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  • Susan John

    Susan John

    Head of Chemistry, Year 12 Tutor

    Susan John

    After I graduated I trained as a neuropharmacologist using neurochemical techniques during in which I developed an interest in teaching and training. I subsequently embarked on a teaching career. Most of my professional career has been teaching a range of sixth form chemistry courses. Furthermore I demonstrate an expertise in the teaching and management of IGCSE chemistry which has become a very popular qualification in the UK. In previous teaching appointments I have successfully developed and established a diverse STEM enrichment programme with a local charity and knowledge based companies in Cambridge.

     

    I enjoy a wide range of interests including travelling, singing, salsa, learning new languages, independent cinema, reading, good conversation, shopping, cooking, theatre, cycling, politics and broadcasting. My favourite compound is the hexahydroxo Chromium (III) ion because it is the most beautiful shade of green.

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  • Eloise Hoyland in class

    Eloise Hoyland

    Science Teacher, Secondary Global Campus and STEAM Coordinator

    Eloise Hoyland

    I have loved science since I was at school which lead me to choosing a degree in Biological Sciences.  I was lucky enough to study at Oxford University which was a challenging but incredible experience.  Following my BSc I did a Masters in Control of Infectious Disease at LSHTM in London and a PGCE in Birmingham where I got my first role as science teacher.  I have a passion for horses and horse-riding so I then took a year out to work at a dressage yard in Hertfordshire where I gained my BHS Stage 2 but was keen to get back into teaching following this.

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  • Alice Robinson

    Alice Robinson

    Head of Biology, Year 13 Tutor

    Alice Robinson

     

    I have been teaching Science for the past seven years, the last four of which have been in Abu Dhabi as the Head of Biology. I am passionate about my subject and prior to completing my PGCE I studied Biomedical Science at Sheffield University. Whilst at University I spent my summer's teaching windsurfing and sailing in Greece and am a qualified water sports instructor.

     

    I am moving to Warsaw with my daughter, Ella, who will join Year 1, and my husband who will be the Head of Primary PE; we are really excited about joining the School and becoming part of your rich community. As a keen ultra-marathon runner I am very much looking forward to getting my trainers on and exploring the incredible countryside in Poland and hope to start up a cross country running club at School.

     

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  • Barbara Peplinska

    Science Teacher

    Barbara Peplinska

    We arrived in Warsaw In March 1993, with our three small children. I had been very happy teaching Chemistry in a large Comprehensive school in central  London for 6 years, but had to give this up for our new adventure. My eldest daughter joined Reception in September, by which time, the school had already grown exponentially.  Finding it difficult to cope without the stimulation of a job, I managed to find work and it wasn’t till September 1996 that a part-time Science job became available for me at The British School. I have been teaching in the school ever since. I have been part of the school’s growth from Primary, to Secondary to IB. Virtually every year has seen a new challenge and it continues to grow and change.

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  • Piotr Derus

    Piotr Derus

    Science Teacher

    Piotr Derus

    I was born in Poland. My family moved to Toronto when I was 6. I went to a high school specializing in the arts. Then I did a BSc in Physics and Astronomy at York University. In my third year I decided to keep with family tradition and go into education. That makes me a 3rd generation teacher, and the first male.  I love Physics because I believe that it brings us closest to truth, and there is never anything more important than the truth. I also love Astronomy because it allows me to study all creation.

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  • Shawn Langan

    Shawn Langan

    Physics teacher, Year 12 Tutor

    Shawn Langan

    As a physics and astronomy student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the U.S.A., I co-authored several journal articles related to pulsating variable stars. When I entered graduate school, I continued at UNL as a graduate research and teaching assistant, where I conducted research with a 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. Since these days as a student, I have loved gazing at the heavens and discovering the structure and beauty of the physical universe, alongside of students with inquiring minds.
     
    I began teaching physics and astronomy laboratories and lectures, at UNL in 2000. Since that time, I have changed from research in fundamental astronomy to developing methods that assist students in learning complex scientific principles and applying those principles to the students’ research interests. This project brought in roughly $50,000 USD in Student Fellowships, from NASA.
     

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  • Elena Segalini-Bower

    Elena Segalini-Bower

    Biology Teacher

    Elena Segalini-Bower

    Elena has been as Head of Biology, Head of EPQ and Head of Teaching and Learning, Sixth Form tutor and teacher of A Level Psychology at Hereford Cathedral School (a co-educational independent day school) which she joined in 2008.

    Elena was one of the three finalists in the Royal Society of Biology teacher of the year award in July 2015.

    She is one of 15 members of the Royal Society of Biology Curriculum Committee (https://www.rsb.org.uk/about-us/committees/biology-curriculum-committee), a group of university researchers, professors, representatives from industries and teachers advising government on biology curriculum content.

    Elena has been a KS3 National Science Strategy Lead teacher for Worcestershire and she has worked in both independent and state schools as a Lead Teacher focusing on implementing the most effective teaching and learning strategies.

    She was educated in Italy and spent two years completing a Masters on Ethology (Ants Behaviour) as part of her Natural Sciences degree course at Parma University (Italy). During her PGCE course at Worcester University (England) she completed a project on the Active Learning Cycle comparing the use of Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic activities to enhance learning to more traditional teaching techniques. 

    Her article on the Endoplasmic Reticulum Song homework featured in the School Science Review published by ASE (Association for Science Education).

     

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