David Fairbairn-Day

Project Director Teachers First

David is an experienced and expert education development professional with a unique blend of teaching, education leadership and business skills. He has worked with governments, corporations, funding organizations and NGO’s advising on and developing projects for the use of technology in education. He has been involved in global education for over a decade having previously taught for 10 years and been an education consultant in the UK for 5.
He has spoken at and taken workshops at many international conferences such as including World Islamic Economic Forum, African Union, Global Education Leaders Programme, BESA, UNESCO, NAACE, Planet Earth Institute, International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF). At the UNESCO ICT in Education conference he was awarded the honour of presenting the most innovative idea in educational technology. He has had a number of advisory roles such as Chief Education Adviser, EMEA, Knowledge Motion Ltd; Director, British Education Suppliers Association (BESA) and Chairman of the Software and Technologies Interest Group; and Education Adviser, One Future Renewables Ltd.
David has led on initiatives such as curriculum designer for national governments, as principal consultant for a national education project, creator and implementer of global education support programmes to support pre and post sales activities, running proof of concept (POC) and prototype programmes in several countries and developed proposals for the effective use of renewable technologies in accelerating educational change in developing countries.
He graduated from Loughborough University, UK with an Honours degree in Sports Science and a Certificate of Education. He has taught in Further Education, Secondary and Primary schools, leaving a post as Deputy Head teacher in 2001.
David lives in the UK with his wife and young daughter and enjoys the outdoor life as much as possible. He has represented his country in 2 sports and coached a national team for 3 years.

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Hamish Higginson

Head of Education Team

During his degree and beyond, Hamish has worked for charities developing community education projects in South Africa, Monserrat and Romania.
His work in the formal education system began on a high note when he received the ‘Ted Wragg award for Excellence’ following his Post Graduate year at Exeter University. He has continued close links with Exeter University supporting teacher training, lecturing on ‘Classroom and Behaviour Management’ and ‘Establishing Citizenship Education’.
During his time as a Secondary school teacher in the UK he developed and established the Citizenship GCSE and led the whole school development of SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural), Community Cohesion, and School Partnerships (National and International). He spent over 8 years working with a number of government funded secondary schools in the Wakiso and Kayunga districts of Uganda, working on the development of curriculum, pedagogy, and school leadership.
Hamish’s work as an Education Consultant has included UK Secondary Education, University-based Teacher Training and International Educational Development. His role as ‘Lead Facilitator’ for the British Councils educational development (CPD) program in MENA included delivering of CPD courses for school leaders, classroom teachers and senior administrators.
He has designed and delivered innovative and interactive training and validation programs for the British Council’s global education professional development program across South Asia, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, the Americas, and Europe.
His recent work in Egypt has seen him take a lead in the development of ‘Teachers First’ as ‘Head of Education’. Hamish’s work has focused on the ‘Professional Behaviours’ and modern pedagogies that are impacting today’s education system, and can be effectively integrated into day to day teaching and learning programmes. He has established a program which promotes school based ‘Communities of Practice’ who build a culture of innovation and develop ‘capacity to change’.

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Principals Team

Shaymaa Saeed

Principal Trainer

Shaymaa Saeed graduated from faculty of Arts, English major, and was designated at once for being one of the Top Alumni. Whilst completing her teaching experience, Shaymaa dedicated her time and life to learning. She has always believed that as a teacher we have a requirement for continuous self-development and a responsibility to work on ways to best engage learners.
Shaymaa actively engaged in many courses, and as a result of her continuing success, later went on to be a trainer. She has lead professional development courses for Intel Teach, ICDL, Thinkquest, ISEF, and several other programs. Her aim was to engage and develop teachers so that their students would become stronger learners.
In the last four years, she has successfully completed two “Professional Educator” diplomas in AUC; “Integrating Technology in Classroom Education” and “Leadership”. What drove Shaymaa to complete these diplomas was that they were applicable inside classroom. Consequently, a new dream flourished, and her exuberant passion for driving behavioural change within education was realized. Shaymaa joined Teachers First in October 2015 and quickly demonstrated her understanding and ability to transform education to be more focused on student learning. As part of Teachers First, Shaymaa has lead training, developed materials and driven behavioural change for many teachers across Egypt. She now finds herself as the Principal Trainer for Teachers First and looks forward to driving behavioural change amongst teachers and enabling outstanding learners within all Egyptian Schools.

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Team Leaders

Reham EL-Degwy

Team Leader

Riham had her bachelor degree in Kindergarten in 1997 from Cairo University and this was the gate from where she set her journey toward professional development.
She has been awarded “Post Graduate Diploma of counseling non-ordinary people” from Ain Shames University, Faculty of Education in 1998. Then she has been awarded “Post Graduate Diploma of mental health” from the same university in 1999. Her continuous learning journey did not stop and she continued to have her pre-master from Ain Shames University in 2000 and she was nominated to have “Professional Diploma for Educators (integrated technology in classroom)” The American University in Cairo 2014.
Riham started her work as a Kindergarten Teacher in governmental schools. Step by step she was chosen to be a KG deputy manager in early childhood deputy center from 2003 till 2014. She is all the time seeking development, so she worked as education assistant consultant during the UNESCO project with the ministry of education developing early childhood education in Egypt. She worked as a member of the technical committee in setting new curriculum for kindergarten. Moreover, as a trainer in the same project to train the KG teachers all over Egypt in the developing curriculum-2004/2008.And became a certified trainer form Teachers’ professional academy 2012
She did many jobs and that was the reason she was awarded many rewards “Certificate of Merit from the President of the Central Administration of Basic Education and Kindergarten from 2004 until 2013”. “First place originally and the second place globally in international competition leaders to advocate Early Childhood Development (ECD) issues in my own society 2014”. “Get the Order of Distinction from the first layer from the President of the Republic in the Teacher’s Day 2014”.
Riham’s quote is “Never lose hope” and she really does that. She can set her aims clear and she struggles hard to fulfil them in a right way.

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Yasmine Ismail

Team Leader

Yasmine is Cairo 1 Area Lead trainer at TF. She is an ALT for Aswan 1, an area which she was so interested to lead despite the long distance. She beliefs that Aswan will best deliver Teachers First’s message or “spread the virus”. In the previous phase, Yasmine was Cairo 1 Trainer, a position which she was dreaming about ever since she got her high school diploma from McLean High School, Virginia, U.S.A. in 1997 and returned to Egypt.
She joined Ain Shams university, Al-Alsun college majoring in the English Language so she can work in the education field and be able to achieve her lifelong goal one day by helping in Egypt’s education reform. As soon as she graduated in 2001, she worked in several international schools & attended the AUC teaching diploma for early learners along with participating in many educational forums. She served in number of areas outside her regular teaching duties in the school including chair of the data analysis committee, editor of the school’s newsletter & head stage manager of the annual shows. When she was nominated to be part of TF project, she dedicated with great passion all her time for it.

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Walaa Afifi

Team Leader

Walaa Afifi currently serves as one of Cairo’s and Aswan’s area lead trainers in “Teachers First” project.
Previously, she has been active in the field of education for 10 years as a school teacher and a grade supervisor while examining different education systems around the world. Her expertise focused on; teaching English as a second language and on early childhood education development. She holds an educator diploma in “Early childhood education literacy” from the American University in Cairo December 2015 along with a certification in the “International Baccalaureate Diploma” for teaching primary years. She was also nominated as one of “Teachers First National Ambassadors of Change” August 2016. And from her belief of the importance of CPD she completed relevant trainings such as; creative thinking, team building and presentation skills.
Prior to her devotion in the field of education she graduated in 1998 with a “Bachelor of Science in Marketing” from City University, U.S.A, and served as a Marketing Specialist for 10 years in the advertising field. After pursuing a career in education, she linked a connection between both marketing and education and which was; “it’s not about you, but always about others!”
Offline Walaa enjoys upcycling projects and reading !

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Venue Team

Samir Hegazy

Area mentor

Noha Reda

Out of Hour Mentor

Mohamed Moawad

Area mentor

Khaled Gomaa

Area mentor

George Youhanna

Area mentor

Asmaa Shehata

Area mentor

Wafaa Hamed

Area trainer

Mohammed Lokman

Area Trainer

Heba Gamal

Area Trainer

Heba Afifi

Area Trainer

Gamil Seif Eldin

Area trainer

Eman Shuman

Area trainer

Alaa Al-Farmawy

Area Trainer

Adel Mohammed

Area Trainer

Development Team

Nasser EL-Gindy

Professional Development Support Team

Nasser remembers being so upset in class as a child because he did not understand what was being talked about in the classroom. He owes his academic success to an amazing teacher who changed his life. It is a long life of professional work and experience as a teacher about twenty years which full of challenges and professional development.
His name is Nasser El Gindy. He is a teacher of English language in Cairo Official Language school. He did some studies in the field of education; Master degree in methodology, Professional Educator Diploma in AUC, Diploma in Environmental Education from Ain Shams University, General Education Diploma from Tanta University, Translation Diploma from Cairo University and he is registered to have PHD.
His Teaching Philosophy:
He realizes that his main philosophy towards teaching is that he wants to make sure that as a teacher he conveys knowledge that goes beyond purely teaching academia, and extends to teaching students values, strength of character, morals, social dynamics, and life development.
His teaching methodologies main objective is to inspire learning of content as well as developing the skills necessary for students to explore content and draw intelligent conclusions independently.
Nasser believes the role of education is to prepare students for the world outside of school. Children have been given more responsibilities at a younger age in today’s society.
Nasser’s concerns through his life is to develop his career. This will be through knowing the latest trends in teaching and Education, so he found attending conferences and Training courses is the most useful way to develop himself. Working in delivering Teachers First gives him the opportunity to share his experience with others. As he was responsible for Evaluation in the Extended Pilot phase he touched how It is a great project to develop professional behaviours for teachers in Egypt

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Samir Omara

Professional Development Lead

Since he got BA of Education in 1997, Samir Omara continues professional development. He got a special diploma of education, a professional diploma of special education, a “TEFL Course” in UK and an AUC diploma of educational leadership. He took part in many professional development activities that helped to develop his concern of CPD.
During his time as a teacher of English at “Melig Prep School”, he worked as a part-time trainer of “Intel Teach to the Future Program” that helped to develop his practice of teaching, teacher training and education technology. During his time as a senior teacher of English at “Integrated Distinct Governmental Language School”, he coached teams of learners who participated in many projects such as “Oracle ThinkQuest” and “Schools Online”. He worked as a part-time teacher trainer at the “Professional Academy for Teachers”, so his knowledge, skills and experience of training teachers, supervisors and principals were developed.
He was awarded “Ideal Teacher” and “Excellent Teacher” prizes. He was nominated as one of “TF National Ambassadors of Change”. He is a “lifelong learner” who likes reading and volleyball! Samir now works as the Professional Development Lead for Teachers First – to support trainers’, mentors and CoPs’ CPD.

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Noha Maher El-Ghotmy

Professional Development Support Team

Since she got BA of Education in 2000, Noha El-Ghotmy continues professional development. She got a professional diploma of special education and an AUC diploma of educational leadership. She took part in many training sessions to trained teachers.
During her time as a teacher of English at “Abd El Azez Fahmy Prep School”, she worked as a part-time trainer of “Intel Teach to the Future Program” that helped to develop her practice of teaching, teacher training and education technology. During her time as a senior teacher of English at “Integrated Distinct Governmental Language School”, she coached a team of teachers who participated in curricula group. She worked as a part-time trainer at the “Menofia University”. She worked as a trainer for Teacher First project, so her knowledge, skills and experience of training teachers supervisors and principals were developed.
She was nominated as one of “TF National Ambassadors of Change”. She is a “lifelong learner & hard worker” who likes reading and drawing! Noha now works as the Area Lead Trainer for Teachers First – to support trainers’ in Alexandria.

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Evaluation Team

Gerges Yousry Ibrahim

Evaluation Lead

Mr. Gerges Yousry Ibrahim has begun work in education since the first moment of his graduation from Faculty of Education, Helwan University, in 2000, with final grade very good and degree of honor. This encouraged him to complete his professional development beside the work. He obtained a Diploma in Educational Technology from the American University in 2001 while working as a mathematics teacher in Egyptian public schools. During his work he has moved to experimental schools then future schools.
He obtained numerous professional development training courses at the American University and the British Cultural Council, which were concluded with obtaining a Master degree in mathematics teaching methods from Birmingham University, England in 2009. During the study period abroad he was the official spokesman of the Arab community in the university and the representative of expatriate students studying in the university at official forums. Beside that he taught mathematics in the United Kingdom public schools during his study stay.
Upon returning from the United Kingdom, he was nominated to work as an educational expert for the African Fund, an affiliated organ to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013.
In his continuous quest for professional development, he joined “Teachers First” program in 2016 as a trainee, then he was selected as a lead assessor in the program.

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