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West Hill Primary Academy

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Associate Teachers

Hilary Alexander

I have worked at West Hill since 2010. I worked in EYFS for 5 years until I completed my HLTA qualification. I now cover in KS1. My 3 girls all attended West Hill School. I really enjoy working with all the children and feel privileged to have such an amazing job.

Anji Baker

I have been involved with West Hill for many many years,as a pupil and parent. I joined West Hill as a midday supervisor in 1997 and since about 2000 a teaching assistant in many year groups but currently in years 3 and 4.

 

Gill Bates

I have worked a Temple Hill Primary Academy, formally known as Temple Hill Primary School, for 26 yrs as a Teaching Assistant , now know as an Associate Teacher. 

I joined West Hill Primary Academy in September 2017 and really enjoying being part of this school community. 

Stephanie Bellew

I started working at West Hill Primary School in May 2015.

I have had the pleasure of supporting classes as a TA in reception, year 3, 4 and 5.

In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.

I am also partial to a bit of glamping!

 

 

Jo Blake

I have been at the school for 10 years working in classes from reception to year 4. All have different challenges and rewards. On a Monday I assist Miss Berry and Mrs Honour with an afterschool club - gardening club. This is great watching the children using their science knowledge and curiosity to build on their gardening skills.

Georgia Bull

I joined West hill primary academy in January 2018 as an Associate Teacher. I enjoy the challenges and rewards of working with children. I have a special interest in working with children with additional needs. I have two children, with whom I spend all my spare time.

 

Zoe Bungard

I joined West Hill Primary in late 2016 after working and volunteering in nurseries and schools with children of all ages and needs. I gained my level 2 qualification in Children and Young People’s Workforce in 2012, followed by my level 3 qualification in Early Years Educator in 2015. I work in the Wonder Unit, supporting the reception year children in their learning and in exploring the wonderful discoveries they make daily. I enjoy sharing stories with children and helping them to create stories of their own. I have been involved in Girl Guiding since I was a child and in my spare time I am a leader-in-training at a local unit. My hobbies include baking, reading and dining different restaurants.

Brett Case

   I started working in the Education sector back in February 2016, having previously worked at two other sites within a contemporary School Trust, and joined the Team at West Hill in October 2016.  

    I completed my Education Studies degree in 2015 and intended to continue my career by becoming a class teacher.

However, my time at West Hill has since encouraged me to change my career path as I now wish to specialise in Special Education Needs (SEN) rather than becoming a class teacher. As of September 2018 I have advanced my career within the school by taking on the role of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA).

Denise Dalton

I have worked at West Hill since 2006, first as a volunteer and then as a Midday Supervisor.  After gaining my Teaching Assistant qualification, I have worked mainly in KS1 as a TA.  I really enjoy working with the children, watching and helping them progress through the years.

Suzanne Dumbleton

​I have been involved with West Hill as a parent for seven years and have two daughters at the school. I am an active member of the PTFA. Having volunteered in school on a regular basis, I am now working one day a week in reception as a teaching assistant.

 

Nicola French

I have been working at West Hill since 2014 where I undertook one to one support duties for children with behavioural and learning difficulties. I currently work in year 5 and really enjoy the challenges of developing the children in a very important stage of their learning. 
I am married and have three children of my own, two of whom attend primary school.

Madalina Feraru

I graduated from University of Craiova - Romania in 2004 with a BA(Hons) degree in Physical Education and Sports.​I have worked in education for the last 3 years,following a successful career as a professional Volleyball player abroad.

I joined the amazing team of West Hill Primary Academy in September 2018 as a 1:1 and  sports coach and later on in November ,I had the opportunity to start a new role in KS1 as an Associate Teacher.I spend all my spare time with my two beautiful children and share my passion for sport with them.

Janice Greatorex

I have been a Teaching Assistant since 2002, moving to West Hill Primary in 2007, working first as an SEN TA, and now as a classroom TA.  I work mainly in KS1 and I enjoy watching the children grow in confidence as they learn.

Karen Hambleton-Owen

I have a TA level 2 ,I joined the Westhill team in 2008. I have worked in both ks1 and ks2 from early years to year 6. I have particularly worked with phonics in ks1 and supporting art and DT in ks2 which is one my favourite areas.

Jeannette Honour

I have been involved with West Hill School since 1992, first as a parent with two children at the school, then as a parent helper and midday supervisor.

I have been a teaching assistant since 2001 and have worked with most year groups.

Claire Jeeves

I have two children who attend our lovely school and currently work as a Teaching Assistant. Before being employed at West Hill I was a stay at home parent for six years. Prior to having my children I worked for Kent Children's Social Services for over 2 years assisting children and families. I found the work very rewarding as well as  being very complex at times. Prior to working for Social Services I worked as a PA for various large construction companies for over 11 years. I really enjoy my role as TA in the classroom and find it very rewarding seeing the children progress and gain confidence in their learning.

Jacqui Kirkby

I qualified in 2000 in early years and education and over the years have worked in all areas of early years and school settings, but also spent twelve years in high school education up to A level in biology, since relocating to Kent, I spent a year as a young carer support officer supporting children in their caring role aged from 5 years to 17 years. I am now happy and proud to say I am part of the West Hill team, working in extended services as well as associate teacher in Reception.

Aislinn Mills

I joined West Hill Primary Academy September 2017 as an AT, after completing my level 3 Early Years Diploma. I have previously worked in a private Nursery working with children from the ages of 3 months to 4. I have also volunteered at other schools, preschools and nurseries. I am currently working in Reception, and enjoying teaching the children new things on a daily basis. As well ad working full time, I am completing my Early Years Foundation Degree at Greenwich University. Once I have completed my full degree, I hope to take my PGCE to become a NQT.

 

Rita O'Leary

I joined West Hill Primary as a volunteer in 2016 working with the year 3 team. I am now employed as an associate teacher working in year 1. I was the service support manager for inclusion at Pimlico Academy in London working with years 7-13 for 9years. I then moved onto primary school working at Belvedere junior school. I really enjoy working with children and watching them grow in confidence to become independent learners.

 

Sita Minhas

I am married with two children and I have worked as a qualified senior nurse for many years. I decided to have a career break two years ago, when I started at West Hill School so I could spend more time with my family. I am thoroughly enjoying my job and find it very rewarding. My hobbies are playing badminton, baking and reading.

 

 

 

Chelsey Shakespeare

I started at West Hill Primary in 2016 as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant. Before this I completed a degree in Special Educational Needs at University of St. Mark and St. John. In my spare time I enjoy seeing friends, especially travelling to see friends from university. Also, I love spending quality time with family.

 

 

Paula Springett

My name is Paula Springett and I have been involved with West Hill School since my oldest child started there some twenty years ago. I have been a midday supervisor as well as my role as a TA.
 

Emma Shand

I have worked at West Hill Primary Academy since the beginning of October 2018. Before this I worked for Kent Police as a PCSO for 11 years and spent lots of time within schools in Dartford, Working closely with the teachers and parents.  I am really looking forward to the new challenge ahead and am excited to be working at West Hill.   

Karina Skieve

I’m very delighted to join the West Hill team as an Associate Teacher in Reception. Previously, I worked at a pre-school for almost five years and volunteered at a local school. I have gained a CACHE Level 3 Diploma, at the present time I’m doing a Teaching Assistant Level 3 Qualification. The most rewarding part of working with children is seeing them develop their confidence and happiness.

I spend most of my time with my family, my husband and my three lovely children and I also share my passion for travelling.

Sarah Turner

I have worked with children since 1995 as a senior nursery nurse and the last 8 years as a teaching assistant, mainly for year 6 in north east London. I also worked in photography in the music industry in my spare time. I have a qualification in dealing with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. My interests lay in music, art, history and antiques.

Carla West

Since officially joining the wonderful West Hill team in May 2018, I had been volunteering with the school in all key stages. Prior to West Hill, I worked in the travel industry which gave me opportunities to visit various destinations worldwide and work in the beautiful Cannes, France in Event Management.

During my volunteering, I quickly learnt that I wanted to be in the classroom working with children and be part of the rewarding experience teaching can give.  Therefore, I embarked on my next career path into education. I have just gained my Teaching Assistant Level 2 qualification and currently working on my Level 3 Diploma yet still looking at other qualifications past my diploma.

 

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