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  • Alison Porter

    Alison Porter

    Head of Music, Themaid Campus

    Alison Porter

    I have always loved music. I started guitar lessons at the age of seven and on the advice of my guitar teacher took up a second instrument and began playing the cornet in a brass band at the age of ten. I really enjoyed the excitement of playing in concerts and competitions. I went on to study trumpet at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor David Mason, most famous for being the Beatles’ trumpet player on records such as “Penny Lane” and “All you need is Love”. During my time at the Royal College, I won the Brass prize and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra playing with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado.

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  • Anna Nowak

    Anna Nowak

    EAL Teacher at Madinat Khalifa and Additional Learning Needs C...

    Anna Nowak

    My background is in psychology and psychotherapy with a focus on well-being and mindfulness. 

    I am originally from Poland, however shortly after graduating high school I moved to the UK to obtain my undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, where I also worked as a counsellor supporting people dealing with variety of issues, including special needs. I have always been keen on helping children and adults in their learning journey and improving their well-being. This led me to work for schools and university in Chile as a psychologist, personal development facilitator and counsellor and now as an ALN coordinator and EAL teacher at Compass. 

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  • Catalina Espinoza

    Catalina Espinoza

    English Teacher

    Catalina Espinoza

    I grew up in the beautiful city of sails, Auckland, New Zealand which is at the bottom of the world. Living in such an isolated country, I grew up dreaming of travel and with a thirst for adventure. I always wanted to be a teacher since I was a young girl and I saw the profession as my ticket to see the world. I completed my education and graduated from the University of Auckland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and Postgraduate Diploma in Education. I gained four years' experience in two large state schools in Auckland. During this time, I took on as many opportunities as I could such as running extracurricular clubs, football coaching, teaching film production and event planning before making the move to London in 2016.

    After two exciting years living in the UK and travelling throughout Europe, I moved back home to New Zealand. My thirst for adventure and love of travel didn't keep me still for very long and soon enough, the right opportunity presented itself in the form of working at an international school. Doha appealed to me as an place full of new experiences, wonderful people and exciting opportunities.

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  • Ceri Jones

    Ceri Jones

    Arts and Design Technology Teacher and Year 8 Form Tutor

    Ceri Jones

    I am currently in my 7th year of teaching, I spent the first six years in the UK where I taught in London and in the South Wales valley.

    I completed my degree in BSc Human Nutrition at London Metropolitan University and during my third year, I completed a school placement at a secondary school in Tottenham. I liaised with the talented team in the DT department interacting with the students, learning how to plan lessons and support students completing small tasks, this is when I realized I can do this, I want to become a teacher.

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  • Esmahel Alfarhan

    Esmahel Alfarhan

    Arabic Teacher

  • Joanna Garforth

    Joanna Garforth

    Maths Teacher

    Joanna Garforth

    Joanna graduated from Leeds University in 2003 where she studied Physics.  She has been a Mathematics teacher for the past 13 years; having taught previously in the UK and in Qatar holding both teaching and Head of Department roles.  Joanna thoroughly enjoys teaching Mathematics and ensures that every child she teaches gains the most from her lessons.

    Joanna is happily married with a young family.  Both her children will be attending Themaid Campus!  In her spare time, Joanna enjoys swimming, reading, playing chess and cooking.

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  • Lucas Vinall

    Lucas Vinall

    Geography and History Teacher and Year 10 Tutor

    Lucas Vinall

    I have been a teacher for the previous five years teaching in the United Kingdom and in Qatar. Having gained my PGCE from the University of Worcester I returned to my home town of Bicester to teach History from Year 7 to 13 in a nearby school. After three years of running the History department I decided to embark on a new life in Qatar and here I am!

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  • Michelle Wenlock

    Michelle Wenlock

    ICT, Economics and Business Studies Teacher and Year 9 Form Tu...

    Michelle Wenlock

    I have recently gained a Masters of Science in Management and Information systems; Change and development at the University of Manchester.

    I gained a PGCE  in ICT and Primary and Secondary Education at Brunel University, prior to that, I attained a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Business and Information Technology at Kingston University.

    I have many years of teaching experience across the UK and Qatar with real life applications in Business with an early career in London. This has enabled me to be a conscientious classroom practitioner and Manager. More recently I am researching Technology and Information Systems for developing and transitional economies, with a focus on Education.

    I spent my school years at UK boarding schools in Sussex and Surrey.

    Taking this post at Compass teaching across all three subjects is a very exciting opportunity for me to apply my real life experiences, and blend learning for our students.

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