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

Secondary School


Education is not a lifelong process; education is life itself, therefore every child deserves to be educated and become the best they can possibly be.

My name is Alberto Edwards Spence, I was born in Costa Rica which is famous for its peace and democracy. This little country is located in Central América. I was also educated there and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English and Spanish in high school, later a Licenciate in Teaching. A Licenciate in Hispanic countries is a degree higher than Bachelor’s but not as high a Master’s.

I have taught at home, then I had an exceptional opportunity to teach Spanish in The Bahamas, which I did for ten years at a high school.  I consider myself a world citizen and I believe I was born to teach, this institution gave me the opportunity to help students acquire a second language, so I am collaborating in teaching Spanish. I also serve on the M.U.N (Model United Nation) committee which trains and helps students in debating process, as after school activity I cooperate in having a Spanish conversation club.



My name is Colleen and I am from Durban, the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Teaching is my passion and I am currently teaching English to Middle and Secondary students, Years 7-11, at EMS. EMS is the second Cambridge International School I have taught at. It is my first year and I am thoroughly enjoying myself, as many of the students have a thirst for learning. Everyday a student will make me smile or laugh, especially when a student compliments me by saying, “Thank you, Miss Colleen, I enjoyed todays lesson or I learnt something new today or what are we doing tomorrow?”

I have taught Year 4 and Year 8 to Year 12 students ranging in age from 9 to 19 years of age. I have experience in teaching a variety of subjects, such as English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology and Life Orientation.

Teaching English as a First and Second language to secondary students were my majors at University, coupled with Geography, Technology, Biology and Life Orientation.

I believe that each student is a unique individual and as a teacher, my role is to facilitate and guide students to have self esteem and to believe in themselves. In doing so, students believe that they are capable and strive to better themselves, personally and academically. Teaching needs to be holistic, teaching students’ responsibility, leadership, caring, and respect. By ensuring the above, in my lessons I incorporate the ESLRs; students being an Effective Communicator, Critical Thinker, Independent Learner, Ethical Individual, Global Citizen, and due to being confident in themselves, allowing them to be DYNAMIC ACHIEVERS.



My name is Sarah R. Atya and I am so glad to be the Music teacher for upper primary and secondary. I’m from Egypt. This is going to be my 6th year as a music teacher. I graduated from Faculty of Music Education, Helwan University Cairo in 2008 with a Bachelor in Music Education. Last summer I got my master’s degree from Helwan University in Voice Training and Operatic Singing

My teaching philosophy is to provide students with the knowledge and information for them to appreciate music and the related fine arts. I want them to be actively listening, participating and engaging through music.

This is my first year with the English Modern School, Al Khor. I am so happy to be part of EMS and I can’t wait to pass my passion for learning music to your child.



My name is Christine Dietz and this will be my third year with EMS, Al Khor. For the 2017 – 2018 academic year I will be teaching Year 7 Social Studies, Character Education, and Science; Year 8 Science, Year 11 Biology and Year 11 Child Development. I am also the Year 7 homeroom teacher.

I am originally from the United States but have worked in both India and Thailand before coming to Qatar. I received my degrees in both Biology and Education from St. Olaf College in the freezing state of Minnesota. Currently, I am in the final stages of my master’s degree program from Buffalo State University.While I love teaching and much of my energy goes into creating fun and engaging lesson plans, I also have many interests outside the school. My biggest passion in life right now is the ocean and everything in it! This passion has led me to a decade-long diving career that has included: Becoming a professional dive instructor, working on a live-aboard as a dive guide, studying and analyzing coral health on the Belizean reef system, and tracking and monitoring shark migration patterns. It has given me a love and respect for aquatic ecosystems, which I share with as many people as possible.

One of my favorite parts about working at EMS is the privilege of bringing my love of the ocean into the classroom. Last year I began a Marine Biology and Conservation after school activity. This led to 12 students and 9 teachers being certified as PADI scuba divers. We spent the year learning about marine ecology in the classroom and experiencing it in the water. This year, the school Marine Biology and Conservation ASA will be going to Thailand to observe and compare their aquatic environments to the ones here in Qatar.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” This quote helps guide me in life and in creating my classroom. I do not want to teach facts – I want to teach passion! I want students to be excited and find ways of putting their genuine interests into the curriculum. This is my goal and my hope for this year.



I am Ms. Katherine Porter and this will be my first year with EMS, Al Khor. I really love how small and personable the school is, it already feels like a family to me. For the 2017 – 2018 academic year I will be teaching PE for Years 6, 7, 8, and 9, Year 9 Global Studies, as well as Biology for Years 10 and 12. I am also the Year 12 homeroom teacher.   I am very excited to begin the new school year and hope that my students are too!

I am originally from the United States but have worked in India, Egypt, and the US before coming to Qatar. I received my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Education from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Currently, I am very excited to say that I am beginning my master’s degree program from Buffalo State University.

Though I love being a teacher I also have several outside interests.  I am very invested in ecology, conservation and the environment and am head of the Earth Day Committee this year so I am very excited to begin organizing ideas and activities.  Marine biology is also a passion of mine and I love to swim, dive, and snorkel in my free time and will also be co-teaching the Marine Biology ASA.

My teaching philosophy: “Teaching is the act of sharing the knowledge we have been given by others with the hope that someday, it again will be passed on.”  The information I have learned through my own education is a gift that I am able to share with my students.  It is my hope that the knowledge I share with my students will be lifelong and that they will share it with others in turn when presented with the opportunity.



I am Ms. Marisol Pinili and I am the Math Teacher for Middle and Secondary School. English Modern School, Al Khor has given me tremendous opportunity to share what I love to do and that is instilling knowledge to our precious students

Previously, I have taught mathematics for secondary students in the public-school system in the Philippines. My Master’s Degree is in Mathematics and my hands-on teaching experience, combined with modern teaching strategies inculcated a strong desire to facilitate students in learning strong mathematical concepts that will help them in subsequent stages of their careers someday.

I do believe that teaching is not a profession but vocation that requires investing my personal time, energy, and resources for the betterment of my students.



I was raised in a small farm town in the middle of the USA. I graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Diplomatic History and Political Science. I graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Master’s degree in Military Studies and Diplomacy as well as a Graduate Degree in Secondary Education. My area of expertise is in U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East and Latin America. I presently teach IGCSE Geography, Global Perspectives, Business Studies, Development Studies, and AS General Paper. In addition, I am the debate coach for the Secondary and Preparatory teams at Qatar Debate competitions.

When I teach I focus on developing habits that increase a student’s ability to learn in a general sense. I want students to have skills that make them unafraid of trying to learn. I want students to reach a point where they are not intimidated by a subject or by a piece of writing. Rather, I want students to freely take notice of things in the world around them, to be able to calmly consider, and if possible to apply skills that allow them to evaluate and analyse the human phenomena of the world. I see this as my job and as the best thing that I can offer the world. The primary reason why I love working at the English Modern School Al Khor is because of the students. The students at EMS Al-Khor secondary are diverse, respectful of one another, and generally hardworking. It has been my pleasure to work with them for the last four years.



My name is Mr. V. Abraham. I have a degree in Physics, Bachelor of Education degree and hold QTS from Birmingham University. After I graduated, I started my teaching career in Cape Town, South Africa, and taught Physics for eight years in a Secondary School. I then wanted to further enhance my teaching career and decided to move to the UK and worked as a Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 Physics teacher for ten years. For the last seven years, I have been teaching Physics in Qatar to IGCSE and A level students. During these seven years, I got the opportunity to lead the Science department and also I was Assistant Principal for a leading School in Qatar.

As a teacher, I love prompting student motivation, participation and effective listening skills through the implementation of positive reinforcement and rewards. Physics is an integral part of our life and promoting skills and technology will enhance the life of our youngsters. I am passionate about teaching and take pride in contributing to the children’s education.

I have a real passion for travelling, exploring various cultures, traditions and meeting new people. I am grateful to have this opportunity to work at a school that is still developing. This school has a welcoming and stimulating environment and I am looking forward to be a part of the EMS team.



I am Ms. Tessy Johnson. I teach Chemistry for Years 10,11 and 12; Science for Year 9; Global Studies for Year 7 and 8 and Character Education for Year 8 at EMS, Al Khor. I am also the homeroom teacher for Year 8 this year.

I have guided middle and high school students who participated in competitions such as Qatar Environment Sustainability challenge in 2014 and Healthy Living through Sports challenge in 2015 conducted by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar. Our students won first place in both the challenges.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University, India in 1993 and my Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India in 1996. After the Master’s degree, I did Bachelor’s in Education for teaching Physical Sciences at the University of Calicut, Kerala, India. Before joining EMS, I worked as Senior Secondary teacher for Chemistry at Al Khor International School – Qatar for 3 years teaching high school students from grades 9 to 12. I had been the Middle school Math teacher at Middle East International School, Qatar for 1 year in 2008. In addition to this, I have 10 years of teaching experience in Chemistry at various public schools in India.

I believe that the most important purpose of education is to create a methodological mindset in every individual so that he/she will be able to build his/her own understanding of the society and find his/her own place in the society. Teaching and learning science should be with this ultimate objective. I encourage my pupils to inquire, think, argue and arrive at their own conclusions while studying about various concepts and phenomena, with high degree of objectivity.

I enjoy working at EMS and this is my 5th year at the school. I am passionate about teaching Chemistry to an amazing and motivated student community at this school.



I was born and raised in South Africa, where I studied and qualified in both Advertising Art (Diploma in Advertising Art with a Specialization in Graphic Design) and teaching (Bachelor of Primary Education). I gained 13 years teaching experience in South Africa before moving to the Middle East. It is my fourth year teaching here at EMS Al Khor. I am currently completing the action research project for my Masters Degree (Master’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies).

I have experience in teaching a wide range of subjects and ages, including Computer Science (and ICT),Visual Arts, Math, Social Studies, among others. I have also taught classes from KG2 all the way through to Year 13. I have been privileged to have spent the last 3 years working with a dynamic, forward thinking and diverse team at EMS Al Khor. I have grown incredibly and developed wonderfully enriching relationships with staff, students and parents.

My personal interests stretch to a wide range of topics and activities from neurology to robotics; from programming and app development to health and fitness; from movies to travel. I have spearheaded the Lego robotics program at the school and I am excited help the students develop a love for, and the skills and knowledge to be able to excel in this.

Having the progression of technology and sustainability as two passions of mine, I am continually looking at ways to apply 21st century thinking and practices to the classroom while still maintaining the global mindedness that will allow for sustainable living. I believe strongly in assisting students to become independent learners and set high standards as I believe they all have the potential to become dynamic achievers. I do this by holding students accountable for their actions and choices and assisting them to develop good habits and inspiring them to pursue their dreams with passion and self discipline.



My name is William Nassif and I am from Lebanon with a bachelor degree in Fine Arts. I am a Drama and Art teacher for this academic school year.

I worked in Lebanon for 8 years before coming to Doha as a director, assistant director and stage manager for kids plays. Students were, and will always be a big part of my life, it’s not just about teaching, it’s a life dedication for our loved ones.

This is my 7TH year in Doha as a Drama and Art teacher and my 3rd year at EMS. I find myself very lucky working with the EMS Al Khor family, as the school shows much interest in teaching our students The Arts. These are essential for building character.

When teaching, I have high hopes and expectations for my student’s work. I know that many students are not into Drama and Arts, but I believe that each one of them has an inner artist that needs to express his mind on stage and in art work. Accordingly, my job is to make sure that all my students will reach a point where they can say to themselves, I am proud of what I have accomplished.



Good Day, my name is Hannelie Truter. I will be teaching Physical Education and Art at English Modern School, Al Khor. I have 24 years of teaching experience. This is my 11th year in Qatar and my 3rd year working at EMS Al Khor. I am excited to share my experience with the students throughout the year. I have worked with students from ages 3 to 18 and I am looking forward to getting to know all the new students and to welcome back the other students here at EMS Al Khor.

I am from South- Africa.  I hold a BA degree in Education and a BA in Sport Management.  I enjoy being around my friends and family and I am passionate about my profession. I enjoy working, teaching, playing, painting, drawing and supporting my students during the PE and Art lessons. My students know that I have high expectations of their performance and contributions.

I played Netball for my own country and was also chosen for the Qatar National Netball team. I represented Qatar at the Bahrain Championships. My words of wisdom to my students are, “The best way to enjoy a sport is to be fit, healthy, and committed:” A HEALTHY BODY FOSTERS A HEALTHY MIND.  My favorite sports to watch are gymnastics, synchronized swimming, dancing, cricket, and rugby (especially when my country is playing).



My name is Josh Desmond, (Mr. J). I will be teaching Physical Education at English Modern School, Al Khor   I am excited to share my experience with the students throughout the year. I have worked with students from ages 5 to 18 and I am looking forward to getting to know all the returning students, new students, and their families here at EMS Al Khor.

I am from the state of Oregon, located in the USA. I hold a Masters Degree in Education and a BS in Sports Fitness Management and Health Promotion. I have been teaching PE at the elementary level for 4 years. In addition to the elementary level, I also have 8 years of Middle school and High school teaching experience. Not only have I been a PE teacher, I have been the Boys Varsity, aka 1st Team, Soccer (Futbol) coach for 12 years at the High School level.

Some of my interests involve a wide variety of outdoor activities. I am a cycling enthusiast on the road as well as in the mountains. I am an avid skier with experience skiing all over the world. I enjoy camping, tennis, and playing a round of golf.

I look forward to teaching your children a variety of games from the U.S. and learning new games with my students. I am excited to challenge your children to fulfill their BEST ability in class everyday. I set high expectations for all students and give plenty of opportunities for them to be successful.

It is my philosophy to live each day as if it’s the last one and give 100% in those 24 hours. I encourage my students to love and respect the people around them and be caring, sharing, responsible and enthusiastic young people.

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi.



I am happy to teach your children in my first year at the English Modern School.

This is an overview of my career, which I present to you.

I have a Bachelor of Arabic Language and Islamic Studies in 2011.

I have a diploma in vocational education in 2012.

I am a certified international trainer with special education and learning difficulties.

I started teaching since 2011, as follows:

Arabic teacher at the center of )LOGHATI ) for teaching Arabic to non – native speakers

Arabic Teacher at (Abo Ayoub Al – Ansari) Independent School for Boys in 2013

Arabic Teacher at (Al – Shaqab) Independent School for girls from 2/2014 until 7/2017

The classes I am studying this year:

1-2-3 Arabic language, Islamic education and Qatar history.

I strive to instill love of the Arabic language inside the hearts of students and help students overcome any difficulties, whether educational, developmental or behavioral.

I wish God help me to achieve what I wish for your children.



My name is Mamdouh Kamal Eldien and I am the teacher of Arabic language , Islamic studies and Qatar history.  I am from Egypt and have been in education for 17 years. I have taught Arabic language and Islamic studies.  I have been a teacher in Primary and Secondary Schools in many different schools in Qatar and Egypt .  I received my Certificate of education in  1999.

This is my 3th year with the EMS family, AL Khor.  I am privileged to be part of the EMS, Al Khor community where the teachers and the parents work together in partnership to provide such a large experience for the children at a school. I love sharing knowledge. i feel a desire to share ideas, communicate concepts and inspire conversation with those around me. i teach to reach children, and see their progress develop over time.



I am Ibtisam Al Shamali, a teacher of Arabic Language and Islamic Education for the second and third grades. I graduated from Mu’tah University in Jordan in 2003, and then the University of Jordan towards the University of Jordan. I am happy to teach your children for the third year of the modern English school. This is an overview of my career, which I present to you.

National Vocational Standards Course in Qatar (Gulf Center)
New Standards Course in Qatar (Gulf Center)
First aid course in Qatar
Duru ICDL University of Mu’tah
A new teacher course in Jordan
Developing the curriculum of the school of scientific aspirations nineth and tenth grade 2004
Al Karama National School Grade 4, 5 and 6 (2005-2013)
Othman bin Affan Independent School for Boys 2013-2015
The English Modern School 2015 – now
Participate in the spelling competition for 2013-2014

I love teaching at the English Modern School.



Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.

I am happy to teach your children for the fifth year in a row, I am Hazem Mohammed Ali.
I have three sons. My 19 years of experience varies between Egypt, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and finally here in Qatar.

I have received many different courses such as classroom management – working on interactive whiteboard and smart board, and attended several international conferences such as (Tara 2013-2014), and workshops of the Supreme Education Council.

I was a lecturer at the Tara Conference.

In the process of finalizing a special book for IGCSE students.

My main objectives for this year:
Encouraging students to obtain the highest grades in various Arabic subjects (Arabic Language, Forensic Science, National History).

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