Our Team

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

Rebecca Griffith | FS1 Jellyfish
Rebecca is an FS1 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.

Hannah Moore |FS1 Turtle
Hannah is an experienced Foundation Stage 1 teacher who has experience working in nurseries throughout the U.K and the UAE. She has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the EYFS framework and curriculum and a determination to provide children with the best learning experience possible within a safe and stimulating environment. Hannah has a very trusting and warm character and builds strong relationships with children and parents. Her classes are fun, exciting and focused on enthusiasm for learning, through a balance of adult led and child initiated teaching methods. Hannah believes the key to a great education is helping children develop curiosity and a desire to learn by exploring their surroundings and environment on a daily basis.

  Donna Fletcher | FS2 Panda
Donna is a passionate and dedicated teacher specialising in the Early Years Education. She graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Advanced Study of the Early Years QTS, from Liverpool Hope University in 2008. Donna moved to Dubai in 2010 where she has been teaching ever since. Alongside her role as class teacher, she has also been a leader of the Science curriculum in her previous school. Donna is passionate about delivering a curriculum that is fun, creative and centred around the children’s interests. She states, “I believe it is essential to encourage creative and critical thinking alongside stimulating and meaningful experiences, to prepare children for their future.”

  Rachel Mayhew | FS2 Monkey
Rachel has a total of six years teaching experience, four of which were in the UK and two here in Dubai. She is a creative and energetic teacher, providing a positive, engaging and safe environment for all children. She is passionate about teaching and believes that learning opportunities should allow each child to reach and even excel their potential.  Rachel has experience working with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and special needs and so has a strong understanding of creating an inclusive environment for all.

Henrietta Owen | FS2 Elephant
Henrietta is a creative, dynamic and dedicated teacher. She has ten years teaching experience in contrasting primary settings, both in the UK and here in Dubai. Henrietta has a strong track record for raising achievement and improving standards across all areas of the Primary curriculum, specialising in Early Years. She is passionate about teaching and creating a positive, safe environment for her children, parents and colleagues. Her belief is schools should be inclusive with all children encouraged to participate and achieve their individual goals.

Pamela Woodall | FS2 Tiger
Pamela is an enthusiastic, committed and energetic teacher who provides an interactive and stimulating environment for all the children in her care. She believes in the importance of facilitating learning by providing children with the tools and skills to investigate and question their own learning. Pamela encourages them to be risk takers, curious and open minded. She strives to make the curriculum engaging and hands on. Pamela has a high level of cultural awareness from living in the Middle East with a strong international mindedness.

Natalie Twigger | Y1 Camel
Natalie has an unbridled passion for teaching and education and one of her central beliefs is the importance of creating a positive learning environment where there are high expectations of all children. She believes that Primary Education should build on the entire potential of each child in a loving and caring community, where each person is unique, valued and respected. Natalie aims to inspire young, inquisitive minds by delivering lessons which are engaging, exciting and challenging, motivating all children to reach their full potential.

Farhat Hussain | Y1 Leopard
Farhat is a passionate and dedicated teacher, who is committed to inspire the academic and moral excellence of her children. 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.

Olivia Booth | Y1 Giraffe
Olivia is an enthusiastic, creative and caring teacher who has been teaching in Key Stage One for five years, in the UK and in Dubai. Her passion is to make a difference to a child’s school experience through creating active, engaging and challenging lessons within a safe and stimulating environment. Her main aim as a teacher is for every child in her care to have a love for learning and to be excited to come to school. Olivia’s ethos for the classroom strongly encourages every child to express their ideas through questioning and class discussions so they become independent and lifelong learners.

  Kirsty Campbell | Y2 Lizard
Kirsty has been working in the UAE for the past four years. Originally from Essex in England, Kirsty graduated with a BSc Degree in Psychology, before completing the Graduate Teaching Program to become a fully qualified teacher in 2011. Kirsty has been a passionate horse rider since a young age and has continued this passion in Dubai. Kirsty has taught across Key Stage One and Two, whilst also being an EAL specialist and Key Stage Leader in previous roles. Kirsty considers her teaching methods to be emerging and engaging, she prides herself on giving children as many interactive experiences as possible, “I love making a mess, getting our hands dirty and really getting involved in the topic we are learning about. Expect to see me frequently dressed-up and changing my Classroom into a variety of wonderlands! I can’t wait to start with my new class at Oaktree.”

  Niall McGonigle | Y2 Hedgehog
Niall believes that every child should have access to an exciting, engaging and relevant education, which should instil 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.

Siobhan Marnell | Y3 Wolf
Siobhan is a dedicated and committed teacher and Key Stage 1 leader. He draws on his creative background to build a learning environment that is exciting and inspires children to be great all-round learners. As a teacher Siobhan Marnell motivates his children to do their best, extending their own personal limits, whilst supporting them to develop their social skills and values and encouraging them to flourish as rounded, inquisitive and confident individuals.

Michelle Lewis | Y5 Gazelle
Michelle Lewis has lived and worked in Dubai within the education sector since 2010. She graduated with a PGCE in Primary Education from Glasgow University, Scotland. She previously worked at a predominantly Emirati school in Mirdif for six and a half years before moving to work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) education. Michelle has taught in Key Stage one and two and is able to pitch lessons with precision and effective pacing. Her passion for teaching and working with children is evident in her day to day practice and her children learn to develop a love of learning. As the Year 5 class teacher for Gazelle and Key Stage Two Leader, Michelle sees teaching as a vocation and not just a job. She states ‘For me, teaching is not about providing children with lots of knowledge, it’s about providing children with the skills and resources necessary to learn for themselves.’.

David Groarke | Y6 Hawk
David successfully completed a degree in Business Studies and then went on to achieve a PGCE qualification awarded by the University of Cumbria. Having spent his first-year teaching in an outstanding primary school in London, he relocated to Dubai and has spent the past 5 years working as a Key Stage 2 teacher. He is recognised as a highly motivated and committed Teacher who actively participates in school life through roles including behaviour management lead and Maths coordinator. David places a great importance on creating a classroom which is friendly, inspirational and rewarding of effort.  He adopts a variety of approaches in engaging his children including open discussion, active and enquiry based learning. As a teacher, David sets high expectations for his children; whilst motivating, encouraging and supporting them to be the best versions of themselves. He is committed to developing himself and his skills and has attended multiple training and development courses such as Pie-Corbet Talk for Writing, Maths No Problem as well as Apps and iPad training.

  Joanne Mason | Physical Education
Jo is a motivated, enthusiastic and highly committed teacher with a very strong PE and pastoral background, who has been teaching at a predominately Emirati school in Dubai since 2011. She has taught physical education and swimming at all age groups from FS1 to Year 13, with her strengths being swimming, trampolining, rounders, climbing and fitness.  She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008 with a BA Hons in Physical Education, previous to that she has also worked within the National Health Service (NHS) and was an Above Water Operator Mechanic in the Royal Navy. Jo believes in giving every child the opportunity to “be their best”. Her teaching ethos is that every child should be given the opportunity to be the best that they can be and not compared to others. Jo prides herself in creating and maintaining a positive learning environment for all.

  Rawaa Farah | Arabic B
Rawa graduated from Al-Baath University, Syria in 2011.She has taught Arabic language in many schools in her home country. She started working in Dubai in 2014 in Al Mawakeb School and Safa British School. Her love of teaching allows her to always study and research modern teaching techniques that enable children to improve their self-esteem and maintain interest and excitement in the Arabic language.

  Wala Kharasani | Islamic A
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.

Abir Turkman | Islamic B
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 children and encourage them to learn more.

Abir Tayfour | Arabic A
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 children, 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.

  Marwa Alaaddin | Arabic A
Marwa is passionate about teaching and interacting with children. She graduated from Syria as an Arabic teacher, specialising in Interactive Teaching. She takes her work seriously and believes that learning should be interesting and her aim is to build stronger and a more effective generation of learners. She has a variety of teaching strategies to make Arabic lessons accessible to all children, fun and interesting. She says her children will surprise their parents on a daily basis with the new things they learn.

Mais Haddad | Arabic B
Mais studied educational techniques and psychological guidance for children with learning difficulties, for four years. She started her career at a Taer Alfenek School in her home country where she cultivated her talent and acquired new teaching skills. Since she moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2014, she has contributed towards enriching her experience and developing her teaching skills in line with international teaching standards, she enjoys developing activities and educational games and songs that attract the attention of children and helps them learn using modern teaching techniques. Mais is very proud to be part of Oaktree family and she is looking forward to a prosperous and rewarding experience.

Chekwube Onyilimba | Music
Chekwube started his musical journey at a very young age. He has been working in Dubai as a music teacher for three years. His aim is to make children fall in love with music and he wants to inspire them to explore every aspect of music. Chekwube not only delivers music lessons in curriculum time, but he also teaches private one-to-one lessons to our children. After school he teaches various musical instrument lessons and wants to create a school choir and a school instrumental group, which he hopes will develop a positive music culture in school.

Agnieszka Kawalko | French
Aga is a passionate teacher who believes that learning should be a beautiful journey for all children and the teacher should be their guide. She wants to teach pupils critical thinking and problem- solving skills by providing motivating learning environments. She uses strategies that meet individual needs of children and she builds positive relationship with every child. In her free time she loves to travel and discover new cultures.

Dora Majoros | English Additional Language and Italian Language Teacher

Gillian Florez | Spanish Language Teacher

Maria Rybalova |Russian Language Teachers