Teachers

All Britannica teachers are native English speakers.

Seeking well qualified and skilled teachers is of course a priority for any good international school, good teachers can transform a school, direct the ethos and culture and will certainly heavily influence the success of their students. Britannica International School Shanghai has a recruitment policy to only employ qualified teaching staff with British or equivalent professional teaching qualifications. All Britannica teachers are native English speakers. The Teachers are supported by a highly qualified and experienced Principal and a large team of Teacher Assistants and Administrative Staff. All staff employed in the school are background checked and come with excellent references from previous employers.

The school benefits from a management team with excellent experience in delivering the best of British education both in the UK and abroad. The Orbital Education International Education Development Officers monitor the quality of education in all Orbital Education Schools and regularly carry out school inspections. The school has membership of a number of accreditation bodies that similarly monitor closely the quality of education in the school against rigorous international and British educational standards.

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There is no doubt that there are certainly a large number of teachers in the international marketplace and most good international schools will be inundated with applicants when advertising for posts, especially in an attractive expatriate city such as Shanghai.  Making the right choice about which staff to bring into the school is one of the Principal’s most important decisions. It is not necessarily the most experienced or the best qualified teacher that makes the best classroom practitioner, many other aspects are equally if not more important.

A good school will have a mix of experience, age and gender among its teachers.  Young teachers can bring in fresh new ideas, along with vigour and a ‘can do’ attitude, which can balance the skills of the more experienced teacher who often has a better understanding of the ‘bigger picture’ and can bring their knowledge of best practice to the staffroom.  Both are needed to make an effective staff team.

Meet our teachers below:

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  • Early Years
  • Primary
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  • Specialist Subjects
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  • Nursery
  • Reception
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3 & 4
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • English
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
  • World Languages
  • ICT
  • EAL
  • Sixth Form

David Goodwin

Principal

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David graduated from City University, London with a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry and then completed his Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the London Institute of Education. Later he was awarded his MA in Education by the University of Southampton. Much of David’s early career was spent building up an impressive portfolio of managerial posts in some of the UK’s top independent schools. With posts that included Housemaster, Director of Studies, Head of Science, Deputy Head and Head of School, he has gained significant experience managing many aspects of the curriculum and school life. He brings to Britannica this wealth of UK experience and a clear understanding of what makes for quality British education. As a UK and international School Inspector he has been involved in many inspection teams that have involved accreditation and advisory or government inspection processes. Since living abroad David has been Head of School at Harrow in Beijing as well as Head of School at the British School in Colombo, Sri Lanka. David is married with two grown up daughters, with one living and working in Sydney, Australia and the other working in London, UK. David has a passion for China, for the best of British independent international education and believes it is a privilege to be helping to develop the global leaders of tomorrow from Shanghai’s young learners of today.

Kim McGregor

Vice Principal - Student and Staff Well Being

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PGCE from Institute of Education from London University, Masters in Educational Management from the University of Southampton and BA (Hons) Spanish and French from Liverpool University, UK. Kim has been involved in the area of Foreign Language acquisition and school management for over 25 years.

World Languages

Rachael Gaut

Pre-Nursery Teacher

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PGCE RMUT from the University of Australia, Biological Science Hons in Medical Microbiology from La Trobe University, TEFL from Jiao Tong University. Rachael comes to Britannica having taught at Preschool and English Training School for five years.

Pre-Nursery

Emma Arnold

Pre-Nursery Teacher

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MA in Special Education (University of Queensland), Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (University of Queensland), BA Hons in Education (James Cook University, Australia). Emma joins us from another International School in Shanghai.

Pre-Nursery

Danielle Cook

Nursery and Pre-Nursery Co-ordinator

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Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education from The University of Wales, BSc Hons in Early Years Education from Glamorgan University and HND in Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Danielle has been teaching in Shanghai for a several years.

Nursery

Amy Coulling

Nursery B Teacher

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BA Hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Plymouth University and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Early Years Specialism (Masters Level credits) from Oxford Brookes University. Amy joined Britannica having taught at Five Acres Primary School and St John's Cathedral Catholic School in England. She has been a teacher for 4 years.

Nursery

Isla Kate Gillespie

Head of Early Years, Reception A Teacher

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PGCE in Education in Primary from The University of London Goldsmiths and BA Hons Drama Studies from University of Winchester, UK. Isla joins Britannica as Head of Early Years with 8 years of experience, having worked at Geneva English School in Switzerland and Whitmore Primary School, UK

Reception

Caroline Proctor

Reception B Teacher

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BA (Hons) in English and Social Science from The National University of Ireland, Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Montessori Education, RELSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a British Council Certificate in English Language Learning and Development in Early Childhood. Caroline joined Britannica from Ireland, where she worked as a Pre-School Early Years Teacher. She has more than a decade of teaching experience.

Reception

Jenny Peacock

Reception C Class Teacher

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Bachelor's degree in Early Years Education Studies from Winchester University, and Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), gaining QTS from The Hawthorns School, UK. Jenny joins Britannica in Shanghai from an independent Co-Ed Prep School in Surrey, England. She has been a teacher for five years.

Reception

Conrad Botha

Year 1A Teacher

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PGCE from The University of Nottingham, Bachelors of Business Management from The University of South Africa, MA in Education from The University of Nottingham, TESOL from The University of Johannesburg. Conrad joined Britannica from another international school in Shanghai and has been teaching for over 7 years.

Key Stage 1

Jennie Morrison

Year 1B Teacher

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BA Hons in Primary Education from The University of Central England and a TEFL from the TEFL Institute Shanghai. Jennie previously spent five years teaching in a UK primary school and has taught in Shanghai for several years.

Key Stage 1

Stephen Peacock

Year 1C Class Teacher

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Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education with QTS from Brunel University. Prior to coming to Shanghai, Stephen taught at an independent day school in Surrey, United Kingdom. He has been a teaching for more than 13 years.

Key Stage 1

Suzie Lee

Year 1D Class Teacher

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Bachelor’s degree in Primary Teaching - Education from Oxford Brookes University. Suzie has taught internationally in British schools in Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. She has over 10 years of teaching experience.

Key Stage 1

Daniel Lines

Key Stage 1 Co-ordinator, Year 2A Teacher

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BA (QTS) Professional Studies in Education with Subject Leader from Liverpool Hope University. Daniel joined Britannica having taught in Shanghai and Nakprasith School in Thailand. He has been teaching for more than 7 years.

Key Stage 1

David Read

Year 2B Class Teacher

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PGCE with PE Specialism and QTS from Buckingham University, Bachelor of Science in Sports Coaching from The University of East Anglia. David joins Britannica from reputable schools in the United Kingdom.

Key Stage 1

John Benson

Year 2C class teacher

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BA Hons in Primary Education from the University of Dundee and TEFL qualified in Teaching ESL students in the mainstream classroom (TESMC). Before joining Britannica, John taught in Shanghai and at a Primary School in Scotland. He has been a teacher for over four years.

Key Stage 1

Shona Bailey

Year 2D Teacher

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PGCE from The University of Cape Town and BA Hons in English and History from The University of Natal, South Africa. Before coming to Britannica, Shona was a teacher at The Charter International School in Bangkok and she has also taught at an international school in Seoul. She has been a teacher for more than 12 years.

Key Stage 1

Alice Wilcox

Year 3A Teacher

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BA Hons in Primary Education from Roehampton University. Prior to joining Britannica, Alice spent time teaching at Stillness Junior School in London. She has been a teacher for over three years.

Key Stage 2

Kate Calmeille

Year 3B Class Teacher

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PGCE in Primary Education with French specialism from Goldsmith's College London, a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, and currently working towards an MA in Education with the Open University, UK. Kate comes to Britannica having taught in schools in Egypt and Thailand. She has more than 5 years teaching experience.

Key Stage 2

Maria Smyth

Year 3C Class Teacher

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Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education from The University of Cumbria and BA Hons in History and Educational Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. Maria joined Britannica from a Primary school in the United Kingdom and has more than seven years of teaching experience.

Key Stage 2

Adam Monnington

Year 4A Teacher

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BA Hons Primary Education from The University of Winchester, UK. Adam joined Britannica from a teaching position at Long Parish Church of England Primary School, UK. He has more than 13 years of experience teaching internationally and in England.

Key Stage 2

David Hunter

Year 4B Teacher, After School Activity Coordinator

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Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Nottingham Trent University, BSc Hons in Sports Science and Health from The University of Dublin. David joins Britannica from a city school in Nottingham. He has previously worked in Korea for two years as an English language teacher and taught at Windmill LEAD Academy, Nottingham, England.

Key Stage 2

Katherine Mustoe

Year 5A Teacher and Head of Primary

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PGCE in Primary Education and MA in Education from The University of Nottingham, and BA (Hons) in English Literature and Psychology from Swansea University, UK. Before coming to Shanghai, Katherine taught at John Keble Church of England Primary School, UK. She is Head of Primary at Britannica and has been a teacher for over 7 years.

Key Stage 2

Jonathan Burnhill

Year 6A and KS2 Co-ordinator

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PGCSE from the University of Gloucestershire, Bachelor's degree in Astronomy and Geology from The University of Hertfordshire and a TEFL (CELTA) from Bell College, Cambridge. Jonathan joins Britannica with more than a decade of teaching experience and has taught previously in Shanghai and London.

Key Stage 2

Patrick Palmer

Year 6B Teacher

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GTP in Primary Education from The University of Wolverhampton, HND Business Management and Finance from South Birmingham College, and BSc Hons Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University. Patrick has taught in Chongqing, Hatchford Primary School in the UK and at an international school in Madrid. He has over 8 years of teaching experience.

Key Stage 2

David Rosenberg

Head of Mathematics

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PGCE in Mathematics Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and BSc Hons in Sports Science from Liverpool John Moores University. David has taught as a secondary and middle school Mathematics teacher in the UK, Vietnam and Costa Rica. He has over a decade of teaching experience.

Maths

Holly Brown

Teacher of Geography & Exams Officer

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Post Graduate Diploma in Geography Education from The University of Birmingham, BA (Hons) Geography from The University of Manchester. Prior to joining Britannica, Holly taught Geography at the Streetly Academy in Birmingham where she also trained as a Mathematics teacher. She has been teaching for over 5 years

Key Stage 3 & 4   |   Geography

Nathan King

Business/Economics/ICT teacher

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Post Graduate Certificate in Business Education and Economics from The University of Hertfordshire, BA Hons in Marketing from The University of Hertfordshire. Prior to joining Britannica, Nathan gained significant experience in Business Management and taught Business and Computing at Cheshunt School in East London. He has been a teacher for several years.

Business Studies   |   ICT   |   Sixth Form

Paul Clifton

Maths Teacher

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PGCE and Conversion Course in Maths from Hull University and Bachelors of History from Northumbria University in England. Before coming to Shanghai, Paul taught at Frederick Gough School and Goole High School in the UK. He has been teaching for 7 years.

Key Stage 3 & 4   |   Maths   |   Sixth Form

Suzanne van Balveren

Science Teacher

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Bachelor in Science Education from HAN University and a Masters in Chemistry Education from Fontys University in the Netherlands. Prior to moving to China, Suzanne taught at Kandinsky College in the Netherlands. She joins Britannica from another international in Shanghai and has taught for over 8 years.

Science

Shaun Couchman

Head of English Faculty

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Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary English, Media and Drama Education from The University of Cumbria, BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre Studies from The University of York. Shaun has also spent time teaching at Al Kohr International School in Qatar and, prior to this, was English progress leader at the outstanding and high achieving St Bedes School in the UK. He has been a teacher for almost a decade.

English   |   EAL

Amy Mayes

English Teacher

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PCGE from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Bachelor's Degree in Media and Film Studies with a subsidiary in American Studies from The University of Winchester. Amy joins Britannica from previous teaching positions at Gulf English School, Qatar, and Brentside High School, UK. She has over 7 years of teaching experience.

English

Amanda Lint

English and EAL

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MA in Teaching Pre K-Grade 4 with Pennslyvania Teaching Certification, Bachelor of Art in Art History, M.S.Ed in TESOL and TEFL/TESOL Specialist Certification. Amanda has spent time teaching at Drexel University in Philadelphia and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. She has been a teacher for over seven years.

EAL

Adam Barclay

History Teacher

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Master of Science in Applied Social Research, First Class Bachelor’s degree in History, Sociology and Professional Education from The University of Sterling and PGCE from The General Teaching Council of Scotland. Adam joins Britannica from educational establishments in Scotland.

History

Philip Donald

Drama and English Teacher, EAL teacher

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Bachelor of Creative and Performing Arts from The University of Portsmouth, TEFL Certified and TESMC Tutor. Before joining Britannica, Philip gained significant experience teaching at Chantry Academy in the UK and at an international educational company in Shanghai. He has been a teacher for over 3 years.

EAL

Audrey Jenny

Co-ordinator of French as a Foreign and Native Language

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Qualified to degree level in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from France, Masters Degree in Urban Development Planning, Postgraduate Studies as Master of Management in Economics and Local Development, Bachelor of Planning, Urbanisation and Local Development. Audrey is a native French speaker and has extensive experience teaching internationally in Shanghai. She has been a teacher for more than 4 years.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2

Jin Won Lee

Korean Teacher

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Korean Literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. Jin is Britannica's native Korean Teacher. He has a wealth of experience, having taught at Taerung private school and Hansem private school in Korea. He has been a teacher for over 17 years.

Reception   |   Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   World Languages

Yoko Ikeyama

Japanese teacher and School/Parent Japanese Liaison Officer

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Postgraduate Qualification in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Bachelor's degree from Nagoya, Japan. Yoko is Britannica's native Japanese teacher. She has previously taught in international schools in Guangzhou and Tianjin, China, and has more than 5 years teaching experience.

Pre-Nursery   |   Nursery   |   Reception   |   Key Stage 1   |   World Languages

Chiara Reali

Italian Teacher

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Masters in International Relations and Bachelor’s degree in Language, Culture and Society of East Asia from Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Chiara is Britannica's Italian Teacher. She comes to Britannica having taught at Santa Bakhita Academy, Kenya, and Proseguire NPO, Milan. She is a native Italian speaker and has been teaching for several years.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   World Languages

Iris Kastoriano

Hebrew Teacher

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MBA from Ben Gurion University, Israel, MA in the field of Law Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Management from Bar Ilan University, Israel. Iris teaches Hebrew at Britannica, but also can speak English, French and Chinese.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   World Languages

Elaine Fu

Mandarin Teacher and Director of Chinese Cultural Activities

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Elaine graduated with an M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching from New York University and a B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University. She was trained and certified in New York City, and has been teaching Mandarin in international schools for more than eight years. Elaine was born and raised in Shanghai and loves the diversity of the city. In her spare time, she is a keen traveller and enjoys swimming, reading and going to cinemas and theatres.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   World Languages

Albee Wang

Mandarin Teacher

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Certified in Chinese Teaching, Masters in Curriculum Management from East China Normal University and MICE from Shanghai Normal University. A native Mandarin teacher, Albee comes to Britannica having taught at other international schools in Shanghai. She has been a teacher more than 7 years.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   World Languages

Helen Zhao

Mandarin Teacher

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Bachelor's Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Shanghai Normal University with diploma, Certified in Teaching Chinese Language. Helen joined Britannica having taught at another school in Shanghai. Helen has 23 years of experience teaching in both local and international schools in China.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   World Languages

Rebecca Hu

Mandarin Teacher

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MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from The University of Nottingham, Bachelors in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Qu Fu Normal University, Chinese Teachers Certificate. Rebecca is a native Chinese teacher, who came to Britannica having previously taught at East China Normal University. She has been a teacher for several years.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   World Languages

Sandy Wang

Mandarin Teacher

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PGCE and Bachelor's degree in Chinese Literature from Shanghai Normal University. A native Mandarin teacher, Sandy joined Britannica having worked in international schools in Shanghai. She has been teaching for more than 12 years.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   World Languages

Lily Huang

Mandarin Teacher

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Masters in Chinese Language from Shanghai Normal University, Bachelor’s degree in English from Suzhou Science and Technology University. Lily has more than 8 years teaching experience.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   World Languages

Rebecca Hatton

Head of Secondary and PE Teacher

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BA Hons in Physical Education, Sport and Dance with qualified teacher status from Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. Rebecca is our Head of Secondary. She came to Britannica having gained significant teaching experience at St Cuthbert's Roman Catholic High School in Rochdale, UK. She has over 8 years of teaching experience.

Nursery   |   Reception   |   Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   PE (Physical Education)

Ross Mckehnie

Director of Sport

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PGCEi from Nottingham, BA hons Sports Studies from Stirling University a TEFL Certificate from TEFL UK. Ross comes to Britannica having already taught in Shanghai. He has been a teacher for a number of years.

PE (Physical Education)

Anthony Chevrier

PE Teacher/Head of Aquatics/French Teacher

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Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Exercise Science Teaching from The University of Poitiers, MA in Movement Study and Disabilities from the University of Poitiers and Oregon Stage University, National Swimming Coaching Certification and French Foreign Language (FLE) Online Certification with CNED. Anthony is a native French teacher, who joined Britannica with international school teaching experience in Shanghai. He has been a teacher for more than 9 years.

PE (Physical Education)

Oliver James

PE Teacher

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PGCE in Physical Education and Sport from UCLAN University and a BA Hons in Sport Development with Health and Physical Activity in England. Oliver has held both Head of PE and Head of Department positions at educational establishments worldwide and has been teaching for more than 8 years.

PE (Physical Education)

Estelle Owens

Director of Music and Expressive Arts

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Bachelor of Music with Honours and Certification in Teaching from Tasmania, Australia. Estelle has previously held positions as Head of Music in international schools in Dubai and Malaysia. She has been teaching for over 21 years.

Music

Leah Churchill

Music Teacher

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Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of Southern Maine. Leah has been teaching for a number of years and has previously taught internationally at the British School of Bahrain and Al Wisam International School.

Music

Karen Leong

Art Teacher

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PGCE from Goldsmiths University in London, BA (Hons) in Fine Art: Painting, Certificate of Education in Textile Design and Printing from St Martin's College of Art and Design and BTEC in Foundation Studies in Art and Design. Prior to joining Britannica, Karen spent time as Head of Department at Archbishop Tesileading Church of England School in London and leading an Art department at an international school in Suzhou. She has over 11 years of experience as a teacher.

Key Stage 1   |   Key Stage 2   |   Key Stage 3 & 4   |   Art