MS. JENNIE MAJOR
My name is Jennie Major and I am the Upper Primary and Secondary Principal. I am from the United States and have been in education for 17 years. I have taught Art, Math, English, ESL, and Social Studies. My students have ranged in ages from 3 years old to 70 years old. I have been an Assistant Principal in Primary and Secondary School. I received my Certificate of International School Leadership in 2016 and my second Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Multidisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Leadership.
This is my 7th year with the EMS family and my 5th year at EMS, Khor. I am privileged to be part of the EMS, Khor community where the teachers and the parents work together in partnership to provide a full experience for the children at a school as small as ours. I believe that all children have a love for learning; it is our job as educators to figure out what they love to learn.
MR. ALBERTO EDWARDS SPENCE
Spanish / M.U.N. (Model United Nation) Committee / ASA Football Coach
“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 and a Licenciate in Hispanic countries. A Licenciate 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. It made me a better professional and it made me grow much more as a person. Immersed in that culture, learning their way of doing things, helping in the education of their children, broadened my knowledge about people and culture, which I consider a big step in becoming a world citizen.
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. This year for an After School Activity I am coaching football.
MS. SARAH ATYA
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 7th year as a Music teacher. I graduated from Faculty of Music Education, Helwan University Cairo in 2008 with a Bachelor in Music Education. 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 second year with the English Modern School, 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.
MS. KATHERINE PORTER
Year 7 Global Studies / PE (Girls-Years 7-9 / IGCSE & AS Biology (Years 10-12)
I am Ms. Katherine Porter and this will be my second year with EMS, Khor. I really love how small and personable the school is, it definitely feels like a family to me. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year I will be teaching Year 7 Global Studies, PE for the girls in Years 7, 8, and 9, and IGCSE and AS Biology for Years 10 – 12. 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 working on getting my master’s degree 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 I always try to incorporate this into my classes. Marine biology is also a passion of mine and I love to swim, dive, and snorkel in my free time and will also be assisting with 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.
MR. ALFREDO MANABAT
Year 7 IGCSE & AS Math
“If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” My name is Alfredo Manabat, I am from Southern Philippines. I hold a BS degree in Education (Math) and Master’s degree in Educational Administration (Academic Requirements). I have worked as Math teacher for 25 years. I have a passion for playing and coaching sports as well.
I have worked in 3 different international school in Qatar. I have worked for six years as middle and high school math teacher from 2011-2017. Furthermore, I have attended workshops and trainings related to CIE and Cambridge curriculum in Qatar. This year at EMS Khor, I’m excited to teach Year 7, IGCSE and AS Math.
I value education more than anything else, I can still remember what my father told me during my younger years and I quote: “Education is the only thing that can’t be taken away from us.”
I am looking forward of having a great year with my students. I expect them to be more engaged in classroom activities, be Critical Thinkers and Independent Learners.
MS. SHARON BROWN
IGCSE English as a Second Language (Years 10-11) / Cambridge English as a Second Language (Year 9) / IGCSE Business Studies (Years 10-11) / Social Studies (Year 8)
I feel truly blessed to be part of the EMS Khor family! My name is Sharon Brown and I teach IGCSE English as a Second Language to Years 10 and 11; Cambridge English as a Second Language to Year 9; IGCSE Business Studies to Years 10 and 11; also Social Studies to Year 8. Jamaica is my country of origin and I have been teaching for 22 years. For 11 years (1997 – 2008) I taught Business Studies to Years 10, 11, 12 and at the college level. For 10 years (2008 – 2018) I taught in primary schools in London, UK and Qatar. In Jamaica, I received my BSc Management Studies, as well as my Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Adolescent and Adult Education). In the UK, I received my Qualified Teacher Status (Teaching Certification – Primary Education). In 2016, I earned my Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of East London, UK. I am currently enjoying being able to use my vast experience and training in secondary education at EMS, Khor.
This is my 3rd year with EMS Khor. The students, parents, teachers and administrative staff have been very welcoming and I am happy to be here.
I was fortunate to have had dedicated, skilled educators teaching and guiding my three children through their education; 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 reading and learning, and EMS Khor is the best place to explore diverse cultures and create amazingly dynamic and enjoyable synergy!
MR. TREVOR SWANSON
Social Studies (Year 9) / IGCSE Geography / Global Perspectives / Sociology / AS Psychology / AS General Paper / Debate Coach
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 social studies for Year 9, IGCSE Geography, Global Perspectives, Sociology, AS Psychology, 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 Khor is because of the students. The students at EMS Khor secondary are diverse, respectful of one another, and generally hardworking. It has been my pleasure to work with them for the last five years.
MR. VELLARETH ABRAHAM
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 nine years, I have been teaching Physics in Qatar to IGCSE and A level students. During these nine 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 EMS. This school has a welcoming and stimulating environment and I am happy to be a part of the EMS team.
MS. TESSY JOHNSON
Chemistry (Years 10-12) / Science (Year 9) / Global Studies (Year 8-9)
I am Ms. Tessy Johnson. I teach Chemistry for Years 10,11 and 12; Science for Year 9 and Global Studies for Year 8 and 9 at EMS Khor. I am also the homeroom teacher for Year 12 this year.
This is my 6th year at EMS Khor. In the past, I had guided middle and high school students who participated in competitions such as Qatar Environment Sustainability challenge (2014) and Healthy Living through Sports challenge (2015) conducted by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar. Our students won first place in both the challenges.
About my educational qualifications, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University, India and my Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India. 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. I am passionate about teaching Chemistry to an amazing and motivated student community at this school.
MR. WILLIAM NASSIF
Secondary Drama & Art
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 9th year in Doha as a Drama and Art teacher and my 5th year at EMS. I find myself very lucky working with the EMS 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.
MR. RUBEN MUÑOZ
My name is Ruben Muñoz and I am from Spain. This is my first year working in EMS and my fifth one in Qatar. I will be teaching Physical Education for primary and secondary students.
I earned my Bachelor in Sciences in Physical Activity and Sport and my Graduate Degree in Physical Education. Both degrees were earned in my hometown of Madrid. I have also completed my studies with an Expert in Strength and Conditioning in Football Master Degree. I have worked in Madrid as PE Teacher and also as a Fitness Coach. I especially love Football.
I have a big passion for physical activities and sports, but the most important thing for me is my vocation of teaching. It is important for me to participate with my students in the construction of their learning . This year, my biggest goals with my students are to motivate them to practice different physical activities, to increase their knowledge through important values, and to help them believe in themselves.
“Do not put limits to anything. The effort is the reward”.
MR. FIRAS BESBES
My name is Firas Besbes and this is my second year as a Primary and Secondary PE Teacher, at The English Modern School in Khor, Qatar.
I am very happy to be part of the PE Department at EMS, Khor. I have been teaching in Qatar for 4 years now, gaining valuable experience across all age ranges.
As a teacher of Physical Education, I like to ensure high standards for all of my students. I actively promote an environment in which all students can flourish and achieve their full potential. I like to motivate and challenge students of all abilities to ensure a positive learning environment. Encouraging young people to succeed and discover talent is a truly valuable experience, which I hopefully will continue to do for a long time to come.