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Yvonne McKenna

Yvonne McKenna

Chemistry Teacher

I undertook a Chemistry with Pharmacology degree at The University of Liverpool, before completing my Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1998. I then taught for seven years in the UK at three different schools in the Merseyside area. My husband and I moved to teach overseas in 2006 and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience that international life has to offer. So far we have been fortunate to have lived in three very different countries with varying cultures and worked at three excellent schools. Since 2013 we worked at the Nord Anglia School in Guangzhou, China before joining Compass International School Doha.

Initially I was the Head of Science at The British School of Guangzhou in 2015 I became the Assistant Head of Secondary, having responsibility for the pastoral care of students. I am a strong advocate for women leaders, especially in education where it is important that the young people that we teach have positive role models to look up to. 

Having worked for Nord Anglia Education for five years in China, I was pleased to move to another Nord Anglia school. Being part of a large educational group has allowed me to continually develop professionally, something that is so important in this rapidly changing world. My move to Compass International School Doha as a teacher of Science (Chemistry) allows me to get back to doing more of what I enjoy - which is being in the classroom, teaching. 

I enjoy the challenge of living in a country with a different culture and the opportunities that this offers. In my time spent working overseas, I have been able to travel extensively around Asia and the Americas and I hope to be able to explore the delights that the Middle East has to offer. As well as travel, I like to keep fit and also enjoy watching sport, in particular my favourite team, Everton.