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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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Sebastian Chapelau

Position:
Interim Executive Headteacher

Bonjour, I’m Sebastien. I grew up in France and came to the UK in 2001, when I moved to Cardiff to study for a PhD in English (focusing on children’s literature). I’ve been a teacher for over 17 years and...

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Nikeisha Webb-Hardy

Position:
Deputy Headteacher

Hi, I am Nikeisha Webb-Hardy, Deputy Headteacher at Gesher School. I am extremely passionate about maximising opportunities for all learners which has fuelled my drive for working with students with SEND. My journey started out as a teacher of English...

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Chris Gurney

Position:
Deputy-Head & Wellbeing Lead/Dramatherapist

Hello! I am Chris, the Deputy Head at Gesher. My primary role is as the school’s Drama-therapist, and I trained at Roehampton University in London. I’m passionate about using this creative form of psychotherapy to support children with additional needs...

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Rowan Eggar

Position:
SEN Classroom Teacher & Curriculum Lead

Hi I’m Rowan Eggar (Miss Rowan), I am delighted to start this year as the Assistant Head for Curriculum and Assessment and the Chitah class teacher. I was born in London and I completed both my MSc in Psychology and...

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Danielle Petar

Position:
SENDCO

Hi, my name is Danielle Petar and I am thrilled to be going into my fourth year at Gesher as Assistant Headteacher of Inclusion and also as the SENDCO. Following a degree in Psychology and then a PGCE with a...

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Marli Stein

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

I joined Gesher School in September 2018 and during my time at Gesher I have held a number of additional roles, and now act as our Head of Kodesh (Jewish Studies). Originally from Toronto, Canada, I graduated from Western University...

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Victoria Rutter

Position:
Speech and Language Therapist

Hello, my name is Victoria Rutter and I’m extremely excited to be moving into the role of Head of Therapies at Gesher this September. Our Therapy Team are passionate about weaving therapy targets and strategies into all aspects of the...

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Teachers

Leigh Kennedy

Position:
Zayit Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Leigh and I am the class teacher for Zayit class (EYFS and Year One). This is my third year teaching our youngest students at Gesher and I love being part of the Gesher community. I am from...

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Katie McEnallay

Position:
Seorah Class Teacher

Hello, I’m Katie McEnallay, I am the Seorah teacher this year. I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Reading which is where I developed my knowledge and understanding of SEN. This will be my third year at...

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Stephanie Sungtong

Position:
Gefen Class Teacher

Hi, my name is Stephanie Sungtong and I am a new teacher at Gesher. I have been teaching for many years, first teaching English to students in Thailand, then teaching at a primary school in Hanwell and most recently at...

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Emily Bacon

Position:
Rimon Class Teacher

Hi I’m Emily and I’m delighted to be working in Rimon class this year. I am the Creative Arts and Creative Literature lead and have previously worked in Gefen class. I have worked alongside the Gesher Team since the school...

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Leah Coombes

Position:
Team Teaching in Chitah Class

Hi I’m Leah Coombes (Miss Leah) and I am so excited to be starting the new school year as a Teacher in training. My former role as a Teaching Assistant and After School Club lead was a wonderful learning experience...

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Sam Dexter

Position:
Tamar Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Sam Dexter (Mr Sam). I’m really excited to be returning to Gesher this year as Tamar’s class teacher. I worked at Gesher in 2019/2020 and then took a year out to complete my master’s degree in Special and...

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Kodesh Department

Shoshana Greenbaum

Position:
Jewish Studies Teacher

Hi I’m Miss Shoshie and I’m delighted to continue my role from last year as Jewish Studies Teacher. This will be my fourth year at Gesher School and I’m very excited for the new site and to continue teaching. I...

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Orah Soller

Position:
Jewish Studies Consultant and Teacher

Hi I’m Orah Soller (Miss Orah), I am delighted to join the Gesher family this year, as the new Educational & Teaching JS Consultant and Years 6 & 7 JS teacher. I’m originally from Los Angeles, California. I have been...

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Steven Wax

Position:
Jewish Studies/Kodesh Support Teacher

I have been teaching Hebrew, B’nei Mitzvah and Jewish Studies for thirty-five years. I am passionate about supporting the children to engage with (and enjoy) Judaism in their own way. As Rabbi Shapira (the Rebbe from the Warsaw ghetto) said,...

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Alana Barnett

Position:
Jewish Studies Teacher

Hi I’m Miss Alana and I’m thrilled to be back at Gesher as one of the Jewish Studies Teachers. I was a Teaching Assistant two years ago and am looking forward to working in the new building with this amazing...

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Therapists

Hannah Abrahams

Position:
Educational Psychologist

Hi there! My name is Hannah and I’m the Educational and Child Psychologist and a former primary school teacher. I qualified at the Institute of Education, London. I’ve worked for Local Education authorities and in private practice for 15 years...

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Olivia Simmons

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Hi, I’m Olivia/Liv, I am an Occupational Therapist (OT) from New Zealand. This year I will be working with Zayit, Gefen, Tamar and Keren classes but will also be working alongside the therapists in the other classes throughout the school....

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Mushkie Raskin

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Hello! My name is Mushkie Raskin and I feel truly privileged to join the Gesher family as the second full-time Occupational Therapist. Following my time spent working with children with SEN in schools and children centres, I discovered the field of...

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Ashleigh Wolinsky

Position:
Speech and Language Therapist

Hi, I’m Ashleigh Wolinsky (Miss Ashleigh) and I work as a Speech and Language Therapist. I am originally from Leeds but have been working in London since 2016 across the NHS and private sectors. I joined Gesher last September and...

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Laura Miles

Position:
Art Therapist

My name is Laura Miles, and I am thrilled to work with the children at Gesher in my new role as a full-time art therapist. I worked at Gesher as a teaching assistant virtually since it opened, and I feel...

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Matthew Summers

Position:
SENDCO Assistant

Hi, my name is Matthew Summers (Mr. Matt) I have been lucky to have been a part of the Gesher family for the last two years and am delighted to be taking up a new role within the school as...

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Teaching Assistants

Dana Rosen

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Dana Rosen. I am so excited to be joining the team at Gesher this year as a teaching assistant in Tamar class! I graduated from NTU with a degree in Psychology and Special & Inclusive Education, and have...

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Laura Karpavice

Position:
Life Skills Lead and Teaching Assistant

Hi! I’m Laura Karpavice and I am honoured to start this year as the Life Skills lead as well as continuing to support Gefen class as a teaching assistant. I have a degree in Early Years and worked in many...

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Ricardo De-Castro

Position:
Teaching Assistant

My name is Ricky and I am a Teaching Assistant in Tamar class. I have been part of the “Gesher family” since the first day and have seen first-hand how amazingly our school has grown! As a member of this...

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Laura Key

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi I’m Miss Lauren and I’m delighted to be back at Gesher this year as a Teaching Assistant in Seorah class! Having previously worked in D’vash class, I’m thrilled to be working with the children moving up into KS1 where...

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Chani Geller

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Chani Geller. I can’t wait to start my second year working as a Teaching Assistant, supporting Zayit class. I love the warmth and positivity at Gesher. I feel privileged to be working at such a supportive...

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Anouche Chokarian

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hello! My name is Anouche Chokarian (Miss Anouche) & I am so excited to be beginning another year as a Teaching Assistant in Gefen class! Having worked with Gefen for the majority of 2021, I’m so thrilled to continue supporting...

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Leah McGurk

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hello my name is Miss Leah and I’m a teacher assistant based in the new Seorah class in KS1. I joined Gesher last year as an agency worker in D’vash class, and this year I now have the privilege of...

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Danny Cazzato

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi I’m Danny and I’m very excited to be joining the Gesher family this year as a teacher assistant. My previous roles and background have been in graphic design but while working at Lego as a project manager I became...

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Amalia Moisoiu

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Amalia Moisoiu (Miss Amalia) and I am delighted to start this year as Teaching Assistant at Gesher School. I am originally from Romania and my previous experience has always demanded high standards of care, with an aim to...

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Isabella Aaron

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi! I’m Bella Aaron (Miss Bella), and I’m so excited to be back at Gesher as a Teaching Assistant in Seorah class. My Gesher journey started in 2019 as a volunteer placement year student at University of Leeds, eager to...

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Monique Lauder

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi, I am really looking forward to meeting you and teaching your children whilst working to help them reach their full potential and be involved in this wonderful school. I have a wealth of experience working with younger children with...

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Rachel Quinn

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hello, I’m Rachel Quinn (Miss Rachel), and I am excited to begin this year working as a Teaching Assistant at Gesher School. I am a newly graduated Psychology BSc student and have two years of  experience working with children and...

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Michal Geller

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi my name is Michal Geller (Miss Michal) and I will be working as a teaching assistant in Rimon class. Working with children and young teens is my passion, so joining the Gesher family is a dream come true. 

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Amalia Sinclair-Horne

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi I’m Amalia (Miss Mali) and I am excited to be starting this year at Gesher School as a teaching assistant in Chitah class. I studied Early Childhood Studies (BA Hons) which developed my passion for working with children. My...

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Bethany Rentall

Position:
Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Bethany and I am the new Year 7 Teaching Assistant. I have recently graduated University with a degree in Philosophy. I am excited and grateful to be working at Gesher, my goal is to become a class teacher!

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Support Staff

Dafna Hyman

Position:
School Manager

Hi, I’m Miss Dafna, the School Manager supporting the school community. I work closely with staff and governors to ensure the smooth running of the school. Previously my background was PR & Channel Marketing. I am very much looking forward...

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Alkesh Popat

Position:
Finance Controller

Hello! My name is Alkesh and I am the Financial Controller at Gesher. I am originally from Malawi (Central Africa) and have been in UK since 1975. I completed my education in this country and have worked within education, finance...

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Baron Wilde

Position:
School Premises Manager

Hi I’m Mr Baron, the school’s Premises Manager/Caretaker/Minibus Driver. I have been with Gesher since it opened, supporting the school, parents and staff with their requirements to ensure the safety of our Gesher family. I look forward to continuing my...

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Nyasha Mabhunu

Position:
School Chef

Hello everyone, my name is Nyasha and I am the school chef! My love for cooking began when I was around 9 years old whilst growing up in Zimbabwe. I moved to the UK aged 14 and continued this passion...

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Holly Edwards

Position:
Storyteller & Curator

Hello! My name is Holly and I am so excited to have joined the Gesher family as Storyteller & Curator! I grew up in New Zealand & Australia and have spent the last few years in London working in television...

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Security

Jakub Konopka – Security Team Leader
Marcel Moisoiu – Security Team