Preparatory School and Early Years Teachers
Meet the Preparatory School and Early Years Teachers at Brighton College Dubai
Please note that the full staff list will be published ahead of the start of academic year.
Mrs Katy Cooke
Katy joins Brighton College Dubai after 5 years as Head of Reception at Dulwich Prep London in the UK, one of the UKs most prestigious/sought after prep schools, following 3 years of working for the NGO Jay Pritzker Academy in Cambodia where she helped to set up and run a pre-kindergarten of two classes for children whom education previously had been inaccessible.
Katy was educated at Birmingham City University, gaining a First Class Honours degree in Primary Education with QTS. She is a passionate and nurturing educator with a great deal of knowledge about the UK prep school system.
Mr Rhys Thomas
Rhys was educated at Barnard Castle School in Durham then returned to Wales where alongside playing international rugby 7s, he studied English Language at Swansea University. He has spent the last four years in Ascot as a school master teaching English, coaching various sports and running the extracurricular programme.
Rhys said: “I am incredibly excited to join the team at Brighton College Dubai. Making lessons interactive and memorable are key features I strive for in my teaching and with one of the most vibrant cities and cultures right on our doorstep, I cannot wait to meet the pupils and start the school year!”.
Ms Michelle Speight
Michelle comes to the school with 22 years of teaching experience, having previously taught in England for 8 years, then at international schools in Brazil, Thailand and Germany. She comes from Bradford in the north of England and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree, specialising in Maths and Science. She has taught all Grades from Reception to Grade 6 and has been the subject co-ordinator with responsibility for Maths, History and Music. She is very much looking forward to coming to Dubai and being part of something new, seeing a school grow from the beginning and all the exciting challenges that come with that.
Mrs Lisa Davage
Lisa has over 8 years of teaching experience and was educated at the University of Portsmouth in the UK where she studied Psychology, she then went on to obtain QTS in Primary Education in East Sussex. After an initial two years teaching in the UK, Lisa moved to Abu Dhabi where she spent five years teaching, alongside raising a young family. Most recently Lisa has been Foundation Stage leader for an ‘Outstanding’ school in East Sussex up until the birth of her third child. Lisa is now looking forward to returning to the UAE where she has many friends and family to be re-united with. Lisa says “I am excited to bring my family to Dubai where I feel we will be very happy. I am looking forward to the exciting journey ahead with the new Brighton College team”.
Mrs Alesha Dublin
Alesha comes from London, England. She has been working in Early Years for just over 11 years and has been living in the UAE for 10 years. This year will be her seventh year teaching within the Brighton College Schools.
Early Years is Alesha's passion and what she is looking forward to most is working with a team who also share the same passion of creating an outstanding high-learning environment within the Early Years. Alesha is also looking forward to continuing to encourage open-ended learning that establishes and enables so many opportunities for the pupils as they embark on a journey and a love of learning.