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, CFO
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.
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.
Emily Parkman, Operations Manager
Emily works for Teacherhorizons from our Siem Reap base, she’s our multi-talented and super organised Operations Manager. Emily graduated from the University of Roehampton in London with a BA in Dance Studies and has recently set up her own dance school in Siem Reap. Although Emily isn’t a qualified teacher herself her partner is an international teacher and she’s keen to help other teachers take the leap to enjoy the benefits it offers them and their partners. She is passionate about dancing and has worked in numerous schools teaching it throughout her career. As well as dancing Emily also enjoys cooking, travelling and getting lost in a good book.
Anisha Vadher, Lead Recruitment Adviser
Anisha is a qualified teacher of Spanish and trained with Teach First in Yorkshire. She gained international experience through working and studying in Brazil and Argentina. After graduating in Economics and Hispanics Studies at the University of Sheffield she completed a Masters in Global Development at the University of Leeds.
Anisha enjoys travelling, tasting different cuisines and learning languages and will be doing so from her base in Cambodia.
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Tiffany is responsible for Science, Psychology, and Drama positions. She is a Bristol Psychology graduate and was part of the 2014 Teach First cohort. Tiffany taught Psychology and Science in Brixton before making the exciting move to Siem Reap to work for Teacherhorizons.
In the past, she has lived in Greece to pursue water sports and the French Alps for snowboarding. Here in Siem Reap, Tiffany has taken up Crossfit and Khmer lessons, but secretly prefers eating, going for massages and lazing by the swimming pools in snazzy hotels.
Caroline Heaton, Lead Recruitment Adviser
Caroline has a background of working within both recruitment and the education sector. Having grown up and attended an International School in Kenya, and subsequently studying, and completing her Masters in Education and International Development in the UK, she has an understanding of different cultures, people and environments. Caroline has also spent her working life both within the UK and abroad, and through this understands both the benefits and challenges of living and working in diverse environments. She is passionate about travel, sports and photography.
Laura Rigney, Lead Recruitment Adviser
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. She now takes responsibility for Art and PE positions at Teacherhorizons.
Laura hails from Guernsey in the Channel Islands but has been enjoying city life in Dubai for the last 3 years. She 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. She is passionate about music, having learnt to play the saxophone, guitar and keyboard and enjoys jazz and any form of live music. At the weekend you will probably find
her relaxing on the beach… just one of the many benefits of living abroad!
Chloe Woodburn, Lead Recruitment Adviser
Chloe studied Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Bristol before training as a Secondary Science teacher with Teach First in Medway. She has worked as a Physics teacher, Head of Department and CAS Coordinator in international schools in Thailand and Singapore and is now based in Hong Kong.
Chloe enjoys travelling, cooking and diving. Over the past three years, she has made the most of her location and has traveled extensively in South East Asia.
Katy Pugh, Lead Recruitment 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, Lead Recruitment 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, Lead Recruitment 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!
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 Assistant
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, Administrative Support Officer
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 Entry 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 Entry 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 is continuing his education at Pannasastra University of Cambodia whilst working at Teacherhorizons. Veasna loves working with technology and has taught himself how to code websites. In his spare time, Veasna enjoys inventing gadgets out of old computers and devices. When he’s not focused on technology, Veasna likes to go hiking and camping with friends.
Oudom Vann, Data Entry 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 is currently doing his bachelor degree of IT at a University in Siem Reap, Cambodia. With his own motto that ‘curiosity is healing’, he harbours keen interests in astronomy and never stops gazing at 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, Senior Leadership 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.