After a very successful career in the UK, Ashleigh moved to Dubai to be a Head of Foundation Department in a large school. During this time Ashleigh developed a wealth of local knowledge and got to grips with the culture, heritage and national agenda of the country. Whilst in the UK, Ashleigh specialized in English Language and Literature, and specifically children’s literature. In her school in Newcastle, Ashleigh managed the French and early years department which was rated as ‘Outstanding’. In her role, she was responsible for adapting the outdoor shared classroom and she developed as a Forest School Practitioner by building in regular opportunities to use the Fire-pit with the children. Due to her success within the school, she was asked to work with other teams in the city to improve their ratings and to support them to grow and succeed. She also took on the role of Governor in the Primary setting, on the board of a Nursery and within a pro-active team at a Secondary School. She went on to complete her Masters in ‘Creative Writing in the Classroom’. She has written several children’s stories and her love for literacy continues to play a part in her life. Ashleigh’s vision for IDEA Early Learning Center is to create a center for literacy excellence right in the heart of Victory Heights.
Lauren graduated from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, in June 2014 with a Bachelor of Honours degree in Early Primary Education, specialising in Early Years and Science. At the start of her second year of teaching, Lauren was promoted to subject coordinator. Lauren worked with staff and children to promote healthy wellbeing within the school and the school was awarded with Healthy School status. She also ran many extra-curricular activities such as choir arts and crafts and sports club. In a recent early years review, Lauren’s classroom provision was graded ‘Outstanding’ as was her learning behaviour within the classroom and whole school environment.
Claire has been working as a teacher for the past four years. She holds a BSC from Manchester University and a CACHE qualification in Early Years. She followed her dream to become a teacher when she moved to the UAE six 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 approach-ability and warm personality. She is particularly looking forward to working with our youngest children because this is where her experience is strongest and she feels very rewarded when she sees their many steps of progress and development.
Lexi’s lifelong passion is learning and she is excited to be teaching and nurturing the love of learning with children at IDEA. Lexi has taught within a wide range of international classrooms including Australia, Japan, the USA and Guatemala. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University in the USA and her Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She also has a CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and taught English to non-native speakers in classrooms and privately while living in Japan. Most recently she was volunteer teaching in Guatemala at a non-profit school that provides quality education to those who need it most. Since arriving in Dubai, she has been teaching part time in a nursery.
Magda has been working as an early years practitioner for over a decade now. She has had experience in British and American curriculum teaching in Dubai, London and Poland. Magda feels strongly about teaching in a multicultural environment and embracing all cultures in a classroom environment. Magda has a BA in teaching English as a foreign language, Cache Level 3, TOEFL Certificate and Brain Gym International Certificate. Magda is passionate about teaching through hands on and real life experience involving movement, lots of role play and social interaction. Magda’s background extends to working with families and emphasizing on the partnership with parents to achieve the best outcomes for the children in her care.
Annie has 14 years of experience in education. She has a degree in Master of Arts in Education. She moved to Dubai due to pursue her passion in nurturing what she believes is life’s most important gift: ‘children’. She has taught at a nursery in Dubai and has completed a Diploma for Early Years (Cache Level 3 in Arabian Child- Early Childhood Education). Annie particularly enjoys observing children interacting with nature and seeing them begin build friendships, enjoy creativity, and simply enjoying their own child initiated play.
Rebecca has worked in nurseries and schools with different age children for five years. Rebecca came to us with a CACHE level 2 qualification and we recognized her talents and her potential to continue develop as an Early Years Practitioner. for this reason IDEA sponsored Rebecca to complete her CACHE level 3 for Early Years. For the academic year 2017 will be the Class Teacher for one of our Nursery classes. She beleives that some of the most important skills to have when working with children are patience, flexibility and most of all love.
Marilen graduated as a midwife and worked in a hospital in Singapore prior to moving to Dubai. She is particularly interested in supporting individual children’s age and stage of development in accordance with their growth and progress and she has CACHE Level 2 in Caring for Children and Young People. Marilen’s experience with babies is invaluable to our team. Marilen really enjoys keeping fit through Zumba and she has a grown up daughter..
Nichola Al Ali
Nichola has lived and worked in the UAE for several years. She is an experience Infant and Nursery teacher who brings a wealth of knowledge about the crucial foundations of a child’s development. Nichola holds a CACHE 3 qualification in Early Years. Nichola’s son attends IDEA ELC and it is through her engagement as a parent that we recognized her potential as a teacher and we welcomed her into the team.
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.
Joanne obtained her diploma in the Montessori method of education in Sri Lanka in 2012 and then followed a certified course on counselling psychology. She has two and a half years experience in a nursery setting in Sri Lanka. Joanne then moved to Dubai in 2014 to continue her passion of working with children in an early years foundation stage class.
Mary is an experienced teaching assistant that brings a wealth of skills. Her calm and reassuring nature means that children warm to her personality and the high level of care which she provides. Mary can speak Arabic. Her several years of experience in Early Years settings allow her apply her knowledge quickly and ensure that she is well organized.
Vanessa Van Troys
Vanessa studied special youth care in Belgium. She has been an expat in the Middle-East since 2012 and raised her own children in Dubai’s multicultural environment. Vanessa was motivated to join the IDEA team because she strives to guide and nurture a future generation of children. Her warm personality and her dedicated approach means that she has quickly become a valuable member of our team.
Katie completed her National Certificate in Sports Coaching and Physical Activity at West College Scotland, UK, in 2012. She has been responsible for running many sports clubs with children and her responsibilities at IDEA included running extra-curricular activities within the center. Her passion for health and fitness extends to teaching children about wellbeing from a young age. She has recently been awarded a scholarship to study for CACHE Level 3 and she hopes to become a fully qualified teacher in the coming years.
Maricar completed her degree in Bachelor of Science Major in Psychology, with a training background in Industrial Psychology, Counselling and Clinical Psychology in the Philippines. She had a successful career in Customer and Retail Sales Operation and has worked for eleven years before moving to Dubai. She has worked as Learning Support Assistant in a school in Dubai, which helped her gain knowledge on children with Special Educational Needs. Maricar’s patience facilitates her dedication to high quality early years provision.
Cynthia is currently undergoing he Cache level 3. She has been in early years for five years. During this time she was promoted to greater responsibility. She enjoys opportunities to learn and better her skills and knowledge. She has planned activities that enable children to have fun, learn and develop. She is particularly interested in children’s critical thinking skills.
Lourdes holds a degree in Secondary Education and has a CACHE Level 1 in Early Years teaching. She has over 23 years experience in teaching, 13 years working as a Secondary teacher in the Philippines and more than 10 years in a nursery in Dubai. She is a devoted teaching assistant, dedicated to children’s learning and their development. Lourdes not only brings her extensive educational experience to the IDEA Team but her creativity, which always shines through in all she does. Through years of work with children, Lourdes has worked with children from a variety of different cultures.
Bern earned her Bachelor of Elementary Education in the University of Southern Mindanao, Philippines. She completed a caregiver course and has accumulated 5 years of Early Childhood Education in Dubai. Bern is a beach lover, loves to play board games and a book enthusiast. she marvels on how children explore and discover their world using their own inventiveness and creativity. She believes at heart that young children don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. In the future, she hopes to progress with her CACHE studies as she believes everyone should invest in personal and professional development.
Fathima joined the IDEA Team as a Childcare Assistant based in our infants classes. She has a Master of Commerce from India. Fathima brings a wonderfully calm disposition and children are drawn to her playful nature.
Rachelle joined the IDEA team as a Childcare Assistant based in our infants classes. Her qualification from the Philippines are based in Education. Rachelle has volunteered in her community as a facilitator of care during church services. She has two children and is skilled in nurturing children in their early years.
Sue has worked within the UK Education system for 17 years, 10 of those as a Teaching Assistant within a primary school. With an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years in Education Sue brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to IDEA ELC.
Sue has a passion for working with children of all ages and specialises in emotional intelligence. As a practicing Master Life Coach she understands that the level of happiness we feel is a direct result of the quality of our relationships. Therefore, Sue focusses on empowerinfg the children to be the best they can be whilst building positive relationships with their peers and adults alike.
Janie graduated from university with a BA (hons) degree in Law and Management. She spent the early part of her career working in management roles within the pharmaceutical Industry in the UK.
Eight years ago she took a career break to have her family and then relocated to Dubai with her husband and children in 2013. Janie gained experience volunteering at IDEA prior to commencing work.
Janie has a love for education and a passion for art and drama and has decided to further her career as TA with the hope of becoming a teacher one day.
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 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.
Front of House Admin Assistant / Cashier
Jen has many years experience of being an Accountant for businesses both in Dubai and the Phillipines. She is skilled in producing accountancy reports, statements of accounts, bank reconciliation and she has worked as part of a successful team. Jen’s meticulous attention to detail is invaluable. She also has many people skills and understands how to communicate effectively.