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Our Team

At Reach British School, we are proud to say that we only recruit teaching staff with a passion for lifelong learning and the desire to share that passion with children, colleagues and the community.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and
expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history.

Reach British School recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organisations.

Dene Bright

Principal

Dene Bright

Principal

Prior to choosing to join Reach British School, I spent over 30 years working in education in a variety of locations and positions. These include primary classroom teacher, Education Advisor, Leadership Consultant, Principal and Vice Principal in both rural and metropolitan schools. I have had the opportunity to work in Abu Dhabi, as well as Egypt, Africa, Qatar, Fiji, Canada, Saudi Arabia and schools across Western Australia.

My most recent position was head of a British School in Cairo, a fantastic school with wonderful staff and vibrant, fascinating city.  Reach British School lured me away with the prospect of returning to Abu Dhabi where I previously worked as part of an ADEC school reform project.

I have a son and a daughter who keep me young and focused on what today’s students need for the future workforce.  I’ll have to work hard to find time to add to my list of 56

Johannes Bodenstein

Vice Principal

Johannes Bodenstein

Vice Principal

I started my teaching career in 1996 in South Africa and moved to the Middle East with my wife and two daughters in 2006. I have worked as a middle and senior school leader in several countries that include Syria, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. I bring 21 years of experience to the Reach education table. My expertise lies in a wide range of schools with a goal of raising academic standards.  I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe that setting high expectations for students can lead to outstanding achievements. All students are capable of learning and can reach their full potential if we work together as a team to support them. I am very excited to be part of the senior Leadership Team at Reach British School and look forward to working with students, parents and staff.

Ghadeer Al Kharoof

Head of Arabic

Ghadeer Al Kharoof
Ghadeer Al Kharoof

Ghadeer Al Kharoof

Head of Arabic

I am Ghadeer Al Kharoof from Jordan. I have a BSc in Arabic Literature and a Diploma Certificate in Teaching from Abu Dhabi University. I worked as an Arabic language teacher in Jordan, then as the Head of Arabic Department, and primary school vice principal.

I have also taught Arabic Language for Arab and non-Arab students, and worked as a coordinator for the Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies Department in different private schools.

Manal Alia

Head of Inclusion

Manal Alia

Head of Inclusion

Ms. Manal is originally from Jordan and has been living in the UAE since 1997. She has a Master's Degree in Special Educational needs from Zayed University and has 14 years of experience working in both Government and International Schools in Abu Dhabi. Over the last 7 years, Manal has worked as a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

Ms. Manal believes that all children have the right to learn and to be included. Her passion is to support all her students and meet their needs to help them be successful in the future.

Matthew Croasdell

Head of Secondary

Matthew Croasdell

Head of Secondary

Born and raised in the North West of England, I’m a father of two boys, aged 1 and 2. I have recently taken up running, competing in a number of half marathons and the London Marathon 2018. I’m a keen football fan and often play (casually) in a weekly get together. Other hobbies include Golf and Scrabble. My biggest interest, however, is spending time with my children.

My Bachelor’s Degree was Mathematics with Management at the University of Liverpool and I have a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Mathematics. I taught in both comprehensive and private schools in the UK before moving to Qatar originally to take up a post as a mathematics teacher in a private school there. I then moved to the UAE to take up a post as Head of Mathematics at Emirates National School, MBZ. During my seven years there I had a number of

Osama Elsayed

Head of Islamic and Social Studies

Osama Elsayed

Head of Islamic and Social Studies

Before joining Reach British School, I worked as a department manager, teacher of Islamic education and Social Studies in several schools inside and outside the country. As head of Islamic and Social Studies Department at Reach British School, I look forward to developing a team of teachers who will be able to raise a generation who  respect the leaders of the nation, the traditions and laws of our country and soon to be the leaders of the future who serve their countries in international forums

Andrew Du Lieu

Head of Primary

Andrew Du Lieu

Head of Primary

Andrew grew up in Poole, on the south coast of the United Kingdom. He studied at Winchester University, where he completed a four year course in BA Hons in Primary Education with a specialism in Design and Technology. With a career in education spanning 18 years, Andrew has developed his knowledge of curriculum and assessment both in the UK and UAE, carefully adapting learning opportunities to meet the context and needs of the students.

He has taken on a range of leadership positions, most recently as founding Head of Primary at a new school in Abu Dhabi and is excited to be joining Reach British School as the Head of Primary. He strongly believes that each student has their own journey, developing skills and knowledge to engage in an ever changing world as global citizens.

Andrew enjoys working with a team of educators to enhance learning opportunities for students, ensuring high quality

Liénta Buys

FS2 Leader

Liénta Buys

FS2 Leader

Liénta was born and bred in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. She studied at the University of Johannesburg, and completed a four-year degree in Library Science and Education, B.BIBL (Ed) and an Honours Degree in Education. In 1987 at the University of South Africa, Liénta attained her Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education, specialising in Pre-Primary Education. She attained an ACE: Computer Integrated Education Diploma from the University of Pretoria in 2004, Cum Laude.

She has been dedicated to the field of education for more than thirty years. Her teaching experience ranges from early years through to secondary school. During this time, she taught in South Africa, Qatar and the UAE.

Liénta is honoured to have the opportunity to lead FS2 of RBS. As FS2 Leader, it is important to her that everyone who steps through the doors of EYFS – teachers, students and parents – are

Melissa Bodenstein

FS1 Leader

Melissa Bodenstein

FS1 Leader

Melissa is from Pretoria in sunny South Africa. Melissa obtained a four-year HED Diploma in Pre- and Primary Teaching from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and has 25 years of teaching and managing experience in Early Years and Year 1. She moved to the Middle East in 2006 and has taught in South Africa, Syria, Oman, Qatar and UAE. Melissa has been a part of the Reach family for six years working hard with the school to make it an Amazing Learning experience to every child in her class. Her favorite quote is: “To infinity and beyond…” by Buzz Lightyear, as she believes there is no limit to learning.

During her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading fantasy books, fine dining, traveling and oil painting.

 

 

 

Pooja Nair

Human Resources Manager

Reach British School - Pooja Nair
Reach British School - Pooja Nair

Pooja Nair

Human Resources Manager

Pooja is an experienced senior HR professional with vast experience in recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, change management, labor relations and benefits administration.  She has over five years of management experience and worked with a leading education investment company in Dubai.

Layla Keylani

Finance and Administration Manager

Layla Keylani

Finance and Administration Manager

Before joining Reach, I had 15 years of experience in finance and advisory services in various industries, of which eight years were as a finance manager after earning my CMA.

I joined Reach British School September 2015 in its second year of operation. I have witnessed the impressive progress this young school is achieving and I’m proud to be part of the hard working and dedicated team at Reach, who are targeting excellence in all aspects of teaching, learning and caring. Myself with all my other colleagues in administration department are happy to be supporting both our educational team and valuable pupil’s parents, to see our students well equipped by Reach for their bright future.