inspiring teachers

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." Yeats

All of our teachers are interviewed by students before joining the community.

our teachers

Our teachers are all qualified, DBS-checked teachers with years of experience.  They are creative thinkers who are looking for a more student-centred way of working with young people. They seek to inspire children through their classes to enjoy learning, so creative planning is a must. Listening deeply is a priority to help young people feel understood whether in the class room or as a mentor.
Our teachers understand that they must be learners themselves if they wish to inspire others, and our teachers need to embody the values we wish the students to learn. That’s why mindfulness and self-developmental CPD are key to our approach.

Angela Eastham

Angela graduated from the University of Lancaster in 1994 with a BA (Hons) Degree in History with English Literature and went on to complete an MA in Later Medieval Studies. In 1996 she followed her ultimate ambition to become a teacher when she completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education, London.

Since 1996 Angela has worked in a variety of educational settings across the UK. She has taught children in inner city schools in London and Bradford, trained as a Tutor and Outdoor Education Instructor for the FSC in Cumbria and worked for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London, as a teacher in their pioneering therapeutic educational provision. Angela also took some time out of the classroom to work for Pearson Edexcel as an Assessment Leader and then she embarked on a gap year travelling around the world, rediscovering yoga in India and learning to meditate in the northern tip of Thailand.

In 2014 Angela left teaching to start a family. It was during this time that she became more interested in self directed learning and thus became increasingly involved with the home educating community in West Yorkshire. In 2017 she started to offer creative, child focused, accessible and hands on science sessions for home educated children. She is now better known as ‘Asteroid Angie’ to many. Working with home educating families has been one of the most enjoyable periods of her teaching career so far. The children never fail to inspire and challenge her and creativity knows no bounds!

jo Hurley

Jo graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. From there she worked as a seal handler on the Cornish coast rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing grey seal pups. With her love of the Sea, Jo decided to train as a SCUBA instructor and then take this one step further by starting her own business doing what she loved most… bringing the wonders of the sea to children, through snorkelling, SCUBA and rock pool safaris.
Her love of teaching led her to gaining her PGCE in 2007, where she went onto to teach Marine Biology at Falmouth Marine School in Cornwall. Jo also set up a weekly youth club for the over 5’s. It was here that she co-taught along with her very own college students, who volunteered their time once a week engaging the children in fun marine biology-based experiments.
After sometime teaching, Jo got the travel bug and with a deep personal practice in yoga she decided to take this a step further in Costa Rica and train as yoga instructor, where she worked for a year before emigrating to Canada.
Canada offered untold adventures of the wilderness… Teaching yoga in remote communities was a wonderful experience that she will never forget.
In 2015 Jo returned home to settle on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. Since then she has returned to teaching Science both as a home tutor and at local college lecturing in BTEC’s Biomedical Science and A-Level Biology and Chemistry.
Living in North Wales Jo loves to swim and snorkel, rambling coastal walks and taking care of her array of farm yard critters. She does all of this accompanied by her partner of many years and their mischievous 9-year-old daughter.

Verity Wyatt

Verity grew up surrounded by the moors of West Yorkshire drawing everything she could see and went on to study Fine art in London where she delved deeper into the world of painting and drawing. She went on to teach art, first in England and then in Mexico where she studied both dance therapy and narrative therapy while learning Spanish. In Mexico City she started working within mural and community art projects and leading experimental drawing workshops with children and adults, later going on to create and guide art and history tours with a focus on female artists around the historic center. Verity is a practising artist constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques, whether in printmaking or making natural pigments and is currently studying a postgraduate in art therapy. She is interested in alternative education with a special interest in learning difficulties and the importance of art in education. In her free time she enjoys walking, birdwatching, drawing and dancing.

Hannah Rye

Hannah grew up in the rural county of Shropshire where, inspired by the romantic writers and the magic of the rolling Shropshire hills, she quickly developed a passion for literature and writing. She went on to study English Literature at Oxford Brookes University, graduating with an MA in English Literature in 2016 after writing an Ecofeminist Recovery dissertation of the twentieth century Shropshire author Mary Webb. During her time in Oxford Hannah volunteered at the Gatehouse Soup Kitchen and raised money for children and schools around the world with the charity Childreach International, which concluded with her summiting Mount. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in the summer of 2015.

Determined to continue nurturing her passion for the English language and education, Hannah began a GCSE tutoring and teaching assistant role at the local secondary school in Oxford, before embarking on her teacher training which she completed in 2018. It was here she taught GCSE, A Level and IGCSE English Language and Literature, and supported teaching within the EAL and refugee student programmes.

In a bid to follow the footsteps of some of her favourite writers, the Brontë sisters and Ted Hughes, Hannah relocated to the small town of Hebden Bridge in the beautiful Calder Valley of West Yorkshire in 2019, where she spent two years teaching GCSE English Language and Literature at another local secondary school. She now lives in Shrewsbury with her partner and their son, where she has most recently been an AQA examiner for the 2022 GCSE Literature exam series.

Hannah has now turned her attention to alternative education with a particular interest in creative writing and the importance of cross-curricular teaching. In her spare time she attends a local yoga class and her interests include home cooking, listening to and writing music with her family, yoga, theatre, long walks in the countryside – but is also just as happy curled up with a good book of course!

Lindsay Gale

Lindsay grew up in the Lake District surrounded by mountains, woodlands and water which fostered a lifelong love of the outdoors.  As a teenager Lindsay was introduced to Yoga by her mother and at 18 she deferred her entrance to university to study for a year with the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research.  Yoga, meditation and breathwork has kept Lindsay company during her life and she has taught and practiced for over 30 years. Lindsay read English Literature and Language at the University of St Andrews before going to the University of Newcastle to complete her PGCE in English and Drama.  Her teaching career began in the leafy suburbs of Northumbria and has since taken her to Kendal, Leeds, Guatemala and Portugal.  When her son was a baby, Lindsay trained to be a birth and postnatal Doula supporting many women on their journey through pregnancy, birth and early motherhood. As part of her commitment to positive birth experiences she co-created Birth Positively and antenatal course and programme for new mothers called ‘Mindful Mamas’ which utilised mindfulness techniques to help with the often challenging times of early parenthood.  Lindsay loves to be in nature and resides on the wild coastline of the Costa Vicentina natural park in the South West of Portugal. She is a regular cold water dipper and enjoys trekking in woods and hills.  Lindsay is a self confessed bibliophile and always has a huge pile of books on her bedside table.  

AARON KETCHLOVE

Aaron graduated from Cardiff University in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Astrophysics. After a couple of years working in the finance sector he decided to train as a teacher and graduated from Cardiff University with a PGCE in secondary education in 2007. In 2009 Aaron and his partner, Lucy, decided to pursue their mutual ambition to travel so they moved to Nanjing, a city in the Jiangsu Province of China, where Aaron taught physics, chemistry and mathematics to GCSE and A level students at international and Chinese schools. By 2011 he was the head of science at one of the most prestigious schools in Beijing. During his second year in Beijing Lucy had moved back to the UK to train as a teacher, he missed her dearly and so he made the decision to go back to the UK during the second year of her qualification. During this year he studied at Cranfield University and in 2013 graduated with a Master’s degree in Aerospace Dynamics. They then both moved to Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of China, close to the Tibetan region. Aaron and Lucy are major ‘foodies’ and Chengdu is a UNESCO site of Gastronomy. This allowed them to explore their mutual love of cuisine while continuing their teaching careers. In 2016 they left China, got married on the West coast of Wales and moved to Portugal to start a family. Before the pandemic Aaron was teaching at alternative educational establishments, including a Forest School and a peace research village in the Alentejo region. When the pandemic hit he switched to teaching online and has since transitioned to teaching entirely online. As well as teaching online he is also an examiner for GCSE, A level and the IB Diploma Programme in physics. During his spare time Aaron practises Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he organises stargazing/astronomy events in his local area and spends lots of time with his wife and two young children.

Sean Corrigan

Sean graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2007 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology & Sociology with Media and Cultural Studies. After graduating from university, Sean decided to do something a little out of his comfort zone and went to live in South Korea, teaching English as a foreign language. From 2008 – 2012, Sean lived in Seoul, South Korea, and had a wonderful time experiencing the Korean culture and developing his passion for teaching. He spent most of his time teaching in a Montessori school with children from kindergarten ages up to Year 2.
Whilst in Southeast Asia, Sean was able to travel to Japan, The Philippines and Jeju Island (a small island from off the coast of Korea), taking in amazing sights and life experiences which he will always treasure.
In 2012, Sean returned to England to study for an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication from the University of Leeds. This venture was taken on in no small part due to his fascination and love for creative script writing and admiration for UK comedies such as, ‘The Office,’ and ‘I’m Alan Partridge.’ During this time at the University of Leeds, Sean wrote and directed a play named, ‘The Life Lottery,’ at the New Stages Festival on the university campus.
After achieving an MA, Sean decided then to jump straight into a PGCE in Primary Education in 2013. After completing the PGCE in 2014, he qualified as a Primary teacher and from then, has taught in three different primary schools in North Lincolnshire.
As a father of three, and step-dad to two, free time is hard to come by, however, Sean is most happy at home with his family and partner, Charlotte, where they enjoy family times, movie nights and board games. On Sean’s to-do list is to get into hiking and improve his golf skills! Sean enjoys watching football, especially his favourite team Manchester United.

ALICE KEMP

Home-educated from the age of five onwards, Alice’s childhood inspired her academic interest in the creative arts and a fascination with independent learning. Having recently achieved an ARSM diploma in Singing for Musical Theatre and her TQUK Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, she now continues her journey in education in her final year of study towards a BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities. Alice has a great belief in the power of independent, hands-on learning, and has long advocated for and been inspired by youth-led activities. Her greatest achievement in this field so far has been the time she spent hosting a virtual creative writing course, run by and for children 11-16, which saw over 500 applicants per session under her management. She has already spent time as a Teaching Assistant at a local Montessori Flexi-Friday group, furthering her understanding and enjoyment of student-led, democratic schooling. In her spare time, Alice is a keen gardener, potter and musician, and tries to complete NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) every single year.

Amy Maths teacher

Amy Bergstrom

Amy grew up in South Wales, where she spent most of her time immersed in the countryside—exploring forests, beaches, and the sea. Her deep connection to the outdoors has remained a constant throughout her life, and she continues to indulge in her love for nature by travelling in her campervan with her two small dogs.
With a passion for learning, Amy found herself equally at home in the arts and essay writing as she was in logical and mathematical subjects. This diverse interest led her to pursue a joint honours degree in Economics and Politics at the University of Bristol, combining both disciplines. Driven by her love for problem-solving and puzzles, she eventually chose to teach Mathematics, a subject that felt both natural and exciting.
Over the course of 10 years, Amy has dedicated herself to teaching in both state and private schools, employing an inclusive and welcoming teaching style. Always eager to expand her knowledge and tackle new challenges, she has embarked on a new journey as a student herself, delving into the world of coding and web application development.
Mindfulness, yoga, and self-care have become integral aspects of Amy’s life. With her mother being a yoga teacher, Amy has had a longstanding connection to yoga. As she transitioned into adulthood, she incorporated mindfulness and meditation into her routine, recognizing the importance of carving out time for calm and introspection as essential components of a fulfilling life.

Kate Pope

Kate graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with honours in Environmental Biology and Natural history. In between parenting their 5 children her teaching career began delivering RHS horticulture classes to adults. Once she gained her teaching qualification, Kate taught children and young adults biology in a Further Education college in Cambridgeshire. In time, when she began running the Access to Higher Education, Kate became interested in educational research, initially focussing on encouraging a growth mindset in students. This ultimately led to a Masters in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at Cambridge university. Here, she researched the benefits of outdoor education, and wrote her thesis on sustainability in education. This resulted in Kate helping to set up a community of educators who share ideas, successes and struggles in encouraging teachers and whole institutions to become more sustainable.

In their free time Kate loves to be outside; long days and nights on her river boat, relaxing while bird, bat or otter watching, as well as more energetic times when paddle boarding with her Jack Russel Terrier. Gardening, ornamental and fruit and vegetables, keeping chickens, and their 4 cats, keeps Kate busy at home.
During a recent career break, Kate has been travelling to India, where her love of yoga and meditation was revived through a retreat in the capital of yoga, Rishikesh.

Claire Smallbone

Growing up near Winchester in Hampshire, Claire graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. She then pursued a PGCE in Secondary Science at the University of Southampton in 2009. At the age of 21, she began her teaching career, teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to GCSE level, as well as dabbling in little bit of Music, and participating in all the school musical productions. Claire loves all music and plays multiple instruments including the Violin, Piano, Guitar and Ukulele.
From 2009 to 2020, she taught in three very different schools in Hampshire, covering GCSE Sciences and A Level Biology, then becoming the sole teacher of A Level Psychology at a coeducational independent and boarding school in 2018. Alongside her teaching career, she has been a private tutor for 13 years, working one-on-one in students’ homes and with small groups providing comprehensive science education and support, both in person and online.
In 2021, whilst on maternity leave, Claire combined her passion for child and baby development with her entrepreneurial spirit to start her own business hand-making and curating baby sensory and early year’s educational resources. It brings her joy to provide fun and engaging developmental activities to families and nurseries. She manages this business in her free time.
As a mother to two little girls she cherishes family time and outdoor adventures.

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