Our Team

Lauren Doherty
Lauren Doherty
Class Teacher KG Butterflies
Lauren graduated from Northumbria University in 2014 with a BA (Hons) degree in Early Primary Education. While teaching in the UK, Lauren’s Early Years provision was graded ‘Outstanding’ as were her learning and behavior strategies within the classroom and whole school environment. Since moving to Dubai two years ago, Lauren has led our team of teachers and teaching assistants to create high quality learning experiences for all children. Lauren is passionate about the play-based approach to learning and she believes child-led learning hosts many benefits to effective development. Lauren is also an advocate for emotional wellbeing and supporting children to effectively communicate feelings in a calm and relaxed environment.
Claire Walker
Claire Walker
Class Teacher Nursery Honeybees
Claire has been working as a teacher for the past five years. She holds a BSC from Manchester University and a CACHE 3 qualification in Childcare and Education. She followed her dream to become a teacher when she moved to the UAE seven years ago. Her passion lies with the younger children and her strengths are with creative activities, movement and music. Claire maintains excellent relationships with parents and has been commended for her approachable and warm personality. She is particularly looking forward to working with our nursery children as she loves to see each child’s many steps of progress and development throughout the year.
Marilen Lugtu
Marilen Lugtu
Class Teacher Babies Tadpoles
Marilen graduated as a midwife and worked in this field in Singapore before moving to Dubai. She then went on to study for her CACHE Level 2 in Caring for Children and Young People. Marilen’s experience with young babies is invaluable to our team. She is particularly interested in supporting individual children’s age and stage of development in accordance with their growth and progress. Last academic year Marilen successfully established our Tadpoles class, supporting children’s physical, communication and language development and helping them onto the next stage of their IDEA journey.
Rebecca Cueno
Rebecca Cueno
Class Teacher Nursery Dragonflies
Rebecca has worked in nurseries and schools in Dubai, with children of all ages, for five years. Last academic year, Rebecca led her first class with exceptional outcomes. Many parents remarked on how settled and content their children were and how their children’s levels of vocabulary and social development soared while in Rebecca’s care. Rebecca believes that some of the most important skills to have when working with children are patience, flexibility and most of all love and these qualities shine through in her strong relationships with children and parents.
Joanne Fernando
Joanne Fernando
Class Teacher Infants Mini-Beasts
Joanne obtained her diploma in the Montessori method of education in Sri Lanka in 2012 and followed on with a certified course on Counselling Psychology. Joanne taught in a Montessori Nursery in Sri Lanka for two years then moved to Dubai in 2014 to continue her passion for working with children. She has since completed her Cache level 3 in Childcare and Education while working as a Teaching Assistant with us at IDEA. She regularly attends CPD courses based on Early Years education and the most up to date approaches to use in the classroom. Joanne has also established our afternoon club provision, leading staff and planning exciting and engaging activities for all children. Joanne has a keen interest in following children’s interests in order to plan motivating and fun activities for children in her care.
Catherine Victorio
Catherine Victorio
Teaching Assistant
Catherine completed a BSBA major in management in the Philippines. She spent two years working in a primary school in Jumeirah and two and a half years in an EYFS setting in Downtown. Catherine’s interest in children’s development and her love for children keeps her motivated and plays an important role in her life. In the future she hopes to progress with her CACHE studies. Catherine is a hardworking mother to her daughter.
Hannah Mae Navales
Hannah Mae Navales
PA / Accounts Officer
Hannah earned a degree in Business Management and won ‘Best Entrepreneur of the Year’ at University in 2009. She has worked in an administrative role for two years in a school in Dubai. Before this she worked as administrative manager in accounts for a well known printing company in Singapore. She also worked as branch officer in-charge for a successful company. She has been working overseas for four years and she is particularly dedicated and well-motivated to aim high with her goals.
Natalie Molyneux
Natalie Molyneux
Registrar
Natalie had a successful career in the north west of England for several years before moving to Dubai. Her background is in marketing and administration and she had many achievements during her time working for BMW. Natalie also ran her own restaurant business, prior to making the move abroad with her husband and daughter. Since being in Dubai she has worked for a nursery and a school as a registrar so she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the IDEA team. In addition, as a reflective practitioner, she is able to draw upon her skills and understanding of the emirate.
Mary Canencia
Mary Canencia
Annie Leonor
Annie Leonor
Lexi Minchow
Lexi Minchow