Junior School Staff

Bianca Pegler, KS1 Coordinator, Y2 Class Teacher

Bianca Pegler

KS1 Coordinator, Y2 Class Teacher
Bath Spa University, UK. BA in Psychology, 2006.
My name is Bianca Pegler; I am a Primary School teacher and Key Stage One Co-ordinator currently working in Year Two at Haileybury Astana School. This will be my 8th year of teaching at Haileybury School and first international post in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in England and prior to this I trained at Bath Spa university, as a Primary teacher with a specialism in Education/Psychology and then completed my PGCE at Bath Spa University. I chose to come to Kazakhstan for lots of reasons; I was really interested in experiencing a new culture, learning a different language and continuing my passion for traveling. In addition to this, Haileybury Astana was a huge appeal, being able to work in an established and well renowned school with a great support network.
Graham Whittaker, EAL Teacher

Graham Whittaker

EAL Teacher
University of Bradford, UK. BSc in Social Sciences, 1993. University of Kingston, UK. MA in Marketing, 2002.
My name is Graham and I am now in my third year teaching at Haileybury Astana. I am the Junior EAL teacher working closely with years 3-6 to improve their English language skills. I also teach secondary year classes in humanities. My previous experience was in Thailand for eight years as a mainstream primary teacher, and prior to this I trained in London as a primary teacher with a specialism in KS1-2 and as a TEFL teacher in Japan for 5 years before that. My decision to move to Kazakhstan was made easier by a much respected friend and highly experienced teaching colleague who opted to move to Haileybury Almaty before I made the move to Astana. I am very happy here with my family and my professional teaching interests have been taken care of as well as my interests in sports and drama.
Ryan Doherty, Literacy Leader of Learning, Y4 Class Teacher

Ryan Doherty

Literacy Leader of Learning, Y4 Class Teacher
St. Mary's University, UK. BA in Liberal Arts & History, 2013. University of Cambria, UK. PGCE, 2014
My name is Ryan Doherty and this is my first year at Haileybury Astana. I studied History with Liberal Arts at St Mary's University College, Belfast for three years. Following this, I successfully applied for a place at the University of Cumbria Carlisle, where I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I graduated in 2014. During the third term of my PGCE, I applied for my first teaching post at an International School in Doha, Qatar. I soon moved to Doha and I spent 4 great years there. My time in the Middle East was fantastic in the sense that it gave me a clear insight into the world of International teaching. It provided me with valuable learning and helped with my professional development.
Michael Collins, Y1 Class Teacher

Michael Collins

Y1 Class Teacher
University of Cape Town, South Africa. BA of Social Sciences, 2011. Sunderland University, UK. PGCE, 2017
My name is Michael Collins (Mr Collins) and I first received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Following on from that I have gone on to receive my Post Graduate Certificate in Education through Sunderland University in the United Kingdom. My teaching career began in South Korea where I taught in the public school system in 2014 and have then gone on to teach at International Schools in both Qatar, Malaysia and now Astana, Kazakhstan. The draw factor to Kazakhstan was most definitely the school, as a young father I wish to provide the best for my children and Haileybury’s reputation in providing quality learning and education is known in the international school context around the world.
Kate Silvanus, Y5 Class Teacher

Kate Silvanus

Y5 Class Teacher
University of Sunderland,UK. BA English with American Studies, 2000; PGCE at Bath University – Middle Years Education with English specialism
My name is Kate Silvanus; I am a primary school teacher currently working in year five at Haileybury Astana. This will be my 14th year of primary teaching and my sixth in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in England and prior to this I trained at the University of Bath, as a middle years teacher with a specialism in English. I really enjoy working at Haileybury Astana and one of the main reasons for this is the wonderful children I teach. They make my job so rewarding due to their unbounded enthusiasm, commitment to learning and the value they place on education. I feel very lucky that my own three children are growing up here and are a part of this amazing ethos.
Endriette le Roux, Y3 Class Teacher

Endriette le Roux

Y3 Class Teacher
Boland College of Education (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), South Africa – B.Ed (HDE) Primary Education, 1998. University of South Africa – B.Ed (Hon) Educational Management and Educational Law, 2016
My name is Endriette le Roux and this is my 4th year teaching at Haileybury as a Year 3 class teacher. I studied Primary Education at Boland College of Education in South Africa and recently completed my (Hons) Degree in Educational Management and Educational Law at the University of South Africa. I have worked at an International School in Kuwait and before that I taught for a number of years in the UK. I love and appreciate the diversity of the places I’ve worked at and travel to. Kazakhstan has grabbed a hold of me and I enjoy every minute here – especially the new cycling lanes in the city and the glittering snow! It is an absolute pleasure to teach at Haileybury. The children’s enthusiasm for learning and their commitment to their education is contagious.
Shauna Murphy, Y4 Class Teacher

Shauna Murphy

Y4 Class Teacher
University Manchester Metropolitan, UK. BEd, 2012
I am currently working in Year 4 at Haileybury Astana, having previously taught in Year 2 also. I have a great class who are so full of energy and are keen to learn. This will be my 15th year of teaching and is my 3rd. in Astana. Before moving to Kazakhstan I took 2 years out to have my children. Prior to that I worked in a British School in Paphos, Cyprus for 3 years. Before moving abroad I spent 9 years teaching in a primary school in the UK. I moved from Northern Ireland to train in Manchester for 4 years to gain my teaching degree. My subject specialism was Literacy and Numeracy in the Early Years and my early experience was mostly spent teaching Nursery and Reception classes. Since moving I have had the opportunity to teach both in KS1 and KS2, which I have found that I really love.
Daniel Walsh, Y2 Class Teacher

Daniel Walsh

Y2 Class Teacher
University of Chester, UK. BA in Sports Journalism, 2010; University of Chester, UK. PGCE in Primary Education with PE Specialism, 2015
My name is Daniel Walsh; I am a primary school teacher currently working in year two at Haileybury Astana. This will be my third year of teaching and first in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in Al Ain, UAE and prior to this I trained in Manchester, UK as a primary teacher with a specialism in physical education. I chose to come to Kazakhstan for lots of reasons; I was really interested to experience a new culture, learn a different language and to continue my passion for traveling by seeing lots of Asia. In addition to this, Haileybury Astana was a huge appeal, being able to work in an established and well renowned school with a great support network made it an easy choice to come to Kazakhstan and further my career in teaching.
Louise Beer, Y3 Class Teacher

Louise Beer

Y3 Class Teacher
University of St.Andrews, UK. MA in Modern Languages, 2009; University Canterbury Christ Church, UK. PGCE, 2010
I am Louise Beer and I am currently in my second year teaching Year3 here at Haileybury Astana. I have now been teaching for 10 years and before teaching in Kazakhstan, I taught in Brazil, Vietnam and in London, where I also did my training. I chose to come to Kazakhstan because I wanted to see what real snow looks like and experience a different climate and culture! I still get excited when it snows and the air sparkles, however I am still getting used to the cold!
Lisa Bentley, Primary Leader of learning for Mathematics

Lisa Bentley

Primary Leader of learning for Mathematics
University of Nottingham Trent, UK. BA Humanities, 1993; Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from The University of Northumbria, 1996; PGCE, Primary Education, Upper Years, 2001
My name is Lisa Bentley. I am a primary school teacher, currently working in Year five, at Haileybury, Astana. In addition, I am the Primary Mathematics Co-ordinator. This is my eighteenth year of teaching. My previous experience was in the U.K. I have worked across all year groups within Key Stage 2 as well as Year 2. What I love especially about working in Haileybury, Astana is the enthusiasm of the pupils in my class, who are all a delight to teach and know. I first came to Astana four years ago with my husband. Whilst living in Kazakhstan, we have enjoyed travelling to different parts of the country including many other places within Central Asia. However, we still have so more to learn and discover as we continue to explore this remarkable part of the world.
Victoria Martin, PSHE Leader of Learning, Y1 Class Teacher

Victoria Martin

PSHE Leader of Learning, Y1 Class Teacher
Edith Cowan University, Australia. Education in Early Childhood Studies, 2000; Middlesex University, UK. MA,Special Education Needs, 2009
My name is Victoria Martin, I am a primary school teacher in Year One and the Junior School PSHCE Leader for Learning at Haileybury Astana. This is my second year teaching at Haileybury and my fourth international teaching post! Over the past 19 years I have taught in Perth and Brisbane in Australia, Brunei and Holland. In 1993 I completed a Media Degree at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, after I moved to Australia due to my husband’s engineering job with shell, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Education at Edith Cowan University Perth. I have always had a passion for education and giving every child the best opportunities in life to succeed, therefore I chose to complete a Masters in Special Educational Needs via Middlesex University in London, UK to be able to further enhance my understanding of children.
Michael Dulmage, Y3 Class Teacher

Michael Dulmage

Y3 Class Teacher
Manchester University, UK. BA in Spanish and Cultural Studies, 2007; Liverpool Hope University, UK. PGCE, 2010
My name is Michael Dulmage, I began my teaching career 15 years ago in Manchester UK. I began teaching English to speakers of other languages at the International Student Club (ISC) at Haileybury UK. I enjoyed teaching so much that I went to university for Spanish and Cultural Studies and onward for my PGCE. During this time I met my beautiful wife, Dr Farhana and we moved from Manchester to Nairobi and then on to Ottawa, Canada. In Canada, I worked in a French private school that had no classrooms. It was an open - planned school and it allowed the students to move freely and learn from each other, regardless of age or year group. This was where I was first introduced to the philosophy of Sir Ken Robinson, IB and enquiry based learning. I have taught in Nursery, Primary, and Secondary and I love new challenges.
Martin Peart, Primary Leader of Learning for Science, Year 6 Teacher

Martin Peart

Primary Leader of Learning for Science, Year 6 Teacher
University of York St. John, UK. BA Primary Education, 2012
My name is Martin Peart; I am a primary school teacher currently working in year six at Haileybury Astana. This will be my seventh year of teaching and first in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in the UK, where I worked for three years and Qatar, where I also worked for three years. Prior to my professional career I trained at York St John University, England, as a primary teacher ages 5-11 for three years. I chose to come to Kazakhstan for lots of reasons; I was really interested to experience a new culture, learn a new language and to continue my passion for traveling and teaching children around the world. In addition to this, working at Haileybury Astana was a huge appeal, being able to work in an established and well renowned school with a great support network made it an easy choice to come to Kazakhstan and further my career in teaching. My first impressions of Astana are that it’s an intriguing and exciting place to live. I also enjoy being in a place that doesn’t speak English everywhere as I knew it would be a great challenge to try and learn a new language to overcome this.
Lucie Mechova, PE Teacher

Lucie Mechova

PE Teacher
Charles University, UK. MA in Physical Education and Biology, 2003; University of West Bohemia, UK. MA in English Language (KS1 & 2), 2006
My name is Lucie Mechova and I come from the Czech Republic. I am a PE teacher currently working at Haileybury Astana. This will be my 17th year teaching and my second in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experiences were in Sharjah, UAE, Yorkshire and the Czech Republic. I chose to come to Kazakhstan for lots of reasons; I was very excited to see the nature, open space and never ending steppe. I heard a lot about the strong traditions and I was keen to meet the people, to see different ways of life and to experience the cold winter. Haileybury Astana with all the equipment and high standards was a great opportunity for me and fulfilled my expectations and so the transition was very smooth. I have two children and they settled in very quickly and love it here.
Paul Oliver, Y2 Class Teacher & Lead Junior Edmonstone Housemaster

Paul Oliver

Y2 Class Teacher & Lead Junior Edmonstone Housemaster
University of Surrey, BA/QTS Primary Education, 1995
My name is Mr. Oliver. I have been working at Haileybury Astana since January 2016. I am a primary school teacher currently working in year two at Haileybury Astana. I am also very proud to lead the House system in the Junior School, where I am also Edmonstone Housemaster. I studied Education and English at St Mary’s University College in London for 4 years. I am proud to have been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. My career began working as a teacher of Blind children with a range of complex needs. I then taught in a large Primary school in London, with experience in all year groups from 2 to 6. Although my specialist subject is English; with a particular interest in reading and creative writing skills, I have had experience at leading a variety of subjects, including Art and Design Technology. I also led school Initiatives on “outdoor learning” and “Forest Schools”. My hobbies include long distance walking holidays, and I have completed most of the National Trails in the UK, including the 450km Pennine Way and 1000km of the Appalachian Trail in the United States. I have enjoyed discovering the variety of outdoor opportunities Kazakhstan has to offer!
Lauren Collins, Year 1 Class teacher

Lauren Collins

Year 1 Class teacher
BA of Commerce, Lincoln University, New Zealand 2011. PGCE, New Zealand Graduate School of Education, 2012.
My name is Lauren Collins, I am a New Zealand trained Primary School teacher with five years teaching experience, including Head of Year experience. I am currently working in Year One at Haileybury Astana School. Prior to this, I have taught in both local and international schools in New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and Qatar. Teaching is a passion, and my desire to see children grow and succeed has only increased now that I am a mother. My hope is that each and every child I teach knows that they are loved and valued. Haileybury is a world-renowned school and I count it a privilege to support them in educating children.
Andrew Watkins, KS2 Coordinator & IPC Coordinator, Y4 Class Teacher

Andrew Watkins

KS2 Coordinator & IPC Coordinator, Y4 Class Teacher
University of Durham, BA Primary Education, 2010
My name is Andrew Watkins, I am a UK trained Primary school teacher currently working in Year 4 with additional responsibility as Head of Key Stage 2 at Haileybury Astana. I trained at Durham university (UK), completing a 4year degree, achieving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Primary Education. This is my sixth year working at the school with experience working and leading in both Key Stages. I have thoroughly enjoy working in the school and living in Astana. I have witnessed Astana continue to grow and develop during my time living here. It is a thriving city with a lot going on, making it an interesting and exciting place to live.
Joseph Galletley, Y6 Class Teacher & Primary ICT coordinator

Joseph Galletley

Y6 Class Teacher & Primary ICT coordinator
University Harper Adams, BSc Agri Food marketing and Business Studies, 1996; University of Sunderland, PGCE Education, 2010
My name is Joseph Galletley; I am a primary school teacher currently working in year six at Haileybury Astana. This will be my 15th year of teaching and 4th in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in the UK, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. I specialise in ICT and I am currently head of Junior School ICT. I am a Google educator and Microsoft qualified. My daughter is currently in year 4 and my wife works at QSI. I chose to come to Kazakhstan as I was really interested to experience a new culture and to continue my passion for traveling. In addition to this, Haileybury Astana was a huge appeal, as I have been able to help develop the educational provision particularly through ICT so the school can provide a first class 21st century learning experience.

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