- Senior Leadership Team
- Phase Leaders
- Department Heads
- Subject Leaders
- Class Teachers & Teaching Assistant
- Learning Support
- Physical Education
- Arabic & Islamic Studies
- Administration Staff
Sean has been Headteacher at Doha English Speaking School since April 2016. In May 2017 DESS was judged by the accredited inspection team PENTA as Outstanding. Previously Sean was Headteacher in the United Kingdom for 10 years at a school that gained Outstanding in an OFSTED inspection. For two years he was a Lead Facilitator in Adult Learning for the National College for Leadership of Schools. He worked on all their major Leadership Development Programmes for headteachers, trainee headteachers and middle leaders. In addition to leading his own school in the UK, he was a Local Leader of Education where he had a mentoring role with headteachers whose schools were in challenging circumstances. Sean works in a strong team at DESS that hopes to provide a happy and secure atmosphere where quality learning can take place. He is married and with two children - one of whom is currently training to be a teacher.
Charlotte moved to Qatar in 2015 after spending 10+ years teaching in the UK, five of these as a Deputy Head Teacher in an Ofsted Graded ‘Outstanding’ School. Charlotte has a wealth of experience in raising attainment, school improvement and as an examinations marker for the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessments. As a teacher, Charlotte has taught in every Year Group across the Primary Phase and has been graded ‘outstanding’ in all lesson observations carried out by HMI inspectors. Charlotte’s true passion lies within Early Years as she believes this is the foundation for all learning. She firmly believes that children achieve their full potential through creativity, exploration and real-life experiences that directly relate to children’s interests. In her spare time Charlotte enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young sons. As a family they are keen supporters of animal welfare and can often be found at the beach with their beloved dogs.
Ash has been an Assistant Headteacher at DESS for 7 years. Her desire to become a teacher stems from her time in primary school, as her teachers inspired her to seek knowledge and enhance herself. Ash decided to pursue teaching at an early age and have consequently worked in many roles, all with different responsibilities. These include working as an Advance Skills Teacher and contributing to many training programmes throughout her career. An example of this is sharing her expertise on the use of Formative Assessment at an NQT Conference and various staff meetings in different schools. Prior to relocating to Qatar, Ash worked at a school in Bolton, in the North-West of England. As Assistant Headteacher, her focus was on improving standards. At DESS, Ash enjoys working alongside the dedicated and happy staff, with wonderful children and supportive parents. No two days in school are ever the same; watching the children grow, flourish and become passionate about their learning is a joy to be involved in. Her role as Assistant Headteacher enables her to work closely with the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and all stakeholders. Their shared goal is the same: to ensure they meet the needs of all children by giving them an enriching and creative education, which will equip them with skills they will need in the future. Outside of school, Ash belongs to a strong community of Crossfitters, lifting is one of her passions and she is always challenging herself to exceed her own personal best. As well as being a fitness junkie, Ash enjoys good food, coffee, spending time with family, travelling, increasing her knowledge in nutrition and mastering the Arabic language.
My name is Liz Holloway, currently the Foundation Stage 1 & 2 leader which means I oversee everything Early Years. I have been teaching now for 21 years (being a mature graduate - previous to that I spent 10 years in the Women’s Royal Air Force). I have taught on the international platform for the past 13 years and the past 7 at DESS. My passion is for Early Years teaching and being around the youngest members of our school community, it’s a true privilege to start children on their journey into education. I have two grown up sons who live in the UK. My other hobbies and singing – I am an active member of the Doha Singers. My place to go and relax. I also enjoying travelling and have used my time in Doha to travel extensively in Asia and Europe. I am a keen swimmer, an amateur cook and when time permits (generally holidays), an avid reader.
Kathy enjoyed working in the UK and New Zealand for 19 years before moving to DESS in April 2012. During this time, Kathy became a highly respected and experienced teacher of children in Key Stage 2 and was appointed to several different year groups and subject lead positions, such as Science, English, Maths, Art and Computing throughout this time. In 2002, wishing to continue develop her leadership and management skills, Kathy was pleased to be appointed as Deputy Head at Kelson School, a sought after community school, alongside a dedicated, innovative and creative teaching team. Highlights during this time included working alongside local cluster schools on ‘schooling improvement’ initiatives and participating in the ‘Aspiring Principal’s Professional Development Programme’. At DESS, Kathy likes working alongside highly experienced colleagues and being a member of a whole school team who constantly review practice and drive forward new initiatives to improve teaching and learning programmes. She has participated in PENTA training to become an accredited inspector of BSME schools. Kathy is a passionate educator. She works diligently to promote a love of learning and provide classroom opportunities which aim to allow children to experience the joy that achievement and success, both personally and academically, bring. Outside of school Kathy enjoys gardening, as well as travelling to experience the different cultures, beliefs and traditions from around the world.
Catherine has been a staff member at DESS since 2004. For the last 4 years, she has been the Phase Leader for Phase 4 (Years 5 and 6). Her previous roles at DESS include Year Group Leader (Year 6) and Science Coordinator. Prior to teaching at DESS, Catherine taught in The British School in the Netherlands for seven years, where she was a Year 5 and 6 teacher and science coordinator. When she began teaching in the UK, Catherine taught in KS3 and KS4, holding the position of Science coordinator and latterly as Year Group leader in Year 7 and 8. Catherine leads a team of eight teachers and five teaching assistants, where high priority is given to children having fun while learning. She is the mother of three children, one of whom is a KS2 teacher.
Naveed grew up in the UK and has over ten years experience teaching in schools in the in both Key Stages 1 and 2. Her previous roles include Year Group Leader, History Coordinator and Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator.
She also spent some time in Egypt studying Modern Standard Arabic. During her role as the MFL Coordinator she was part of an initiative introducing Arabic as part of the MFL Curriculum to Non Arabic Speaking children.
She currently lives in Doha with her husband and two children.
Simon joined the team at DESS as the specialist computing teacher in September 2018. He has over 18 years of experience teaching in the north east of England as both a class teacher and computing specialist. He has over 18 years of experience teaching in the north east of England as both a class teacher and computing specialist. Before traing to be a teacher at Durham University, Simon studied for a degree in Information Technology at Teesside University. He is also a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. In his spare time he likes to read, support Middlesbrough FC, watch science fiction movies, listen to loud music and build robots out of Lego!
Holly moved to Doha from the UK in 2010, where she was previously a class and specialist French teacher at a prep school in Durham. She has taught across the school at DESS, and acted as Head of Computing for a number of years, until switching to Head of French in 2018. Holly grew up in the UK, France and Germany, then later studied French with Linguistics at the University of St Andrews, followed by a PGCE at Newcastle University. She is passionate about the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages, and hopes to instil this in our enthusiastic pupils here at DESS.
Salwa joined Doha English Speaking School in September 2013. She has been instrumental in using the material provided from the Supreme Education Council in Qatar, and adapting this to a deliverable syllabus for the Native Arabic groups of students at DESS. She also designs the syllabus for the Intermediate Group of students using the Modern Foreign Languages syllabus as a guide. Previously, Salwa was the Head of Arabic & Islamic Studies for 13 years at Ras Al Khaimah English Speaking School (RAKESS) in the UAE. During this time, she established the program of ‘Arabic as a foreign language’ for the first time at the school, allowing non-Arabic speakers to learn the basics of the language and excel at the GCSE and IB examinations. In addition to teaching Arabic, Salwa is also responsible for the Islamic Studies program at DESS, planning and delivering the learning objectives of the subject to our students. She is a mother of three; a doctor, a dentist, and a Finance professional.
Elaine has worked at DESS for 27 years. Initially she worked in Year Six for 7 years, during which time she held the post of Literacy coordinator, before joining the Curriculum Management Team where she was responsible for Record Keeping and Assessment. In 2000 she created the International Centre for Music in response to demands for music, dance and drama tuition at DESS. During the six years of running the centre she also taught on a part time basis, working from Reception to Year Six. In 2006 Elaine returned to DESS on a full time basis. She now runs the Learning Support unit as the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)."
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KS2 Cover Teacher - Hugh Molloy