Our Team Teaching Staff Leadership Team Teachers Learning Support Leadership Team Dr 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. Jenna 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. Sarah Edwards (Assistant Headteacher – 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! 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!). Andrew Hewitt (Teacher and Mathematics Leader): 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). Michael Speziale (Teacher and KS1 Leader): Michael grew up in rural Ontario, Canada where he attended a two room school house and thus had a very unique experience of primary education. He began his career by teaching EAL to new Canadian immigrants and then private language students in Toronto. Michael went on to study classical guitar and opera at York University, in Toronto, and completed a degree in music education. Michael has now been teaching in England for almost 13 years and has worked in primary schools in Tottenham, Surrey and Kent where he has worked as an assistant and deputy Headteacher. 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 spends his spare time with his wife and 4 young children discovering and learning about new places in England. 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. Teachers 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. Agnes Szczurek (Reception Teacher - currently on Maternity Leave): 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. Carlos Martinez (Reception Teacher): Carlos was born in Cuenca, a beautiful small town in central Spain. Maybe because his looked after his younger brother, from a young age, Carlos knew he wanted to be an Early Years teacher. During his childhood, Carlos travelled around Spain taking part in kayak competitions and, later on, worked as a kayaking instructor for children and adults, something he did until he moved abroad. After he finished his teaching degree in Infant Education, Carlos lived in Ireland for a year and, after that, moved to England in 2013. He has worked in a nursery and in numerous primary schools over the past 4 years. This has given him a unique opportunity to enjoy working with young children in different environments. Carlos’s goal within the classroom is to create that magical environment where all the children are eager to learn through play and investigation. Carlos’s main hobbies include outdoor activities, motorsports, gadgets, and travelling. Catherine 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. Azra Zakir (Year 1 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. Nuren Parpia (Year 2 Teacher): Nuren, before returning to the UK, has been teaching in an Apple-accredited setting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this, she was teaching in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Nuren is passionate about building internationally-minded learners who are able to find global solutions. She has had the opportunity to teach in Johannesburg, Banjul, the West Bank and Nairobi. Nuren has used these trips as opportunities to expand her pedagogical practices and contribute to a global education network. London is a familiar place to Nuren as a graduate from SOAS, where she completed her BA (Hons) and later her PGCE at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Alice Hogg (Year 3 Teacher): Alice studied Chemistry at the University of Leicester, after which she went on to work for a not-for-profit which helps visual artists navigate the legal side of the art industry. It was while volunteering as a mentor to young children that she realised she wanted to work in primary education. She trained on the Wandsworth Primary Schools’ Consortium SCITT course before joining La Fontaine Academy. She is passionate about the Sciences and hopes to instil her love of the subjects in all her students. Outside of school Alice enjoys cooking, running and yoga. Jane Walker (Year 5 Teacher): Jane has been teaching for over 20 years in London schools. She gained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and teaching degree at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Jane has always been a keen advocate of education and strives to create a vibrant and exciting environment in which children can learn. Jane’s abiding passion is reading. She is especially interested in keeping abreast of new books from new authors for children of all age groups. Jane is a CEOP Ambassador, trained to teach adults and children alike about keeping safe when using the Internet. She is also actively involved in the areas of mindfulness and meditation, again with a particular interest in how this can help children. Jane lives locally with her husband, an ex-teacher and artist, and has two teenage sons. Astrid Merete Kirkegaard (PE Teacher and Subject Leader): 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. Jenny Lee (French Teacher): 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. Lesley Glover (KS2 Teacher): Lesley has been teaching in Bromley and South East London for ten years, working across all the primary year groups from Early Years to Year 6. She has a degree in English Language and Literature, and has also obtained a diploma in flute teaching from Trinity College, London. Prior to undertaking her PGCE, Lesley worked for many years as a peripatetic flute teacher with Kent Music School, Blackheath Conservatoire and BYMT. In her spare time Lesley enjoys spending time with her family and playing in an orchestra. Learning Support Billie Cockell (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. Lindsay Avery (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. Rapheen Thompson (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. 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. Chloe Tilbury (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. Support Staff Office Premises Family Dining Wrap-Around Office Kathryn Hazzard (Administrative Assistant and Attendance Officer): 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. 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. Ricardo 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 or animations. Ricardo is happy to bring and impart some creative and practical skills to the staff and children. Premises John 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. Tina 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. 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. Nahenda Jorge Bras Da Silva (Cleaner) Family Dining Tina Hendle (Family Dining Team Leader): 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. Zerha 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! Marguerite 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 baccalaureate 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. Gina Baker (Family Dining Supervisor) Wrap-Around Marguerite 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. Audrey Samuels (Petit Déjeuner des Champions Supervisor and STEP Zone Team Leader): 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. Gaye 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. Gina Baker (Petit Déjeuner des Champions Supervisor) Joshua Beams (Petit Déjeuner des Champions Supervisor and STEP Zone Supervisor): Joshua was born and raised in Croydon and studied Sports and Science. He has a passion for working with children and teaching them sport. Joshua also did an apprenticeship working at another STEP Academy and enjoyed the experience of developing his practical knowledge of PE.