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Primary Team



My name is Kerri-Ann Forbes-McFarlane, and I will be teaching your child in Year 1-A this academic school year 2018–2019.

I am fortunate and proud to be a citizen of both the United Kingdom (UK) and Jamaica.  I left the UK four years ago, to take up work here in lovely Qatar. This is my fourth year at EMS 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 1 students. 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.



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 10 years. I love God, animals, children and music. 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 System Dalta. I took my teaching units from AMA University in the Philippines. I treat your children as if they were mine; imparting knowledge, promoting a loving and safe atmosphere. It is my 4th school year with EMS and I am proud to be a part of this family.




Good Day, my name is Hannelie Truter. I am teaching Year 1-C at the English Modern School, Khor. I have 25 years of teaching experience. This is my 12th year in Qatar and my 4th year working at EMS Khor. 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 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 our lessons. My students know that I have high expectations of their performance and contributions.

My words of wisdom to my students are, “A HEALTHY BODY FOSTERS A HEALTHY MIND“.  I am privileged to be part of the EMS, 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.

Good Day, My name is Zeny Joy Pacis I am from the Philippines. I have a Bachelor Degree of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science from Cagayan State University- Gonzaga. I will be working as teacher assistant for Year 1-C. It is my 4th school year with EMS and I am proud and happy to be a part of this family.



My name is Jyothi Anna John and I am from India. My teaching career started in India soon after I completed my studies. After acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Education followed by a Master’s degree in Zoology, I spent four years teaching Biology and General Science to both middle and high school students. My international teaching experience spans ten years and includes schools in Mozambique, Tanzania and now Qatar. I have taught Biology (CIE) at IGCSE level (year 10-11) and also General Science at KS3 and KS2 level (year 2- 9) at different stages of my teaching career.

I joined English Modern School in August 2018 as Year 2 homeroom teacher and I feel honoured to be part of a teaching faculty that is always committed to developing well-rounded learners who are good communicators, open minded, caring and reflective. I am thrilled to be part of this cheerful school and its promotion of honesty, courage and respect for others. I am proud of our dedicated team and our consistent effort to provide constantly challenging targets whilst using the most appropriate internationally credited curriculum. I am constantly heartened by the teamwork and willingness to support each other that is displayed by both the teaching and non-teaching faculty at EMS Khor. I also consider it a privilege to work in a warm and friendly community and I am proud to be part of a team that is always dedicated to help the younger generation excel both academically and socially.

As an educator my prime objective has always been to meet the educational needs and expectations of my students and their parents by providing sufficient opportunities for the learners to develop and reach their full potential. I believe that every child has the right to learn in the way that best suits her/his learning style.  My goal, throughout my teaching career, has always been to equip every learner with the tools necessary to be a healthy and happy contributor to a global society.  I enjoy the experience and facilitation of real learning opportunities for my students.

My name is Reham Ali and this will be my fifth year with EMS.I am teaching assistant for year 2A. I am originally from Egypt. I received my undergraduate degree from AL Mansoura university. I am working on getting my master in educational from Buffalo state New York, Also, My postgraduate Diploma in early childhood care and education from international TEFL Canada. I am so happy to be A part of my second family EMS.

My special quote in the life “Never let your fear decide your Future”.



Welcome to School Year 2018-2019!

I’m Ms. Vilma, homeroom adviser for Year 2-B and assisting me is Ms. Shahla. I am from the Philippines. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with 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 Khor, I worked in Manila, Philippines where I taught for 20 years. During that time, 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.

Ms. Shahla, is from Sri Lankan, she has five years of teaching experience with grades 5 and 6 before joining EMS. This is our fifth year of teaching Year 2 here at EMS Khor.

It is our belief that every child must be nurtured with compassion. Having this, their love for learning will be further developed. It is our passion to reach every child’s need and desire to learn.

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

Once again, we are looking forward to a great year with you our dear parents and most especially with your children.



My name is Ms. Nelly Karugu. This is my 5th Year at The English Modern School.

I have over 25 years teaching experience having taught in various countries throughout the world. My previous school, before venturing to Qatar was Walt Disney English Schools, in China.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Diploma in Montessori and TEFL-C (Teaching English as a foreign language to children.)  Teaching for me, is a vocation and over the years I have been blessed to positively 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. We are the major stakeholders in the lives of the students under our care, and once we forge a united team, success is achievable.

Outside teaching, I have interests in reading, cooking, singing, knitting and gardening.

My Teaching Assistant is Ms. Radhika she has a Bachelor’s degree in Education Majoring in Primary Education. She has over 6 years of teaching experience 3 of which are here at The English Modern School. Ms. Radhika’s personal goal is to inspire and motivate students to do their best as they take pride in their own accomplishments. She guides them to realize their full potential using a holistic approach to education.




My name is Noha Fathy. I am the tallest teacher in the school. I am Egyptian. I have a Bachelor degree from the faculty of pharmacy and a Master degree in Education  from SUNY University. I am a Year 3 homeroom teacher This my first year in EMS Khor and before that I was in EMS Doha for 7 years.

I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education.  I will assist my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well as embrace the differences of others.

Every classroom has their own unique community, my role as a teacher is to assist and help each child in developing their potential and learning style. I will present a curriculum that will address each learning style, as well as make the content relevant to the students’ lives. I will incorporate hands-on learning, cooperative learning projects and individual work that engage and activate students learning.

Here at EMS Khor, I felt at ease, welcomed and supported. The positive environment is reflected on the students behaviour and attitudes. The Arts and P.E. help develop and reinforce areas in the student’s confidence, teamwork and much more. Over all the school is small in size with big ideas and one heart and it’s all about the STUDENT.



My name is Ms. Denise Skyers and this is my second year as a Homeroom Year 3 Teacher, at The English Modern School in Khor, Qatar. 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 from teaching from year 1 up to year 8.

I am looking forward to continue my teaching, share and experience another culture.



My name is Ms Wilma Daalman and I am from the Netherlands. I have been working in education for 25 years. I have worked in Syria, China and Qatar. I am new to Khor but not to the English Modern School as I taught at the main EMS campus in Doha for 3 years from 2012-2015. I am looking forward to work at EMS Khor as it is a smaller campus which means I will be able to meet and get to know the children from each year level more intimately.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and a Master Degree from the State University of New York.

As a teacher I want to promote positive learning, make children enthusiastic about learning and prepare them to become lifelong learners. I believe that differentiated instruction is a way to reach all learners because some children need adjusted strategies or learning instructions.



I am Rosie Liew 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 twenty-one years of teaching experience. This year will be my fifth year teaching Year 4 at EMS.

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 be long-life learners. I am looking forward to a wonderful experience with your child this year.



I am from a small province on the east coast of Canada called Nova Scotia. It is a beautiful province with lots to see and do.

I have been teaching abroad for 16 years. I taught in Busan, South Korea for 11 years at a Korean Elementary School before coming to Doha. I taught year 4 at the Doha EMS campus for 5 years before making the move to teach year 4 at Khor.

What I love about Khor is the sense of community and commitment from teachers, administrators, all other staff and parents. It is a welcoming feeling to be able to come here each and every day.

My teaching philosophy is one where the students feel safe and loved in the classroom. I want them to see the potential they have. I want them to leave my class knowing they can be a better individual and treat others with respect and be proud of their accomplishments.

I enjoy travelling and have been very lucky to do so much since leaving Canada.  I am a member of the Wireless Warriors, a Dragon boat team supporting Breast cancer survivors (always welcoming new people to try it out)  I enjoy a good cup of tea, especially a Chai Latte, hanging out with friends and having a laugh.



My name is Ms. Nancy and this is my fourth year teaching in Qatar. Previously I taught at EMS Doha.  I grew up in Anaheim, California, the home of Disneyland and even attended Walt Disney Elementary School. I have a Master in Education and a teaching certificate in Special Education.

My experiences include teaching children of various age groups in the US, China and Kuwait. I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children can blossom and grow. I will use strategies to ensure our classroom community will flourish such as, morning meeting, positive vs. negative discipline, classroom jobs, and problem-solving skills.

Teaching is a learning process; learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. Every school year I gain more knowledge from colleagues, students and parents.

I’m very excited to be at EMS Khor. Already it feels like a community of teachers, parents and students who are working together to make the school the best it can be.



I am Ms. Shannon Smith. Currently, I am the homeroom teacher for Year 5A and I teach English and Social Studies to both Years 5A and 5B. I am an industrious Jamaican national, who has acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education. This I obtained at the International University of the Caribbean, in Montego Bay Jamaica.

I have now accumulated almost ten years teaching experience. This is my first year at EMS Khor, having taught before in Kuwait. The experience here has been a remarkable one. I have found myself surrounded by a supportive school family, with myriads of talents.

I have an innate passion for teaching and I strongly believe that every child can learn. I therefore have made it a specific character trait of mine, to administer meaningful learning experiences to students. I look forward to a fulfilling year with students and parents.



My name is Dawid Truter and I will be teaching Year 5 Math and Science. I have 29 years of teaching experience. This will be my 12th year in Qatar and my fourth year teaching at EMS 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, 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.



I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History and Sociology from Mumbai University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Teresa’s Training College, Mumbai, India. After my Bachelor’s Degree, I went on and received a Master’s Degree in Education from Mumbai University. Prior to joining EMS, my professional teaching career began over 9 years ago in India, where I trained, taught, guided and also assisted many young minds towards a bright future. I began teaching at EMS Khor in 2013, and continue 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 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 14 years, 12 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 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.