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Staff

Senior Leadership

Tamaryn Yartu

Position:
Headteacher

Tamaryn Yartu, Gesher Headteacher Tamaryn was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed her Bachelor of Education Foundation Stage, and worked within a specialist environment catering for children with a range of learning differences and a focus on...

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Chris Gurney

Position:
Deputy-Head & Wellbeing Lead/Dramatherapist

Chris is Acting Deputy-Head at Gesher. Chris’s primary role is a Dramatherapist, who trained at Roehampton University in London. He is passionate about using this creative form of psychotherapy to support children with additional needs in their social-emotional development. Story,...

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Danielle Petar

Position:
SENDCO

Danielle Petar is the SENDCo at Gesher. Danielle graduated from Nottingham Trent University having studied Psychology, with a particular interest in Autism. Danielle then achieved her PGCE from the Institute of Education with a specialism in special educational needs. She...

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Marli Stein

Position:
Head of Kodesh/SEN Classroom Teacher (Maternity Leave)

Marli joined Gesher School in September 2018 and is the Head of Kodesh as well as our KS1 Classroom Teacher in Seorah Class. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Marli graduated from Western University Canada having received a Bachelors of Arts, specialising...

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Rowan Eggar

Position:
SEN Classroom Teacher & Curriculum Lead

Rowan is the classroom teacher in Rimon class and the Curriculum Lead at Gesher where she continues to develop and individualise the curriculum for our students. Rowan undertook the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, qualifying as a Teacher from the...

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Therapists

Hannah Abrahams

Position:
Educational Psychologist

Hannah is an Educational and Child Psychologist and a former primary school teacher. She qualified at the Institute of Education, London. Hannah has worked for Local Education authorities and in private practice for 15 years supporting children in both mainstream and specialist settings. She...

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Olivia Simmons

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Olivia/Liv is the full time Occupational Therapist at Gesher, and is originally from Christchurch, New Zealand. Olivia has a range of experience in Child and Adult Mental health as well as educational settings and is passionate about supporting children to...

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Claire Bayfield

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Claire is the part-time Occupational Therapist at Gesher. Claire’s passion is to work with the students to help maximise their independence and their capacity to learn. Within her role she covers fine motor, gross motor, self-care, sensory and sensory motor,...

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Ashleigh Wolinsky

Position:
Speech and Language Therapist

Ashleigh  is the fulltime Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) at Gesher. Ashleigh is originally from Leeds, and has been living and working as an SLT in London since 2016. Ashleigh has worked across the NHS and private sectors in both...

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Victoria Rutter

Position:
Speech and Language Therapist

Victoria is the part-time Speech and Language Therapist. Victoria has had many years of experience in working across a wide variety of educational and clinical settings. She is passionate about delivering functional, high quality interventions and working as part of...

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Cara Lorrimer

Position:
Art Therapist

Cara is the part-time Art Therapist at Gesher School and will be working alongside the therapy team to support the wellbeing and social emotional development of our school’s cohort. Cara has a post-graduate diploma from the Institute of Arts in Therapy and...

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Teachers

Leigh Kennedy

Position:
Classroom Teacher

Leigh is the classroom teacher in D’vash class. She completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme from 2018-19, working in Early Years and Year One and qualifying from UCL’s Institute of Education. Leigh has previously qualified and worked as a speech...

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Emily Bacon

Position:
Class Teacher

Emily is the Gefen class Teacher and is currently the Creative Literacy and Arts Lead for the school. Emily has worked alongside Gesher since it opened as a teaching recruiter. Emily has 5 years of Special Educational Needs Teaching in...

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Jessica Strauss

Position:
Class Teacher

Jessica is the Chitah Class teacher as well as the Lead in Culture and Jewish Life. Previous to this, Jessica was teaching at Gesher between January and March as a supply. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jessica was...

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Shoshana Greenbaum

Position:
Jewish Studies Teacher

Miss Shoshie is the part-time Jewish Studies teacher for the Gefen, Chitah and Tamar classes. She started her Gesher journey as a Teaching Assistant and is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and the University of Hertfordshire. Shoshie...

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Aidy Nessim

Position:
Jewish Studies Teacher

Miss Aidy is the part-time Jewish Studies teacher for  D’vash  and Gefen classes.  Aidy has previously taught Jewish Studies at Kisharon Day School as well as Tuffkid Nursery. Miss Aidy is avid to work as team with all parents to...

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Support Staff: Teaching Assistants


Ricardo De Castro
Ben Folcarelli
Chani Geller
Laura Karpavice
Lauren Key
Elise Kunkler
Leah McGurk
Laura Miles

Support Staff:

Dafna Hyman – School Office Manager
Alkesh Popat – Financial Controller
Baron Wilde – Premises Manager
Jakub Konopka – Security Team Leader
Marcel Moisoiu – Security Team