New Staff

We are delighted to introduce the new Staff of The British College of Gavà of the Academic Year 2019-20.


Becky Plummer

Nursery & Reception

I will be joining the BCG community in September as an EYFS teacher.

I am currently working in a school in Reading, England as a Foundation Stage teacher, having formally worked as an EYP in the adjoining Nursery.

I have an English Literature undergraduate degree and completed my teaching degree through a school training programme at my current school.

I look forward to moving out to Barcelona and working with you all come September.

Claire Foreman

Music and Humanities

After having been Head of Performing Arts and History/Geography/Music teacher for the past seven years at a local international school in Spain, I am ready and eager for the new challenge of teaching what I love at the BCG. I am passionate about giving children the opportunity to grow and learn about themselves and the world they live in through the Performing Arts and the Humanities. 


I completed my Bachelor´s degree from Cardiff University, a Master´s from SOAS, University of London, a PGCE from Nottingham University, and am pending the completion of my PhD from UCLA. I have taught in India, the USA, and the UK and I have been teaching here in Spain for 15 years. My two children will also attend the Secondary school at BCG from September. We are a family who value the arts and humanities highly, love travelling, creating music together, putting on theatre productions, hiking and reading great novels.


We are very excited to be joining the team at BCG!.

Katherine Ikonen

English Teacher

Having taught at two leading 3-18 boarding / day independent schools in the UK, I am very much looking forward to starting at The British College of Gava. I have a BA ( Hons) from Cardiff University, a PGCE and a Masters in English Literature from Sussex University. I have taught English for many years, covering Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. For nine years I was a Senior Examiner/ Question Revisor / Moderator  for AS and A2 Literature for a well-known UK examination board. I am IB trained in English A: Literature and have taught the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay components of the IB course. 

I hope to contribute to the students’ love of learning; to create a platform from which they can develop a lifelong enjoyment of the learning process in English and go on to the next stage of their career with good results behind them. I am looking forward to this opportunity.

Danny Steadman

PE

I am from Essex in England. I completed my Sports Science degree at Bangor University and my PGCE at the University of Buckingham. I taught in Chelsea, London for 2 years.

I then moved to Brighton and taught in Lewes for 2 years. I have just completed 2 years teaching in a school in Mexico. My main sport is rugby, I have represented North Wales and played semi professional rugby for Brighton and Barking. I also enjoy to surf, play tennis and squash, run and keep as active as possible.

I look forward to the prospect of teaching your children Physical Education and sharing my passion for sport with them.

We are very excited to be joining the team at BCG!.

Justine Delmet

French Teacher

Originally from Calais (North of France), I lived in Paris for a few years where I completed my first degree (MA by Research (Hons) in French Literature) at Paris-Sorbonne University. In 2012, I had the opportunity to join the University of Warwick for a year where I taught French in primary schools in England and found my true vocation.

After this enriching experience, I decided to specialise in French as a foreign language and I have not looked back since. I hold an MA (Hons) in French as a Foreign Language from Paris-Ouest-Nanterre University and also a PGCE from the University of Portsmouth.

I have been teaching French and Spanish for five years in the UK, in both state and independent schools around London and I am an expert in French A-Level. I am also a DELF and DELE examiner. In my free time, I am interested in modern and contemporary art, EAL, DIY and travelling. I am looking forward to settling in Barcelona and joining the BCG community shortly.

Rosie Palmer

Science Teacher

I am a Secondary Science teacher, specialising in Biology. I studied Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of Southampton and completed my PGCE at Bath University. I started teaching in 2006 and since then have taught KS3 Science, the Biology component of the IGCSE course and AS/A Level Biology in the UK. I moved with my family to Castelldefels last year and my twin daughters will also be joining the school.

I love my subject and how it explains so much about the world around us and also ourselves. I’m really looking forward to creating fun and exciting science lessons for the pupils to really inspire them in their learning. 

We have a fantastic outdoor campus at BCG which we can use to enhance and support what we do in class and to study the natural environment around us. With the new science laboratories we will be able to carry out much more practical work in lessons to really help the pupils get engaged with the subject on an applied level.

I look forward to meeting you all in September.

Omena Osivwemu

Year 3B

Hello all, I am Ms Osivwemu, from Manchester, UK. I am in my third year of teaching and I have taught from Reception to Year 6, in England and Spain. I am a Teach First Ambassdor, having completed the Leadership Development from 2016- 2018. During this time I taught the English Curriculum in Year 2 in Wolverhampton and Year 5 in Manchester, gaining my PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status. Since coming to Barcelona, I have achieved TEFL and Advanced TEFL certificates. I have been teaching English across primary from Grade 1- 6. During the summer I have been teaching Reception at summer school in a local British International School. Prior to teaching, I gained a first class degree in Sociology from Lancaster University, as well as competing and performing in hip-hop dance nationally. Outside of school, I enjoy art, to dance and keep fit. I also love good food and the fantastic Spanish weather. I will be your new Year 3 teacher and I am so excited to start!

Bearach Ó Casaide

Year 3A

I am a highly motivated, energetic and conscientious worker who is extremely enthusiastic at the prospect of working with your children. Currently I am employed in an Educate Together school in Kildare, Ireland. I am in charge of a 5th class group and we have had a fantastic year. In addition to teaching my own class I also coach the school athletics team and also the school football team.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I completed both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History and Masters Degree in English in Maynooth University. Having pursued a Degree and a Masters in a subject area, which I was passionate about prior to becoming a teacher, I understand the importance of developing a love of learning within students in order to facilitate them in becoming independent and lifelong learners.

In addition to teaching I have a vast interest in sports and I have been fortunate enough to represent Ireland at both World and European Championships in Kayaking. In addition to my own sporting pursuits I have worked as a coach in my local kayaking club for a number of years working with children from the ages of 8 to 16.  I am very excited at the prospect of working in the British College of Gava next year and look forward to meeting you all soon in person

Stephanie Birkbeck

Mathematics Teacher

I graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics & Computer Science and a Diploma in Computing from The Open University. After continuing to study Classics (I had always wanted to!) with The Open University, part time teaching work in local FE led to a PGCE at Master’s Level with the University of Nottingham to teach Secondary Maths. After my teaching Induction year, I also studied Researching Mathematical Learning part time with the University of Warwick. 

For me, teaching is the best job in the world - those aha moments! - as well as never being routine. 

I have taught in the UK and Spain, most recently teaching predominantly A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, with IGCSE too. I have also taught IB MYP and DP Mathematics and Theory of Knowledge.  I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone! In the meantime, I hope you all have a happy and peaceful Summer. /p>

Karine Hall

Business Studies

I am Karine; the new Business Studies teacher here at BCG. I am really pleased to meet you and welcome you and your child into my classroom. I am originally from the UK and moved to Barcelona from Rugby with my husband and three children two and a half years ago. We live in Castelldefels and absolutely love it. Before moving here I worked in Rugby for a number of years as a teacher after graduating from the University of Warwick, and prior to that I lived in Sydney working in HR & Recruitment in the IT and Investment Banking sectors.

I was really excited to be given the opportunity of joining BCG as a Business Studies teacher. I have a great passion for Business which will be very apparent in my classroom where we will study a range of specialties such as accountancy, finance, organisation, human resources management and marketing in the most engaging and exciting way.

My philosophy of combining dynamic classroom practice with real life scenarios will challenge them to achieve their academic potential and foster a life long passion for learning.

I have a very open classroom and like to maintain good engagement with parents throughout the academic year. I would love to hear from you to discuss how we can work together to support your child’s studies at the BCG and beyond into their future careers. Please feel free to write to me directly or arrange a meeting through the school

Elizabeth Kirby

Secondary Science

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Kirby, and I'm thrilled to be joining the British College of Gava as a Secondary Science Teacher alongside my colleague Rosie Palmer. I am twenty eight years old and I grew up in England. I studied for my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Bolton University, I stayed there to complete my PGCE in Numeracy and I have taught Maths and Science for several years as a tutor and in my placement at Wigan and Leigh College.

Additionally I have taught as a trampolining instructor for age groups ranging from 5-50. Currently I am doing a master's degree with the Open University in Medicinal Chemistry while settling in to life on the Mediterranean. I am looking forward to meeting all my students in September and working with them throughout the year!