Primary Teaching Staff
Foundation Stage 1 White Class Teacher
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
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 moved to Egypt three years ago to work at the British School Alexandria. She has thoroughly enjoyed working and living in Alexandria and also has found Egypt to be a wonderful place to explore.
Foundation Stage 1 Blue
This is her first post overseas. Ms Buchanan has 2 grown up children who both have the travelling bug, so she guessed it was her turn too, for a new adventure.
She has been teaching in early years for approx 12 years. She was lucky enough to have coordinated the music curriculum in her previous school and is particularly passionate about teaching music in the early years. Out of school, Ms Buchanan enjoys gardening, travelling, music and the arts. She has been part of a Carnival drums group back home for a couple of years and has loved performing to the local community. She practices aromatherapy and massage. She is very excited about her new post at BSA and exploring Egypt.
Ms Buchanan has also trained in 2005- 2008 at Northampton University. She lives in Market Harborough Leicestershire. She has taught in Early years and key stage 1 in Leicester City.
Foundation Stage 2 Red
Katie Duckworth has been an early year’s teacher for 7 years. After completing an art degree in London, she returned to Gloucestershire to complete her Early Years PGCE. Since then Katie has taught in various schools and nursery schools, both in London, the UK and internationally. Katie likes to bring a creative approach to her teaching in order to inspire the children. She has spent the last 2 years living and teaching in Vietnam. Katie is very much looking forward to a new adventure in Egypt; and will be using her free time to explore the rich history and culture of the country, make new art-work and to scuba dive.
Head of Key Stage 1 / Year 1 Class Teacher
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 12 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 Early Education and believes that children need a strong foundation in order to build a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.
Miss Fuller enjoys reading, travelling and working out when she has the time.
Foundation Stage 2 White / Assessment Co-ordinator
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.
Year 1 Blue
Mr Jameson is from Manchester in the UK. He has worked in various roles, from care work to construction before deciding to follow in his parents footsteps and become a teacher. He completed an (BA Hons) 'Early Years and Childhood Studies' at the Manchester Metropolitan University and then went on to study a PGCE at the University of Manchester. He has experience teaching in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 but his passion is for early education and giving children an engaging and enjoyable start to their learning journey. Outside of school, Mr Jameson loves to exercise, read about ancient civilisations and travel to experience different cultures. He has really enjoyed the warm Egyptian welcome from the children, parents and school and he looks forward to exploring more of this beautiful country.
Year 1 Red
Ms. Brazier grew up around the world, attending international schools herself in South Africa, Swaziland, Syria, Indonesia and Dubai. Claire completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Manchester and then moved to Uganda running the education programme for a social enterprise. This involved collaborating with local teachers to change the way the curriculum was delivered. This experience ignited a passion for education and Ms. Brazier went on to complete her PGCE in the UK. She then gained experience teaching in a range of different schools across London, primarily in Reception and KS1. Ms. Brazier loves working with younger children where she is able to foster a love for learning and create a safe space for children to make mistakes, learn from them and thrive. Ms. Brazier is excited to join the team at BSA and start her adventure in Egypt. In her spare time, she enjoys running marathons, reading and cooking. She is looking forward to learning about the rich Egyptian culture, learning to dive and exploring the myriad of travel opportunities Egypt has to offer.
Year 2 Blue
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.
Year 2 White / AENCO
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.
Year 2 Red
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 3 years teaching at the British School, Alexandria. Tomas is really enjoying his experience thus far and hopes to learn more about the history and culture of Egypt.
Head of Prep School
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 3 Red
Mr Kennard comes from a small town called Pontypridd in Wales and has been working in Egypt for the past four years. He studied a BA in History and an MA in English before training to become a teacher at UWTSD in Swansea, Wales. He has taught in the UK and Internationally at KS2 and KS3 level.
Mr Kennard is a keen cyclist and train regularly, he enjoys riding the Corniche here on Friday mornings. He is a trained Rugby coach and enjoy football, He supports Cardiff City. He loves computers and technology, he enjoys coding and programming in his spare time and tries to use technology in the classroom as often as possible.
Year 3 White / KS2 Topic Co-ordinator
Miss Marisa Suwanpatra grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and has lived in both Thailand and the UK. She has spent the past two years working in a primary school in Birmingham and worked in two other British primary schools in Bangkok prior to that, where she supported EAL and SEND. Miss Suwanpatra studied a BA in psychology and gained her PGCE in education from Birmingham City University. In her spare time, Miss Suwanpatra enjoys reading, being outdoors and travelling. She is very excited to be joining BSA and her move to Alexandria.
Year 4 Red / KS2 PSHE Co-ordinator
Andrew Michael Flanagan
Andrew is from Merseyside in the UK but has been living and working in different countries for the past 11 years. Andrew gained a BA hons degree in English from the University of London and obtained his PGCE with the University of Sunderland. Andrew has worked in schools in the UK, Hong Kong and Peru and he has a great love for travel. In his spare time Andrew likes to go hiking and is fond of adventure sports such as quad biking. Andrew is a lifelong Liverpool fan and spent most of his weekends on the Kop at Anfield as a young boy. He is looking forward to embracing the Egyptian culture and exploring this amazing country.
Year 4 White
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 (BSA), 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 Blue
Ms Jasicka joined British School Alexandria in Autumn Term 2020 from London, UK. She has studied BA in Education at the University of York and later completed her PGCE at University College London (UCL). She has previously taught Year 3 and is keen to move up the school to now teach in Year 4. Previously, Ms Jasicka has lived in the Dominican Republic with some short stints in Cambodia.
Ms Jasicka is keen to explore Egypt and absolutely adores food! She enjoys being active and her hobbies include travelling, water sports and hiking. Ms Jasicka’s goal is to visit as many countries as possible before finding her forever home.
Year 5 White / KS2 Art and DT Co-ordinator
Mrs Flanagan comes from Yorkshire in the North of England where she grew up and trained to be a teacher at the University of Leeds, completing a 4 year degree in Education with a specialism in Art. She has been teaching for 18 years and still loves it! She has taught in different countries around the world including the UK, Tanzania, Thailand and Peru. Her most recent school was an International school in Hong Kong where she lived and worked for 9 years, with her husband Mr Flanagan who is also a teacher at BSA. She loves travelling and especially enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures. She enjoys hiking and climbing mountains even though she finds it very challenging. Mrs Flanagan's most favourite mountain experience was visiting Mount Everest base camp, which was incredible! She is so excited to be here in Alexandria and can't wait to explore more of this amazing country!
Year 5 Blue / Primary Science STEAM Co-ordinator
Dan spent many of the years after graduating from university with a degree in photography, travelling and working in Asia. Much of that time was spent teaching for the British Council in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dan has been living and working in the UK for the last three years, where he trained to become a fully qualified primary school teacher. He is currently teaching at a school in Buckinghamshire where he teaches a year 5 class. He lives with his partner, Joey and two sons (Jack 4 and James 9 months).
As well as travelling and teaching, Dan enjoys running and cycling occasionally competing in triathlons.
Year 5 Red
Ms Thompson was born and raised in inner city London, England. She completed a BEd in Primary Education (with QTS) at Hertfordshire University. Since then, she has started her teaching career in the UK as well as established a family. Bringing her young family to Alexandria was a huge step, but one that Ms Thompson is very proud to have taken. Teaching at the BSA is a great opportunity to continue growing professionally while really embracing Egyptian culture. Ms Thompson loves to explore and is very excited to see what hidden gems Egypt has to offer.
Year 6 Blue
Sheila Leat worked in business successfully before fulfilling her lifetime desire to become a teacher in 2010. She has since worked in the north of England enjoying the challenge and development for pupils in upper juniors. Having travelled extensively throughout America and South East Asia, she is excited to join Bsalex with her husband and two children, Jackson (4) and Lloyd (2) where she hopes to continue to travel and explore throughout Egypt and the wider world.
Sheila graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a LLB (hons) before completing her PGCE. During her teaching career, Sheila has specialised in Maths and Science but has a particular interest in English and learning about different religions. With any free time, Sheila enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, outdoors and swimming.
Year 6 White
Miss Emma-Elizabeth Whiscombe grew up in a small village in Buckinghamshire, England and attended the University of St. Andrews, where she graduated with an MA in Classical Studies and French. She spent her year abroad teaching English in primary schools in the south of France and has spent the last four years teaching in a junior school in Kent, after obtaining her PGCE, also in Kent. In her spare time, Emma-Elizabeth enjoys singing, playing piano and clarinet and relaxing with a good book. She is very excited to start teaching at the BSA and to be living in Alexandria.
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.
Eslam Ezz El Din
Dr Eslam has been at The British School, Alexandria for fifteen years now. He has a PhD in sports training/ biomechanics and he is a professional football coach (level B CAF License). More recently, a FIFA medical diploma. His experience in teaching and sports training extends for more than twenty-one years working with various age and competitive levels. He has made a wide contribution to the school life by leading different after school clubs and teams to represent The BSA academically and through sports tournaments.
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.
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.
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.
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.