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GES's greatest asset is its teaching staff! We have close to 172 teachers on staff, representing 14 different nationalities and tremendous collective breadth and depth of experience in international education.

We are very privileged to have highly qualified teachers, specialists of subjects, and support staff at GES. Our teachers are native English speakers with international experience and experience in the National Curriculum of England and Wales.

We seek to inspire students and to provide them with the academic and social skills that will enable them to fulfil their human potential as responsible global citizens.

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Leadership Team

Mona El-Helbawi - Managing Director's Advisor

I was born in Saudi Arabia but spent much of my childhood travelling, I lived in Islamabad in Pakistan and then settled in North West London in the U.K. in the early 90’s, where I went to secondary school and developed a particular enjoyment of history and reading.
After school, I gained a degree in Islamic Law and then went on to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Islamic Law at Birkbeck University. Following that, I also studied public service interpretation at the College of North West London.

Since then, I have worked in a variety of primary schools, either assisting in classes or working in administration. I moved to Dubai in 2004 where I spent two years, and then to Doha in 2006. I moved to Doha to work as a Business Manager in an independent school and moved on a year later to work here at The Gulf English School. I have been in my current role since May 2007.

Over the years I have gained the following qualifications:

  • Islamic Law Degree
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Islamic Law - Birkbeck University
  • Diploma in Public Service Interpretation - College of North West London
  • Certificate in TESOL
  • Level 2 Educational Psychology - Stonebridge College
  • Level 4 Psychology - Stonebridge College
  • Level 5 Diploma in Special Educational Needs - Leeds Beckett University
  • Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management - Arden University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Leadership and Management - University of Derby
  • MBA - Anglia Ruskin University

This breadth of experience has led me to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real-life activities. I also believe that strong relationships with parents and the wider community are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through their school life. As such, I am delighted to be working together with students, staff, parents, Board of Trustees, and the wider GES community to support all of our children's success, achievement and welfare.

I look forward to seeing you in school and working with your children here at The Gulf English School.

Daniel Langfield - Head of Secondary

Hi, my name is Daniel Langfield and I am the Head of Secondary School at GES. I am from Huddersfield in England and taught in the UK for 10 years before deciding to move to Doha in 2014.

I believe Education is challenging but engaging and is something that I am very passionate about. Learning should be inclusive, positive, and supportive and allow all pupils to reach high but realistic expectations. The classroom is where prior knowledge is built upon, nurtured and potential is developed.

Away from school, I enjoy playing golf and travelling to experience different countries and cultures.


Carol De Jongh - Head of Primary

Hi, my name is Carol de Jongh and I am the Head of the Primary school at GES.  I originate from the beautiful Cape Town, South Africa and have enjoyed travelling around the world teaching in different countries.  Before I arrived in Doha, I taught in a school in London for 10 years.  As a passionate educator, I believe that Education changes lives.  I have witnessed the life-changing effect that positive learning environments have on all learners. I strive to ensure that the people I work with embrace this passion.  I am committed to treating all with respect, love and dignity and sharing these values with everyone I am in contact with. 

I believe that children hold the power to change mistakes of the past and so trust that what we teach them will shape them into responsible global citizens. I joined GES in August 2011.  I have met amazing people who have inspired me to be the best that I can be.  I love the city of Doha and particularly the people of Qatar.  The learners at our school are warm and loving and demonstrate that children are the same all over the world.  Here we celebrate differences and encourage learners to appreciate the good in everyone.  We strive to be the best that we can be and acknowledge each child’s unique talents and abilities. I believe that as we reflect and refine what we do, we will move from strength to strength.


Kym Lusiola - Learning Support coordinator

My name is Kym Lusiola - born in Kenya, raised and educated in the UK.  I gained an MChem Honours degree from the University of Hull. I then went on to gain my PGCE and Masters in Science Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. After qualifying, I spent two challenging but enjoyable years teaching Science in the North East of England. Subsequently I spent two years as Head of Chemistry in a British international co-educational boarding school in rural Kenya. I joined GES in August 2013.


David Keery - Director of Studies

My name is David Keery and I am originally from Northern Ireland. I have served in the Royal Navy and then studied at Queens University Belfast. I started teaching in Liverpool in 2004 and moved to Gulf English School in 2014. Within my role I review curriculums, assessment and teaching and learning.

Our students will be the leaders of the future and I believe the acquisition of skills should be at the center of their learning to enable them to achieve this. I value the importance of our core values at GES  as these enable our students to become outstanding global citizens.

Outside school I enjoy playing golf and cooking different foods from around the world. I love to spend time with my family and travel with my children to exciting new places.

Mohammed Sidat - Head of Bin Omran Branch

My name is Mohammed Sidat and I was born and bred in the UK. I studied at the University of Bradford after going through the education system and obtained a degree in Pharmaceutical Management. I went on to do my teaching degree, also in my home town of Bradford, majoring in Physics and Chemistry. After qualifying as a teacher, I taught Science in the UK for 3 years before joining The Gulf English School in 2009. I have found that being a Muslim myself has helped me to settle in as I am already aware of the traditions of the Islamic heritage. In 2010, I took on the role of second in department in Science and Head of Pastoral for KS4 boys. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school and this year brings new challenges for me as I take on the role of Head of Bin Omran.

Away from the classroom, I enjoy playing football and other sports and was involved in coaching the school football team last year. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Faheem Javaid - Executive Director

Originally from London, I have worked in education for over 10 years and been in Qatar since 2013. I graduated in BSc Mathematical Sciences from Queen Mary’s University of London and continued to study Ma Leadership at the Institute of Education. Within my role, I am reviewing curriculums and systems and looking for opportunities to improve.

I really enjoy working with our students at The Gulf English School. They have such interesting things to say and are extremely respectful. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my children. Once they are asleep I often spend some time training, swimming or playing football.


Gary Shaw - Deputy Head of Juniors

My name is Gary Shaw and I am one of the Deputy Heads of the Junior School at GES. Originally hailing from Seaham in the UK, I am about to start my fourth year teaching in Qatar.  I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education at Durham University and have taught in primary schools in the UK and Qatar ever since. Before taking on the new role of Deputy Head, I was Year Group Leader in Year 3 working with a fantastic team.

Outside of school, I like to stay active and try to keep fit.  I enjoy watching and playing most sports, particularly football, spending time with my family and friends and travelling and experiencing new cultures.

Olivia Rumah - Deputy Head of Juniors

It was my privilege to become the GES Deputy Head of Juniors (Curriculum) in August 2019 having previously been in various leadership positions in the UK and overseas. On arrival, I immediately discovered just what a welcoming and caring environment GES is.   I was born and educated in the West Midlands, UK, where I completed a BEd (Hons) QTS in Primary Education and then moved to London, UK where I completed the MA in Education and Technology at the Institute of Education (UCL).  I have also completed the Aspiring Leaders Programme, Leadership Pathways and in May 2018, I was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). 

I chose education as a career as I believe that education is one of the single most powerful tools that we have for effecting positive social change.  My philosophy as an educator is based on the development of the ‘Whole child.’  Each child deserves to be challenged so that they can reach his/her full potential. At GES, we aim to instil a love of learning in our students and the key values of resilience, resourcefulness and reflection.

I believe that having a strong passion for teaching and learning can inspire an entire school.   I feel that it is essential to ‘sell’ learning to all stakeholders.  I believe that when this is accomplished, engaged learning can occur and students and staff at all levels will gain a thirst for knowledge, thus, creating committed, life-long learners.  As Martin Luther King Jnr stated ‘Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education.’

Steve Crellin - Deputy Head, Infant School

My name is Steve Crellin. I graduated from the University of London, Goldsmiths College in 1983 and qualified the following year as a secondary school teacher of French and German. I was Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Doha College from 1992 -1997. In 2002, I switched to primary education and have taught in Bahrain as well as in a number of schools in England. I joined The Gulf English School in 2014. This is my second year as Deputy Head at The Gulf English Infants School. I look forward to it being another challenging, exciting and rewarding year. I have been a teacher for a long time and understand the challenges faced in an academic year by staff and students alike. To this day, I still wake up every morning looking forward to the day ahead at school. I believe that teaching is the best job in the world and, in my role as Deputy Head, I am in the privileged position of being able to work with some of the most inspiring staff and wonderful children. When I visit our classrooms, I see evidence of a mission in motion: a learning environment which is caring, motivating and supportive where students and teachers strive to achieve their personal best on a daily basis. I sincerely believe that the children are central to all that we do and that all our efforts should continue to be channelled into providing the educational experience required to help them on their way to becoming responsible global citizens. ,

Outside school my leisure interests include singing, walking and watching sport. motivating

Pamela Abbas - Deputy Head, Infant School

Hi, my name is Pamela Abbas and I am the Curriculum Deputy Head of the Infant School at GES.  I am from the North East of England but spent much of my teaching career in two challenging East London schools. During the first 2 years of my teaching career, I established myself as an outstanding teacher and quickly became a middle leader which I enjoyed for a further 2 years. Following on from this, I became a senior leader with responsibility for special educational needs and have completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education. When I decided to leave London, I left my role as an Assistant Head Teacher to become a Deputy Head Teacher of a Primary School. During this time, I was responsible for teaching and learning in Infants, special educational needs across the school and supporting and mentoring teaching assistants.

Following 8 years of successful leadership in England, I am looking forward to working within the Gulf English School community to help create and shape future leaders.

I believe that the success of a school, in educating the youth of the future, relies significantly upon all those involved.  With strong leadership and management, a fantastic and keen Infant team, and the support of our parents, I am confident that we will strive towards excellence. As a staff, we will continue to work in partnership to develop confident and well-rounded children, who are happy and well equipped to deal with the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Sarah HawkinsPre-School Teacher
Nabila KaramaPre-School Teacher
Mehreen KayaniPre-School Teacher
Ana-Louise KellyPre-School Group Leader


Tina SeagoReception Teacher
Servete MemediReception Teacher
Zara BaileyReception Teacher
Barbara BattahReception Teacher
Abid NazirReception Group Leader

Year 1

Holly SorrellYear 1 Group Leader
Charlotte BarnardYear 1 Teacher
Catherine TurpinYear 1 Teacher
Aisha RasoolYear 1 Teacher
 Year 1 Teacher

Year 2

 Year 2 Teacher
 Year 2 Teacher
Robyn JacksonYear 2 Teacher
Luke CoveneyYear 2 Group Leader
Emma PearceYear 2 Teacher

Year 3

Rebecca KempYear 3 Teacher
Meg CookeYear 3 Teacher
Gary ShawYear 3 Group Leader
 Year 3 Teacher
Sarah GillYear 3 Teacher

Year 4

Luqmaan SidatYear 4 Teacher
 Year 4 Teacher
 Year 4 Teacher
 Year 4 Teacher
 Year 4 Group Leader

Year 5

Susan McMullenYear 5 Teacher
Stacey DuncanYear 5 Teacher
 Year 5 Teacher
Louis WoodYear 5 Teacher
Kate NelderYear 5 Group Leader

Year 6

Daniel CliffordYear 6 Teacher
Stacey ShawYear 6 Teacher
 Year 6 Teacher
 Year 6 Teacher
Dilwar AhmedYear 6 Teacher
Patricia RaffertyYear 6 Teacher

Primary Specialist

Kimberley LewisLearning Support Teacher - Infants
Pamela AbbasLearning Support Teacher - Infants
Amanda ClarkeEAL Infant Teacher
Mark HillanPE Support Teacher - Juniors
Abdullah Wayne GoodnerTeacher Librarian
Leah HulattPE Teacher
Adele SamuelsMusic Teacher -Juniors
Sana SaleemLearning Support Teacher
Brendan MorleyPE Teacher
Theresa CharlesICT Teacher - Juniors
Susanne BurkeLearning Support Teache
Paul MoranLearning Support Teacher
Hepzibah GonzagaInfant Librarian
Timothy JacksonLearning Support Teacher
Julie HartEAL Coordinator
Janki GudkaICT Teacher - Infants 
Eunice MbithiLibrarian - Infants 

Arabic & Islamic Studies

Samar YanesInfants Arabic Coordinator
Marwa MostafaArabic Teacher
Ensherah Abou SharebArabic Teacher
Lobna AbdulAzizArabic Teacher
Iman El ShabrawiArabic Teacher
Manal RayyanArabic Teacher
Rola ElAidyArabic Teacher
Mohammed SalehArabic Teacher

Primary Extended Leadership Team (PELT)

Carol De JonghHead of Primary
Gary ShawDeputy Head of Juniors
Olivia RumahDeputy Head of Juniors
Steven CrellinDeputy Head of Infants
Pamela AbbasDeputy Head of Infants

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Arabic & Islamic Studies

Hin Al-KayedHead of Arabic
Shukri JaberIB/AS-Level Teacher
Rabea El-SayedArabic Teacher
Asrar DosoikArabic Teacher
Mona FathiArabic Teacher
Hamed AsalArabic Teacher
Omar ElFallahArabic Teacher
Amr AhmedArabic Teacher

Business, Economics & ICT

Lloyd ThompsonHead of Faculty
Bilal AhmedSecond in Faculty - ICT Teacher
Alan GoodrumBusiness Teacher
Charmaine ClarkeBusiness Studies Teacher
Luke WilsonBusiness Studies Teacher
Hannah CashelBusiness Studies Teacher
Khalil KhalifaICT Teacher
Nadeem HashamiBusiness Studies Teacher
Shermira PerryTravel & Tourism Teacher
Hiral ChotaiBusiness Studies Teacher
Joan ReidBusiness Studies Teacher

Creative Arts

Ayesha HartArt/Media Studies Teacher
Briege MageeArt Teacher
Joseph PinnockGraphic Design Teacher
Una DoeyArt Teacher
Samantha de BliekArt Teacher
Joseph QuinnMusic Teacher


Michael ClarkeHead of English
Bilal KhanEnglish Teacher
Razia UgradarEnglish Teacher
Diane FeragEnglish Teacher
Barwago IsmailEnglish Teacher
John PritchardEnglish Teacher
John WilsonEnglish Teacher
Masareath RubbaniEnglish Teacher
Zainab AyuobEnglish Teacher


Claudette JennerHead of Faculty
David KeeryHumanities Teacher
Abnor DuncanHumanities Teacher
Louisa WillgrassHumanities Teacher
Abena AgyeiHistory Teacher
Rebecca ReevesHumanities Teacher
Nadeem ChoudharyHumanities Teacher


Wahid FazilHead of Mathematics
Irshaad DullooSecond in Department - Mathematics Teacher
Daniel LeylandMathematics Teacher
Aislinn FitzgaraldMathematics Teacher
Dorothy BoansiMathematics Teacher
Duncan HeffordMathematics Teacher
Mubaraiz KarimMathematics Teacher
Mohammed AliMathematics Teacher
Robail AfzalMathematics Teacher
Vincent EllisonMathematics Teacher
Penelope KnowlesMathematics Teacher

Modern Foreign Languages

Andre BattahHead of MFL
Heidi GoodallMFL Teacher

Physical Education

Leah HulattHead of PE
Selina RhodesPE Teacher
Tyrone GayPE Teacher
Mark HillanPE Teacher


Roshan DhakriHead of Science
Shweab SadiqScience Teacher
Fiona KeeryScience Teacher
Andrew MackieScience Teacher
Kym LusiolaScience Teacher
Omar FaourScience Teacher
Nick KenworthyScience Teacher
Hayden TaylorScience Teacher
Mohamed AbdillahiScience Teacher
Alastair NewyScience Teacher
Hasiba HomayounScience Teacher


Monica HarrisHead Librarian

Learning Support

Kym LusiolaLearning Support Coordinator
John Hughes 
Sabah Omar 
Aniko SzatmariLearning Support Teacher
Jenny CelebiLearning Support Teacher

Counselling & Careers Guidance 

Anne-Marie RetiefWhole School Counsellor
Sajid IiqbalCounsellor
Alex JurgensenCounsellor

School Nurses

Katherine MarlowSchool Nurse
Mary Joy TungolSchool Nurse
Karen SailsburySecondary School Nurse


Dalia BarakaStudent Support
Rania HamzaAdmin Receptionist / Registrar 
Nehad ShurabAdmin
Amal IsmailAdmin Receptionist
Majolyin PagulayanAdmin Receptionist (Juniors)
Rania AmyraAdmin Receptionist
Samira BagattiniAdmin Receptionist (Infants
Abbie McKeownAdmin Receptionist (Secondary)

Accounts & HR

Waheed Farhat
Hany Behiry
Dina El Sayed
Ayman Al-Neama
Akrem Saed
Mohammed Basiouny
Waleed Farhat


Talha ShaikhIT Manager
Christopher GoodchildMIS Coordinator
Moustapha Al BanaIT Helpdesk
Hassan Al ZayatIT Helpdesk
Naveen SarowaIT Helpdesk Assistant

Support Team

Ana Liza GuzmanClassroom Assistant
Anna Marie LynnLibrary Assistant
Anthony HawkinsClassroom Assistant
Asmaa AhmedClassroom Assistant
Avi BalmesClassroom Assistant
Beryl GencayaClassroom Assistant
Casilda TangaoClassroom Assistant
 Classroom Assistant
Dayana ChoudhoryClassroom Assistant
Dina ElDawyClassroom Assistant
Emily HoeClassroom Assistant
Eunice MbithiClassroom Assistant
Fritzche OrilloClassroom Assistant
Fe Yu ZafraClassroom Assistant
Hadeer FaragClassroom Assistant
Hamideh MesbahClassroom Assistant
Jasmin SalitaClassroom Assistant
Jeanielyn SungaClassroom Assistant
Jennifer PacuanClassroom Assistant
Jenny VillanuevaClassroom Assistant
Jhavon HafaliaClassroom Assistant
Joan AgundayClassroom Assistant
Leonizel DesedaClassroom Assistant
Lillian KyleClassroom Assistant
Manal AbdulrahmanClassroom Assistant
Marjory SumladeClassroom Assistant
Mark PhillipsClassroom Assistant
Mapi MahtemeClassroom Assistant
Nasreen Taj Al-Sir KhidirClassroom Assistant
Noor IlhusinClassroom Assistant
Noveen NaqviClassroom Assistant
Rashmi AndadClassroom Assistant
Rosemary KennyClassroom Assistant
Rowena GayataoClassroom Assistant
Salim AbudClassroom Assistant
Sharifa AhmedClassroom Assistant
Sherly TambisClassroom Assistant
Sonaya HussainClassroom Assistant
Zaharaa SoodhoClassroom Assistant
Zohra AliClassroom Assistant
Zufan TedalaClassroom Assistant
Gemma CaspeLab Technician
Mark EdenReading Assistant
Maria IsmailArt Technician
Csarlyn NicanorOne to One Assistant
Denis MullinOne to One Assistant
Emma GoldovezaOne to One Assistant
Laila SubhanClassroom Assistant
Leslie RendonOne to One Assistant
Madilyn VillanuevaOne to One Assistant
Sabrin AbdullaOne to One Assistant
Sehrish AliClassroom Assistant

Secondary Extended Leadership Team (SELT)

Daniel LangfieldHead of Secondary
Fiona KeeryDeputy Head of Secondary
Shweab SadiqDeputy Head of Secondary
Robail AhmedCurriculum Coordinator
Hannah CashelIB Coordinator
Khalil KhalifaE-Learning Manager
 Learning Manager
Nadeem HashmiBTEC Coordinator