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Staff

Senior Leadership

Tamaryn Yartu

Position:
Acting Headteacher

Tamaryn is our Acting Headteacher who has been with Gesher since it opened in 2017; her initial role was as class teacher working with the early years children, before joining the Senior Leadership Team. In this capacity, she developed the...

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Chris Gurney

Position:
Acting 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

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 Sapier

Position:
Speech and Language Therapist

Ashleigh Sapier 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 for 4 years.

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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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Teachers

Lauren Roberston

Position:
Class Teacher

Lauren is the Tamar class teacher. She has recently moved over from Zimbabwe where she was teaching children with learning difficulties within a mainstream setting. Since moving to England Lauren worked in a secondary school for children with ASD and...

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Shoshana Greenbaum

Position:
Jewish Studies Teacher

Miss Shoshie is the part-time Jewish Studies teacher for the D’vash and Gefen 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 has grown...

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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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Jessica Strauss

Position:
Class Teacher

Jessica is the Chitah Class teacher. Previous to this, Jessica was teaching at Gesher between January and March as a supply. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jessica was teaching in a variety of primary schools in Johannesburg and London...

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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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Support Staff

Ricardo De Castro
Laura Karpavice
Elise Kunkler
Claire Martel
Katie McEnallay
Laura Miles
Lauren Key
Ellen Smith
Matt Summers
Leah Coombes
Chani Geller
Luke Williams
Rebecca Clow
Ben Folcarelli
Jessica Ganon
Claire Keenan

Office and Facilities

Alkesh Popat – Financial Controller
Dafna Hyman – School Office Manager
Shoshi Wiesenfeld – School Office Administrator
Baron Wilde – School Caretaker
Jakub Konopka – Security Team Leader
Marcel Moisoiu – Security Team