Preparatory School and Early Years Teachers
Meet the Preparatory School and Early Years Teachers at Brighton College Dubai
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 Natalie Clayton
Natalie has experience teaching in both the UK and international schools where her teaching has been consistently rated as outstanding.
She has worked as an Education Consultant for the highly regarded Ruth Miskin Training, playing a pivotal role in training schools in the UK and overseas in phonics and literacy. More recently, Natalie has led projects working with the UK’s Department for Education on raising standards in reading in schools.
Natalie joins us from Manchester, UK. with her husband Greg and their two children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebecca Meads is a preparatory teacher from the UK, who has worked in a range of year groups in schools across North and South London. Before joining Brighton College Dubai, she taught Year 2 at Chepstow House School in West London for two years.
Rebecca's passion is working within the Pre-Prep school as she believes this is when children develop key skills that will set them up on their lifelong learning journey. She is a dedicated and passionate teacher who believes that support, understanding and mutual respect are important aspects to a child flourishing.
Ms Katie Maher
Katie is a passionate educator from Manchester who has a strong commitment towards identifying and nurturing talents of each and every pupil in the classroom and beyond. For the past two years she has been embracing the opportunities that teaching in Dubai has offered.
A highlight of her teaching career was creating a school choir which was chosen amongst thousands of applicants to perform at a televised memorial concert in the centre of Manchester three years ago.
Ms Charlotte Suthers
Charlotte is from the North East of England and went to Manchester to study Economics at university. She has worked with a range of year groups from Year 1 up to Year 6.
Throughout that time, she has undertaken roles including Music Lead and Assessment Lead and has engaged in many academic studies and research projects to develop teaching and learning.