Our Team

Our teachers values and very passionate about developing each child to be the best that they can be.

Samantha Bartolini – Registrar

Samantha has been in hospitality for over 11 years, working with a large international hotel chain. Her strengths have always been in working with customers on daily basis to ensure the highest quality of service and satisfaction. Looking after our parents and their children here at Oaktree is Sam’s priority in order to make sure that children are safe and happy and parents are up-to-date with any school changes or events. Samantha has been trained to assess all children and she aims to make the activity fun and enjoyable. Samantha has been in Dubai for one year with her husband and her daughter, Sofia, who studies at Oaktree Primary; she was also part of the founders’ team who set up the school. Samantha is a qualified nursery nurse. She loves working in a school because she can help children and parents through their school lives. Samantha always has an open-door policy and welcomes all parents.

Chené Loots – Counsellor

Chené Loots has worked within a school setting since graduating from Middlesex University, Dubai in 2012. She has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling. Chené moved to the U.A.E. 19 years ago, spending the majority of her life in Abu Dhabi before moving to Dubai making her a true “third culture child”. Her role includes well-being and encouraging children to strive for their personal best, with an important focus on a smooth transition from pre-school to primary school and from primary school to middle school. Chené believes that each child at Oaktree Primary School is unique, beautiful and capable of great achievement. “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

Lyndsay Telford

Lyndsay is a passionate classroom practitioner who is committed to providing valuable and enjoyable learning opportunities for the children in her care. Lyndsay has taught across the Key Stages in both Scotland and Qatar. She believes in supporting children to become responsible and caring individuals in a positive learning environment where children feel happy, valued and safe. Lyndsay seeks to provide relevant and meaningful learning opportunities by working collaboratively with her colleagues and pupils, to ensure the needs of her pupils are fulfilled.

Clodagh Doyle

Clodagh is a passionate and diligent teacher, she has taught in mainstream and Special Education. It is within Special Education that she found her passion. Clodagh worked in an Early Intervention Unit for the last two years. She has completed PECs and Teacher training. Clodagh believes that all children are unique and have the potential bring something special to school and the wider community. For Clodagh, teaching is about lifelong learning; as an educator she hopes to instil a love of learning and thirst for knowledge in her pupils.

Katie James

Katie’s philosophy for teaching is ‘sport for all’. She believes that it is vital to develop pupils’ enjoyment for sport so that all children have a positive attitude to physical activity leading to a healthy active lifestyle. Katie’s approach to delivering physical education is to educate, to enrich and to enthuse. Her energetic teaching approach ensures pupils develop communication, leadership skills and physical literacy enabling the holistic growth of all her pupils.

Farhat Hussain

Farhat is a passionate and dedicated teacher, who is committed to inspire the academic and moral excellence of her students. Through seven years of teaching experience, she has developed a philosophy that a classroom should be a place of joy, discovery, exploration and imagination. She ensures this by encouraging a sense of awe and wonder in learning through exploration and delivering a relevant curriculum for all. As a teacher, Farhat strives to encourage a passion for learning, which encompasses a range of academic, creative and sporting possibilities for all children.

Anika Mir

Anika is an experienced, outstanding practitioner, who has a passion for teaching. She believes that the most rewarding and important type of learning is through fun, interactive and hands on experiences. This belief ensures that Anika is dedicated to developing and implementing a creative curriculum that reaches every pupil’s learning style and ability, empowering students to succeed and reach their individual goals. Anika is a positive, highly motivated individual, who thrives on creating an enjoyable atmosphere with high expectations and exceptional behaviour. Anika’s favourite subject is Mathematics. She also loves drama, music, and dance and is interested in every innovation in technology; this is evident in the way that she engages her pupils in her lesson delivery.

Niall McGonigle

Niall believes that every child should have access to an exciting, engaging and relevant education, which should instill a lifelong desire to learn and equip them to face an ever-changing world. It is this belief that drives his daily practice. Niall strives to inspire, support and release the potential of every child in his care by providing them with unique, interesting and thought-provoking experiences. Niall has a passion for Music, Science, Reading and Sports.

Tom Hopkins

Tom is an experienced, motivated teacher who is devoted to the education and well-being of all pupils. He is committed to delivering an engaging curriculum through creative, thought-provoking lessons, giving children every opportunity to explore and engage in hands-on learning. Tom believes in the importance of building supportive and nurturing relationships with the pupils in order to provide them with an equal opportunity to grow and learn whilst, at the same time, encouraging independent thought and self-esteem.

Tia Neale

Tia is an inspirational and passionate teacher and Foundation Stage leader, who is committed to all the children in her care. She is an outstanding teacher with eight years’ experience. Tia believes that every young person deserves the best possible start in life and that by ensuring learning in Foundation Stage is exciting, engaging and enjoyable, and by steering children’s natural curiosity, she aims to enable children to become confident, bold and prepared to be challenged.

Mathilde Villeneuve Dentinger

Mathilde is a native French primary school teacher. She has been teaching for fifteen years across all levels of primary school from FS1 to Year 6 in International French schools in France, South America and the Middle East. She is passionate about teaching and believes that every step is important in a child’s development. She is, as well, convinced that an individualised approach is essential to develop the knowledge of the pupils and strengthen their skills.

Rebecca Griffith

Rebecca is an exceptional Foundation Stage teacher. Her unique skills provide a secure base for any child to enjoy learning, but most importantly strive to learn as she creates an enriched environment whereby children’s curiosity leads them to explore and learn through play. Rebecca sets clearly defined learning goals for each individual child and, as an accomplished teacher, she ensures they reach their full potential giving them support, care, love and praise, rewarding their talents and building a defined partnership with parents so that all parents are welcomed.

Louise Baxter

Louise is a dedicated teacher, with teaching experiences from around the world. She has spent the last two years successfully teaching in the UAE, enjoying local culture and traditions. She prioritises each individual child’s health and happiness in order to ensure the very best start on their educational path; she promotes a love of learning through practical, hands-on experiences. Louise inspires children to be responsible, independent and take pride in all they achieve; “Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” – (Anatole France).

Abir Turkman

Abir Turkman has been an Islamic Education Teacher for the past twelve years. She studied in Damascus University and graduated in 1999 in the sharia (Islamic studies) Department. She received a Diploma in Educational qualification in 2001. Abir likes reading and sports a lot. She is very pleased and happy to be a teacher. She is a high-flyer and self-motivated. Abir is eager to learn and use the newest strategies in modern teaching that reflect positively on the students and encourage them to learn more.

Zuha Khudari

Zuha teaches Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. She has studied educational techniques and psychological guidance for children with major in learning difficulties, for five years. Zuha started her career at a Montessori school back in her home country where she cultivated her talent and acquired new teaching skills. Since she moved to the United Arab Emirates back in 2009, she has worked at reputed schools in Dubai, which has contributed towards enriching her experience and developing her skills in line with international teaching standards. With a tremendous passion for teaching especially, for the youngsters, she enjoys developing activities and educational games and songs that attract students’ attention and helps them learn using modern teaching techniques. Zuha is very proud to be part of Oaktree family and she is looking forward to a prosperous and rewarding experience.

Abir Tayfour

Abir Tayfour is a very capable Arabic teacher who has obtained, through many years of experience, lots of modern skills in the teaching of Arabic. By employing modern teaching techniques such as learning through playing, motivating thinking, initiation and empowering innovation within her students, Abir has a proven record of successful achievement. By Joining Oaktree Primary School, Abir aims to teach the Arabic language through both a simplified and easy approach as well as strengthening the children’s knowledge of the Arabic language.

Wala Kharasani

Wala started learning about Islam from a very young age and memorised the Holy Qur’an at a very tender age of nine. She studied traditional Islamic Sciences at college here in Dubai with Imam Malak. Wala received authorisations in various books including the major books that constitute the Hadith. She also took part in a one year course in specialisation in the science of giving legal verdicts, which is Iftaa.