Meryl Fossey
Meryl Fossey
Head of Early Years
Meryl Fossey

Meryl Fossey

Head of Early Years

Qualifications:

BA Joint Hons English Language and Community Studies, University of Leeds
PGCE Primary, University of Exeter

11 years' experience

I have progressed from Class Teacher to Founding Head of an international Early Years Centre. I have been on a learning journey to discover how, as educators, we can ensure that each child meets their full potential. I now know there are three key elements to success; high quality interactions, engaging and inviting environments and strong relationships with both the child and their family. Children come to school every day filled with a natural curiosity, creativity and eagerness to learn. It is our job to listen, interact and establish environments that interest and motivate all learners. I am so excited to meet our new children and to work with them to establish an Early Years setting that inspires a love of learning for all.

Simone Dean
Simone Dean
FS1 Teacher & Year Leader
Simone Dean

Simone Dean

FS1 Teacher & Year Leader

Qualifications

BA Early Childhood Studies
Currently studying MA Early Childhood Studies

8 years' experience

I was born in Manchester, UK and have lived in Qatar for 4 years. During my eight years teaching experience, I have had the pleasure of teaching children in the UK, as well as overseas in Kuwait and Qatar. I am so excited to meet my new class and support my students as they discover and explore new ideas in a safe and welcoming classroom. We are going to learn so much and have lots of fun together!

Caitlyn Chalmers
Caitlyn Chalmers
FS1 Teacher
Caitlyn Chalmers

Caitlyn Chalmers

FS1 Teacher

Qualifications

BA Education and Social Services, Strathclyde University
Currently studying Master’s Degree in Education

7 years' experience

I am from a small town outside Glasgow, Scotland. I have worked as an Early Years teacher in Qatar for five years, however during which time I left to travel around Europe and had the opportunity to teach in an international school on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, Thailand. I am incredibly excited to start my teaching journey USI and become one of the founding teachers. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Tasmin Khan
Tasmin Khan
FS1 Teacher
Tasmin Khan

Tasmin Khan

FS1 Teacher

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of West London
PGCE with Early Years specialism, University of East London

4 years' experience

I am a passionate and energetic teacher from London, who is very excited to utilise my knowledge and skills internationally. I am confident that my eight years of experience in education, four of which were spent as an Early Year’s teacher, have given me the foundation I need to thrive at USI. I strongly believe that no child should be limited by their circumstances, and instead should be challenged and nurtured to develop a love of learning. I strive to create a safe and stimulating environment for my pupils which provides them with enriched learning experiences while developing their inquisitive minds. I am very excited to meet my new class and support them to play, grow and learn.

Amy Morris
Amy Morris
FS2 Teacher
Amy Morris

Amy Morris

FS2 Teacher

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status at Leeds Beckett University.

7 years' experience

Before coming to Qatar 2 years ago, I was teaching in the UK for 5 years. I have taught in Year 1, Year 2, Year 4 and Reception. I have 3 year's teaching experience in Reception. Alongside teaching, I have also led the subjects of Computing, Design Technology, Geography and History. My favourite subjects to teach are Phonics and Maths and I have been commended for my creative Continuous Provision. I'm looking forward to exploring the fantastic facilities USI has to offer particularly the Sports and Performing Arts facilities and using these to enhance our children's knowledge and skills.

Rebecca Shea
Rebecca Shea
FS2 Teacher
Rebecca Shea

Rebecca Shea

FS2 Teacher

Qualifications

MA Youth and Community Studies.
PGDip Youth and Community Studies (JNC).
BA (Hons) Sports Development.
PGCE Primary Education with a specialism in Early Years.

3 years' experience

I am originally from Manchester, in the UK. I was living in Leeds, West Yorkshire, before moving to Doha 2 years ago. I have been teaching for 3 years, and I have a PGCE in Primary Education with a specialism in Early Years. I really enjoy living in Doha and experiencing everything that this lovely city has to offer including the culture, sights, the weather and the different cuisines.

Ellie Fryett
Eleanor Fryett
FS2 Teacher
Ellie Fryett

Eleanor Fryett

FS2 Teacher

Qualifications

2:1 BA Hons Primary English Education with QTS
Early Years Foundation Stage trained

5 years' experience

I taught in the UK for the first 2 years of my teaching career across Nursery, Reception and Year 1. After teaching in the UK for 2 years I made the decision to move to Qatar where I have now been living and teaching for 3 years. The thing I am most looking forward to when working at USI is the opportunity to work within a building with outstanding facilities and staff in a prime location in Qatar! I look forward to sharing my knowledge of working in a new school and building relationships with our new team and parents.

Misbah Ahmad
Misbah Ahmad
FS2 Teacher
Misbah Ahmad

Misbah Ahmad

FS2 Teacher

Qualifications

BA Hons in English Language and Literature at Coventry University
Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status at The University of Birmingham

4 years’ experience

After completing my English degree in the UK, I decided to pursue my dream to become a Teacher. I then completed my PGCE with QTS at The University of Birmingham. In the first 2 years of my teaching journey I taught Year 3 for 2 years. After teaching in the UK, I moved to Doha for an exciting opportunity to teach in such a beautiful country.

I am very much looking forward to meeting my class and forming relationships with the USI community. I am excited to bring my experiences from both the UK and Qatar and implement them into my teaching to inspire the young people in my care.

Eimar Doyle
Eimar Doyle
FS2 Teacher
Eimar Doyle

Eimar Doyle

FS2 Teacher

Qualifications

BEd in Primary Teaching
BA Double Honours specialising in English and Irish
CELTA Approved TEFL qualification
FETAC Levels 5 and 6 SEN Trained

5 years' experience

I am from Dublin, Ireland. I have been living and teaching in Qatar for the past 4 years. I have always been interested in working in multicultural environments, and these years of teaching in Doha have enhanced my growth both on a professional and personal level. I have enjoyed learning about Qatar's culture and have found the country very welcoming. I am passionate and believe in creating a happy and safe, stimulating environment for children to flourish in their learning. I am really looking forward to being a part of the founding team at USI and welcoming my new class and their families.

Niamh Kuncaitis
Niamh Kuncaitis
Year 1 Teacher
Niamh Kuncaitis

Niamh Kuncaitis

Year 1 Teacher

Qualifications

BA Honors Degree in Education from Trinity College Dublin.

5 years' experience

I attended the Marino Institute of Education (sister school of Trinity College Dublin) for 4 years to obtain my Bachelors in Education degree. After some years teaching at home, I decided that I wanted to teach overseas, so in 2019 I moved to Doha. I have worked in Qatar for 3 years and have worked recently as a year group leader. I believe in creating a child-centered classroom where all activities and learning are based on the needs of the student, and in a new school we can implement these ideas and have endless opportunities to develop them. I am excited to create a positive learning environment for students, and have students inspired and ready to learn. I have been a part in developing a founding school previously and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this exciting venture again.

Kathleen Serrano
Kathleen Serrano
Year 1 Teacher
Kathleen Serrano

Kathleen Serrano

Year 1 Teacher

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Portsmouth
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education (PGCE), University of Sunderland
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Cambridge English, UK

13 years' experience

I am British/Venezuelan and bilingual in both English and Spanish. I have taught in international schools, in countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, and China. My range of teaching experience in different roles and year groups has exposed me to different learning opportunities, and I have enjoyed teaching in a multicultural environment, which has enhanced my growth on a personal and professional level. I am delighted to be joining USI and being part of its inspiring ethos, which reflects the highest standards of British international education. I am excited to embark on a new cultural adventure with my family, in a new country.

Rebecca Etchels
Rebecca Etchels
Year 1 Teacher
Rebecca Etchels

Rebecca Etchels

Year 1 Teacher

Qualifications

BA( Hons) Bachelor of Arts and Postgraduate diploma in Primary Education with Qualified teacher status at the University of Dundee.

3 years' experience

I have previously taught in the UK for 2 years as an early years primary teacher working with children from multicultural backgrounds. I have recently taught in Shanghai for a year as a kindergarten teacher. This provided me with a great opportunity to immerse myself in the local culture and create a learning environment that relates to the real world. I am extremely excited to be joining USI to collaborate and learn alongside other skilled practitioners within a fantastic school. I have a passion for fostering a love for learning within my classroom. Each child is unique and I look forward to building relationships as we embark on this exciting learning journey.


Jenifer Watson
Jenifer Watson
Year 1 Teacher
Jenifer Watson

Jenifer Watson

Year 1 Teacher

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Psychology and Sports Studies at The University of Stirling
Post Graduate Diploma (Primary Education) at The University of Dundee

9 Years’ Experience

From the beginnings of teacher training in Scotland to bustling Beijing for 2 years and then onto magical Malaysia, teaching has provided me with some amazing opportunities to enhance my professional practice by sharing my knowledge and collaborating with some of the best teachers around the world. My passions include advocating student voice, growth mindset and imbedding environmental awareness into the curriculum.

I am most looking forward to meeting my new class, colleagues and being part of the USI community which is all about a love of learning and in my case, teaching too. 

Ann Leygnac
Ann Leygnac
Year 1 Teacher
Ann Leygnac

Ann Leygnac

Year 1 Teacher

Qualifications

Certificate in Child Psychology - The College of Progressive Education, Ireland
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Years and Primary) – London Metropolitan University
BS in Software Development – Limerick Institute of Technology

9 years' experience.

I am from Ireland and qualified in London where I worked for two years. I then decided to travel and experience education around the world. I have worked in Abu Dhabi for four years, France for two years and Qatar for one. I have loved learning about new cultures whilst broadening my personal and professional skills.

I am very excited to be one of the founding members of USI and to work alongside a fantastic team. I am looking forward to building relationships with my pupils and creating a warm and motivating environment for them as we start this exciting journey together.

Stephanie Hopkinson
Stephanie Hopkinson
Year 2 Teacher and English Lead
Stephanie Hopkinson

Stephanie Hopkinson

Year 2 Teacher and English Lead

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Social and Cultural Studies with Film Studies, University of Nottingham
PGCE (Primary) Oxford Brookes University

10 years' experience

I am originally from Manchester, but began my teaching career in London where I taught years 6, 5 and 4 for three years. I have most recently been working in Shanghai teaching Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for the last 6.5 years with a gap year in 2019-2020. I love travelling, scuba diving and exercise classes with friends such as barre and Pilates. I am looking forward to meeting my new class and work colleagues, the excitement of building a new school together, the opportunity to travel in the Middle East and the World Cup.

Jill Brand
Jill Brand
Year 2 Teacher
Jill Brand

Jill Brand

Year 2 Teacher

Qualifications

BA Honours Degree in Children and Young People
PGCE

5 years' experience

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in Early Years as a teaching assistant. Since qualifying, I have worked across all age groups ranging from Reception to Year 5. I have been in Year 1 for two years and I am currently computing and science lead within my school. I am looking forward to the new challenge of working at USI, which will help me develop professionally but also personally. I am excited to work in a school with such great resources and facilities which will enhance children's learning and provide great opportunities for them. Meeting new people, embracing the culture and the different way of living are other things I am looking forward to. Also, it will be lovely to see the sun every day!

Hannah Dalkin
Hannah Dalkin
Year 3 Teacher
Hannah Dalkin

Hannah Dalkin

Year 3 Teacher

Qualifications

Degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Leeds Metropolitan University
PGCE from Sunderland University
TEFL certified
How to Learn Maths for Teachers from Stanford University
21st Century Learning and Teaching: Data Science from Stanford University.

3 years' experience

Upon arriving in Hong Kong in 2013, I supported children in taking their 11+ and 13+ UK boarding school entrance examinations, before qualifying as a primary teacher and working at Malvern College Hong Kong and Hong Kong Academy. In September I will begin a Masters in Mathematics Education. I am incredibly excited to be one of the founding members of a new school, watching USI grow and working with other passionate teachers.

Eleanor Duffy
Eleanor Duffy
Year 3 Teacher
Eleanor Duffy

Eleanor Duffy

Year 3 Teacher

Qualifications

Degree in Germanic Languages from Trinity College in Dublin and can speak five different languages. H. Dip in Primary Education and an M.Ed in Leading, Learning and Teaching. I have also recently completed my NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership).

14 years' experience

I am from a small seaside town on the outskirts of Dublin in Ireland. I taught for nine years at the Primary school I attended myself before venturing to Doha with my husband. I have taught in British International schools here for over five years. I am so excited to begin working with the amazing team at USI. It is such a privilege to be part of the founding team and I am really looking forward to being part of a very special community.