who we are
We hope you enjoy reading about ‘what makes us tick’ and why we are committed to offering the best Professional Learning opportunities for our teachers and leaders. You will see that both Managing Partners have spent the majority of their adult life working in the world of education. We understand your needs and we will be responsive to them.
In the 21st Century the illiterate will not be those who cannot read and write, but those that cannot learn, unlearn and relearn -Alvin toffler
The most important asset of any school is its teachers. Highly trained, motivated, inspirational teachers will be the key to improving teaching and learning outcomes. At the heart of this lies good Professional Learning opportunities for teachers. Lifelong ‘infinite’ learning, for students and teachers alike, is the key to success.
Infinite Learning is dedicated to providing the very best professional learning opportunities for teachers in Dubai, the UAE and beyond! We offer an inclusive model (no membership required) and we work with only the best educational providers who have a proven track record – tried and tested by us over the last 11 years.
Education in the 21st century is all about lifelong learning. We do not know what the future holds nor upon which careers our students will embark. The world is developing and changing, rapidly. We therefore need to equip our students with a skill-set that will enable them to evolve, think on their feet, take risks, become problem solvers and keep learning. If we expect this of our students, then our teachers, our ‘facilitators of learning’ must also continue to learn.
Infinite Leaning firmly believes in a developing process skills that will lead to a more sustainable approach to Professional Learning for teachers and leaders. Wherever possible, we will offer courses that use a blended, more reflective and, therefore, deeper learning approach. Face-to-face Professional Learning then becomes the catalyst for action back in school. We will support and encourage a greater level of in-practice, school-based research and collaboration, both within and amongst schools.
We echo the thoughts of Vicky Beer, Chair of Teaching Schools Council in the UK, and interviewed by Charlie Taylor of NCTL when she described how she would like to see the education profession develop:
‘A strong self-confident profession that takes control of its destiny and ultimately will benefit the children of this country’.
The shift (from CPD or Professional Development) towards the term ‘Professional Learning’ supports this goal and signals the importance of educators taking an active role in their continuous development and places emphasis on their learning. In this context, educators are active partners in determining the content of their learning, how their learning occurs, and how they evaluate its effectiveness.
Want to Learn More About the Team at Infinite Learning?
Watch our video and get to know us! Or scroll down and read about each member of the team!
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Rebecca trained as a secondary school teacher after graduating from Leeds University. She taught for 9 years, both in the UK and in the UAE before re-qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2001. She enjoyed 9 years working in the world of advertising/marketing and this wide and varied career experience has provided her with an invaluable skill-set for this field.
In September 2010 Rebecca joined British Schools in the Middle East and successfully developed and led the Continuing Professional Development programme. She grew the programme from scratch to become a regionally acknowledged, quality-assured programme, offering over 100 courses a year.
Rebecca is an Accredited Facilitator for UCL Institute of Education and she has facilitated many NPQ Programme cohorts. She leads on the NPQ Facilitation Training Programme and is an Accredited NPQ Assessor with NPQ Online. Rebecca also holds the CfBT Education Trust Certificate of Professional Practice in Coaching and Mentoring and is a member of the International Professional Development Association.
Rebecca’s passion is singing! She currently sings with the Abu Dhabi Big Band and various other jazz and acoustic bands. She also loves shoes!
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Paola has always worked in education and over the course of her career she has developed a deep understanding of how schools work and how to make their lives easier! In 2012 Paola joined British Schools of the Middle East and worked alongside Rebecca Annand in running and developing the regional CPD Programme. Paola has previously worked in a large London HMC school as PA to the Headmaster, organising the day to day running of a busy office and arranging prestigious events. She has also worked in a boarding school in Oxfordshire supporting her husband. “Being married to a Headmaster it was inevitable that my life would revolve around the world of education in some form or another”.
Paola enjoys tennis and The Telegraph cryptic crossword, along with socialising and family life. She also loves shoes!
Marketing & Professional Learning Manager
Izzy graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Broadcast Media Technologies from Leeds Beckett University in 2021 and joined the team at Infinite Learning soon after. She is passionate about promoting inclusivity and understanding through self-education having independently produced two short informative documentaries, including one on Autism and another on Disordered Eating.
In 2018, Izzy worked in conjunction with Kings’ School Al Barsha to create a Makaton sign video and has since produced content featured on BBC Introducing and Channel 5. She now brings her media and marketing skills to Infinite Learning to help professionals continue to educate themselves, as she aims to do herself.
She loves cooking and can often be found preparing some kind of dish that’s hard to pronounce – when she’s not tanning by the pool that is!
Learning Development Manager - NPQ Lead
Tanya trained as a secondary school teacher after graduating from Aberystwyth University. She taught for several years in the UK, gained experience from a variety of leadership roles and completed her NPQH before moving to the UAE. In Dubai, Tanya held the position of Head of Secondary at Dubai British School before moving across to open the secondary phase at the newly founded sister school, Dubai British School Jumeirah Park. She enjoyed working in senior leadership roles across schools in the UK and the UAE which have provided her with invaluable experience for her role as Learning and Development Manager.
Tanya is an Accredited Facilitator for UCL Institute of Education and she has facilitated many NPQ Programme cohorts. She is an Accredited NPQ Assessor with NPQ Online. Tanya is passionate about life-long learning and thoroughly enjoys supporting existing and aspiring leaders in their pursuit of excellence for their school and the people within them.In her spare time Tanya enjoys spending time travelling with her family as well as improving her scuba diving skills and skiing technique
Sharon has worked in schools in Dubai for 10 years, as the GCSE Exams Officer and also dealt with school assessments and testing. Prior to this Sharon worked as a project manager in a medical insurance company in South Africa and these skills were the key tools to support her in the planning and timetabling requirements of the complex school exams environment. She brings this experience to assist Infinite Learning to plan and manage their CPD Programme and to provide a high level of administrative services. Sharon and her family loved Expat life in Dubai and their daughter spent all her education years there, before graduating to a University in the United Kingdom. Sharon loves cats and walking.
Samrina completed a DipHE in Psychological Sciences from the University of Westminster, London and worked in education and the NHS before moving to the UAE 10 years ago with her family where she has worked in schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The knowledge and exposure gained from being a teaching assistant as well as working in school administration in the UAE has resulted in a deep appreciation of all the hardworking staff in schools as well valuable experience in planning, organization and teamwork – all skills she brings to the Infinite Learning Team!
Samrina enjoys spending her free time travelling with the family, reading, and watching cricket and Formula 1!