Our Team - Aspen Heights British School

Our Team

Aspen Heights British School staff recognise the responsibility and the privilege of developing and supporting your child to be the best they can be. Our staff care. They work incredibly hard to get to know your child’s strengths and their hopes, dreams and aspirations, enabling them to facilitate a truly personalised education.

Our learning community extends to our staff; we are on a constant quest for personal and organisational improvement, supported by bespoke training and professional development for all staff.

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Emma Shanahan

Principal

Emma Shanahan

Principal

Mrs Emma Shanahan has worked in education for almost 25 years, starting as a primary school teacher in London. A graduate of the University of Durham, Emma considers herself a 'lifelong learner', being awarded NPQH (National Professional Headship Qualification) in 2013, and receiving a MA (ed)(distinction) from Liverpool Hope University in 2016.

She has held strategic leadership roles in high performing schools both in the UK and internationally, with significant Middle-East regional experience. The impact of Emma’s leadership is regional, and externally validated with her school being graded ‘outstanding’ in every category in the unified inspection framework in 2015-16.

Passionate, focussed and ambitious, Emma has exceptionally high expectations of herself and others. She is experienced in establishing and facilitating processes for personal and organisational continuous evaluation and improvement, exemplified by the organisational attainment of the International Investors in People award.

Emma's philosophy of education is centred around building positive relationships, and

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My passion is to inspire children to be successful now and equip them to be successful later.

Laura Stevens

Head of Primary

Laura Stevens

Head of Primary

Miss Laura Stevens is a dedicated and enthusiastic educational practitioner with over 14 years of teaching and leadership experience in both the UK and the UAE.

Miss Stevens has been living in Abu Dhabi for the last nine years working in outstanding primary schools and more recently, supporting the transition and set-up of Aspen Heights British School, which is now in its second year.

Miss Stevens really enjoys the experiences that she has encountered living here in Abu Dhabi and the relationships that she has developed within this vibrant and multicultural community.

Miss Stevens believes that in order for a school to be successful in Abu Dhabi, strong community links and positive relationships are vital. She is committed to leading and supporting staff in creating an enjoyable, inspiring and personalised curriculum, as she wants all children to reach their potential and develop a real love for learning.

Strong links and positive relationships between the school are the community are vital.

Kate Plumb

Head of Secondary

Kate Plumb

Head of Secondary

Helene Francis

Head of Inclusion (PODCO)

Helene Francis

Head of Inclusion (PODCO)

Mrs Helene Francis is a graduate of University College, Dublin, Ireland, and has been in education for nearly 40 years. She spent the first half of her career teaching Mathematics and Geography to students in KS3 and KS4 in Dublin, Ireland and St Alban’s, UK. With the challenge of state examinations every year, Helene combined a deep knowledge of her subjects with a passion for teaching and learning, and had high expectations of her students. However, she also promoted a holistic education, organising various field trips, outdoor activities and charitable work.

Over time, Helene developed a passion for working with children who have additional educational needs and so she returned to University College, Dublin to qualify in Special Education. Since then she has held SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) roles in a number of schools. She brings patience and humour to her work, always encouraging children to ‘have a go’, promoting

I always encourage children to ‘have a go’, as self-confidence and independence are the cornerstones of children's ability to succeed.

Adriaan Nieman

Finance Manager

Adriaan Nieman

Finance Manager

I am very enthusiastic to be the first Finance Manager for Aspen Heights.

I have 11 years’ experience within the finance departments of international educational institutions. All my knowledge gained will be used to make Aspen Heights an exceptional school.

Nature and the protection of our environment is close to my heart, thus it excites me to work at a school that will incorporate these values into the education of the children.

Math and Success Add Up

Angela Sakapaji

Marketing & Admissions Manager

Aspen Heights British School - Ange Sakapaji
Aspen Heights British School - Ange Sakapaji

Angela Sakapaji

Marketing & Admissions Manager

Angela has 17 years marketing experience, since graduating in BA (Hons) Business Studies in Aberdeen, UK in 2001.

Working as a global Marketing Manager for an oil supply company in Aberdeen, Scotland for 11 years, Angela has experience across the sales and marketing mix.  In Abu Dhabi, Angela has enjoyed marketing and customer service roles in business, relocation and a long-established British school, before joining Aspen Heights in summer 2018.

Ange is delighted to join the team at Aspen and looks forward to meeting and welcoming our current and prospective families.

Sandy Saadeh

Registrar

Sandy Saadeh

Registrar

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I believe that working hard and being honest are the main ingredients for reaching your goals and for sure, never stop learning!

Clare Quick

FS1 Co-Ordinator

Clare Quick

FS1 Co-Ordinator

Bernadette Eclarino

FS1 Teaching Assistant

Bernadette Eclarino

FS1 Teaching Assistant

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Sahar Ramzan

Support Teacher

Sahar Ramzan

Support Teacher

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Hannah Lawrence

Class Teacher - FS2

Hannah Lawrence

Class Teacher - FS2

Girlie Hammis

FS2 Teaching Assistant

Girlie Hammis

FS2 Teaching Assistant

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Shabnam Ranny

Class Teacher - Year 6

Aspen Heights British School - Shabnam Ranny
Aspen Heights British School - Shabnam Ranny

Shabnam Ranny

Class Teacher - Year 6

After achieving a BA (Hons) in Professional Childhood Studies and GTP, Shabnam taught for 10 years in schools across Birmingham, UK. Her experience in these schools enabled her to develop skills to cater for various individual needs, as she believes that all children have the right to personalised and high-quality education.

Miss Ranny held a senior leadership role in the UK, supporting teachers' professional development and monitoring children's progress. As Global Learning leader at her school, Ms Ranny organised whole school events and charity events, and adapted lessons to look at global issues.

For many years Shabnam wanted to work in an international organisation so she was thrilled at the opportunity to work in Abu Dhabi. At Aspen Heights, she is now working within the leadership team to drive the school forward. She has her own Year 6 class and she is responsible for Key Stage Two.

All children have the right to personalised and high-quality education.

Susan Rani

Class Teacher - Year 4

Aspen Heights British School - Susan Rani
Aspen Heights British School - Susan Rani

Susan Rani

Class Teacher - Year 4

Mary Chris Bueque

FS2 Teaching Assistant

Mary Chris Bueque

FS2 Teaching Assistant

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Leanne Faulkner

Head of English and Key Stage 1 Leader

Leanne Faulkner

Head of English and Key Stage 1 Leader

Miss Leanne Faulkner has been a primary teacher for 7 years after graduating from Worcester University with a PGCE. Before this she studied English at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland for three years. She taught across all primary ages in schools in the UK before moving to Abu Dhabi in August 2017.

Leanne has a particular passion for engaging children in phonics, reading and writing and has had some fantastic opportunities to work with Pie Corbett, who created the Talk 4 Writing approach to learning. She has been able to implement this in schools in England and is now very much enjoying doing the same at Aspen Heights British School.

Driven and passionate about the progress of children, Leanne works hard to ensure her colleagues are supported and that the children’s learning in all subject areas is a top priority.

If children are happy and learning is fun and engaging, they will love learning and this is when accelerated progress will be made.

Lorna Harris

Class Teacher - FS2

Aspen Heights British School - Lorna Harris
Aspen Heights British School - Lorna Harris

Lorna Harris

Class Teacher - FS2

Eimear Morris

Class Teacher - FS1

Aspen Heights British School - Eimear Morris
Aspen Heights British School - Eimear Morris

Eimear Morris

Class Teacher - FS1

Meghan Manica

Class Teacher - FS1

Aspen Heights British School - Meghan Manica
Aspen Heights British School - Meghan Manica

Meghan Manica

Class Teacher - FS1

Martine McLuskey

Early Years Leader

Aspen Heights British School - Martine McLuskey
Aspen Heights British School - Martine McLuskey

Martine McLuskey

Early Years Leader

Over the last 13 years, Martine has continually strived to gain experience and knowledge in order to help her to have a stronger understanding of the teaching profession. She has held various roles in early years settings and primary schools, these being; Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Setting Based SENCO, Behaviour Co-ordinator and now Teacher. During her employment in these roles, she also studied to obtain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Master's Degree in Education.

Although classroom learning and development is at the forefront of a child’s education, Martine is a firm believer in providing pupils with the skills to communicate in the wider world. Her experience in the UK has given her the opportunity to instill understanding and cohesion of different cultures in her teaching. An inclusive curriculum that gives all children an opportunity to learn is vital.

An inclusive curriculum that gives all children an opportunity to learn is vital.

Jennifer Ryan

Class Teacher - FS2

Aspen Heights British School - Jennifer Ryan
Aspen Heights British School - Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan

Class Teacher - FS2

Ms Hansford

Class Teacher - FS2

Ms Hansford

Class Teacher - FS2

Caryn Dailly

Class Teacher - Year 3

Caryn Dailly

Class Teacher - Year 3

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Charlotte Clark

Class Teacher - Year 2

Aspen Heights British School - Charlotte Clark
Aspen Heights British School - Charlotte Clark

Charlotte Clark

Class Teacher - Year 2

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Kirsty Corcoran

Class Teacher - Year 1

Aspen Heights British School - Kirsty Corcoran
Aspen Heights British School - Kirsty Corcoran

Kirsty Corcoran

Class Teacher - Year 1

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Megan Riley

Class Teacher - Year 2

Aspen Heights British School - Megan Riley
Aspen Heights British School - Megan Riley

Megan Riley

Class Teacher - Year 2

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Elizabeth Barry-Cutter

Class Teacher - Year 5

Elizabeth Barry-Cutter

Class Teacher - Year 5

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Dhanya Jayakrishnan

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Dhanya Jayakrishnan

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

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Mohammed Kader

Islamic Studies Teacher

Mohammed Kader

Islamic Studies Teacher

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Basma Ahmed

Social Studies Teacher

Basma Ahmed

Social Studies Teacher

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Ouassila Knani

Head of Arabic and Islamic

Aspen Heights British School - Ousassila Knani
Aspen Heights British School - Ousassila Knani

Ouassila Knani

Head of Arabic and Islamic

Miss Ouassila Knani has been a primary teacher for 15 years. After graduating from university in Tunisia in 2000, she completed a Bachelor's degree in Education from Al Hosn University in Abu Dhabi. She has taught across all primary ages in schools in Abu Dhabi.

Ouassila has a passion for engaging children in reading, writing and speaking in Arabic; she has some fantastic teaching strategies to use in the classroom. She has implemented these strategies in an outstanding school in Abu Dhabi, and is now very much enjoying doing the same at Aspen Heights British School.

Ouasilla is committed to collaborating with families to ensure home and school work together to raise standards in all Arabic subjects.

If children are happy and learning is fun and engaging, they will love learning and this is when accelerated progress will be made.

Aaron Ram

PE Teacher

Aaron Ram

PE Teacher

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Sinead O’Neill

PE Teacher

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Sonia Husni

Librarian

Sonia Husni

Librarian

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Piyali Gupta

School Counsellor

Piyali Gupta

School Counsellor

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Glenn Tantug

IT Support

Glenn Tantug

IT Support

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Krishna Doherty

Human Resources Manager

Aspen Heights British School - Krishna Doherty
Aspen Heights British School - Krishna Doherty

Krishna Doherty

Human Resources Manager

Krishna Doherty has over 15 years’ of human resources experience including: recruitment and retention, change management, salary administration, performance management, benefits and employee relations across a number of industries.

Krishna holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies with Human Resource from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College in Buckshire. She is also certified as a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Human Resources (CIPD).

She is very passionate and enjoys helping employees reach their goals, building relationships and ensuring best HR practices. Krishna also enjoys mentoring up-and-coming HR professionals where she shares her knowledge and passion for HR.

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Rouba El-Katib

Finance Assistant

Aspen Heights British School - Rouba El Katib
Aspen Heights British School - Rouba El Katib

Rouba El-Katib

Finance Assistant

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Rasha Sandouka

Marketing and Admissions Assistant

Rasha Sandouka

Marketing and Admissions Assistant

Eman Nasser

Receptionist

Eman Nasser

Receptionist

Qusai Meree

PRO

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