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Meet The Team

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Dr Sarah Rogers

CEO

Sarah is the CEO and founder of EYES and Quest. With over 25 years experience of working within the education sector at senior level in the UK and overseas, Sarah set up EYES and later Quest in order to support and promote the quality of education in both the early years and primary sectors.

As well as carrying out the important day to day tasks of running a company, Sarah is very much a hands-on, proactive CEO. She regularly guest speaks at important educational events and conferences around the region, she also delivers a number of CPD courses.

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Emma Jayne Morgan
General Manager

Emma has been involved in the Early Years here in the UAE since 2003. After completing her degree, she trained to become an Early Years teacher working with a variety of age groups and later moving into management. This has given her an excellent knowledge of all the different areas and levels of an Early Years setting. Emma is passionate about providing all children with excellent Early Years care as she believes that this is the most important stage of a child’s development.

As General Manager, Emma is responsible for the day to day running of the Quest/EYES office and also teaches and assesses the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner and Level 5 Diploma for Leadership for Children and Young People’s Services (Management Pathway).

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Michelle Blackwood

 Senior Educational Consultant

Michelle started her work with children in the early years delivering physical development programmes with her local council in Scotland. During this time she spent a lot of time in nursery settings and became interested in classroom practice and the way in which children learn and develop so decided to retrain to become an Early Years Practitioner. During the 15 years in which Michelle has worked in the early years environment she has held senior teaching positions as well as management roles in nursery settings in both Thailand and the UAE.

Michelle is responsible for internally verifying our qualifications as well as consulting on best practice and creating new training opportunities internationally.

Sophie Booth

Sophie Booth

Educational Consultant

Sophie is a qualified playworker who worked in the UK as deputy manager, providing children with afterschool, holiday and early morning care. Since moving to Dubai, she has worked in nurseries in foundation stage, supporting children to develop key skills for future learning and development and preparing children for their transition to primary school.

 

She has her CACHE Level 5 in Leadership and Management and currently teaches CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People and CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Work Force as well as a wide range of CPDs.

Sophie is passionate about Early Education and its role in supporting children’s lifelong learning through play and quality experiences for children to explore, investigate and discover.

Alison Hunter

Alison Hunter

HR/Administration Manager

Alison moved from Scotland to Dubai in 1993. She worked in banking for many years before joining QuEST/EYES in 2013 in the role of PA to Sarah Rogers. As the company grew her role evolved and she is now HR/Administration Manager.

Karen Soehnle

Karen Soehnle

Makaton Tutor

Norfolk Makaton Tuition

Karen has been using Makaton for many years in her role as a Course Director and lecturer in a local further education college in the UK, where she has been teaching for nearly 20 years.
 
She teaches young people with learning difficulties and has seen the positive impact of using Makaton with her students; it increases their communication skills, improves their confidence and helps to develop their independent living skills.
 
Karen is passionate about using Makaton and this passion drove her to become a regional Makaton tutor, so she can share this unique language programme with people and change their lives for the better.

She is a licensed and trained UK Makaton trainer and runs certified courses L1 – L4 that are suitable for early years practitioners to support the communication and language skills of all young learners. These courses really make a difference to our youngest children and are used extensively in UK nurseries to support a language rich environment.

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Royce de Guzman

Accountant

Royce de Guzman graduated from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science major in Accounting. Royce is dedicated, detail-oriented and has strong accounting and tax experience.  He has been managing the Quest/EYES accounting needs since 2020.

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Liza Sicat

Administrator

Liza completed her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in the Philippines.

She joined Quest/EYES in 2021 in the position of I.T. and Social Media Specialist and is now also in charge of administration. Liza is the first point of contact for our learners and manages the CACHE NCFE registration and certificate processes.

Clair Watson

Clair Watson

Associate trainer and educational consultant 

 

Clair is an experienced international educator, advisor and trainer who is passionate about inspiring practitioners, driving change, and making a difference to the lives of young children through quality education.

Clair has over 20 years of experience and originally worked for EYES leading the training and teaching in Abu Dhabi. She was a vital part of the early EYES team before leaving to go to the Seychelles with her family, using the opportunity to finish her MA. On returning to the UAE she has worked for the Ministry of Education and with a wide range of schools and nurseries in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. She has successfully raised the standards of teaching and learning, embed good practice and implemented sustainable systems. Clair has written and developed teaching materials that have been implemented nationally. Clair also delivers inspiring ongoing professional development that has had a positive impact on many early years practitioners. 

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