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Staff

Melville-Knox Christian School has high standards for its teachers, as laid out in its Constitution. Not only are the teachers to be innovative educators but also of approved character with an innate ability to relate to children. All of the teachers of Melville-Knox Christian School are committed Christians, confessing Reformed theology.

Samuel Markoff (Head Teacher)

Samuel Markoff has a Masters degree in Education with a focus on Applied Linguistics. He also holds a BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature and speaks French, Italian, Russian and Mandarin as well as a little German, Polish and Greek. Samuel has over sixteen years of teaching experience, most recently as the Head teacher of Lewis Independent Christian School in the Western Isles, where he taught for five years. Prior to that, Samuel taught English and French for nine years at international schools in Shanghai, China. Samuel has a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE Primary) and is registered with the General Teaching Council. Samuel is married with five children and is a member of Hamilton Baptist Church.

Michelle Snell (Teacher)

Michelle Snell is a qualified primary school teacher who is registered with the GTCS.  She has twenty-six years of experience teaching in private and state schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Before moving to Glasgow, she started a school for supportive education with her husband, was an enrichment teacher, and most recently, taught at a Christian school in Cape Town.  She is married with one daughter.

Yolanta Markoff (Teacher)

Yolanta Markoff holds a BA Hons degree in Child and Youth studies and a PGDE in Primary Education from the University of Glasgow. Yolanta taught at an international school in Shanghai as a supply teacher. After nine years in China Yolanta moved to the Isle of Lewis where she volunteered as a classroom assistant in an Independent Christian School. Yolanta has now been teaching at Melville-Knox Christian school since August 2021 and is provisionally registered with the GTCS. Samuel and Yolanta have five children and are members of Hamilton Baptist Church.

Christine Gillies (Classroom Assistant)

Christine Gillies is a qualified Primary School teacher. She studied French and Psychology in Glasgow University and has a postgraduate diploma in Dyslexia from Kingston University, London. She worked for three years as a classroom teacher, then for fifteen years as a Support for Learning teacher (part-time). She is married with three grown up sons and is a member in the Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church.

In addition to the staff detailed above, we have a number of volunteer classroom assistants with a range of experience and skills.

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