Senior School Teachers
Meet the Senior School Teachers at Brighton College Dubai
Mrs Sarah Gannon
Sarah read French at the University of Leeds and has worked in both France and New Zealand. She has 10 years of teaching experience and following six years leading a successful Modern Foreign Languages department in England. In addition to the role of Head of Faculty, Sarah has experience in working as Professional Mentor for trainee teachers, and as Lead Teacher earlier in her career.
Sarah says "Languages are my passion and the Brighton College ethos embodies all that I believe is imperative in shaping future generations of well-rounded, inquisitive, resilient individuals. I believe that learning does not end when a pupil leaves the classroom and I aim to inspire young people through a creative and individualised approach to teaching".
Mr Tariq Bell
Tariq joins Brighton College Dubai with seventeen years of educational experience that has seen him lead teams in outstanding schools in London, Hong Kong and Dubai. Having taught both British and International Baccalaureate curriculums, over recent years Tariq has been Vice Principal of a school in Dubai, as well as being the founding Head of Secondary.
With a wealth of leadership experience and having line managed every senior school subject, Tariq joined the Brighton College family supporting the development of an engaging and innovative curriculum that merges academics with enrichment. Tariq is excited about community partnerships and opportunities that the College offers its young learners.
Mr Ian Overton
Ian was already a member of the Brighton College Family before joining BDD, having been at Brighton College Al Ain. He has been in the region for nine years where he was a junior boarding master while teaching PE and Games. He read his undergraduate degree at the renowned sports institute, Loughborough University, then gained his PGCE at the University of Exeter.
Ian brings unrivalled experience to Brighton College Dubai sport having gained international honours in Rugby Union, Rugby 7's, Rugby League and basketball, as well as a number of professional clubs. Coaching and developing young sports men and women is now his number one passion, and he hopes his immense passion for sport will help inspire the pupils to live very successful and healthy lives.
Ms Sarah Whitbread
Sarah joined BCD from London where she was teaching for five years. Sarah completed her teacher training at St Mary’s University College Twickenham, before embarking on her first post at a secondary school in East London for two years. Five years ago she moved into the independent sector where she worked alongside a team to set up and build a PE department.
Sarah has a strong passion for endurance based training and artistic sports. Her areas of expertise include athletics, netball, dance, hockey, cross country and trampolining. She enjoys inspiring the next generation of athletes to be successful.
Ms Ashley Ibbitson
Ashley moved to Dubai from Harrogate where she left her posts as the Sixth Form Housemistress and a Teacher of Art, Photography, Textiles and PE. Before moving to North Yorkshire, she worked in Lancashire as a Deputy Houseparent and Teacher of Art and PE.
Originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, Ashley completed her Art Foundation year at Batley School of Art and Design. She moved to Leicestershire to read Fine Art at Loughborough University before completing her PGCE at the University of Cumbria.
After six years teaching experience in Boarding, where she has lived with and been responsible for the academic and pastoral care of pupils from all over the world, Ashley has enjoyed the experience of living and working abroad.
Mr David Jolly
David came to Dubai with 14 years teaching experience, after four successful years as Head of Faculty in Cornwall, England where he led a diverse range of technology subjects and design conscious initiatives. Prior to that he was Head of Year in Jakarta, Indonesia where he developed a love of international communities and cultural diversity. David is passionate about the contribution that Design Technology plays in educating the whole child. He believes that by elevating each one to the level of designer, we better prepare them to meet the practical challenges of the 21st Century.
Mr Khaled Omar
Khaled has over 20 years’ teaching experience and has taught Arabic A&B Islamic A&B, and also Arabic calligraphy in Dubai. Prior to Dubai, Khaled has taught in Texas, USA for three years. He has taught Arabic and Islamic across Year 7 to Year 12 to a wide range of abilities.
Khaled is very enthusiastic about ICT and uses an interactive whiteboard and a wide range of teaching methods – including songs, games, mimes and pair work activities – to deliver his lessons to pupils with a very wide range of abilities.
Mrs Marwa Hamdy
Marwa has a Bachelor’s degree in educational Arabic and Islamic, and is currently studying a higher diploma in the academic standards of teaching Arabic.
She has taught at schools in Egypt and the UAE for 11 years and has participated in living Arabic with the KHDA by designing workshops and publishing action research in raising the standard of teaching Arabic. Marwa has also introduced a new program in phonics and participated in His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic Language Award.
Marwa believes every child is a unique child, and she strives to inspire innovation by creating a positive environment which paves the journey to their future.
Mrs Dimple Bahl
After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Dimple gained extensive classroom experience working in a dynamic infant school in London for nearly 12 years, teaching Early Years through to Key stage 1.
Her move to Abu Dhabi and subsequently Dubai gave her the opportunity to work for two large International Schools where she was also able to pursue her passion for Special Needs Education working as a SEN teacher across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Her interest in supporting pupils with varying needs has inspired her to continue learning and she is currently completing her Masters in Special Education Needs.
She explains that “Having lived in the UAE for nearly 10 years now this is home and a good place from which to travel and see the rest of the world. I look forward to welcoming our pupils and parents as we embark together on new adventures and experiences.”
Mrs Sara Caroppo
Sara is a qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and works primarily with young people and families. Back in 2009 she co-founded the Incontro Counselling Agency in Rome, in order to offer an easier-to-access service to those who have already had difficulties accessing mainstream support. After completing her Undergraduate Degree in Integrative Counselling, gaining a strong understanding of individual and Family therapy, she focused her interest on children and young people by undertaking a MSc at The University of Northampton where she acquired a deep understanding of issues affecting children and adolescents nowadays.
In 2017 Sara qualified as an EAP Counsellor and collaborated with the London branch of Workplace Options as a telephone Counsellor and Case manager gaining the most exhaustive expertise in terms of crisis management and risk assessment. Before joining Brighton College, Sara was the Psychosocial Lead and Health & Wellbeing Counsellor at Compass London, for which she provided in-school counselling programmes and delivered outreach services including workshops and tailored interventions to young people aged 11-19 years old.
Alongside her commitment within the public sector, she kept on running her own private practice offering specialised systemic counselling to young people and families. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (MBACP) she is fully committed to working within their ethical guidelines and to her ongoing professional and personal development.
Tony has been teaching Maths for twenty four years and holds an excellent track record of securing excellent outcomes for pupils. His experiences to date as a teacher and senior leader are wide-ranging; he has experience of special schools, international schools, new start schools and academies.
Alongside his teaching commitment, he has been an Assistant Head Teacher in Manchester for the past 15 years responsible for: curriculum development, assessment, timetabling and the training of new teachers. He looks forward to sharing his creativity and passion for maths with the pupils of Brighton College.
Kari is currently the House Mistress of Hampden House and teaches Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Education. Before entering the classroom, Kari was a Research Scientist at the University Hospital of South Manchester.
In her role as a Senior Chemistry and Biology teacher, Kari's team helped to secure some of the best GCSE and A levels exam marks in the UAE. She graduated in 2007 from Queens University, North Carolina with a BSc Biochemistry Minor, following a full sports scholarship in lacrosse. She completed her PGCE at the University of Manchester and taught at Casterton School and the Blue Coat School before moving to the Brighton family in 2014.
Originally from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, Manny has worked across all Key Stages at OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ schools. Manny holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Computing and Management Systems and has a passion for technology, vision and strategy.
He has an extensive technical background that allows him to validate technology solutions and find new disruptive vendors. In addition, he holds several additional qualifications including Certified Apple Teacher, Seesaw Ambassador and International Safeguarding and Child Protection Training Level 1, 2 & 3.
Natasha is from Lancashire in the United Kingdom and studied Drama and Performing arts at Salford University in Manchester. She worked professionally as an actor performing in stage plays and toured nationally doing Theatre in Education.
Natasha moved to the UAE four years ago where she has taught and set up a Drama Department from scratch in a British school in Abu Dhabi. She looks forward to continuing to grow the Drama Department at Brighton College Dubai.