Meet the Inclusion Team
Peter Daly joined Esol Education as Chief Education Consultant in 2014 and is a Fairgreen International School founding member. His major role is to support the nine schools in the Esol group with a focus on school improvement and school effectiveness. He is also heavily involved in strategy and expansion planning. Over the course of his career, Peter has held founder and leadership positions at elite schools in Dubai, Bahrain, Korea, and in London, many of which have been formally recognized as ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Exceptional’ by highly respected independent review boards. He is a qualified Ofsted inspector and set up the West London Teacher Training Group.
"As the Governor for Inclusive Education at Fairgreen International School, I am committed to supporting the school in recruiting staff who have the knowledge, understanding and skills required to provide effective support to the school to enable all involved to realise the vision of inclusion in practice. At the same time, we hold the Fairgreen Senior Leadership Team and inclusion support team to account for the development of an appropriate inclusive education culture and the implementation of an inclusion improvement plan. As a member of the Board of Governors, I work with my team to allocate financial investment to ensure that targeted plans are sufficiently resourced and monitor the overall educational performance of the school through clear inclusive education outcomes and impact measures."
Head of Inclusion
Hannah is an inclusion practitioner with over ten years of experience. She is originally from the U.K., but she has been in Dubai for over a decade. While based in the U.A.E, she has had the opportunity to work with children aged 3-18, which has given her a rich and in-depth knowledge of how needs and support can change over time.
Her commitment to inclusion has led her to complete a number of formal and informal training events. Through this, she has had the opportunity to focus on her areas of interest, including the role of executive function in learning, and the promotion of neurodiversity within education and the wider community. Whilst she is committed to being a lifelong learner by improving her own knowledge, she is also committed to supporting other educators in increasing their knowledge of inclusive practices. This is done through leading in the planning and delivery of training sessions, as well as working as part of a committee that organized international conferences on inclusion.
“I enjoy exploring new locations both locally and internationally and am always on the look out for new, unique restaurants to try. I also enjoy being creative and will have a go at most crafty activities, even if these don't always go to plan!”
Inclusion Teacher EYP (Pre-KG to KG-2)
Louise started her working career in the international banking industry where she worked for nine years. When she had her two daughters, Louise decided it was time for a change and moved into the educational sector and volunteered at the local nursery. Louise loved working in the early years so much that she ended up owning this nursery and completed an early years degree. Her husband's job then took her to Dubai in 2010 where she started her first job in an International IB school. Louise moved to Fairgreen International School in 2019 and has continued to develop her passion for early years and gained a new passion for children's wellbeing and mindfulness.
"I love to keep fit by running and I did my first half marathon in 2019 in Ras Al Khaimah. I also love to read and draw in my spare time, as well as, continuing my studies as I am currently doing a course in Dyslexia."
Inclusion Teacher PYP (Grade 1 & Grade 2)
Jasmin is from London in the U.K and she has been a teacher for 7 years. She has taught in both Primary mainstream and specialist provision settings, working with children aged 5 -11. Jasmine has worked with children since she were in high school, where she volunteered in a nursery and then became a nanny. Jasmine then graduated from the University of Brighton, studying Primary Education, which supported her passion for teaching.
"I enjoy reading, being active and most interestingly I am a thrill seeker and absolutely love theme parks and water parks. One day I would like to bungee jump or even sky dive!"
Inclusion Teacher PYP (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Lorna has over fifteen years experience as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in both the UAE and in the UK. Within the UAE she has worked as an OT in a variety of different settings including reputable clinics, mainstream schools and special needs centers. She then trained as a primary teacher within a prestigious boarding school setting in Kenya. Most recently she worked as a teacher within a special needs setting teaching a class with a variety of different diagnoses, mostly with students on the autism spectrum. She is excited to continue her professional journey at Fairgreen!
"My dream is to hand-glide! "
Inclusion Teacher (Secondary)
Gerald Samuels is a founding member of Fairgreen International School. He spent two years working as a Teaching Assistant in Grade 2 from 2018-2020 and in September 2020 moved to a similar role in Grade 4. In these roles, he worked extensively with students of determination and additional educational needs, both in groups and individually. Gerald has recently completed Level 2, 3 and 4 of the SEND diploma.
“I have always been fascinated by the difference that these interventions make to students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, so much so that when I was asked whether I would like to join the Inclusion Department at the start of this term, my reply was a resounding yes. I will be working with our students in Secondary now and look forward to all the challenges and rewards that come with this new role."
English Language Learner (ELL) coordinator
Leah Vahanian is a founding member of Fairgreen International School and is excited to be working with our ELL student population. Home is Vancouver, Canada and she has been working in education, in Canada and internationally, for over 10 years. She began her ELL teaching career in Taiwan in 2005 and is currently studying through the University of Toronto to become a Specialist ELL Teacher.
“I am eager to contribute my knowledge and skills to the Inclusion Department so that I may continue to foster and inspire all students to reach their full potential both inside the classroom and out. I look forward to working with your child and helping to support them in reaching their goals."
Learning Support Assistant (English Language Learner)
Prior to working at Fairgreen, Sofie worked as an ELL TA in a British Curriculum school in Ras Al Khaimah for two years, as well as, being a classroom TA for one year.
"My family from my mother's side is Italian so I speak Italian and I have a passion for cooking and baking! I love learning and trying new things. I am challenging myself to learn French this year. I have also played netball for over 10 years!"
Fiona van Heerden
Learning Support Assistant (Primary)
Fiona is a founding member of Fairgreen International School, boasts an impressive 12 years tenure in the field of education within the UAE. Her rich experience spans roles as a teacher's assistant in KG-1, Grade 1 and Grade 2 along with three years dedicated to supporting students of determination in a specialized school setting. Fiona is now entering her second year in Fairgreen's Inclusion department and eagerly anticipates building connections with the students in this academic year. Originally from Cape Town, Fiona has cultivated a global perspective through her years of residence in diverse locations, such as London, Sydney, Zurich, and finally Dubai!
"I have a passion for all things art related and am excited to be involved in the props and decor for the school play again this year."
Learning Support Assistant (Secondary)
Tristian is rather new to working as a LSA. He started on January 5th 2020 in the same position in Greenfield International school. He is experienced in individualized support both inside and outside of the classroom. He is looking forward to expanding his understanding in the field of SEN.
"I have only lived in my country of origin for 3-4 years."