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.
Mr Simon Leask
Simon joins the College having been part of the inaugural team at Brighton College Bangkok, where he was House Master and English Coordinator. Joining Simon are his wife, Clare and two daughters Molly and Amber. They have been working internationally for 8 years at both the prestigious Shrewsbury International School Bangkok and the HMI school, British School Jakarta. In previous roles, Simon has been Head of Key Stage, Head of Year, Lead Teacher, ICT Coordinator and Sports Coordinator. Simon is passionate about 21st Century skills, technology and connected learning.
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 Kathryn Kelly
Kathryn has 18 years’ experience teaching across the Primary and Middle Years, including roles as Head of Year and Head of Department as well as working as a Lead Teacher for Mathematics and Computing within the Local Authority. She has a degree in Engineering, and a PGCE from the University of Worcester.
Brighton College Dubai will be her fifth school, her most recent experience being at Brighton College Abu Dhabi. She has moved to Dubai with her husband and son. Kathryn is excited to be part of the start-up team and is looking forward to supporting each child as they develop as individuals.
Mrs Helen Sale
Helen is from Lancashire, UK and was educated at St. Martin’s College, Ambleside where she studied BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS and specialised in RE. She has been teaching for 15 years and has a wealth of experience in Early Years and across the Primary phase.
Throughout Helen's teaching career, she has led department teams and an Early Years phase, before moving to embark on the challenge of opening a brand new school in Lancashire. Helen was one of the founding teachers of the school and successfully completed her National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) for developing and implementing Reading and Phonics across the school, whilst supporting and coaching teachers. Last year she also set up and opened the Nursery in the school. Helen has a passion for developing experiences that encourages pupils to develop a love of learning.
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.