English Modern School Al Khor  »  Primary School
13th December 2017

Primary School


My name is Kerri-Ann Forbes-McFarlane, and I will be teaching your child in Year 1A this academic school year, 2017 – 2018.

I am fortunate and proud to be a citizen of both the United Kingdom (UK) and Jamaica. I left the UK three years ago, to take up work here in lovely Qatar.

This is my third year at EMS Al Khor. I have over ten (10) years of teaching and pastoral experience, and I have previously worked in Jamaica and in the UK.

I attended the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, where I achieved my Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, and gained Qualified Teacher status in the UK.

My teaching assistant, Ms. Sihem Belaid, is from Algeria. She attended University in Algeria, and has a Bachelor of Science in Educative Sociology.  She has over four (4) years teaching experience.

Ms. Sihem is a very dedicated and passionate individual who enjoys working with our children.

I must say that it is a pleasure working with our precious little Year 1s.

I really enjoy fostering the academic and social development of our children, with the aim of equipping them with the life skills necessary for the future global community.

My satisfaction as a teacher comes when I see my students succeeding and achieving meaningful progress.

I am looking forward to establishing, and maintaining a meaningful line of communication with you the parents.



My name is Nasima Noor and this year I will be your daughter/son’s Year 1 teacher. I am looking forward to an exciting year. It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience in my classroom.

I am from Bangladesh. I was born in Qatar and I lived in the USA while studying at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I finished my Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education Unified program from the University of Kansas. I worked in Topeka Public Schools for 5 years. My students call me Ms. Nasima. This is my fourth year here at EMS-Al Khor.

Ms. Favour Ozoemezie is our Teaching Assistant in the classroom. She has Bachelors of Science in Economics from the Abuja University in Nigeria. She taught as a teacher in Nigeria for 9 years and in EMS Al Khor as a TA for 3 years.



My name is Ms. Nelly Karugu . I am on my 4th Year at English Modern  School.

I have over 24 years teaching experience having taught in various countries in the world. My previous school, before venturing to Qatar was Walt Disney English Schools, in China.

I have a Degree in Education, Diploma in Montessori and TEFL-C (Teaching of English as a foreign language to Children.) I am a mother of 3 children.

Teaching for me, is a vocation and over the years, I have been blessed to have touch the lives of many children from different cultures in the world. I am strongly aware of the great impact teachers can have on the lives of their students since teachers and students spend much of their time together. I am a strong believer in teamwork between the parents/guardians and the teacher. I achieve this teamwork through constant and possibly daily communication.  We are the major stake holders in the lives of the students under our care, and once we forge a united team, success is achievable.

My Teaching Assistant is Myrnalyn Rojas.  She is a graduate with  (BEED) Bachelor of Elementary Education in Southern Mindanao College, Pagadian City, Philippines.  She has  8 years teaching experience, 3 years  in the Philippines and 5 years at English Modern School. Ms.Myrnalyn’s personal goal is to always create a loving and nurturing learning environment that encourages children to do their best, where students feel safe and secure.



I am Ms. Patrys Pienaar from South Africa. I have been teaching for many years and continuously update my knowledge with training conferences.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education as well as all levels Music exams from UNISA University. I have been at EMS for almost 9 years. . The most beautiful sound to me is a child laughing.

I am Louise Anne Bacena from The Philippines. I have a University Nursing Degree from University of Perpetual Help Dystem Dalta. As of the moment, I am taking my education units in Professional Teaching from AMA University and will be finished by June of 2018. I firmly believe that teaching is innate and you are born to teach. Degree comes as a formality but the burning passion to share your knowledge and the love for children can make you more of a better teacher. It is my 3rd school year with EMS and I am proud to be a part of this family.



My name is Priscilla Palacio and this year I will be your daughter/son’s teacher. I am looking forward to getting to know your children. It is my goal to learn every child’s strengths and to provide an atmosphere where the children will flourish. I will do this by providing a safe and fun environment for them to explore and learn.

A little bit about me, I am from Avila Beach, a small beach town located in the United States. I have 6 years of experience working in early childhood education from pre-kindergarten to 2nd grade. My work with children includes teaching English in China and working as a school counselor for 2 Years. I have an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Counseling from Chapman University in Orange County. In addition, I am certified to teach English as a foreign language.

My name is Reham Ali. I am from Egypt. I am year 1B’s teacher’s assistant. I have an educational diploma from Al Mansoura University in Egypt.At the moment I am studying for my Masters of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State, USA.



Welcome to School Year 2017-2018! I’m Ms. Vilma, homeroom adviser for Year 2B and assisting me is Ms. Shahla.   I am a Filipino, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Major in Economics from Philippine University; my Teaching Units from University in Makati; and my Master’s Units in Educational  Management , from Manila, Philippines.   Prior to joining The EMS Al Khor, I worked in Manila, Philippines where I was a teacher for 20 years.  English.

During my stint as a primary teacher, I served as Division and Regional English Demonstration Teacher; Math/Journalism Trainer; Contributor/Writer of English and Filipino Workbooks for grade one; and Facilitator on seminar workshops in

Ms. Shahla, Sri Lankan, who has five years of teaching experience used to teach grades 5 and 6 before joining EMS.  This is our fourth year of teaching Year 2 here at EMS Alkhor.

It is our belief that every child must be nurtured with compassion. It is our passion to reach every child’s need and desire to learn.

We hope to have good rapport with you our dear parents as we want the best for your kids.



My name is Sharon Brown and I am the 5A homeroom teacher. I teach English (Language Arts), Social Studies, Character Education and Qatar History (in English).   Jamaica is my country of origin and I have been teaching for 20 years. For the past nine years I have been teaching in primary schools in London, UK. I have also taught Business Studies.    In Jamaica, I received my Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Adolescent and Adult Education) in 2002. In the UK, I received my Qualified Teacher Status (Teaching Certification) in 2011, specializing in Primary Education.  In 2016, I earned my Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of East London.

This is my 1st year with the EMS, Al Khor family as well as my first year in Qatar.  The students, parents, teachers and administrative staff have been so welcoming that I truly feel at home here.

I was fortunate to have had dedicated, skilled educators teaching and guiding my three children through primary school; as a result of this, my educational philosophy is to provide the best quality education to my pupils, as if they were my own children. Through the school curriculum, I also help pupils develop the skills as well as the enjoyment for life-long learning. I love writing as well as reading and look forward to diving into great books and writing fantastic mesmerizing pieces with the readers and writers of the EMS, AL Khor family!



I’m Opeyemi Morakinyo, born in a Nigerian family of educators who instilled in me a love for learning. It’s my sixth year of teaching and my second year at the English Modern School, Al Khor. I have a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Presently, I’m also undergoing a Master of Science degree program in Multidisciplinary Studies that is been offered by SUNY Buffalo State University of New York. As a teacher, I believe that each and every child is a unique individual who needs a caring, secure and encouraging environment to grow.



My name is Ms. Denise Skyers and I am from Jamaica. I have dual Nationalities as a Jamaican by birth and British National by naturalization. I was trained as a teacher at Sam Sharpe College and earned my first degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. My teaching career started in Jamaica where I taught for over 7 years before migrating to the United Kingdom. In addition to my years of teaching in Jamaica, I have taught in London for 16 years. I have a wealth of experience that I have gained from teaching from year 1 up to year 8. This is my first year as a Homeroom Year 3 Teacher, at The English Modern School in Al Khor, and I am looking forward to teach, share and experience another culture.



Dear EMS family, my name is Mitzi De Leon. I was born in Panama, raised in Costa Rica, and studied in the USA. I have been a teacher for over 20 years and I have served in Costa Rica, Panama, USA, Guatemala, Thailand, and now in Qatar. I love to learn about new cultures and make new friends from all over the world. I am looking forward to an awesome school year, 2017-2018.



Hello! My name is Richard McWhinnie and I am the Year 4B teacher. I am from Vancouver, Canada and this is my third year at EMS. I enjoy travelling and learning about other cultures and I try to make my classroom one of acceptance by everyone, and by learning about other people’s culture too. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with all my students, working with them to help them grow, learn and be the best they can be. This is my third country to work in (besides Canada) and I love the multicultural feel and respect of EMS Al Khor.



I am Rosie Liew , I am from Malaysia.I received my Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science from the Agriculture University of Malaysia and hold a post-graduate Diploma in Education from the Science Teacher’s Training College in Malaysia. I have taught for fifteen years in Malaysia before moving to Qatar. Prior to joining EMS Al Khor, I taught in an international school in Al Khor for two years which follows the British Curriculum. This year will be my fourth year teaching Year 4 group.

I believe that education is the most important thing that a child can have and as an educator, I have the responsibility to impart a high level of education to every child. As a reflective and enthusiastic educator, I am dedicated to enhance the young minds to develop continuously and achieve their potential so as to be knowledgeable, responsible and capable of contributing to the community by providing the best resources and learning environment.



Wendy Dlima received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Sociology from Mumbai University, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Teresa’s Training College, Mumbai, India. After her Bachelor’s Degree, she went on and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Mumbai University. Prior to joining EMS, Ms. Wendy’s professional teaching career began over 6 years ago in India, where she trained, taught, guided and also assisted many young minds towards a bright future. She began teaching Year 5 at EMS AL Khor in 2013, and continues to work in this friendly environment.

Teaching is a very rewarding job and I take pride in seeing the huge progression that students make during the year. They get to experience a wide range of challenging, fun and enjoyable learning opportunities. I believe that motivating students is the key to engaging students in their learning. I am dedicated to building supportive relationships with not only the students in my care but also with parents and fellow teachers, all with the hope of promoting and reinforcing a student’s independence and self-esteem.

I am very proud to be part of the EMS staff and feel privileged to have the opportunity to work in a community of diverse, happy, hardworking and talented students.



My name is Dawid Truter and I will be teaching Year 5 Math and Science. I have 28 years of teaching experience. This will be my 11th year in Qatar and my third year teaching at EMS Al Khor. I am excited to share my knowledge and experience, both personally and academically, with my students throughout the year.

I am from South Africa. I hold a BA degree in Education. I love all kinds of sports and particularly like playing golf.

I am privileged to be part of the EMS, Al Khor community. I meet students, parents and teachers from all over the world. I believe that all children have a natural passion for learning through experience, play, imagination and discovery. In our interaction with children, we learn a great deal about ourselves and to the world at large, children remind us daily of one of our most precious and pressing goals as educators, that is to keep their innate desire for knowledge and understanding alive and well.



My name is Liezel Mittermeier. I am Year 6A’s class teacher, as well as the Upper Primary Team Leader. I am a qualified ESL teacher from South Africa and have been teaching for 13 years, 11 of which were at English Modern School.  During this period, I furthered my educational studies with the aim of moving into school leadership by attending the Principals’ Training Centre in the U.S.A.

EMS Al Khor is a small, lively campus with caring staff who are like a family. It is a true blessing, as it provides a good support network when you lead the expatriate life. As an educator, I believe in providing a safe, well-disciplined environment in my class where students can explore, learn and grow holistically as individuals. I look forward to a happy, productive and academically rigorous year.

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