Senior School Teaching Staff

Head of Senior School

Nichelle Jackson

Mrs Nichelle Jackson joined the Senior School in September 2004 as an English teacher and has held the positions of Examinations Officer and Head of Pastoral and is now Head of Senior School. Mrs Jackson studied languages and economics at university before going on to do a PGCE and later an MA in the teaching of English. She has taught in Britain, France and Egypt, teaching children of all ages and also adults.  


Deputy Head of Senior and Head of Humanities

Stevie Abbott

Mr Abbott has been at The British School, Alexandria for fourteen years now and has held many posts including Exams officer, Trips coordinator and Environmental coordinator. He is also currently the Head of Humanities and Deputy Head of the Senior School. Most recently as the HPL Senior lead he played a central role in helping the school achieve its accreditation (the first and only school in Africa!). He also achieved his NPQSL qualification this year in which he scored 99%. He is extremely keen to ensure that students get a well rounded education through coordinating the Enrichment Programme and Extended Curriculum Days. He is always looking to promote school trips and work with the local community raising money for charity and improving the environment. He plays golf and swims regularly at Sporting club.


Deputy Head of Senior and Head of Sixth Form

Nicholas Rudd

Mr. Rudd is currently Deputy Head of Senior (Pastoral) and Head of Sixth Form and works in the Humanities Department delivering engaging lessons and aiming to share his passion for the study of History. In addition, he is the Student Leadership Coordinator, with a focus on developing student leaders throughout the school.  Mr. Rudd has worked in education for 15 years and is a fully qualified teacher with a PGCE from the University of Exeter.  Furthermore, he has a Masters in Education, that specialised in motivating students in the classroom. Mr. Rudd has taught extensively across the globe and has experience teaching in Canada, Russia and Thailand as well as England.  He enjoys all sports and plays football frequently, as well as captaining the successful Alexandria Cricket Club!  


Head of Modern Foreign Languages "MFL" / French Teacher

Jacqueline Jones

Ms Jones joined The British School in August 2017 as Head of Modern Foreign Languages teaching French in the Secondary School. She completed a BA honours degree in French and Italian at the University of Kent followed by a postgraduate certificate of education at the University of Southampton, and has lived and taught in both France and Italy. Teaching has always been much more than a job or a career for Ms Jones,it is a life style that she embraces wholeheartedly and passionately. Following outstanding success in the role of Head of MFL in a high achieving British comprehensive school and as chief examiner for a large British examination board she decided to expand her horizons and share her skills in East Africa.  In 2015 she accepted a teaching post in a Cambridge international school in Tanzania where her commitment and skills were quickly recognized and rewarded. She embraced the life of this school where she ran the debating society and was a member of the ladies’ football and basketball teams. She began learning Swahili as soon as she arrived in Tanzania and is now able to communicate in this language. Ms Jones’s final achievement before leaving Tanzania was to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. She now hopes to learn Arabic and to have a positive impact on the teaching of languages at BSA.


Head of English

Marika Terry

Miss Terry joined the Senior School team in January 2015. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Joint BA in English and American Studies in 2006, going on to practise Counseling and Psychotherapy, and earned her PGCE in English in 2009. As a student, she was awarded the Times Educational Supplement ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ and dreamt of travelling. Miss Terry has always had a great interest in Egypt (alongside the ambition to live and work there), and spent much of her childhood living in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. She enjoys playing the guitar and loves going to the theatre.


Head of Science

Marta Carvalho

Ms Carvalho graduated from Greenwich University in Biochemistry. She has taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics in UK, Kenya and Qatar. Currently she is an examiner for Cambridge Examinations. She has two small and lively children who used to attend The British School, Alexandria. Main hobbies include traveling, fashion and reading. 


Head of Mathematics

Mark Walker

Mark Walker is from South London. He has been teaching Maths and various other subjects, including Music, Sport and Horticulture for about 25 years, both in the UK and overseas.

Mr Walker has an Economics degree with a high Mathematical content from Manchester University, and a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from the London University of the South Bank.

He has worked overseas in Quito, Ecuador and travelled extensively in S America, and is now very much enjoying getting to know the people, culture and natural world of  Egypt!

Mr Walker enjoys mathematics, nature, sport, travel, photography and music.


Head of Art

Michelle Parr

Ms Parr joined BSA in September 2017. Graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University BA in creative arts, in June 1996 she gained a PGCE in Art and Design and she has a masters in Fine Art. She has taught in Burton on Trent for the last 17 years as the head of art, teaching YR 7-YR13.

She has a huge interest in the arts and culture and always wanted to work abroad. The opportunity came and Egypt was the perfect option with all of its historical interest. She also has a passion for sports and teaching Ju Jitsu and self Defence, being a 5th degree black belt in Ju Jitsu and first Degree black belt in Judo. In particular Ms Parr is dedicated to women's self defence and managing conflict. Another major passion in her life is music and dancing and she has followed the DJ scene since she was 18.


Head of Business Studies

Shahenaz Ahmed

Ms Ahmed was born and raised in London, United Kingdom. She graduated from Middlesex University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. She managed family businesses in London and set up her own construction company and food business in 2013. Gaining both theoretical and practical experience, she decided to pursue her passion of business and teaching further by completing a Master's Degree in Business Administration and and gaining a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She then tutored for UK well-known organisations for over two years, which allowed her to make a difference by sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Ms Ahmed completed her PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University and gained her QTS. She is a member of the Society of Education, UK. For the past six years, she worked for schools in London and Bedfordshire before joining British School Alexandria. She enjoy tennis, reading, travelling and exploring the world.  


Head of Performing Arts / Music

Victoria Maynard

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!


Science / Physics

Kristof Starost

Dr Starost has recently joined BSA as a Physics and Science teacher. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and more recently, a PGCE from University College London. Additionally, he has a BEng in Mechatronic Engineering and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Lancaster University. He worked as a university Lecturer prior to moving into secondary education and his research and publications on nanotechnology can be found in scientific journals and books online. He has recently moved to Alexandria from South London having previously lived and worked around the world, including Italy, Germany, USA, India, Switzerland and the UK. Outside of the classroom, he is a passionate sports player and fan including cricket, skiing, football, cycling, running and tennis.


Science / Biology

Emma Dawes

Ms Dawes graduated with a BSc (Hons) Microbiology from the University of Nottingham in 2004 and completed her PGCE at Loughborough University in 2005. She joined BSA in 2019 after working in the UK for 14 years. She has a passion for science education, particularly Biology and Physics. She is an active member of the Association for Science Education and in March 2020 she was accepted as a Fellow to the Chartered College of Teaching in recognition of her significant contribution to the teaching profession. She has been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to visit CERN in Geneva to learn about cutting-edge physics research and has met the highly distinguished physicist Brian Cox OBE. For the past 8 years she has been an Examiner and Team Leader for both IGCSE Physics and Biology. In her spare time, Ms Dawes is learning to speak Egyptian Arabic and loves to play board games and taking her dogs, Arlo and Jupiter, for walks with Mr Dawes with their three young sons. 


Science / Biology

Joe Dingle

Mr Dingle comes from Cornwall in the south west of England but has travelled throughout much of Europe and Africa. He has a BSc Hons and Post Graduate qualifications in Biological Sciences and Marine Ecology respectively and he completed his PGCE in Secondary Science at the University of Bristol recently. He has a passion for science, international development and volunteering to this end he spent 6 months volunteering in Uganda in 2018. Mr Dingle formerly worked in the international language sector, providing residential English language programmes for non-native speakers. In his spare time, he enjoys badminton, photography and exploring out in nature. Mr Dingle cannot wait to move to Alexandria and embrace Egyptian culture at BSA.


Science / Biology / Chemistry

Peter Robinson

Mr Robinson graduated with a first-class honours Degree in Biochemistry, winning the Biochemical Society’s Undergraduate Recognition Award. Following graduation, he completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education where he also received the Marjorie Crenelle Prize for Secondary Science; awarded for excellent performance in the area of secondary science education. Mr Robinson has taught Chemistry, Physics and Biology at a variety of secondary schools in the UK. He has particularly enjoyed being a mentor, especially guiding pupils on their journey from secondary to sixth form and ultimately the University of their choice. BSA will be his first international school, but he is looking forward to settling into Alexandria and leading his students to success over the years to come. Mr Robinson’s hobbies include travelling, swimming, snorkelling, diving, cycling, keeping up with the latest scientific advancements through his favourite websites and blogs.



Timothy Lowey

Mr Lowey has been teaching English for 14 years. Prior to this, he worked in the finance sector on the Isle of Man. He grew up on a small farm on the island, and decided to study English in the UK after completing his A-levels. He has taught in London, Bristol, Warminster and Bucharest (Romania), and Douglas, Isle of Man. Mr Lowey enjoys walking, running, football and surfing. He has also been known to attend yoga classes. His other interests include music (classical and modern), theatre and film. Mr Lowey is looking forward to working with colleagues in Egypt and meeting all of his new pupils at BSA. 



Daniel Dawes

Mr Dawes graduated from Plymouth University in 2007 and completed his PGCE at Oxford Brookes in 2010. He has taught Secondary Science, Statistics and Mathematics in the UK for 10 years and is passionate about Maths education. He is a big fan of Mr Barton Maths and Jo Boaler's work promoting mathematics education reform and equitable mathematics classrooms. He enjoys playing football, reading non-fiction such as The Body by Bill Bryson and also loves Stephen King. He has three sons who are at BSA and a large collection of board and card games.



Oluseye Akin

I have been a teacher for a fun-filled fourteen years, of which joining BSA would make it my third international posting following my teaching qualification and initial teaching experience in U.K.

I initially trained as an engineer and graduated from Imperial College London, hence my love of mathematics. Coming along with me on this new adventure would be my wife and baby daughter. 

We very much look forward to contributing to the excellent standard already established at BSA, as well as getting immersed in the rich Egyptian culture.


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.



Heather Cartmell

Ms Heather Cartmell joined the Senior School in September 2016 as a humanities teacher.  She has a BA in History and Sociology, PGCE and a MA in International Development. Ms Cartmell has taught in the UK, Australia, Jordan and now Egypt. 


Head of Physical Education

Kevin Peake

Mr Peake is our Head of Physical Education. He is extremely passionate about his subject and a keen sportsman himself. Mr Peake has worked in Education for over twelve years and is a fully Qualified teacher of PE. He has extensive experience across the full age range. Most recently being a part of the North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership with responsibility for the PE provision in six schools. Mr Peake has also worked internationally in Saudi Arabia as well as many years in the UK in both the Primary and Secondary School setting. He is passionate about the leadership opportunities that PE provides and looks to help students develop their problem solving skills and resiliency. 

Outside of school Mr Peake is a keen Football and Tennis player and will be looking to continue playing here in Alexandria.