Melanie Hitchcocks
Mel Hitchcocks
Head of School
Melanie Hitchcocks

Mel Hitchcocks

Head of School

I am delighted to be the Interim Head of School for EIS Moscow South West. I am originally from the South of England but moved to the Midlands nearly 20 years ago. After a successful career in publishing sales I trained as a teacher and spent the first nine years of my career working with children with additional needs as both a teacher of Humanities and as an Assistant Headteacher.

I moved to Mongolia in 2017 to take up the post of Head of Secondary at the British School of Ulaanbaatar. As a member of the senior leadership team I l helped to lead the school through a successful COBIS inspection which saw BSU become one of the first schools in the world to attain Patron's Accreditation. In 2018 I was promoted to Academic Director which involved managing the daily running of the whole school, from early years up to A Level.

I have a BA Hons degree in History and a PGCE in Secondary education, from the Universities of Newcastle and Durham respectively. In 2016 I gained an MA in Medieval History from the University of Lincoln. As part of my role here at Moscow South West I will be teaching History to Secondary Students.

I look forward to working with staff, parents and students to ensure that academic standards continue to rise. My goal is to uphold the key values of Orbital Education in providing a safe, challenging and happy learning environment for all of our students.

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Lee Daglish
Year 2 Teacher/Head of Primary
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Lee Daglish

Year 2 Teacher/Head of Primary

In 2000, I graduated from the University of Sunderland with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Historical Studies. Afterwhich, I worked with children and adults with learning disabilities. This led to me being employed at Hadrian School in 2008. The primary school catered for children with additional needs such as PMLD, autism and SEMH. In 2016, I completed my PGCE at Northumbria University. I then became employed at Hope Wood Academy in County Durham. I was a secondary PE teacher and form tutor responsible for the whole-school PE provision (EYFS up to sixth form). My personal interests include many physical activities from CrossFit to football. I am an avid reader who enjoys the outdoors and socialising with friends. My number one activity is spending time with my daughter.

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Ervine Scholtz
Science Teacher/Head of Secondary
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Ervine Scholtz

Science Teacher/Head of Secondary

My name is Ervine Scholtz and I come from Stellenbosch South Africa. I graduated from Stellenbosch University with A BSc. (Microbiology and Biochemistry) degree and a Hons.BSc. (Microbiology –Molecular biotechnology) degree. I obtained my teaching credentials form UNISA (University of South Africa). I have been teaching for 11 years classes that range from year 4 to year 11, science and mathematics. My teaching experience includes 6 years in South Africa; 4 years in Kazakhstan and I am now starting my 2nd year in Moscow. I am a fully qualified Molecular Biotechnologist (somebody that can manipulate DNA).