Founders Development Leader (Associate Senior Leadership Team)
My name is Florenza Spinola I am delighted to have the opportunity to be Founders Development Leader.
I graduated from The Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 2001 with a BA Honors in Art and Design (Fashion). I began my career within the Fashion Industry working as an assistant buyer within the Arcadia Group for the well-known fashion mogul Sir Philip Green. In 2007, I took a change in career completing my PGCE teacher qualification with London Middlesex University.
Since then I have been a teacher of Design and Technology in the UK. I have led a department developing both KS3/4 and 5 programs of study. Delivering both GCSE and Btec level 3 courses and actively supporting students through UCAS applications, securing university places on various Degree programs within the Arts.
I moved to Dubai in 2016 to teach Art at GEMS Founders school in its first year of opening. Over the past year, I have seen our first cohort of students build confidence, develop academically and thrive creatively. We enjoyed great success in the Arts, our students excelled working together; they produced beautiful wall murals, gave fantastic performances in the talent show and exhibited outstanding canvas paintings in the exhibition.
I am excited and very much looking forward to the year ahead where my aim is to motivate and challenge all students in an inclusive, happy and innovative environment. We have a department of talented, specialist subject teachers who have planned creative and engaging lessons. Together we will provide our students learning opportunities to explore and experiment with a broad range of techniques, mediums and practices within the Arts.