Jacquie has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and PGCE from the University of Liverpool. She started her teaching career in London and has worked in a number of UK cities and abroad. Jacquie has over ten years’ experience as a headteacher in the UK and worked as a consultant for a local authority, mentoring newly appointed headteachers and supporting schools in challenging circumstances. She is a Research Associate with the National College of School Leadership with a published report on developing school leadership. Jacquie has led conferences for headteachers and school leaders both in the UK and internationally. She has spent the last 6 years in Dubai, worked at JESS Jumeirah Primary School and latterly as head at Jebel Ali School.
Colette completed her BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and her PGCE in Science Teaching at the University of Sussex. She taught on the south coast of England in a local comprehensive and then at Roedean School for Girls for a total of thirteen years, teaching KS3 through to A’ Level chemistry. From here, Colette moved to Bermuda in 1995 where she taught science (KS3) and chemistry (KS4 and KS5) at Saltus Grammar School. During this time, Colette completed her Master of Education degree in Educational Management and Leadership. Moving on to Dubai, Colette taught at the English College and Rashid School for Boys until she moved to Jumeirah English Speaking School as head of Science in the newly opened school. Within two years, Colette was promoted to assistant headteacher in charge of curriculum and has since become deputy headteacher in charge of curriculum and leader responsible for KS4.
Joan completed her initial teacher training in Scotland, gaining a B.Ed (Distinction) from Glasgow University. She then undertook extensive further specialist studies in various disciplines, leading to Post Graduate Diplomas in Educational Computing, Special Educational Needs and Educational Management. Joan was a headteacher in Scotland before joining Jebel Ali in 2008.
Fiona completed her Bachelor of Education Degree at Didsbury School of Education in Manchester. She taught in England for 3 years before coming out to Dubai in 1992 where she worked in an Arabic school for one year as a Reception class teacher. Fiona joined Jebel Ali School in 1993 as a Reception class teacher. She held the post of Year Group Leader in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 before being promoted to the position of assistant headteacher at KS1. Fiona is a mum of three who have all attended Jebel Ali School.
Kenneth completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Leeds. He taught at a school in Dewsbury before moving to a school in the UAE. Kenneth joined Jebel Ali in 2008 as a Year 6 teacher. He later became Year Group Leader of Year 6 and Year 1 before being promoted to assistant headteacher in 2015.
Jo completed her studies in Ireland gaining a B.Eng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast and a Masters in Business Administration from Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin. Having held a number of leadership roles with large telecoms operators in Ireland, Jo went onto run her own coaching and management consultancy business. Jo relocated to Dubai in April 2010 and has worked as School Business Manager since January 2013.