Kindergarten Staff

Sarah Palmer, PSHE Coordinator, Nursery Teacher

Sarah Palmer

PSHE Coordinator, Nursery Teacher
University of Southampton, UK. BA in Geography, Sociology, 2001; PGCE from the Institute of Education, University of London, 2004.
I am in my second year of teaching Nursery and coordinating PSHCE in the Senior School. I studied Geography and Sociology at the University of Southampton and undertook my PGCE at the Institute of Education which is part of the University College London. Together with my husband Andy, I have taught in schools in London, Mexico City and Bucharest before moving to Astana with our two young children. The city of Astana and Haileybury Astana were recommended by friends and I feel privileged to work with the pupils and staff here.
Gemma Mebrahtu, Head of Kindergarten

Gemma Mebrahtu

Head of Kindergarten
University of York, UK. BSc in Biology, 1997. University of York, UK. PGCE, 2000
My name is Gemma Mebrahtu. I am an Early Years Teacher currently working in Reception at Haileybury Astana. I am also the Early Years Co-ordinator. I graduated from The University Of York in the UK in 1997 with a BSc Biology and in 2000 with a PGCE. This will be my 18th year of teaching and first in Astana, Kazakhstan. Previously, I worked for 2 years as a Nursery Teacher in Yangon, Myanmar and before that worked in the UK public sector. I worked briefly as a Phase Leader, as a Reception Teacher for 5 years and also in Key Stage 1 and 2 in Primary Schools. I have also worked in Secondary Schools in the UK and as a volunteer teacher trainer in Eritrea, Africa. Although I have a wide range of experiences, my passion and expertise is in Early Years.
Danielle Hengen, Reception Teacher

Danielle Hengen

Reception Teacher
University of Kent, UK. BSc in BA, 2010; Univesity of Bath, UK. MSc Management, 2011; University of Sunderland, UK. PGCE, 2017
My name is Danielle Silvanus-Hengen and I am a graduate of Kent (BSc) and Bath (MSc) Universities and I have completed my PGCE with the University of Sunderland. I am a Primary and Early Years teacher currently working in Reception at Haileybury Astana. This is my second year with the school and I have taught previously in Qatar and my home country Luxembourg. After having taught the British curriculum over the last few years, moving to the International Early Years Curriculum this year has been an exciting challenge. I truly enjoy working in Astana and I feel very lucky to be part of the Haileybury family.
Mia Woehrer, Nursery Teacher

Mia Woehrer

Nursery Teacher
Purchase College; US. MA, Health Management and Tourism in FH Joanneum GmbH, 2009; Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. PGCE, 2013
My name is Mia Woehrer and I come from Austria where I completed my education for being an Early Years Specialist in 2002. Since then, I have been working in the educational sector in several roles in different countries such as Austria, Germany, and The Gambia. In addition to this, I graduated from University in 2009 with a degree in Health Management and Tourism but soon returned back to working with children. In 2013 I gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages from Goldsmiths, University of London. After working in England for several years, I was looking for a new exciting experience which I have definitely found in moving to Kazakhstan and working for Haileybury Astana.
Jessica Doherty, Reception Class Teacher

Jessica Doherty

Reception Class Teacher
Teesside University, UK. University of Sunderland, UK. BA in Early Childhood, 2014; University of Sunderland, UK. PGCE, 2017
My name is Jessica Doherty and I am a Reception Teacher here at Haileybury Astana. I recently moved in August 2018 from Doha, Qatar, where I spent four years teaching within an Early Years and KS1 Setting. Prior to this, I worked in my hometown for 1 Year. I am passionate about play based learning and early childhood development. I feel very fortunate to teach in a school that welcomes such views and that motivates pupils to risk take, problem solve and investigate. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time thus far and have appreciated the warm welcome from parents, pupils and existing staff here at Haileybury. I look forward to the challenges and successes that lay ahead.
Maria Cook, Reception Class Teacher

Maria Cook

Reception Class Teacher
Sheffield Hallam University
My name is Maria Cook. I am Reception teacher at Haileybury Astana. I qualified in the UK in 2013 after completing my degree in Primary Education at Sheffield Hallam University. After completing my training I began teaching in reception and I soon learnt that working in early years was my passion. This is my seventh year of teaching and my first year teaching internationally. I have previously worked for 5 years in reception and 1 year in KS1 in two schools in my hometown of Nottingham-shire, UK. Together, with my husband and children we made the decision to move to Nur-Sultan this summer and we are so happy that we did! We wanted to give our family the chance to experience a new country, culture and language. We spent a lot of time researching Kazakhstan and Nur-Sultan then decided this was the city we wanted to be a part of and so far it has completely surpassed our expectations!

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