Stefan Rumistrzewicz studied Chemistry at Bristol University where he went on to do a PGCE in Science and Games. He began his teaching career as a 6th Form lecturer at Filton College in Bristol, before moving into the Primary and returning to his native London. Travel was never far from his mind and he and his wife moved to Kenya in East Africa, where Stefan took on the post of Head of Science at the renowned boarding school, St Andrew´s, Turi. Whilst there, he went on to become Director of Studies and ran the Junior Boys´ boarding house as well as coaching boys´ sports and directing school plays! After the birth of their first son in Nairobi, Stefan and his wife decided to return to the UK where Stefan became Deputy Head of one of the most prestigious schools in North London, St Anthony´s. However, after six years and the birth of their second son, it was time once more to travel to pastures new and so to sunny Spain and King´s College! Stefan´s wife is also a teacher at King´s College and his sons are very much enjoying staying up late and making new friends in Spain. Stefan´s interests outside school include astronomy (on which subject he has had a book published), cricket, football and rugby. He enjoys singing and dabbling on the guitar in his spare time.
My name is Maree Wood and I am married with one 6 year old child Megan. I graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA Hons degree in English Literature and Education Studies then attended Cardiff Institute of Higher Education where I gained a PGCE, specializing in English. I have taught in two different primary schools in England, Parlaunt Park Primary School and Wexham Court Primary School, both in Berkshire, England, where I gained experience teaching children from Nursery right up to year 4 for a period of 10 years. In the UK, I worked and produced evidence for my Advanced Teaching Skills and gained a certificate for excellence in teaching. I ran a Saturday club for young children for 2 years in conjunction with Berkshire National Health Trust which enabled children to enjoy a range of sporting and creative activities such as painting and cooking. I taught Reception for 2 years in Mar Azul International School in San Miguel De Salinas, Spain and gained a good knowledge and understanding of working in an overseas school. Finally, I have just started my third year in King´s College, The British School of Murcia here in Spain and have taught Pre-Nursery and Nursery classes which I have thoroughly enjoyed and have gained valuable experience of teaching children who have English as an additional language. I have recently qualified to administer basic life support (BLS), I am the Chair of the food committee at King’s and run an after school cookery club for children. Personally I really enjoy swimming, traveling, singing, films, cooking, spending time with my friends and family and keeping my 6 year old daughter entertained!
I am originally from Birmingham in the UK. My wife and I love Spain, and bought a holiday home out here 10 years ago. Every holiday we were coming over. We were originally hoping to move to Spain when we were a bit older, but then we thought why not combine a job we love with a country we love. We had heard that the King´s College School had a very good reputation and so enquired as to whether there were any jobs. The first time we applied a few years ago there was only one job. We both kept looking and hoping. Luckily 2 jobs came up 4 years ago. We applied and were very lucky to both get jobs here. I enjoy reading, socialising, gardening, and gadgets. I also love Dr. Who and Star Trek! I studied at The University of Northampton for my teaching degree. Then, over the next 20 years, I worked as a teacher, then a Deputy Head teacher and finally as a Head Teacher. This role at Kings will be my fourth Headship. I am looking forward to working with all of the staff and children here. I have a passion for teaching and I am always looking at how to develop the children, not only academically but socially as well. My wife and I are very excited to be here and we look forward to working with you and your children and seeing the school and them grow.
After my degree in Graphic & Visual Communication Design from Middlesex University, I worked within the television industry for SkySports creating designs for live television. I then decided to train to become a teacher, which was a vocation I had always wanted to try. I gained my PGCE at De Montfort University in Leicester before working in a Catholic Comprehensive School in Watford, Hertfordshire. After my first year I became head of department for Art, Design and Technology and in the next 9 years transformed my subject. I have organised trips to New York and Barcelona, worked on the school newspaper, in house designs, and concerts and became deputy Head of Year. I have also taught English, Media Studies and ICT as well as being a teaching mentor for GTTP students and helping with school football, cricket and rugby teams. Both my wife (Aislinn) and I have always wanted to teach abroad and Spain was the ideal place because of the wonderful culture and our family ties in Murcia.
My name is Robert Snowden and I am the new Director of Studies at King’s College Murcia. I will also be teaching Physics and Mathematics. Having grown up in the North of England, I completed a law degree at The University of Sheffield. Having done six months of supply teaching, I moved to Devon where I then completed my PGCE in Secondary Mathematics. I have been teaching for nine years during which time I worked on a degree in Mathematics. Having undertaken a variety of responsibilities across the school including data management, developing new technologies and curriculum development, I have spent my last four years as a Head of Mathematics. I am very excited about joining such a highly respected school in a beautiful area of Spain. I have come here with my wife and 2 year old son with whom I am looking forward to making the most of the outdoor lifestyle and developing my understanding of Spanish culture and language. I enjoy playing all sorts of sports, especially football, as well as reading, cooking and music.
Maria is the Spanish teacher of King’s College for primary and early years and she teaches now KS3,KS4 Literature and History and KS5 students for IGCSE and A-Level examinations. She earned her degree in Filología Hispánica (Spanish Studies) at the University of Murcia in 2002. During her degree she was awarded a UE Erasmus scholarship to further her literature studies in Italy. A year later, she earned a UE Dante Alighieri scholarship and started her PhD studies on literature, for which she travelled back to Italy, also visited England and the United States. In Italy, she also had the chance to collaborate with the Italian journalist Uberto Feddi, with whom she collaborated for several articles for the prestigious newspaper “Corriere della Sera”. In England she studied at Cambridge University and, in the United States, she took postgraduate courses at the Union College and the Summit School of New Jersey. In the States too, she worked as a columnist for the magazine “Siempre Mujer” of New York. As a Spanish teacher, she has worked for Spanish as well as for International schools such as Colegio Samaniego (Alcantarilla, Murcia) Instituto Hispánico (Murcia) University of Florence (Italy) and Summit School (New Jersey). She began to work at King’s College, Murcia in 2009.
Heads of Key Stages
Hi. My name is Sam Ward-Campbell, although the children just call me Mrs. Campbell. I grew up in the West Midlands (UK) and then moved further north to attend the University of Liverpool. I graduated with a degree in Music and then put my career on hold in order to travel to Africa and Asia. On my return, I moved to Yorkshire to study for my PGCE and married my husband, David. I taught for a number of years at a small village primary school, enjoying the delights (and challenges!) of Years 5 and 6. My combined love of teaching, music and travel then led me to Thailand, where I enjoyed three years as Head of Music in a large international school in the heart of Bangkok. After the birth of our son, we decided to live a little nearer to our families and moved to Prague, where I taught Years 2 and 3 and gained very valuable experience as Key Stage 1 Leader. We chose to move to Spain to enjoy the friendly, more relaxed way of life, a warmer climate and the chance to finally learn a useful second language. I have always enjoyed a warm and friendly relationship with the children I have taught and endeavour to instil in them a sense of passion, determination and pride. The children at King’s College are bursting with enthusiasm and I look forward to helping them develop over the years to come.
My name is Joanne Stackhouse and I am a Year 6 teacher and the Head of KS2. I was born in Leicester and studied in Birmingham, before getting my first job in Oldbury, in the Black Country. Here I spent thirteen happy years teaching at Tividale Primary School. Teaching here gave me a valuable experience of working in a multi-cultural school and teaching children who have English as a second language. I first came to Spain in 1999 and worked for four years at an International College in Marbella, where I was the Primary Deputy Head. I returned to England in 2003 and worked in a variety of schools for six years, before returning once again to sunny Spain in 2009. I love teaching and I have taught all age groups over the past twenty years from Y1 to Y6. Having had Y2 for the past three years, I am now enjoying this years challenge of teaching in a new phase and in a new post as Head of KS2.
My name is Ewen McIntyre and I moved to Spain with my wife and daughter in summer 2011. I am a teacher of German, French, Spanish, English and History and I am excited to be working at Kings College, a school with a very good reputation and excellent standards. Before moving to Spain, I was teaching at a grammar school in Halifax, The Crossley Heath School and before then at St Peter’s, a grammar school in York. I love my work and I am passionate about education and seeing pupils succeed and developing their potential. I have a daughter who was born in summer 2010 and I enjoy a good family- worklife balance. We have always loved living on the coast and we see Murcia as an ideal place for our family. I look forward to seeing at the school over the year.
Hi my name is Aislinn Green, I am the Science teacher at King´s College. I am Irish by nationality, born in County Clare, Southern Ireland. I went to university in Limerick, where I graduated with a Bachelor Of Science with Education in 2004. I taught in Ireland for one year and decided to spread my wings over the Irish Sea. I landed in St. Michael´s Catholic High School in Watford, Hertfordshire. Here I taught science to KS3 and Biology to KS4 and A Level Biology, until July 2006. I got married in August of 2006 to my husband Nick whom I met at St. Michael´s. I then moved to Townsend Church of England School in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. While at Townsend I taught KS3 Science and GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I was also subject coordinator for a new BTEC in Applied Science course. My husband and I now have two children, Eoin and Isabella and felt a move to Spain was best to be near family and have a better quality of life.
I was born and raised in Northern Ireland. I have had a keen interest and determination to work with children from a young age. I attended the Causeway Institute of Further and Higher Education where I studied and qualified in Early Years care and education. I began my career working in a private day care nursery. I worked there for almost five years. My roles and responsibilities in the nursery included the position of supervisor of a busy pre-school class (ages 3 and 4), running activities for an equally busy after-school club, managing staff in, both, pre-school and after-school units, administration duties, handling fees and acting as deputy manager to cover a period of maternity leave. I enjoyed my work thoroughly and was disappointed when it terminated. However, I then took on work of privately childminding for a few families in my local area. I did though find this work to be quite different from what I had previously been accustomed to, as it entailed working with children with behaviour problems. The job was very challenging and demanding both mentally and physically, yet I gained a vast amount of job satisfaction. This work enabled me to attend courses specializing in behaviour management and in doing so, helped me to advise parents to work together, devise strategies and undertake forms of discipline suitable for their households. I became the class teacher of Pre-Nursery Yellow at King’s College in March 2010. The rewards of teaching English as a second language to children of this age group are plentiful. It has amazed me at how quickly the children gain an understanding and begin communicating in English. I thoroughly enjoy my work at King’s College. On a personal note: in my free time my hobbies include shopping, cooking, socialising with friends and family, horse riding and attending the gym.
I gained my teaching degree at The University of Northampton. I was originally a class teacher, then a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in a Nursery. I then became a Deputy Head Teacher and then became a Head Teacher for almost 8 years, which I then left to move over to Spain and King´s College. My husband and I really wanted to live in Spain. In order to make this dream come true we bought an apartment 6 years ago. We would come over whenever we could and were hoping to retire to Spain, but that would have been quite a way off! During one of these holidays we heard about King´s College and its very good reputation. We did look a few years ago but there was only one job. This time luckily 2 jobs came up. We applied and we were very lucky to both get jobs here. My hobbies are cooking, socialising. reading and card-making. I enjoy dancing and I am hoping to take up some dancing classes in the near future. I am really looking forward to being back in the classroom with the children and meeting all the staff and new parents. It is fantastic to teach in the Early Years, as you can see the children developing academically and socially almost every day.
Rachael Brett-Summers – Reception Teacher
My name is Rachael Brett-Summers and I am the Year 1 Yellow teacher and form tutor. I have been teaching for 7 years in Spain after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BA(Hons) in Primary Education and Qualified Teacher Status. My teaching career began at Mar Azul international school where I worked for 2 years. I then joined Castelar College and taught there for three years. I am qualified to teach children from three to eleven years old and have had experience in teaching each of these age groups during both my training and experience as a teacher. My passion for teaching grew from a very young age, and now that I am a teacher, I know it is definitely the right career path for me! I am very much looking forward to my time at King’s College!
Key Stage 1 & 2 Team
My name is Gemma Shaw and I’m originally from Hertfordshire in the UK. I’m very excited to be back living and working in Spain having spent an incredible year working as a British Council Language Assistant in Palma de Mallorca. My passion for languages, travel and working with young people all stemmed from studying French & Hispanic Studies at The University of Sheffield. Through this degree, I was able to complete an enriching and inspiring Year Abroad. I chose to complete my studies in not so sunny Québec, Canada then moved on to Argentina and travelled around South America. After graduation, I completed various education based roles then, after several summers running International Language Schools with Education First, I finally decided to become a qualified teacher. I completed my PGCE with an Early Years Specialism at Reading University and began my career teaching in Key Stage One at a Primary School in the centre of Reading. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy catching up with friends and family around the world, travelling, watching rugby, swimming and going to the beach.
I feel very lucky to have joined Kings College Murcia and look forward to all of the new opportunities this will bring. I am teaching Year 3 this year and look forward to meeting my new class and, of course, getting to know all of the wonderful staff and parents that make up the Kings school family.
My family and I are originally from Scotland and we moved to Murcia a year ago. My children, Molly and Conor, have settled really well into Kings College and so I was delighted when I was asked to join the team of teachers here. I studied at the University of Dundee and gained an honours degree in Law. However, my dream was to get into teaching and I completed my PGCE in 2005. I have gained experience throughout the primary setting in Scotland, following the ´Curriculum for Excellence´. I enjoy playing netball and have a Level 1 coaching qualification and a Level B umpiring qualification, which I hope to put to good use in the school! I also enjoy swimming, Pilates and walking our dog, Bella!
My family and I are originally from sunny Scotland. My family and I have been planning our move to Murcia for several years now and it has been my dream to work at Kings College.I enjoy the great outdoors, cycling, walking, swimming, but mostly spending quality time with my family. I studied at Paisley University for my degree and worked as a Human Resource Manager before following my dream into teaching. I graduated from Strathclyde Jordanhill University in Glasgow, with my PGDE in Primary Teaching and I have taught in East Renfrewshire & South Lanarkshire schools in Scotland following the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’. I will enjoy sharing my life experience and passion for teaching with my students and I look to encourage them to become better citizens. I have travelled here to Murcia with my young children as Kings College Murcia is my school of choice to lay the foundations for my own children’s future and my teaching career.
My name is Alison Foy and I have been living and working in Madrid for the past ten years at Runnymede College. I have worked in all of the Key Stages, including the Early Years, where I worked as Head for 5 years. I have spent the past 2 years as a Year 3 teacher. I obtained my B.Ed Hons in Primary Education at Manchester University, after spending a year working in Rochester, NewYork, as an Au Pair and studying drama and dance. It was whilst I was in Rochester, New York I decided I wanted to do my B.Ed Hons degree and become a teacher. After marrying my husband Ian in 1999, we both decided we wanted to move abroad. We have two daughters, Isabella, who was born in Madrid and Grace who was born in my home town of Rochdale, near Manchester. After many years in Madrid, we decided to move to the coast. I am looking forward to new challenges at Kings and a life by the sea.
I am Tandi Emerson. I was born and raised in Durban in sunny South Africa. From a very young age I knew that I wanted to teach, inspired by some of the excellent teachers I was lucky enough to be taught by. I gained a Bachelor of Education Degree, specializing in children aged 3-8 years of age. I started teaching in 1999 and have taught both in England and internationally. I have taught a wide range of age groups, from Nursery to Year 6 but I particularly enjoy teaching Key Stage One, as I find it challenging and rewarding. My husband and I intend to live and work in Spain indefinitely. Since joining the King’s College Team I have enjoyed my time here very much and look forward to a rewarding relationship with the school, the children and, of course, the parents. I like to spend my free time cycling, swimming, socializing and enjoying the Spanish way of life.
My name is Mr. Chris Jones and I am married to Claire Finney, a Year 6 Teacher. I graduated from Aberystwyth University with a Joint Honours degree in Business and Law, and studied my PGCE in Primary Education through Sunderland University. However, to further my interest in Education, in particular that of children with English as an Additional Language, I have also studied an Advanced TEFL and Child Psychology. I was born in a small, quiet village in Cheshire. Prior to my appointment to this post, I have worked for 3 years in Qatar where I have gained invaluable experience of teaching children English as a second language.I have been teaching for 4 years and am a teacher who builds excellent relationships with pupils and staff. I believe that all pupils should learn in a safe and secure environment. I have high expectations of every learner, giving them the confidence and skills to succeed. I love my work as a teacher, with the maxim that ‘a happy child is a learning child’. In my spare time I enjoy walking, going to the gym or riding my bike – this is my bid to get fitter! My wife and I are looking forward to spending more time outdoors enjoying the Spanish sunshine. I’m also looking forward to getting to know all my new students here at KCM and trying to learn Spanish as fast as I can. I feel very privileged to be here in Spain and feel very lucky to be working for KCM. I am very excited about my new post in Year 4, and look forward to meeting many more parents and pupils as the post progresses.
Hi, my name is Rachael Rozhdestvenskaya, pronounced Rozh-dest-ven-sky-a it’s literal translation is Mrs Christmas but simply call me Mrs Roz! I’m from Manchester in England, a city known for its rain and it’s football. My passion for teaching began when I left college and became an activity instructor in outdoor pursuits teaching children how to rock climb and canoe. I then went on to study English at University before completing my PGCE in Manchester in 2013. Since qualifying I have taught both in England and also internationally in St.Petersburg, Russia. I moved to Spain a few months ago along with my Russian husband, who is more used to then snow than the sunshine! We have seen many beautiful sights already and are immersing ourselves into the colourful, vibrant Spanish culture and lifestyle! In my spare time I love reading, relaxing and running and I hope to enter my 9th marathon in Murcia! I am very excited about joining such a wonderful team at King’s College and look forward to forming positive and rewarding relationships with the students, colleagues and parents.
My name is Aurélie Snowden and I am going to be teaching French as well as helping in the Early Years Department. I was born in France in the Loire Valley and moved to the Alps during my late teens. In 2002, I decided to take a gap year and moved to Devon in England. My original plan was to stay for a year and then move to Spain before carrying on with my studies. This did not quite go according to plan as I ended up staying 12 years. While studying for a degree in Modern Foreign Languages in English, French and Spanish I worked as a Learning Intervention Assistant in a College, helping raise standards in both Maths and English. I really enjoyed working with pupils and help them gain confidence in order to achieve better. I then went to Exeter University where I studied for a PGCE in Primary Education with Language Specialisms. Following this I taught for 2 years in a small primary school as a year 3/4 class teacher, before going on maternity leave after the birth of our first child in 2012. I have a great interest for languages and bilingual education and I am looking forward to working at Kings College. Outside school I have many interests and I particularly enjoy reading, baking, craft activities and fitness classes.
Hi, my name is Louise and I am the class teacher for Year 3 Red class. I graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Music. Because of this, everyone naturally assumed I would become a music teacher. Just to prove them wrong, I spent the next few years working in London in the classical music industry! I worked for a recording company, a production company and an advertising agency before marrying my husband, Stefan, and deciding to go on an adventure to Kenya. We worked at a school called St. Andrew’s, Turi and I was initially employed there as a music teacher, although subsequently taught a variety of different subjects and year groups. I came back to England convinced that teaching was the career for me and then went on to gain my PGCE from the University of Hertfordshire. Until recently, I worked in an outstanding primary school in Dunstable, Bedfordshire and am now very much enjoying the new challenges (and lovely weather) that are to be found in Kings College, Murcia.
Hi, my name is Bianca Shaw. I was born in Durban, South Africa and completed my teacher training over there. I left African shores to go travelling and see more of Europe. I was based in London for 2 years where I worked as a supply teacher. This was very interesting as I was able to teach children from many different backgrounds all across London. I later moved to Kent where I worked in 2 different schools, teaching Years One and Two. It was here I developed an interest for the social and emotional wellbeing of children and how this influenced their learning. Subsequently, I began a postgraduate degree in Psychology through the Open University, which is still ongoing. My family and I decided to move to Spain for the wonderful lifestyle that the warmer weather brings and are looking forward to learning Spanish and embracing all that Spain has to offer!
Hi, my name is Sarah Raspison, I am originally from Surrey in England, but I have been living here in Spain for the past 11 years and began working at King´s College Murcia in 2014. I qualified as a teacher in June 2016 after completing my Post Graduate Certificate in Education with the University of Nottingham and can teach students across all Primary year groups. I am currently studying for my Masters Degree in Education, also from Nottingham, which will be completed in December this year. I have been teaching Year 5 for the past year on a part-time basis, class sharing with Mrs Shaw and am very much looking forward to returning to Year 5 as a full-time class teacher in September. My son also attends King´s College and has been here for 8 years. We are very settled here in Murcia both professionally and socially, making the most of the weather and outdoor way of life, spending time with our friends and family. I am delighted to be a part of the great team we have here in King´s College.
My name is Claire Finney-Jones and I have the privilege of being a Year 6 teacher at KCM. I am very much looking forward to teaching the children in my class and hope that we will have a fantastic time together.I was born in a small village called Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria in the North West of England. I studied for a BSC in Environmental Science at Manchester Metropolitan University followed by a P.G.C.E in Liverpool. My first post was in an inner city school in Liverpool. Since then I have taught each year group from Nursery right through to Year 6.Prior to my appointment to this post I have taught for 3 years in Qatar in the Middle East.Having already met some of the children I was very impressed with their exuberance for learning. I have a great enthusiasm for all things Spanish and continue to learn and practise my language skills whenever I get the opportunity, I hope to develop this further. I enjoy cooking and learning more about local cuisine.I am very excited about my post in Year 6 and look forward to meeting many more parents and pupils as the year progresses. I have a reputation as a teacher who builds excellent relationships with parents, pupils and staff. I believe a happy child is a learning child and will endeavour to foster this for the children in my care.
My name is Joanne Shreeve, and I have had the pleasure of teaching for fourteen years. I am currently the Year 4 form tutor. My experience is mainly in international schools, and I have taught throughout all the age ranges, including within Spanish public schools, and to adults. I feel that my forte, however, is within the age range that I teach now, KS2. I gained my degree at the University of Wolverhampton. My studies there included semantics and linguistics, from which my interest in literacy, particularly reading and writing, stemmed from. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing a child’s world opened up to the wonders and imaginary worlds that a book can give them. I also studied educational studies, and the Spanish language, which of course is a great advantage to where I stand today. I also have a special interest in children with learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia. My philosophy within teaching is that if the children are having fun, they are learning. This year in year 4 we have a wide range of activities planned, whereby the children will gain hands on experience of the subjects studied, as well as the written word. I am looking forward to a very fruitful, and enjoyable year.
I grew up in south-west London and studied English and Drama at St Mary’s College, Twickenham (Surrey University) and later my PGCE at the Institute of Education in central London. I also have a TEFL qualification. I have been teaching here in the region of Murcia for about 18 years, including working for 14 years in El Limonar International School, where I taught English and Drama and became Head of Secondary English. Over the years, I have participated in, organised and led several trips to Great Britain, including visits to London, the south-west of England and Scotland. I therefore look forward to the chance to contribute to future trips organised by the school. My wife is Spanish and we have a son who has settled in well and is very happy here at the school. I am fluent in Spanish and in 2008 I obtained the highest level (C2) DELE certificate in Spanish for non-native speakers, issued by the Instituto Cervantes. This knowledge of the language has given me a great deal of insight into and understanding of the challenges Spanish speakers face when learning English. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, playing tennis and cricket (for which I have a Level 1 coaching qualification). I also have a passion for photography, which I hope to be able to convey to students through the Photography Club.
Mary Duffy – Primary Teacher
I am a native of Dublin in Southern Ireland and am married with three children. Two of them live and study in London and our third child is a student in Year 5 here at Kings College. Having qualified as a Primary Teacher in Dublin I have spent the last 30 years travelling and teaching in Ireland, the UK, Dubai, Bahrain, Hungary and Qatar. Although I have taught all age groups and have spent some time in management, my particular field of interest and expertise is in developing language and mathematical skills in KS1. When not teaching I enjoy running, cookery, and holistic health. Having holidayed here for the past 4 years I am very much looking forward to enjoying all that Spanish life has to offer!
My family and I came to Murcia in 2011 when my wife accepted a Teaching post at Kings, and I now regard Spain as home, I love the mountains and the easy going, yet passionate, culture. I have always been happiest whilst outdoors, and though most of my professional life has been spent as a Physical Trainer, my degree is in Environmental Science. Whilst volunteering with the International Duke of Edinburgh Award at Kings, I realised how profoundly satisfying working with young people could be, when the opportunity arose to work as a Teaching Assistant in the Physical Education Department I jumped at the chance. After a year working as a TA, I decided to study for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education with the University of Nottingham which I thoroughly enjoyed. I now teach Physical Education and coordinate the International Duke of Edinburgh Award. In my free time I am currently undertaking various qualifications in mountain sports, learning to surf and working daily to improve my Spanish.
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 Team
My name is Denise Murphy and I started at King´s College, Murcia in the summer of 2013. I worked for a number of years as a microbiologist in Liverpool. During this time I studied for an Honours Degree in Biochemistry. A significant part of my job was training overseas employees, so I guess teaching in Spain was the perfect extension of this. I loved the teaching element of my job so decided on a change of profession. I completed a PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University and then embarked on my new career path. Our family moved to France in search of a better life and spent 18 months there before moving further south. Orihuela Costa was the perfect choice, as my mother lives here and there were local international schools where I could continue teaching. I spent 8 happy years at Mar Azul International School, where I gained invaluable experience and now I am very much looking forward to a career teaching both Maths and Science at King´s College.
Becoming Head of PE at Kings College Murcia is an opportunity I am very excited about. It has been a long term goal of mine to teach abroad and moving to the Murcia region of Spain is perfect. I studied my undergraduate degree at the University of Plymouth graduating in 2005. I then took a year out before completing my PGCE at Reading University. I am now in my seventh year of teaching having previously worked at a large 11-18 school in Reading, where I had a variety of roles specialising in all the PE examination courses. Sport is my passion which is why I love teaching PE. I specialise in a variety of sports and have played football to a high level, as well as gaining representative honours in athletics and rugby. I really enjoy coaching and have managed a variety of teams to cup successes, as well as working for the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire FA. I have recently started competing in triathlons, but I am still very much a beginner. I completed the Ironman triathlon in Sweden in August, which was an amazing experience. I am now looking for my next event!
After studying English and European Studies for my degree, I completed my PGCE at Bristol University. I started at a mixed comprehensive school in Newport, South Wales in the year 2000 and taught English there for 6 years. I was promoted to Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator which involved working with departmental teams to develop a whole school approach to issues such as reading and spelling. During this time I also marked English GCSE Exam Papers for 5 consecutive years, which gave me an excellent grounding for both teaching and marking GSCE Language and Literature. I then decided to follow my dream of teaching abroad, and moved to Spain. I worked at Mar Azul International School initially, then in January 2010 I started teaching English and Drama at King’s College, Murcia. I love teaching in Spain and my husband and I are both very happy and settled here. My hobbies include reading, keeping fit and cycling.
I completed my degree in Classical music and performing at the University of Huddersfield and since then have taught singing for almost 20 years. From 1995 until 2003 I was a GCSE and key stage 1 and 2 teacher of Classroom music at Huddersfield Grammar School. I then taught for some time in a School in Bradford conducting the Bradford Singers’ choir and teaching singing. In 2004 I returned to Huddersfield Grammar School as Head of Music, Teaching Key stages 3 and 4. I have conducted successful choirs who have competed in BBC choir of the year and been on International tours of Europe. I have also worked as a freelance singer and performer singing at the National Mozart Competition and the Vocal awards in Frome.Many of my singing pupils have achieved success on television and in the Music industry. I organized a music competition in the UK attracting over 900 performers which ran annually. I believe that music is for everyone regardless of age and experience. I hope to enhance the musical experience of the pupils here at Kings College and encourage pupils to get involved in choirs and extra curricular activities.
My name is Teresa Connolly, Terry to most people who know me and I am married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I was born in Bristol but spent all of my secondary years in Bournemouth where I attended Boscomb Convent School. I have had a passion for sport for as long as I can remember participating in all sports offered both in school and for local teams. My choice of profession was never in doubt and I attended Nonington College of PE, gaining a Teaching Certificate in Advanced Art and the Science of Movement and English. After fifteen years and not wanting to be the ageing PE teacher, I changed direction, discovering another passion, mathematics. I became a head of department in three short years and continued to teach maths for another 10 years in mainstream education. Having 3 dyslexic children I then decided to work in Special education, taking a diploma in Complex Learning Needs and, thereafter, worked in a MLD school, a school for Dyslexic children and a private behavioural school. I continued to teach maths in these schools, also becoming a Numeracy Consultant for special education. I retired early to come and live the dream in Spain over two years ago. Fourteen schools and thirty years later I decided that I missed everything that teaching young people gave to me. Finding a job at King’s College was fantastic; I know it will be my last so I am determined to enjoy every moment.
Joanna is the Teacher of Geography at Kings College. She studied Geology and Geography at Portsmouth University and then went on to do her PhD in Geology at the University of Exeter. After working as a consultant for a year, she decided to undertake her PGCE in Secondary Education, specialising in Geography. Jo worked at the The Sixth Form College, Colchester for fourteen years, teaching A Level Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, and taking on the responsibility for Head of Environmental Science. Additionally, she worked for the examination boards OCR and AQA, as Chief Coursework advisor and examiner. In 2012, she decided to have a change and taught English, Geography and Science to secondary students in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. However, it was time to move back to Europe, and she has been here for two years. Fieldwork and practical activities are a passion for her and Jo is always looking for new and exciting trips our students can experience. Outside school, Jo enjoys the beach, snorkeling, swimming, learning Spanish and has joined a dragon boat team.
Mark has an Honours Degree in Forensic Science with Physics and a PGCE from Durham University. He has eighteen years teaching experience in England, Spain and recently Malaysia. He specialises in building the relevant skills of thinking and practical investigations to not only prepare students for IGCSE and A level examinations, yet also to become inspired by all things great and small in this universe. Mark believes that good Science education should be fun and creative so the students gain curiosity and independence to help them better understand the world around them. Mark has held various positions of responsibility in the past, including Head of Key Stage 3 and Deputy Head of Year 11. His personal interests include painting, sculpture, music, mountain climbing and not least, circus skills.
Hi, my name is Rachael Mirfield and I am the new history teacher. I gained my history degree at Sheffield Hallam University and spent the next decade working in various government departments across the UK. Although I enjoyed the work, I really wanted to do something more meaningful and rewarding. I initially moved to Spain in 2005 where I had my first child but I moved back to the UK to have my second child in 2008 and took it upon myself to re-train as a history teacher. I gained my PGCE from Huddersfield university and worked at a local secondary school for 5 years before making the move back to Spain with my family. Our decision to come back has definitely been the right one. We all enjoy the lifestyle and culture Spain has to offer and both my children and I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful and successful school. I hope that I can encourage a passion for history with all my students and make their learning experience an enjoyable one.
My name is Sally Bengtsson. I have been teaching English for the past 25 years. After gaining a TEFL qualification I worked in Madrid and Tenerife for two years, teaching in language academies. I then went on to study Spanish at University and after graduating in 1992, spent seven years in Mexico, teaching English at a bilingual primary school and then at a well-known university in Queretaro, Mexico. After that I spent two years back in the UK, preparing teenagers and young adults for Cambridge English exams, as well as working at Chichester College teaching English to asylum seekers and refugees, and also teaching Spanish to students of tourism. My family and I moved to Spain fourteen years ago, where I have taught English and Spanish, and also worked for two English language newspaper as a part-time journalist. I have just completed a Master’s in Education, through the Open University, which I found interesting and challenging. The time I have spent at King’s College Murcia has been very enjoyable so far. I am very flexible and have worked as an Induction English teacher for Primary and Secondary, as well as drama teacher, Spanish teacher and within the admin team.
Hola! My name is Kathryn Purcell and I moved to Murcia in the summer of 2016, following two years’ teaching in an all girls’ comprehensive school in South East London. I graduated from the University of Bath in 2011 after gaining a degree in Coach Education & Sports Development. After University I spent two years travelling to different countries and working at various sporting events including Wimbledon Tennis, ATP Tennis Finals and the London 2012 Olympic Games. I then decided I wanted to become a PE teacher so I embarked on a PGCE at the University of Greenwich. I have a passion for sport and I love teaching PE and inspiring youngsters to participate in a range of activities. My favourite sport is tennis and I played for Greenwich Park tennis club whilst living in London. I also have a passion for cricket and I managed to set up the first girls cricket team in my previous school. I love travelling and the great outdoors and whilst living in Murcia I hope to take advantage of various activities such as hiking, cycling, skiing and watersports that are so readily available here. I am very excited to start at the school and get to know all of the King’s College students.
My career in teaching Business Studies and ICT started after a obtaining a degree in Marketing and German from the University of Huddersfield, followed by a fifteen year period working in the textile industry on the supply chain management of furniture for IKEA and clothing for many high street retailers. I qualified with a PGCE, specialising in Business, completed my training and moved to Spain to experience teaching abroad. I have been in Spain for ten years teaching at Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form levels in international schools. Having spent two years recently teaching in an international school in the Middle East, I realise that Spain has become my new home. This coupled with the prospect of teaching in a school with a British approach to education is a fortunate circumstance for me. I am pleased that King´s College Murcia has given me the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career in a part of the world that I am enamoured with. The school offers many opportunities for self development and is a friendly place for both staff and students. My daughter has joined me at the school and she has found school life and the methods of teaching and learning refreshing.
Eva Fendekova – Maths Teacher
My name is Eva Fendekova and I come from a little country in the heart of Europe – Slovakia. I earned my degree in teaching Maths and ICT at a University in Bratislava in 2011. I have been teaching Maths and ICT since then. I worked for public and international schools in Bratislava before I joined King’s College and must say I could not have chosen better, as I absolutely love it here – students, colleagues, weather, food, everything! In my free time I enjoy hiking, cycling, baking and chatting with my friends.
A degree in History with Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Nottingham led to Catriona choosing to further her studies at Beijing Language and Cultural University. She studied Mandarin whilst working at ‘Time Out Beijing’ Magazine. Catriona returned to London work at UNICEF. She then went into journalism and worked in the cultural ‘Review’ section for the Mail on Sunday newspaper. Catriona was responsible for commissioning and researching articles, as well as coordinating the freelance book, theatre, art and film reviews. Catriona took a role in Marketing and Communications at J.P. Morgan in the Global Trade line of business. After this Catriona spent 3 months teaching English as a Foreign Language in Hanoi, Vietnam before completing her PGCE in English at University College London where she undertook placements in two London schools. Whilst in Spain Catriona hopes to learn Spanish and travel the country.
Paul Lester – Head of Maths
Hello. My name is Paul Lester and I teach mathematics – ‘the only subject that counts’. I am one of the chosen few insomuch as I was born and raised in the great city of Manchester. However, I have spent the last couple of years teaching in northern Cyprus; so I am one of the few Englishmen that have come to Murcia in search of a cooler climate.I came into teaching relatively late in life, after exhausting all other career options (and when it became apparent that Everton were not interested in having me play for them)! I worked for a year as a teaching assistant to gain some experience and then, having fallen in love with the teaching profession, I began my teacher training. Having originally gained a degree in Mathematics from the Open University, I went on to study towards a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University. My first two schools were both in Manchester, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but the draw of warm weather, sandy beaches and deep, blue seas became too great and I moved to Kyrenia in northern Cyprus. I am now looking forward to continuing my teaching tour of the Mediterranean at King’s College. Outside of school I like to keep active by going to the gym or playing a variety of sports. I have also adopted Cartagena CF as my Spanish team and so I will go along to cheer on the ‘Albinegros’ as often as possible. I also like quizzes, books, rock/indie music, yoga, eating tapas, Countdown and days when I don’t need to wear a tie.
Hi, my name is Claire Ryan and I am originally from Stafford in the UK. I joined the teaching professions slightly later in life, having worked in accountancy and for the information service at Staffordshire University. I qualified as a teacher in 1999 having studied for a B.Ed (Hons) in Business Education and ICT at Manchester Metropolitan University. I then worked at The King´s C E School in Wolverhampton for seventeen years. Here, I undertook a variety of teaching roles, with my ultimate responsibility as Head of 6th Form. However, my family love Spain, and we bought an apartment in the province of Murcia 12 years ago and it was our love of the local area combined with my passion for new technology and education that encouraged me to apply for the position of teacher of ICT and Computing at King´s College. I am very excited about this new chapter in my life and am looking forward to working with the students and supporting them to flourish academically.
Lucy Williams studied Graphic Design at Exeter School of Art before working in London as a Designer on the refurb of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
After training in TEFOL and a short spell teaching a range of nationalities, she decided teaching was her thing and trained to be an Art teacher, completing a PGCE at UWIC in Cardiff.
She taught in several secondary schools in Wales before moving back to Shropshire where she settled for 16 years. She became Head of Art and transformed the art department into a multi disciplinary facility, offering graphics, sculpture, textiles, photography and ceramics and for the past 10 years she was Deputy Headteacher alongside this role. Time came to try something new, to venture to sunnier climates and a better quality of life where she could channel her creative energy into teaching art full time again and fulfil a lifelong ambition of teaching abroad.
My name is Rita Griesche and I am German. I started to teach German in 2015 as an extra-curricular activity at King´s College, and this year I am also teaching German within the school curriculum. My fascination for communication and teaching has led me to study Foreign Languages for Sec.Ed. at the University of Göttingen ( Germany), a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, UAL (UK), and a Professional Training Qualification of Shiatsu and TCM (UK and Japan). I am a Registered Shiatsu Practitioner M.R.S.S. and Senior Lecturer of the APSE and FES (Spanish and European Shiatsu Federation) and I am specialized in Shiatsu for Pregnancy, Babies and Children. I started my teaching career as a German language teacher at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham. At that time, I became involved in the Human Potential Movement, and, since then, I have been studying and practicing self-developmental and mind/heartfulness techniques ( Gestalt, Bioenergetics, Shiatsu and Seiki, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Integrated Consciousness, Meditation, Qi Gong, and PMR (Jacobson) and AT (Schulz).After leaving formal teaching, I worked as Director of Shiatsu at the Community Health Foundation and Macrobiotic Center, the British School of Shiatsu-Do and The Mary Ward Center in London. In 1998 I founded my own Shiatsu School in Murcia, and, since then, I have collaborated widely in educational and health-care organisations. I am President of Terapeuticum and Vicepresident of ARMEAD, two associations who work with relaxation and stress-reduction techniques in the family and in educational institutions. I am immensely grateful for all the experience I was able to gain over these last 25 years, and I am very happy and passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with colleagues/ students and parents of King´s College.
Departamento de Español
I teach ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) and Spanish Culture to KS3, KS4 and KS5 students for IGCSE and A-Level examinations. Before working for KCM, I was a languages teacher at St George School in Valencia and El Limonar International School in Murcia. I also worked as a Spanish teacher in England, at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire and at Millfield School in Somerset. I studied Linguistics and Literature at the University of Murcia and I did my third year at the University of Birmingham. As well as studying English I also studied German and Italian. I gained my PGCE on Language and Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid. I have always enjoyed dance and drama, which I have practised from early years to current times.
Currently I teach Lengua Castellana and Conocimiento del Medio at King’s College. Beside this, I also work in the area of the induction Spanish of Year two children. I obtained my degree as a teacher in Murcia’s university with a specialization on foreign languages and the official certificate of the language school. I consider myself a restless person, enthusiastic about teaching. Therefore, after obtaining my university degree, I followed many courses focused on learning development such as: reading initiation or disabled children integration. Always with the same purpose: constant improve of my skills as a teacher to give the best of me in something I consider not a job, but a passion: education.
I am a Primary Education Teacher and I gained my degree at the University of Almería. I have taken part in many courses and seminars on education, specialising in multicultural schools and anti-bullying. I also gained a grant to do some courses related to education both in Ireland and Canada. Before working here, I worked as a monitor in several schools and associations related to children´s education. I am currently working as a KS1 Spanish Language and Social Science teacher at King’s College Murcia. Among others, my hobbies are writing and listening to music.
¡Hola! I am Maije and I teach Spanish as a second language at King’s College. I graduated from Valencia University with a BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature in1999. During my degree I was awarded a UE Erasmus scholarship to further my studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff. In 2000 I completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. I have worked as a Spanish teacher in England for 12 years in two different schools. My first school was Hertswood in Hertfordshire, where I became Head of Modern Foreign Languages. During my time at the school, I also completed a Masters degree in Education. My second school was Whitgift in Surrey, where I was appointed Head of Bilingual Spanish as well as Joint Head of Spanish. In 2012 I decided to return to Spain to be near my family so right now I am enjoying my job at King’s College very much. Everyone is really friendly and the children are an absolute pleasure to teach!
After obtaining my degree in Early Years Education at the Complutense University of Madrid, where I was born and raised, I expanded my professional experience working for companies like Universal Solutions, Citibank … combining it with relevant exhibitions and competitions: Organización Española para el Libro Infantil y Juvenil, OEPLI Casa de Vacas (Parque del Retiro, Madrid)… etc. Ten years ago,I decided to move to Murcia, where I worked as a Customer Relations and Events Manager and obtained a Master Degree in Protocol and Ceremonial Events. Then I considered it was an opportune time to resume my teaching career, my life vocation, updating my studies at the University of Murcia and working a new project at an Early Years school in San Pedro del Pinatar. For me, to start this new project in King’s College Murcia teaching Early Years and Primary as a member of the Spanish Department, is a great challenge that I look forward to undertaking, applying all the knowledge and values gathered through my past experiences to this exciting venture.
My name is Carlos Espi Forcen. I graduated in Art History at the University of Murcia in 2004 with the best grades of my academic year and the third best grades all over the country (Premio Extraordinario and Premio Nacional). After that, I got a scholarship to write a Ph.D. in medieval art at the University of Murcia, awarded in 2008. In 2009 I got a scholarship to do research at the Unversity of Roehampton, London and in 2010 I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the German Institute of Art in Florence, Italy and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. I have done research short stays in Heidelberg, Berlin, New York, Cleveland and Chicago. I have written four books and more than thirty articles and book chapters on different topics of medieval art such as antisemitic images, alchemy, the depiction of mental illness or medieval hunting. I started teaching Art History while I was writing my Ph.D., and I was hired as a professor (profesor titular interino) between 2010 and 2015 by the Department of Art History at the University of Murcia. I have studied English, German, Italian and French and it is now a great pleasure to be able to teach Spanish at King’s College.
My name is Rita Griesche and I am German. I started to teach German in 2015 as an extra-curricular activity at King´s College, and this year I am also teaching German within the school curriculum. My fascination for communication and teaching has led me to study Foreign Languages for Sec.Ed. at the University of Göttingen ( Germany), a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, UAL (UK), and a Professional Training Qualification of Shiatsu and TCM (UK and Japan). I am a Registered Shiatsu Practitioner M.R.S.S. and Senior Lecturer of the APSE and FES (Spanish and European Shiatsu Federation) and I am specialized in Shiatsu for Pregnancy, Babies and Children. I started my teaching career as a German language teacher at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham. At that time, I became involved in the Human Potential Movement, and, since then, I have been studying and practicing self-developmental and mind/heartfulness techniques ( Gestalt, Bioenergetics, Shiatsu and Seiki, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Integrated Consciousness, Meditation, Qi Gong, and PMR (Jacobson) and AT (Schulz).After leaving formal teaching, I worked as Director of Shiatsu at the Community Health Foundation and Macrobiotic Center, the British School of Shiatsu-Do and The Mary Ward Center in London. In 1998 I founded my own Shiatsu School in Murcia, and, since then, I have collaborated widely in educational and health-care organisations. I am President of Terapeuticum and Vicepresident of ARMEAD, two associations who work with relaxation end stress-reduction techniques in the family and in educational institutions. I am immensely grateful for all the experience I was able to gain over these last 25 years, and I am very happy and passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with colleagues/ students and parents of King´s College.
My name is Amanda Willett, I am originally from Portishead near Bristol. I studied in Bristol College, qualifying in 1997 with the N.N.E.B. Diploma in Childcare. Since qualifying I have worked continually within the field of childcare, working with children aged 8 months to 15 years. Working in a variety of nurseries, private family homes, as a children´s holiday representative, in special needs and in state schools. I arrived here in Spain in March 2004, and began working for a bi-lingual school, in both their nursery and pre-nursery. After 4 years there, I moved on then to begin working at King´s College, Murcia, where I have worked within the Early Years Department as a teaching assistant, helping deliver the curriculum in order to gain the best results from our pupils. During my free time I enjoy long walks with my dog on the beach, watersports and reading.
My name is Gill Heywood and I work as a Teaching Assistant in the Pre-Nursery Class. I have worked at the school since it first opened in 2007. After having my own three children, I became a registered childminder for five years. I then went on to become a foster carer for the next ten years, caring for 34 pre-adoption babies and toddlers up to the age of two. I then went to work on the children’s ward of our local hospital as an Auxiliary Nurse where I enjoyed eight happy years. I gained many certificates, including Paediatric Life Support, Coping with Bereavement, Moving and handling etc, I also gained an NVQ level 2 in Direct Care. This was followed with a transfer to the Maternity Unit for two years, working with mothers and their newborn babies, helping with feeding and bathing, giving general help and advice. I joined my last post before leaving for Spain, which was for Surestart as a Portage Worker. This role was aimed at disadvantaged children who were failing to reach their milestones. I would visit the children in their own homes and through structured play I could assess their learning and then set achievable targets. I attended a three day course to gain the qualification of a Portage Worker. I have lived in Spain for over five years; I enjoy walking my three dogs, reading, keeping fit, and listening to music.
My name is Alison Redfearn and I am a Teaching Assistant in Reception. I originated from Poole in the UK but have spent most of my adult life working in the Middle East. I qualified as a Montessori Nursery Teacher whilst living in Bahrain and subsequently helped to establish the first Montessori School there. After 11 years we returned to Spain for a while before relocating to Abu Dhabi. I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a large international school there and enjoyed providing support to the children for whom English was a second or third language. Since my husband has retired and our daughter is enjoying life in the Secondary school I am looking forward to new challenges and being part of the friendly staff here at Kings College. We enjoy the outdoor life here in Spain and take advantage of the beaches and skiing whenever possible.
My name is Jo Simkins and I am a Teaching Assistant in Pre Nursery. I was born in North London, but grew up in the New Forest in Hampshire. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children. Before I was able to realise my dream, I had 3 children of my own. A son of 8, and two daughters of nearly 6 and nearly 3, all born in Spain. I have lived in Spain with my husband for 13 years. I began at King’s College as a volunteer in April 2012 in Pre-Nursery and also started my QCF Level 3 Qualification in September of that year. I had a placement in Year 1 and I completed my course in January 2013. I was lucky enough to be offered a position in February in Pre Nursery, which I thoroughly enjoy. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 3 young children, playing the odd round of golf and relaxing in front of a good film.
My name is Laura Kirlew and I am a Teaching Assistant working in Nursery. I am originally from Leeds, in the UK. In 2003, I began my first role as a teaching assistant at Woodlands Primary school, in Leeds. After two years, I decided I loved working with children and in education so much, that I wanted to become a teacher. I completed two years of the Primary Education degree before temporarily withdrawing from the course, to start a family. I now have two beautiful sons, aged 6 and 2. After the birth of my first son, I returned to work as a Teaching Assistant, at Sharp Lane Primary school, in Leeds. I worked across all year groups in the school, particularly playing a part in working with children with special educational needs. In August 2013 we took the plunge and, as a family, we moved to Spain. I began volunteering at King’s College in October 2013, it was a real joy to be a part of such a fantastic team. In April 2014, I was lucky enough to be offered a position as a part time Teaching Assistant in Pre Nursery, which I thoroughly enjoyed! My goal is to return to my studies and finish my teaching degree, becoming a primary school teacher. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and playing sports, such as Padel and Netball.
I have been living in Spain with my husband and two daughters for almost ten years and I have worked at King’s College since January 2010. I have worked as a teaching assistant in two other schools; Mar Azul International School here in Spain for 4 years (Primary and Secondary departments) and Maryhill High School in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire for almost five years. (It was a fantastic experience to work with teachers who had previously taught me!) I love to socialize with family and friends and to travel back to the United Kingdom to spend time with my eldest daughter who now lives there. My hobbies include: watching films with my family, reading, swimming and shopping.
Hi, I’m Stuart Wood. I am originally from Langley which is near Slough, 20 miles best of London. I have previously been in the motor industry and catering. I am now working at the school in Reception Red as a Teaching Assistant, which I am thoroughly enjoying, whilst gaining my online qualifications, (NVQ L3). In my spare time I enjoy the Spanish sunshine and playing golf.
My name is Wendy Beck. I am currently working with Year 6 as a teaching assistant. I have been living in Spain for just over a year now with my husband David. My children are both studying at Liverpool University, where my husband is originally from. Before living here, I lived in Germany for 16 years, as we were posted there with the British Army. During my time in Germany, I have worked in Nursery School environments, managed a Crèche and also gained a NVQ Level 3 in early Years. In the last 2 years I worked alongside the SEN team supporting the children’s individual needs. My interests are shopping, bike riding, Zumba and walking my dog.
My name is Alison Morrison and I am originally from Manchester but have been living in the Murcia region of Spain for the past 9 years. Before moving to Spain I trained and worked for 17yrs in the Travel Industry which took me to many exciting countries allowing me to experience lots of different cultures. I have four children , two who were born in the UK and are currently studying at Kings College in Secondary, and two who were born here in Spain , all of whom speak great Spanish and love the outdoor lifestyle that Spain has to offer. I have always enjoyed being around children and whenever possible I would help out at my children’s schools . For this reason I volunteered to work at Kings College in June of this year at the same time as enrolling on the QCF level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary schools course. To my great delight I was offered a Teaching Assistant position in September and so I am currently working with Pre- Nursery, Nursery red and yellow and Key Stage 2 children. I am very excited by this new chapter in my life and hope to continue studying , whilst working at Kings College , to gain a better knowledge in all aspects of young children’s educational needs. In my not so much spare time I enjoy going to the gym, skiing and spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Wendy Grzybowska and I am delighted to be working in Pre-Nursery again this year. I have lived in this beautiful part of Spain for 18 years and my husband and I have two daughters and a 2 year old grandson. I have worked in the Estate Agency business for the last 15 years but I have always wanted to work with children and the arrival of my grandson prompted me to change careers. Last year I started work as a volunteer Teaching Assistant in Pre-Nursery which I thoroughly enjoyed and after a few months I was lucky enough to take on a more full time role. I am now looking forward to another year as part of the Pre-Nursery team, caring for and watching the progress and development of the children.
My name is Helen and I have been employed in a new role as Head of Administration and Secretary to the Headmaster. I previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a secretary for 13 years. I spent 3 years on secondment to the Ministry of Defence. I worked in the personnel department and spent 2 years at the British Consulate in Rio de Janeiro and 3 years at the British Embassy in Paris. My last job was as a personal assistant to one of the Directors of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. I have also lived in Uruguay for 18 months and the Isle of Man for 7 years. I worked as a personal assistant to the Headteacher at an Independent Prep School in the Isle of Man and, for the last 6 years, I worked in a leading Independent Prep School in Somerset, in the south west of England. I have just moved to Spain from the UK with my 3 children, who have just started at the school.
My name is Carlos and I am Head of Admissions. I have been working for the school since its early days, back in 2007. I really enjoy working in such a lovely atmosphere dealing with new admissions, enquires, HR issues, transport arrangements and finances amongst so many other things. Despite the lack of time we have in our busy admin department, I love taking part in school activities. At present I teach Spanish to a number of teachers and parents twice a week and I also set up the school’s first pop band as part of our programme of extracurricular activities. I studied Translation and Interpreting at the University of Alicante and I am also a qualified teacher. As per my professional background, I have worked as a private tutor in both Spanish and English, as a translator, subtitle editor, interpreter and even as a musician.
Hello, my name is Paqui Jiménez and I have started working in King’s College this year as the Receptionist, forming part of the Administration team. I have many years’ experience in the administration of several private companies, working in purchasing, logistics, production and sales, which has given me the experience necessary to handle the diverse situations which arise daily in this department. I have always been passionate about learning languages and since I finished my studies, I have never stopped perfecting my English, as well as studying Italian and German in the Official School of Languages of Murcia. I also love reading but never seem to find as much time as I would like to dedicate to it. I am privileged to see all the life and comings and goings of the school pass by my desk every day, which makes it a fascinating job. I also have the opportunity to be in daily contact with the children and parents. My husband is English and also teaches at the school. We have a ten-year-old son who has just started in Year 6 and who is very happy to come to school every day.
My name is Jerry Fawbert and I live in Spain with my wife, Catherine, and twelve year old daughter, Claudia. I started working at Kings College in 2013 after retiring from the Police in Lancashire in 2010. I joined as a police cadet from school and completed 30 years service in various roles, the last 8 of these as a Police driver trainer. I taught advanced driving, advanced motorcycling, pursuit driving and V.I.P protection duties, to police officers, the security service, the military and First Response doctors. I also was responsible for the organisation and dissemination of examination/assessment materials and schedules. My hobbies include IT, DIY, Travel and socializing with the occasional bit of sport thrown in to keep me active. My intention when moving here was to retire permanently, but that soon changed after doing voluntary work at Kings College which was immensely rewarding. I am enjoying my new role in a completely different work environment.
My name is Lorena and I am the school nurse. I am very pleased to be here at Kings College Murcia and to look after your children in a safe and healthy way. I love children and I am very happy to work in a school environment. When I finished my Nursing Degree at the University of Murcia in 2014, I started nursing in the most important hospital of Gloucestershire, in the south west of England, very close to Bristol. I worked there for one year in a medical ward and also in the tiring Emergency Department which I enjoyed a lot but I missed my sunny country. I have also completed many courses like Initial attention to trauma patients and Basic Life Support with the use of an Automated External Defibrillator, among others. In my spare time I love to do sport and I enjoy being with all my family and friends.
My name is María Baños and I joined King’s College Murcia in 2014 as an intern. I’ve studied Translation and Interpreting of English and French at the University of Murcia and I did my third year at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. I really enjoyed my time in Hungary as I was able to meet a lot of people from countries as Germany, Croatia, Serbia, and, of course, Hungary. I even tried to learn Hungarian! When I came back to Murcia, although I was still studying, I started to volunteer for Puertas de Castilla as a translator and interpreter in different events such as ShortCut Europe and IBAFF. Then I started to cooperate with a European Project called Envi-mobile, this project has allowed me to travel around Europe, and, again, meet a lot of interesting people and expand my mind. Finally I started my internship at King’s College and now that the internship has finished I’m at the front desk as the new school receptionist.
My name is Andrew Brett and I joined the team King’s College Murcia in 2012 . I have always been interested in technology, and I took apart and rebuilt my first computer at the age of nine! Ever since then I have loved working with all forms of ICT and I am always on the look out for the latest gadget or piece of software. I was also a computer technician for many years in England before moving to Spain. In my spare time I enjoy building websites and cooking (especially paellas!). I am very much looking forward to my future here at King’s College!
My name is Adrián Pérez and I joined the team King’s College Murcia in 2015. I studied Biochemistry at The University of Murcia. I have always been interested in science. I was born and lived 12 years in Lyon (France). After that I moved to Spain where I finished my studies. I am very happy to be the new science technician. My interests outside school include football, rugby, mountain climbing, snorkeling and travel.
Isabel Mª Sánchez García – Translator Intern
Having almost satisfactorily finished my degree in Translation and Interpreting at Murcia University, I have decided to do a traineeship since it would be the best way to get experience and prepare me for the real world. I do appreciate to be part of King’s College team and I will try do my best. In the personal sphere, I spent a month in Norwich which gave me a lot of self-confidence and improvement. However, the place where I have been living my last two summers has been Italy. There, I worked the first year as an au-pair -taking care of a little lovely Italian boy- and the second one as a translator intern in an international company. Both of them were a fantastic opportunity, the same as this one at King’s College!
Hi, I’m Laura Dennis and am currently working as a teaching assistant intern in Nursery Yellow in Early Years. I am from Manchester in England and am in my third year studying Business Management at the University of Leeds. I’ll be working at King’s for the year as part of my University degree gaining experience working along side management (Maree Wood, head of early years) and working with children, as I hope to pursue a career in this field in years to come.
Hello I’m Abbey! I’m from Greater Manchester in the UK and I am currently studying Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at the University of Leeds. I am working as a Teaching Assistant before going into my third year, as I want to gain experience within a school environment in order to pursue a career working with children in the future. I work in Reception Red with Sam Dadd and in Pre-Nursery with Laura Kirlew and Wendy Grzybowski. I feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to get to know not only one class, but two! Spending my placement year in Spain has been amazing up to now and I’m very excited for the rest of my time in Murcia and King’s College (I’m already wishing I could stay for longer than a year!).
My name is Jonathan Lawlor and I am from Solihull, West Midlands. I am studying Spanish at Aston University and currently undertaking my placement year as a teaching assistant here at King´s College Murcia. I’m enjoying working at King´s College and gaining first-hand experience which will help in the future, as I would love to teach Spanish after my degree..
My name is Tom Gooding and I’m a primary intern here at King’s College Murcia. Originally from Birmingham in the UK, I’m currently undertaking my placement year which constitutes part of my degree in Spanish and Translation Studies.