Senior School Staff

Anastasia Michala, Year 13 Tutor, EAL Teacher

Anastasia Michala

Year 13 Tutor, EAL Teacher
University of Ioannina, Greece. BA in Philosophy, 1997. University of Nottingham, UK. PGCE, 2015
Born and raised in New York, I moved to Greece and studied at the University of Ioannina where I earned my BEd in Classics. Having immense respect for my teachers and University professors, teaching soon became my desired professional path. I have since obtained my PGCE from the University of Nottingham and worked at a number of schools, teaching different curricula to students from all over the world. As an educator, I pride myself on not only developing my students’ linguistic and literature skills, but also encouraging them to be creative, reflective, resourceful and inquisitive learners.
Rhut Esteban, Year 8 Tutor, MFL Teacher

Rhut Esteban

Year 8 Tutor, MFL Teacher
University of Salamanca, Spain. BA in Philology, 2005. University of Salamanca, Spain. PGCE, 2006
My name is Ruth P. Esteban, I am a language teacher and my main language is Spanish. This is my 10th year in the field of education and I love passing on the love for languages. I have taught in several countries in multicultural environments including Spain, England, Qatar, UAE and now Kazakhstan. I understand that the language is the door to get to know and understand new cultures, so, wish me luck with getting to know any Kazakh or Russian language! I was encouraged to come by a friend who has been in the country for 6 years and now, here I am, ready to begin this new adventure in Haileybury Astana.
Dean Gibbs, Year 9 Tutor, Maths Teacher

Dean Gibbs

Year 9 Tutor, Maths Teacher
Swansea University, UK. BA in Economics, 2012; MSc in Economics, 2014. Blue Hill University, US. PGCE, ITT SCITT, 2016
My name is Dean Gibbs; I am a senior mathematics teacher currently working in year one at Haileybury Astana. This will be my 4th year of teaching, and first in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in Manchester, England. I also went to university in the UK where I studied for my degree and masters in economics. I chose to teach in Kazakhstan for various reasons, one of the main ones was to experience a way of life that is completely different from one that I am familiar with. I am also learning a new language and travelling to other parts of Kazakhstan to see more of this beautiful country.
Cathy Crossing, Year 10 Tutor, Head of Performing Arts Faculty

Cathy Crossing

Year 10 Tutor, Head of Performing Arts Faculty
The Australian National University, Australia. BA Music, 1997. Canberra University, Australia. PGCE, Graduate Diploma in Education, 2006
I joined the Haileybury Astana family in 2018. I have been working in the arts both as an educator, performer and administrator for many years. My international teaching career includes positions such as music teacher (early years to senior), Music Coordinator and Head of Performing Arts, in Shanghai, Mexico City, as well as Sydney and Canberra in my home country of Australia. I have an extensive international performance career as a clarinetist and saxophonist performing in orchestras and small ensembles. Highlights include performances at St Martins in the Fields, Versailles Conservatoire, Namur Theatre, Festival del Fuego and Musicale de Fruitillar as a chamber musician.
Stephen Holmes, PE Teacher

Stephen Holmes

PE Teacher
University of Exeter, UK. BEd, 1984
I have a B.Ed (Hons) in physical education from the University of Exeter and an M.Ed. in International Management and Policy in Education from the University of Birmingham. I have been teaching and/or managing for 35 years; all but two of these in top international schools abroad. Although my first subject is physical education I have also enjoyed a long and fruitful time in the classroom teaching geography and economics/business studies at Key stage 3, IGCSE and IB level. I was a deputy Head for eight years in Mexico, and has really appreciated the chance to support my wife here in Astana albeit in a teaching role. I have only worked abroad in countries which feature an eagle on their flag; Zambia, Mexico and Kazakhstan.
Susan Taylor, Year 10 Tutor, Maths Teacher

Susan Taylor

Year 10 Tutor, Maths Teacher
Higher Education Diploma, Math Didactics, Northwest University, 1994
My name is Sue Taylor and I have come to Haileybury Astana to join the Senior Mathematics team. Previously I have worked in International Schools in Nepal and Malaysia and before that I taught for a number of years in the UK. I love teaching Mathematics and always endeavour to teach understanding rather than just process, and try to put ideas and learning into context. It is great to see the variety of extra - curricular activities available here at Haileybury, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. I have been involved with the Award for many years now and am looking forward to working with the young people taking part in this.
Leena Louis, Year 10 Tutor, Maths Teacher

Leena Louis

Year 10 Tutor, Maths Teacher
Indira Gandhi Deemed University, India. BEd, 2004; Vinayaka Deemed University, India. MSс in Mathematics, 2011
My name is Leena Roseline Louis; I am a Senior Mathematics teacher facilitating the teaching of mathematics for Key Stage 3, IGCSE and the IB. This will be my 17th year of teaching (fortunately, not too old!) and my second year in Astana, Kazakhstan. I have been an IB Maths Examiner for 6 years. I am passionate about teaching Mathematics and always find ways of making the classroom environment and lessons stimulating and exciting. My previous experience was with Singapore International School and various other International and IB World Schools.
Kathryn Bark, Year 9 Tutor, Computer Science Teacher

Kathryn Bark

Year 9 Tutor, Computer Science Teacher
University of Portsmouth, UK. 1996; University of Liverpool, UK. BSc in IT and Society, 2000.
My name is Kate Bark I am the Computer Science Teacher and Educational Technology Lead at Haileybury Astana. This will be my 18th year of teaching and first in Astana, Kazakhstan. I have taught in a number of countries around the world Thailand, Italy and Egypt, my initial teaching qualifications and experience are from Liverpool in the UK. I am looking forward to the opportunity to transform the way technology is used in the school ensuring all students have access to the latest and most innovative technology.
Jamie Williams, Head of PE Faculty

Jamie Williams

Head of PE Faculty
University of Winnipeg, Canada. BEd, 2013; University of Liverpool John Moores, UK. MSc Sport, 2001
My name is Jamie Williams. I am Head of Physical Education at Haileybury Astana. I have enjoyed teaching for the past four years at Haileybury Astana and looking forward to expanding the PE department. I hold a masters degree in sports physiology, a degree in sport and human movement studies and an education degree in physical education. Prior to working here, I taught in international education in both Thailand and China. I have also run football academies in SEA. I was a professional athlete in the UK and represented my country at a junior level in various sports. I strongly believe in the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. I am still active and very much enjoy keeping fit.
Andrew Palmer, Year 10 Tutor, Head of Humanities Faculty

Andrew Palmer

Year 10 Tutor, Head of Humanities Faculty
University of Kingston, UK. BSс Biology and Geography, 2004; University of Exeter, UK. PGCE Secondary Geography, 2005
I am the Head of Humanities at Haileybury Astana and am currently in my third year at the school. I graduated with a Joint honours degree in Geography and Biology at Kingston University and completed my PGCSE at the University of Exeter in 2005. I have taught at schools in London, Mexico City and Bucharest before finding my new home in Astana. I am thrilled to work with such motivated and hard working pupils who share my enthusiasm for Geography and the wider school community. I find working in Astana and living in Kazakhstan to be an exciting and rewarding experience. Kazakhstan’s unique and friendly environment has won me over and I hope to stay at Haileybury for many years in the future.
Amy Rowe, Deputy HM Bartle Frere, Year 11 Tutor, Art & DT Teacher

Amy Rowe

Deputy HM Bartle Frere, Year 11 Tutor, Art & DT Teacher
University of Huddersfield, UK. BSc Textile Design fro Fashion and Interiors, 2009; University of Sheffield, UK. PGCE, 2010
My name is Amy Rowe; I am a senior school teacher currently working in year two at Haileybury Astana. However, this will be my eighth year of teaching. My previous experience was in Indonesia, Ukraine and Jordan. Prior to this I trained in the UK, as a senior school teacher with a specialism in Art and Textiles. The local people of Astana have been so welcoming to myself and my family. I feel very honored to be living somewhere that is so proud of it’s cultural heritage and family values. Astana is a very interesting place to live in regards to it’s interesting architecture and contrast of seasons. As an artist it captivates me. I look forward to creating many memories here.
Harrison James, Year 12 Tutor, Head of Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty

Harrison James

Year 12 Tutor, Head of Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty
University of York, UK. BSс Theoretical Physics, 2011; University of Cambridge, UK. MEd, 2015; University of Durham, UK. 2012
I arrived this year at Haileybury Astana as the Head of Mathematics and Computer Science. Previously I was the Head of Mathematics, and I taught Mathematics and Physics at an academy in London, as well as, a British all boys boarding school. I have obtained two Masters degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Durham, and currently a PhD is being studied for. Thus far, Haileybury Astana has been a welcoming place for me to work and the year thus far has been rewarding.
Steven Mann, Y9 Tutor, Science Teacher

Steven Mann

Y9 Tutor, Science Teacher
University of Leeds, UK. BSc Agricultural Science, 1985. University of Leeds, UK. PGCE, 1990
I am Steven Mann and I teach Biology and Science. This is my second year of teaching in Astana. Prior to coming to Astana, I taught in England, Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan (Uralsk) and in Scotland. I warmed to the people of Kazakhstan during my first visit to Kazakhstan. The people are welcoming and I find Kazakhstan a very safe place to live. The family values and Kazakh heritage is evident everywhere. As someone who enjoys the great outdoors, I view Kazakhstan as a land of wide open spaces and big blue skies. Kazakhstan is developing as a sporting nation and I like to go and support FC Astana and HC Barys. Both sports are played in modern arenas that exemplify the rich variety of modern architecture throughout. I enjoy practicing speaking Russian and even a few words of Kazakh.
Shagufta Khan, Year 8 Tutor, Science Teacher

Shagufta Khan

Year 8 Tutor, Science Teacher
University of Bombay, India. BSc Biology & Chemistry, 1996; University of Poona, India. MEd Specail Maths & Science, 2000
My name is Shagufta Khan. I began my teaching career in the year 2000. For many years, I taught in the London area, including teaching both the IB Diploma and A-Level. With so much UK experience, I have a good understanding of the National Curriculum for England and Wales. I enjoy teaching the entire age range of the senior school. I have lived and worked in Kazakhstan since 2014, initially in Shymkent and then at Haileybury Astana. I am impressed with the culture, tradition and warmth of the people of Kazakhstan. I have had the opportunity to explore the rich culture and heritage of Kazakhstan and am amazed by its natural beauty. I have enjoyed visiting the theatre and opera house. My local colleagues have been extremely warm and made me feel at home. I have been very fortunate and privileged to have been invited to several Kazakh weddings. I like to immerse myself in the Kazakh culture.
Andrew Silvanus, Year 11 Tutor, Head of Science Faculty

Andrew Silvanus

Year 11 Tutor, Head of Science Faculty
University of Bath, UK. PhD, 2011; University of Kent, UK. MSc in Chemistry, 2006; University of Buckingham, UK. PGCE, 2016
Following my undergraduate studies at the University of Kent, UK in 2006 I continued my academic endeavours at the University of Bath and successfully defended my PhD thesis ‘Exploring the Synthetic Utility of Divinyl Ketones’ in 2010 before moving to France for 2 years, conducting research at l’Université du Maine and l’Université de Versailles. To date, I have taught in Luxembourg, Qatar and Kazakhstan where I am currently Head of the Science Faculty. In addition, I currently teach Chemistry to all students in Key Stages 4 and 5 whilst also coordinating the Extended Essay aspect of the IB Diploma. I have a passion for travel, food and culture. Teaching on the international scene encourages this active lifestyle and Astana is no exception. The beautiful scenes out of the window continuously captivate his imagination and exacerbate his love of science. During the summer months, I can often be found in my converted van touring Europe with my wife, stand-up paddle board and hammock.
Farhana Dulmage, Science Teacher, Year 7 Tutor

Farhana Dulmage

Science Teacher, Year 7 Tutor
BEd in Science Education, Queen's Un-ty, 2015; BSc in Medical Biochemistry, 2005; PhD in cell matrix research, 2009
My name is Farhana Dulmage. I am the KS3 and KS4 Science teacher. I have a PhD in Medical Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Education in Science Education. I enjoy watching my students eyes light up and their minds buzz with curiosity when we do Science. I have taught Science in different countries on three different continents and am I pleased to call Astana my new home. The students here are a joy to work with and I love it when they share their experiences of Science in Nature and in their daily lives. To me Science is not just an academic subject but a way of living that improves our health, communication, technology and even our entertainment. I look forward to working with the students and parents at Haileybury school.
Simon Murphy, Maths Teacher

Simon Murphy

Maths Teacher
BSc from Liverpool University after Studying Mathematics & Sports Science in 1994
My name is Simon Murphy, I graduated with a BSc from Liverpool University after Studying Mathematics & Sports Science in 1994. I have been teaching Mathematics for 15 years having had spells in Cyprus and the North of England. I am a member of the Chartered College of Teachers. This is my third year at Haileybury Astana. Prior to being a teacher I worked at Manchester Airport as an Air Traffic Controller. I have enjoyed my time in Astana and am sure that I will have memories that will last forever when I leave.
Ross Ellison, Learning & Teaching Coordiantor;  ToK coordinator

Ross Ellison

Learning & Teaching Coordiantor; ToK coordinator
University of Exeter, UK. BA History, 2005; University of East Anglia, UK. PGCE Education, 2008
My name is Ross Ellison; I am the Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator for the Secondary School. I also teach IB, IGCSE and Key Stage 3 History, as well as Theory of Knowledge. This will be my 5th year in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in Romania where I was Head of Humanities, Zambia where I was the Director of Studies and in the United Kingdom, where I also trained. I graduated with a degree in History from the University of Exeter and have a PGCE from the University of East Anglia. I really enjoy working at Haileybury Astana and it is a pleasure to work with such wonderful pupils and staff in a dynamic and well-resourced environment. It has been exciting to experience how the pupils have made progress over the last five years and to see how the school has grown.
Sarah Williams, Year 11 Tutor, Head of English and MFL Faculty

Sarah Williams

Year 11 Tutor, Head of English and MFL Faculty
University of Wales, UK. BA in English and Writing, 2006; University of Wales, UK. PGCE, 2008
My name is Sarah Williams and I’m the Head of English and MFL. My teaching journey began in the Second Languages school in the University of Wales, where I coaxed under and post graduates to explore language, to the challenge of inflaming passion for English and drama in a tertiary college, before packing my case and heading for warmer climes in the pursuit of both a suntan and a different teaching challenge. In Qatar, whilst falcons sat hooded in the back of my classroom, we created haiku's about flight; In Saudi Arabia we set up a Performing Arts Academy, the first in the Eastern Province; In America, we marked an inauguration using our words with surprise; and in Africa, I watched monkeys eating mangoes in the tree I dried my laundry on outside my boarding house. My love for teaching is contagious. No two days are ever the same and it is this variance that excites me. My teaching approach is best summed up using a familiar Kazakh quote: Бала жүруді жығылудан үйренеді. (Bala jurūdi jıġılūdan űyrenedi.) The child learns to walk by falling down.
Lois Johnston-Walker, Head of Business Studies & CAS coordinator

Lois Johnston-Walker

Head of Business Studies & CAS coordinator
University of Sunderland, UK. BA Business Administration, 2002; University of Huddersfield, UK. PGCE (Schools), 2005
My name is Lois Johnston-Walker; I am the Head of Business Studies and I am the CAS Coordinator at Haileybury Astana. This is my fifth year working in an IB World School, having previously worked at the British International School of Shanghai where I developed a passion for the IB Diploma, teaching Business Management and TOK. The IB Diploma is a rigorous qualification, which not only prepares students for university and beyond but also develops the whole student through the Core: CAS, TOK and the Extended Essay. In 2017 I had worked published through Level 7 Education, which supports Business Management students with their understanding of concept based learning, new to the syllabus in 2016. I recently became an IB Examiner, which is already giving me a unique insight into the assessment of Business Management. I am also very lucky to be the CAS Coordinator at Haileybury Astana, which has given me an opportunity to work closely with Key Stage 5 students, supporting them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I was not sure what to expect when I came to Astana with my family in 2017, but I quickly fell in love with the city, people and the great food.
David Peters, Year 8 Tutor, MFL Teacher

David Peters

Year 8 Tutor, MFL Teacher
University of Wales, UK. BA in French, German and Spanish, 2003; Anglia Ruskin University, UK. PGCE secondary education MFL, 2007
My name is David Peters and I teach French and Spanish. Following the completion of my teacher training in England, I spent several years working in both England and Wales before making the decision to teach internationally. Between 2012 and 2016, I worked at Haileybury Almaty, where in addition to teaching languages, I also held the post of Senior Teacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning across the school. I returned to Kazakhstan, this time to Haileybury Astana in 2017. I have found Kazakhstan to be a wonderful country in which to live and work. It has been a privilege to witness the many achievements of the young people I have worked with at Haileybury and it has been a pleasure to spend six years of my life getting to know the people and places of this beautiful country.
Quinton Tyler, Science Teacher, Year 7 Tutor

Quinton Tyler

Science Teacher, Year 7 Tutor
Reed College, Portland State University (USA), BA Economics, Reed College, 1989; American Teaching License, Portland state University, 1992
I am a new member of the Haileybury team and have joined the Science Faculty as IB Physics and Combined Science teacher. I bring a wealth of experience teaching science gleaned from a long career. I began teaching science in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati as a Peace Corps volunteer. I have taught science and served as department head and lead teacher in inner city schools in New Orleans and Portland, Oregon. More recently I have taught the IB Physics curriculum at top schools in Kuwait and Dubai. I love to learn and love teaching in order to see that spark of “EUREKA” in students and Haileybury is a great place to make this happen. My goal is to challenge students daily to take risks, think outside themselves and learn about the world around them. Born and raised in the mile-high state of Colorado, Kazakhstan feels like home. I and my family look forward learning more about the land and people of Kazakhstan.
Ross Clarke, Director of Music, Y7 Tutor

Ross Clarke

Director of Music, Y7 Tutor
University of City London, BA in Music, 2010; University of Nottingham, PGCE, 2017
I have been in Astana since 2012, before that, working in London as a teacher and trumpet player, playing for various Orchestras and ensembles. Immediately prior I was the Musical Director of the North Powys Youth Band in 2011. When I was much younger I was a quater-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and semi-finalist in the Texaco Young Musician of Wales and have various Eisteddfod successes to my name. I have an ABRSM Diploma in Trumpet performance, a Bachelor of Music (honours) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. Astana is very much home for me, and the people in Kazakhstan are just brilliant this country will always have a place in my heart. I joined Haileybury as a primary class teacher and then spent two years in the Astana Opera house playing in the Orchestra where we have toured concert halls such as the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. I took up the post of Director of Music following Mr. Richards’ departure in 2016 and have been trying to continue building the music department at the school. We now have many more choirs, ensembles which give performances regularly than ever before, and have re-introduced the London College of Music examinations.
Rachel Breckon, English Teacher (Second in English Department)

Rachel Breckon

English Teacher (Second in English Department)
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, BA English Language, 2002; Un-ty Manchester Metropolitan, MA Education Secondary, 2012; Un-ty Manchester Metropolitan, PGCE Secondary Education English, 2007
My name is Rachel Breckon, I am a Secondary school teacher, and Deputy Head of the English and MFL faculty. I also run the Model United Nations club here at the school. This will be my third year of teaching here in Astana, Kazakhstan. My previous experience was in Caracas, Venezuela where I taught the IB for four years, and prior to this I worked in Manchester, UK for five years. I studied English at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and went on to complete my PGCE and a Masters in Education in the UK before coming to workin international schools abroad. I chose to come to Kazakhstan for lots of reasons; I was really interested in experiencing Kazkah culture, and learning more about the history and geography of the country. I was also really keen to live in Astana as it is a glittering and dazzling city. In addition to this, Haileybury Astana was a great choice because I have been able to work alongside some excellent professionals, and have had access to training opportunities that have helped me to further my career in teaching. The pupils are a joy to work with, and bring much fun, life and creativity into the classroom.
Shelly Williams, English Teacher, International Awards Coordinator, Kipling Headmistress

Shelly Williams

English Teacher, International Awards Coordinator, Kipling Headmistress
University of Wales, BA English Studies & Theatre Studies, 2005; University of Bath, PGCE, 2007
My name is Shelly Williams; I teach English, am Housemistress for Kipling and run the International Award. This is my 5th year in Astana: I think it is a great city and feel privileged to have the opportunity to work in this beautiful country. It has been great to see the school, and city, develop and grown since I have been here. This is my first international post and previously worked in a number of schools in the UK. I have been teaching for 12 years. My love for English was fuelled by my English teacher at school and it was her infectious enthusiasm which inspired me to go into teaching. Hence, I graduated from Swansea Institute of Education with a Joint BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre Studies, and then completed my PGCE shortly after. My passion outside of the classroom lies in the mountains either snowboarding in the winter, or rock climbing and hiking in the summer. I love travelling in my camper van and exploring new mountain faces.
Jason Hung, Head of EAL Faculty, Attlee Housemaster

Jason Hung

Head of EAL Faculty, Attlee Housemaster
BA Hons International Relations and Social Sciences - University of Sussex, 1995 PGDip / Ttinity Diploma TESOL - University of Sheffield Hallam, 2008
Although I have a strong social science educational background, having studied history, politics, economics and international relations, I eventually diversified my career into teaching. This, as a second language English specialist. The majority of my teaching career has been in Kazakhstan since the early 2000’s where I worked in some highly respected language schools and universities before joining the English Department in Haileybury Almaty in 2009. In between this, I also had a two year teaching stint in London. Additionally, I have worked in over 20 UK summer school courses for children from all around the world, many of which have been in some of the UK’s most prestigious schools, such as: Oundle, Bloxham, Cobham Hall, Wellington, Rugby, Woldingham and Radley College to name but a few. On most of these courses, I have held senior positions such as Welfare Director, Sports and Social Director, Director of Studies and also lead Course Director. I have proudly been in Haileybury Astana since the school opened in August 2011.
Robert Griffiths, Economics Teacher, Year 12 Tutor

Robert Griffiths

Economics Teacher, Year 12 Tutor
London Guildhill University, University of London, University College London, BA Economics, 1997; MA, University of London, 2008; PGCE UCL, 2016
My name is Mr Griffiths and I am the new teacher of Economics which Haileybury started as an I.B course this August. I also teach Business at key stage 4 and Geography at key stage 3. Although this will be my first year of teaching at Haileybury, Astana, this is my second winter in Kazakhstan. Like many teachers at the school I was excited by working and living in a culture so very different to any I have experienced before - such as Europe, Latin America and Asia. I was also attracted to living in a country with a very different climate; previously I had never experienced temperatures below minus 8 degrees. I love the winter so much that I am staying in Astana for the New Year holidays with my family (my daughter is joining us during her Christmas vacation from university in London). I have been quite fortunate in that I have travelled quite a bit in Kazakhstan although unfortunately my friendships with Kazakh people remain superficial.

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