I have worked in the independent sector in the UK, since I completed my Liverpool University degree in 1990 and have primarily taught History and Physical Education from Year 6 to Year 13. Previously I was a professional cricketer for ten years and went on to become Deputy Head in a 2-18 co-educational HMC (Headmasters' and Mistresses' Conference) boarding school in the Midlands, where I co-ordinated pastoral and academic operational matters for all students. This was alongside the responsibility for line managing the boarding life of the school, where I could utilise my previous experiences as a boarding Housemaster and an Ofsted and Independent Schools’ Inspector.
My leadership roles have seen me develop the strategic aspects throughout the schools and develop a strong team of individuals to work alongside and develop all learners. I, like any passionate lifelong learner, have continued to develop my educational training and understanding, through the completion of my Qualified Teacher Status and I then looked towards leadership through the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship), the Academy Principal Programme and my Master’s in Education. More recently, I have become a trainer for the ‘National Professional Qualification for Middle and Senior Leadership’ with London College University.
Following my first Head Teacher/Principal role in 2012 in the UK, I moved to the Middle East in 2015 to gain international experience and I have spent the last seven years as a leader (Vice Principal and Principal) in the UAE and Africa, where the aim was to further develop academic achievement and progress in the schools, I worked in. As grades improved for all learners at the Cambridge Checkpoint, and the significant development of grades at IGCSE and A Level/IBDP in mixed ability cohorts, the reputation of the schools was enhanced. Examples are seen from Capital, GEMS and Regent International Schools, where over a 20% increase in the previous pass rate was achieved in one year; at St. Dominic’s in the UK the school constantly achieved over 90%, 5 A*-C at GCSE and 100% pass rate at A Level.
Head of Montessori and Primary
Rehab Helal, is a founding member of Evolution International School Senior Management Team and is currently holding the position of Head of Montessori and Primary School. Rehab holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alexandria, majoring in English Language and Literature.
She received her Masters of Education from the University of Dundee, PGCEi from the University of Nottingham as well as Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers from the University of Cambridge. Following her passion for Montessori education, she received her Montessori Children’s House Assistant Course from Association Montessori Internationale and International Montessori Teaching Diploma From North America Montessori Center. Being a strong believer in teacher agency and leadership, she also holds a certificate in Facilitating Teacher Leadership from HertsCam Network and CairoCam Network. She is extremely enthusiastic in promoting the engagement of students in a range of activities alongside their academics.
Rehab is a Duke of Edinburgh Leader and Adventurous Journey Supervisor and Assessor as well as holding the position of CAS coordinator in the IB Diploma Programme. Rehab has twenty-two years of experience in the education field, she taught several age groups both in early years and primary stages and started her headship back in 2007 as head of grade level then head of key stage and finally her current role. Rehab is passionate about teaching and pedagogy and strongly believes in non-positional teacher leadership that leads to whole school reform and positive school culture. She is a certified yoga instructor and a mother of two young men.
Head of Secondary
Farah Seif, is a founding member of Evolution International School and is currently the Head of Secondary School. Farah received her Masters degree of Educational Leadership from the University of Dundee with distinction and her PGCEi from Nottingham University. She also holds a masters in Business Administration from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) in Egypt. An educator for 12 years and Head of Secondary and DP coordinator for the last 5 years. Initially, Farah started out as a University teaching assistant and then moved on to become a middle school mathematics teacher and progressed in her career to Head of Department for Key Stage 3, followed by Curriculum Leader.
Farah has a passion for education especially with young adults. She is also a strong advocate for the IBDP and school authorization with the International Baccalaureate Organization. She has led the school through IBDP candidacy and authorization since the early stages of Evolution’s inception. Farah is a true believer in young adults’ leadership and character building and has worked through licensing the school as an International Award Centre for delivering the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. She acted as the award coordinator for two years and is now an award leader and assessor. Farah is married with two children.
Sherihan El Ghazaly
Director of Academic Affairs and Accreditation Coordinator
Sherihan El-Ghazaly, is a founding member of Evolution International School senior leader team. She serves as the Director of Academic Affairs and Accreditation Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo (AUC), 2004. She received her Master in Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. She also earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCEi) at the University of Nottingham, UK, a diploma for teaching and administration leadership sponsored by the Middle East Association of National Schools in cooperation with the Mountbatten Institute of London and New York City.
She earned her Masters in Educational Leadership at The University of Dundee University and certificate in Facilitating Teacher Leadership from HertsCam Network and CairoCam Network on 2022. She led Evolution International School towards successful accreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS). Believing in building character and motivating students to positively contribute to their communities, she is a Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader and CAS supervisor in the IB Diploma Programme. Sherihan has more than ten years experience in the education field where she started as a primary teacher. She has a passion for school accreditation and school improvement through building resilient professional learning communities. She is married with one child.