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.
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.
Maria Aguirre, Y1 Class Teacher

Maria Aguirre

Y1 Class Teacher
University of Mobile, United States. BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Troy University, United States. Masters in Gifted Education.
My name is Maria Aguirre, I am a primary school teacher, currently working in year one at Haileybury Astana. This will be my 10th year working as a primary school teacher. My previous experience was in Dothan, Alabama where I taught year 4 and year 5. I also taught Spanish for students in Junior School. I was born in Guatemala, but have also lived in El Salvador, Honduras and the Unites States. My family is a unique family because we are a trilingual family. At home we speak Spanish, Russian and English. My family have recently moved from the United States and are very appreciative of the warm welcome from parents, pupils and existing staff here at Haileybury Astana. I am really excited to work in an established and well renowned school with a great support system, where pupils are motivated to take risks, solve problems and investigate.
Nicola Williams, Y6 Class Teacher

Nicola Williams

Y6 Class Teacher
BSC Business and Music, Brunel University; PGCE Business Education, Roehampton Institute; MSc School Improvement, Reading University.
I have been a teacher for nearly 25 years, working in the secondary and primary sectors in the UK and in international schools in Kenya and Thailand. I have also spent quite a few years as a volunteer teacher trainer in Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia. I am a very keen traveller, and have been lucky enough to have visited all seven continents, however there is still an endless list of places and countries I am keen to visit! I particularly enjoy living and working in countries that are rich in culture, and am very happy to be working at Haileybury Astana and living here in Kazakhstan.
Pandora Dufés, Y6 Class Teacher

Pandora Dufés

Y6 Class Teacher
University of Keele, U.K. BA(Hons) in English and American Studies, 1992. University of Liverpool, U.K. PGCE. 2002.
My name is Pandora Dufés and I am originally from Liverpool. I have spent 17 years as a primary school teacher and have worked in various teaching and leading roles across both Key Stages 1 and 2. I have always been fascinated by different cultures and languages and am delighted to be here in Kazakhstan, experiencing a new part of the world. After teaching in England, my other teaching posts have been in Spain and Thailand. I chose to come to Haileybury Astana through personal recommendation and I am loving the openness of the city and the Kazakh people. This year I will be a Year 6 teacher and look forward to sharing my passion for teaching and learning with this new cohort.
Victoria Kemps, Y3 Class Teacher

Victoria Kemps

Y3 Class Teacher
My name is Victoria Kemps, I am a year 3 teacher in the Junior school. I have a BSc Hons degree in Communication and Counselling and a Primary PGCE from BGU in Lincoln, England. I have taught in Qatar and England and am really enjoying my time in Kazakhstan. I love to see children grow and develop, I have a particular interest in a child's holistic needs. I have a real love of travel and visiting new cultures. It is my aim to visit The 7 Wonders of the World, so far I have been to 4.I am really excited to see what the future brings me at Haileybury Astana.
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.
Amanda Reid, Y3 Class Teacher

Amanda Reid

Y3 Class Teacher
Master in Education Degree, NPQH and Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology; PGCE at the University of Liverpool
My name is Amanda Reid and I am thrilled to return to Haileybury Astana, as I love living and working in Kazakhstan. I first arrived at Haileybury in 2014 and enjoyed four fabulous years working within both KS1 and KS2, along with being Head of Learning Support. It is a delight to teach such motivated and enthusiastic learners. After completing my PGCE at the University of Liverpool, I then taught in Liverpool for 18 years. Whilst working in the UK I was a Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Year Group Leader. In Moscow, I taught Year 2 and was an Assistant Head teacher. I have a Master in Education Degree, NPQH and Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology. I am passionate about inclusion, child development and learning.
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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