Julia Knight

I have been in education since 2004. My specialism is English Literature which I have taught from Year 5 up to Sixth Form. I have held a broad spectrum of roles within schools from leading a successful English department to Assistant Head in charge of Lower School. I have worked in London, Bangkok and have been happily settled in Bahrain since 2016. I am married with two boys aged 9 and 5.

My firm belief is in happy children- children thrive academically in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures the whole child which is the philosophy of Eton House.

I am excited to join a team of dedicated and hardworking professionals that aims to transform the education experience in Bahrain with the island’s first fully International Baccalaureate all-through school. I am looking forward to welcoming the community to Eton House, Bahrain and meeting parents and students alike.

I have been in education since 2004 working both internationally and in the UK, I have held a broad spectrum of roles within schools from leading a successful English department to Assistant Head in charge of Lower School. I have worked in London, Bangkok, and have been happily settled in Bahrain since 2016. I am married with two boys aged 9 and 5.

My firm belief is in happy children- children thrive academically in a creative and supportive environment that nurtures the whole child which is the philosophy of Eton House. EtonHouse is currently on two sites in Hamala- the Preschool and the Kindergarten.

The EtonHouse Primary expansion is on track to open 2021 and we are taking registrations now. Our class sizes are small- maximum of 20 students per class with a fully qualified teacher and teaching assistant in each class. We believe in the pursuit of excellence and our students are at the very heart of everything we do.

I am excited to lead a team of dedicated and hardworking professionals that aims to transform the education experience in Bahrain with the island’s first fully International Baccalaureate all-through school. I look forward to welcoming you to EtonHouse, Bahrain. Please do contact me on: julia.kg@etonhouse.me for an informal chat about any aspect of EtonHouse.

 

Nicola Lloyd

My name is Miss Nikki and I have been working with children for over 12 years in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi as a teacher and in managerial roles. I am EYFS qualified and trained in safeguarding and child protection. I moved to Saudi Arabia at the age of 3 years old and have stayed in the GCC ever since and truly feel as though Bahrain is home.

I believe every child is unique and has their own talents, strengths/weaknesses, and interests and use those to help support each child as an individual. I set up fun activities that allow the children to develop their social, emotional and personal skills as well as their physical and speech and language skills through play while supporting them with academic activities that support their literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

I look forward to working with you and your child as we support them to develop to the best of their abilities. I believe communication is the key to your child’s success and to a great parent/teacher relationship and encourage you to ask any questions or concerns you may have.

 

Carol Pedersen

Carol Pedersen, the Executive Head has a Masters in Education and Child Psychology. She is a passionate educator who considers herself to be very fortunate to be involved in the design and development of each school. Carol believes strongly in the EtonHouse philosophy to offer children a school community which is family orientated as well able to offer eco-organic, sustainable learning environments- her goal is to create learning spaces where all children are considered unique. Carol’s favourite learning activity is messy play!

 

Fatima Bukhammas

Fatima Bukhammas is EtonHouse’s specialist Arabic teacher and is Bahraini. She appreciates working at EtonHouse because it is a unique school with nature inside and out; she is a creative educator who believes that nature is a teacher itself. Fatima enjoys working alongside with EtonHouse’s collaborative and supportive academic team. Look out for Fatima’s amazing Arabic videos online.

 

Alyssa Bunagan

Alyssa Bunagan is EtonHouse’s school nurse but when she isn’t tending to the needs of the children, Alyssa also supports the academic teaching team. Aylssa believes that EtonHouse truly is one of the best schools in Bahrain. It provides play-based learning which is very important for child development and their curiosity, creativity, resilience and leadership is all part of the play — they develop these skills better when given the chance to converse with other children through play.

 

Marilou Valdez

Real heroes don’t wear capes…. they teach and assist! Marilou Valdez has BA degree in Elementary Education and forms part of the Teaching Assistant Team. She is uniquely placed to offer learning support in class as a specialist. For Marilou, being with the children and seeing their talents grow is what make her job as a TA special. Marilou loves the natural environment of EtonHouse, it reminds her of her own childhood spent in and round nature. She believes that every child is different and education should focus on the whole student.

 

Drayzelle Panopio

Drayzelle Panopio is the Senior Administrator and grew up in Manila, Philippines and has a Bachelor in Broadcast Communication. Drayzelle appreciates EtonHouse’s diverse community, and describes the people she works with as driven, passionate and talented. EtonHouse is a small, community school and Drayzelle is central to life at school; she helps students, staff and parents and is very knowledgeable. EtonHouse believes in professional development and helps staff to grow professionally by supporting their ideas and talents through training.

 

Gracie Core

Gracie Core is a much loved EtonHouse teacher, her creative ideas stem from Reggio Emilia and centre on bringing the EtonHouse children and parents together to make a very special community. Gracie loves teaching the children to respect each other and the world around them- a core concept of EtonHouse international schools. It very clear to all who know Gracie that she loves working with children and she says it’s wonderful to watch children use their imaginations whilst the teachers take a step back and allow the children to guide us into their worlds. Gracie has an Early Years degree from the University of East London.

 

Nikki Lloyd

Nikki Lloyd grew up in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and has worked across the GCC as a qualified EYFS practionier. Nikki enjoys being a part of child’s journey, one of the things she is most proud of is being able to work with parents to support their child’s development. She loves working alongside an amazing team who collaborate and deliver the best outcomes for the EtonHouse community. Nikki loves that EtonHouse allows children to explore the world their way. Nikki’s guiding principles are that “children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

 

Sara Mehkari

Sara Mehkari is qualified GP, specializing in paediatrics. However approximately 2 years ago she took the bold decision to change her career and gravitated towards teaching. She gained her PGCE from the University of Sunderland and qualified as a teacher. It is very clear that Sara loves EtonHouse as it permeates through her teaching. She believes that children learn best through exploring their environment, playing, and not being restricted in anyway.  Sara says she looks forward to continuing her teaching journey with what she describes as, one of the best schools in Bahrain- EtonHouse!

 

Winnie Dimla

Winnie Dimla, is part of the maintenance team of EtonHouse and she is invaluable. Winnie is from the Philippines where she has a Bachelor in Commerce. Winnie is an all-round superstar and is instrumental in the site management of EtonHouse. Her favourite phrase is “when a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”

 

Gloria Rey

Gloria Rey is a much loved member of the EtonHouse whose main role is dealing taking care of the children with lots of love and she appreciates the approach and philosophy of the school. Gloria enjoys being around the children and be part of the unique, learning approach that EtonHouse offers. Gloria grew up in the Philippines surrounded by seascapes and greenery, she is a psychology graduate who believes that education is a continuous process and creating simple things or making gestures that results in an awesome, inspiring learning journey.

 

Kirsty Murray

Kirsty is our Pre Nursery School teacher, she is from the UK and is highly experienced and qualified in Early Years. During her career, Kirsty has constantly attended various CPD Early Childhood courses and is very passionate about Inquiry-Based Learning.