Meet Our Team
Our highly talented Leadership Team brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to King’s from their UK and international school experience to our day-to-day management of the School, ensuring our ethos, values and high standards are maintained throughout all areas of the School.
The Leadership Team and everyone at King’s, places great importance on our partnership with parents and are available to work with parents through our extensive parent engagement programme or meet on an individual basis. Please contact us directly by email or on the school number +974 4496 5888 should you wish to arrange a meeting.
Mike Seaton is the Principal of King’s College, Doha.
Mike is an award-winning British educator who has led schools in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In England, Mike was Headmaster at one of the leading independent schools in Yorkshire, Huddersfield Grammar School, achieving its first Sunday Times rankings for academic excellence, national media attention for curricular innovation and a ‘best school’ award at the prestigious Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Awards, for ‘successful change management’.
Mike’s success at this school resulted in his appointment to the European exec team of the global education group, Cognita, where he oversaw the educational development of 12 independent schools as Director of Education (UK).
Earlier in his career, Mr Seaton was Vice Principal at Brighton College Al Ain, leading its Senior School from its start-up phase to its standing as one of the most academically successful British curriculum schools in the Middle East. He has also worked in middle and senior leadership posts at British international schools in Indonesia and Thailand.
Mr Seaton joins King’s College Doha from King’s College School Chengdu, a premium international school in China.
Deputy Head – Academic
Since graduating with a B.Ed. degree, Kate has amassed over 20 years of experience in teaching at secondary level which includes GCSE and A-Level.
Kate was employed as an Advanced Skills Teacher where she improved the delivery of curriculum and increased outcomes for pupils across the North East of England before re-locating abroad. Whilst teaching abroad, Kate worked in schools in Australia and Doha.
Kate is enthusiastic about pedagogical educational research and keeps up to date with these developments, sharing them in school with colleagues to ensure pupils benefit from the best approaches.
Kate values the need to remain active and always encourages pupils to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Challenging herself and being a good role model for pupils is an important part of the role of a teacher.
In the same way that high challenge in the classroom will motivate, engage and re-light the inquisitive minds of our pupils so they enjoy learning and can excel both in the classroom and beyond.
Deputy Head – Pastoral
Iain Driscoll is a passionate educator who is highly experienced in providing outstanding Pastoral Care. He strongly believes that all children should have access to high quality education and strives to ensure pupils he works with value and appreciate the opportunities they are provided with.
Prior to joining King’s College, Doha, Iain spent four years in Egypt, initially as the Director of Sport and Head of Key Stage 4 before being promoted to Assistant Head of School and Head of Pastoral Care in one of the best international schools in Cairo.
Although born in the UK, Iain considers himself to be from Hong Kong where he lived for 19 years before going to University. His teaching career has taken him across the world with him having taught in Malaysia, China, Thailand and the UK. His experience of living and working in both the Middle East and Asia has enabled Iain to develop a sound understanding of the cultural intimacies involved in Pastoral care and will help ensure that the Pastoral Care programme at KCD continues to go from strength to strength.
Iain is joined in Doha by Claire, who is also teaching at King’s and his three daughters, Rebecca, Joanna and Charlotte.
Head of EYFS
Sinead Grennan began her teaching career in Scotland, where she trained to be a teacher at the University of Edinburgh. Having taught across all Key Stages, Sinead believes that there is something incredibly special about the Early Years as teachers have the privilege of instilling a love for learning from a child’s very first day at school. Creating a stimulating and challenging environment is at the forefront of Sinead’s practice as she believes that it empowers children’s curiosity to direct their learning and as result, they make outstanding progress.
Sinead has a passion for research in Education which led her to pursue a Masters at the University of Cambridge, where she gained experience in a special school teaching children with a variety of additional needs.
Her love of travel and exploring new cultures brought her to Qatar, where she taught in a British International School for 4 years Before joining King’s.
In her spare time, Sinead enjoys travelling with her husband and one-year old daughter.
Before embarking on a new adventure to Qatar, she taught in The British School Warsaw, Poland from 2001-2013, initially as a Reception teacher. When the opportunity was presented to her for the position as Early Years Coordinator, Jeanne accepted this new challenge and took on the position for 4 years.
Jeanne’s teaching career started in 1992 in her home country, South Africa, as a Pre-School teacher at Sagewood Education Centre which back in the day, was a Leading Education Centre for all religions and teaching formats. Also, in those days you could only get a working visa abroad, thus decided to seize the moment and get at least two years teaching experience abroad. Jeanne set off to the United Kingdom and 2 years has now been 28 years abroad.
In England, Jeanne was a Reception teacher at a local school in London where the Principal saw the potential in her and encouraged her to get her British teaching qualifications/PGCE, while at the same time, extending her teaching years in the UK and her adventure from there to Poland where Jeanne spent 13 years.
Jeanne’s current dual role as Deputy Head of Pre-school and Class Teacher is richly rewarding as she gets to experience both sides of the coin of teaching and administrative responsibilities.
Melek Medbou is a dedicated and passionate educator who believes in teaching from the heart and motivating all pupils to strive for success. As a passionate teacher, she believes that it is important to instil the love of learning and encourage every pupil to believe in themselves and their abilities and strive for success. She also strongly believes in preparing our children to become future leaders and good citizens of the world.
Melek began her teaching career as an EYFS teacher in Ireland and her teaching career has taken her to Kuwait where she has worked as a Year 1 teacher and Head of Year for 5 years prior to coming to Qatar, where she continues to teach Year 1 here at King's.
Melek embraces diversity and feels that growing up in a multi-cultural and diverse society in Ireland and working in the Middle East has helps her be a better teacher in the classroom. This understanding of
Julie Anne Garvey
Maureen has been teaching for eight years with a range of experience throughout the key stages. She began her teaching career in a behavioural school called Lagan Valley in Belfast where she taught KS3 Mathematics for two years. She then moved to Qatar and worked at Doha Academy for three years teaching KS1. Maureen then returned to Belfast and worked in a local primary school for one year at St. Clare’s primary school teaching EYFS. Maureen also worked in a Special school called St. Gerard’s school and support services, for one year teaching children with special educational needs at EYFS level. Maureen then returned to Qatar to work at Kings College Doha, teaching EYFS Reception as has been working here for the past year.
Anna Martin’s mum was a teacher and her inspiration to teach.. Anna graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Primary Education and subsequently gained employment at a school teaching a mixed group of Year 1 and 2 pupils. This school nurtured her educational ethos and encouraged her to develop as an educator. As continuous professional development was encouraged, Anna became subject leader for History and Design and Technology whilst also training to be the Educational Visit Coordinator and Paediatric First Aider. Anna’s belief to care for all members of the whole school community meant that her favourite role to undertake was that of Wellbeing Manager. This allowed her to support, not just children individually, but families and staff too ensuring that her interest of caring for the school community became a passion, which she will continue to develop at KCD.
Head of Year 1/Year 1 Class Teacher
Zoe Toal is an enthusiastic, dedicated primary teacher originally from the small city of Armagh in Ireland. With a love for science and helping others, she graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Masters in Pharmacy before completing her Primary Teaching Post Graduated Certificate in Education at Liverpool Hope University in England.
She had always dreamed of being a primary school teacher and shaping little minds after being fortunate enough to be inspired by some of her own primary teachers. After an incredible experience teaching in Liverpool, she decided to further her career by moving to Qatar in 2018, where she taught in a British school for two in years in both Key Stage One and Early Years Foundation Stage. She is thoroughly enjoying experiencing and being a part of a new culture here in Qatar. She is delighted to be working at King’s College, Doha and is looking forward to a wonderful year ahead teaching Year Two.
Year 1 Class Teacher
Jennifer Chilenge endeavours to promote confidence and resilience in children within a supportive environment to allow every child to become the best they can be. Jennifer is both a teacher and a parent, who understands the importance of a caring and warm classroom environment where children are valued and praised for their contribution.
Jennifer was born and raised in the North West of England and completed her undergraduate qualifications with both The University of Manchester and University of East Anglia in the UK, Jennifer completed her PGCE with Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.
Prior to joining KCD Jennifer has gained teaching experience working in a range of primary schools and teaching children from Reception to Year 6. Jennifer has worked in UK, Egypt and now in Qatar.
Year 1 Class Teacher
Mr Rahman is an experienced teacher from the UK. He has taught in Qatar previously before joining King’s College. Recently, he has acquired a MA in Education. Seeing children make accelerated progress is something that he proud to see. Outside the classroom, Mr Rahman enjoys playing badminton and tennis.
Head of Year 2/Year 2 Class Teacher
Prior to becoming a teacher, Manisha built a career as a Research Analyst for a sovereign wealth fund in London, UK. Since becoming a parent, she realised her true passion was indeed, working with children and obtained her PGCE from University of Sunderland, UK.
Manisha is passionate about pedagogy and child development and aims to bring excitement and exuberance to her classroom. She seeks to expand her pupils' curiosity, encouraging them to ask questions and guiding them through the investigation process. In her free time, Manisha enjoys painting, running, and practicing yoga. Manisha is joined by her husband and their two sons, who are also studying at King's College Doha.
Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 2 Class Teacher
Head of Year 3&4/Year 4 Class Teacher
Jayde Keay is originally from Lancashire in the North West of England. This is where she spent the first two years of her teaching career in a small school in a town, before moving to Qatar in 2017.
Over the past five years, Jayde has taught various ages across the primary years and led Key Stage One in her previous school. The spark for teaching began as early as high school, when Jayde studied childcare as a GCSE. From this point on, she knew she wanted to work with children and be a part of their education in some way.
Jayde is truly passionate about travel and this is what inspired her to make a huge life change and venture to Qatar.
Year 3 Class Teacher
Ruth O'Sullivan is a passionate enthusiast of all things related to English language education. She strongly believes that all children should have access to high level language, both in spoken and written forms, as an essential basis for their education.
Before joining King’s College, Doha, Ruth spent five years at another reputable school in Qatar as Head of Year 5. Prior to this, Ruth worked in Saudi Arabia in a top British School as a GCSE English teacher and as a specialist language teacher at a Saudi University.
Ruth is from Ireland and worked within secondary education in Ireland for twelve years before moving abroad. She is also a qualified school guidance counsellor.
Year 3 Class Teacher
Year 3 Class Teacher
Samuel Mott is an enthusiastic educator who is highly passionate about delivering quality education and working with children. He strongly believes in supporting every child in achieving their academic potential whilst acknowledging the importance of their own personal development.
Before joining King's College Doha, Samuel taught Year 2 at a neighbouring school in Doha. Prior to moving out to Qatar, Samuel taught at several top schools in the surrounding areas of Bath and Somerset in South West England before moving to Qatar.
One of his key areas of interest is the promotion of reading and attention to phonetics at an early age as possible. His passion for finding new ways to inspire children to develop their own reading evolved from his experience teaching at WASPS in Bath, a school that has for the past 30 years consistently been within the very top tier for reading attainment in the UK.
Since moving to Doha, Samuel has made the most of the good weather and taken up cycling, paddle boarding and football and has never looked back!
Year 3 Class Teacher
Mr Jones is from South Wales, United Kingdom. He studied Primary Education with QTS at the University of Wales before moving to Qatar to teach in a British international school. He began teaching at King’s College Doha in January 2021 and has previously taught Year 2 within the school. This year is Mr Jones’ third year of living in Qatar. Outside of school, his hobbies include playing a variety of sports and supporting of his local football team, Swansea City.
Year 4 Class Teacher
As a class teacher, she aims to nurture a love of all subjects, activities and opportunities. Fiona endeavours to encourage the children to take responsibility for themselves and others and to support them to try their best. She will promote active learners where the development of self-discipline, self-esteem, and the love of learning will be paramount. Fiona knows that mistakes will be made, however, also knows that resilience and learning from these mistakes will make everyone better individuals. Throughout her career, it has been Fiona’s pleasure to watch children she has taught grow up into motivated, lifelong learners, who are valuable to the world in which they live.
Year 4 Class Teacher
Since completing his A-levels at college, Ahmed Motala has worked within education sector, where he continued his studies at The University of Huddersfield in the UK. Ahmed studied the BA Primary Education course for three years, after successfully graduating with a first-class grade in his teaching degree, in the summer of 2019. Early into his teaching profession, Ahmed knew that he wanted to experience working in an international school, and so his new adventure starts at Kings College, Doha. Ahmed is very passionate about teaching and believes that teaching and learning is for all, children and adults. He is looking forward to teaching lots of new things as well as learning on this very exciting journey.
Head of Computing/Year 5 Form Tutor
Performing Arts Teacher/Year 6 Form Tutor
Head of Science/Year 9 Form Tutor
Halima Khatun is creative and enthusiastic and her passion for Science emanates through her teaching. She strongly believes education is empowering and strives to ensure that her pupils develop a love for learning and gain the skills necessary to become independent, lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
Halima has gained a wealth of experience from working in many different school settings in the UK. Her specialism is within chemistry however she has taught all sciences extensively from Prep to Seniors. Halima looks forward to the journey ahead and is excited to grow as a teacher and individually as King’s goes from strength to strength.
Science Teacher/Year 7 Form Tutor
Garth Wiese is our Physics specialist teacher, he will also be assisting the Mathematics department with an array of classes too. He is from Cape Town, South Africa and has been teaching Mathematics and Science since 2016, when he received his Bachelor of Education Degree at Stellenbosch University, with a specialisation in Mathematics and Sciences.
Garth has worked with young people across with world since 2012, including New York, Cape Town and Doha. He has a great passion for Science and the constant pursuit of understanding the world around him. He is a critical and logical thinker that takes a thorough approach to his teaching style. He does this by tailoring his lessons to individual classes and pupils. He is a firm advocate that Science should be learned practically and that anything that is learned in the classroom should be applicable in a real-life situation.
Garth takes pride in his pastoral role with his students. He believes that developing a thorough rapport with his pupils is key to formulating a positively reinforced and enjoyable classroom environment.
Head of Maths
Alex Garrod is an enthusiastic and motivated Maths teacher who is passionate about improving pupil’s life chances through the mastery of Mathematics. Alex has recently taught in an outstanding secondary school, based in the south west of England. During this time, he had responsibility for supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and took a lead role in the provision for mental health and well-being. This has enabled him to develop a holistic understanding of the challenges pupils face, thus being able to innovate and adapt his teaching to support the needs of all pupils. Alex’s favourite mathematical topic is Trigonometry.
Outside of work Alex enjoys traveling, fitness and plays a wide range of sports. Whilst water sports are his main passion, he is also a keen golfer, cyclist and loves to spend time outdoors.
Maths Teacher/Year 7 Form Tutor
Prior to becoming a mathematics teacher, she worked as an outdoor education instructor, where she enjoyed teaching leadership and resilience through a variety of sports and outdoor activities.
Miss Parker studied at the University of the West of England and secured a job at Thompson Reuters before later completing her teaching qualifications at Exeter University. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge of applied mathematics to the team.
Head of English
English Teacher/Year 7 Form Tutor
Head of Art/Head of Year 7-9
Aaran Donlevy is a highly experienced and passionate Art Teacher. His core belief about Art education is that every child is an artist, even if they do not realise it yet! He instils and teaches his pupils that being brave and making mistakes leads to greater self-confidence and resilience. Learning from those mistakes and analysing progress will not only make them a better artist but also aid their whole development. Aaran takes pride in helping the children discover their talents and allow their potential to flourish.
Before joining King’s College, Doha, Aaran spent 12 years as Head of Art in two large and prestigious. He is also a very keen sportsman, coaching Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Swimming and Football to pupils from age 7-14. Aaran has also been a Form Tutor, Mentor, Housemaster and Boarding master.
Aaran is joined in Doha with his wife Brioney, and their two children, Ophelia and Hayden who both attending KCD.
Head of Humanities/Head of Year 5&6
Ciara Lovatt is from Essex in England. She studied BA Geography at the University of Liverpool, before completing her teacher training.
Ciara recently moved to Doha from Thailand, where she was Head of Humanities in a British International school for three years. During this time, Ciara was also Gifted and Talented and Summer School lead, where she developed a school-wide programme to enhance outstanding learners. Ciara believes strongly in the ideology of a growth mindset and encourages her pupils to push themselves to their very best.
Humanities Teacher/Year 8 Form Tutor
Head of PE
This is Simon McDonough’s third year working at King’s College Doha. As Head of Boys’ PE and Years 7 and 8 he really enjoys his roles and responsibilities within the school making sure high-quality PE lessons are taught to all pupils as well as organising sport fixtures through QPPSSA and friendly matches between other schools in Doha. He believes that every child should be inspired to achieve and reach their maximum potential. This is accomplished through being an approachable, enthusiastic, dedicated, and trustworthy teacher.
Prior to moving to Doha, Simon studied in the UK where he achieved his teaching degree and worked for two years before moving to Qatar. Simon’s hobbies & interests are mostly sport related. He likes to be involved in sport a lot and his favourite sports are Gaelic football, rugby, and football. He also works for the European Tour Golf competitions in the Middle East and in the UK as a scorer for the television sports channels. .
PE Teacher/Year 8 Form Tutor
In her free time, Steph enjoys a variety of sports, fitness and adventurous activities, including running, group exercise, Muay Thai and Australian football. Steph was involved in developing Australian Rules Football within Vietnam and was a member of the Vietnam Swans Women’s AFL team that won the inaugural Asian Championships in 2018.
Swimming Coach/Year 5 Form Tutor
Mr. Clark studied Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Physical Education at University of Batangas Philippines. After University, he spent some time working at his Alma Mater and other schools in the Philippines as a PE Teacher/Swimming Teacher. He has worked in schools for 11 years and he really enjoys helping students become the best they can be.
He taught in different departments in College for 5 years and got his master’s degree in physical education. On moving to Qatar, he worked as a PE/Swimming Teacher in other school for 3 years.
He joined King’s College Doha in 2018 and worked as PE/Swimming Teacher. He is an outgoing and friendly person always welcome challenges with joy and enthusiasm. He teaches technique before speed and endurance. He makes sure that his students know water survival skills and believes this is crucial, before perfecting strokes, so that they can be safe in the water. He is hard working and loves working with children to help and support their progress to reach their goals.
He currently holds Lifeguarding, First Aid, STA Level 2 Award in Safety Award for Teachers (QCF) and STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching (QFC) Lifetime License.
Head of Experiential Learning
James is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who is driven to help pupils overcome barriers that may impact their learning. James believes in a curriculum which offers both academic and physical opportunities, develops a well-rounded student.
James' international teaching career started in Oman and then to Thailand before coming to teach in Qatar.
James is a keen sportsman and is eager to utilise the sporting facilities which Doha offers. He follows almost every sport including Football, Golf, Basketball, Rugby and Cricket. James describes himself as a keen chef (with limited success), he enjoys quizzing, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.
Head of French/Year 6 Form Tutor
Immediately before coming to King's College, Doha, Sylvain Kerzerho had been an Assistant Head specialising in Pastoral care. Sylvain enjoyed this responsibility as taking care of pupils and guiding them was a tough, complex but rewarding experience.
Before joining King’s, Sylvain worked as a French teacher in Kuwait, Spain and England. His role in KCD is to immerse pupils in French culture at their level of understanding and he thoroughly enjoys working with pupils at King’s College Doha as they are so eager to learn in a highly positive environment.
Head of Instrumental Development and Performing Arts
A highly knowledgeable and experienced practitioner with practical and technical concepts about Music and Theatre performance, Corinna demonstrates and encourages high standards of professionalism and inspires pupils to excel.
Prior to embarking on her teaching career, Corinna was part of the alumna of the prestigious Conservatory G.Verdi of Milan, the Italian Soprano. Corinna Mologni began her music career as a principal Timpanist, but it’s her operatic career that have brought her growing international recognition and acclaim.
Corinna has performed in many of the world’s most famous Opera Theatres and Concert Halls working with many of today’s most notable conductors and artists. Her recordings include complete Operas as well as Symphonic works.
Jacques has been teaching guitar for 30 years. He has taught in leading independent international schools, most recently in Egypt and Belgium. He has travelled extensively in Europe and Africa playing in bands and he is extremely excited by the opportunity of working with the parents and the children at King’s College Doha. He has previously held numerous positions such as Chef d’orchestre, performance coordinator and teacher representative. He has taught all levels of learners including students from Y1 to adults of 60+ years of age. Jacques has a degree from Namur, Belgium as Éducateur spécialisé and has always involved himself fully in the school life of any school with which he has been associated.
As a Music teacher, he aims to nurture a love of all types of Music and instruments. Jacques endeavours to encourage the children to take part in all musical activities and to support them to try their best. He will promote active learners where the development of self-discipline, self-esteem, and the love of learning will be paramount.
Although born in the UK, Annelise has lived abroad for most of her life, in Oman, Brunei, The Netherlands, Syria and Australia and for the last fourteen years, here in Qatar with her husband and two daughters, Heidi and Ava who both attend King’s.
Following a degree in Art History and then a time in marketing, Annelise, on becoming a parent discovered an interest in helping children learn to read and began a journey which has brought her to be the King’s College Librarian.
Head of EAL
Dina believes that EAL pupils are an asset to King's College, Doha and that's why she has a strong passion to help our children fully access their learning and positively engage in the classroom, school, society and community.
Head of Learning Support
In August 2012, her husband and her decided to take on the new adventure and moved to Doha.
She has always had a passion for working with children with special needs so she decided to slightly change her career path to become a passionate dedicated Special Educational Needs Teacher. First step towards that goal was completing the PGCE and becoming a qualified teacher. In order to gain more knowledge and skills about SEND, she completed her studies ‘National Award for SEND coordination’ within the Middlesex University, London.
She has many years of experience of teaching in international setting. She has worked with children with a range of relatively mild to extremely complex special educational and medical needs. She always finds it very exciting, challenging and rewarding seeing children develop, learn and succeed.
She joined Kings College Doha in August 2021 as a Head of Learning Support and is very excited to take on the new challenge.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and traveling.
Head of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Nermin believes in the potential of every child and strives for excellence not only in her own teaching but also encourages the same work ethic from her pupils. Nermin's journey to full-time teaching has been the most rewarding experience she has encountered. Her experience has enabled her to develop her department's teaching plans to make sure that every pupil is able to improve his/ her Arabic skills and Islamic culture.
Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher
Raghda Adnan is an Arabic teacher, from Iraq, she graduated from Baghdad University with a Bachelor’s in English language. During her time in Baghdad, she worked as an English teacher. On moving to Doha, she has taught Arabic, Islamic and Qatar history in different International schools amongst them
Sherborne and Oryx International. She is enjoying continuing this with the pupils at King’s.
Arabic and Islamic Studies Teacher
Riham Mutlak is an Arabic and Islamic teacher. Originally from Syria, she received her education at Damascus University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. During her time in Syria, she worked as an English teacher. When Riham moved to Doha, she taught Arabic and Islamic in different International schools, the last being Sherborne. She is looking forward to working with the pupils at King’s.
Ibtisam holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic language & educational rehabilitation. She teaches Arabic to both native and non-native Arabic speakers and is very happy to be part of our progressive team.