Preparatory School and Early Years Teachers
Meet the Preparatory School and Early Years Teachers at Brighton College Dubai
Mrs Katy Cooke
Katy joined Brighton College Dubai after five years as Head of Reception at Dulwich Prep London in the UK, one of the UKs most prestigious/sought after prep schools, following three 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 previously spent four years in Ascot as a school master teaching English, coaching various sports and running the extracurricular programme.
Ms Michelle Speight
Michelle has over 23 years of teaching experience, having previously taught in England for eight 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 year groups from Reception to Year 6 and has been the subject co-ordinator with responsibility for Maths, History and Music.
Mrs Karen Furlong
Karen is a preparatory teacher from Wales, UK who has experience teaching EYFS and KS1 in a range of schools, including independent, Montessori and within a global organisation. She is a naturally creative teacher who has run successful STEAM clubs and set up STEAM days with engineers and scientists. She has prepared children for speech, acting and public speaking exams with the London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has a 100% exam pass rate. Karen is a qualified forest school leader and has recently trained in London as a mindfulness for children coach with the Mindfulness in Schools Paws B Project.
Her philosophy is that well-being, positive mental health and happiness in school are the key to boosting child development.
Mrs Lisa Davage
Lisa has over 10 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 before joining BCD in 2019.
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 ninth-year teaching within the Brighton College Schools.
Early Years is Alesha's passion and she is happy to be working with a team who also share the same passion of creating an outstanding high-learning environment within the Early Years. Alesha continues 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.
Mr Greg Clayton
Greg has spent the last seven years teaching at The Manchester Grammar School, where he has played a fundamental role in the growth of the Junior School. Throughout his career, Greg has undertaken a range of senior and middle leadership roles and is a dedicated classroom teacher. Greg is also passionate about co-curricular pursuits and sport. He is a qualified cricket coach who assists and manages various county age groups and overseas tours at Lancashire Cricket Club. He also plays an active role in the recruitment of talented youth players for Manchester United FC – the team he supports!Greg’s career to date illustrates his passion and commitment to providing an enriching experience for pupils and colleagues, parents and the wider community in a partnership, which helps pupils meet challenging standards.
Mr Christopher Armstrong
Originally from Belfast in Ireland, Christopher spent the first part of his career working as a class teacher in a range of different settings before moving to Dubai where he has spent the last two years teaching in a National Curriculum of England school.
Christopher’s teaching philosophy is centred around building relationships with his pupils based on a foundation of mutual respect. He loves to challenge his pupils and is a firm believer in the power of education to inspire and transform the lives of young people.
Christopher received his Bachelor of Education from Stranmillis University College in Belfast and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Catholic Religious Education from the University of Glasgow.
Mr Calum Callaway
Calum brings 10 years of experience teaching in British primary schools, having taught across KS1 and KS2 in a variety of schools in the South West, most recently in the World Heritage City of Bath. His Masters in Social Research focused on the key factors affecting KS1 assessment data, expertise he has shared with colleagues and leadership teams to accelerate pupil progress and secure improved outcomes.
Calum has in recent years worked hard to raise the profile of sport and to promote active lifestyles in his role as Sports and PE Lead, something he is very passionate about both in his professional and personal life. Calum joins Brighton College with a strong and driven commitment to delivering excellence in the classroom for every child.
Ms Jane Farrow
Originally from Sheffield, Jane has been a qualified teacher for 26 years and brings with her a wealth of educational and pastoral experience. A dedicated and motivated class teacher, who has achieved excellent results, she has taught for much of her career at the most outstanding schools in Norwich across all year groups from Reception to Year 6 (KS1/2).
She has undertaken several management positions including: Head of History, Head of House, Senior Tutor and Head of English. In addition, she has been Head of the Common Room, Head of the School Council and the staff representative in governors’ meetings. She has also enjoyed lots of involvement in a plethora of co-curricular and outreach activities.
Jane joins us from Norwich School where she has taught for the last nine years; in 2017 it was voted the top independent school in East Anglia. Most recently, she has had a major involvement in the start-up of the pre-prep department at the school which opened in September 2018
Mrs Méabh Rohan
Méabh hails from Ireland and has been working as a qualified teacher for the past 14 years. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in German and Russian from Dublin Institute of Technology and a PGCE from Liverpool Hope University. Méabh is a highly dedicated and resourceful teacher and is always committed to getting the best out of her pupils.
Méabh has spent the last 8 years of her teaching career teaching in British curriculum schools in Dubai and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience across all age groups. She also worked as an EAL teacher and looks forward to instilling her passion for languages onto the children.