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Catharine Keen

Catharine Keen at the British International School of Houston

Head of English

With 8 years’ international experience founding new NAS schools in South East Asia and the Middle East, I am delighted to be joining BISH from our flagship school in Dubai, where I have established and grown the English department from its infancy. BISH is a school well-known within the Nord Anglia community for having a strong reputation for excellence in learning and a philosophy embedded in forward-thinking education, so this is a very exciting opportunity.

Originally from West Sussex, on the south coast of England, I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2002 with a BA honours degree in American Studies and Literature and Cultural Histories and went on to complete my PGCE in English at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent. Following my PGCE, I returned to my hometown and began my teaching career at a CofE boys’ school in West Sussex, where I was fortunate enough to work closely with the advisory board at West Sussex County Council on several large projects to improve learning in the wider community.


My international career began in HCMC, Vietnam, where I established NAS’ first bilingual school, BVIS. My real passion, after my students, is curriculum and over the years I have really enjoyed collaborating with other subjects and working with different teams to build cohesive and progressive curriculum models in both new schools. Giving responsibility to, and involving, students in their education has also been a highlight, through projects such as Peer2Peer mentoring schemes. Instilling a love of learning and inspiring my students to want to make an impact on their community, society and the wider world is central to my role as a teacher.


Having spent ten years being part of a large amateur dramatics group in Brighton, my passion for the theatre and ‘all things showbiz’ remains a huge part of my life outside of school; I cannot wait to see what Houston has to offer!