Ian Temple
Ian Temple
Executive Principal
Ian Temple

Ian Temple

Executive Principal

Born in 1970 in Cleadon Village, Sunderland in the North East of England, Ian Temple spent the first 18 years of his career teaching at three outstanding schools in the UK. This afforded Ian the opportunity to work his way up to Deputy Headteacher at Eston Park School, an outstanding school serving the community of the Tees Valley.

In 2010 Ian made the leap abroad and took up his first Headship at Deira International School, Dubai. After six years in the UAE and leaving the school ranked eighth in the country for examination results, he took up a post as Campus Principal in Malaysia at Tenby Schools. This role looked after four schools on a beautiful 20-acre Eco Park in Kuala Lumpur. Whilst in this post he was promoted to Global Head of Schools which allowed him to support all schools in the group across the Northern Hemisphere.

Ian gained a BA in Business Education with QTS from the University of Sunderland. He then went on to gain an MA in Education specializing in educational pedagogy and Innovation & Change Management at the same university. He has also completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). His career and qualifications have given him the privilege of working with some outstanding educationalists who have inspired him throughout his 30-year career, so far.

Ian is joined in Qatar by his wife Nicola who is also a career educationalist specializing in Early Years education. Ian is an avid cricket fan and enjoys watching and following the England Cricket team all over the world.

Danielle Mc Kenna
Danielle McKenna
Head of Primary School
Danielle Mc Kenna

Danielle McKenna

Head of Primary School

Qualifications

MA Education, NPQH, MA Education Psychology, DASE Literacy in the Curriculum, BA Hons Literature, PGCE Education.

Over the course of my career, I have acquired a broad range of experience as a school leader in numerous prestigious international schools. Over the last 19 years I have successfully developed innovative curriculums that ensure a robust socio-emotional curriculum is available for all students of all abilities and interests. I am a passionate education leader, focused on developing pastoral & wellbeing and offering an academic learning environment that encourages creativity, innovation and inclusion for all.

USI is going to be a first-class school with first-class resources and excellent staff, all of whom are specialised in their subject fields. I am thrilled to guide and establish our team of devoted educators, developing their passion in line with our school values, and enriched with Qatari culture. Our students will be from many international backgrounds, therefore making us a unique, diverse global family. I am excited to welcome all our new families, evolving our parent community, and building a unique and special community on The Pearl.

Chantelle Thomasson
Chantelle Thomasson
Assistant Head, Academics
Chantelle Thomasson

Chantelle Thomasson

Assistant Head, Academics

Qualifications

University of Leeds: 2:1 BA Geography
University of Nottingham: PGCE in Geography
NPQSL: University College London (UCL)

14 years' experience

I have been in education for 14 years, with 9 years of leadership experience. Having graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Geography, I undertook a PGCE and later gained the NPQSL through University College London. My leadership experiences have been in Dubai for the past 12 years which include Head of Humanities and International Baccalaureate coordinator. I am thrilled to be part of USI in its first year and am looking forward to setting a culture of kindness, respect and enjoyment within our school and wider community. I believe in evidence-based education and I am excited to develop and deliver quality learning and teaching and a love of learning amongst our students.

Michael Thomasson
Michael Thomasson
Assistant Head, Pastoral & Humanities
Michael Thomasson

Michael Thomasson

Assistant Head, Pastoral & Humanities

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Geography (Urban and Regional) at Sheffield Hallam University, UK
PGCE Geography at Nottingham University, UK

14 years' experience

I have had the pleasure of teaching in the Middle East for the past 12 years. I have enjoyed teaching a wide range of subjects including Geography, History, English, and EAL. I have also had the opportunity to lead teams and support inspiring teachers through my roles as Head of Year and Head of Department. I am looking forward to working in a fantastic location with excellent resources and facilities. I am also looking forward to collaborating with new colleagues on designing and implementing structures and procedures that will promote our core values, and thus provide an outstanding educational experience for our students and foster a culture of success.