Senior School Teachers
Meet the Senior School Teachers at Brighton College Dubai
Mrs Rachael Thompson
Rachael is originally from Scotland and attended the University of Stirling; leaving with an Honours Degree in English Studies, History and Professional Education.
After leaving university, she started her teaching career in Perth, UK before being appointed as an English Teacher, and then later being promoted to Principal Teacher of Personal Support. As a result of this, she has a keen interest in pupils’ pastoral needs and she tries to instil in pupils the belief that hard work and resilience are two of the most important attributes. Rachael has over seven years of teaching experience including experience in international education and in meeting the needs of a diverse range of pupils.
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 Stephen Artus
Stephen is an actor, director, theatre maker and Drama teacher. He has been working in theatre and film ever since he got his first professional acting job at the age of 6 weeks old. As a teacher with 22 years’ experience he has worked in a wide variety of schools in the UK, including two leading independent schools. He has most recently been working in the Middle East.
Stephen has directed nearly 100 school productions including Henry V, Hairspray, Les Misérables and Cabaret. He is passionate about developing Drama in the classroom and seeing the pupils perform, design, write and direct productions at Brighton College Dubai.
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 Hend El Tomaily
‘Arabic is a unique language, and we should be unique in delivering it.’ This is Hend’s 11th year of teaching Arabic; she teaches with passion for this unique language so that her pupils develop a desire to become life-long learners.
Hend is Egyptian and went to Cairo university to earn her Bachelor’s degree and Pre-Master. Also, she has a high diploma in Education (Linguistics and Methodology) and an international certificate in teaching Arabic from the American University of Cairo.
In her Arabic class, she works hard to accomplish speech and language goals, but also loves to keep things fun. She uses the language to cater to the pupil’s needs, interest, and age level. Listening and speaking will be emphasised and practiced throughout the year. Pupils will be building upon their previous knowledge of the language and expanding it so that it can be used outside the classroom
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.
Mrs Madhulika Badhe
Madhu has a postgraduate qualification in Information Management from the London Metropolitan University and has been working as a qualified librarian for over 20 years in the UK and Dubai. Prior to joining BCD, she worked as a founding school librarian at a leading British school in Dubai setting up the primary and secondary libraries there.
She is passionate about helping children become lifelong readers, independent learners and discerning users of information. She firmly believes that these skills are essential for all round success and aims to use her experience and knowledge to develop and nurture these in pupils at Brighton College Dubai.
Ms Simone Brown
Simone is an experienced professional Singer and Music Educator from Brisbane, Australia. After accumulating over 10 years of professional performance experience throughout Australia, Europe and the USA Simone turned her hand to education, and for the past 4 years has taught Music, Performing Arts and English in both Australian and IB Diploma schools. During this time, she has also served as the director of various vocal programmes and run a private vocal studio.
She holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching from the University of Southern Queensland.
Simone is passionate about the transformative power of Music and believes that Music and the Arts are essential components in providing the kind of holistic education that ensures our pupils are lifelong learners who aspire, create, collaborate and innovate for a better tomorrow.
Mrs Yasmin Sabri
Originally from London, Yasmin has over 9 years of Science teaching experience in England, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. She is a Biology specialist with a Masters in Neuroscience from University College London. Her wider passion for Education and Science led her to pursue a Masters in Education (Leading Innovation & Change) as well as advanced training in Physics teaching.
Yasmin is a STEM advocate who believes in applying classroom academics to real-life scientific and technological projects whilst ensuring individual learning is engaging, challenging and tailored.
Ms Joanne Yates
Joanne originates from Cheshire in the UK but was also educated for two of her senior school years here in Dubai. Jo was awarded a Joint Honours Degree in Mathematics and Psychology at Birmingham University and her Post Graduate Teaching Certificate at Manchester University.
Joanne has taught Mathematics for 11 years, initially at Lymm High School in Cheshire and for the last 7 years here in Dubai. Jo brings a wealth of experience to Brighton College Dubai having previously undertaken the roles of both Head of Mathematics and Year Leader and is passionate about ensuring her pupils enjoy her subject as much as she does.
Mr Sameh Eskander
Sameh began his teaching career following brief periods in engineering and accountancy. Having gained a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering, Sameh was selected for the Teach First Graduate Programme, an esteemed graduate programme and an educational charity dedicated to addressing educational disadvantage in the UK. Following this, Sameh moved to Qatar where he spent two years teaching at an international school. He then moved to Shanghai, China to work in a brand new British International School where he worked as the Head of Academics for the Senior School.
Sameh has a passion for and talent for public speaking and coaching. He is an active member of Toastmasters International.
Mrs Kayleigh Eskander
Kayleigh began her teaching career in the UK as a French and Spanish teacher in Telford where she completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. This is an educational charity dedicated to addressing educational disadvantage in the UK. After completing the two-year programme in 2014, she moved to Doha, Qatar to begin her international teaching experience. In the Middle East, Kayleigh worked as a Head of Year and gained invaluable insight into life in a different culture.
Having taught in Dulwich Puxi, China, Kayleigh thoroughly enjoyed immersing herself into life in China and completed several Mandarin was exams. She enjoys working with pupils to help them develop socially and emotionally, as well as pushing them academically to become the best they can be.
Ms Elaine O’Kane
Originally from Ireland, Elaine has been a qualified teacher for almost 15 years. English Literature is her first and greatest love, but she’s also taught Media Studies, Psychology, Drama, Religious Studies and Theory of Knowledge. She worked across the UK and Northern Ireland before spending the past four years teaching both the British and International Baccalaureate curriculums on the international circuit. During that time Elaine ran the Media Studies department and most recently worked as Head of English.
Ms Sinéad Duggan
Sinéad is originally from Co. Limerick, Ireland and is pursuing a new teaching role at Brighton College Dubai. Sinéad holds an honours degree in History, Irish and EAL. Sinéad has also received her Professional Masters of Education from the University of Limerick.
Sinéad has experience teaching in Irish schools and has received positive feedback from colleagues and pupils. Sinéad is passionate about creating a culture of learning while also promoting pupils’ wellbeing and growth both inside and outside the classroom. She regularly assists with extra-curricular activities that benefit pupils.
Mrs Hayley Charlton
Hayley has spent nineteen years as a digital strategist, leader and teacher and during that time she has developed highly effective leadership skills at whole school level. Hayley has worked across the UK’s education sector, including teaching at top 100 independent day and boarding Schools.
Hayley holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Information Systems and has been at the forefront of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, which have led to outstanding results. Hayley is also a fully qualified NLP Coach, Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher and her true passion is helping students to reach their true potential.
Mr Yasser Harb
Mr Harb brings 25 years of experience teaching Arabic to IGCSE and Edexcel GCE, Advanced Subsidiary and Arabic as a second language. He joins us from Al Rowad International School, Riyadh where he has been Head of Arabic for the last 15 years leading a large and successful team.
As well as his background in Arabic language and Islamic Studies, Mr Harb holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology.
Ms Grace Anane-Agyei
Grace is an enthusiastic Chemistry specialist originating from London with experience teaching Science to KS2, 3, 4 and 5 in England and the United Arab Emirates. Her BSc degree in Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences, experience teaching several different exam specifications (including OCR, Edexcel and AQA) and experience as a GCSE and A Level examiner has enabled her to create outstanding, engaging and stimulating lessons from which her pupils benefit massively.
Grace is passionate in ensuring that teaching and learning is focused on individual pupil’s progress and attainment, supporting pupils to develop adept scientific skills and reasoning that will reinforce their development into mature scientists.