Kevin Reay : Head of Foundation and Early Primary

Kevin Reay

Head of Foundation and Early Primary

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA Hons PGCE, Early Years, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (2005)

Previous Teaching Experience: Kevin began his career as a primary teacher in Gateshead (UK) where he taught Reception for two years and Year 1 for one year before teaching in Shanghai, China for two years. In Shanghai he worked as a Year 1 and Year 3 class teacher. He then moved back to the UK and taught Years 2 and 5. Kevin taught Year 2 at the ABC International School for two years before he joined the Senior Management Team. He has also coordinated a range of subjects including ICT, PE and Humanities.

Present Responsibilities: Apart from his role as Head of Early Primary, Kevin is also the Senior Management Team member of the House Aspects Group.


Rebecca Parsons : Year 1 Teacher/Head of Year 1

Rebecca Parsons

Year 1 Teacher/Head of Year 1

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English and American Lit., University of Kent, UK. Primary PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch University, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Rebecca has been teaching in Primary for 6 years. She started her career in London and taught Reception, Year 4 and Year 1 over her 4 years there. Rebecca taught Year 1 in Brazil and was responsible for developing and implementing the new English curriculum. She has been at The ABC International School for one year and is really enjoying it.

Present Responsibilities: Rebecca is currently teaching Year 1 and is also the Head of Year. Rebecca is in the Yearbook Aspects Group and is running a Key Stage 1 phonics group.


Ursula Inta : Year 1 Teacher

Ursula Inta

Year 1 Teacher

Nationality:  New Zealander

Qualifications: BEd Primary Education, Auckland University, New Zealand

Previous Teaching Experience:  Ursula has 5 years teaching experience in Primary across Key Stage 1 and 2. She began her teaching career in New Zealand teaching Year 8 (IB Curriculum) for 3 years and then spent a year teaching Key Stage 1 (Year 2) in a British International School in Bahrain. This is her second year as a Year 1 teacher at the ABCIS.

Present Responsibilities:  Ursula is the IES coordinator and is part of the Future Directions (ICT) team.


Melanie Percival : Year 1 Teacher

Melanie Percival

Year 1 Teacher

strong>Nationality: : British / Australian

Qualification: Bachelor of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. BA (Hons) Sport and Leisure Management, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Wales, U.K.

Previous teaching Experience: Melanie is a passionate and experienced teacher who has been a primary teacher for 18 years teaching both KS1 and KS2. Melanie has worked in a range of educational settings, both public to private. She spent 12 years working in a small primary school on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland before working in an International school in Bali, Indonesia teaching KS2. She returned to Wales in 2013 where she worked in Junior Primary. Melanie has held the positions of Literacy Coach, ICT Coach and P.E. Coordinator. She loves the Arts and has directed several school musicals.

Present responsibilities:This term Melanie will be organising the Swim and Splash ECA on a Wednesday afternoon at the SS2 Campus and will be part of the Sharing Good Practice Aspects Group.


Hannah Moore : Year 2 Teacher/Head of Year 2

Hannah Moore

Year 2 Teacher/Head of Year 2

Nationality: British

Qualifications:  BA Primary Education with Art, University of Reading, UK

Previous Teaching Experience: She taught Year 3 for three years in Reading, England, also taking on the role of Art and Design Coordinator there for the last two of those. Hannah has taught for 2 years at the ABCIS in Years 2 and 3.

Present Responsibilities: Hannah runs a Literacy Club for Year 2 and represents the Early Years Campus on the Parent Advisory Group.


Keith Gosling : Year 2 Teacher/ Primary ICT Coordinator

Keith Gosling

Year 2 Teacher/ Primary ICT Coordinator

Nationality:  British

Qualifications: BSc Product Design, University of Central Lancashire. PGCE Primary, University of Leeds.

Previous Teaching Experience:   Keith began his career teaching English in Japan. After completing two years he returned to the UK to gain experience in English schools before successfully completing a Primary PGCE. Since then, Keith worked for 2 years in Hertfordshire, England followed by 2 years at a British school in Cairo. Some of the responsibilities that Keith has had in this time include Year Group Leader and Key Stage 2 Coordinator. Keith has 9 years teaching experience and has worked at The ABCIS for the last 5 years in Year 6, Year 4 and Year 2.

Present Responsibilities: Keith is the Primary Computing Coordinator and runs a Hockey Skills ECA. He is an active member of the ABCIS’ Future Directions Aspects Group.


Keeley Smith : Year 2 Teacher &  Primary Science Coordinator     

Keeley Smith

Year 2 Teacher & Primary Science Coordinator     

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA QTS Geography (Hons) Southampton, UK

Previous Teaching Experience: Keeley has 16 years teaching experience in the UK. She has held responsibilities of leading mixed age range year groups and coordinating assessment. She has managed Science, PE and organised whole school outdoor learning activities, including residential trips.
Present Responsibilities: Keeley is now teaching her fourth year at The ABC International School. Alongside teaching in Year 2, Keeley is the Science coordinator for Key Stages 1 and 2. Additionally, she runs an exciting Science Film Club as part of the ECA programme, which is designed to promote scientific understanding. Keeley is also a member of the Aspects and Vision Aspects Group and the ABCIS Social Committee.


Ronald Saw : Music Teacher

Ronald Saw

Music Teacher

Nationality:  New Zealander

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Primary Education), University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Previous Teaching Experience: Ronald is a qualified teacher with 11 years’ experience teaching Music in New Zealand, Bahrain and The United Kingdom. He has a passion for music and has had experience teaching successful rock bands, Jazz/Funk bands, choirs, and percussion groups as well as putting together musical productions. His interest in music extends well beyond his professional life as he has been part of rock bands and covers groups performing the local circuit.

Present Responsibility: Ronald is part of the ‘House’ Aspects Group.


Robert West : PE Teacher / Tutor of 7R/  Primary House Coordinator

Robert West

PE Teacher / Tutor of 7R/ Primary House Coordinator

Nationality: British

Qualifications:  B.A. (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching, Northumbria University, UK. PGCE Primary Teaching, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Previous Teaching Experience: Robert has several years of teaching experience. He was the Head of PE at Livingston American School, Shanghai. He developed the whole school PE curriculum and was responsible for all Primary and Middle School Athletics, as well as creating and implementing the House System. Robert has coached a number of different sports including football, volleyball, basketball and athletics, and has previously worked as Aquatic Director at Shanghai Rego International School. He is a keen triathlete and football player, and is passionate about promoting sports and healthy lifestyles

Present Responsibilities: This year Robert will be teaching PE and Swimming from Reception class up to Year 7. He is responsible for the Reception and Key Stage 1 PE curriculum as well as developing the whole school swimming scheme. He is the coach of the U11's Boys Basketball team as well as coaching both the Primary and Secondary School Swimming Teams. Robert is also the Primary House Coordinator and chair of the House Aspects Group.


Narsisa Chamelo : P.E. Teacher

Narsisa Chamelo

P.E. Teacher

Nationality: : Greek

Qualification: MSc Health Promotion, King's College London, UK BA (Hons) Physical Education QTS, De Montfort University, UK

Previous teaching Experience: Narsisa taught for 5 years at Queen's Gate School, an independent all-girls school in South Kensington, London. She then moved to Qatar and taught at Sherborne Qatar School for 2 years. Narsisa is an enthusiastic teacher who is keen to develop a positive attitude towards Physical Education. Her aim is to promote healthy and active lifestyles and to allow all children to shine in activities in and outside of the classroom.

Present responsibilities: Narsisa is a member of the House Aspects Group and is running Football, Basketball and Fitness Extra-Curricular activities.

Email: narsisachamelo

Hong Gao : EYEP/ Primary Mandarin

Hong Gao

EYEP/ Primary Mandarin

Nationality: Chinese

Qualification: Master Degree of Education (The College of New Jersey, USA). Montessori Teaching Certificate. Teacher Qualification Certification (China) .

Previous Teaching Experience:  Hong has 6 years of teaching experience in international schools. This is her fourth year in ABC international school, and she is running a drawing club.

Present Responsibilities:  She is a member of the Green Team Aspects Group and is also running a drawing club in KS1.


Jim Botto : Head of EIP and EAL

Jim Botto

Head of EIP and EAL

Nationality: British

Qualifications: Bsc in Social Science, Bradford University [1989], PGCE Primary Education, Bradford University [1994]

Previous Teaching Experience: Jim has 21 years of teaching experience in both Primary and Middle Schools. Before joining the school in 2001, Jim worked in London and New Zealand. In his time at the school Jim has been a class teacher for Years 4- 6 and previously was Head of Upper Primary.

Present Responsibilities: Jim is presently Head of EAL throughout all areas of the school as well as coordinating the English Immersion Program in Upper Primary. Jim does some teaching with both EIP classes and also Year 4. He is the Senior Management member on the ‘Service and Charity ‘Aspects group. Jim helps coach the Boys Primary Football team as part of our ECA programme.


Melanie McLardie : EAL and EIP Teacher

Melanie McLardie

EAL and EIP Teacher

Nationality: British

Qualifications: B.Ed (Hons) Liverpool University (1998)

Previous Teaching Experience: Melanie joined The ABCIS in 2008 after working in North-Western England and Moscow, Russia. Her 18 years teaching experience have seen her work throughout the Early Years and Primary, both as a teacher and leader. These roles have included leading the teaching of English across the Primary School and the role of Special Educational Needs leader. This year Mel will be running Cross Stitch Club for Years 4 and 5. She is also a member of the House Aspects Group.

Present Responsibilities:  Mel is the Primary Literacy Coordinator. This year she will be running a Water Confidence Club for Year 3 and 4. She is also a member of the Curriculum Development Aspects Group.


Paola Triana : EAL Teacher

Paola Triana

EAL Teacher


Qualifications: B.A. Law, Universidad la Gran Colombia, Bogota, Colombia; M.A. Environmental Law, Colegio Mayor Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia; PGCEi, University of Nottingham, UK

Previous teaching experience: After a successful career as a lawyer, Paola left Colombia in order to pursue her interest in teaching. She has taught English and Spanish to both young learners and adults, as well as lecturing in law to undergraduates. She is passionate about helping learners of all abilities.

Present Responsibilities:Paola is currently teaching English as an Additional language in Years 1 and 2


Tracey Garbarino : School Librarian

Tracey Garbarino

School Librarian

Nationality: British

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English and European Studies, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK.

Previous Experience:  Tracey has 13 years experience as a Secondary School Librarian in the North of England. She is also the school’s Literacy Coordinator which includes activities like; organising reading promotional days, teaching students who require literacy intervention, running a journalists club, a book club and a comic creator’s club as extra-curricular activities. She has also been involved with residential trips run by the History Department.

Present Responsibilities: Tracey currently runs a Fiction Addiction ECA for secondary students and provides support for EAL and EIP students.