Our Teachers

Our goal is to prepare students to be the leaders of the future. They are lifelong learners who are unafraid to tackle new and challenging ideas, prepared to take risks and develop into intellectually curious young people.

我们的目标是将学生培养成为未来领袖。他们是不惧挑战、勇于创新的终身学习者,是时刻准备迎接挑战、充满求知欲的优秀青年。

Two upper school students inspecting a model of a DNA helix

The quality, experience and commitment of your teacher is the single most important factor in the academic success of any student. We are proud to introduce our colleagues, all of whom are experienced, inspirational and proven in teaching the British curriculum.

Our native-English speaking teaching staff are recruited from leading schools around the world, and bring maturity and dynamism to the classroom. Most hold Masters or PhDs in Education and have, on average, 15+ years teaching experience.

With smaller class sizes, our students benefit from a highly individualised teaching approach, where each teacher has a firm knowledge of his or her student’s strengths and challenges. Our teachers have the support and resources they need to personalise their teaching to ensure that each student achieves their personal best. 
 

MEET OUR TEACHERS

Led by the Head Master, our dedicated team of Specialist Secondary teachers are highly experienced at delivering the English National Curriculum in an international setting.

Dr Tracy Ghomashchian, Deputy Head

Dr Tracy Ghomashchian joins as Deputy Head of LEH International School Foshan. Prior to this role, she was the Head of Secondary at GEMS International School, Penang, Malaysia for 4 years since its opening. She gained experience with the planning and delivery of all external examinations as well as the implementation of a new sixth form college. With over 10 years in education, she is forward thinking and an exceptional leader, and led the school to achieve outstanding IGCSE results in 2018.

Dr Ghomashchian has also worked within the independent sector of Scottish education and taught Art, Design Technology, as well as led Duke of Edinburgh trips and Model United Nations. She completed her Doctorate in Education last year from the University of Dundee, Scotland UK.

“I am looking forward to meeting the secondary students at LEH Foshan and providing them with opportunities at school to help them see their own potential and grow academically. Similarly, I am excited to work with a group of passionate and inspiring teachers who will bring the best of a British education to Foshan!”

Ms Rebecca Ngakane, Head of English

Ms Rebecca Ngakane joins LEH Foshan as Head of English. Previously, Ms. Nagakane worked in London as the English Curriculum and KS4 Lead as well as the Head of House. She has also taught in Tanzania, New York and in the UK.  She has a first-class degree from Queen Mary, University of London.

“My goal in life is to make very child fall in love with reading. I have regularly organised theatre trips and believe in broadening students’ appreciation of English culture. I have also helped to lead Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and Cambridge University outreach programmes for sixth form students. Living in China, I want to learn to cook authentic Chinese food and find out more about the secrets of Foshan ceramics!” 

Ms Deborah Kirk, Head of Mathematics

Ms Deborah Kirk joins LEH Foshan as Head of Mathematics. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a Mathematics degree and since then, Ms Kirk has taught Maths for over 30 years around the world in top international schools, including Columbia, Barcelona, Dubai and Bangkok.  Most recently, she was teaching in the UK where she was not only teaching Maths, but also a Sixth Form Tutor supporting pre-university preparation as well as an A-Level Examiner.

“I want students to see how they can use maths to build creativity and critical thinking skills. I will encourage my students to go on Mathematic trips such as joining competitions such as SEAMC and the UK’s Maths Feast. I am looking forward to meeting LEH Foshan students very shortly!”

Dr Martin Kirk, Head of Science

Martin Kirk joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Science. Previously Dr Kirk was in the UK teaching IGCSE and A Level Chemistry, and he has also taught Science in British international schools around the world including in Thailand, Dubai and Spain.

Dr Kirk had coached rugby and cricket sports teams and led students through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, both from the University of Leeds.

“I am keen to start teaching and getting to know the students at LEH Foshan. Science is a fascinating subject and I hope to inspire all our students to be curious, to explore and continue learning. At the same, I am excited to learn more about China and the wonderful things it has to offer.” 

Mr Darren Cowan, Head of Humanities

Mr Darren Cowan joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Humanities. Previously, he was Head of Key Stage 4 in the UAE where he has been living for 7 years. Throughout his career, he has held posts as Head of Humanities and Head of Geography at schools throughout the UK, Germany and the Middle East. He is a qualified Rugby and Tennis Coach. Mr Cowan has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick.

Mr Lee Jones, Head of Physical Education

Mr Lee Jones joins LEH Foshan as Head of Physical Education. He was leading PE and Sports in a British school in India and prior to this, he held a senior positions in schools in Mongolia, Kenya and in the UK. Mr Jones enjoys outdoor sports and activities including hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. He is an avid Rugby player and trained with the Mongolian National Rugby Team. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.

Mr Stuart Savill, Head of Drama

Mr Stuart Savill joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Drama. With over 18 years of teaching experience, Mr Savill has Head of Drama for the last 11 years in Essex, UK. He has also held positions including Student Council Coordinator, Senior examiner and moderator for GCSE Drama. He has led students to expeditions for Duke of Edinburgh Awards and adventure activity trips such as a month-long stay in Kenya. Mr Savill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Arts with English Literary Studies from the University of Middlesex.  

“I can’t wait to get started working at LEH Foshan.  I am keen to begin developing an exciting drama curriculum and fostering a life-long passion for drama and theatre in the students. On a personal level, I am eager to experience the Chinese culture and food, and in any spare time travel both in China, and other countries in the area!” 

Mr Adam Stenning, Head of Computer Science

Mr Adam Stenning joins LEH Foshan as Head of Computer Science. Previously, he worked as the Head of Technology in an international school in Dubai as well in North London. He has taught a wide range of subjects in Secondary including Media Studies, Computer Science and ICT. Mr Stenning has a First class Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Network Technology from the University of Hertfordshire.  

“I am looking forward to meeting LEH students and sharing my interest in technology! When I am in China, I hope to learn more Putonghua and my goal is to be able to order a coffee in Chinese when I arrive! I am looking forward to seeing the wonderful sights in China!” 

Ms Carolyn Jones, House Mistress and EAL Teacher

Ms Carolyn Jones joins LEH Foshan as the House Mistress and EAL Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Open University as well as a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Previously, she held positions in international schools in Kenya and Mongolia as Housemistress, Head of Gifted and Talented Programme as well as teaching English Language.

She has taken students from boarding schools on many outings and trips and organised a transition two-day event for Year 7s to allow students to learn and familiarise themselves with Secondary life.

“I am looking forward to meeting the LEH Foshan students! I am a lifelong learner and I hope to share this passion with all the students so that this paves the way to future success, whether this is at university or their career.”

Mr Sam Ghomashchian, Swimming and Physical Education Specialist

Mr. Sam Ghomashchian joins LEH International School Foshan as Swimming and Physical Education Specialist.  Previously, he was the Swimming and PE/after-school Activity Coordinator for an international school in Malaysia since 2015 where he was responsible for ongoing development of the curriculum through a range of activities to develop coordination, agility, resilience and balance. Prior to this, Mr Ghomashchian taught Mathematics in another in international school also in Malaysia. He has a Masters degree in Project Management (Sustainability) from Robert Gordon University, UK.     

“I believe in enabling students to take risks and to challenge themselves through outdoor activities offered in the Duke of Edinburgh “Adventurous Journey” trips, such as rock climbing, caving and white-water rafting. I love leading sports clubs like Football, Basketball and Swimming and I can see there are huge benefits for young adults to be involved in sports.”