Alex Reynolds, CEO
Alex is CEO and Co-Founder of Teacherhorizons. A teacher himself, he has worked in education in a range of countries including Japan, Canada, Nepal, Ethiopia, Uganda, Portugal and the US. He participated in the inaugural cohort of Teach First and taught Geography in London for two years. He then became Director of Studies and IB Coordinator at an international school in Portugal.
He has since set up and run a number of education projects including Green Day and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. He is based in Lisbon but still travels regularly.
Ryan Randall, Director of Technology
Ryan graduated from Durham University in 1996 with a degree in Maths and Computer Science, and has been living in London, designing and building IT systems for the past 20 years.
Outside of work, Ryan is a keen chess player, and has been the Chairman and 1st Team Captain of Dulwich Chess Club for the past 10 years.
He also enjoys walking, and has completed the Coast to Coast, National Three Peaks Challenge and Capital Ring. He’s currently walking the London Loop and working towards an international chess title.
Maggie Johnston, Director of Recruitment
Maggie has over 15 years teaching and recruitment experience, both in the UK and internationally. Having spent some years teaching in the South West, she has taught in two international schools in Nigeria. As well as her teaching experience, Maggie has worked within the education recruitment industry, initially working for one of the largest recruitment companies in the UK. She has also been responsible for the set-up of training and recruitment services for international schools in Nigeria, Ghana, South Korea, China and the Philippines.
Her broad and varied experience within the education and recruitment sectors makes her uniquely able to understand the issues and concerns faced by international schools and teachers.
Emily Parkman, Director of Operations
Emily graduated from the University of Roehampton in London with a BA in Dance Studies and has recently returned to the UK after living in Siem Reap, Cambodia for three years. Whilst living in Siem Reap Emily set up and ran her own dance school for children from 2 to 7 years old to explore music and movement through the principles of ballet and jazz. Although Emily isn’t a qualified teacher herself she moved to Siem Reap as a trailing spouse and is keen to help other teachers take the leap to enjoy the benefits it offers them and their partners. Outside of work Emily enjoys cooking, travelling and getting lost in a good book.
Julian Whiteley, Chair of Advisory Board
Julian began his career as an engineer in the Royal Navy, subsequently obtaining a teaching qualification from Cambridge University and moving into the education sector. Whilst working in the UK, he also obtained an MBA from Nottingham University.
Julian has more than 20 years’ school leadership experience in the UK, South America and South East Asia. Most notably, for 9 years he was the CEO and Head of College at United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, one of the world’s most respected and best known international schools and, with over 5,500 students on two campuses, the largest.
In addition to his extensive experience of leading schools, Julian has been involved in the inspection, accreditation and governance of schools as well as the recruitment and coaching of senior leaders.
Laura Rigney, School Services Manager
Laura is a Cambridge University graduate and was part of the 2008 Teach First cohort. Laura taught Maths in London whilst completing an MA in Educational Leadership and has subsequently taught abroad in Cairo, Dublin and Dubai where she has been based for the last 4 years. She now takes responsibility for School Services and handles recruitment for Humanities, Business & Economics, PE and some English vacancies.
Laura loves to get involved in experiencing new cultures and meeting new people and has taken the opportunity to travel as much as possible since moving internationally. At the weekend you will probably find her relaxing on the beach with family – just one of the many benefits of living abroad!
Anisha Vadher, International Adviser
Anisha qualified as a Spanish teacher with Teach First in Yorkshire. She has a passion for languages, having studied Spanish, Portuguese and Economics at the University of Sheffield. She gained international experience through working and studying in Manaus, Brazil and with the British Council in Argentina. Here she developed a love of Latin music and culture. Returning to the UK, she furthered her studies with a Masters in Global Development at the University of Leeds.
Having been based in Cambodia for three years, Anisha now lives in Italy with her husband, son and little dog. Together, they enjoy exploring Europe in their campervan, learning Italian and are planning to renovate an off-grid camper.
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Tiffany is responsible for Science and Psychology positions at Teacherhorizons. She is a Bristol Psychology graduate and was part of the 2014 Teach First cohort. Tiffany began teaching both Psychology and Science in Brixton, London, but has since moved back to Bristol where she teaches solely Psychology to a large sixth form. She juggles this part-time teaching with her roles at Teacherhorizons, enabling her to keep fully up to date with both the UK and international teaching scenes. In the past, Tiffany has lived in Greece to pursue water sports, the French Alps for snowboarding and in Siem Reap where she began working for Teacherhorizons.
Caroline Heaton, International Adviser
Caroline has always had a passion for experiencing new places and cultures which has been driven through her background of growing up in Kenya, completing her Masters in Education and International Development in the UK, and subsequently living and working in the UK, Canada, Australia, the Middle East and currently, the Netherlands. In the past, she has worked within both the fields of HR/recruitment and education, as well as working in a voluntary capacity for an educational charity focused on supporting sustainable educational development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Caroline understands the importance of finding the right ‘fit’ both in terms of a job and environment. In her spare time, she enjoys running, travel and photography.
Chloe Woodburn, International Adviser
Chloe studied Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Bristol before training as a Secondary Science teacher with Teach First in Medway. Previously, she worked as a Physics teacher, Head of Department and CAS Coordinator in international schools in Thailand and Singapore. She is now based in Hong Kong and is studying for a Masters in Science Communication in her spare time.
Chloe enjoys travelling, cooking, and diving. Over the past five years, she has made the most of her location and has traveled extensively in South East Asia.
Katy Pugh, International Adviser
After having graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with a degree in English Literature and Industrial Psychology, Katy spent the first part of her ‘proper’ career in the field of knowledge management where she worked for 11 years. From there she became involved in the world of English Language teaching which she has been doing ever since.
Katy has spent her working life in Zimbabwe, UK and Portugal and in one way or another has had strong connections with schools in Zimbabwe where her dad was an English teacher and, latterly in Swaziland (or eSwatini) where both her parents taught. She herself was placed, as Learning Support, in the ESL/SEN department at an IB school in Portugal. Katy loves to travel and meet people, learning about new cultures and ways of being.
Joanna de Beer, International Adviser
Jo has extensive experience in international education and education development management. After graduating from Kingston University with a BA Hons degree in English Literature and a PGCE from St Martin’s College, she springboarded into the international education scene. Since then, she’s never looked back, and her career has taken her to Tanzania, Russia, Brazil and her current location, Papua New Guinea. Jo has taught every year level from Eary Years through to Secondary, as well as a range of subjects. She has also enjoyed leadership, consultancy, teacher training and advisory roles, and has found her MSc in International Development Management a valuable asset.
Along with her husband, Jo is currently designing an off-grid and unconventional eco-home for their plot outside of Cape Town. Mixing her love of travel, nature, community and education, she one day hopes to establish a gap year and summer/winter educational programme located in the wild heart of Africa.
Helen Roe, International Adviser
After graduating from the University of Southampton, Helen ventured overseas, where she was fortunate enough to spend time in both Australia and France. On her return to the UK, she relocated southwest to pursue a career in education. Since then, she has taught in Bristol and Exeter as a primary school teacher, which she now combines with recruiting for Teacherhorizons. When Helen is not busy working, you will find her either up a snowy mountain or on her bike in the Devonshire hills!
Having grown up in France and England, being foreign is Katherine’s natural state. Katherine graduated from the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) in History of Art before training as an Art teacher and embarking on an international teaching career. Katherine has lived in France, England, Russia, China and Hong Kong where she has been based permanently since 2007. Katherine has taught Art, English, Humanities, and ESL across different international curricula.
Outside of work, Katherine is a singer, artist, and a travel addict. Her adventures include having been to all 7 continents, travelling from Hong Kong to London by train and a recent family gap year of travel around South America.
Rachel graduated from Durham University with a BA in Economics in 2001 and completed her PGCE at Oxford Brookes in 2003. She has had hugely rewarding teaching experiences both in the UK state sector and in various international schools abroad. Her travels as an international school teacher have taken her to Portugal, Vietnam, Mexico and Poland. After a recent stint in the UK where she worked as a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Education manager, Rachel has recently moved to Hong Kong with her family where she is completing a Masters in Bilingualism in Education.
She has taught from Early Years up to secondary level and has undertaken leadership roles in all schools she has taught in. Rachel has also enjoyed speaking about aspects of EAL and GRT education at conferences in the UK for national organisations such as NASSEA.
Rachel is revelling in her return to Asia and is loving having the opportunity to rediscover old haunts and experience new adventures with her two small children and her partner.
Ian Upton, Web Developer
Ian has been working in I.T. for 34 years, moving from Petrochemical control systems and Refinery Delivery systems, via large Asset Management systems, into 24*7 Video Production for BBC News, before arriving at Teacherhorizons.
Outside of work Ian enjoys reading History, good literature, uneffacing wines and teaching chess in primary schools.
Shaun Walling, Operations Coordinator
Originally from the north of England, Shaun moved frequently during his childhood and continued to do so, now currently working from our base in Siem Reap. Having an international teacher as a partner has allowed Shaun to understand both the difficulties and to take part in many of the benefits that come with international teaching. Especially, enjoying the opportunities to live and work in different countries.
Shaun has a degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Roehampton in London. With this degree and coaching qualifications in rugby and football, Shaun has an avid interest in anything exercise and health related. Enjoying many outdoor and physical activities. He also likes to get stuck into a good sci-fi or fantasy novel during his downtime.
Laurence Dobson, Operations Assistant
Laurence has been living in Siem Reap, Cambodia over the last two years and has previously taught at an international school. His partner is a qualified international school teacher, which along with his own experiences, has given him a broad understanding of the challenges and rewards of living and working internationally.
Aside from work, he would describe himself as a sporty person. Laurence has a passion for football and on his 14th birthday he had a trial for Chelsea FC, and for anyone, this is a very big achievement! He has been coaching football for Cambodian children over the past year, organising matches and tournaments with other teams. He is also very keen on a variety of different genres of music and has regularly made the trip back to England to attend Glastonbury music festival.
Veasna Meas, Data Supervisor
Veasna is a bright, young graduate of Jay Pritzker Academy. She joined the Teacherhorizons team in June 2015. She currently juggles working for Teacherhorizons and studying for her BA degree in English Teaching at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia. She’s a highly ambitious individual and one day hopes to become a teacher and work for a social enterprise focusing on helping the education of women in Cambodia. She enjoys cooking, fashion and dancing – in fact, she is an exceptional Apsara dancer!
Veasna Noeun, Data Administrator
Veasna is a determined individual who was born in the rural countryside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. He is a graduate of Jay Pritzker Academy and now is a fourth year student at Pannasastra University of Cambodia whilst working at Teacherhorizons. Veasna loves working with technology and has taught himself about web development. In his spare time, Veasna enjoys testing electronic components and programming on development kits such as Arduino and Raspberry pi. When he is not focused on technology, Veasna likes to go hiking and camping with friends.
Oudom Vann, Data Administrator
Oudom is a senior undergraduate student of TESOL and endeavours to establish himself in the field of education. He is passionate about improving education in his home country of Cambodia and believes that he can be part of the force to bring about this change. Also a technology enthusiast, he has completed his bachelor of IT from BBU, Siem Reap, Cambodia. With his own motto that ‘Curiosity is healing’, he harbours a keen interest in astronomy and always finds solace in the night sky. Whenever he is not occupied, he likes to sink in the literary work of Edgar Allan Poe.
Alexis Toye, Co-Founder and Strategy Adviser
Alexis is Co-Founder of Teacherhorizons. He has recently returned to international education after working as a Lead Recruitment Adviser since Teacherhorizons began. He was born in Turkey and went to an international School himself – St. Andrew’s School in Argentina. He studied International Studies with Economics at University in the UK. Being interested in both travel and education, choosing a career in international education was an easy one. He has worked on education projects in Nepal and Nigeria before teaching Maths in London through Teach First. He then become IB Coordinator at an international school in Portugal.
Alexis is currently based in the United States but is often on the road. He regularly plays football and tennis and thinks he is a half decent chef!
John Regan, Schools Adviser
John leads on Senior Leadership and Primary positions. He has been Headmaster of prestigious schools in Portugal, Egypt and the UK. After thirty years of recruitment experience, he joined Teacherhorizons with a shared vision of the need to improve recruitment across the international school sector. John graduated as a teacher at Leeds University and later gained his MEd.
He now brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to Teacherhorizons in order to help schools to recruit excellent teachers, and teachers to gain access to suitable international schools. John is passionate about sport, having represented his country in three sports, as well as running two marathons. He is based in Spain and the UK and enjoys reading and travel.
Otto Villarin, Technology Adviser
Otto was born and raised in Cuba until he won a scholarship to study overseas. He moved to the UK a decade ago where he has developed websites for a range of large corporations and start-ups.
Otto is a highly skilled IT professional with over 12 years’ experience with clients ranging from HSBC to the All England Lawn Tennis club. He developed much of his strong skill set through practical application of cutting edge technologies in the development of complex bespoke software applications.
Eldon Pascoe, Strategy Adviser
Eldon is the former head of a leading international school, a recognised authority in Gifted and Talented education and a respected professional learning provider. He has a Bachelors degree in Education and a Master in Education (Gifted Education) both from Flinders University in Australia. He has worked around the world including in Russia, Romania, the UK, Peru, Ecuador, Singapore and Australia.
Eldon enjoys the arts, travel and the outdoors. He has acted in or directed numerous drama productions in a range of countries. Eldon is an active participant in walking tours of the places he lives and visits.
Kerry Tyler-Pascoe, Strategy Adviser
Kerry is a former Headteacher and leader in a number of leading international schools as well as being an educational consultant, motivational speaker and entrepreneur who has more than twenty years experience in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and South America.
She is extensively experienced in operational management, effective recruitment and retention strategies, capability building solutions, stakeholder management, strategic development, expansion strategies, and effective people engagement.
Kerry obtained her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of South Australia. She has been an invited speaker at a range of international and national conferences on varied topics including effective and ethical leadership, and developing the capabilities of team members to perform at their best.