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 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 part-time teacher at King´s College and his sons very much enjoy their life in Spain. Stefan´s interests outside school include astronomy (on which subject he has had a book published), cricket, football and board games. He enjoys singing and dabbling on the guitar in his spare time.
Having grown up in the North of England, I completed a law degree at The University of Sheffield. I then moved to Devon and completed my PGCE in Secondary Mathematics. I taught Mathematics for 9 years which included 4 years as a Head of Mathematics. During this time I also undertook a degree in Mathematics. Having undertaken a variety of responsibilities across the school including data management, developing new technologies, curriculum development, coaching, primary liaison and pupil leadership projects, my wife and I decided to move to Spain in 2014. I am now in my fourth year at King’s College Murcia and I am very proud of the school, passionate about creating the best learning environment in which all our pupils feel valued and succeed in their goals. We have two young sons and are really enjoying the inclusive family culture and making the most of the outdoors, be it exploring the beautiful towns, mountains or beaches.
Senior Leadership Team
My name is Joanne Stackhouse and I am the Primary Deputy Head teacher. I was born in Leicester and studied for my Bachelor of Education in Birmingham. I have now been teaching for thirty years and during this time I have been lucky enough to teach in a variety of different schools in England and in three different International schools in Spain. I have previously been a Deputy Head at Tividale Primary School in Oldbury, The English International College in Marbella and now I am proud to be the Deputy Head of Primary here at King’s College, Murcia. This is now my seventh year here at King’s College and I love our fantastic, well behaved and enthusiastic children. All our staff are very supportive and I feel very lucky to work with such a professional team. I enjoy living in this area; I love the weather and enjoy learning about the Spanish culture.
After my degree in Graphic & Visual Communication Design from Middlesex University, I worked within the television industry for Sky Sports 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.
Having graduated from Swansea University in 1990 with a BSc in Management Science, I worked briefly in sales and marketing before taking a late gap year. On my return I completed a PGCE in Business Studies and have spent the past 23 years in Education. I have worked in a range of co-educational day and boarding schools in the UK and Australia. Since 2000, I have been Head of Sixth Form in two contrasting boarding schools, Head of Learning Services, Assistant Head (Operations) and Director of Pastoral Care. I have a particular interest in Growth Mindset, Resilience and Mindfulness in supporting pupils to achieve their potential and to prepare themselves for life beyond school.
My name is Jacqui Cassidy. I am making my move to King’s following a varied and rewarding 19-year teaching career in the UK. Following 10 years working in the banking sector, I completed my teaching degree at the University of Sunderland. The subsequent 7 years were classroom-based in schools in the North East of England – both Key Stages 1 and 2 – followed by 3 years as Primary Curriculum Adviser. Nine years ago, I returned to the University of Sunderland as a Senior Lecturer and have enjoyed teaching and supporting trainees as they progress towards Newly Qualified Teacher status. We have owned a property in the area for several years, and have spent holidays exploring the region and familiarising ourselves with the culture. We’re excited that we will finally be able to call Spain ‘our home’. I am looking forward to working at King’s and hope to make a positive impact on the pupils in the school.
Heads of Key Stages
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 and Spanish and I am excited to be working at King’s College Murcia, 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 three children (two boys and a girl) and my wife is from Valladolid. We have always loved living on the coast and we see Murcia as an ideal place for our family. I look forward to seeing you at the school over the year.
Hi, my name is Aislinn Green. I teach KS3 Science, GCSE Biology and Chemistry and A level Chemistry at King’s College Murcia. I am Irish by nationality, born in County Clare, Southern Ireland. I went to the University of 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 who 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. We moved to Spain in order to be close to family and have a better quality of life. We have been here now for seven years and have integrated well into the local communities, with the children participating in extracurricular activities outside school. Our Spanish has improved a lot over the years, but still needs some work. I really enjoy coming to work every day and am very proud to be a teacher at this excellent school.
My name is Laura Kirlew and I am a teacher in Pre-Nursery. I am originally from Leeds, in the UK, where my passion for working with children began. I studied at Leeds Beckett University before moving to Spain in 2013. I then continued my studies, through the Open University, and completed a Bsc (Hons) Open Degree. I have worked at King’s College Murcia since September 2014, based in the Early Years department. I love my job! Working with the youngest members of the school is so rewarding; I love to see them develop and learn new skills! I spend most of my spare time with my family and my two sons, watching them play football and taking our dogs for long walks in the beautiful Spanish countryside.
Rachael Brett-Summers – Reception Teacher
My name is Rachael Brett-Summers and I am the Reception teacher and form tutor. I have been teaching for 10 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 3 years. I am qualified to teach children from 3 to 11 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 have twin girls who were born in 2015 in Spain, so most of my spare time is spent with them. We have an allotment at home, and grow our own vegetables. I have extended this passion to school this year, where we now have an allotment!
Key Stage 1 & 2 Team
I am originally from Birmingham in the UK. My wife and I love Spain, and bought a holiday home out here in 2008. 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 King’s is my fourth Headship. I really enjoy working here. The children are really great to teach, and we learn a lot from each other. I also could not ask to be part of a better team. 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 continue to enjoy working with you and your children and seeing the school and them grow.
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. Now that I have been here four years, I can say that I thoroughly enjoy being back in the classroom with the children and working with all the staff and parents. Since being here, I have taught in Early years and am currently in Year 1.
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 King’s 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 King’s College Murcia is my school of choice to lay the foundations for my own children’s future and my teaching career.
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. 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 Vicky Moss, and I am originally from Northamptonshire, England. I studied at Warwick University and have taught in London, Surrey and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. I have also taught in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I have worked with schools across Sheffield, Yorkshire, in developing their student voice, school council, and in improving school learning environments. I have two children, who are now grown up, and I love spending time with my family and travelling, exploring new places and new countries.
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 gained my teaching qualifications 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 February 2018. I really enjoyed teaching Year 5 last year and am extremely pleased to be remaining in the same Year group for this academic year. 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 5 Teacher at KCM. 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 across the North West of England. 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 here 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 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 6B 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 and my Post Graduate degree at the University of Nottingham. My studies there included semantics and linguistics, from which my interest stemmed in literacy, particularly reading and writing. 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 which led me to take a further post graduate degree to quality as a SENDco and I have recently qualified in psychometric testing which further forms the foundations of my role within special needs. My philosophy within teaching is that if the children are having fun, they are learning.
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 also very excited about working in Year 6 this year, and look forward to meeting many more parents and pupils as the year progresses.
My name is Alison Foy and previously I have lived and worked in Madrid. I was in Madrid for over ten years, at Runnymede College. I have worked in all of the Key Stages, including the Early Years, where I was Head. I obtained my B.Ed Hons in Primary Education at Manchester University, after spending a year working in Rochester, New York. I worked there as an Au Pair and studied 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, and I accepted a teaching job in Madrid. 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 have now been at King’s College Murcia for just over 4 years. I have taught Year 2, Year 1 and Year 3. I was head of KS1 for 2 years before moving into KS2. I have recently joined the PE department, as I felt ready for a change and new challenges. I am enjoying my life in Murcia.
I am Nicholas Mills. I was born and raised in Co. Down in Ireland. I have always had a passion for sport and inspired by my Mother, who was a primary teacher, I attended St Mary’s University in Belfast. It was here that I gained a Bachelor of Education, specializing in primary teaching and Physical Education. I completed my NQT year in Manchester and after that, I returned home, where I taught in a small country school. I have always liked new challenges and travelling and so I made the decision to move to Dubai in the U.A.E. I taught Year 4 in a wonderful school before making the switch to becoming a primary Physical Education specialist. Missing the classroom, I relocated to Spain and joined King’s College Murcia this year. I am looking forward to teaching the children, meeting parents and submerging myself in the Spanish culture. In my spare time, I enjoy playing football, rugby and coaching.
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 King’s 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!
After gaining my degree in Music, I first worked in the music and advertising industries in London. Then, searching for adventure, my husband and I took jobs in Kenya. After 4 years teaching in a British boarding school there, we returned to the UK and I completed my teaching qualifications. I successfully gained my PGCE and worked in a Primary school in Dunstable, Bedfordshire for 2 years before embarking on our current adventure – Spain! My previous teaching experiences have been in England, and Kenya, where I have taught a range of subjects from Year 1 to Year 8. I have been teaching at King´s College Murcia for 6 years now, as class teacher to Year 3 and Year 5. I am now working part time and supporting Years 2 and 3 in a variety of ways.
Aurelie Snowden – IE/Support
My name is Aurélie Snowden, I am a primary teacher and I have been working at King’s since September 2014. I have taught both in KS2 and KS3, before taking maternity leave with our second son. This year, I am teaching maths and literacy support groups, as well as Induction English lessons. 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 really enjoy working in a multicultural environment. Outside school I have many interests and I particularly enjoy reading, baking, craft activities and hiking in the mountains.
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. My 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 enjoying my teaching career at King´s College.
This is now my 5th year as Head of PE at King’s College Murcia, and it continues to be an exciting role. It has been a long term goal of mine to teach abroad and moving to the Murcia region of Spain was perfect. I studied my undergraduate degree at the University of Plymouth graduating in 2005. I then took a year out working in a PE department before completing my PGCE at Reading University. I am now in my 12th 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 really enjoy coaching and have managed a variety of teams to cup successes, as well as working for the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire FA. One of my career highlights has been taking the King’s College Murcia team to compete at the COBIS secondary games in Sheffield. 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. For the past 5 years I have been competing regularly in triathlons, as well as running and cycling events. I represent my local team in Murcia and enjoy the toughest of challenges such as marathons and Ironman triathlons. My next big events are the Madrid Marathon and Ironman Copenhagen, but I am always looking for the next challenge!
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 GCSE 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 am now Head of English and mostly teach exam classes at GCSE and A level. It has been wonderful to watch the school grow and flourish from 200 pupils to over 500. I love teaching in Spain and my daughter and I are very happy here.
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 King’s College and encourage pupils to get involved in choirs and extra curricular activities.
Joanna is the Teacher of Geography at King´s 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.
Hi, my name is Rachael Mirfield and I am the Head of Humanities, teaching History, Religious Studies and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education.). I am also whole school SMSC Co-ordinator. 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 so I re-trained as a teacher. I gained my PGCE from Huddersfield University and worked at a local Secondary School for 5 years, during which time, I completed a postgraduate study in Special Needs provision. I made the move to Spain in 2015 with my family. Our decision 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. My aim is to encourage a passion for learning with all my students and make their experience an enjoyable one.
Gaining a TEFL qualification at the age of 18 I taught English in Madrid and Tenerife for two years, before going on to enjoy life as a student, taking a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Portsmouth. This led to a seven year stint in Mexico, where I taught in a bilingual school and a well-known university in Queretaro, as well as getting married and having two children. Returning to the UK I taught English to asylum seekers and refugees at Chichester College, as well as preparing teenagers for Cambridge exams, and teaching Spanish to Tourism students. After two years of grey skies, we moved to sunny Spain, and 17 years later we are still here! In those years I have worked as a journalist for two English language newspapers, taught English and Spanish to children and adults, and completed a Masters in Education through the Open University, which was quite a challenge. I have worked at King’s College since 2012, carrying out a variety of roles, but am very settled now as a Secondary English teacher, tutor, and Duke of Edinburgh coordinator. My hobbies include walking in the mountains, travelling, reading, and enjoying the beach.
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.
Paul Lester – Maths Teacher
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.
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.
I grew up in south-west London and took my degree in English and Drama at St Mary’s College, Twickenham (Surrey University) before later gaining 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 23 years, including 14 years in El Limonar International School. Now in my fifth year here at King’s College, so far I have worked in the Primary Department, which has been a wonderful experience. Now I have moved into our ever-growing Secondary section where currently I am working closely with students from Key Stages 4 and 5, supporting them as they work towards their GCSEs and A Levels. I am also preparing students to take the Cambridge First and Advanced Certificates in English. My wife, who is Spanish, also works in the school and we have a son, currently in Year 9, who is very happy here. 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. I love cricket and I have a Level Two ECB coaching qualification. I have coached a number of students in the school, some of whom are now playing successfully in La Manga and representing Spain at youth level. I also play regularly in the summer months. In my spare time I also enjoy cycling, tennis and basketball. I have a passion for photography and I often take photos of the numerous activities which take place in this school throughout the year.
My name is Rita Griesche and I am German. I am currently working as a part-time teacher of German at King´s College Murcia. I also speak English and Spanish. My fascination for communication and teaching has led me to study a Teaching Degree in MFL at the University of Göttingen (Germany), a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, UAL (UK), and a Professional Training Qualification of Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine (The 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 (UK). At that time, I became involved in the Human Potential Movement and have been involved in Gestalt, Bioenergetics, the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Integrated Consciousness, Meditation, Qi Gong, and PMR (Jacobson) and AT (Schulz), and the Systemic Work of Family Constellations (Bert Hellinger). I worked as Director of Shiatsu at the Community Health Foundation in London and after moving to Spain I founded my Shiatsu School in Murcia (!998). Since then, I have collaborated widely with educational and health-care organizations. As a result of more than 25 years´experience, I have created Mindful Touch Shiatsu which I am very happy to share with parents and children to help communicate in a more mindful and caring way.
My name is Josh Turner, and I am delighted to be teaching Mathematics at King’s College Murcia. I am from Hastings on the south coast of England, but have previously lived in Beijing where I was employed as a Teaching Assistant, and in Paris where I had the opportunity to work for a children’s outdoor adventure company. Following my graduation from Durham University, I worked in London as a Project Manager for a technology consultancy, and co-founded an educational charity. My passion for education led me to complete the two-year Teach First programme in the North East of England, and following this I taught in an Outstanding school in East London, where I led on Key Stage 5 Mathematics. I am excited to be joining such a dynamic and respected school in such a wonderful area of Spain. I look forward to the challenge of improving my Spanish speaking skills also! Outside of teaching, I love playing football, tennis, cycling, playing guitar and piano, reading and writing and graphic design.
¡Hola a todos! My name is Melissa and I was born and bred in Northern Ireland before moving to Durham to complete my undergraduate degree in French & Spanish and later my PGCE. I spent the first two years of my teaching life in the North East of England and then moved to London to take on the role of KS3 Coordinator for languages at an Academy near Ilford. Having spent a year living in Spain as part of my year abroad at University, I always hoped that I would one day return. I am thrilled to be moving to Spain to take on a new role at King’s College and I am looking forward to developing my pedagogy. In my spare time, I am passionate about all things creative including photography, writing and painting. I also enjoy travel, healthy eating and yoga and cannot wait to further these passions whilst living in Spain.
Hello, my name is Katie Wilson and I am a history teacher. After getting a history degree from Newcastle University in 2013 I went back to my home town, Harrogate in North Yorkshire, to become a teaching assistant in a secondary school. After loving working with young people I decided to complete my PGCE as a history teacher in 2015. Since then, I have worked in an outstanding state school in North West London. I am really excited about the new challenges and experiences I will gain from working at King’s College Murcia. My passion for my subject and teaching and learning has led me to complete research projects in these areas and I intend to continue researching and developing my practice to ensure I am delivering excellent lessons to my students. I very much look forward to working with the students and staff at King’s College and hope I can add value to the community.
My name is Emily Robinson. I am originally from Solihull in the West Midlands in the UK. I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2014 with a degree in Chemistry. Having spent a year doing a combination of private tutoring, home-schooling and working as a Chemistry lab technician at Solihull School, I then decided that teaching would definitely be the career for me. I returned to the University of Warwick and completed a PGCE in Science. Whilst teaching both Science and Maths at a mixed comprehensive school in Solihull, I enjoyed being involved in various extra curricular activities. These included being a leader for the World Challenge expedition to Ecuador which involved numerous fundraising activities. In my own time I enjoy physically challenging myself with running and assault course events. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to further my teaching career at King’s College Murcia. I am very much looking forward to life in Spain and the experiences that lie ahead of me.
Departamento de Español
Marta Aldaz – Spanish Teacher and Head of Spanish
My name is Marta Aldaz and I am Head of the Spanish Department and Spanish Teacher in Early Years, KS1 and Primary. I come originally from Madrid, where I studied Magisterio specialized in Educación Infantil and Educación Primaria at Universidad Complutense in Madrid. After developing my professional career in Teaching and other areas, I decided to move to Murcia, where I formed a beautiful family and I have continued my career development, widening my knowledge with a Masters in International Protocol from Elche University and several specialized courses about Reading and Writing Difficulties during the Learning Process from Murcia, Almería and Granada Universities, among others. After several years working at King´s College Murcia teaching in Early Years, Primary and Secondary, I am very proud to be part of our team and to continue developing an advanced, global and enriching education for our students from my position.
Maria is a Spanish teacher at 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 reviser 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. In 2015 Maria became an Official Mediator working with families and students inside and outside the school.
Currently I teach Lengua Castellana and Conocimiento del Medio at King’s College. In addition to this, I also work in the area of the Induction Spanish of Year 2 children. I obtained my degree as a teacher in Murcia’s university with a specialization in 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 and disabled children integration – always with the same purpose: to constantly improve my skills as a teacher in order to give my best to 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 and internationals schools. 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 have taught Spanish Language and Culture in KS2 & 3 here at King’s since 2010 and have had the opportunity to gain valuable experience both professionally and personally for the past years. I feel very grateful for the all the things I have learned from my pupils, as taking part in their academic and personal growth has turned out to be a totally rewarding experience. I love travelling, live music and have a passion for writing.
¡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 in 1999. During my degree I was awarded an 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 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!
I was born and raised in Co. Derry, 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 as leader of the Pre-school unit, running an after-school club and carrying out deputy manager duties. I then took on work of privately childminding for a few families in my local area. I have attended courses specializing in behaviour management and these helped me to advise parents to work together, devise strategies and undertake forms of discipline suitable for their households. I joined King’s College in 2010 and have taught in both Nursery and Pre-Nursery classes. The rewards of teaching English as a second language to children of such a young age are plentiful.The children gain an understanding and begin communicating in English very quickly. I have recently become a Mummy, and after a 2 year period of maternity leave, I have returned to the school, taking on the position of teaching assistant within EYFS. I thoroughly enjoy my work at King’s College. In my free time, my hobbies include shopping, cooking, socialising with friends and family and horse riding.
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 Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 as a Teaching Assistant, helping deliver the curriculum in order to gain the best results from our pupils. I passed my T.E.F.L (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification four years ago. I obtained my H.L.T.A (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) qualification two years ago. This year I am thrilled to be assisting the PE Teachers in sports lessons. During my free time I enjoy long walks with my dogs 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 now lived in Spain for 12 years. In my spare time I enjoy helping out at a local dog rescue centre.
Lucy Whitfield – TA
My name is Lucy Whitfield and I am delighted to be working as a TA in Nursery. I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and have been living in Spain since 2001. Both my parents were Spanish so I’ve enjoyed a bilingual environment throughout my life. During my time here in Spain, I have worked as a ESL teacher after obtaining my Cambridge CELTA Certificate and it was throughout this time that I discovered how much I loved working with children. I went on to complete a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Diploma Course and worked as a TA at St George’s British School of Sevilla before moving to the Murcia Region due to my husband’s work transfer. I have 2 daughters, 3 stepchildren and a granddaughter.
Outside of school I enjoy the important things in life: health, family, friends, the great outdoors and chocolate.
My name is Jo Simkins and I am a Teaching Assistant in Reception. 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 12, and two daughters of 10 and 7. I have since had another son of nearly 1, all born in Spain. I have lived in Spain with my husband for 17 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 Pre Nursery. I have also completed my Level 3 SEN qualification and a level 4 HLTA diploma. I have worked in both Nursery and Reception since qualifying and I love working in Early Years. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 4 young children and relaxing in front of a good film.
I have been living in Spain with my husband for the past 15 years and I have worked at King’s College since January 2010. Since joining King’s, I have qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and have also been given the opportunity to study a TESOL course to improve my personal development. 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 two grown-up daughters who now live there. My hobbies include: watching films with my family, reading, swimming, cycling, keep fit, yoga and shopping.
Hi, I’m Stuart Wood. I am originally from Langley which is near Slough, 20 miles east of London. I have previously been in the motor and catering industries. I am now working at the school in Key Stage 1 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.
I am currently working with Year 6 as a teaching assistant. I have been living in Spain for just over 5 years 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 worked in Nursery School environments, managed a Crèche and also gained a NVQ Level 3 in Early Years. In the last 2 years I have 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 13 years. Before moving to Spain I trained and worked for 17 years 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 who then studied at King’s College and are now in further education back in the UK, and two who were born here in Spain; they all speak fluent 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, four years ago, I volunteered to work at King’s College and very soon after, to my great delight I was offered a Teaching Assistant position and so I am currently working with Pre-Nursery children. I am very excited by this new chapter in my life and hope to continue studying, whilst working at King’s College, to gain a better knowledge in all aspects of young children’s educational needs. In my 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 21 years and my husband and I have two daughters and a 4 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. Three years ago 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 now look 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 PA to the Headteacher at King´s College Murcia for the past 4 years. I previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a Personal Assistant for 13 years. In addition to several posts in London I was posted overseas to The British Consulate in Rio de Janeiro and The British Embassy in Paris. My last job with the Foreign Office was as a PA to one of the Directors. I left London to go to live in Uruguay and from there I moved to the Isle of Man where I spent 7 years with my 3 children. Following a time as a Parent Governor at the local primary school, I became PA to the Headteacher at the local Independent School, followed by a move to the UK to work at an Independent School in the south west of England. In my spare time I enjoy jogging, walking my dog, tennis, skiing and travelling with my family.
My name is Carlos Campos and I am Head of Admissions. I have been working for the school since its early days, back in 2007. I must admit that it has been rewarding and inspiring to see the school going from strength to strength and especially to see so many children flourishing through the years. I studied Translation and Interpreting at the University of Alicante; I am an official translator and a qualified teacher too. As for my professional background, I have worked in sales, as a teacher, translator, subtitle editor and interpreter. My hobbies include songwriting, playing music, films and languages, and I really enjoy travelling and spending time with my friends and family.
Hello, my name is Francisca Jiménez Rujas and this is my 4th year now at King College Murcia. I started working as School Receptionist in 2014, and after the first year I took over the Finance Department. I have many years’ experience in the administration of several private companies, working in purchasing, logistics, production, sales and customer service, 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 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 thirteen -year-old son who has just started in Year 9 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 fourteen year old daughter, Claudia. I started working at King’s 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 socialising 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 King’s College which was immensely rewarding. I am enjoying my 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 King’s 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 a leading hospital in 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 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. I have a Masters in teaching from The university of Elche so I am also a qualified teacher.
My name is Andrew Brett and I joined the team at 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!).
My name is Adrián. I joined the team at King’s College Murcia in 2015. I studied Biochemistry at The University of Murcia and I have a Masters in Teaching from The University of Elche. I have always been interested in science. I was born in France and lived for 12 years in Lyon. 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, snorkelling and travel.
Isabel Mª Sánchez García – Translator
Having satisfactorily finished my degree in Translation and Interpreting at Murcia University, I 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 for a second consecutive year. 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 Murcia!