Primary Teaching Staff

Head of Pre-Prep School

Deirdre Greaney

Ms Greaney joined The British School in January 2012 as FS2 class teacher and was promoted to Head of Pre-Prep in April 2013. Ms Greaney spent a number of years teaching in  Ireland and the Red Sea in Sharm and El Gouna. Ms Greaney studied Economics and Maths before completing her PGCE. She enjoys visiting her family here and in Ireland during the holidays and she enjoys Zumba and Kick boxing when she gets the time to visit the gym.


Foundation Stage 1 White / Deputy Head of Pre-Prep

Alyson Yadlin

Alyson Yadlin gained a BA degree in education from the Wits University in Johannesburg. Since, she has constantly aimed to improve herself and gain further knowledge for the benefit of her students. She is a qualified play therapist, has a degree in fine arts, a PGCE and Early Years Professional Status. An avid traveler she has taught in UK, Botswana, Fiji and for the last 4 years she has been the Head of Early Years at CZTIS Changhzhou China. Outside of teaching, her main interests are her family including her two lovely cats, and any spare time is dedicated to reading.    


Foundation Stage 1 Red

Gwenaëlle Techer

Gwen was born on a French Island in the Indian Ocean called La Reunion. After studying English and American literature and civilisation in Toulouse, South of France she worked in British schools as a foreign language assistant which triggered a passion for education. Gwen qualified as a teacher in Swansea Wales and went on to teach in various schools in London where she has worked and gained experience in Early Years for six years. Gwen decided to move onto new adventures and is eager to work at British School Alexandria and to discover the Egyptian culture. 


Foundation Stage 1 Blue

Kandace Charlery

Ms Charlery graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. She has since gone on to qualify as a teacher, working at inner-city London schools for a number of years. Moving to Alexandria with her small family, she feels this is a perfect opportunity to broaden her horizons whilst continuing her passion to teach. In her free time, Kandace is looking forward to exploring different parts of Egypt and embracing the Egyptian culture. 


Foundation Stage 2 Blue

Rebecca McLaughlin

Mrs McLaughlin joined the Pre-Prep team in August 2014. She graduated from Stranmillis University College, Belfast with a Bachelor of Education Primary (Hons) in July 2010. This is her eigth year teaching in Egypt. Mrs McLaughlin loves going to the pool and the beach with her family here in Egypt. Mrs McLaughlin loves to travel, especially to visit her family in Ireland, during the school holidays.


Foundation Stage 2 Red

Colette Rowley

Colette Rowley has travelled to Alexandria with her husband and four children, Isla (10), Jacob (8), Mae (6) and Emelia (9 months), who will also be attending Bsalex. Having taught FS2 in a small village school in rural Dorset, England for the last four years she is excited to be embarking on her first teaching post abroad. 

Colette graduated from Cardiff University in 2000, followed by completing her PGCE specialising in Early Years, and has over the years, taught all year groups in the primary phase. She has a special interest in outdoor learning and learning through play and has, in her last post, enjoyed creating a forest school from scratch. She has also recently completed her National Award for Special Educational Needs.

When she has time, Colette enjoys reading, travelling, spending time with her family and running with her dog. 


Foundation Stage 2 White

Laura Cassidy

Miss Cassidy is from Ireland, where she studied art and design before obtaining her PGCE in London. She began her teaching career working in the Foundation Stage in a school in London, where she enjoyed working creativity to support the children’s learning and development. Following her passion for Art, Miss Cassidy then worked as a specialist art teacher in London, Dublin and Cambodia teaching in the Early Years and throughout the Primary Years. Miss Cassidy enjoys living in Alexandria and in her spare time she likes to explore different parts of Egypt and learn about the history and culture. She enjoys being active at the gym, learning yoga, walking and running. 


Year 1 White

Laureesha Fuller

Miss Fuller is from the Birmingham area of the West Midlands in the UK where she lives with her large extended family. Before starting at BSA she taught for 11 years in schools within the Birmingham area, teaching in FS1, FS2 and Year 1 as well as leading RWI and KS1. Miss Fuller has a passion for the early years and believes that children need a strong foundation to build a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

Miss Fuller enjoys reading, working out when she has the time and travelling. She is looking forward to exploring Egypt and the rich culture and history it has to offer in addition to other countries in the surrounding area.


Year 1 Blue / Head of Primary PSHCE

Jessica Atkey

Ms Atkey is from Southampton, a big city in the United Kingdom. She studied at Goldsmiths University in London and obtained a PGCE in 2012. After two years teaching in inner city London, she travelled to Cambodia and taught at the British School in the capital, Phnom Penh. Ms Atkey has a particular interest in teaching through drama and creativity. She loves to travel and is always looking for her next adventure! 



Year 1 Red

Tomas Evans

Tomas is from Liverpool and completed his PGDE in John Moores University. Tomas in his spare time enjoys playing football and table tennis and is a big fan of Liverpool. Tomas enjoys travelling and has already spent a year teaching at the British School of Alexandria. Tomas is really enjoying his experience thus far and hopes to learn more about the history and culture of Egypt.


Year 2 Red

Bilkis Umerji

Mrs Umerji has worked at the BSA for one year in FS1 which she enjoyed very much. She is now the Year 2 Red class teacher.  She has moved to Alexandria with her Husband Kal, daughter Khadeejah who is aged 5 and her son Muhammad-Ibraheem aged 3. Her children are the centre of her life and most of her free time is spent with them. Mrs Umerji has visited Egypt as a tourist four times, including Alexandria and she has enjoyed all her visits. 

She studied 'BA (Hons) in Primary Education' and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 and as part of her degree she taught English in Sweden for 3 months. She started her first teaching job in September 2008 in Blackburn (her home town) and she has worked in Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys gaining some valuable experiences and embracing the Egyptian culture. 


Year 2 White

Helen Peacock

Miss Peacock comes from a small village in England, located about one hour away from Manchester. She is a fully qualified Primary teacher, who qualified in Liverpool. She first studied French and International Development and then completed her PGCE at Liverpool Hope University. After this, she taught in Qatar for two years, Dubai for two years and she is now excited to explore a new country, whilst teaching in Year 2 at the British School of Alexandria. Outside of school, Miss Peacock loves to travel and to learn about new cultures. Every year, she volunteers in Ghana with 'Send A Smile,' where she teaches, creates libraries and takes children on trips around their local area. She also enjoys swimming (though is not as good as she used to be!), she plays the piano and likes going to the cinema. 


Year 2 Blue

Raphael Dobbin

Mr Dobbin comes from SouthWest London in England and lives with his wife and two daughters aged 8 & 4-years old. He achieved his bachelor degree at Portsmouth university (UK) and his PGCE School Direct qualification at London Southbank university (UK). During his PGCE course he taught a Year 2 class and also prepared them for their SATS and moderation which were both a success. He has completed his NQT year teaching a Year 3 class in London. He’s imbibed all the tales and legends about Egypt with glee and is eager to experience the beauties and pleasures of Alexandria. He is excited about teaching Year 2 at BSA this September and is delighted to meet the ever-buoyant BSA team.


Head of Prep School and PPA teacher / PSHCE

Jayney Lucas

Miss Jayney Lucas joined the Prep School team in October 2010. Miss Lucas studied a Bachelor of Education at the University of Bangor in Wales specialising in Primary Education. She has taught in a range of Primary schools in the UK and has also spent a lengthy time teaching in several British schools in Egypt. She has had experience in teaching year groups from 1-6, but prefers teaching in Keystage 2. She enjoys reading updates about education and has completed different courses, which has involved leading different projects within school. In her spare time, she enjoys attending spinning classes and exercising.



Year 3 Blue and Deputy Head of Prep

Darren Brady

Mr. Darren Brady joined the Prep School in August 2018. He is from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Mr. Brady gained his teaching qualification from the University of Gloucestershire, a Bachelor of Education in Primary Education. He has taught in schools in London and Christchurch, Dorset before moving to an international school in Prague. After 7 ½ years teaching there, he moves into a new role at BSA. He has experience in teaching from Year 2 to Year 6. Mr. Brady is very excited about moving to Egypt as this is his first venture outside of Europe. In his spare time he loves watching and playing sports and also reading as many books as he can!


Year 3 White

Elizabeth Cuthbertson

Miss Cuthbertson is known by the children and she teaches as Miss C. She completed her 3 year teaching degree at York St John University and graduated in 2012. She taught Year 6 for two years at her first school in Darlington (where she is from) and completed her NQT year here. Then she moved back to York and taught Year 3 for two years at Collingham  (a 30minute drive from York). In this last year before moving to Alexandria, she has taught Year 1 - Year 6 in various schools around the York area. She loves her job and likes that every day is different and full of new opportunities for learning.

In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit by going to dance and zumba classes. She also loves to read and tries to read every night before she goes to sleep! When in England, Miss C regularly goes to the theatre as she is passionate of performing arts. She is hoping to learn Arabic whilst here in Alexandria, explore the historical sites of the city and gain other new interests.


Year 3 Red

Samantha Coble

Miss Coble intially began to train as a lawyer. Her undergrad degree was in Law and Philosphy. She achieved a 2.1 graduating from the University of Kent. After this, she went into the city to continue her studies in law but she realised teaching was where she was meant to be. Miss Coble studied her PGCE at London South Bank and has taught at an inner London for two years now. 

Miss Coble would describe herself as orgainsed, upbeat and positive. 

Miss Coble enjoys travelling, reading and coffee. She is incredibly excited about moving to a new country, expierencing a new culture and the challenges that will bring; enabling her to grow as a person.  She is looking forward to exploring all of the gems that Egypt and the surronding areas hold. 


Year 4 Blue and Primary ICT Co-ordinator

Sara Saunders

Ms Saunders is from Brighton, a coastal town in the UK, where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering before later returning to university to become a qualified Secondary teacher. After 5 years of teaching years 7 - 13 she decided to make a change and teach primary school. She has now been teaching primary school for 5 years after taking a short break to volunteer teach in a remote village in Nepal and then across SE Asia, including Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. Ms Saunders is also a qualified mindfulness teacher and believes that a calm mind allows children to learn at their best and is looking forward  to incorporating this into her teaching her in Egypt, something she has done successfully in the UK. In her spare time she enjoys reading and meditating and is keen to immerse herself into everything Egypt has to offer.


Year 4 White

Kevin Murphy

Kevin comes from Lancashire and has been teaching in primary in the UK and overseas since 2001.  He studied Primary Education at Liverpool Hope University and graduated in 2000.

Prior to joining (BSAX), he worked in a large inner city primary school in Liverpool for 15 years.  In late 2015 he moved overseas to take up a key stage 2 post at an international school in Doha, Qatar, before joining the British School of Alexandria for the new term.

Kevin really enjoys playing sports, especially football and swimming.  He enjoys travelling and experiencing new sights and sounds. 



Year 4 Red and Primary English Co-ordinator

Rachael Keelin

Miss Keelin is from Kent, in the U.K, but has spent most of her adult life and teaching career in London where she taught in an inner-city school for several years. More recently, Miss Keelin moved her family 8000 miles away to live and work in the Falkland Islands, which was a big change from London! Miss Keelin has 3 children who will also be attending BSA joining FS1, Year 1 and Year 5- they are all very excited by life in Egypt and are looking forward to making lots of new friends!

Miss Keelin obtained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology from Durham University and after having her first child returned to university to complete her PGCE. Most recently, Miss Keelin obtained her NPQML (middle leadership qualification) through the Institute of Education, London.

Miss Keelin is very excited to be living and working in Egypt and is eager to spread her love of reading and writing throughout her class and the school. She is also looking forward to lots of breaks in the sunshine and exploring all that this culturally-rich, historic country has to offer.  


Year 5 Red

Tehmina Hasware

Ms Hasware has recently completed her PGCE  from Edgehill University in England. She has lived in Alexandria for 5 years and it is her hobby of travelling that has bought her to Egypt. She has enjoyed exploring Egypt and will continue the explorations. Apart from travelling she likes to read, swim and spend time with her family and friends. She has 2 amazing girls that attend BSA too

Ms Hasware is super excited to now begin her teaching career in the BSA and hopes that she can instil the love of learning into all the children she teaches.



Year 5 Blue

Matthew Evans

Mr Evans comes from Wolverhampton, England which is based in the Midlands. He completed his university degree in French and Education Studies before completing his PGCE in 2013. After qualifying as a primary teacher, he taught at a middle school in Staffordshire, before moving to Dubai to teach. Whilst living in Dubai, he found a love for travelling and has visited many countries since; he is excited to explore Egypt and the surrounding countries during the school vacations! He enjoys playing golf, boxing and listening to music. He is looking forward to starting at BSA and beginning a new adventure in Egypt.


Year 6 Blue

Lisa Costello

Ms Costello has been teaching for 20 years now. She taught adult education part time before returning to Birmingham University to complete her PGCE in primary education. She has been teaching in a range of inner city Birmingham schools, including two special measures schools. She has taught all year groups from nursery to Year 6 and quite literally jumped from Year 6 to nursery! Which was a bit of a shock!

She has had a variety of responsibilities whilst at the various schools. She has been part of the middle and senior leadership teams whilst coordinating maths, science, Music, ICT, transition (yr 6 to 7) and PE. She has been a school-based tutor for trainee teachers and mentored NQTs. She became an Advanced Skill Teacher and supported teachers in other schools. Her current role has been KS 1 phase leader, yr 2 class teacher, maths subject leader and Assistant Head teacher. She has been working at this school for 6 years and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ms Costello and her partner are looking forward to spreading our wings and living in Egypt. Their children are now grown up and independent.

When she is not at school, she enjoys reading, having recently purchased a kindle (which is fabulous), and spending time with her partner, family and friends.


Year 6 Red

Mohsen Saleh

Mr Saleh has a Bachelor Degree in Education and Master’s in Teaching (Primary) from Western Sydney University in Australia. He spent a number of years teaching in both private and public schools in Sydney. Throughout his career, Mr Saleh prepared and mentored his students in sitting nationwide literacy and numeracy assessments and yielded pleasing academic results. He thoroughly enjoys reading and hopes to instil this same love and zeal into his students, particularly the works of Shakespeare. Mr Saleh is a coffee enthusiast. He loves to travel with his wife and is excited to explore the gems of Egypt!


PPA / Intervention and Primary Science Co-ordinator

Ros Canning

Ms Ros Canning is very pleased to be teaching back in Alexandria. She comes from New Zealand but lived in London for 29 years. She taught English as a Foreign Language in Alexandria in 1980 and in Cairo 1981 - 1982, and had 3 holidays in Egypt between then and now. She taught in London for 17 years and was Deputy Head at another school for 6 1/2 years. She is very happy living in Alexandria and exploring all that Egypt has to offer (again!!) . She enjoys travelling, particularly in the Middle East and loves cooking. At home in London Ms Canning enjoys gardening and walking.  


ALNCO / EAL & PPA teacher / Phonics

Aimee Evans 

Miss Evans is originally from Aberystwyth in Wales.  After many years studying childhood and education and a year as a teaching assistant in a Year 3 and 4 classroom, Miss Evans studied a PGCE at Swansea University, where she gained experience in Year 5 and Reception (FS2). This year, Miss Evans is supporting Additional Needs throughout the school as well as teaching phonics in Year 1 & 2. She enjoys reading, keeping fit and travelling.  


PPA / Intervention / Phonics / Ministry Programme

Abdullah Nofal

Mr Nofal comes from London, England and has been teaching in Alexandria for over 8 years. Born to an Egyptian father and British mother, he was born, raised and educated in England and moved to Egypt when he married, and has learnt to assimilate his dual nationality effectively over the course of his time here.

 He is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, as God permitting, he plans on eventually completing a doctorate in Education in the future.

He has two daughters, of whom one will be attending the BSA alongside him. He is excited at the new challenge and looking forward to working closely with the students to achieve their potential.

He enjoys water sports, football and rugby and is an avid supporter of Liverpool, and has been since long before the transfer of Mohamed Salah. 


PE teacher

Bassma Nashaat

Mrs Bassma Nashaat joined the BSA as a PE teacher in 2014 for the foundation stage. During the past academic years till present she has gained a lot of experiences from the staff. Working in BSA has enriched her as a person, through the activities she has attended and organised; especially the BSA sports day that she has organised and supervised during this academic year, it consisted of small group games and all the kids had a certificate as an appreciation for participating.



Nelly Bakr

Mrs. Nelly is a specialist French and Art teacher working since 2009 in the British school of Alexandria. Graduated from Saint Jeanne Antide School and Fine Art University in 2007. She is teaching different year groups all over the school. She received “the Alliance Française” diploma “AF”. She worked in Kuwait for two years before joining our school in “Oxford international school of Kuwait”. She likes singing and painting and she participated in lots of concerts and Art Exhibitions.



Cherouine Ragab

Mrs Cherouine joined The British School in August 2014 to teach French in the Prep and Lower Schools .

She is graduated from faculty of Arts French department. In 2005-2006, she got a French diploma (DFA1/2) from the commerce Chamber of Paris. In 2008-2009, she got Translation Diploma from the French center. In 2013-2014, another French diploma from the Sorbonne "Niveau B2 " . She taught many years in different schools before joining the international school system. The last school was IBSA for 2 years and there she prepared students for the (DELF) diploma and they got great results.



Amaar Moustafa

Mrs Amaar is a language specialist teacher and children’s learning expert who is entering her fifth year working for the British School, Alexandria.

Her School was “Notre Dame De Sion” and then, graduated from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport with a bachelor degree in computer engineering (AASTMT) 2008.  She was awarded The “General” Educator Diploma in teaching, from the University of Alexandria, faculty of Education and Languages. She received the “Alliance Française” diploma “AF”.

 Mrs Amaar is also a writer and has written many books, stories, songs and musical drama plays for children. Some of them were produced and performed in Bibliotheca Alexandria. She has also participated in many international festivals around the world including India, Ukraine and Japan. , The play Amaar wrote won an award at the World Festival of Children's Performing Arts in Toyama, Japan.


Physical Education

Sarah Fearn

Miss Fearn studied a BA (Hons) in Teaching Secondary Physical Education and graduated from DeMontfort University in 2007. She started her teaching career in Derbyshire and remained there for ten years, being promoted to Head of PE in 2013. Miss Fearn led a successful department achieving strong results over a number of years. She was involved in the development of leadership across the school, training senior students and working with local primary schools in the UK to host their sports festivals. During her time in the UK she led an international exchange programme with Nigeria and after some travel in Africa and the Far East, she decided it was time to experience more of the world by living and teaching in a different country. Alexandria is her first international teaching placement.