Engaging lessons delivered by exceptional teachers

Meet the Teachers

Enabling students to achieve their goals requires many attributes in teachers, especially in online education. That’s why we interviewed hundreds of teachers before choosing our team, each of whom is highly qualified and has a wealth of experience in schools and online. Every one of our teachers has committed to helping your child gain the success they want. We commit to small classes so each student is seen as an individual learner and receives a personalised education. Mentors meet regularly with each student to guide their success and our leadership team promises an ‘open door’ policy to students and their parents so we can communicate regularly and effectively. 

Elea High Online School has taken the best elements of online learning and added in innovative ways to capture students’ imaginations and enable them to make the most of online learning opportunities through VR and AI. Our teachers have been chosen for their ability to engage effectively with all their students and have subsequently undergone training that is specific to the requirements of delivering high quality lessons that ensure the intended student outcomes are achieved or exceeded.  Additionally, we recognise the difficulties that online education can present and have committed to providing ways in which these can be overcome by regular meetings with students, encouragement to socialise in after school clubs and by ensuring we are always there to support them through their education journey.

Rebecca Hoyle

IGCSE and A Level English Language and Literature

Having completed her PGCE in English with Media and Drama in 2007, Rebecca has taught English Language, English Literature, and Drama in the UK and overseas in international schools for the past fifteen years.

In addition to classroom teaching, she has taught online since 2019, and loves bringing English Literature and Language alive for her students through encouragement, creativity, and her enthusiasm for her subject.

Rebecca possesses a BA First Class Hons in English Literature and can usually be found with her head in a book when she is not hiking the Yorkshire countryside or cycling.

She is very much looking forward to meeting Elea High Online School students and supporting them to achieve their full potential in English.

David Ball

A Level Chemistry


After graduating from the University of York with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, David spent several years in industry as a development chemist before retraining as a science teacher. He has 18 years’ experience teaching GCSE Science, A-level Chemistry and A-level Physics in the UK. David also has experience in coordinating the delivery of vocational Applied Science Level 3 courses.

David currently works as an A-level examiner for two major examination boards. He also tests and marks papers for Level 3 Applied Science examinations.

Outside of teaching, David enjoys music, working with technology and walking in the countryside.

Shelley Dixon

IGCSE and A Level Biology and Chemistry

With over ten years’ experience in teaching GCSE and A level Biology to students across the globe, Shelley holds a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education.

Shelley started her teaching career in the UK before spending a year teaching English as a Second Language and science at a TEFL recognised school in Thailand. In 2014, she moved to China to teach Biology at a well-established international school where she was soon appointed as Head of Science as well as teaching Cambridge International GCSE and A level Biology.

In 2018, Shelley returned to the UK where she has since taught AQA, Edexcel and OCR specifications, both to GCSE and A Level students in mainstream schools and online.

Simon Mumford

IGCSE and A Level Physics and Maths Mechanics

Simon has taught IGCSE and A Level Physics and Mechanics in Maths for 30 years and is an examiner for AQA. After completing his degree, he undertook an MSc in Remote Sensing (Earth Satellite Observation). After a year working in industry, he decided on a career change and trained as a teacher, which he believes is the best decision he’s ever made.

He taught Science for eight years in the UK before spending three years teaching in Malawi. His teaching roles have included Head of Science and Physics, and as a training provider for Physics teachers. Physics is his passion, and he is a keen amateur astronomer. Simon has organised and led school expeditions in Europe and Africa, plus visits to CERN in Geneva. In his spare time, you will find him mountaineering in the Lake District or cruising around the lanes on his bicycle.

Saima Hussain

IGCSE and A Level Geography

Saima is an experienced Geography teacher who has worked in the UK and international schools for over a decade. Saima has a MSc in Geography and an MA in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education.

Known for her outstanding skills, dedication, and passion for teaching, since 2019 Saima has been teaching online. She is committed to helping students excel in their Geography studies and is excited to be part of the Elea High Online School team.

In her spare time, Saima enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures.

Begona Sarmiento

IGCSE Spanish

After completing her degree, Begona secured a position in a school and embarked on a journey that led her to discover her true calling in life: teaching.

In 2012, Begona made a life-changing move to England to pursue teaching a language that held a special place in her heart: Spanish.

A decade later, Begona boasts a wealth of diverse teaching experiences including online and in-person instruction. She has dedicated herself to helping GCSE and A-level students achieve their full potential. This commitment extends to home-educated students and those with unique learning needs.

Begona’s commitment extends further than simply imparting language skills; she endeavors to immerse her students in the vivid and culturally rich tapestry of Spain.

Shari Wilson

IGCSE Computer Science

Having completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Information and Communication Technology, Shari has taught Business Studies, Computer Science and Information Technology in the UK for the past twelve years.

In addition to classroom teaching, Shari has taught online since 2019 and loves bringing Computer Science to life for her students and helping them to gain confidence in the subject.

In addition to her teaching qualification, Shari possesses a BA(Hons) in Media Studies and, in her leisure time, can usually be found in the theatre, or going for walks by the seaside.

Zahid Khan

A Level Computer Science

Zahid is an experienced Computer Science educator, with over eight years of teaching experience in various countries, including the UAE and the United Kingdom. He holds a BSc degree in Computer Science and a PGCE in Computer Science from the University of Warwick. Zahid has worked at two prestigious international schools in the UAE and has also worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.

Zahid has a Masters in Professional Education from the University of Warwick, specialising in addressing verbal deficits in international students, allowing him to tailor his teaching approach, ensuring effective communication and understanding with his diverse group of students. Teaching online for over three years, Zahid imparts his passion for Computer Science and his teaching methods are designed to foster a strong understanding and interest in the subject.

Outside of teaching, Zahid enjoys travel and exploring different cultures. He is looking forward to working with the students at Elea High.

Hussain Sivardeen

IGCSE and A Level Mathematics
Hussain began his career as an engineer following his achievement of a first-class honours degree in engineering from Imperial College, London. After five years working as a chartered engineer, he decided on a change of career and undertook a post graduate qualification to become a mathematics teacher.

Since then, he has been appointed as a Head of Mathematics at a prestigious school in the Middle East, been a tutor on the UK’s National Tutor Programme and is an examiner for Cambridge and Pearson Edexcel IGCSE and A Level Mathematics. In his words, ‘Simply put, I do whatever I can to bring out the best in my learners, by making their needs the centre of my teaching.’ Hussain is excited at the prospect of teaching the students at Elea High Online School and looks forward to meeting them in September.

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