our Arabic and Islamic studies staff, all other specialist teachers are also British trained and qualified.

The academic team are supported by an expert team of administrative and facilities staff who ensure the smooth running of the school and are always available to support parents and pupils.

RGS Staff List 2020/21

Head of School: Mr. Thomas Rolt

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Deputy Head of School, SENCO and KS2: Mrs. Jane Scott

My name is Ms Jane Scott and I have been teaching for 40 years after obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree from Exeter University.

I have worked in a range of educational settings, covering the whole age range from 3 to 18 years. I began as a Maths teacher and worked in Secondary and Special Education. I worked as a SENDCo for over 15 years and as a Senior Leader for 12 years. I have been a Deputy Head in a Primary school which catered for children from 3 to 11 years and Assistant Head responsible for all additional needs within several Secondary settings.
I am so looking forward to working at RGS because my enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning is as strong as ever and my love for working with children will never wane.

Head of Early Years and Reception Dolphins: Miss Tahera Khatun

My name is Tahera Khatun, I am from Manchester, England. I completed my PGCE in Primary teaching at the University of Cumbria. I love to learn and I have continued to study, I have completed my NPQML and Diploma in Leadership and Management in Early Years.

I have been teaching for eight years from EYFS to Year 6. I have passion for teaching with an in depth knowledge of the UK curriculum. My eight years of experience as a teacher has enabled me to take up several positions of increasing responsibility, which consist of KS1 unit leader, EYFS leader, EAL leader, Phonics leader and Curriculum leader.

I come from a big but very close-knit family who are spread out across the UK from London, Luton, Leeds, Halifax and Manchester. We have regular family time with lots of food and laughter.

I enjoy keeping fit by regularly visiting the gym and going swimming. I love to immerse into a good book. I like keeping up to date with fashion and enjoy socialising with family and friends. I have been very fortunate to travel to many countries, experience different cultures and cuisines and this is something I wish to continue in Qatar.

This is the beginning of a new adventure for me and I am looking forward to joining RGSGQ team and sharing my experience, knowledge and love for working with children.

Nursery Seahorses: Miss Mandy Carter

I qualified as a teacher in 1998 from De Montfort University in Bedford with a Bachelor of Education with Honours. My four years of study enabled me to specialise in Primary Education with an emphasis on the Early Years.

During my training and subsequent years of teaching, I have taught all the way from Pre-Nursery to Y5. I have also had the privilege of working in a variety of schools both in the UK and in Germany, where I worked for Service Children’s Education. In the past, I have also led subject areas in History, DT, ICT, PE as well as coordinating and identifying gifted and talented children.

Additionally, I have also been a Phase Leader for Key Stage 1. More recently, I taught in a British school in Poland, where I was Phase Leader for the Early Years and then joined Wellington College International Bangkok in 2018 as an Early Years Teacher.

I am eagerly awaiting the experiences that I will gain from being immersed in a new culture, whilst working in a school with an amazing reputation and incredible facilities.

I am renowned for going the extra mile and strive to ensure that every single child has the confidence and drive to reach their full potential. I think that being a teacher at the RGSGQ, is about nurturing scholarship, creativity and individuality so that pupils are ready for a university or career of their choice and a happy, fulfilled life.

Nursery Starfish: Miss Lauren Bowen

My name is Lauren and I am from a small village called Himley in South Staffordshire, England. I studied Psychology at the University of Worcester before continuing my studies with my PGCE, with a specialism in Early Years.

I have been teaching Reception for the last four years in Wolverhampton. I love working in the Early Years and I am looking forward to teaching Nursery Starfish.

I have a passion for travel and love to explore new places. I cannot wait to discover all Qatar has to offer, as well as other places in the region.

In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends, read, bake and play netball. I also enjoy walking my Springer Spaniel Oakley.

I am excited to be moving to Doha and to join RGS.

Nursery Jellyfish: Merriel Elin Ashley

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Reception Stingrays: Melissa Smith

My name is Melissa and I am from London where I trained and taught across Key stage 1 and 2, in large, reputable UK schools. I was also KS1 Coordinator and led their phonics and reading programme.

My classroom is always bright and inviting; to develop happy, caring, thoughtful students who feel confident about their abilities; respect others and recognise their importance in the world.

After completing my Masters, I moved to Qatar four years ago.

Outside of school, I have a passion for travel and a love of learning about different cultures.

Fun fact: I have been to over 25 countries.

Reception Turtles: Eve Marley

My name is Eve and I grew up in a small town called Shrewsbury in England. Over the years I have visited orphanages and schools in India, Thailand and Kenya. I enjoyed working with children from all over the world and learning about different cultures.

After travelling in my early 20s, I went on to study an undergraduate degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. After completing my degree, I worked in a primary school in Manchester as a Teaching Assistant and this was the driving force to complete my teacher training. I stayed in Manchester to complete a Primary PGCE with a specialism in Early Years as this is where my passion lies. After completing my PGCE and living in Manchester for 5 years, I decided to move back to Shrewsbury to work in a diverse range of schools across Shropshire as a supply teacher. This has been a great experience and has developed my confidence within the classroom greatly.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my friends and family and I also enjoy going for walks, exploring new places and going to the gym. These last few months I have picked up a new hobby and started cooking various recipes to help fill my time, I am a big foodie and I love to eat out! I am looking forward to starting my NQT year in Doha and beginning a new adventure as a Reception Teacher at RGS.

Reception Seals: Miss Eimear Doyle

My name is Eimear. I am from Dublin, Ireland. I have been teaching for three years and taught in Doha for the last year and a half. I come from a family of four; my mam, dad and one older sister.

One interesting fact about me is that I volunteered in a children's orphanage in Belarus with the Burren Chernobyl Project. It was a very rewarding and life changing experience.

In my spare time, I like to run, go hiking with friends, bake, try new adventures and challenges. I like being creative and have an interest in music and drama.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Reception Sharks: Sophie McNeille

My name is Sophie and I am from a small town called Hinckley in Leicestershire, UK.

For three years I lived in Sheffield whilst completing my undergraduate degree in Physical Education and School Sports, which was a fantastic experience! I then completed my School's Direct Teacher Training programme at the University of Warwick.

I worked as a Reception class teacher in Lithuania for a year, meeting children from all around the globe, which was an amazing experience.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing and watching football, spending time with family and friends and travelling. I am looking forward to joining RGSGQ as a Reception Class Teacher and very excited to watch the children grow and learn!

Head of KS1 and Year 1 Giraffes: Eleanor Duffy

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Year 1 Elephants: Miss. Aaliaa Azam

Hi, my name is Aaliaa and I’m from Manchester, UK. I am 24 years old, soon to be 25 and I am the eldest of seven children. The little boy in most of my pictures is my brother and he is seven years old.

I am a lover of animals and have a cat, a husky and two birds. It has always been a dream for me to work and teach abroad and I am so happy it is finally coming true.

I am friendly, happy and quite loud . . . sorry . . .I enjoy drawing, reading, gardening, baking and socialising. I love making and creating things and enjoy art and design. I’m a makeup addict so you’ll always see me trying out new makeup.

I have just completed my PGCE so I will be an NQT when I join RGS. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Year 1 Meerkats: Miss. Maxine Leith

I grew up in a small town in Bedfordshire in the U.K. and then studied Education at University College London. During my degree, I worked as a phonics intervention tutor for children in Year 3 and 4, to support their reading and spelling. After graduating, I completed the Leadership Development Programme through Teach First, a teacher training charity dedicated to overcoming educational disadvantage. Through Teach First, I completed my PGCE at the University of Nottingham.

Since then, I have taught in two schools in Derby. I spent two years teaching Year 1 and Year 2 in a deprived, inner city school and following this I worked at a suburban school teaching Year 4 pupils. Whilst there I became a geography coordinator and had responsibilities for maths.

I am thrilled to be moving to Doha and honoured to be joining the Royal Grammar School Guildford in Qatar to pursue my dream of teaching in the Middle East.

Outside of school, I enjoy rock climbing, reading and eating lots of new cuisines!

Year 1 Rhinos: Miss. Elizabeth Beddoe

My name is Lizzie and I am originally from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Most of my family are there and I enjoy spending time with them in the Welsh countryside.

I lived in London for three years whilst completing my undergraduate degree in Primary Education which was a great experience. After graduating, I started my first teaching post as a Year 1 teacher in a three form entry school in Bristol, England where I am currently in my third year of teaching. I have enjoyed teaching and have decided it is time for a new challenge. 

Gymnastics is a passion of mine and I participated in the sport for 15 years. This provided me with many opportunities and I was able to travel to lots of countries, experience a variety of cultures, meet new people and gain new experiences. I have also coached gymnastics and like teaching; it is incredibly rewarding inspiring the children and seeing them develop their skills and confidence.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, travelling, being outdoors, keeping fit by going to the gym and cycling. I am hoping to continue my sporting interests while I am in Doha and am looking forward to starting my new adventure as a teacher at RGSGQ.

A unique fact about me:  I was the captain of the Welsh Artistic Gymnastics team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and won a team bronze medal.

Year 1 Zebras: Miss. Kiren Phul

My name is Kiren, I'm from a small town in England just north of Birmingham called Walsall. I've been living in Doha for just over eight years now and have spent the last three working for a British Curriculum school out here.

I'm a mum to two gorgeous girls called Tara (6) and Parisa (2). I consider my passions outside of work very cliché - I love to cook, read, travel and spend time with my friends and family.

A unique fact about me (which is most definitely a story to tell), is that I grew up thinking if wheels go over your feet, your teeth fall out!

Year 2 Tigers: Mr. Patrick Lyle

I am from a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland called Bangor. After leaving school, I moved to England and studied Criminology at the University of Leicester and completed a School Centered Initial Teacher Training programme in the city. Training as a teacher in Leicester was a special experience, as I taught across a diverse range of schools and met students from across the globe.

Throughout my upbringing, I visited countries all over the world with my dad to support the Northern Ireland football team. I have since travelled around Europe and now I am excited to be joining the Royal Grammar School Guilford in Qatar to teach Year 2. It is incredibly rewarding to teach children at this stage in their lives, when they are developing their interests and beginning to see how their learning relates to the real world. 

Outside the classroom, I am a keen sportsman. I have experience coaching rugby with primary school age children and also take an interest in football and athletics. I also enjoy history, cooking and travelling.

Year 2 Jaguars: Holly Suddens

My name is Holly Suddens and I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the RGS family in August as a KS1 Teacher. I come from an internationally-diverse background and have lived my life in contrasting corners of the globe, including Malawi, the UK, South Africa and Abu Dhabi. I have a zest for adventure, relishing new cultures and cuisines and particularly enjoy cooking, writing, watersports, reading and wildlife.

I have spent the past two years as a Homeroom Teacher at an international school in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and I look forward to embracing this new experience with my husband James, who is also joining RGS as a PE Teacher.

Year 2 Leopards: Miss. Katie Thompson

My name is Katie Thompson - known as Kate. I am from Crosby in Liverpool, UK. I have been teaching for two years in Aigburth, Liverpool.

I come from a close family who are spread throughout the UK including Liverpool, Manchester, Southport, Durham and Birmingham. We love spending time as a family and always have lots of fun!

When I am not in work I enjoy going for walks. I live close to the coast, where Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ is situated, so I spend a lot of time there.

I am extremely sociable and enjoy getting together with friends. We like to talk, eat out, listen to live music and talk some more!!  We have enjoyed a number of holidays together and travelled to a number of countries. My favourite so far has been skiing in Wengen, Switzerland, but Verona is also up there in my favourite places to visit.

Unique fact about me - I can write with both hands!!

Year 2 Cheetahs: Daniel McKinless

My name is Daniel Mark McKinless, and I’m also known as Dan, or Danny. I am 28 years old and I’m from a small place called Ballinderry, 75 percent of which resides in the County of Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

I have two brothers, called Gareth and Ronan; one of which is a freelance web designer living in London and the other has just completed his masters in Engineering. My mother, Michelle is a nurse and my father, Martin is a farmer/ lorry driver.

I have been teaching for five years, both in Northern Ireland and England, UK.

I am also the owner of a sports clothing business which specialises in the design and manufacture of a range of sportswear, so it’s no surprise that outside of teaching, I am a huge sports fan.

Year 2 Lions: Jason Brophy

Hello. I'm from Belfast, Northern Ireland and this is where I studied my degree in Primary Education (with Science and Technology) at Stranmillis University College. Since graduating I taught a range of ages over the past year.

For the past five summers I went on a Camp America programme, which was situated in both New Hampshire and in Massachusetts. It was there that I gained a love for hiking, particularly across the Appalachian trail.

In my free time I have very typical hobbies; I like to run and exercise frequently and I would be a very keen reader. Other than that my time is spent travelling, I enjoy going to new countries and experiencing different cultures and cuisines.

I am looking forward to joining the team at Royal Grammar School Guilford in Qatar.

Year 3A: Lena Asuo

Hi, my name is Lena. I am from London. I studied Sociology and social science for my undergraduate degree.

After my degree, I volunteered with a charity working with schools in deprived areas, mentoring and assisting pupils. I also took part in a Camp America programme, working at a special needs summer camp.

It was through these amazing experiences that I developed a passion for teaching and decided to complete my PGCE shortly after. I have been teaching for three years, two of which have been at a school in Doha.

I enjoy spending time with my close-knit family, travelling, reading and going to the gym.

I am looking forward to being a part of RGSGQ and getting to know each child in Year 3A

Year 3G: Skye Gillon

My name is Skye Gillon. I’m from the outskirts of Stockport in Cheshire, where I live with my dad in a little town called Marple. It’s a beautiful place surrounded by fields and canals. So it’s going to be a nice change when I move to Qatar. I am one of five siblings; I have an older sister, two younger sisters and a brother. Having younger siblings has been great practice for teaching! All of my close family live within walking distance which has made us all very close.

In the past year I took part in Camp America and went to work at a summer camp in NYC, USA for nine weeks which was the most amazing experience. Then I went on to travel to five different states! This experience fuelled my passion for travelling and experiencing the world and its different cultures; and inspired me to pursue a teaching career abroad.

My passions outside of school are art- I really enjoy painting and sketching. I also enjoy the outdoors and walking around national parks - the most amazing one I have been to has to be the Grand Canyon last summer! And of course travelling! I am really excited to see what the world has to offer and visit some amazing new places.

This year will be my first year teaching as I have just about finished up my three years studying Primary Science Education, with QTS at Edge Hill University where I majored in Science and Minored in Art. I have absolutely loved my time at university where I met the most amazing people. Throughout my time at uni I have had teaching experience in Year 1, Year 6 and most recently Year 3. I am really looking forward to meeting my new Year 3 class and getting stuck in at RGS

A unique fact about me is: at the age of 13 (2012) I actually won the Princess Diana Award for Champion Fundraiser of the year. Charity work and fundraising is another hobby of mine and is something I look forward to getting involved with at RGSGQ.

Year 3M: Sumayya Miah

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Year 4F: Claire Finney

I am Claire Finney and I am married to Mr. Chris Jones. I was born and raised in Kirkby Lonsdale near Kendal in Cumbria. I also lived a long time near to Liverpool. I am very proud to have been born near to the beautiful Lake District in North West UK.

I have been teaching for 25 years following a BSc Degree in Environmental Studies at Manchester University and a PGCE at Liverpool Institute of Higher Education. My first teaching role was in an inner city school in Liverpool.

I have also lived and taught in Heysham, Lancashire and Manchester. More recently I have taught in Spain for five years. Before that I taught for three years in beautiful Qatar! So I am a returning teacher!

I am keen on art and love to read, snorkel 'and experience the outdoors, wherever possible. My dune bashing experience in Qatar lives in my memory as one of the best in my life!

I am passionate about my belief that ‘a happy child is a learning child’, and relationships are so very important, so I try my very best to encourage positivity. I hope to create an environment, in my classroom, that encourages my pupils to feel confident to take risks and to have resilience and independence.

Year 4M: Qatra Mohamed

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Year 4R: Lauren Roe

My name is Lauren and I am 22 years old. I come from Burton-Upon-Trent, a town around 10 miles South of Derby in the East Midlands, UK. This will be my first official year of teaching, but I have helped in schools from the age of 17 and have thoroughly enjoyed and thrived in all placements I have undertaken with my university. I am starting out with my teaching career abroad because I feel ready to challenge myself within a new culture and style of teaching.

I have a very close-knit family who come together for family parties, holidays and events. My mum was a nurse, but now she is a foster carer: she and my Stepfather have fostered 11 other children so far, some for a short time and some for a few years. I found my love of teaching through helping in a Year 1 class during my time in school 6th form and college. My passion for helping all children has also been boosted through supporting my parents in their role as foster carers. I have ambitions to help in poorer countries later on in my career and have been teaching children 1-1 throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, both home schooling our foster children and teaching seven children virtually, online, from ages 5 -15.

Outside of work, I enjoy taking part in sports where possible, especially netball, jogging and, when I was younger, golf. A unique fact about me is, I took golf lessons alongside the niece of a very famous British golfer of the past
My Stepfather and his Sister are huge supporters of Leicester City football club as was their Father. My Mum has supported us all in our love of holidays, travelling and reading. I have been skiing in Italy and to Japan travelling alone at the age of 18. Also, myself and a friend travelled to New Zealand and Australia. My greatest achievement was climbing Mount Rapheau in New Zealand, this was made harder by an illness I have, Crohn’s disease although I did not let this hold me back in any way.

I have done a charity walk in aid of Breast cancer (my Nan has previously contracted the illness) and was due to do a colour run for Crohn’s and Colitis. I enjoy reading, staying social with friends and family and cooking. I love to travel and learn about new cultures and foods, especially foods that help me to manage and subdue my Crohn’s disease. I hope to see as many places as I can in the future. I also love photography and hope to rekindle my passion for this as soon as I can.

Year 4S: Michael Saunders

Hello, my name is Mike and I come from a small town in Derbyshire called Wirksworth. It is known for a tradition called ‘well dressing’, where large mosaics are made out of flowers pressed into clay, then displayed around the town during the summer.

I began teaching nearly 10 years ago, when I moved to South Korea and worked in an English academy. There, I taught English to children ranging from age 4 to 16, through maths, science, art and music lessons. It was all about making it fun for them to use and practice their English. Initially, it was going to be a couple of years before moving on to somewhere else, but I loved it so much, it quickly turned into six brilliant years in Seoul!

Towards the end of my time in Korea, I decided to build on my experience by going back to England where I completed a PGCE course in Brighton. I completed my NQT in a Year 5 class in Brighton, and spent this past year working as a supply teacher. This has been a lot of fun, as I taught classes across primary, from Reception all the way up to Year 6!

Outside of work I enjoy a few sports, namely tennis and football, although I am not particularly great at either. My initial degree was in computing, and I still enjoy building and fixing computers and generally messing around with new technology. I am also a big fan of the competitive side of PC gaming, and (many, many, many) years ago I was ranked in the UK top 100. Food is also a big part of my life and I cannot wait to discover (and learn to cook) Qatar's culinary delights!

Year 5L: Tawanda Lungu

My name is Tawanda Lungu, but people call me T. I am from a small town called Skelmersdale, not too far from Liverpool, UK. At the age of seven, I moved from Zambia to the UK with my parents and twin brother. I started school immediately and that is when my desire to become a teacher began. The impact my teachers had and the effort and time they put into me made me want to have that same effect on another child.

I have always enjoyed participating and coaching sports, so I worked as a PE Sports Coach and continued with this whilst completing my teaching degree at Edge Hill University. I have now taught Year 3 in a school in Skelmersdale for the past two years. Going on to teaching Year 5 and experiencing a new year group excites me.

Outside of teaching I enjoy exercising and travelling. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to visit different countries, with Italy being one of my favourites. I am very sociable and enjoy meeting new people and learning about their way of life.

I am thoroughly looking forward to being part of the RGSGQ team!

Year 5M: Shay Mckeever

My name is Shay McKeever. I only really go by the name Shay. I come from a town called Lurgan in Northern Ireland and I am the youngest of three. I have one brother and one sister.

I have taught in a Year 5 class in Luton, England for the past two years. This was at a school where I gained experience during PGCE training. Prior to that, I have taught on two occasions in Thailand and I have also worked in China too (although it was an internship for a magazine). My time in China fits in with my unique fact in that I actually featured on local Chinese regional television on behalf of the company I was working for.

Some photos from my travels include a taekwondo lesson that all of the interns attended, a charity event I helped out at and a picture with one of the many classes I taught in Thailand. My interests include travelling, video editing, swimming and football. I am also quite a creative person and like to draw. I would consider myself quite knowledgeable and I really enjoy quizzes.

Finally, I would just like to say that I am really looking forward to joining RGSGQ in August and I cannot wait to get started.

Year 5R: Sarah Rajid

My name is Sarah Rajid. I was born and brought up as an expat child in Brunei Darussalam and had the opportunity to study and speak the native Malay language fluently. I moved back to the UK and did my secondary education in a small town called Guildford, Surrey. I completed my Psychology degree at UWE in Bristol where I currently live. I then completed my PGCE this year at Bath Spa University, where I specialised in Maths.

My passion for working with children began when I was in secondary school, where I was sent on work experience in a nursery school, it is from there that I decided to do a Psychology degree to understand children’s development better. During my PGCE course, I worked within classes across KS1 and KS2 in two different schools and had the opportunity to work as a phonics intervention tutor to EAL children in Year 3, to support their reading and spelling. I find it to be incredibly rewarding seeing the children develop their skills in a short amount of time.

I come from a large family of six siblings and have a beautiful pet cat called Mia. I enjoy travelling and learning new languages; so far, I have learnt to write in Arabic and understand basic Korean language. Outside of school, some of my favourite things to do are cooking healthy fusion food, hiking and going to the gym. I often travel back to Brunei to visit my friends and revisit my favourite childhood places. I am excited to relocate to Qatar and honoured to start my journey as an NQT at RGSGQ.

Year 6B: Mikela Billouin-Miller

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Year 6H: Orla Hannan

Hi, my name is Orla, I'm from Newcastle West in Co. Limerick, Ireland.

I have been teaching for the last five years, I qualified in 2015 and have worked in Mahoonagh N.S. since 2017. I loved it there and our staff was like a second family. I get a similar vibe from RGSGQ and cannot wait to meet everyone.

I'm travelling to Doha on my own and hope to make it home for the foreseeable future. I leave behind my fab parents and sister (more like partner in crime). I do have a brother living in Australia, so he will be getting a visit sooner rather than later seen as I'm halfway there now. I have a great group of friends here at home and hopefully I can make a great set away from home.

Outside of work, I'm your typical girly girl with hair, make up and nails the whole lot. I love a good shopping trip. However, I do have other interests, fitness and sport would be other passions, we come from a very sports orientated family who love G.A.A and soccer. I'm more of a gym goer than sports player and had started powerlifting before the gyms closed. I love to travel and have done America and Europe but really want to broaden my horizons in Asia and Australia over the coming years. Finally, I love social events and occasions, and love talking (probably obvious now) and meeting new people, having the craic I suppose. It's my hope to make great friendships here and enjoy every opportunity that comes my way whilst in Doha.

Year 6J: Mr. Christopher Jones

Hello. My name is Christopher Jones and I am married to Claire Finney, who is teaching in Year 4.
I was born and raised in North West England in a sleepy village in Cheshire, UK. I started my working life as a Store and Sales manager for a bathroom company across the Northwest.

I started my career in teaching as a HLTA (higher level teaching assistant) and realised that I had found my passion and vocation in life. Because of this, I was given the opportunity to study for my iPGCE, which I completed in 2014, via Sunderland University’s iPGCE teacher training programme.

I am very passionate about teaching, and the teaching of Maths in particular, and strive to challenge every child in this area. I am very keen for all children to apply and reason within their capabilities in Mathematics and try to find, develop and use different methods to solve puzzles, problems and open questions.

Since completing my iPGCE, I have worked as a Cover Teacher in every year group and have taught for six years as a Class teacher; with three years teaching in Year Four and three years in Year Six. I have been a Head of House for over 140 children, facilitating various House Events; and also coordinated both Science and Maths.

My teaching philosophy is very simple: ‘A happy child is a learning child’. Consequently, I always endeavour to create a safe, secure and happy learning environment. I want all of the children within my care to always try and achieve their potential, whilst ensuring that they are happy, well rounded and mindful individuals.

Interesting fact about me: I came into teaching because of a bad experience when being taught Maths as a child. I am a book worm who is often found in the shade under a tree reading scientific and investigative books.

Head of Science: Ann English

My name is Ann English and my role at RGSGQ is Head of Science. I was born in Jamaica and am part of a twin. From Jamaica I moved to London, UK.

I have been teaching for 20 years. Having taught in schools in UK, USA and Jamaica, I am an experienced practitioner, SLE and SSAT Lead Practitioner and Moderator. I have taught in several secondary schools in London and was previously SENCO and Head of Additional Learning, Head of Science, STEM Coordinator and Pupil Premium Lead.

I read Law at Birkbeck College and have completed the NPQSL and a Master in Educational Leadership at University College London. I am passionate about Teaching and Learning and I believe that students’ curiosity should be nurtured through rich learning experiences.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, photography, swimming, dancing and music. I love reading and learning about other cultures and I believe that everyone should be treated equally and with respect.

Science Teacher: Melanie Potter

My full name is Melanie Lebel-Potter, though I would like to be called Dr Potter at the School (by the students, that is).

I have been ‘Ms Potter’ for the last 2 years, but after discovering how important my ‘Dr’ title is in the local culture, I want to start using it from now on.

I did my PGCE at Sunderland, with placements at Doha College (Qatar), where I later became a supply teacher. I was a GCSE tutor at University Foundation College until the schools shut down in March.

I grew up in a small village and a middle-size town in the French part of Canada (about 300 km North-East of Quebec City). I studied in Montreal and Toronto before moving to London, UK for what was supposed to be three to four years. I met my husband a year after landing in the UK and things didn’t go exactly as planned …

A decade later, I became British, just in time to follow my husband (with our daughter) to the Gulf. After a short time in Bahrain, we moved to Qatar in August 2018.

So I come from Canada, the UK (Harrow, Northwest London), but I am also a tiny, tiny bit local (Gharrafa).
We are a family of three. My husband, Stuart, is a structural engineer and works in QP (Qatar Petroleum). He likes fancy coffee machines and HiFi systems. Our daughter, Anne-Sophie, will soon start Year 1. She plays lots of different games, gives delightful cuddles and makes an impressive mess in the house.

Though we do enjoy exploring Qatar and traveling, we also like our time at the beach club at weekends.
I have mixed handedness, which is a bit different from being ambidextrous. I do most things in a right-handed manner but there is a number of exceptions where I prefer using my left hand (writing, eating with chopsticks, holding a piping bag) and few examples where I am equally bad using both sides (football).

In a short sentence, I’d say that I love learning new things and exploring new places. As of late this has included learning scuba diving and cake decorating. I used to do lots of photography, gardening and knitting. You also won’t find me sitting for too long on a beach during holidays; there ought to be sites to explore wherever we are! In recent years, I must confess that I developed a genuine love of children’s attractions too; I loved Legoland and can’t wait to go to Disney.

Science Teacher: Anthea Brown

My name is (Miss) Anthea McLaughlin-Brown and I use my full surname. I was born and raised in Birmingham, United Kingdom, a friendly, melting pot of nationalities in the heart of England. I have always been immersed in different cultures, which fueled my desire to travel and explore.

I did my undergraduate degree in Medical Genetics BSc at Queen Mary, University of London and later did my PGCE and MA Education at Birmingham City University. I am entering my sixth year of teaching Science at the secondary level and I specialise in Biology for post-16. I spent most of those years teaching in Birmingham before moving to Stockholm, Sweden in 2018 to work abroad.

I will be moving to Qatar independently, leaving behind my parents and two cats. My unique fact is that as a child, I featured in an Early Years Foundation teaching booklet and an NSPCC Anti-Bullying ad campaign. Interests and passions of mine include Arsenal FC, travelling, social justice, nature, yoga, running, bouldering, health and wellbeing.

Head of ICT and Key Stage 3 & 4: Patricia Baker

My name is Trish; I am originally from Portsmouth in the South of England. I have been teaching Computer Science, Digital Media and IT for 11 years. I love to travel and experience as many cultures our wonderful world can offer.

Joining RGSGQ has allowed me to fulfil a lifelong ambition to live and teach abroad.  Before becoming a teacher, I worked as Animator in Residence at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, UK. It was there I was able to use my love of making and storytelling to promote and support literacy as part of the education team. I led an outreach programme across London and the south of England running workshops and activities for schools and public outdoor events. It was here I discovered my love of teaching. I decided to leave Miss Honey's classroom to train to be a Computer Science teacher at Southampton University. I have never looked back; I love to teach and I am passionate about my subject specialisms.

Outside of school I am a practising artist and puppet maker. I often deliver workshops in puppet making; including activities at the House of Illustration in London and festivals throughout the summer. Most recent projects have involved making a giant Crocklebog for Belwilderwood in Norfolk and witches, monkeys and monsters at Aylesbury's annual WhizzFizzFest.

I look forward to becoming part of the team.

Design & Technology Teacher: Miss. Leah Skellam

My name is Leah Skellam, I am from Merseyside in the UK. I have been teaching for nine years, with the last seven years teaching abroad; in Dubai, Malaysia and Thailand. I am married to Jorge, he is a risk management consultant in the off-shore industry and ex Royal Marine. I have a dog called Mo who is from Dubai, and a cat called Morty from Malaysia.

I have always had a passion for Design and was always intrigued about the Technology and Engineering behind products that we use every day. I believe it is important for young people to be inquisitive problem solvers, who work towards making a change in the world around them. Design Technology is so important in young people's lives and I feel privileged to be able to teach the subject to pupils from all backgrounds.

Outside of work I go to the gym and am quite active. I like to socialise and travel, and there are many more places on my list that I'd like to visit over the coming years.

Art Teacher: Briege Magee

My name is Briege Magee and people either call me Briege or B.

I am originally from Warrenpoint, County Down, in Northern Ireland. I moved to Qatar in 2017, before that I lived in Shrewsbury, West Midlands, for seven years.

I have been teaching Art since 2007. I started off in Wales, then taught in Telford before moving to Qatar and I loved it here.

In Ireland, I have my mum, two brothers and two sisters . . . I'm the deprived middle kid. 😉 I have two nieces and one nephew.  My mum was also a teacher in the primary school I went to. When I was younger, I always remember my mum sitting, marking books late at night.  I vowed then, never to become a teacher . . .  look at me now! 😂

I love travelling and anything, within reason, that involves adrenaline. I have cage dived with sharks in Mexico and done a parachute jump in Australia. I’m currently on the outlook for my next adventure.

I absolutely adore animals; I have a Lhasa Apso called Cai who I adore, however, he is not a good traveller so my friend in England and her family are looking after him. 😔

Art is my passion, I love all types of art in its different forms and I thoroughly enjoy travelling the world to see how other countries and cultures use and produce art.

This next academic year will be a challenge, working alone in the department.  However, it is one that I am very much looking forward to. 

Head of Maths: Sana Ahmed

My name is Sana Ahmed and it is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the Head of Mathematics at RGSGQ. I was born and raised in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and have recently completed a M.A. in Applied Professional Studies from the University of Sheffield. I have been teaching for around 8 years in both state and private schools, with two years’ experience in Doha, Qatar.

My mission is to share my passion for maths to all students, in an easy, purposeful yet engaging manner, preparing them for work or further study in Mathematics.

In my spare time, I swim, read avidly and have recently taken up running.

I look forward to meeting students and parents alike in the new academic term.

Maths Teacher: Mrs. Yasmin Abbas

I have lived in London my entire life and joining the RGSGQ means that I will be moving to a new country for the very first time. I am excited about the move and I cannot wait to begin my new adventure teaching abroad.

From a very young age I have always enjoyed mathematics; so I studied mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire in England and graduated with a first class with honours in 2014. Upon graduating, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career related to mathematics, so I decided to work in finance for a couple of years. During that time I mostly enjoyed the training of my colleagues aspect of my role, and so I knew that teaching would be the right career for me, as I am passionate about mathematics and teaching people. Becoming a teacher combines all of these aspects.

Thereafter, I completed my mathematics teaching degree at the Institute of Education, UCL, London. During my PGCE I worked within two very different schools, both were very rewarding experiences and I learned so much from each. My experience included working with EAL and SEN pupils and also within a school for girls. I am really enthusiastic about teaching and I particularly enjoy the challenge of teaching mathematics and sharing the importance of mathematics with my pupils and how it relates to a real life context.

Outside of school, I have a passion for travel, going to the cinema and trying out new restaurants.

I am privileged to be joining the RGSGQ in August and becoming part of such an outstanding school.

Head of English: Mrs. Roxanne Smith

I am a passionate English Literature specialist and I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Education. I have experience teaching English Literature and Language to Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have also been a GCSE Examiner for the AQA Examination Board and I have mentored both trainee and newly qualified teachers.

Outside of teaching I love to read, go to the cinema and visit the theatre. I love to try new restaurants and cafes to experience lots of different cuisines. I am keen to travel and I try to visit new countries whenever I can.

Geography Teacher: Christopher Foster

My name is Christopher Foster, you can call me ‘Chris’. I come from Liverpool, England. I am currently coming to the end of my third year of teaching. I teach geography and have been teaching in Warrington, England for the full three years of my teaching career.

I am 26 years old and have lived in Liverpool all my life. I am an outgoing and outdoor loving person and apart from my love of geography I have a passion for all kinds of sport and more specifically football! I support Everton FC. I thoroughly enjoy the social side to life and love having fun. I would say I am a people-person. I love meeting new people and learning about their lives and their backgrounds.

A unique fact about me is that I have travelled in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia (Bali). I am excited and eager to join the Royal Grammar School Guildford in Qatar and get to know everyone. I am aware that I am joining an amazing family and I cannot wait to start.

History Teacher: Afzal Shaikh

My name is Afzal and I was born near London, UK.

I studied in England, first at the University of London and then at Oxford University. I started as a University academic and then realised that I wanted to spend less time in libraries and more time with students.

Whilst in the UK, I first taught in London and then Oxford and the Home Counties. I also taught previously in the Middle East and continental Europe.

I am the youngest of three. My parents are originally from India and moved to the UK in the 1960s.

I love history as a lifelong passion as well as a career: so museums and heritage sites are mainstays for me. I also love movies and books, as well as creative writing. I also enjoy sports, in particular, table tennis and cricket.

Head of PE whole school: Mr. Patrick Temple

Since the age of 16, I have been involved in coaching and teaching a variety of different sports across Buckinghamshire, England. I have worked in a British independent school and a brand-new secondary school and both share a similar ethos to RGSGQ.

Teaching physical education is extremely rewarding, as it can bring so much joy to students, irrespective of their ability. I believe that regular participation in sport can ensure that young people are happy, healthy and confident individuals.

Outside of school, I am a keen observer and participant of all sports and I am never too far away from a racquet ball, or a pair of running shoes! I also enjoy visiting new destinations and learning about their history, culture and trying their cuisine.

PE Teacher Whole School: Miss. Hollie Blenman

Having grown up in South London and after being a rugby coach from the age of 15, I obtained my BSc. in Sports Coaching Science at St Mary’s University, London in 2012.

I was very fortunate after this to gain a place on a graduate teacher programme, where I secured my QTS and went on to work at two, fantastic, inner London secondary schools. Gaining invaluable experience in both teaching and learning and pastoral care.

I have since been a PE teacher here in Qatar for the last 4 years, while also completing my MA in Education.

Outside of Education my main hobbies include playing rugby, which I have played since the age of 6 including county and regional honours. As well as sport, I enjoy travelling and have a real passion for my own learning and personal growth.

PE Teacher Whole School: James Suddens

My name is James Suddens and I was raised in Zimbabwe. After completing my teacher training, both my wife and I spent the last two years teaching at international schools in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Choosing a career in Physical Education would inevitably mean that I have always had the hunger for competition, sports and physical activity. These passions have led to a childhood that’s been spent outdoors, playing backyard cricket, fishing, hiking and exploring the beautiful African landscapes. Coincidently, my wife shares similar interests and is joining me on this exciting adventure to RGSGQ. Despite fitting the criteria of a stereotypical PE teacher, I also enjoy good coffee, thought-provoking podcasts and playing my guitar.

I look forward to all the unique, outdoor hobbies that Qatar has to offer, in addition to pursuing my passion of positively contributing to the well-being of children.

PE Teacher Whole School: Niamh Quinn

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PE Teacher Whole School: Thomas Logan

My name is Tom Logan and I was born and raised in Northern Ireland. Growing up in Northern Ireland, I have witnessed sport’s unique ability to unite people and communities of all backgrounds. I believe PE can be used to allow young people to express themselves freely; and grow up and develop as happy and confident individuals, able to thrive in any environment.

My main sporting interests are cricket, rugby union and football, both watching, playing and coaching. I have been lucky enough to visit South Africa on a rugby tour, which was a once in a life time experience! Most recently I have fallen in love with golf, albeit with limited levels of success! I look forward to developing these further in Doha.

From a young age, my main goal in life was to be a PE teacher and this is a job which I absolutely love. I have worked in a state school in England for the past two years, gaining valuable experience within teaching and learning and building strong professional relationships with pupils.

I am extremely excited by what Qatar has to offer and very glad to be part of the RGSGQ team!

PE Teacher Whole School: Megan O'Brien

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Head of Music Whole School: Vacant

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Music Teacher Whole School: Mr. Jason Hannan

My name is Jason Hannan but most people call me Jay. I was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland and even completed my teacher training there. My first official teaching job was in London, England, but because of COVID-19 my time in the School was cut short. I’ve a solid nine months’ experience behind me!

I’ll be arriving in Doha alone, but I am fortunate to have an older brother living here who’s also teaching.

Outside of teaching music, I’m either song writing or ruining my neighbours’ morning by singing and playing guitar. You can usually find me at the starting line of obstacle courses like Tough Mudder, or walking my dogs Buddy and Tigg. Hopefully, when 2021 comes around (please) I’ll be taking on my first marathon.

Looking forward to getting to know you all and I’m very glad to be a part of the team.

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Head of Arabic and Islamic Studies whole school: Mr Safwan Almokdad

My name is Safwan and I’m known as Safi. I am originally from Syria, where I studied English Literature at Damascus University.

I have been living in Qatar with my family since 1990. I’m married with two children, a seven-month old son and my daughter is two and half years old.

I have six years’ teaching experience since moving to Qatar. I started teaching in 2014, while studying for my Master’s which I got in 2018.

Outside of work my interests and passions include going to parks and beaches, having BBQs, visiting friends and spending time at Souq Waqif and going to the Malls.

A unique fact about me: I’m good at cooking and I like to cook lunch for my family every Friday and Saturday.

Arabic and Islamic Studies whole school: Mrs Razan Amoun

My name is Razan Amoun and I was born on 15/04/1995, in Lebanon. In 2016 I graduated from the Beirut Arabic University, Faculty of Business Banking and Finance. I speak three languages; Arabic, French and English.

While studying at university I attended various educational courses which inspired my love of teaching. After graduation, I found my first job as an Arabic teacher in Inayah School in Lebanon where I stayed for one year. Then my husband’s job brought us to Qatar where I am in love with my new role as an Arabic teacher to non-Arabic speakers, in my second home, RGSGQ. I’ve been married for two years and I am a mom to my eight-month old boy named Adam.

I have traveled to France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Syria; and as well as travelling, it’s shopping, reading and cooking that makes me happy.

My Quote: A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

Arabic and Islamic Studies whole school: Suzan Jouda

My name is Suzan, born and raised in Russia. I moved to Palestine later on where I completed my bachelor’s degree from the college of education in 2017.

As a fresh graduate, I’ve always been keen to upgrade and improve my abilities; I’ve completed multiple training courses related to teaching and English skills. In addition to my Arabic mother tongue, I am able to communicate in both English and Russian languages.

Working with children has always been fascinating to me, it’s a dream come true.

In addition to my passion towards those little angels, being a Mum of two beautiful and lovely daughters has given me a huge experience in understanding children’s emotions and behavior, which in turn makes me a better teacher.

In my spare time, I like reading and watching movies.

Arabic and Islamic Studies whole school: Mrs Shrouq Al-Jariri

My name is Shrouq Al Jariri, from Jordan, where I graduated from the Jordan University, Faculty of Education, Arabic language.

I moved to Qatar in 2007 and since then I started my journey in teaching both Arabic and Islamic studies. My experience included working in IP Curriculum and independent government schools. It was my pleasure joining RGSGQ; from day one I felt like I was in my second home, as I was surrounded with a great team and a comfortable environment, my vision is that it’s going to be a fruitful year.

I am so proud to be a Mom of two amazing children who joined RGSGQ this year, whom I share with my supportive husband. My family has always been a major influence in my life.

My hobbies are shopping, travelling and listening to soft music. I have a passion for cooking and spend great time with my friends.

Arabic and Islamic Studies whole school: Mrs Ranim Termanini

My name is Raneem Termanini and I am from Syria. I am a graduate of Arabic literature from Aleppo University. For the past five years I have been working in Qatar as a teacher of Arabic language and Islamic education. This year I joined RGSGQ and I am happy and enjoying my work at this school.

I am a proud mom of two children whom I share with my supportive husband. My hobbies are reading and shopping.

Arabic whole school: Miss. Rowaida Al-Armouti

My name is Rowaida Al-Armouti and I was born in Jordan. I graduated from the University of Petra in 2003. My first teaching role was as an Arabic Teacher which I did for a year, before getting married and then moving to Qatar in 2005. I have been in Doha for almost15 years, enjoying and living a stable life.

I am mother of three children, family oriented and a social person. I’m always keen to spend time with my parents and my siblings. I also enjoy shopping, cooking and travelling.

I’ve been working as an Arabic Teacher in various Schools and Kindergartens in Qatar for almost nine years, whilst gaining a lot of teaching experience. I love to inspire children and help them set the bases for Arabic language.

I am glad to be part of the RGSGQ family, to contribute to the success of the team in all my abilities, I like to use my experience to deliver an extensive knowledge to my students

Arabic whole school: Miss. Rasha Zarour

My name is Rasha and I am from the oldest city in the world, Damascus. I studied English literature at Damascus University, Syria and earned a higher diploma in translation from English into Arabic. 

I was a volunteer in different humanitarian sectors, such as the United Nations office in Syria for five years, before moving to UAE with my husband. 

I started my teaching career at Sharjah, UAE. I worked there as a Kindergarten teacher for four years and an Arabic teacher for non-Arab students. 

RGSGQ is my first teaching experience in Qatar. I am very pleased and proud to be part of this wonderful family and I’d like to thank them for this great opportunity. 

I travel to Istanbul usually in Summer with my husband and my three lovely kids. 

Outside of the classroom I like to read novels and take care of my plants. I enjoy cooking and love to try new sweets recipes.

Arabic whole school: Miss. Nosaiba Ismail

My name is Nosaiba Mohammad Ismail. I was born in Damascus, Syria in 1987. I relocated with my family to UAE where I finished my intermediate and high school. After graduating high school, I returned to Damascus and started studying at the faculty of Education at Damascus University.  In 2010, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Education (pedagogy).

I moved to Qatar in 2011 and worked as a teacher for Arabic language and coordinator for Islamic studies for six years.

I am happy and excited to join RGS this year and to become a part of its great team where I'll strive to make a valuable contribution.

My hobbies are reading and watching scientific research films and documentaries.

Arabic whole school: Jamal Alaskar

My name is Jamal Alaskar, I have Turkish and Syrian nationality. I am married with six children and my family currently live in Turkey.

I have a master of Arabic language and did an educational qualification diploma from university in Syria. I taught Arabic for ten years in Syria, before coming to Qatar where I taught Arabic last year.

I love working as a team, and my hobbies are reading, volleyball and gaining new experiences.

Arabic whole school: Mr. Majed Saleh

My name is Majed Sayed Saleh and I am joining RGSGQ as an Arabic teacher. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from University of Al-Furat in Syria and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from University of Westminster in the UK.

I strongly believe that in the field of education, an educator is also a student of sorts, hence I strive for my own continuous professional development and I have recently done a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) course in London. I view my bilingual language skills, which I have developed through extensive academic endeavours both in Syria and the United Kingdom, as a key asset that will allow me to deliver to excellent standards benefiting all stakeholders including pupils, parents, and the academic community of RGS Guildford in Qatar.

I have a passion for travelling, immersing myself in new cultures and indulging in new cuisines. I also love spending time in the outdoors, whether it is riding my bicycle by the canal on a summer's day or going on a day trip by car to a local beach. Other activities I enjoy include reading, cooking, and going to the cinema.

Arabic whole school: Abdallalh Radwan

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Arabic whole school: Bushra Hashish

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Arabic whole school: Rima Zuluf

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Head of MFL whole School: Inmaculata Villasuso

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MFL Teacher Whole School: Esther Sanchez Garcia

My name is Esther, but my friends call me E. I am 32 years old and I am from Spain. My parents, sister and our two dogs live in Spain. I have been teaching Spanish for nine years, in Spain, Australia, USA and China, but I still enjoy going back home once a year to visit friends and family and to eat Spanish food!  

I absolutely love traveling the world and discovering other cultures. I have been to all the continents including Antarctica! When on holidays, I love to travel to new places and get to know about their culture and for that, my sister is the best travel buddy.

I like sports and I played in a soccer team for 10 years. Now, I like to watch it on TV and play the game with my students after class, sharing some soccer tricks with them. I also enjoy scuba diving and reading.

My other passion is teaching Spanish wherever I go. I believe that Spanish is a beautiful language and getting to learn it through culture, music, food, etc. makes it even more interesting.

MFL Teacher Whole School: Michael Rice

Originally from the North West of England, I was teaching Spanish and French at a large secondary school in Greater Manchester prior to joining the RGSGQ team, and have been lucky enough to have studied in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Seville. I am passionate about languages and consider myself a lifelong learner, as well as a teacher. I believe from experience that we learn best when we enjoy the challenge, and I actively encourage my students to do the same.

Having completed an M.A in Advanced Language Studies, I obtained my PGCE via the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, and have a keen interest in pedagogical approaches to language learning, particularly for students who speak English as an additional language outside the home.

Beyond the classroom I enjoy squash, football and swimming, as well as being an avid reader and guitar player. I am currently teaching myself the ukulele and trying to improve my Italian.

MFL Teacher Whole School: Michelle Majocha

My name is Michelle Majocha. I come from Limerick in Ireland, and I have been teaching abroad for almost 16 years. I have taught in London, Paris, Marseille, Dubai, Oman and Qatar. Travel is a passion of mine and I enjoy visiting new countries. My favourite part of travel is trying new food. I would ideally be a food critic if I were not a teacher. I have visited 32 countries and my aim is to visit at least 60 before I die!

I live in Qatar with my husband and our 2 sons. Brian is from Canada's West Coast so our sons have dual nationality. Hopefully, they will stay true to their Rocky Mountain heritage and be amazing skiers and snow boarders like their daddy!

We've been in the Middle East for eight years, and we plan on staying indefinitely. We love the lifestyle and community that we have found in Qatar. The worst part about living in Qatar is the Doha Stone - the extra stone in weight that you get from all of the delicious food! Luckily, we love sports in our family, so we manage to keep the weight off by working out together, swimming, running and playing other sports. The advantage of having good weather all year round makes this easier than it would be in Europe.

An interesting fact about me is that I am a thrill seeker - I have skydived, bungeed, dived with sharks and rafted down Grade 5 rapids on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. I like speed and adrenalin, although since I have had children, I have led a much calmer lifestyle! I also love books, music and friends. Outside of work, I enjoy meals with good company, walks in the countryside and live music.

I look forward to meeting all of the children and parents of RGSGQ in September, and to joining them on their journey to learning French. Teaching this beautiful language in a fun, interactive way is a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing my love for French with you all.

A très bientôt mes amis 😃

MFL Teacher Whole School: Jihane Stela

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MFL Teacher Whole School: Kristina Vasylyeva

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SEN Assistant: Janine Muller

I grew up in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa with my parents and older brother. School holidays were spent with family, often hiking in the Drakensburg mountains. After I completed my schooling I studied Occupational Therapy, completing my compulsory community service in a rural area bordering Mozambique, a truly memorable experience. Thereafter, I entered hospital based work where my passion for neuro-rehabilitation and paediatrics grew. I furthered my studies in these fields and finally opened my own practice in South Africa before following my husband to Qatar in 2012.

Since then I have worked in a number of settings as an Occupational Therapist and Nursery Teacher. My son, Noah, Joined the school in 2017 and I followed him in 2018 as a Teaching Assistant in year 5. My youngest son has joined the school into nursery this year.

I am passionate about helping children reach their best potential and believe that every child is unique and has special qualities, we just need to help them realise them. I look forward to working with Mrs. Downs in the Learning Support Department at RGSGQ.

ECA Coordinator: Chris Carter

Chris Carter joined RGSGQ in 2020 as the ECA Coordinator. He has a BA(Hons) in Business Management from the University of Staffordshire, additionally he holds high level coaching qualifications in both Football and Swimming. In his role within the school he oversees the extra-curricular activities for the school students during the week and the weekend extra program for students and the wider community. Previously, Chris served in the British Army for 24 years before joining the English Football Association as a National Training Manager, additionally he has experience as a CEO of various organisations and vast experience in youth development.

Chris has an ethos of ‘Service before Self’ and believes in the motto ‘Amino et Fide’ (With courage and faith). These can be seen in the passion he brings to his work and the enthusiasm he creates during his training session. He a notable addition to RGSGQ team and will drive the extra-curricular activities program forward with vigour and purpose.

RGSGQ is Chris’s third international school, however, is his first in Qatar. He is accompanied by his wife Mandy who is a Reception Teacher in the school, they enjoy representing the school outside of the normal day to day routine and appreciate the challenges the Royal Grammar School provides.

Lab Technician: Mrs Katherine Slipher

I was born in Portland, Oregon USA. I lived all over the world growing up as the daughter of a diplomat, and learned the love of travel.

I earned two degrees at Oregon State University, a BA in physical anthropology and a BS in Biology.
Before moving to Qatar, I worked in pathology and biomedical research.

I love sports such as swimming, basketball, cycling, and downhill skiing. I have had three lovely children since living in Qatar.

Head of Library: Mrs Charito Gutierrez

I am from Philippines, married and with four children. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology. I practiced my profession in Human Resources for four years, but my interest for working with children has taken me to the field of education. To be a licensed professional teacher, I pursued a course in education and managed to pass the licensure examination for teachers. I have been working in various schools for more than 10 years now.

I am proud to be part of distinctively reputable RGSGQ and grateful to be its librarian. Being around books has brought a wonderful environment for the pupils, fostering a love of reading. The good camaraderie we have built has given me more enthusiasm to fulfill the librarian's tasks, thus I make sure that everyone steps in the library will get the stunning book and my sincerest assistance.

When I am not working, I constantly communicate with my sons in the Philippines, to regularly on check them and spend time with my daughter, who is with me here in Doha. I help her with her revision, watch movies, and run at Aspire, sing karaoke and dance once in a while. I treasure being here in Qatar, but always look forward to seeing my home country and I hope to one day visit my sister and brother in Sweden and Italy.

Librarian: Mrs Edita Santos

I am originally from the Philippines. I studied Bachelor of Elementary Education and specialised in Early Childhood Education. A few years after obtaining my Professional Teaching License, I practiced my profession for a year in Montessori. I decided to move to Qatar and taught in the Jordanian School for Girls.

I learned to love the diversity of culture and people living here.

I love to travel with my husband to different places or countries that help me appreciate the beauty of nature. During my spare time I read books and watch movies. This time I want to explore the world of books which I believe, as Jacqueline Kennedy said, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all". 

Teaching Assitants

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Mrs Maricel Maesa Castillo, Mrs Analaine D. Ferreras, Mrs Reyscie Gois, Mrs Mary Abuda, Miss Sittie Malaco, Mrs Jehnna Galura, Mrs Chona Dimaculangan, Miss Monique Javier, Mrs Shruthi Valappil, Mrs Sarah Louise Marett, Mrs Roselle Adversalo, Mrs Maybelen Bodonal, Mrs Alma Delos Reyes, Mrs Marcy Tindugan, Mrs Corazon Razan, Mrs Sharone Castro, Miss Raveena Gollamandala, Miss Lani Barbosa, Miss Doris Magbanua, Miss Julie Galigao, Mrs Mariam Funilas , Mrs Mary Campomanes, Mrs Temitayo Opasina, Mrs Dhrisya Raghunath, Mrs Glaina Miranda, Miss Sittie Malaco, Mrs Carolyn Bautista, Miss Johayra Altamarino, Mrs Edaline Corvera, Mrs Leisette Elevera, Mrs Katherine Slipher

Nurse: Mrs Odessa Abanilla

I am a registered nurse originally from the Philippines and have been practicing my profession for quite some time now. I graduated from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Batangas, in 2005 and successfully qualified and obtained my Professional Licence a few months after I graduated.

I worked and served within my own country for five years as a Head Nurse, both in the Emergency Department and Medical Surgical ward before heading overseas for the first time to Saudi Arabia in 2010, where I was assigned as a Pediatric Emergency Nurse for two years. This opportunity opened up my passion and interest for child care. This journey of love continued when I was hired as one of the first Pediatric Emergency Nurses in Al Ahli Hospital in Doha in 2013.

And now, I am proud to say that I was the first School Nurse to be employed at the RGS way back in 2016, where the School and the clinic started up from scratch. I have had the opportunity of witnessing the challenging ups and downs of the School before it became what to what it is today.

Outside school, I used to sew, paint, and do different art works until my precious daughter arrived in April 2018, and now most of my time is spent with her and my husband.

Nurse: Miss. Renzielle Buagas

'Miss Renz” turned to “Nurse Renz” as children often call me at school. I’m a Filipina, graduated from San Pedro College in 2011, in my hometown Davao city. I passed the nursing board exam in December 2011, then started working as a private tutor in English in the afternoons and practiced training as an ophthalmology operating nurse in the mornings. I then became a fulltime nurse and assisted with Eye surgeries in the hospital and also in missionary surgeries, with organisations such as Operation Smile, HALAD and others. Following that I transferred to the emergency department.

Although I enjoyed working in the surgical theatre departments, in 2014, I moved to a government hospital, working within the operating and delivery room for two years to gain more experience. I then decided to have a new adventure which lead me to Qatar. In 2016 I worked in a homecare company, where I gained experience within a school, a company and worked with critical case patients amongst others. Eventually I found my way to RGS in 2018, where I initially worked as a Teaching Assistant before applying for the role of school nurse.

I love movies, sports and to travel and try new adventures. I have a positive outlook in life, and I am contented somehow with where life has led me.

Head of Admissions and Marketing: Miss Tamara Cain-Alie

I grew up in London and have lived there all my life before moving to Qatar in May 2016.

After Graduating from the University of Roehampton in Psychology and Counselling, I decided to pursue a career in Finance. I initially relocated to Qatar in 2016 to continue my career in Finance but soon learned that I wanted a change. I was seeking a new working environment that was fun, where no day was the same and that could offer personal growth - and where better to find these things than in a school!

I love the food, culture and weather in Qatar- even surprisingly when its super-hot outside, it beats the often grey sky in London! I am pleased to be a part of the admissions team for such a reputable school and look forward to the years ahead.

In my free time I love to travel and have been fortunate to visit both Bali and India this year and often enjoy visiting friends and family back home in the UK. I enjoy baking and love to shop, you will often find me in the Mall of Qatar in my free time.

My favorite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe but that is not what it is built for”.

Admissions Officer: Mrs Imane El-Bouayadi

Hello, my name is Imane, I was born in Rabat, in Morocco, where I completed my studies in Experimental Science.

My dream has always been to work in an international school. I started my career as a teacher in primary school, where I taught French language and Mathematics. Six years later, I joined my husband here in Doha where I worked as a Kids Club and Recreation Supervisor and also gained further experience within five-star hotels as a designated trainer. Throughout my career, I have completed several courses, such as ‘TK’ (Teaching Kids knowledge) which included classroom management, at the International House Institute; EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and CELTA Level 1 in French language, at the French Institute in Qatar. Additionally, I have Fire Warden and First Aid certificates. I also worked in an administration role at a Montessori nursery before finding my dream role at the RGSGQ, where I work as an admissions officer and ministry coordinator. I’m extremely proud of my role here especially being part of a wonderful team and environment.

Outside of school I enjoy shopping, travelling, reading and caring for my little family.

Head’s PA: Mrs Judith Jones

I am originally from South Wales in the UK and as soon as I’d graduated from art college I headed to Paris, France, to work as an illustrator and design assistant. I eventually returned to London; and soon after, I met my husband, then decided on a complete career change before heading overseas on our first expat’ posting.

I think I qualify as a long term British expatriate having lived and worked in the Caribbean, Bahrain, Syria, Russia (where I qualified to teach English as a foreign language) and I first arrived in Qatar in 2010, working as a writer/editor for two regional publications. This provided an opportunity to meet, interview and write about numerous interesting people, local and expatriate; and I appreciate being surrounded by and working with a spectrum of cultures and nationalities.

I’m proud to say I’m the first employee that RGSGQ enrolled; 20th March 2016, I became PA to the Head of School. From that first day, witnessing the creation of a brand new school come to life has been a colourful, rollercoaster of a journey; packed with challenges, dramas, achievements and rewards and I’ve learned far more than I expected to along the way.

When I’m not at the School, I love reading and sketching; and Qatar feeds my passion for art with its countless exhibitions; also I continue to write freelance articles, having a wealth of topics right on my doorstep; and there are all those malls . . . and all those restaurants . . . and of course there is always the gym, which is constantly on my ‘to do’ list.

Marketing Executive: Mr. Adnan Abusoud

Greetings! My name is Adnan Abusoud and I am from Chicago, Illinois in the United States. I am pleased to serve the RGSGQ community in my role as the Head of Marketing.

Before commencing my international journey, I studied Political Science at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois a small suburb 20 minutes outside of Chicago. Upon graduating, I decided to move to Qatar with my family and accepted a position at Qatar University, recruiting for their Admin staff. I feel honored to work with such a diverse and dynamic group of students, staff, and teachers at RGSGQ.

I enjoy spending time with my dog, kayaking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, basketball, football, reading and traveling.

Admin Support: Mr. Noufal Thazhathu Veettil

I am originally from the Southern part of India. After graduating in commerce, I completed a diploma in Graphic Design and then worked as a designer in India for three years, in various fields, before my move to Qatar where I initially took up work as a photographer alongside a designer.

I am so glad to be working in the educational sector and I am proud of my work. I am delighted to start a new chapter with the Royal Grammar School. It has been a marvellous experience so far and I enjoy working as a support to the admin team.

In my free time, I like to do Art work and I love to draw portraits of people and nature in Pencil, Watercolour and Oil painting. I also love to cook and like to create some of my own recipes, whilst also using YouTube for inspiration.

I like to watch horror and thriller movies and I thoroughly enjoy listening to music, especially from Bollywood and Hollywood.

Head of HR: Mawia Halaseh

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Head of IT: Mr. Madhan Joy

After pursuing a Computer Science and Engineering degree in India I started my journey in the field of Information Technology as IT Support with a private company in India, utilizing my academic professional knowledge for two years.

I initially flew to Qatar in 2010 and joined an advertising company where I worked for a year. Subsequently, I joined my second company in Qatar and committed myself for 6 years wherein I have been able to further strengthen my technical acumen and developed skills in IT. This knowledge has enabled me to operate in servers and networks and master multiple IT skills like virtualization etc. Throughout this period of employment, I gained experience of working in numerous environments such as Aviation, Education, Automobiles, Trading, manufacturing and contracting, Maritime, Sports and fitness. It was a wonderful opportunity for me.

Having worked in the education sector with more than 3000 students and 500 teachers and staff, I can say that I am equipped in fulfilling the RGSGQ vision and mission in the field of Information Technology support. I feel honored and proud to be part of RGSGQ, in being able to contribute not only my ideas from my previous experiences but my general passion for innovation for the success of the organization. The people and environment in RGSGQ are amazing and very welcoming.

Some of my favorite leisure activities aside from family quality time are reading books, music, movies, and travelling. During my spare time, I am always engaged in sports activities such as football, badminton, volleyball, swimming and running. Also, I keep learning new technologies and courses online to keep me updated on my profession.

IT Officer: Mr Prem Reginald

I am originally from a coastal village in south India. Having completed my diploma in Computer Science I started my career as an IT technician in India and worked there for over eight years. I then decided to move to Qatar in 2017 in order to increase my career growth, and so I joined an interior design company as an IT support. Following that I was given the opportunity to work as an IT officer at RGS where I am gaining good experience, working amongst children in an educational environment; and I feel happy to be part of the RGS family.

My hobbies are hearing good music, basketball, computer games and I enjoy singing my favorite songs.

School Drivers

Mr. Mohammed Ajahar, Mr. Ibrahim Husein Ali and Mr Sirajul Islam Miah