David Bolton graduated from the University of Chester in 1986 with a degree in physical education and English. He began his teaching career in Athens, Greece at Campion International School as Head of Primary PE and Year 6 teacher before moving back to the UK to teach at Holy Trinity School in Liverpool followed by becoming Deputy Headteacher at St.Brigid’s Primary School in 1998. He worked there for a period of eight years and was responsible for implementing a variety of initiatives including Healthy Schools, Investors in People and Eco Schools. Mr Bolton also established key relationships with a number of universities in the region to develop a thriving teacher training programme.
Jana Barnhouse graduated from Ohio University in 1988 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a minor concentration in Computer Science and Mathematics. In 1998 she completed her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota.
Nichola Smith is originally from Dunedin, New Zealand. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Dunedin College of Education, Otago University in 1999. She is currently completing her Masters in Educational Leadership from Buckingham University, UK. Before moving to Saudi Arabia and teaching physical education at DEMS in August 2015, she taught as both an elementary classroom teacher and physical education teacher in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Nichola is now Assistant Principal at DEMS.
Mr. Kombol was born and raised in Washington and graduated from Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Washington. After high school, Mr. Kombol earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Central Washington University. He began his teaching career in LaConner, Washington and soon after moved on to the Lake Washington School District. During his teaching career Mr. Kombol taught primarily Chemistry and Biology but also taught Algebra, Pre-Algebra and PE as well. During this time he also coached numerous sports and served as District Athletic Director.
Mr. Caldwell was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas (USA). He attended the University of Texas at Austin. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in History. His teaching career began in August of 2001 working at a charter school servicing at-risk students in Austin, Texas. After two years in Austin Mr. Caldwell taught for three years in the Houston Independent School District before he and his wife took their first international posting at Almaty International School in Almaty, Kazakhstan.