Primary Teaching Staff

Our dedicated and passionate team of educators have been recruited from around the world and come from places such as United Kingdom, Switzerland, USA, France, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Canada, New Zealand and Lebanon.

They reflect the international learning environment of which we provide for our students, anchored in the international values of Switzerland. Families who join the Swiss International School in Qatar join a truly multicultural school community, where multilingualism and cultural awareness is celebrated and valued. 

Find out more about our primary school team below.

Michelle Hayes - Head of Early Years

Michelle has been involved in education for over thirty years.

Before joining the Swiss International School in Qatar, she was the Head of Primary at the British International School of Abu Dhabi. Prior to this, she was the Headteacher of a UK Primary School. Michelle has been involved in senior leadership for seventeen years - and has worked across the UK, including London.

She thoroughly enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures, and has also lived in Italy for several years were she taught at the English International School of Padova; an IB accredited school. 

 

 

 

 

Ana Bell Garzia Suarez - Early Years Teacher (Pre-KG)

Ana Bell has been teaching for 15 years to bilingual and English language learners in elementary schools.

Prior to joining SISQ she worked in Mexico at the American School Foundation of Monterrey and at Dallas International School in Dallas, USA. Ana Bell and her husband Joaquin (also an educator at SISQ) have raised two children who are currently studying in USA and Germany. She is a strong believer in multicultural environments where students are exposed to a variety of cultures and languages.

Ana Bell speaks English and Spanish, and she enjoys dancing, exploring new cultures and living an active and healthy lifestyle

 

 

 

Vera Khoury - Early Years Teacher (Pre-KG)

Vera has been working as a Pre-KG teacher for over eleven years. She spent her first year of her teaching career in Lebanon until she moved to Florida, USA with her husband where she spent ten years as a Lead Teacher at Skycrest Christian School.

She has always had a passion for working with children and some of her favorite times with young children are watching their wonder in nature, seeing them begin to build friendships with each other, marveling at their creativity and hard work, and simply enjoying their play. She holds a degree in Early Years Education and certified in child development. She joins the Swiss International School with her two children who is attending SISQ too. Her son is in Grade 8 and her daughter in Grade 3.

Originally from Lebanon, she speaks English, Arabic and French. She loves all kind of sports, arts and crafts activities

 

Marianne Requejo - Early Years Teacher (Pre-KG)

Marianne is a Swiss-Peruvian teacher with 9 years of teaching experience in Primary and Early Years education. Growing up she studied in several countries which gave her a broad understanding of different cultures, international education and enabled her to learn English, Spanish and Swiss-German, all of which she speaks fluently.

She studied her Bachelor of Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Education-international, in Peru where she has worked in IB accredited international schools.

In her spare time, Marianne enjoys baking, reading, travelling and trying new culinary experiences with her family.

 

 

 

 

Alexandra Middlemost - Early Years Teacher (KG1)

Alexandra goes by the name Sasha. She was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and lived there until 2001 when her family moved to Devon, England.

She has also spent 6 months living in France at the age of 11 and picked up a lot of French during that time. She spent 4 years at Brighton University and graduated in 2013 with a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education with PE and MFL as specialisms. Alexandra then spent 7 years working with children who had challenging behaviours and disabilities, and have completed an array of courses such as total communication and epilepsy awareness.

She enjoys being active and go to the gym often throughout the week. 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Cust - Early Years Teacher (KG1)

Patricia is Canadian and has over 20 years teaching experience both in Canada and in Singapore. She is a native English speaker but developed a love for the French language when she went on a six-week French immersion program at the age of 18. She then went on to receive her B.A. from the University of Guelph, B.Ed from Nipissing University and undertook Advanced French studies at the Université of Pau, France. She has lived in Canada, Singapore, France and Bali and looks forward to making Qatar her new home.

She is a published author of a children’s book called “The Mergirl’s Gift”. She loves working internationally and is always inspired by the rich cultures she encounters on her travels.

 

 

 

Yolande Stander - Early Years Teacher (KG2)

The first years of Yolande's teaching career were spent in England, where she taught at an assortment of schools, mainly in London. Working with children with unique abilities, both gifted and talented as well as those who faced some challenges, she knew she had found her calling. Back in Yolande's home country, South Africa, she studied further and earned a qualification in Curriculum Design while teaching at a boy's school. New opportunities beckoned and she was introduced to the IB PYP in Windhoek, Namibia where she stayed for eight and a half years, teaching a variety of age ranges and learning more about the IB Philosophy. When not teaching, travelling and spending time with family and friends are at the top of her list. Photography is also a newly found passion.

As a teacher, Yolande believes in motivating students and helping them to gain confidence in themselves. She believes that every student has the right to achieve success and pride herself on creating a stimulating, creative and engaging learning environment, which welcomes students and forms a safe place where they are allowed to experiment, make mistakes and of course, flourish. 

Yolande speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

Kate Flood - Early Years Teacher (KG2)

Kate is from Australia and has been a primary school teacher for the past 11 years.

She has spent the past 9 years teaching at international schools in China, Qatar, Sharjah and returned to Qatar to be part of the primary department at the Swiss International School. She has travelled to 54 countries and can truly say travelling and exploring different countries is one of her favourite hobbies. She loves coffee, cross fit and baking. She speaks English and is learning Arabic. She is also learning how to play the guitar, which ensures Kate is a very active and lifelong learner. 

 

 

 

 

Amira Lahmek - Early Years Teacher (KG2)

Amira is a French national that has qualified in the UK (Post Graduate Degree of Education) over 10 years ago. She has worked in many primary schools around Birmingham in the West Midlands. She has also worked in Qatar for five years between 2011 and 2016 as a teacher in Nursery, Key Stage 1 and 2. She left to be part of a new school project in the USA, in Virginia.

She was a Professional Learning Community Director for Kindergarten and Grade 1 as well as a lead teacher for reading and writing.  And after being part of it, Amira and her family have returned to Qatar for a new challenge at SISQ. Amira and her husband have 2 children, Kenza who is 4 and attends school in KG1 and Elyas who is almost 2.

Her love for the children draws her to EYFS as she feels like she can be a guide in the most important years of their life. Outside of teaching she absolutely loves baking and creating recipes. 

 

Teagan McCormack - Grade 1 Teacher

Teagan is from Ireland. She speaks both English and Irish fluently and have worked with children of many nationalities in succeeding at learning and speaking a second language.

She studied education in Dublin and Belfast and attained an International Bachelor of Education degree. Teagan has previously worked as a classroom teacher, teaching the PYP curriculum in Doha and is happy to have returned and joined the team at SISQ. She has a keen interest in sport and in her spare time she plays rugby, football and basketball. Teagan also loves to read and travel.

 

 

 

 

 

Nicola Grossfield - Grade 2 Teacher

Originally from the UK, Nicola grew up and studied in Canada. She earned her BA from the Universty of Guelph and received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor, both in Canada.

She began her teaching career in London, England where she delivered the National Curriculum. After three years she moved to an international school in Turkey where she has been for the past 12 years, learning a bit of Turkish along the way.  Her experience and passion for the PYP developed during her time teaching in Ankara and Istanbul. She strives to  promote this same passion for learning and different cultures within her classroom. 

She enjoys practicing yoga and and reading during her spare time. Nicola is accompanied by her husband Mustafa, and their two children, Mete and Emre. 

 

 

Bronwyn Matamu - Grade 3 Teacher

Bronwyn is from New Zealand. She has been teaching for twelve years, ten of those years in IB PYP/MYP  international schools in Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Information Systems and a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching. She has experience teaching in lower primary grades. She has also been a specialist in English as an Additional Language (EAL) PYP and Design Technology MYP.  Bronwyn’s mother tongue is English and she speaks some basic Japanese and Samoan. She enjoys travelling, photography and drawing.

She is a proud New Zealander who brings with her a love of rugby and netball - go the All Blacks! Bronwyn is accompanied by her husband Alby, who teaches PE, and their son, Luca.

 

 

Bejamin Burgess - Grade 4 Teacher

Benjamin spent the first years of his teaching career in the UK, delivering the IB curriculum at a school in the north of England. He has taught internationally for 8 years, spending 6 years as a class teacher and Exceptional Child Coordinator in Kuwait and more recently teaching in Guangzhou, China. Benjamin grew up in the UK and holds a BA(Hons) degree in Contemporary International History. He has a keen interest in Computing and managed his own web design business prior to teaching. He is joined in Qatar by his wife Gemma and two children, Oscar and Millie.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Turner - Grade 5 Teacher

Andrew studied towards his degree at Bournemouth University before completing his teacher training at Port Regis Prep school in Dorset, England. From here he travelled to Qatar to teach before also teaching in Kuwait and China at Wellington College.

Andrew led the International Primary Curriculum at Wellington and it was this role that led him back to England to work at Eagle House School, Berkshire. Andrew has taught a range of year groups within the elementary age group and is teaching Grade 5 at SISQ. He has a passion for technology within the classroom and is always keen to explore new ideas and learn from other educators worldwide to enhance his students learning. He is also very passionate about sport, especially football (a West Ham supporter), and contribute to the sporting programme at SISQ.

Andrew is joined in Qatar by his wife Vivian (also a teacher) and two year old son, Jack. 

 

Anne Bradley - PYP Teacher

Originally from the UK, Anne is a versatile educator with more than 25 years experience in international schools, working with students of all ages.

She has taught in the UK, France, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and most recently, Thailand. She has an undergraduate degree from the University College of Wales, postgraduate qualifications in special education, and a masters degree in international education. She speaks English, and has studied both Spanish and French.

Anne is accompanying her husband, Philip, to Qatar. She is passionate about health and staying active, and is currently training for participation in triathlons; wants to learn stand-up paddle-boarding and renew her love of sailing.

 

 

 

Christiane Molia-Bourguignon - PYP French Teacher

Christiane studied Didactic of Foreign Languages at University of La Sorbonne in Paris before starting her career as an international Educator. For the last 16 years, Christiane taught French language to various levels in the US, Belgium, DRC, Switzerland and Gabon.

Originally from France, Christiane loves travel and exploring different cultures, as well as running and cycling.

Christiane’s mother tongue is French and she speaks English and some basic German and Creole.

Christiane is accompanied by her husband Gilles (also an Educator) and her 2 children Léa and Mathis.

 

 

 

Gilles Henaux - PYP French Teacher

Gilles has been working in education for about 18 years. Originally from Belgium, Gilles started his international career just after he obtained his diploma of “Instituteur primaire” in Brussels.

Gilles taught in Louisiana (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland and finally in Gabon where he taught for the last 7 years. He had the opportunity to adapt to various national and international school systems and to practise as a French teacher in different situations. He speaks French, English and some basic Spanish.

Gilles met his wife, Christiane, in the US, who is a French primary educator at SISQ and is accompanied by their two children Lea and Mathis.

 

 

 

 

Haifa Al-Khaldi - Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher (Early Years)

Bio coming soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mona Abougad - Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher (PYP)

Mona is an Arabic, Islamic and Qatar History teacher. She comes from Alexandria, Egypt and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Facility of Art from the University of Alexandria.

Mona’s mother tongue is Arabic and she speaks English as well. She taught in Malaysia, in Saudi Arabia, in the United Arab Emirates, in Turkey and has been in Qatar for five years. Mona has been teaching for fourteen years and has taught in both international and independent schools. Mona loves pets, knitting tricots and hand made arts in general. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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