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Meet our British Online School Teachers

Sophia High School Approach

Experienced Fully Qualified Teachers

Our British Online School lessons are taught by our team of qualified and experienced UK based school teachers, in a live interactive online environment. This provides our students with a curriculum which is challenging, creative, and makes connections across the breadth of subjects on offer, through its thematic, concept-based approach to learning.  Students at Sophia learn in a highly engaging and interactive way using digital technology powered by Google. 
 
Sophia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. At Sophia High School our International British School performs all UK regulatory Safer Recruitment in Education checks and rigorous pre-employment background checks on all its teachers. All teachers hold a valid Enhanced DBS check (Police Checks), and have attended a variety of safeguarding courses.
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Meet our International British School Teachers at Sophia High

Early Years | Online School Year 1 | Online School Year 2

Rowena Knights sophia high school teacher

Online Primary School
Early Years Specialist Teacher

Rowena holds a BA honours in Primary Education from Oxford Brookes and QTS, with additional certifications in TESOL and Cambridge English she is also a Jolly Phonics trainer. Originally from Oxford, England, she is entering her 15th year teaching at Private International Schools ranging from Japan, Hong Kong and where she has now called home for 12 years, Italy. She also has an Ma in Business Management from UCal Berkeley, but much like her mother, who was a teacher for 46 years, teaching really won her heart.

As your child transitions from their early years of education to their primary years of education, Rowena will share this adventurous learning journey with them. She is a passionate educator and she enjoys empowering her students.Having worked in international schools for many years and have been based in Italy for the last 12 years, within this time she has observed how children with English as their first language and children with English as their second or even third language achieve and succeed equally well. When not teaching, she other creative pursuits, like arts and crafts projects, swimming and horse riding

Online Primary School Teacher
Early Years & KeyStage 1

My name is Shazia Meer and I have been working as a Teacher in
various capacities for almost 15 years in both, Qatar and the U.K. I
Grew up in West Yorkshire, England and it is also here that I trained to
be a teacher. I have a teaching qualification in Early Childhood
Education, which means I am specialised in the teaching of 3-8 years
old children but have taught across the Primary range. During my
career, I have progressed and worked as an R.E coordinator, Music
Coordinator, Head of Year 5, Head of Pre-School, Head of Reception
as well as having been an Early Years Coordinator and Learning
Mentor. In England, I also worked as an Early Years Leader and helped
to found a Learning Club for children with Speech and Language
difficulties. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching a good movie
and spending time with my husband and 2 children. My all-time
favourite book is Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte.

Charlotte Sophia High School Key stage 1 and 2 teacher

Online Primary School Teacher
Early Years & KeyStage 1

Charlotte graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University after completing a BA(Hons) in Primary Education. She has worked in all year groups from nursery to Year 8. She grew up knowing that she wanted to become a teacher. At 14 she completed a course that allowed her to teach at her local lifesaving club. At 16 she also became a swimming instructor; she then completed various courses on how to teach and coach various other sports. Whilst completing her degree, Charlotte also worked as a 1-2-1 tutor.

In 2014 Charlotte started teaching in a Primary school in Cheshire and taught a Year 4 and 5 class. The classes spent time learning outdoors and using their skills to solve real life problems. Charlotte spent time using Jolly Phonic, Floppy’s Phonics and Read Write Inc in the school; having used different schemes has given her lots of tools to support children when it comes to decoding words and understanding and answering comprehension.

In 2018 Charlotte travelled abroad to work for the largest education provider in Kuwait, they have over thirty schools, most of them preschools. She taught English in the Early Years in her first year, then in her second year she was asked to step up to support other teachers. Here, she was given the chance to deliver training and rewrite out new schemes of work, so they in line with the British Curriculum – alongside teaching her English Classes. 

Charlotte believes in making learning fun and interesting. If learning can be child-orientated and led, then she finds that children engage far better. Listening to the voices of the children she works with, but also discovering their own interests, makes for a very successful learning environment. She believes in hands on learning, projects and making learning meaningful.

Kris Evan sophia high school teacher

Online Primary School Teacher
KeyStage 1
SEN Specialist

My name is Kris Evans and I have over 20 years of teaching experience in Independent and state schools in England. I was born in Essex, but am now based in Bristol with my
husband, three children and Lexi the cockapoo.

I am trained and experienced across the primary age range with particular expertise in Key Stage 1. I have taught all subjects of the British national curriculum and have a particular interest in Maths. I also love music (the subject of my Bachelor’s degree), so you might hear some singing going on in some of my classes! In addition, I have worked with children with a range of learning needs and have a keen interest in ensuring that education is accessible and relevant to all children. I believe that individuality should be celebrated and can often be used to extend the experiences and understanding of other members of the class. I have an Msc in Education with a particular focus on the neuroscience of children’s learning. I believe in a positive approach to teaching where mistakes are celebrated as an opportunity to learn and ‘having a go’ is what is most important.

When I am not teaching I enjoy keeping fit at my local gym, socialising with friends and walking my dog. During the summer I enjoy water sports, including surfing, sailing and paddle boarding, whereas in the winter I love to ski – a passion which I have held from
childhood.

Key Stage 2

Online Primary School Teacher
Lower Key Stage 2
History Specialist

Laura is an experienced, dynamic practitioner who has worked over six years in education, including Japan and the UK. She effuses energy and believes strongly that every child can achieve greatness.

With senior leadership experience in leading subjects including English, PSHE, History and Geography, Laura is excited to join the team at Sophia High School to inspire another generation of learners.

In 2013 Laura completed her first-class degree in Classics from the University of Warwick, gaining the dissertation prize for her work on invective Latin poetry. With her degree-level knowledge of Latin
and Ancient Greek, Laura went on to archaeological digs, and then a placement in the British Museum’s Numismatics department, before working as a tour guide at the Museum of London. There she realised her need to be more involved in the education system, and completed a PGCE in order to become classroom-based.

Laura has taught a range of year groups from year 1 to year 6. She has worked in Ofsted outstanding schools in low-income areas of London as a leader, helping to continually raise the bar for the children who need it most. One example of this is submitting her school as the only primary-based entry to a secondary school NASA-led competition – and placing runner up in the country. She has helped produced outstanding results through her relentless energy and motivation for the pupils and knows how much difference one inspiring teacher can make.

Laura believes strongly in intrinsic motivation and works hard to build an excellent pupil-teacher relationship. She takes a genuine interest in her pupils’ pastimes and enjoys seeing their light-bulb moments in class. From experience, Laura knows that mutual respect and passion for her subjects
make for life-long learners. Her drive for academic excellence is balanced with helping students develop into rounded, curious learners who have care for others and the world around them.

Andrea sophia high school teacher

Online Primary School Teacher
Lower Key Stage 2
Learning Support Specialist

Andrea is an experienced, teacher who is passionate about oral and written literacy and raising the self esteem of her students. Andrea has a B.Ed Hons (2:1), a MEd (Special Educational Needs) and a MA (Applied Linguistics: Communication Disorders). She has worked in schools in both the UK and internationally.

For many years she has led teams to support students with additional learning needs; providing intervention programmes for individual students and also training for faculty. She has also initiated various parent chats and book clubs to provide support, information, and community for parents.

Andrea strongly believes in developing mental wellbeing and resilience. Self-esteem and the power of positive relationships are both fundamental to any learning endeavour. Students who feel safe and happy will take risks and our best learning comes from challenging ourselves with things we don’t yet know. She believes we must support our students to take those risks, persist, and grow at their own rate.

Andrea has traveled to many countries and has also lived in Australia, Bahrain, Lesotho, South Korea, the USA and Vietnam. She is a life-long learner and her travels have taught her so much, offering great opportunities to learn more about the world, whilst challenging her own resilience and flexibility.

natasha sophia high school teacher

Online Primary School Teacher
Key Stage 2
English Specialist

Natasha graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 with a 2:1 in English and History. Following that, she completed a PGCE in Primary Education at the same university.

From 2013 to 2017, Natasha taught in schools in South Yorkshire. She taught mainly in Year 6 but has experience with other year groups in Key Stage Two. After less than two years as a classroom teacher, Natasha became head of English and Key Stage Two Lead. She developed new English schemes of work for her school and led many staff training sessions to improve their teaching of English. As well, she regularly had other members of staff observing her teaching as an example of outstanding practice.

In late 2017, Natasha decided to leave teaching in a physical school and began teaching the National Curriculum to Chinese students online. During that time, she developed many lessons for her then company as well as running online webinars for students and parents.

After taking some time away from her studies to focus on her career, Natasha began a part time Masters in 2021 in Online and Distance Learning from The Open University. She was keen to learn about the future of education, with particular interest in technological advances.

Sophia High School Teacher Rose

Online Primary School Teacher
Online Key Stage 2

Primary Science Specialist Teacher

Rose joins Sophia High School as our primary science specialist teacher having been awarded with a PGCE from Oxford Brookes University.  Prior to her PGCE, Rose attended Oxford Brookes University, where she studied Psychology and received a First Class Honours degree. She was awarded the prestigious Michael Argyle Award for her final year dissertation, which led to it being published.

As a qualified primary teacher, Rose brings over 7 years of teaching experience from within both the Independent and state sectors have taught in both the UK and more recently Dubai.
 
Rose has experience of teaching from in the primary phase from EYFS and as a science specialist to KS3.   Additionally, she also is able to teach Psychology at GCSE and A Level.
 
Rose strongly believes that creating a caring and encouraging environment helps to foster independent pupils, who develop a natural love of learning and an ability to reach their aspirations and individual dreams. She has a devoted passion for making a positive impact on the learning experiences of her pupils, and believes that a happy pupil is one who is confident and willing to take risks in their learning. Rose is passionate about holistic learning, and strongly believes that education should be fun, enjoyable and encompass all areas of development.
Nadine Watts sophia highschool teacher

Online High School UK

Monet graduated from Liverpool John Moores University after completing a BA(Hons) in Applied Sports Psychology. Since the age of 16, she has worked in a number of educational environments, from volunteering at a local youth club to being an after school playworker while completing her college studies.

Whilst at university, Monet continued to work with children, volunteering at a local trampolining club for children with autism. This was something that she greatly enjoyed, and was also the focus for her dissertation. Monet worked at a summer camp in Vermont (U.S.A) where she taught lacrosse and archery to children between the ages of 6-14. In addition to sports coaching, she was the girls lower camp group leader responsible for the care and well-being of the girls between the ages of 6-8.

After graduating in 2017, she started working in a UK primary school whilst completing her Schools Direct Training at the University College London, and subsequently teaching Year 5 and 6. Monet’s goal as a teacher is to help children be the best they can be, not just academically but also helping them to develop the skills and attributes they need to be successful, happy, outstanding members of their community. She does this through listening to children, making learning meaningful, and building positive relationships.

Online Secondary School UK | Online High School Teachers

sophia high school key stage 2 primary teacher Amy

Online Primary School Teacher:
Online Key Stage 2

Amy is a highly experienced UK primary school teacher, with over five years of experience, having led English, Maths and P.E. at various points throughout her career. Amy completed her degree in English and Sports studies at the University of Winchester, before going on to do her PGCE in Brighton. 

Amy has taught from year 1 through to year 6, often teaching mixed classes in schools in the UK. She has also worked at her local County Council writing, reviewing and monitoring Education, Health and Care Plans for children with special educational needs, which has helped develop her understanding about various individual needs, their impact on a child’s  education and the tools and skills that are available to overcome challenges. She has also fulfilled the role as a Deputy DSL in her previous school, helping to monitor the wellbeing of children.

Amy believes passionately about a child-centred teaching approach and tailors her teaching to suit the needs of the individual. She is a fun and enthusiastic teacher and is always searching for new and creative ways to engage the children. She likes to give the children the confidence and independence to face challenges and have a love of learning.  She is incredibly excited to join us and to teach within our digital learning environment.

Jennifer Sophia High School Teacher

Assistant Head
&
Lower Key Stage 3 Teacher

Jennifer is a highly qualified primary school teacher and assistant headteacher at Sophia High School with over eleven years of teaching experience. Her experience in the UK, Canada, and the USA has been in both private, independent and public schools. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Canada through the University of Calgary. She has also completed a Master’s degree (MEd) in education focusing on educational technology. She has experience teaching students aged 8-13 in physical classrooms and various online school environments. Jennifer has experience as a lead teacher and mentor teacher where she has led staff training and developed curriculum planning and teaching initiatives. She has taught a wide range of subjects including core subjects, as well as RE, Art and French. Jennifer continuously works on her own professional development and is a certified Google educator.

Jennifer’s teaching style can be described as student-focused. She places emphasis on delivering engaging and creative lessons, wherein students can cultivate their love of learning. Jennifer enjoys getting to know her students and what their interests are, in order to key into their driving motivations while learning. She also enjoys teaching them to the best of her ability, and building a positive rapport with each of her students and families. Her kindness, calm demeanour, and passion for education are characteristics which she tries to instil with her students. She focuses on student progress and, equally, enjoyment.

Holly Mckenna Sophia High School Teacher

Online Primary School Teacher
Assistant Head
Head of Science + Maths

Holly has been teaching for over 20 years and a senior leader for 10 years in both UK secondary schools and international schools in southern Spain. After graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in Biological Sciences, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry before studying for a PGCE at the University of Durham. Holly has worked in various roles throughout her career to date including Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Principal, Head of Upper School (11-18) and Head of Data and Academic Assessment (EYFS-18) for an international school group. Additionally, Holly has worked closely with OFSTED in the UK and has been a NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain) inspector for the last four years, as well as working as an examiner for GCSE exam boards and a mentor for trainee teachers. She has led both Primary and Secondary professional development, including sessions on differentiation, assessment, target setting, feedback, child protection, pace and challenge, student mentoring and PSHE/Global Citizenship.

Holly is passionate about a personalised approach to education and ensures students are in a positive and confident mindset to embrace learning. Her teaching is interactive, varied and relevant, placing great emphasis on contextualised themes, current affairs and Global Citizenship. She enjoys getting to know her students and their families and creates a classroom environment built on key values of respect, kindness and inclusivity, whilst developing resilient independent students. Her enthusiasm permeates throughout her teaching, leaving no stone unturned to support academic progress and personal development of young people.

Specialists

Roshan Sophia High School Teacher

Online High School
Qualified Senior Science Teacher

Roshan joins our Senior Teaching Team as our Specialist Science and Mathematics Teacher. Holding a Biomedical Science Degree from Imperial College London and a PGCE from the University of Warwick, Roshan is an experienced fully qualified teacher in the specialist areas of Biology, Mathematics and Spanish. Throughout her career in education, Roshan has worked across the primary and senior sectors teaching and inspiring students of all ages; from those in Year 1 right through to those doing their A-Levels. Alongside her direct classroom teaching experience, she has also been an examination board marker and private tutor for the past five years and has supported supply teaching agencies in London with their recruitment and appointment of prospective supply teachers.

Roshan is a teacher who is passionate about her subject specialisms, in particular with regards to inspiring girls to take up science as a future career path. She aims to build students’ confidence by highlighting their natural strengths and in her career has found that even the most reluctant students tend to have a set of skills that they can put to use to help them boost their grades. One of her key objectives is to help students develop a deep understanding of the subject and the initiative to tackle challenging questions. This requires them to feel safe and comfortable during lessons and so building a strong working relationship with them is essential.

Roshan is delighted to be joining Sophia High School at this exciting stage of our development and to work with our leadership team as we reimagine the future of education.

Nadine Watts sophia highschool teacher

Qualified PSAT teacher and Wellbeing coach
at Sophia High School
Teaching KS1-3

Details coming soon.

Dominic Qualified PSHE teacher and Mindfulness & Wellbeing coach at Sophia High School - Teaching KS1-3

Qualified PSHE teacher and Mindfulness & Wellbeing coach
at Sophia High School
Teaching KS1-3

Dominic currently works in Dubai as a Mindfulness Trainer and a teacher. Dominic went to a prestigious school called Hampton and achieved 4As and a B in his A Levels. He then attended a Russell Group University (Nottingham), where he studied Psychology and Philosophy and received a 2:1. Dominic was also awarded a PGCE from Buckingham University (one of the top universities for studying education in the whole of the UK).

Dominic then became a teacher and taught in British Curriculum Schools for eight years in both the UK and Dubai, before moving into Mindfulness training and Tuition full time. Before leading Dubai, he was Head of PSHE at a top independent prep school and helped the teachers deliver the PSHE Jigsaw curriculum across the various age-ranges. In his role as a mindfulness coach, he has helped entire families overcome their family dynamics; he also has mentored many children to become more productive and caring, and he has held many corporate lectures on the need for mindfulness in this hectic world, across Dubai.  He has also delivered Mindfulness and Wellbeing courses to several schools across Dubai.

Dominic’s educational style is dynamic and pressure free. He likes children to inquire for themselves into the truth of things and to think independently. He feels that this is the most important aspect of intelligence, which is unfortunately under-appreciated in the modern education system. He is also extremely passionate about self-understanding and holistic learning, which embraces not only the intellect, but also the emotions and spirit. For Dominic, the most important aspects of teaching and learning are freedom and enjoyment.

Victor programming and math tutor at Sophia High School - Teaching Yrs 7-9

Online High School UK
Programming and Math Tutor in Residence Yrs 7-9

Victor is currently studying Mathematics at Edinburgh University. He has 3 A*s in A-level, in Maths, Further Maths, and Physics. Once he has finished his degree, he would like to work towards completing his PHD, and then become a teacher.

Victor has been “that one kid who gets maths” for as long as he can remember, so what better way to use that power than sharing what he knows with others? During the recent lockdown he has helped tutor GCSE students.

Victor is an enthusiast beyond math, physics, also programming, coding in some languages such as: Python, C#, .NET and high level development platforms such as: Node-RED, Scratch, Minecraft Coding and others.

anna sophia high school teacher

Online High School UK
French Specialist

Anne Laure is a qualified UK QTS teacher, who trained and has over twelve years of experience of teaching in France. Anne Laure holds a Masters in American Literature and French, with experience in teaching the French curriculum in secondary schools. Anne Laure completed her English studies at Montpellier, France and is an MFL specialist trained teacher holding both French and U.K. QTS.

Anne Laure also has experience in working in both primary and secondary schools and colleges, and has shared her skill-set as an expert in her field as a teacher trainer for the past three years before relocating from Paris to London.

Able to teach French across the age ranges, through to Foundation Year Level at University, Anne Laure also offers the CNED programme to native French speakers.

Her personal approach to teaching is based around creating a close relationship with her students in order to better their understanding and passion for the subject. She uses a variety of playful activities, innovative teaching methods and student focused activities including songs, drama and popular culture in her lessons, so that learning becomes easier and funnier!

Anne Laure is a mom to two children and loves travel, reading and gymnastics.