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Our Team

At Reach British School, we are proud to say that we only recruit teaching staff with a passion for lifelong learning and the desire to share that passion with children, colleagues and the community.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history.

Reach British School recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organisations.

Dene Bright

Principal

Dene Bright

Principal

Prior to choosing to join Reach British School, I spent over 30 years working in education in a variety of locations and positions. These include primary classroom teacher, Education Advisor, Leadership Consultant, Principal and Vice Principal in both rural and metropolitan schools. I have had the opportunity to work in Abu Dhabi, as well as Egypt, Africa, Qatar, Fiji, Canada, Saudi Arabia and schools across Western Australia.

My most recent position was head of a British School in Cairo, a fantastic school with wonderful staff and vibrant, fascinating city.  Reach British School lured me away with the prospect of returning to Abu Dhabi where I previously worked as part of an ADEC school reform project.

I have a son and a daughter who keep me young and focused on what today’s students need for the future workforce.  I’ll have to work hard to find time to add to my list of 56

Johannes Bodenstein

Vice Principal

Johannes Bodenstein

Vice Principal

I started my teaching career in 1996 in South Africa and moved to the Middle East with my wife and two daughters in 2006. I have worked as a middle and senior school leader in several countries that include Syria, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. I bring 21 years of experience to the Reach education table. My expertise lies in a wide range of schools with a goal of raising academic standards.  I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe that setting high expectations for students can lead to outstanding achievements. All students are capable of learning and can reach their full potential if we work together as a team to support them. I am very excited to be part of the senior Leadership Team at Reach British School and look forward to working with students, parents and staff.

Andrew Du Lieu

Head of Primary

Andrew Du Lieu

Head of Primary

Andrew grew up in Poole, on the south coast of the United Kingdom. He studied at Winchester University, where he completed a four year course in BA Hons in Primary Education with a specialism in Design and Technology. With a career in education spanning 18 years, Andrew has developed his knowledge of curriculum and assessment both in the UK and UAE, carefully adapting learning opportunities to meet the context and needs of the students.

He has taken on a range of leadership positions, most recently as founding Head of Primary at a new school in Abu Dhabi and is excited to be joining Reach British School as the Head of Primary. He strongly believes that each student has their own journey, developing skills and knowledge to engage in an ever changing world as global citizens.

Andrew enjoys working with a team of educators to enhance learning opportunities for students, ensuring high quality

Sarah Warncken

Head of Secondary

Sarah Warncken

Head of Secondary

I am incredibly honoured to be a part of an established and excellent team, and moreover to play a pivotal role in leading a team who are utterly committed to our students’ success. In writing to you today, I wanted to convey that I consider this responsibility an enormous privilege and pledge to work tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence for every student in our care.

I am joining Reach having held several leadership roles in UK schools for over a decade. My roles have been predominantly focused around raising achievement and improving student outcomes and I am excited to work with the staff and team at Reach to ensure our students strive for the very best. We all want to give them every opportunity for them to excel both in and out of the classroom. Throughout my tenure, I have gained extensive experience in curriculum design, been at the forefront

Hanane Ouna

Assistant Head of Secondary

Hanane Ouna

Assistant Head of Secondary

Mohamed Saleh

Head of Arabic

Mohamed Saleh

Head of Arabic

With over 13 years of experience teaching in and leading Arabic Departments in International Schools in the UAE, Mr Saleh has extensive experience in delivering and planning a robust Arabic curriculum.

He has been instrumental in improving the inspection results in the Arabic Departments he has previously been a part of, and we look forward to seeing the curriculum developments he will make to Arabic Studies at Reach British School. His philosophy to teaching and learning is based on creating an educational environment in which everyone participates and one that is centred around the students. He will endeavour to form very strong partnerships with our families and he will be encouraging parents to actively participate in the educational process, as well as share ideas and strategies with him.

Mr. Saleh holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language and Literature, as

Osama Elsayed

Head of MOE Subjects

Osama Elsayed

Head of MOE Subjects

Before joining Reach British School, I worked as a department manager, teacher of Islamic education and Social Studies in several schools inside and outside the country. As head of MOE subjects at Reach British School, I look forward to developing a team of teachers who will be able to raise a generation who respect the leaders of the nation, the traditions and laws of our country and soon to be the leaders of the future who serve their countries in international forums

Manal Alia

Head of Inclusion

Manal Alia

Head of Inclusion

Ms. Manal is originally from Jordan and has been living in the UAE since 1997. She has a Master's Degree in Special Educational needs from Zayed University and has 14 years of experience working in both Government and International Schools in Abu Dhabi. Over the last 7 years, Manal has worked as a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

Ms. Manal believes that all children have the right to learn and to be included. Her passion is to support all her students and meet their needs to help them be successful in the future.

Layla Keylani

Finance and Administration Manager

Layla Keylani

Finance and Administration Manager

Before joining Reach, I had 15 years of experience in finance and advisory services in various industries, of which eight years were as a finance manager after earning my CMA.

I joined Reach British School September 2015 in its second year of operation. I have witnessed the impressive progress this young school is achieving and I’m proud to be part of the hard working and dedicated team at Reach, who are targeting excellence in all aspects of teaching, learning and caring. Myself with all my other colleagues in administration department are happy to be supporting both our educational team and valuable pupil’s parents, to see our students well equipped by Reach for their bright future.

Pooja Nair

Human Resources Manager

Reach British School - Pooja Nair
Reach British School - Pooja Nair

Pooja Nair

Human Resources Manager

Pooja is an experienced senior HR professional with vast experience in recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, change management, labor relations and benefits administration.  She has over five years of management experience and worked with a leading education investment company in Dubai.

Hana Kaddoura

HR Officer

Hana Kaddoura

HR Officer

Education is a group effort and ownership and leadership are connected.

At Reach, we are committed to making sure that all of our learners grow up to be the best that they can be, capable of making the right choices to make a difference as global citizens in the challenging yet exciting world of the 21st century.

Our Middle leaders at Reach British School inspire hope, ignite imagination and instill love of learning. They embrace and add to our community, bringing out the best in other people and chidden, and bringing a smile to school every day.

Hannah Onafuye

Head of Science

Hannah Onafuye

Head of Science

Leah Cassell

Head of English

Leah Cassell

Head of English

Sean Davis

Head of Mathematics

Sean Davis

Head of Mathematics

Sean has 19 years of experience in the field of education and is a specialist in both Mathematics and Science. He has taught in Jamaica, the UK and the UAE, but most of his time has been spent in the UK teaching the National Curriculum for England and Wales.

He has spent the last 7 years teaching in the UAE public and private schools.

Sean is very aware of the culture and the needs of our students. His motivation from seeing students thrive academically and seeing them become active members of the societies they are a part of.

“I look forward to meeting all the families of my students at Reach British School. Together we will build positive partnerships that will ensure we support our students to obtain the best possible outcomes” – Mr. Sean.

Messaouda Maamri

Head of Humanities

Messaouda Maamri

Head of Humanities

Sandra Chan

KS2 English Leader

Sandra Chan

KS2 English Leader

Una Costello

KS1 Maths Leader

Una Costello

KS1 Maths Leader

Una has been teaching for three years and studied at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

She enjoys teaching because it’s a career to be proud of and gives her the ability to make a difference in her students' lives. Una is especially passionate about teaching Year 1 and loves being a part of their development. Her goals for her students are to work hard and
achieve all the learning objectives across all subjects so that they are ready to take on Year 2 and most importantly, enjoy the learning process and have fun.

Una believes Parents are an integral part of their child’s education by encouraging their child, helping with homework and
communicating with the teacher.

Natalie Griffiths

KS2 Maths Leader

Natalie Griffiths

KS2 Maths Leader

Jessica Gill

KS1 English Leader

Jessica Gill

KS1 English Leader

Samantha Cliffe

KS1 Science Leader

Samantha Cliffe

KS1 Science Leader

Samantha is from England in the UK. She studied for 3 years at Lancaster University and received a degree in History. She then studied a Postgraduate Certificate in Education degree in Primary Education (5-11 years) at the University of Hull. She is now in her 6th year of teaching with the UK National Curriculum and her 2nd year of teaching at Reach.

Samantha is very passionate about developing Science as a core curriculum area for RBS pupils. Science is an important part of the curriculum. Children constantly want to know why? They want to do experiments; they want to investigate.

Her goal is to instill awe and wonder into the delivery of Science, excite children about taking part in their own experiments and inspire them to become facilitators of their own scientific discoveries.

Samantha will also be providing guidance throughout the year for staff and

Usman Iqbal

KS2 Science Leader & Year 3 Leader

Usman Iqbal

KS2 Science Leader & Year 3 Leader

Usman's ambition and passion for teaching has allowed him to achieve a 2:1 in BA (Hons) Primary Education (with QTS) as well as becoming a Maths leader within my second year of teaching. This was in an OFSTED rated ‘outstanding’ four-form entry school in inner-city London; with a high percentage of pupils who had English as a second language. Alongside this, He was also a Year 3 class teacher.

Prior to this, he was in another inner-city school in the North of England where he taught in Year 4. He has just over 2 yearsof experience teaching the English National Curriculum. However, he is extremely familiar with this curriculum as it is what he used whilst training to become a teacher. He has also worked with groups of pupils in Years 5 and 6 to support them in excelling and achieving the ‘Greater Depth’ standard. Therefore, as

Melissa Bodenstein

FS1 Leader

Melissa Bodenstein

FS1 Leader

Melissa is from Pretoria in sunny South Africa. Melissa obtained a four-year HED Diploma in Pre- and Primary Teaching from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and has 25 years of teaching and managing experience in Early Years and Year 1. She moved to the Middle East in 2006 and has taught in South Africa, Syria, Oman, Qatar and UAE. Melissa has been a part of the Reach family for six years working hard with the school to make it an Amazing Learning experience to every child in her class. Her favorite quote is: “To infinity and beyond…” by Buzz Lightyear, as she believes there is no limit to learning.

During her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading fantasy books, fine dining, traveling and oil painting.

 

 

 

Sonika Van Der Merwe

FS2 Leader

Sonika Van Der Merwe

FS2 Leader

Sonika Van Der Merwe grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood.  She has more than 15 years of teaching experience ranging from Nursery to Key Stage 1. She did supply teaching in London after graduating and worked in various schools across South Africa, including government and private schools, where she gained valuable experience with different curriculums. She worked in Sharjah for two years at an American Curriculum school before joining the Reach family in 2019.

Sonika is excited about her new role at Reach British School. She is eager to gain further experience in the EYFS and believes that she could have valuable input in our young students' education. Together with her team, they strive to promote the school’s vision to be 'the school of choice' and promote 'Amazing Learning."

Kerri Allen

Science Specialist KS2 & Science Curriculum Lead KS2

Kerri Allen

Science Specialist KS2 & Science Curriculum Lead KS2

Kerri responsibilities include providing outcome-based lessons based on the National Curriculum of England, providing a safe place for students to learn and communicate with parents and families regarding learning in the classroom. As a middle leader, she supports Year 3 teachers in learning and teaching, provide support to parents in the Year group and support the school in implementing the curriculum and any schemes that are provided.

Kerri has been teaching for 21 years. she has a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English Language Learners and a Master degree in Elementary Education. She began in the United States where she taught for 11 years in Arizona and Massachusetts. In 2010, Kerri arrived in the UAE and taught for nine years for the Ministry of Education in Al Ain. She then shifted to Reach British School in 2019.

It brings Kerri joy when

Katie McCulley

Year 1 Leader

Katie McCulley

Year 1 Leader

I am the Year 1 Leader at Reach British School. Since graduating from Edgehill University with a Bachelor degree in primary education in 2013, I have gained a wide variety of experience through many different roles within schools in the UK and have been a class teacher in Year 1 for the past 4 years. However, I am eager for a change and love new challenges and can’t wait to learn and progress further working within an international school such as Reach.

Passion, enthusiasm and an eagerness for empowering young minds is what enthuses me to want to teach. I enjoy that every day is different and always a challenge. I value creating environments that help children to feel safe and promote a want for learning. A special space where children feel valued, listened to and respected, where they can share their opinions and explore their natural inquisitive natures.

I believe

Annalene Naude

Year 2 Leader

Annalene Naude

Year 2 Leader

Lucy Sweeney

Year 6 Leader

Lucy Sweeney

Year 6 Leader

Lucy grew up in the West of Ireland and moved to England where I undertook my degree in Education specializing in Maths at Canterbury Christ Church University. She spent several years teaching
in London, England before moving to Abu Dhabi where she has worked in a British curriculum school.

Her teaching allows her to foster independence, confidence and self-esteem in all the children that she teaches, whilst keeping their love of learning alive, inspiring them to be happy and eager for knowledge. Lucy believes that education is a fundamental aspect of children’s lives and its role in shaping their future is paramount. It is her ambition to have a positive influence on children and instill in them a passion for learning.

Lucy is a dedicated, friendly and extremely hard-working and outstanding teacher. She hopes to provide enriching opportunities and drawing out the very best in every

Kyle Charlton

Year 5 Leader

Kyle Charlton

Year 5 Leader

Marilyn Cassell

Phase Leader

Marilyn Cassell

Phase Leader