Primary Teaching Staff
Head of Pre-Prep School
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 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 is eager to work at British School Alexandria and to discover the Egyptian culture.
Foundation Stage 1 White / Deputy Head of Pre-Prep
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 Blue
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.
Head of Prep School
Mr David Longworth joined The British School Alexandria in 2020 as the Head of Prep. Prior to joining BSA, David spent 5 years at a British preparatory school in Nairobi, Kenya as the Head of the Junior School and previous to that worked at a British international school in Kuwait as a primary class teacher. David spent 4 years at university in Manchester, England where he graduated with an honours degree in Primary Education (with QTS) and has since achieved his NPQSL qualification. He is an avid traveller and has visited many countries in Africa and the Middle-East. In his spare time, David is very passionate about playing sport; football, cricket and squash being his favourite pastimes.
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.
Foundation Stage 2 White
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
Mrs. Morrin joined The British School in January 2019 as student counsellor and phonics teacher in Key Stage 1. She is delighted to be moving to Foundation Stage as a classroom teacher. Mrs. Morrin has a BCL (University College Dublin) and an LLM (University of Leeds). She has practised as a litigation solicitor for 20 years, specialising in children’s rights. She was appointed as an adjunct tutor, lecturer and external examiner at the Law Society of Ireland for over 10 years during her time in practice. After the birth of her two children, Mrs. Morrin trained as a Montessori teacher. She has taught in Montessori schools (FS and KS1) in Ireland and England. She has also home schooled her daughters for many years.
Mrs. Morrin moved to Alexandria in 2018 with her family. Her husband, Michael, is a physics teacher in the senior school and her children attend BSA. She is enjoying life in Egypt – long may it continue!
Year 1 White
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.
Year 1 Blue
Mrs. Akin is from London where she studied a degree in Education, Culture and Society from Goldsmiths University of London, as well as a PGCE from the same university.
She has a wealth of teaching experience both from the UK and internationally. Mrs Akin particularly loves teaching in Key Stage One, as she relishes having the opportunity to teach and nurture children in the early stages of their school life.
Mrs. Akin is indeed excited to be joining the team at The British School of Alexandria with her husband and daughter. She also looks forward to exploring the rich culture Egypt has to offer.
Year 1 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.
Year 2 Red
Mrs Umerji has worked at the BSA for 2 years 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 and her son Muhammad-Ibraheem. 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
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
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.
Acting Head of Prep School and PPA teacher / PSHCE
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 Blue / Primary Mathematics Co-ordinator / Acting Deputy
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
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 / Primary ICT Co-ordinator
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 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 Blue / Primary Science Co-ordinator
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.
Year 5 White
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 Blue / Primary English Co-ordinator
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 5 Red
Vicks completed her degree at Durham University in 2002 and then moved to Newcastle to complete her PGCE. Her first 2 teaching years were spent in York where she worked at the pre-prep of St. Peter's School, teaching year 1.
In 2004 Vicks moved to Alexandria and spent 3 years teaching in Year 2 and Foundation Stage 2. After moving to the States and spending a year teaching in the British School of Charlotte, North Carolina, Vicks and her husband decided to move back to Alexandria. Over the next 5 years, Vicks spent time at BSA working in year 3, 5 and then becoming SENDCo. During these 5 years, Vicks completed her Masters degree in Education and Linguistics, particularly specialising in working with children with English as an Additional Language.
Vicks travelled back to the UK and their home in Cornwall in 2014, where she enjoyed teaching Year 5 in a Cornish School for 4 years. She is now delighted to be back in Alexandria again with her husband and 2 children, both of whom attend BSA.
Vicks has a passion for Music and travelling. She loves spending time with her family and friends and believes that every child has the potential to make a huge difference in the world. She is delighted to be back teaching at BSA once again!
Year 6 Red
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 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.
ALNCO / EAL & PPA teacher / Phonics
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
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.
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.
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.