Meet Sophia High School's Education Leadership Team
Meet Sophia's Education Team
Inspirational School Leaders, Melissa McBride and David McCarthy, have supported thousands of students and their families with their educational journeys in leading independent schools in the UK and International British curriculum schools in the Middle East and Asia.
Co-founder & CEO
As Co Founder and CEO of Sophia, Melissa is responsible for the vision, growth and strategic leadership and partnerships at Sophia. Following 16 years of teaching and leadership experience as A former Headteacher, Education Director and project advisor to the Group CEO of A major global Schools Group, Melissa brings a wealth of educational expertise to the team.
Founding three outstanding schools in three countries, U.K., Dubai and Qatar, Melissa brings both entrepreneurial drive and a progressive vision for the future of education to the launch of Sophia High.
A mom of three, Melissa is passionate about creating high quality learning opportunities for children and inspiring the next generation of students as they grow from the learners of today to the leaders of tomorrow
Director of Education
As Director of Education, David holds responsibility for the educational vision and quality of education at Sophia High.
As the strategic lead for the Education Team, David heads up teacher recruitment, curriculum development and academic learning and quality assurance at Sophia High. David leads the Sophia High Team and works alongside families seeking school placement and support.
In his long-standing career in Education, David has been teacher, Head of Year, Head of House, Head of Department, Director of Studies, Deputy Headmaster and Head of a senior school.
As Assistant Headteacher of Sophia High, Jennifer is responsible for supporting staff development across all subject areas. She works to promote best practice while strengthening relationships within the school. Alongside the Director of Education, she provides leadership and management of the teaching and learning of all pupils while promoting excellence and high expectations.
With over 10 years of teaching experience as a lead teacher in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge from across the curriculum. She is working towards her Master’s degree in education focusing on educational technology and design. Jennifer is a certified Google Educator and supports the use of Google tools within Sophia High.
As a passionate educator, Jennifer is committed to fostering a culture of continuous innovation and rigour. She is dedicated to creating a safe and productive learning environment that is engaging and fulfilling for all pupils and staff.