Our Team

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Every Brookes team member shares a unique contribution with our campus and our student body, always willing to go the extra mile to prioritize our students and deliver educational excellence.

All of our staff are highly qualified, internationally experienced teachers and administrators. With one teacher to every 10 students, you’ll receive personalized attention and growth.

Senior Leadership Team

Charley King

Head of School

BA (Hons), QTS

Charley King

Head of School

BA (Hons), QTS

Charley has lived and worked in Moscow for nearly four years in International Schools. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Head Teacher of a large Independent Preparatory and Senior School in Hampshire, England. During his educational career of plus twenty years, he has worked in a range of schools; is a qualified Independent Schools Inspector and an Accreditor for the Council of International Schools. For recreation, Charley can be found on the golf fairway, spending quality time with his family or immersed in the latest John Grisham Novel. His motto in life is: ‘Paradox, Humour & Change.’ Dan Millman.

Laura Rennard

Principal

BA Hons, QTS, NPQH

Laura Rennard

Principal

BA Hons, QTS, NPQH

Laura has been living and working in Spain for the last eight years as a Head Teacher and previously as a Senior Leader.  Laura, originally from a small town in the North East of England has experienced a range of curriculums and approaches to teaching during her time in the UK and Spain.  She has worked in both main stream and special educational needs settings in the public and private sectors. 

Laura is passionate about education believing in a practical and hands on approach to learning for students in all phases of their studies.  She is an advocate for life long learning and has recently completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management. Laura’s teaching specialism is literacy with a particular focus on early reading and creative writing. 

To relax, Laura enjoys visiting the ballet, opera and theatre as well as walking with her partner and two dogs. 

Zarina Abdulazizova

Director of Administration and Human Resources

BMS, BA (Hons)

Zarina Abdulazizova

Director of Administration and Human Resources

BMS, BA (Hons)

Zarina has a successful proven track of being dedicated leader of Human Resources, within leading international companies throughout Moscow. As a passionate person, with a great zest for learning, Zarina spends time out immersed in self-study and personal improvement. Therefore, she has multiple degrees in different areas such as Psychology & Psychological Image Studies, Enterprise Management, Linguistics, Human Resources. This is balanced with a range of hobbies from yoga, travelling, reading and the tranquility of paints and easel. As Zarina says ‘at heart of my mission is to create an inspiring and stimulating environment, with the best HR practices, for international educationalists and administrative staff; for their further development in working all together for the children’s benefit’.

Sindhu Varrier

Assistant Principal

BA (Hons), QTS, MSc

Sindhu Varrier

Assistant Principal

BA (Hons), QTS, MSc

Sindhu Varrier has been in the educational field for 22 years and has been in International school education for the past 20 years. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Mathematics in India, her country of origin. While continuing her passion and enthusiasm for teaching Calculus, Sindhu has also trained students for international mathematics tournaments and Knowledge Bowl competitions.

In performing multiple roles in secondary school, Sindhu has played a pivotal part in assisting all of her graduating students into the next stage of their lives, securing placement in prestigious universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Europe, Turkey, Russia, and South Korea. As the secondary school Academic and College Counselor, she guided students as they successfully completed their Advanced Placement Courses. Holding the positions of SAT Coordinator and Advanced Placement Coordinator for nearly a decade, she effectively facilitated communication with the College Board to ensure students successfully took exams, enrolled in online AP courses not taught at the school, and transmitted results to universities and scholarship committees.

In her current role as Assistant Principal of the Brookes Saint Petersburg Campus, Sindhu strongly believes every child can learn when provided with appropriate level material and adequate support. As the challenges posed by technology and the demands for learners with 21st century skills overwhelm schools, her philosophy of effective leadership is simple: work to meet the needs of students, teachers, parents, staff, and community members. Meeting those needs requires the school leader to be knowledgeable, flexible, assertive, positive, a problem solver, and a proponent of continuous learning. These traits are essential to build and sustain a positive school culture that promotes academic rigour and respects the diversity of the school community.

Mark Broom

Head of Lower School & EYFS

BSc (Hons), QTS

Mark Broom

Head of Lower School & EYFS

BSc (Hons), QTS

Having worked and lived in Moscow for nearly six years now in international education, Mark has made Moscow his home, enjoying its rich culture and fascinating history. Mark has fourteen years experience in the Primary and Early Years age range, is a dynamic, energetic educator and leader. In his spare time, Mark enjoys being with his family; his wife and three children as well as leading and organising community and charity events. Mark believes that children are our legacy and education is our greatest opportunity to give an irrevocable gift to the next generation (Ernie Fletcher).

Sandy Venter

IB PYP Coordinator

BEd(ECD)

Sandy Venter

IB PYP Coordinator

BEd(ECD)

Sandy’s educational career spans thirteen years, six of these in IB World schools in Botswana and China. She is currently an EdTech Integrator and Coordinator, prior to that she was also an IT and Math Coordinator. To unwind, Sandy enjoys spending time with her family and has developed a love for travelling. Creating awareness around environmental issues and making the world a better place for our youth is close to her heart. Sandy’s passion for education can be summed up in the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.’

John Downey

Head of Upper School

BA (Hons), QTS, MSc

John Downey

Head of Upper School

BA (Hons), QTS, MSc

John qualified in PE teaching in Liverpool John Moores and returned home to Ireland to teach PE and Irish in a range of secondary schools. He was heavily involved with Gaelic Football and worked as a senior inter county coach for 2 years. After completing his masters in Education Management at Dublin City University he made the move to Moscow. He worked at ISM for 4 years becoming the Head of PE. He constantly aims to learn through his practice and follows the words of Irish author Frank McCourt; ‘If you’re teaching and you’re not learning, then you’re not teaching’.

Camille Le Prou

IB MYP Coordinator

MEd, GradDip (Secondary), BDes (Hons)

Camille Le Prou

IB MYP Coordinator

MEd, GradDip (Secondary), BDes (Hons)

Camille is a passionate IB MYP Coordinator and international visual arts educator with experience across Russia, the United Kingdom and her homeland, New Zealand. Having recently completed her Master of Education (Global Studies in Education), she emphasises the importance of the interactive process of learning throughout her educational practice. She enjoys the challenge of backpacking across the globe, experiencing and appreciating new cultures, photography, painting, running and hiking. When it comes to our future, Camille believes sustainable education and the protection of the environment must prevail, and lives by the words of Jacinda Ardern, “…just think about humanity. That’s all.”