Our Secondary and Sixth Form Team

OUR SECONDARY / SIXTH FORM STAFF

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Geraldine Bhoyroo

 

With a BA (Hons) in English Literary Studies and French from Middlesex University , and an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University of London, Geraldine is not only Head of Secondary and Sixth Form at ISCAT, but teaches English at both GCSE and A Level. Having gained both teaching and management experience at Waltham Forest College (London), in her spare time Geraldine makes regular contributions to live poetry performances and to online magazines..

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Juan Barcena

 

Juan graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Masters in Romance Languages. A seasoned traveller, his work as an educator has taken him to many exotic and diverse locations around the globe – Costa Rica, New Orleans, India -excelling as a teacher of Spanish and P.E within the British system in all his posts. He is especially interested in everything sports-related, travel and food. A keen writer, Juan’s book ‘Latidos’ – a beautiful account of his travels around the globe, was published last May. Juan teaches Spanish at ISCAT and is currently acting Head of Secondary and A Levels (Sixth Form)

YEAR 7 FORM TUTOR

COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHER

Xavier Maroñas

 

Xavier is IT coordinator at ISCAT and teaches Computer Science from Year 6 to Year 13 . He holds a PhD (cum laude) in Computer Science from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. He is an Apple fan, a Lego addict and science fiction enthusiast but most enjoys spending time with his young family. Xavi has built and published dozens of iPhone and iPad apps on the App Store, reaching the number 1 spot around the world with one in particular. He successfully created five tech companies which are all still operational and collaborated with an NGO to provide vacations in our country for children from the Chernobyl área. His latest challenge is to learn to play the acoustic guitar….

YEAR 8 FORM TUTOR

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHER

Fernando Morillas

 

Fernando teaches Science, Mathematics and P.E at ISCAT. He holds a degree in Biology as well as an MBA. A dedicated swimmer, Fernando has been national champion several times in 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke. He currently holds the Catalan record in 100m breaststroke and brings all his passion and commitment for sport to his classes at our school.

YEAR 9 FORM TUTOR

ART TEACHER

Saffron Toms

 

Saffron teaches Art and Design throughout Secondary, including to GCSE and A Level. She gained a BA (Hons) in Photography from Hereford College of Art and her QTS qualification at The Sutton Park SCITT. Saffron’s interests are very much led by her creative pursuits and she has exhibited her artwork at various locations in the UK. She also likes cooking, walking and fitness.

YEAR 10 FORM TUTOR

MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Erin Stuckenbruck

 

Erin teaches Mathematics throughout Secondary and to A Level. Erin holds a Masters degree in Secondary Mathematics as well as a B.A in Mathematics and Music from Bard College, New York. With over ten years experience in teaching different math curricula in New York, Germany and Spain, Erin’s enthusiasm for Mathematics inspires every student. Apart from leading our students to excellence at GCSE and A Level, Erin leads the Maths Club at ISCAT, coaching and preparing its members for international competitions in Mathematics. In her spare time, Erin loves to dedicate time to her other passion – music.

YEAR 11 FORM TUTOR

HISTORY TEACHER AND EXAMS OFFICER

Katherine Mayne

 

Katherine completed her BA Hons in Political Science at Newcastle University and then proceeded to take the Graduate Diploma in Law from Leeds Metropolitan University. For the first part of her career Katherine worked in asylum and refugee law . After deciding to pursue an alternative path Katherine completed a PGCE with Nottingham University and taught for 5 years in an international school in Thailand, before returning to the UK to complete her QTS in her hometown of Newcastle. She is ISCAT’s History and Politics teacher as well as our exams officer. She enjoys travelling and learning more about other cultures and peoples and tries to bring this international perspective into her teaching wherever possible.

YEARS 12/13 FORM TUTOR

DRAMA, ENGLISH AND PSHE TEACHER AND SENDCO

Alison Hinds

 

Alison teaches Drama and PSHE across the Secondary school and is SENDCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) for Primary and Secondary at ISCAT. She is an Acting graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Alison has served as Head of Drama across two London schools and has taught English and Drama in the South of France and in northern Italy, having begun her teaching career at Sybil Elgar School in London, the first autism specific school in the world, as well Linden Lodge School for young people with visión impairment.

CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY TEACHER

Claire Ryan

 

Claire teaches Biology and Chemistry at ISCAT to GCSE and A Level, having graduated from Maynooth University, Ireland with a BSc in Science Education. She obtained her QTS in the UK and National Curriculum experience at Slough, England. Coming from a family of educators, Claire’s twin sister is also a teacher. She loves Gaelic football, photography and the Rolling Stones and makes an amazing lemon drizzle cake.

PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS TEACHER

George Fernando

 

George teaches Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics having graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Physics and Maths, and a PGCE from the University of Bristol. George lived much of his childhood in Libya where his first companions were chameleons, snakes and scorpions – imbuing him with a lifelong love of the sciences. George is committed to seeing every individual achieve his or her potential. He has lived in six countries but is especially drawn to Spain, with his own home in Mallorca, and likes to keep fit and hike in his spare time.

ENGLISH TEACHER

Matthew Morris

 

Matthew graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Music Technology from Leeds Beckett and an MA in the Psychology of Music from Sheffield University. He teaches English to GCSE and A Level at ISCAT and enjoys cooking and walking in the mountains.

CATALAN AND SPANISH TEACHER

Mónica Gonzalez

 

Monica teaches Secondary Spanish and Catalan, having graduated from the Universitat de Barcelona with a BA honours in Spanish Linguistics and Literature (Filología Hispánica), an MA in Computational Linguistics from Universitat Pompeu i Fabra and a PhD in Spanish Linguistics from the Universitat de Barcelona (cum laude). Her teaching career took her to the UK where as teacher of Spanish she gained experience in the National Curriculum and acquired fluency in English. Monica’s very diverse interests range from cinema and theatre to outdoor pursuits and quantum physics. She also loves board games and science fiction.

GEOGRAPHY AND TRAVEL AND TOURISM TEACHER

Scott Shepherd

 

Scott teaches Geography to GCSE and A Level as well as BTEC Travel and Tourism. He also plays an active role in ISCAT’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Having trained as a Geographer at the California State University, Sacramento, Scott worked as a Research Analyst for the State of California, testing new technologies such as the global positioning system and geographical information systems, giving him 14 years experience of working with maps, demographics, geology and databases. He has been stimulated and strengthened by the international relocations he has made with his family, and his daily joys and rewards include the positive feedback on lessons from his students, yoga, strenuous hikes and bike rides – all of which have driven his resolve as much as his endurance!