Ben Rothwell

Head of Technology and Innovation

Ben Rothwell graduated Canterbury Christ Church University with a BSc in Business Information Management, and then undertook a GTP leading to QTS status. He is passionate about the integration of technology throughout schools and how it can lead to transformational learning experiences. Before moving to Dubai, Ben worked at Kent College, Canterbury, a leading private school, as Head of ICT & Computing. Ben has also had experience working in an all-boys grammar school and a large secondary modern. Outside of school, Ben is the vice-chairman for the Dubai Wasps rugby club, which has given him both the opportunity to play the sport he loves, and to manage recruitment, marketing and sponsorship.


Magda Abdulraheem

Head of Arabic & Islamic Studies

Magda graduated from Cairo University and has an Educational Diploma in Arabic. She has also undergone a proficiency test in Arabic in Al Ain university in 2011. Magda is a qualified Arabic teacher. She has 26 years of experience as an AA and AB teacher. Having worked in the region for 12 years, Magda has managed to earn the "Good" rating for her department by the KHDA multiple times, which she is extremely proud of. Magda spent 8 years working in Taaleem schools. She aspires to improve the level of Arabic in Victory Heights amongst both native speakers and non native speakers through innovative methods in teaching. In her spare time, Magda enjoys filming authentic recipes and spending time with her 3 children.

Michelle Choytooa

SEN Coordinator

Michelle Choytooa graduated from the University of Lancaster with a BSc(Honors) in Occupational Therapy. Michelle has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 10 years in the National Health Service and in a Private clinic in Dubai, specialising in children with a variety of developmental and educational needs. During her time as an Occupational Therapist she has advocated and advised schools on how to best facilitate learning and development for children. She is about developing an inclusive practice within schools. Michelle joined the Victory Heights Team last year and is excited for her second year in the team. Outside of school Michelle loves to travel the world and read Harry Potter!

Steve Simmonds

Head of PE

This is my 5th Year in Dubai and I’m enjoying it more than ever. I’ve been teaching for 9 years and am thoroughly enjoying working at Victory Heights. My hobbies include football, cricket, volleyball, squash and pool. I support Southampton and try to go to games when I’m home. I also like to go scuba diving and one of my greatest travel experiences was diving with thresher sharks in the Philippines. I’ve travelled quite a lot since I’ve been in Dubai, but there are many more countries on my list!

Nicola Al Marzouqi

Art Specialist

I have been living and working in UAE for nearly 17 years and still learn something new about this country every day. Art is my passion and I have been lucky enough to establish a great art department here at Victory Heights with fantastic students. I have previously taught English at many levels and when living in Portugal I even taught the national football squad! Meeting Pele was a highlight.

Anna Diaz

Head of Music

Born and educated in Barcelona, I have worked and gained experience with the British and American curriculum (both in Dubai and Kuwait) for the past 9 years. I love working with children, playing piano and French horn, directing musicals and leading the Music department as well. I am really looking forward to our third Academic year at Victory Heights with so many exciting Performances and shows.

Cristina Blazquez

Spanish Teacher

I am originally from Madrid and moved to Dubai almost five years ago. I have worked at Victory Heights since February 2014. I previously worked in a famous language academy in Dubai teaching Spanish to children and adults. My hobbies include listen to music, travel, yoga and cooking. I love working with children and teach them not only a new language if not a whole culture.

Daniel Parratt

PE Teacher

I'm originally from Manchester, England and moved to Dubai in 2014 to become a PE teacher at Victory Heights. My background includes time spent in primary, secondary and higher education. I love playing and watching anything sport related and I've just recently started playing for a Rugby team, Dubai Wasps!

Mo Soliman

Swimming Coach