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Leadership Team




I believe that an effective school leader’s role is to empower, inspire and motivate others. This type of leadership can promote the changes needed to prepare learners for their future achievements. Strong collaboration and trust between parents, students, teachers and leaders is the foundation to help learners achieve high academic standards and help them to become life-long learners and active citizens.

I believe in being an effective leader by raising expectations for students, staff members and the entire school community based on a common vision which inspires and motivates all the stakeholders. This we can achieve by working in partnership with all and having an open and continuous communication to inform and support student learning.

I believe ensuring continuous professional growth for all by providing continuous professional development based on the best practices which focus on improving learning for every child ensuring that every child has the right to learn and grow and be successful by allowing professionals to work together in order to redesign and change as we work with individuals and make a difference.


Head of School


My name is Sandy Sheppard and I am lucky to be the Head of School at English Modern School. This is my 3rd year at EMS and I have been in Qatar for 14 years. Before joining the EMS team I was the Principal of the Primary School at Qatar Academy. I am originally from New Zealand and have spent the last 24 years teaching internationally. My very first post overseas was as a Curriculum Coordinator in Jakarta, Indonesia and I started my career in New Zealand as a Kindergarten Teacher. I am a Mother of two grown children – Jade and Ryan and have the wonderful role as Grandparent to my gorgeous Granddaughter Sophie. I love being part of school life, there is nothing more rewarding than watching our students grow and develop. Our school is a happy place to be, where all from parents, students and teachers can feel cared about.

This school is ‘a place where we belong’ and you are more than welcome to join us.


Lower Primary Principal


Hi everyone, my name is Joneen Walker, the Lower Primary Principal at EMS Doha.  I was born and breed in New Zealand. In the 80’s I trained as a teacher and had many diverse teaching experiences before coming to Doha.  During my time in New Zealand I was a classroom teacher for 16 years, some of that time in leadership roles, then was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Otago, I was in this role for 10 years.

After our two children grew up and left home we decided to leave New Zealand for new adventures and found ourselves in Qatar.  During the first here 5 years here I was Assistant Principal at Qatar Academy  Doha then moved to EMS in 2016 as Lower Primary Principal.  I love working at EMS and feel privileged to be working in this environment. We have great  students, great teachers and a community who care about their students. Lucky me.


Lower Primary Assistant Principal


Julia Ringland here, (originally from Derry, Ireland): Lower Primary Assistant Principal at EMS, Doha. Before becoming an Educator, I qualified and practised in the UK as a Construction/Building Surveyor for 10 years. In 2003, my long-held vocation to become an Educator led me to complete a Postgraduate teaching qualification in 2003. In London, I commenced teaching in 2004, rising to the position of Department Head in 2005.

My husband and I moved to Qatar with our three daughters in 2012. We now call Qatar home.  Since arriving I have been part of the EMS family, working at our Al Wakra campus as a classroom teacher and Assistant Principal before taking up my current post as Lower Primary Assistant Principal in August 2017.  As a school leader, my goal is to provide opportunities and innovative teaching methods to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential.

If I can help in any way throughout this school year, please feel free to contact me.


Upper Primary Principal


It gives me great pleasure to greet both new and existing parents at EMS Doha’s Primary school campus. My name is Angela Lucy Smith and I am the Upper Primary Principal, this is my 5th year here at EMS and in Doha. This is my 21st year in education and my 9th year as a leader. I have lived and worked in schools in UK, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Mumbai, India. Each experience has helped me to open my eyes to the different cultures around our world, and helped me to become the culturally aware leader that you see every day at EMS.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to work with a truly committed leadership team at EMS. I very much enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with our dedicated Primary staff to provide creative, stimulating and meaningful learning experiences for all of our students. I look forward to yet another successful year for everyone in our EMS community and hope to see you on campus at one of our events soon.


Upper Primary Assistant Principal


Hello, my name is Lewis Polden, Upper Primary Assistant Principal at EMS Doha. I am UK-born and trained and worked for twenty years in several schools in the London area, three of those years as a Primary Headteacher.

This is my second stint in Qatar. From 2013 until 2016 I worked at Al Khor International School and enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to come back! I am very pleased to be a part of the EMS team and enjoy coming to school every day to work with such fantastic colleagues and students.


Secondary School Principal


Hello, I am Andrew Johnson, the Secondary Principal at EMS Doha.  I am UK born and have worked in international schools for more than 20 years with wide ranging experience in senior leadership posts.  Before working overseas  I taught in London for 8 years.

I feel privileged to be an international educator, to experience different cultures and meet and help educate wonderful young people from around the world.


Secondary Academic Assistant Principal


Hello, my name is Matthew Gore, Secondary Academic Assistant Principal at EMS Doha. I am from Cambridge, England and have worked for over 10 years in the UK as a Director of Sport, Assistant Principal and Specialist Leader of Education. I have worked  Internationally in Australia and Qatar.
My leadership role allows my to push forward a contemporary vision for the Secondary school at EMS Doha. This is to enable our wonderful students access to a professional environment, increasingly vibrant curriculum, and a dedicated staff team.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the EMS family and community.


Head of Year 12 / Head of the Counseling Department


Greetings! My name is Kamilah Crowder and I am from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. I am pleased to serve the EMS community in my roles as the Head of Year 12 and Head of the Counseling Department. I have been with EMS for the past three school years and before to moving to Qatar, I was a High School Counselor in Kuwait.

Prior to beginning my international journey, I worked in DeKalb County Schools as a classroom teacher for both gifted and special needs students. While teaching, I pursued my Master’s and Specialist degrees in Professional School Counseling. I also participated in our districts Leadership Development series. I feel honored to work with such a diverse and dynamic group of students and teachers. The community as a whole has embraced me and I am proud to say that EMS is a place where I belong.


Special Projects Administrator and Examinations Officer


My name is Jaco Anderson, I am the Special Projects Administrator and Examinations Officer (Cambridge and Edexcel) at EMS Doha.

Upon relocating to Qatar from South Africa in 2006, I held the positions of Secondary Business Studies & Management Teacher and Examinations’ Officer (IB, Cambridge and Edexcel) at Al Jazeera Academy. During my two-year tenure at Al Jazeera Academy, I also contributed to the development of the school as the Head of Humanities Department and the Head of Academic Studies.

I started working at EMS Doha in August 2008 and have never looked back. Most recently, I held the positions of Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator and Examinations’ Officer (Cambridge and Edexcel). After working here for so many years, I can safely say that EMS is a place where I belong!