Meet Our Education Team

Friendly team of professionals

Meet Our Education Team

My Online Schooling is made possible by a fantastic and friendly team of education and customer service professionals who are instrumental in the success of our school and the experience of our pupils and families.

All members of the My Online Schooling team share the same passion for teaching and the same dedication for the principles of diversity, transparency and empathy. Together, we work to bring the highest standards of education to your child, no matter where they are or what challenges they face.

Our Education team are on hand throughout the school week, ready to offer support for pupils, parents and carers. Meet the members of our Education Team:

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Euan MacLean

School Principal

While I initially studied to be a forensic scientist at university, I went on to train as a teacher at the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a Teacher of Biology with Science. From there, I started my teaching career with a posting in the Shetland Islands – which proved to be an invaluable experience. Moving away from island life, I travelled more than 2,500km to Prague, where I worked for three years at an independent school with students from more than 40 countries. As a Head of House, Senior Tutor and teacher, I was responsible for both the pastoral care and academic progress of students in my care, not to mention leading various extra-curricular activities, from the debating society to the LGBT+ Allies group.

I find the whole concept of online schooling really exciting – it’s great to be part of a team that offers so much for young people. Here, we remove many of the limitations a lot of students encounter in the classroom. I’m passionate about offering young people the best experience possible and for them to do the best they can do, for them.

Outside of work, I enjoy trying to keep fit and spending time with my family. Our French bulldog, Mabel, keeps me busy with walks and playing. I also love to travel and I’ve been to many countries, but I’m always looking to add to the list – travelling the world is a wonderful way of exploring cultures, not to mention trying new foods.

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Emily Booth

Head of Secondary School

As Head of our Secondary school, I manage and support our teachers, pupils and families across all levels of our Secondary School. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, where I studied both history and social studies education at the University of Georgia. As part of my education degree, I had the chance to work with secondary students with varied, and sometimes complex, learning needs. It was especially rewarding to get to know these students and their families, helping them find the best possible learning experience.

I moved to Edinburgh in 2017 and built on my university experiences by working for a children’s healthcare charity – which gave me another chance to support young people with complex needs and showed me just how important a flexible education can be to some young people.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy exploring new places in the UK and Europe, as well as getting back to the US to catch up with family and friends. I also enjoy reading, baking and watching films.

Emily Peters

Deputy Head of Secondary School and Designated Safeguarding Lead

I have a BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography, PGCE Physics, and I am working on an MSc Space and Technology. Originally, I studied science at the University of Liverpool before going on to train as a teacher. I've spent many years teaching Physics to KS3, KS4 and KS5. I always enjoyed pastoral care, and running after school clubs such as STEM Club and Green Club. 

After 2 wonderful years spent teaching science at My Online Schooling, I had the great privilege of moving into the role of Deputy Head of Secondary. I assist the Head of Secondary in the day-to-day operations at My Online Schooling. We support our teachers and Heads of Faculty, carrying out training and professional development. For our pupils, we plan school wide events, oversee safeguarding and wellbeing, track progress, and ensure every individual enjoys high quality teaching and learning.

I love the values of inclusion and innovation that are evident in every aspect of our school community. Our staff and pupils create a vibrant and positive atmosphere that is tangible even in the online classroom! It's truly amazing what we are able to achieve by working together online.

Outside of work, I love music and video games. You can often find me wandering in the countryside with my little dog, Charlie.

Sara Goyea

Head of Junior School

I obtained my first degree in BA(Hons) European Languages & Institutions specialising in Spanish, Portuguese and Politics prior to returning to University 13 years ago to obtain my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I am TEFL qualified and have experience of teaching EAL to both children and adults. I am passionate about keeping abreast of the latest trends and developments in outstanding pedagogy. Aside to my role at My Online Schooling, I am currently studying for a Masters in Research Education with a focus on adapting learning to meet the needs of all pupil groups.

I joined My Online Schooling in August 2020 as part of the Junior Leadership Team to support the strategic direction of the new Junior School and develop an outstanding and creative curriculum. My previous leadership experience in teaching and learning and having taught all primary year groups both previously and in the Junior online classroom at MOS has enabled me to support both new teachers and subject leaders develop best practice and provision for our Junior pupils.  My current role as Head of the Junior School involves leading and supporting our fabulous team of teachers, pupils and families across all aspects of our Junior School. Our aim at My Online Schooling Junior School is to ensure every pupil thrives and is empowered to achieve their full potential.

I am so proud of how much we have achieved as a Junior School in such a short space of time and this is down to an excellent, supportive team who work tirelessly and collaboratively to ensure the best for our Junior pupils. Committed to developing home / school partnerships, I love being part of an online school that offers a safe, happy and nurturing environment for our pupils but also being involved with a thriving, wider school community.

I love travelling with my family; experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. I am an avid Rugby Union fan, having spent many years on the sidelines, watching my son play at school, club and county level. I am a passionate gardener and love growing my own produce and also walking and spending time with my two dogs.

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Lauren Galligan

Leader of Teaching and Learning - Secondary

I am a teacher of Science and Leader of Teaching and Learning here at My Online Schooling. I completed my integrated Masters in Chemistry (MChem) in 2015, then went on to start a PhD where I began creating materials for cleaning up nuclear waste. During the PhD I did some undergraduate teaching and decided to change career paths one year in. From here I did my PGCE (Chemistry with Secondary Sciences) at the University of Warwick and gained my QTS. I have experienced both mainstream and private schools before joining MOS in September 2018.

I applied to work at My Online Schooling as I wanted to continue teaching but in an environment that suited my needs more than mainstream school. My role involves working alongside the Education Team to inform the strategic direction of teaching and learning at MOS. I work with teachers to promote high quality learning experiences for pupils, ensuring that the needs of all pupils are being met during lessons, and engaging in meaningful dialogue to facilitate improvement in classroom practise where necessary.

Outside of school, I love arts and crafts, reading (especially detective and mystery), gaming, going for walks.

Bethany Jamieson

Leader of Teaching and Learning - Junior

I studied at the University of Stirling. My BA Hons in Primary Education with a specialism in the environment has been hugely advantageous in preparation for my teaching career. It provided me with strong subject knowledge in learning for sustainability, science, social studies and outdoor learning.

After graduating, I spent three years teaching in Scotland where I taught Primary 2, 2/3 and Primary 6. I then decided to move to Australia to travel and enhance my teaching career further. In Australia, I was an Early Childhood Teacher in an Early ChIldcare Centre and in a Montessori School. It was in Australia that I also found My Online Schooling! I worked as a Key Stage 2 teacher whilst travelling and living in Sydney. I returned to Scotland and have continued to teach with My Online Schooling. I teach across Key Stage 2 and am now the Leader of Teaching and Learning for our Junior School. My role involves supporting our Head of Junior School with leading and supporting our fantastic Junior teachers, and informing the strategic direction of our Junior School.

I was drawn to teaching and working online having listened to colleagues discuss the profound impact of online education. I was inspired by the way it provides children who found the alternatives to online schooling very challenging with a positive learning experience.

Outside of school, you’ll usually find me spending time with friends and family or walking my dog!

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Emma Wright

Success Coordinator Team Leader - Secondary School

My role here is to provide all our parents and pupils with the best support possible. Having spent years working in customer service, I know that the key to a good experience for parents is smooth communication – no query is too small!

I studied psychology and sociology, and I qualified in Social Sciences. I also volunteered as a classroom assistant for a local primary school, so I know how traditional schools operate. That’s why I’m such an advocate for what we do here – I’ve met lots of children who could have benefitted from it. It’s a brilliant option to have.

Before I joined My Online Schooling, I also worked in various customer-focused roles, working with people of all ages and backgrounds. The experience has helped me in my role here, providing the best possible support for our parents and pupils. It also shows me what an amazing team we have here. They’re truly amazing. It’s such a positive and supportive atmosphere, which really comes across in everything we do.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with animals, especially my kitten Tigger! I love music – I play a couple of instruments and I’m currently learning the piano – while I also love musical theatre, movies and travelling to sunny places.

Tegan Cannon

Success Coordinator Team Leader - Junior School

Since graduating in 2013 I have pursued my passion for travel, from working on-board yachts in Croatia, to ski resorts in France and managing a luxury hotel for dogs in Western Australia. Back in the 'real world' I spent a number of years working as a luxury travel advisor, building close relationships with customers and tailor-making once in a lifetime holidays. 

I am a people-person with a passion for excellent customer service and have developed these skills in a range of industries, which has equipped me with the skills and knowledge to support you and your families' journey to success with My Online Schooling.

As a Success Coordinator Team Leader at My Online Schooling, my role is to support you and your child in achieving success, however that may look to the individual. I can be reached by email, phone call or even video chat, and no question is too small! Working closely with the Education team, you may see me in the classroom and assemblies, and I will be reaching out to families to celebrate all of the successes along the way.

I love the diversity and inclusivity of the school, and it is great to see children from all over the world coming together to share ideas and passions whilst working on projects in classrooms, or sharing their hobbies in our after school clubs. I also love the values embedded into the ethos of My Online Schooling - Respect, Empower, Thrive. Every member of staff on the team lives by these values every day, and it is great to work with like-minded people who share the same vision. We all know we are a part of something special, paving an inclusive, diverse and successful future for the next generation.

Outside of work I love travelling to new countries, going for long walks along the beach with my sausage dog Crumpet, or simply relaxing with a coffee and a good crime novel.

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Hannah Dentith

Success Coordinator - Secondary School

Before joining My Online Schooling I have been lucky enough to specialise in relationship management, working in numerous customer centric roles both locally and internationally. My most recent venture prior to MOS has been within the digital education field. I am a 'people person' and believe this alongside my knowledge will ensure you have a positive experience working with me.

I majored in Education Studies at The University of Chester specialising in inclusive Education. During my studies I had the opportunity to work as an international mentor helping international students transition from their home country to the UK, increasing my ability to connect with parents and pupils on a personal level. My individual experience with online learning whilst working for Walt Disney World in Florida has enhanced my ability to relate and empathise with current pupils. This knowledge has fuelled my passion for inclusivity in Education which is what has drawn me to MOS.

My role as Secondary Success Coordinator is to work alongside you to ensure your young person has a positive learning experience. MOS teaches both academic learning and social development through clubs and our support hub. MOS truly epitomises the pupil-first philosophy and I am excited to be part of your child’s learning journey!

Outside of work I am a keen hiker and enjoy climbing Munros when the weather permits! I’m an enthusiastic theatre goer. I am also a foodie so enjoy travelling to new cities, trying out unusual cuisine.

Mike Sayers

Success Coordinator - Secondary School

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from The University of York. My employment background includes a variety of customer facing roles, including online stock brokerage, and Motability, where I was responsible for ensuring that individuals with disabilities had the correct adaptations for their vehicles. Working for a variety of companies like this has given me the experience to find solutions to any event that may occur.

My role as a Secondary Success Coordinator at My Online Schooling includes liaising with parents and teachers to ensure that every child is getting the best educational experience possible. I have a particular passion for working with children with disabilities to ensure they get the most out of every class they participate in.

I enjoy working with a passionate team of individuals who are helping to build a better way of learning for children. I also really like the focus MOS places on independent work for pupils which helps them develop key analytical and critical thinking skills that a bricks and mortar school might not do.

When I’m not in the office, I love to read and listen to vinyl records, of which my collection is rapidly expanding. During the summer months I enjoy going to music festivals and hiking around Scotland.

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Lucy Bavidge

Success Coordinator - Secondary School

Over the last 6 years I have been working within the Financial sector, where my role was varied; from providing financial reviews via video and telephone, to processing online application forms for various products behind the scenes. Throughout my years in banking I have achieved the Chartered Banker - Professional Bankers’ certificate.

As a Secondary Success Coordinator for My Online Schooling, it's my responsibility to ensure that all of the families I look after are well-supported and have the best experience with us at My Online Schooling. I am their first point of contact with the school, and am here to ensure their child is getting the best out of their time with us. I was originally drawn to MOS as their purpose and values resonate with me. I was so excited to become a part of a company who offer a service so unique and tailored to children that need an educational solution outside of mainstream schooling. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going for nice meals and keeping active. I climbed my first Munro this year and plan to do some more when the weather permits it!

Adrien Brady

Success Coordinator - Junior School

Before joining My Online Schooling I was previously in a Customer Service based role, where I have developed various skills over multiple platforms; phone, email, chat and social media and have become experienced in building and developing relationships online. Having this type of experience has allowed me to create strong relationships with the families I look after, and to communicate with them to streamline the best possible experience at My Online Schooling. 

Alongside working with MOS I am also studying part time towards my BSc in Psychology with Counselling at The Open University. Studying online helps me relate to the pupils and families enrolled at our school.

My role as a Junior Success Coordinator is to ensure you and your family are well supported and have the best experience possible throughout your child’s online education journey. I will be here as your first point of contact to answer any questions asked and help you in any way I can.

The thing I love most about My Online Schooling is the caring community that surrounds our pupils. Success means many different things to many different people and everyone here at My Online Schooling want our young people to succeed in their own way whatever that may be.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, taking my two dogs for walks in the country and I also have a new found love for camping. Earlier this year I completed the NC500 around Scotland and I am already planning another camping road trip!

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Tiffany Thompson

Success Coordinator and Culture Lead - Asia Pacific

I am originally from England but re-located to Australia in 2018. I completed all of my education in England so I have a strong understanding of the British education system and how it works. I am a real 'people-person' and have previously worked in a lot of customer-service focused roles so I understand the importance of communication and working together to achieve the best outcome for your child/children.

In 2018, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Kent where I opted for youth-focused modules. I have always wanted to work with children and young people, particularly in the educational sector and have a real passion for helping others. Whilst at university I became involved with various volunteering opportunities such as the 'Help the Homeless' Society and also a local Mental Health charity to help break down barriers, share experiences and to offer a platform for voices to be heard.

I am incredibly passionate about offering quality education and making a difference to the lives of pupils, which is exactly what My Online Schooling offers. I also love the sense of community that MOS offers and how it brings people from all across the world together. My role as Success Coordinator is to answer any questions or concerns that you might have - I am here to support you every step of the way on your journey with us at My Online Schooling. As Culture Lead, I am an advocate and ambassador for the vision and values of the school. My role is to ensure our team are continually pursuing the best outcome for My Online Schooling and considering the bigger picture.

Wellbeing & Learning Support

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Vanessa Baker

Head of Wellbeing

As Head of Wellbeing at My Online Schooling, I am here to oversee and support our pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. I work with parents and teachers to ensure children are getting the support that they need to access the curriculum.

In 2018, I graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Psychology. This gave me a deeper understanding of child development and mental health. While studying, I worked with Lothian Autistic Society as a support worker. In this role I helped children build up their independence by working closely with them to set and achieve goals which would help develop key life skills.

After graduating, I worked in a primary school supporting children with a variety of additional support needs. These needs included autism, ADHD, social emotional difficulties and physical disabilities. I provided individualised support to help children access the curriculum, develop social skills and tools for emotional regulation. This experience helped me to further my knowledge of additional needs and mental health in young people.

Outside of work, I enjoy going for walks with our border collie puppy, Bailey! At the weekend, I love meeting up with family and friends to go for walks or out for lunch.

Laura Hendry

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo)

I have a certificate in teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties, a PGCE Secondary French and German and BA Hons French and German. I trained as a French and German teacher in 1998 and taught for two years in a boarding school in Perthshire, Scotland, before moving to Bedford to work in a selective Independent School, where I gradually became involved in supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then trained in 2006 to teach, and subsequently to assess, pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. 

In 2015 I became SENDCo, leading a department of two dyslexia support teachers, two specialist teachers and one Learning Support Assistant. Together we supported pupils with a variety of Support Needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD. I am also a trained yoga and teen yoga teacher, which I believe helps me in supporting pupils with SEND.

Having gained some experience over the past few years supporting pupils and their families remotely, I realised how effective this form of teaching and learning can be and how it suits some pupils better to learn from home. I am passionate about making education accessible for all and hope to support our pupils to allow them to achieve their potential.

I like to spend my free time with family and friends or climbing, doing yoga, reading and going for walks by the sea.

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