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Our Team

ELIS Murcia embodies a nurturing learning community, led by a team of dedicated and passionate professionals

Meet our Senior Leadership Team

Vanessa Grimward

Executive Principal ELIS Cognita

Vanessa Grimward was appointed Executive Principal ELIS Cognita on 1 September 2023.

She has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of ELIS Murcia, whilst supporting the development of sister-school ELIS Villamartín.

Vanessa has carried out a variety of different roles at ELIS Murcia during her long tenure at the school.

She holds a First-Class Honours degree from the University of Southampton and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Buckingham.

She is a Council of International Schools accredited evaluator and is a qualified NABSS Inspector.

María Dios Zetterlind

Deputy Head

María Dios has been part of the ELIS Murcia family practically since its foundation, so her extensive and brilliant professional career in the school has always been linked to an unquestionable commitment and dedication that has allowed her to take on numerous responsibilities. This journey began as a teacher, progressing through her role as Head of Early Years and then Head of Lower School (Infant and Primary) and currently serving as the Deputy Head.

Since those early days, the school has evolved in line with societal changes, leading her to recognise the need to continue learning to acquire new skills associated with new challenges, such as taking on leadership roles and implementing values associated with Global Citizenship.

Her work ethic and character have earned her the respect of the entire educational community, especially with parents, with whom she has always had an exceptional and fruitful dialogue for the benefit of families and the school itself.

María Dios holds a degree in Primary Education with a specialisation in English as a foreign language, a master’s degree in Speech Therapy, and a Master´s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Buckingham.

Yanalie Stevens

Head of Lower School

Yanalie joined ELIS Murcia in 2003 and has since been an integral part of the school's educational community. Her commitment to excellence and her ability to inspire both students and colleagues have earned her numerous leadership roles within the school. Yanalie's commitment to education is underscored by her academic achievements. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a master’s degree in education, both of which she earned from the University of Nottingham. Over the years, Yanalie has worn many hats within the school. She has served as a class teacher, in positions ranging from Year 2 to Year 6. Her versatile skill set has also seen her take on significant responsibilities, including coordinating the English department and serving as the coordinator for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

This multifaceted experience has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the educational landscape. She is dedicated to ensuring the continued growth and success of the school's Lower School section.

Lealand Pearce

Head of Upper School

Lealand Pearce, appointed Head of Upper School at ELIS Murcia in August 2023, now steers the academic and pastoral development of pupils from Years 7 to 13. With a distinguished background as Deputy Head at Harrow Bangkok and a history of occupying leadership roles in renowned UK independent schools, Lealand arrived with a wealth of expertise.

Additionally, he presides over the education committee at one of the UK's leading teaching and learning institutions. Lealand has a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Science in International Logistics and Advanced Operations Management.

His unwavering commitment to mental health advocacy and advanced interventions is why he continues in his role as a trainer for the world's foremost suicide intervention organisation.

Jose Antonio García

Business Manager

Having a degree in Business Management and Administration, Jose started working at El Limonar International School Murcia in 2008, coinciding with the acquisition of the school by the Cognita Group. Previously, Jose held roles both in Controlling and Management in a variety of different sectors including construction, the chemical industry and Human Resources.

Working at El Limonar International School Murcia has provided Jose with the opportunity to learn about the educational sector, a sector which has such great importance in our lives, and it is indeed during these years that Jose has developed his career with the greatest satisfaction.

Together with the rest of the Senior Leadership Team, Jose works hard to achieve constant improvements to the school’s offer, allowing students to enjoy the very best facilities and the latest technology in their educational experience.

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