Senior Leadership Team
Duncan GOWEN- Acting Principal and Head of Secondary
Duncan studied History and Politics at Manchester University before completing his PGCE at Liverpool University. In the UK Duncan taught in independent schools for twenty-nine years the last of which was Wells Cathedral School where at various times he held the positions of Head of History and Senior Housemaster. After teaching in the UK for a good length of time Duncan decided to begin a new chapter in his career by teaching overseas. Since then he has held senior leadership positions at Hillcrest International School in Nairobi, Kenya where he was Academic Deputy Head and the British International School of Bucharest in Romania where he was Head of the Secondary School. He has found teaching and learning overseas to be both challenging and enjoyable and wonderfully rewarding.
Duncan has inspected schools for the Independent Schools Inspectorate in the UK and is now an inspector for the Council of British International Schools. As an educationalist Duncan believes very much in promoting partnership and collaboration between teachers, students and parents. Experience tells him that it is vital to look after the whole child and that learning takes place both in and outside of the classroom. He believes very much in creating active learning environments which inspire, support and celebrate student learning and through this develop the life-long learning skills and attributes that are vital for success and happiness in the modern 21st Century world.
Duncan is tremendously excited to be part of the foundation team of the British International School of Casablanca. He is looking forward to shaping both the pastoral and the academic programmes that will operate in the Secondary School at BISC and that will help to inspire success for the students attending the school.
Touriya EL OTMANI - Deputy Head of the School
Mrs. El Otmani has a Bachelor's Degree in Language and Literature, with a Major in English Literature from Kadi Ayyad University, Marrakech. In her 23 years of experience in education, she has undertaken numerous project supervision, school inspection, staff evaluation and other administrative roles. This work has allowed her to develop substantial expertise in the field of school strategic planning.
Mrs. El Otmani has also been trained and served as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator, a role which has involved her in the professional development of teachers with regard to this curriculum.
Graham TAIT - Head of Primary
Graham Tait is a primary school specialist who qualified as a teacher from Southampton University in June 2000. He spent five years teaching in England before moving internationally in 2005. Mr Tait has taught across Years 1 to 6 in British international schools in Malaysia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan and now Morocco. Mr Tait began his leadership experience a subject leader, before becoming a Head of Year, then a phase leader for Years 3 and 4 at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City. After this, he became Deputy Head at Baku Oxford School, before being promoted to Head of Primary. In this time, Mr Tait has led teams through BSO (British Schools Overseas) inspection, CIS (Council of International Schools) accreditation and to NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) membership. Mr Tait is now delighted to be Head of Primary at the British International School Casablanca and looks forward to working in partnership with families to develop a leading educational community.
BA Hons English Literature, University of Winchester, England
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Southampton, England
Gareth JONES - Deputy Head
Gareth studied Education for 4 years at university in Bristol and completed his Bachelor of Education degree with Honours specialising in Primary Mathematics. After this he taught in a Primary school in UK introducing the National Curriculum in its initial stages of development.
However, Gareth had a dream to work in Africa with less privileged children. So, he volunteered as a Secondary Maths teacher in a small village in rural Tanzania. It was an amazing experience that opened his mind and taught him a great many life skills. It also gave him a love for Africa and travelling, so a few years later he returned to Tanzania to embark on his career as an international teacher working in a developing International British School.
He then moved on from there to an established British School in Togo, West Africa, where he worked as a Year 5 teacher and developed many important parts of the school including a Primary boarding house and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for Secondary students. Gareth returned to Togo some years later to re-establish The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and lead the Primary school through what was a very challenging time.
In-between his two periods in Togo Gareth taught in Colombia, Egypt, UK and Spain. In the UK he was Deputy Head in a state primary school and spent some time as acting Head. Gareth went on to take up leadership roles in Lagos, Nigeria, Bucharest, Romania and most recently in North Italy where he was Principal of a IB PYP bilingual school.
Before coming to Casablanca Gareth set up a bilingual English curriculum school in Italy, designing the blended curriculum and leading the school through its first very important and most challenging year.
Gareth brings to Casablanca a wealth of leadership, teaching and learning experience over more than 25 years in various countries and with a range of curricula. He hopes to help the school develop into a leading establishment in Morocco and beyond.