Secondary School Team

Secondary School Team

The Head of Secondary oversees a team of administrators, teachers and counselors who ensure the academic, social and emotional needs of our students are met.

At RIS we offer the IB Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programmes (DP) in the Secondary School. The MYP is a programme of study designed to meet the particular educational needs of students aged between 11 and 16 years. It is internationally accredited and prepares students over a period of five years for entry into the IB Diploma Programme. The DP is a highly challenging and inspirational two-year programme for students aged between 16 and 18, which sets the standard in secondary education.


The IB MYP and DP programmes prepare students for universities and careers worldwide. We are extremely proud of the excellent examination results achieved by our students. Graduates from RIS go on to universities across the UAE, Europe, North America and Australasia, with many students being awarded full scholarships for their chosen studies.

PAUL EDE
Deputy Head of Secondary

RICHARD BALLARD
Head of IT Integration

NICHOLAS GREY
Head of School Improvement

SHARON THOMSPON
MYP Coordinator

MARK NOONAN
DP Coordinator

ENGLISH

ANDREW TOMLINSON
English Teacher

AARON VIGAR
English Teacher

KATHY LI
English Teacher

JANE MCGRATH
English Teacher

JOHN MCDONALD
Head of Grade 7 English Teacher

MICHAEL MOLENAAR
Head of Grade 12 English Teacher

WALTER CLARKE
English Teacher

CHRISTINE ARMSTRONG
English Teacher

SCIENCE

DIANA ROWELL
Head of Grade 9 Science Teacher

KEVIN SMITH
Science Teacher

ROBIN SMITHSON
Science Teacher

MUGE OKUR
Science Teacher

LISA HOLDEN
Science Teacher

RYAN SKINNER
Science Teacher

GRETCHEN SKEA
Science Teacher

MAHEEN HABIB-WAY
Head of Grade 6 Science Teacher

EMMA CAREY
Science Teacher

MATHS

VAUGHAN KITSON
Mathematics Teacher

NOOR FADILLA
Mathematics Teacher

CLEMENT MUSTCHIN
Mathematics Teacher

BEN REHANA
Mathematics Teacher

ELIZABETH STARKEY
Mathematics Teacher

NOELYN SELVANAYAGAM
Mathematics Teacher

DAVID RACINE
Mathematics Teacher

HUMANITIES

ALEXANDRA TROTTER
Humanities Teacher

JENNIFER LEATHER
Head of Grade 10 Humanities Teacher

PETER CROWTHER
Humanities Teacher

WHETU SEYMOUR
Humanities Teacher

TRINA BONETTI
Humanities Teacher

LUKE CLARK

Head of Grade 6 Humanities Teacher

BRYCE MCBRIDE
Teacher of Business and Economics

JAMES JONES
Humanities/Psychology Teacher

DESIGN/IT

TIM BARRETT 
Design and Technology Teacher

MATTHEW O’TOOLE
Design and Technology Teacher

KIM STRACKE
Design and Technology Teacher

NAEEM ASHRAF
IT Teacher

GARY HAYES
Head of Grade 7 IT Teacher

ARABIC, ISLAMIC AND SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS

ABDULKAREEM OKELAN
Head of Arabic and Islamic

ASEM MASHARFA
Arabic B Teacher

MONA KAMAL
Arabic B Teacher

ABDELRAHMAN ABUDAHAK
Arabic B Teacher

LINA JALLAD
Arabic B Teacher

ABDALLA ABUDAHAK
Arabic/Islamic Teacher

EMAN MOSTAFA
Arabic/Islamic

WAFAA MARWAN
Social Studies Teacher

MOHAMMED JABER
Islamic Teacher

HANAA SALAH
Islamic Teacher

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS

DENIS CHARLOT
French Teacher

JACOBO MUNIZ
Spanish Teacher

LILIANE BEAYNE
French Teacher

AURELIE NG TAT CHUNG
French Teacher

FATIMA MILLER
French Teacher

JAVIER HERNANDEZ-STALDER
Drama Teacher

ERICA BILDER
Drama Teacher

JASON BENNETT
Music Teacher

DANIELA PARKINSON
Art Teacher

CARLOS NOGUERA
Art Teacher

PE

ANDREA MCKINNON
Director of Athletics

VICKY CROFT
Head of Grade 8
PE Teacher

MARCUS DOWN
PE Teacher

LAURA BUCHAN
PE Teacher

JANELLE MEISENHEIMER
PE Teacher

JARROD PURDY
PE Teacher