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Our Teaching Staff

EYFS, KS1 Coordinator and EYFS Teacher
Mark Adams


Prior to teaching and after graduating from Nottingham Trent University and a 12 year career in Events Management, I completed my PGCE in 2009. Having spent last year teaching Year 2 at the British School of Ulaanbaatar, I am excited to be responsible for introducing the new EYFS Unit this year.

I will also be teaching Reception, something I did for 6 years in the UK. Working at BSU is my first experience of an international school.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Mongolia last year and am looking forward to exploring the country a little bit more this year. I would also like to try and improve my Mongolian language a little!

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EYFS Teacher
Benjamin Squire


Hello reader! It is with great honour that I have come to teach in Ulaanbaatar. Truly, I have dreamt of galloping over steppes since childhood; therefore, I am sure one can sense my excitement. Equally, good grace has led me to an environment as robust and influential as BSU. My remaining hope, however, is that this legacy be extended under my tutelage.

Previously, I studied English Literature in Bristol, studied again to be an Early Years Teacher, then taught in various pre-schools, forest schools. Whilst I would naturally concede that all manner of education is important, these initial stages of brain development are crucial to future academic success. Accordingly, let us expand the horizons of our children and watch a brighter dawn rise!

Additionally, interests include: history, geography, cycling, plants. I look forward to meeting you all.

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Pre-School 1 teacher


Hello everyone. My name is Byambasuren. I have been working as a primary and kindergarten teacher for 22 years now. I completed Pedagogy Institute as a kindergarten teacher in 1991 and then gained my bachelor degree as teacher in 2007 at the Mongolian University of Teachers. 

I have recently undergone EYFS training under the direction of Mr Mark Adams who is an expert working in this field. This year is my 3rd year at BSU and I love working with wonderful children and looking forward for this new challenge.

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 Year 1 Teacher
Elizabeth Thomas


I graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in English Literature and completed a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University.

For the last 2 years I taught at a primary school in Girona, Spain.

Travel, teaching and climbing are my biggest passions. This will be my first year teaching at BSU and I am really looking forward it. I cannot wait to begin exploring, having fun and learning together.

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 Year 1 Teacher
Rosie Kelleher



In 2009 I graduated with a drama degree from St Mary's University College, Twickenham.  My degree was focused on creating theatre for children and the local community in London.  I also trained as a lighting designer and I hope to bring some of my expertise to our school performances.  

I graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2015 with a PGCE specialising in the Early Years. I am passionate about creating a creative learning environment for children where they can grow their love for learning.  I have been teaching Year 1 in London for the past two years.

I am very excited to live in Mongolia.  I am looking forward to seeing and experiencing 'real' snow.   I am excited to learn to ski in the winter and explore more of the country especially the Gobi desert.  

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 Year 2 Teacher
Anthony Macari



I initially qualified with a degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology, I then worked for a number of years before retraining and gaining my PGDE in Primary School Education.

I have spent the majority my teaching career teaching in Forres in the North East of Scotland, I have also spent some time teaching in my home city of Glasgow, Scotland.

I am very passionate about teaching and imparting knowledge to children, nurturing them and helping them meet their potential. I am very interested in travelling and experiencing new places and cultures, I recently spent 10 months travelling in Central and South America while also volunteering in various animal based projects such as helping endangered sea turtle populations and rehabilitating rescued sloths and monkeys. I am looking forward to spending the next year in Mongolia learning the history and culture of the country as well as enjoying the local cuisine (the dumplings are my favourite so far!). I am also interested in learning the Mongolian language.

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  Year 2 Teacher
Georgina Chadwick 


After completing my Bachelors degree at the University of Chester I took a year out to work. I then undertook my PGCE in Primary Education at Keele University and graduated in 2013. Although I am originally from Bury which is near to Manchester and I began my teaching career in Stoke. I worked in 2 contrasting primary schools in Stoke before moving on to travel and continue my career internationally. I have worked in primary schools across Auckland in New Zealand before becoming a member of the BSU team. I enjoy travel and experiencing different cultures and countries and found a love for teaching when I was in Kenya, working with children in 2009. I am excited to begin the school year here at BSU as a Year 1 teacher and look forward to embracing the Mongolian culture.

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Year 3 Teacher
Camilla Moloney


My name is Milly Moloney and I am very much looking forward to teaching Year 3 Koala class here at BSU. Having graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in Environmental Science, I went on to work as a marine biologist. As much as I loved studying plankton, the part of my job I enjoyed the most was education and outreach, so I decided to complete my PGCE and I have never looked back. I taught for 2 years in Plymouth, UK and then moved to Malaysia, where I taught for another 2 years in an international school.

In my spare time I love to travel, explore new places and dive. I also enjoy being creative, amateur photography and occasionally playing the saxophone and clarinet. I am very excited about getting to know Mongolia and finding out more about this beautiful country.
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Year 3 Teacher
Katrina Morgan



Studied BEd Primary Education (Hons) at the University of Dundee and a
Post Graduate certificate in Teaching Dance 3-18 at the University of Glasgow

Although I qualified as a Primary Teacher, I have spent the last eight years working with children with Additional Support Needs.  These have ranged from Social, Emotional and Behaviour Disorders to children with severe learning difficulties, severe autism and profound deafness.

I was born in New Zealand and moved to Scotland as a child where I grew up in a small town near Aberdeen.  I have always enjoyed working with children and as a young adult spent my time after school assisting teaching dance as this is a passion of mine.  It was through doing this that I was inspired to become a teacher.  I still enjoy to dance: ballet, tap and contemporary.  I am passionate about reading and feel that reading not only encourages the imagination but helps to develop a wide vocabulary in both children and adults.  I am looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life here in Mongolia.

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Year 4 Teacher
Gillian Wray


Hello, I'm Gillian Wray and I'm looking forward to teaching Tigers class this year. For the last few years I have worked in international schools in the UAE. I have a degree in English Literature and a PGCE from Sunderland University. 

I love reading and helping children find the book that will fire their imaginations and set them on a life-long love of reading. I am also interested in history and am looking forward to learning more about the history and culture of Mongolia. 

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Year 4 Teacher
Peter Lafontaine 




Greetings and salutations! My name is Peter LaFontaine. After graduating from Dominican College with a BA in Psychology in 2000, I began teaching English to non-native speakers for the Department of Education in New York City.
I was registered and taught English and Science in Primary age groups from Kindergarten to Grade 5 for three years before moving to Incheon, South Korea.

In preparation for teaching overseas, I completed a professional TESOL certificate at Global TESOL College in New York, as well as graduate courses in TESOL Education at the City University of New York I returned to Washington, DC in 2010, where I was working an English Teacher, preparing international students for success in American universities, until I decided to bring my Mongolian-American family home to their mother country in August 2012.
It is my sincere desire to prepare the excellent primary students at British School of Ulaanbaatar for bright futures, and global success in all of their academic endeavours!

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Year 5 Teacher
Ciaran Gallagher 



My name is Ciaran Gallagher and I am incredibly excited to be teaching the Year 5 Yak Class this year. I am looking forward to helping everyone in Yak Class grow as individuals and develop a passion for learning. After finishing my Bachelors of Education at the University of Chester in 2014, I proceeded to teach a Year 5 class for two years in the United Kingdom. Following that experience, I decided to teach Kindergarten in China, which was an experience that has helped me grow professionally.

Outside of school, I love to travel and experience new cultures and activities. I am very much looking forward to what Mongolia has to offer. In addition to travelling, I enjoy reading and hiking so I cannot wait to venture outside of Ulaanbaatar.

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 Year 5 Teacher
Agatha Brinker


My name is Agatha Brinker. I am from Canada. I have been teaching overseas for the past nineteen years. I have spent many years in the Middle East and in Thailand.
I love working in different countries and meeting people from different cultures. I trust that I will also love being in Mongolia.

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KS2 Coordinator and Year 6 Teacher

 Helen Jones



I have been teaching across the Primary National Curriculum for the past 14 years in both the UK and in Hong Kong. I am passionate about my role as an educator and I am excited to have been given the opportunity to join the team at BSU.

Outside of the school environment I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, yoga and travel. My husband and two young children have travelled with me to Mongolia and I hope that together we can enjoy learning more about this dynamic country, its people, culture and language.

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Year 6 Teacher
 Kevin Mottram



I graduated from the University of York (Politics BA Hons) and hold a PGCE Teaching Certificate (Secondary Humanities) from Birmingham University.

My teaching career in the UK lasted over 25 years and mostly involved teaching History, Sociology and Politics in schools in Coventry and Halifax.

Between 2014-16 I was the Year 6 teacher at British School and enjoyed the experience so much I have decided to return to Mongolia!

When not teaching I enjoy reading, watching science fiction films, making music and playing football.

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Primary PE Teacher 
 Ellie Woodcock


Hello, my name is Ellie Woodcock and I am the Primary PE teacher at BSU. I completed my Sports Degree at Durham University in 2012 and spent some time following this gaining experience in Outdoor Education. I then moved to Australia where I spent a  year working at a Grammar School as a boarding assistant as well as working alongside the Primary PE Department. I was fortunate enough to work alongside a fantastic team whilst I was there and am looking forward to sharing the skills I learnt with the children at BSU. After this I moved to Queesntown in New Zealand to improve my skiing and snowboarding skills and to enjoy the outdoors.

I then went home to the UK to complete my Primary PGCE with PE Specialism course at Ashton on Mersey ITT and Chester University. I then spent two years working at a school in Oldham as the Year One class teacher which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have also been fortunate enough to spend time working overseas in both Sri Lanka and Zambia. In Sri Lanka I was able to work as part of a team that helped to develop the first Sports Degree program to come out of Asia. Whilst in Zambia I volunteered with Sport in Action who use sport as tool to encourage social mobility, youth empowerment and female empowerment across the country. I am really excited to start at BSU and am looking forward to getting to know the children and their families.
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Humanities Teacher 
Melanie Hitchcocks


I am a qualified History teacher with a BA honours degree in History from Newcastle University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from Durham University. In January 2018 I will graduate from Lincoln University with an MA in Medieval History.

Over the past ten years I have taught History, Geography and English in both the special needs and mainstream education sectors in the UK. I feel passionately that learning is a lifelong undertaking and I am looking forward to inspiring the next generation of lifelong learners here in Mongolia.

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PE Teacher 
James Alloub



Hello my name is James Alloub, I am the secondary PE teacher here at the British school of Ulaanbaatar. I studied sports coaching and exercise science at Teesside university in England and followed that by completing my PGCE. 

I have previously taught physical education and A level sports studies  alongside Maths and English for 3 years, and I am looking forward to starting my first international post here in Mongolia.

Coming to Mongolia has been an excellent experience so far and I'm really looking forward to exploring this amazing country further and to learn more about the culture and language.

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Mathematics Teacher
Katy Bradshaw




I am excited that the 10th year of my life as a mathematics teacher will be completed at the British School of Ulaanbaatar.

Having obtained a BSc in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews I went straight into the classroom via a fast track teaching programme. I very early on knew that being part of constructing and delivering a progressive curriculum was going to be at the heart of each new challenge I undertook.

Since then I have worked at a range of schools  in the UK before moving to Qatar for three years and now onto Mongolia. This range of teaching experience has only added to my desire to ensure the best individual result for each child in my care.

I have made the move to Mongolia with my husband (Andrew) and three young children who will all be attending school here. We're looking forward to our joint Mongolia adventure! 

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Chris Moloney


I graduated in Geology and Astronomy in 1999 from the University of Plymouth. Before becoming a teacher I spent six years working in magazine publishing and events promotions. 

I completed a PGCE in Mathematics in 2007, and since then have found teaching to be a fantastic job and an opportunity to be surrounded by inspiring people. I have worked in three UK secondary schools, an international school in Malaysia and a Deaf school in the UK. 

This is my second year here at BSU, and I feel very lucky to be part of such a strong team of teachers. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to live and work in Mongolia, and look forward to exploring more of this beautiful country. 

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Jane Dotchin


I have taught English and Drama in the UK for 13 years and also worked in public and university libraries. I gained my degree (BA Hons) and PGCE from the University of Leeds.

I'm interested in everything creative, especially writing fiction, enjoy music and have played keyboard (not especially skillfully) in a band in the UK.

It's a pleasure to return to BSU after working here 2014 to 2016.

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English Teacher
Jennifer Edginton


Before teaching I did a Bachelor’s Degree in Organisational Communication and worked in Human Resources in America. Even then I knew teaching was my passion and I earned a BA in education from the University of Northern Iowa, a post graduate degree in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand, and a PGCE from the University of Sunderland.

I have taught in international schools in Abu Dhabi, Uruguay, Bahrain and Dhahran Saudi Arabia and have enjoyed the many and varied experiences taken from each country. I am thrilled to be here and have the opportunity to explore incredible Mongolia. I am looking forward to meeting new people and exploring new places as well as learn a bit of the Mongolian language.

English/EAL Teacher
 Luke Johnston


I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature from Aberystwyth University in 2012. Since then, I have worked in education for four and a half years, completing my PGCE in Secondary Education in 2015. I have been teaching for four years and I am excited to start a new challenge with the British School of Ulaanbaatar. I am an English/EAL teacher, which offers an exciting project for me to work on for this year.

Outside of work, I have a keen interest in literature, film and music and it is my ambition to learn about other countries and cultures across the world.

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Art & DT teacher
 Leigh Jones



I am very happy to be back in Mongolia and looking forward to continue my teaching here at the British School of Ulaanbaatar.

I am very much looking forward to a meeting all the students and their parents and like last year, I will do all I can this year to help all the students achieve the grades and rewards they are capable of achieving.

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Chemistry Teacher
Oliver Davies


I studied Physics at Birmingham University after which I taught for two years in the south west of England. I then returned to University to take a Masters degree in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol. After another 5 years of teaching I am greatly looking forward to a new and exciting challenge working in Mongolia.

Apart from my interest in Physics, I enjoy exploring the outdoors and wildlife. I am also a keen musician and have many years experience playing the drums. 

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Chemistry Teacher
Andrew Bradshaw


Maximising potential and increasing opportunities for young people are not only the reasons I entered the teaching profession, but remain my most important goals. My first year at BSU is my sixteenth year as an educator and I am very excited and proud to occupy the role of Key Stage Coordinator.

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and gaining my PGCE, I worked in several schools in England occupying a number of roles including Advanced Skills Teacher, Director of Learning and Director of Science and Technology. In 2014, my wife, Katy, and I moved our three young children to the Middle East for our first international teaching posts, where I completed my MSc in Multidisciplinary Science focused on educational technologies, and it is from there that we have moved to Ulaanbaatar, eager to continue our experience.

My teaching practice relies on working with the individual in order to help them to make most progress and, as a chemist, experiential learning occupies a large part of my lessons. There is still no greater thrill in a classroom than the moment a student links their practical experience to a theoretical concept and can articulate their understanding.
The students at BSU are the most enjoyable aspect of my role, getting to know them whilst helping them to achieve their goals provides my daily motivation and I look forward to celebrating their successes with them.

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Claire Murray
Biology Teacher


I graduated from Stirling university in Scotland with a Bachelor’s in Animal Biology. I am interested in Science and the world around me and so decided to become a teacher to share my enthusiasm and inspire a new generation. I have been a teacher for 2 years based in the south west of England, where I also got involved with coaching and playing netball. I am very excited for this new opportunity to teach and live in Mongolia. I am looking forward to learning all about my new students and working alongside an inspiring team of professionals.

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Music Teacher
Rebecca Crichton



I am the whole-school Music teacher here at BSU. I come from Falkirk, Scotland, and gained a B.Ed Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014. After graduating, I taught secondary music at the high school I attended as a pupil, which was a fantastic experience. The British School is my first international post, and I am delighted to be living and teaching here in Mongolia.
I am a cellist, and I also enjoy singing and playing the piano. Working with the BSU choir was the absolute highlight of my first year here; the students showed such commitment and enthusiasm. This year, I look forward to growing our choir numbers, hearing more of their joyful sounds, helping them to prepare for lots more performances, and challenging them with more harmonies!

I am a cellist, and I also enjoy singing and playing the piano and drum kit. I look forward to sharing my love of music with the students of BSU, and helping them to develop as musicians.
I am fascinated by the different musical instruments played around the world, and cannot wait to learn to play some traditional Mongolian instruments while I am here.

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Mongolian Department Coordinator and Mongolian literacy teacher
Damdinsuren Darinchuluun



I am excited to work as Mongolian Literacy teacher and Mongolian Department Coordinator at British School of Ulaanbaatar. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mongolian and English from the Mongolian National Language College and hold a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the Mongolian Humanity University.
I have been teaching for 16 years. It is an exciting opportunity for me to be working with BSU. I love to learn new things. Idioms are one of the things that interest me so much.
I always enjoy gaining more insights and experience from the teachers I work with and I am always very happy to work as part of a team in an international school setting.

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Primary EAL teacher

Sarnai Galbish


I graduated from Mongolian National University of Education in 2003 with a bachelor degree in English Translation.

My passion is to work with children, therefore I’ve been working at BSU for 6 years since its establishment and it  has been a great time. Worked four years in year 1 and one year in year 3 as Teaching Assistant.

This year I’m excited to be returning to BSU as a Primary EAL Teacher. I’m very happy to use my experience gathered from previous teaching years to contribute to primary students’ education in BSU. I believe that when students gain proper knowledge in early years, in further learning they will achieve success and become lifelong learners.

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ICT teacher
Odontuya Dalantai





Hello. My name is Odontuya. I am very happy working with my colleagues at the British School of Ulaanbaatar.  I have worked as computer software teacher for 4 years. I am teaching ICT lessons in primary classes at the British School of Ulaanbaatar. I am learning many things from this school. Example teaching skills. I am very happy working this school again.

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Chinese teacher

Tserendulam Ochirbat


I am delighted to be teaching Chinese to BSU students. I graduated from the National University of Mongolia (NUM) with a BA in Linguistics where I was first a student and then a teacher.

I completed my Masters degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Beijing Language and Culture University. 

It is my fourth academic year in BSU.I am privileged to be working in an environment with such a fantastic team of professional teachers and in a school that provides high quality care and learning opportunities for students.

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Mongolian History Teacher



Hello everyone,

I graduated from the National University of Mongolia as an Anthropologist – Mongolian History Teacher and it has been my 10th year of working as a History Teacher.

I enjoy working with my affable, highly qualified colleagues and friendly staff. I am happy to be working with students who are eager to learn and making every effort to help our students reach their full potential and become truly global citizens of the world.

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Mongolian Literature Teacher

 Baigal Urjinbaatar



I graduated from Mongolian University of Education as Mongolian Language and Literature teacher in primary. I have been working for 15 years as a teacher in secondary school and university.

I would like to say that I having good opportunity to work with experienced staff and children who are passionate about education.

I wish to my little students good luck

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