LEADERSHIP TEAM

SebastienDr Sebastien Chapleau (Headteacher – Lead Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer)

Sebastien is French and has trained in the UK, specialising in teaching modern foreign languages at primary school level.

Prior to training as a teacher, Sebastien studied for a PhD in English at Cardiff University, where he wrote a thesis on children’s literature and critical pedagogy. Sebastien held the post of Senior Education Organiser with Citizens UK, where he worked with Headteachers across London, supporting them around issues of youth leadership and community engagement. He is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme and its Headship Institute). He occasionally facilitates training sessions for Ambition School Leadership programmes (‘Data’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’). In addition to this, Sebastien occasionally runs seminars for PGCE Primary Education students at the University of Greenwich.

Sebastien’s positive contribution to Franco-British relations was recognised when he became a member of the Entente Cordiale Network in 2002 and his contribution to community life in London was recognised by Mayor Boris Johnson in 2012, when he received a Community Champion Award. More recently, the Company of Educators – a Livery Company in the City of London focusing on Education – decided to give him their Inspirational Educator Award for his contribution to education in the UK.

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JennaJenna Crittenden (Deputy Headteacher – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Jenna is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme). She has been teaching for about 10 years and has worked as a curriculum development teacher in a forces school in Germany. She studied English and Education studies at Chester University before completing her PGCE primary and Masters in Education at the University of Cumbria. She is very interested in the use of personalised learning and the use of technology to support learning. She is a swimming teacher and a life guard. She decided to become a teacher after volunteering in schools in Fiji, Kenya and Uganda and realising the importance of education for future prospects. In her spare time, she loves to bake, read books, cycle, travel to new places, and ski.

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SarahSarah Edwards (Acting Assistant Headteacher and Year 3 Teacher – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Sarah is our Year 3 teacher. She has taught in schools in South-East London for eight years and has experience of coordinating Maths, French and P.E. Sarah grew up in Leicestershire and studied French and German at university.  During her studies, she spent a year working as a language assistant for the British Council in Auvergne, France – an experience which inspired her to train to be a primary school teacher. She went on to obtain a PGCE specialising in teaching modern foreign languages at primary level and completed part of her teacher training in a school in Lille. She is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the NPQSL Senior Leadership programme). In her spare time, Sarah enjoys training and playing matches with her netball team!

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Claire Mitchell (Assistant Headteacher and Year 1 Teacher): Claire has been teaching for 11 years in the Midlands and South London. Originally from Stockport, Claire studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Liverpool before undertaking a PGCE in Primary Teaching at the University of Worcester. Having taught across the primary phases from Early Years to Year 6, Claire is passionate about using storytelling as a tool for children of all ages to develop their use of language and creative skills. In her spare time, Claire enjoys live music, comedy and spending time with her friends and family who are spread across the country. Claire is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Teaching Leaders programme).

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Louise Holland (SENDco and Senior Leader – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Louise has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years and has taught across all primary Key Stages and also in Secondary education. She comes to La Fontaine as a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme) and having spent five years on the Senior Leadership Team of a Multi Academy Trust in East London where she divided her time between her responsibilities as Head of Special Educational Needs and Disability and her Senior Leadership role, working across both schools in the Trust.

Louise studied Classical Studies at Bristol University (she says her Ancient Greek is very rusty!) before spending four years working for a Bristol Charity as a Schools Work Team Leader and later establishing and leading the Community Work department of the same charity, working within some of the most deprived areas of Inner-City Bristol.

Cambridge University is where Louise completed her PGCE Primary specialising in Literacy and History before moving to Lewisham to take up her first teaching post. After spending many years supporting children with SEND, Louise completed her Masters Level course and qualified as a Special Educational Needs and Disability coordinator. She has a passion to see every individual flourish in life regardless of the challenges and is intensely interested in the development of emotional and mental health and well-being for everyone in the learning community.

Louise is originally from the “Valleys” in Wales where her family still lives and she has three wonderful children who keep her busy (and young!) When not in school she loves going to the Theatre (especially Shakespeare and Musicals,) visiting Art galleries, Music, playing the guitar, singing and going to concerts. Louise also enjoys going to the gym and running 5Ks and loves hiking and staying in places of natural beauty and historical interest (ask her about Black Sail Hut in the Lake District and Hezekiah’s tunnel in Jerusalem!).

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Joanne Sims (Academy Business Manager): Jo has been working in education for the past 10 years and gained her Diploma in School Business Management two years ago.  Her past roles include clerk to the governing body and learning support coordinator at an FE college.  Jo has worked for STEP Academy Trust for just over 2 years, starting as an Office Manager at Wolsey Junior Academy and working her way up to her current role as Academy Business Manager across two Academies.  Jo lives locally and has two daughters, her eldest is studying a Fine Art Degree at University and her youngest is currently taking her A Levels.   Jo is looking forward to continuing her professional development and the new challenges that La Fontaine may bring.a

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Diane Williams (Academy Business Manager): Diane joins STEP from a coeducational secondary school in Lewisham and, prior to that, worked for many years within the financial services industry. Her work experience and qualifications are in education, finance and also building maintenance. Diane is committed to supporting and promoting excellence in education for all children and is excited about working at La Fontaine. Outside of work, she enjoys socialising, reading, running, yoga and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.

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Andrew Hewitt (Year 4 Teacher): Originally from Bournemouth, Andrew completed his PGCE at Poole SCITT and was a Year 3 class teacher for the first two years of his career. In his second year of teaching, due to his passion for technology to support learning, Andrew was appointed ICT subject coordinator. After two years he decided to relocate to Bromley and worked as a Year 1 class teacher in Hackney. He remains enthusiastic about the use of technology and ran a computing club for Year 5 children. Andrew’s other passion, inside and outside of school, is sport. He has previously coached school football teams as well as leading sports camps during the school holidays. Since hanging up his football boots (too many injuries!) Andrew has completed various 10K, half marathon and cross country runs. Andrew is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Teaching Leaders programme).

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Michael Speziale (Teacher): Michael grew up in rural Ontario, Canada. He went to a two room school house and had a very unique experience of education. He began his career by teaching EAL to new Canadian immigrants in Toronto. He then studied opera at York University, Toronto, and went on to complete a degree in music education. Michael has now been teaching in England for 11 years. He has worked in primary schools in Tottenham, Surrey and Kent where he has gained senior leadership experience. Michael is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme) and he believes strongly in the ability of education, in particular music and the arts, to transform and enhance the lives of children. Michael loves to travel and is interested in music and the Italian language. He spends his spare time with his wife and 4 young children discovering and learning about new places in England.

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TEACHING TEAM

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Anna-Marie Fortune (Reception Teacher): Anna-Marie was born and raised in a small village in the midlands.  From a young age she realised a love of reading and literacy, following this passion through to complete a degree in English and Cultural studies at Northampton University.

During her studies she managed a large cinema and, upon graduation, moved to London where she was tasked by the company to turn around failing departments at some of their most prestigious sites.

However, her passion for learning never left and, after the birth of her first child, she completed an online creative writing course and a Diploma in Postnatal Group Facilitation.

Realising that literacy and learning were her true calling, Anna-Marie returned to work as an Early Years Practitioner in a pre-school, before obtaining her PGCE at Greenwich University. Now a fully qualified and experienced teacher, Anna-Marie plans to also continue her own learning and development by completing her Master’s degree.

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Agnes Szczurek (Reception Teacher): Agnes comes from a small, picturesque town in Poland named Zawoja. It is located in the mountains, an hour and a half drive south of Krakow.

She studied at Jagiellonian University which is known for being the oldest in Poland. During her five years of study there, she specialized in teaching English and Literature. One of her most successful achievements was her Bachelor’s Degree dissertation on the use of the multiple intelligence method in teaching grammar to young learners. Prior to moving to the UK, Agnes worked as a class teacher and a subject leader in one of the local primary schools near Krakow. During that period Agnes continued studying for her Master’s Degree in literature. For the last four years, Agnes has worked at an outstanding-rated school in Lewisham teaching children from Early Years to Year 3.

 In her free time, she loves drawing and looking after her two cocker spaniel puppies. She enjoys spending time outdoors and being from the mountains, she likes trekking and strolling in nature. Agnes is very passionate about her work and strives to make learning both fun and challenging in her classroom.

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CatherineCatherine Harris (Year 1 Teacher): Catherine joins us from Toronto, Canada, where she has just completed her teacher education program. Prior to this Catherine studied Art History and Classics, graduating from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts. Her studies fostered an interest in a variety of cultures and nurtured her appreciation of languages, both ancient and modern. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. Throughout her primary and secondary studies Catherine was enrolled in the French Immersion program, from which she holds a bilingual certificate. The work she completed during her teacher education program has ignited a special interest in early learning and skill development, particularly in literacy. She is also interested in outdoor education, getting students to interact with the natural and built environment in meaningful ways in an attempt to enrich their learning experience.

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Beth Faherty (Year 2 Teacher): Beth’s family are Irish but she was born in Croydon. She has always wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a child. Beth went to the University of Roehampton for three years where she completed a Bachelor of Art in Primary Education with History. She loves to be creative in her teaching to keep the children engaged and enthusiastic in their learning. Outside teaching, she loves to travel, make cakes, and she often goes on day trips (especially to places rich in history), to the cinema and the theatre.

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Charlotte Safieh (Year 2 Teacher): Charlotte grew up in Bromley and studied Law and Politics at the University of Cardiff. She then worked as a qualified accountant until she took time off work to raise her three children. Married to a Canadian her family has been living in Toronto for the last eight years. They are relocating this summer back to the UK.

After volunteering in her children’s schools, she realised how much she wanted to be a teacher and went back to university in Toronto to start her second career. She has a passion for stories, poems and writing. She has been teaching creative writing in schools in Toronto and looks forward to sharing this love with her students at La Fontaine Academy.

In her spare time she enjoys time with her family, walking her dog in the woods, reading, yoga, summer camping trips and travelling. 

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Astrid Merete Kirkegaard (PE Subject Leader and French Teacher): Astrid competed her Master of Arts at the University of Southern Denmark with a major in Scandinavian Language and Literature and minor in Physical Education and Health. Astrid took her GCSEs in France, at Lycée Alexandra David-Néel. Since then, she has had a passion for France and the French language. Astrid has taught in secondary school where she completed her teacher training. In recent years, she began teaching in primary school, realising the importance of early school years. Her motivation as a teacher comes from the interaction with children creating a caring, inclusive, happy and engaging environment to achieve good learning outcomes for each individual child. In her spare time she enjoys baking and crochet.

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Juliet Lee (PPA Teacher): Juliet Lee teaches Computing and RE during PPA time to Years 1 and 3. She actually trained as a secondary PE Teacher at Avery Hill College, Eltham (part of Greenwich University) back in the early 1990s and has taught in the secondary sector for well over 20 years. However, in her last school she had a split timetable teaching PE and Computing and this is where her love for the subject began. So Juliet decided to start teaching Computing in primary schools and has been doing this since 2014. 

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Azra Zakir (Teacher): Azra has a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton. She completed the second year of her degree at the University of Denver, Colorado, and spent 9 months in France on a work placement. These opportunities to live, work and study overseas inspired Azra to move abroad again, and she went to Japan straight after graduating, to teach English on the JET Programme. On her return, Azra studied for a Masters in International Relations at the University of Leeds. She began her career in the UK working at the Foreign Office, in Overseas Visits and Media Services. One of the highlights of her time there was co-organising a press conference for Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Following on from the Foreign Office, Azra moved into consultancy, working for Bell Pottinger Consultants. This was followed by pursuing the dream of her own business, with the launch of an interior design company, while still taking on international relations projects. She was responsible for organising the Inaugural Weekend for the Global Leadership Foundation and instrumental in setting up the British Ukrainian Society and launching it in London and Kiev.

Azra’s desire to become a primary school teacher stems from wanting to inspire children to be the best they can be. At various points in her career, Azra had others inspire her to explore her potential, and she feels strongly that it’s now turn to inspire the next generation. She completed her teacher training at Goldsmiths and a primary school in south London. Azra is thrilled to be joining the team at La Fontaine Academy and is particularly interested in the school’s focus on developing character in children, as well as using her French. She enjoys bringing creativity into the classroom, finding interesting ways to deliver the curriculum.

In her spare time, Azra loves to travel and explore different countries and cultures. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially out in nature. She likes to stay active, participating in yoga, swimming and running, and has completed two marathons and a number of half marathons.

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LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANTS

 

BillieBillie Cockell (Reception Learning Support Assistant): Billie has lived in Bromley most of her life and has two children. She has worked in charity retail for nearly ten years and has been a personal carer to a young boy since 2009. She enjoys a challenge and trying new things. She is excited about her new role and the opportunities it will bring.

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8167384Lindsay Avery (Reception Learning Support Assistant): Lindsay worked in retail for ten years as a manager before deciding that, after having her son, she would like to train to work with children as well as being her son’s carer. She took a job working at an after-school club and, after a few months, she became a supervisor for Alpha Club. She applied to work at la Fontaine as a Learning Support Assistant as she saw it as an ideal career next step. In her spare time, she is a busy mum of two children. As a family, they love travelling and visiting new places, swimming, horse riding and walking with our little dog.

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Rapheen Thompson (Year 1 Learning Support Assistant): Rapheen is currently studying to become a teacher at the University of Greenwich, with lectures based at Bromley College. She previously worked at Gambado Ltd in Beckenham for three and a half years where she was cross-trained on all departments: Reception, Food and beverage, chef and entertainment. It was during her time spent at Gambado that her passion for teaching surfaced. She also works at Office Holdings on Saturdays in Bromley. She aims to stay fit and active so she swims, goes to the gym and attends karate where she is a 1st dan black belt, currently working towards her 2nd dan. She also assists in teaching karate. Alongside all this, she enjoys reading, socialising with friends and listening to music.

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Natalia Dillane (Learning Support Assistant): In 1999 Natalia graduated from Kyiv National Linguistic University (Ukraine) where she studied French and English. She worked at various educational settings in Kyiv teaching French to different age group students for 5 years. Prior to moving to the UK in 2009 Natalia lived in Spain for 4 years. Before joining the team she volunteered for one year at La Fontaine helping reception class children. She is very excited about her new role and is proud to be part of the team. Natalia enjoys reading, loves watching true story films, pilates classes and days out at the seaside.   

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Katie Spicer (Year 2 Learning Support Assistant): Katie has recently graduated from Aberystwyth University where she studied French and Spanish. During her final year at university she was the President of the Erasmus and European Languages Society, which meant that she helped to look after almost 150 students who came top Aberystwyth from all over Europe. As part of her degree she spent a year living in Tours in central France, where she worked as an English Language Assistant in a primary school. This experience has inspired her to start her career at La Fontaine, where she hopes to keep practising her French and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities it will bring. In her spare time she loves to tap dance, bake, cook and travel.

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JennyJenny Lee (Learning Support Assistant): Jenny has been working as a stenographer in the criminal and civil courts for the last 13 years but studied French at university and taught English as a foreign language for two years in Spain. She is looking forward to being back in the classroom and speaking some French. She is excited about being part of the La Fontaine team and working with children and being part of their academic and personal development.  She has two children who keep her very busy but when she does have free time she likes running, photography, gardening and cooking.  As a family Jenny, her children and husband enjoy long walks in the woods finding bugs and building dens.

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Chloe Tilbury (Year 4 Learning Support Assistant): Chloe studied for her level 3 National Diploma in Uniformed Public Services at Bromley College to take step into a community and leadership role. Whilst on study leave she volunteered at Primary Schools in her local area to gain experience. She loved the energy of the classroom and the feel of the school community. It was here that she realised her career had to involve supporting children with their learning, life skills and creativity . She worked voluntarily in The London Fire Brigade as a Youth Engagement trainer in order to help disadvantaged children complete a nationally recognised qualification to gain employment. She was inspired by the work that was put into this great cause and it led to her setting up her own Children’s Youth Club in her community for ages 5 to 14 years. She has currently been working in a Primary School as a year 6 LA and Inclusion Assistant for children with behavioural needs and autism.Her experience with disabilities have stemmed form caring for family and friends from a young age who were diagnosed with MS,Cerebral Palsy and Autism. From September 2016 Chloe will be studying for her Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning in Education for 2 years at Greenwich University. This will lead her on to study for her PGCE as she aspires to become a Primary School Teacher. In Chloe’s free time she is a keen Fundraiser, loves attending dog shows with her Pug puppy, spends quality time with her family and friends and takes part in Pantomimes at Christmas. She is really excited to be part of such a supportive and passionate Academy and being given the opportunity to be able to take a progressive and ambitious step into her future.

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Katrina Moller (Trainee Play Therapist): Katrina has a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Italian from Exeter University.  She is bilingual in Italian and English having spent most of her life living and working in Italy more recently as an Executive PA to CEO’s running large corporate companies.  About five years ago, Katrina and her family, moved to London where she was able to finally take steps to make a long-awaited career change, going back to her Psychology roots. She earned a Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy (using the benefits of interactions with animals to provide therapy for children) and has more recently gained her provisional PG Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills with PTUK, providing non-directive play therapy to children aged between 4 and 16 years.  She is extremely passionate about her work, its benefits within the classroom and at home, working together with teachers, heads of staff, parents and children to find the best solutions for each child and their individual situations. She also speaks French having learnt it in school and is available to conduct Therapeutic Play sessions in French (Italian or English) if required. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, exercise in general, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

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ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

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AmyAmy Watmore (Senior Administrative Officer): Amy recently moved to Bromley and has been working in a large South London Primary school in various administrative roles for past few years. Amy is committed to her professional development within a school setting and has recently gained a distinction in school administration and is working towards her certificate in school business management. Amy trained as a dancer and attended Italia Conti Academy. She went on to teach all aspects of dance to children age 5-10 for fifteen years. Amy has strong connections to France with several of her immediate family living there and she has been taking holidays in various regions of France over the last twenty-five years. Amy hopes to practise and develop her French language skills and is excited to be part of the La Fontaine Team.

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8167383Kathryn Hazzard (Administrative Assistant): Kathryn comes from Hertfordshire, but has lived in the Bromley area since 1996. She has gained vast experience in many administrative roles ranging from arranging events at The Natural History Museum to being an Examinations & Attendance Officer at St Olave’s Grammar School. Much of Kathryn’s free time is spent with her husband, two teenage children and her two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs whilst currently having her home totally renovated, which is proving a juggling act and keeping her very busy. Kathryn is looking forward to being part of the team at La Fontaine Academy and making a difference.

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Jacqueline McGill (Administrative Assistant): Jacqueline is a mum of two boys in their early teens.  She worked for many years as a Secretary/PA in the City for a busy team of surveyors.  Since having children, Jacqueline has had jobs to fit around family life, such as working from home as an administrator and running her own business as a children’s party entertainer.  Recently, she worked part-time at a Nursery.  Now that her youngest son is heading into Year 6, she is looking forward to focusing her time and attention to a role that will enable her to utilise her administrative skills, together with her experience of working with children.

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RicradoRicardo Oliveri (ICT Technician): Ricardo has recently moved to the Bromley area after graduating with a product design degree from Bournemouth University. Ricardo comes from a very technological and creative background. Most of Ricardo’s spare time is spent creating illustrations, animations or programs. Ricardo is happy to join the team and eager to start work at La Fontaine Academy, excited to bring many useful skills to office but also hoping to impart some creative and practical skills to the staff and children

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PREMISES TEAM

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JohnJohn Shell (Caretaker): John grew up in South East London. He lives with his long-term partner and their two children. After working at Thomson Reuters in the City of London for thirteen years as a Correspondence Clerk, John decided to pursue a different career that would allow him to spend more time with his young family. He worked as an Office Furniture Installation Supervisor for two years. Due to having a keen interest in motorcycles, he later pursued a career as a Motorcycle Courier with a press release company delivering press cuttings throughout the City of London for eight years. He enjoys DIY and has spent the last 5 years renovating a 1930s house. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and off-road mountain biking.

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8167382Tina Hendle (Cleaner): Tina is a mother and a Nana too. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. She likes to travel and spend time with her family. She loves to cook and also likes to do a bit of gardening. Prior to joining La Fontaine, she worked in a nursing home looking after older people with mental health difficulties.

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Kelly Kedapey (Cleaner): Kelly is a married and has two children. Prior to joining La Fontaine, she worked  in various companies specialising in building/premises health and safety issues. She attended various ICT courses at Lewisham College.

She loves caring for children. She likes cooking, travelling, and modelling. Added to her hobbies, and as a make up stylist, she helps family friends in this regard during functions.

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FAMILY DINING TEAM

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CyndiCyndi Zandronis (Family Dining Team Leader): Cyndi comes from Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the Caribbean. She arrived in London in 2006 and just two months after her arrival, she started working as an Au Pair looking after a 3-year-old girl. She graduated two years ago from the University of Westminster with a French translation degree and she is now thinking of doing a Masters degree in Translation and Interpreting in the next couple of years. Her whole professional and education path has nothing to do with children, but recently, as she worked on a childcare project, she realised that she wanted to be totally immersed in an educational environment in order to get more insight and more understanding of the world of childhood.

Apart from that, Cyndi is a lover of languages and speaks French, English, Spanish and Creole (French patois from Guadeloupe). She is now thinking of learning Arabic. When not working at the school, she spends her time singing, being a member of Notre Dame de France choir (a choir for which she is the Administrative and Financial Director).

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ZehraZerha Jagdhar (Family Dining Supervisor): Zerha was born in London and now lives in Bromley with her husband and two children. She worked in a Bromley primary school as a midday supervisor for over two years and has also had many years of experience in the retail and catering sectors. She is looking forward to joining the La Fontaine family and isvery excited about her new role and the challenges it will bring!

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MargueriteMarguerite Bassomb-Rehman (Family Dining Supervisor): Marguerite arrived in France at age 6 where she adapted quickly with all her family. Later on, she was sent to New York for her secondary education; she used that time to become bilingual. She was homesick so she returned to finish and complete her studies in France where she passed her French baccalaureat and started a Law degree in La Sorbonne… but she was unhappy; something was missing, so she travelled the world searching for that missing piece. On one of her trips to Montreal, she had an Eureka moment she has always loved being around and working with and for children, so she made up her mind came back to Europe and decided to resume her studies to add hard core to soft skills and to become a professional in childhood education.She’s currently studying at Bromley College for a supporting teaching and learning degree. She aims to go even further by obtaining her PGCE at some point.

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8167382Tina Hendle (Family Dining Supervisor): Tina is a mother and a Nana too. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. She likes to travel and spend time with her family. She loves to cook and also likes to do a bit of gardening. Prior to joining La Fontaine, she worked in a nursing home looking after older people with mental health difficulties.

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WRAP-AROUND CARE TEAM

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MargueriteMarguerite Bassomb-Rehman (Petit Déjeuner des Champions Team Leader): Marguerite arrived in France at age 6 where she adapted quickly with all her family. Later on, she was sent to New York for her secondary education; she used that time to become bilingual. She was homesick so she returned to finish and complete her studies in France where she passed her French baccalaureat and started a Law degree in La Sorbonne… but she was unhappy; something was missing, so she travelled the world searching for that missing piece. On one of her trips to Montreal, she had an Eureka moment she has always loved being around and working with and for children, so she made up her mind came back to Europe and decided to resume her studies to add hard core to soft skills and to become a professional in childhood education.She’s currently studying at Bromley College for a supporting teaching and learning degree. She aims to go even further by obtaining her PGCE at some point.

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Chloe Tilbury (Petit Déjeuner des Champions Supervisor): Chloe studied for her level 3 National Diploma in Uniformed Public Services at Bromley College to take step into a community and leadership role. Whilst on study leave she volunteered at Primary Schools in her local area to gain experience. She loved the energy of the classroom and the feel of the school community. It was here that she realised her career had to involve supporting children with their learning, life skills and creativity . She worked voluntarily in The London Fire Brigade as a Youth Engagement trainer in order to help disadvantaged children complete a nationally recognised qualification to gain employment. She was inspired by the work that was put into this great cause and it led to her setting up her own Children’s Youth Club in her community for ages 5 to 14 years. She has currently been working in a Primary School as a year 6 LA and Inclusion Assistant for children with behavioural needs and autism.Her experience with disabilities have stemmed form caring for family and friends from a young age who were diagnosed with MS,Cerebral Palsy and Autism. From September 2016 Chloe will be studying for her Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning in Education for 2 years at Greenwich University. This will lead her on to study for her PGCE as she aspires to become a Primary School Teacher. In Chloe’s free time she is a keen Fundraiser, loves attending dog shows with her Pug puppy, spends quality time with her family and friends and takes part in Pantomimes at Christmas. She is really excited to be part of such a supportive and passionate Academy and being given the opportunity to be able to take a progressive and ambitious step into her future.

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Audrey Samuels (Petit Déjeuner des Champions Supervisor and STEP Zone Supervisor): Audrey has five children and four grandchildren. She began working with children in 1984. She is a qualified nursery nurse with a great deal of experience, working in numerous schools across the various London boroughs. She is also as a qualified counsellor (qualified in 2008), and she has gained the opportunity to work with many clients with varying needs. Audrey also works in social care and supports families and young people in their homes. She finds working with young people to be enjoyable and rewarding. Audrey loves travelling to Ghana and plans to live there in the near future where she will continue to work with children there.

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CyndiCyndi Zandronis (STEP Zone Manager): Cyndi comes from Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the Caribbean. She arrived in London in 2006 and just two months after her arrival, she started working as an Au Pair looking after a 3-year-old girl. She graduated two years ago from the University of Westminster with a French translation degree and she is now thinking of doing a Masters degree in Translation and Interpreting in the next couple of years. Her whole professional and education path has nothing to do with children, but recently, as she worked on a childcare project, she realised that she wanted to be totally immersed in an educational environment in order to get more insight and more understanding of the world of childhood.

Apart from that, Cyndi is a lover of languages and speaks French, English, Spanish and Creole (French patois from Guadeloupe). She is now thinking of learning Arabic. When not working at the school, she spends her time singing, being a member of Notre Dame de France choir (a choir for which she is the Administrative and Financial Director).

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GayeGaye Seymour (STEP Zone Supervisor): Gaye has worked with children for over 20 years (3-18 years old). She has worked as a nanny, a pre-school assistant/play worker for 2 years, a classroom assistant for 8 years, and a school librarian for 6 years working with 4-11 years old. She was also an assistant/play worker at a Girls Brigade group at Bloomfield Road, Bromley Common for 3 years. She is interested in child education and child development; she also got an interest in health, the natural sciences and the environment, languages and history. She is from Barnet, Hertfordshire and has lived in Bromley for over 25 years. She has also lived abroad in countries such as Wales, Italy and Spain.