Nerida May teaches at ENS: Mohamed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi. She first taught with Jolly Phonics in her New Zealand school from 1999 to 2005. She has also taught, and run workshops, in Muscat, Oman (2005 to 2008) and Jakarta, Indonesia (2008 to 2011). She has seen how successful the programme can be in teaching reading, spelling and writing.
Susan Saleh, assistant headteacher and responsible for curriculum development (lower school), specialises in the Early Years in an International British School in Cairo. “I am a strong advocate of Jolly Phonics as I have witnessed amazing outcomes with all learners (EAL, children with learning disabilities and the gifted and talented). Children not only enjoy learning through this fun, animated, multi-sensory method but are stretched tremendously.” Teachers, parents and administrators have all taken a key interest into learning this methodology after witnessing the outstanding results. Susan has held many workshops – training both teachers and parents – whilst spreading her passion. She has also supported and supervised schools in introducing Jolly Phonics from the Early Years up through to Key Stage 1.
Rehab El Sokary has taught with Jolly Phonics for many years at one of the most reputable schools in Alexandria. She has seen the positive outcome with the young learners and the importance of this kind of teaching. She is keen to help other teachers achieve these same results. She now runs her own English enrichment centre called Start Smart.
Amatullah has been a Montessori Directress for the last ten years and Teacher Trainer for the last five years, alternating between the UK and Egypt. She currently offers training in the Montessori Method and Child Development, as well as TESOL and TEFL, as well as Jolly Phonics, at her centre in New Cairo. She first used Jolly Phonics ten years ago with her own children and thereafter in schools in the UK and Egypt, and has worked with teachers in Egypt on how to use the programme. Jolly Phonics has been by far the most effective phonics programme that she has used with both English and ESL students and she is eager to share it with other teachers. She is based in Cairo, but is willing to travel further afield at request.
Susan Darby is a British teacher who first introduced Jolly Phonics to Iran in 1995, at an International Kindergarten, where she worked as Educational Manageress and Pre-School teacher, and achieved outstanding results in literacy. Over the years she has installed Jolly Phonics in numerous educational establishments and has recently opened up a Jolly Phonics Centre for children in Tehran. She is available to run individual or group workshops for teachers from Kindergartens, Schools and Institutes.
Leila, based in Iran, has seen the amazing impact that Jolly Phonics has had on improving her students’s literacy skills. The level of joy, interest and motivation shown by her students has overwhelmed her. Leila genuinely wants to introduce Jolly Phonics to other teachers and make them aware of the amazing influence that the programme can bring to their teaching. She believes that every single child deserves to benefit from the best kind of teaching. Leila is currently completing research into the effect of using multi sensory-based phonics on EFL young learners’s English literacy and motivation.
Dina Qbeiwi is a pre-school and Kindergarten teacher with over 10 years of experience, teaching English to children from Arabic, English and other backgrounds. She is a strong believer in Jolly Phonics for she has used the programme with different age groups and has witnessed its outstanding results from her students, as well as deep satisfaction from their parents.
Dina is keen to share her successful journey of the Jolly Phonics programme and pass her experiences on to other teachers to give them a better understanding of the programme’s approach and how to best apply it in their classrooms.
Imke Herold is originally Dutch but has been living and teaching in Amman since 1995, and has held Head of KG and Primary positions in several schools. She was introduced to Jolly Phonics whilst teaching at IAA and has since been a strong advocate, having seen the excellent results achieved due to the programme. She has conducted many workshops for teachers and parents, and relishes the opportunity to enthuse others and share her passion.
Diego Zaffaroni works as Lower School Principal at Duhok Word School, an authorised IB World School. He is a qualified primary school teacher, teacher trainer and consultant with a particular interest in young learners’ development of literacy skills.
Diego has worked for five years as Bilingual Education School Coordinator, a project which was supported jointly by the British Council and the Italian Ministry of Education; also, he was the Programme Director at an innovative international school in Milan which is now recognised by Cambridge International Examinations and the Italian Ministry of Education.
Diego has seen better and better results with Jolly Phonics over the time he and his fellow teachers have used it; Jolly Phonics has demonstrated to be highly beneficial to all children on their way to becoming independent readers.
Zsofia Victor owns and is principal of the Learning Steps Montessori Nursery. She has seen how Jolly Phonics, with its multisensory way, compliments the Montessori teaching. She is an enthusiastic user of Jolly Phonics having seen wonderful results with 3-5 year olds using it. She has given training on Jolly Phonics to teachers and presentation to parents in Kuwait for some time.
Sona has over 12 years of experience teaching in the world of Kindergarten. Having previously taught with other methods, Sona has seen greater achievements from the children, and a real enjoyment of learning since she began using Jolly Phonics at the Nazarene School 5 years ago.
Rula has been teaching kindergarten for 16 years, 6 of which in a bilingual school and 10 of which in a trilingual one. She has a BA degree in English language and a teaching diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the American University of Beirut (AUB). “It was a great experience to work with Jolly Phonics. The motivation and excitement it brought helped make learning fun. To me, teaching makes sense now.” Rula is amazed by what the program can lead to when tackled attentively with the appropriate adjustments to cater to a particular context.
Guylaine has been teaching kindergarten for 18 years in Jesus and Mary School, Lebanon and has been using Jolly Phonics for 2 years.” My experience in teaching Jolly Phonics in a trilingual school for non-native speakers was a very successful and motivating one. I was impressed of my students’ performance in reading and writing. Jolly Phonics made learning fun, simple and pleasant. Due to the excellent results I achieved with my young learners, I would be more than happy to share my thoughts and ideas with other teachers.”
Freda has trained in a number of schools. Her training focuses on providing skills and techniques that will support teachers whilst teaching synthetic phonics to children. The training also provides model lessons that demonstrate how to attain the maximum benefit from all the Jolly Phonics Resources and additional resources that support non-native children to ensure that they have a successful outcome from the Jolly Phonics programme.
Faten Salah has TEFL, TESOL and Montessori diplomas as well as a masters degree in special education. Through her company, LEDS, she is also the distributor for Jolly Learning in Saudi Arabia. She has taught, trained teachers, trained trainers and supervised schools with the help of her team. She brings a clear understanding and boundless enthusiasm to her training to enable teachers achieve excellent results with Jolly Phonics.
Hanan Helmi Nassar had her teacher training in Amman, Jordan. She has taught with Jolly Phonics for over 10 years in Jeddah while also supervising other teachers using the programme, and has been giving training in Jolly Phonics for over 5 years. She has a BA in Special Education and has recently joined The Expert for Educational Consulting centre where she gives training on Jolly Phonics and Jolly Music. She is about to complete her MBA in Business Administration in Education. She divides her time between Jordan and Saudi Arabia and can give training in both.
Irene Baysal, a UCLA graduate, has been teaching EFL in Turkey for 8 years. Currently she teaches kindergarten and 1st grade. She is very passionate about Jolly Phonics and is eager to provide training to teachers and schools to raise levels of literacy regardless of learning styles or difficulties.
Training with Coral George:
Jolly Phonics Training Workshop
Date: 29th April, 2017
Time: 8:30a.m – 4:30p.m.
Venue: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha
The training will include how to implement Jolly Phonics successfully.
Faten Salah and LEDS carried out successful training for over 50 teachers from the western province of Saudi Arabia. The workshop covered synthetic phonics, teaching the five skills with Jolly Phonics, practical classroom and lesson advice, explored the new Jolly Learning products, and gave an overview of the Jolly Music programme.
Fatan Salah, an experienced teacher and Jolly Phonics Professional Trainer, inspired the teachers who attended as she gave an energetic and engaging workshop, demostrating both her extensive knowledge and confidence not only in her own teaching, but in the ability of all people to teach successfully with Jolly Learning.
LEDS will be conducting more workshops on Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Jolly Music around Saudi Arabia in the coming years.