Year 1 Teacher
I am from Tutukaka, Northland, New Zealand. I graduated as a teacher in 1994 from the Auckland College of Education and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from the University of Auckland. My teaching experience has been in Primary Education from Year 1 to Year 6. I came to the UAE in 2013 and have enjoyed working in the international school environment.
As a teacher, my focus is supporting students to meet learning challenges with confidence and enthusiasm. I believe every child has a unique set of talents and abilities that will flourish in my calm and caring classroom environment.
Year 4 Teacher
I am originally from Reading in the UK and this is my first year teaching in Dubai. I gained my teaching degree at the University of Reading. Prior to this I graduated from St Mary’s University College, where I studied Sports Science and Management Studies. I am currently teaching Year 4 at Hartland but have experience teaching most year groups in Key Stage 2.
Head of Science / Senior Tutor
Originally from Birmingham in the UK, I have been teaching for over ten years and working in Dubai for the past five years as a Head of Department. I moved to Hartland International School because I believed in the idea of forming a “strong partnership between our school, each child and their parents”. This is a great ethos that I strongly believe in, so that the child is able to grow into a happy, strong and independent individual. My hobbies include travelling, mindfulness, yoga and reading.
Head of Art & Design
I have been teaching for nine years, six of these in Dubai. I pride myself on being a competent, adaptable and enthusiastic professional with an established reputation for delivering outstanding innovative, effective and enjoyable classroom lessons. I have worked within range of practical and leadership roles, teaching to the British skills based curriculum, the International Primary & Secondary Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate. My success has evolved from a mature, constructive and eclectic teaching approach where I foster a strong, multi-cultural team working relationship between colleagues, students and parents.
Mrs Kathryn Llewellyn
Head of EAL
I am delighted to be part of the fantastic team at Hartland and have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as head of EAL for the whole school - from FS2 up to year 6. I am looking forward to also working with the secondary children joining in September. My professional experience in EAL is extensive and I have spent the past fifteen years working across all age groups both privately and in different schools and colleges in the Middle East and beyond.
Head of Primary Maths
I graduated in 1996 from the University of Wales with a B Ed Primary Degree. I have been part of the teaching profession for almost twenty years and I have held positions in middle management for well over a decade. I worked as a co-ordinator in a school before being a consultant in teaching and learning in Manchester and then Blackburn. This enabled me to transfer my skills and knowledge to become a Head of Mathematics in a large British primary school in Dubai before I joined the team at Hartland International School in August 2015.
Mary Rose Grieve
I am from Edinburgh, and my husband, four children and I have lived in Dubai for three years. My children are all at the school, and I have been the Librarian at Hartland since December. I have the enviable job of looking after our wonderful, ever growing, collection of books, and helping the students and teachers in their learning and teaching. I am passionate about reading and children’s literature, and the promotion of reading for pleasure is a vital part of my job, as well as the teaching of information literacy and research though our library catalogue, and our digital and physical collections.
Year 2 Teacher
I am from Tipperary in Ireland and graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Limerick in 2008. I have lived and worked in Cork, Ireland for most of my career, teaching children from age 6-12. I joined Hartland International School in 2015 and am currently Year 2 Homeroom Teacher. As a teacher, my focus is on creating a safe, inclusive atmosphere where children can learn effectively whilst gaining confidence and feeling supported. I believe that this is the best environment for children of this age to reach their potential, socially, emotionally and academically. This year, I coached the boys’ rugby team and also organised activities for the very popular “Lego Club” enrichment.
Arabic B Teacher
I come from Egypt where I did my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in education. I have had almost seventeen years of experience as an Arabic teacher to non-native speakers in Dubai. My major goal in teaching Arabic is to achieve advanced language proficiency in the four areas of language performance: speaking, listening, reading and writing and using Arabic in the real life. I am happy to be part of such an ambitious school with wonderful students.