Kilburn Grange School is dedicated to academic excellence and we have recruited a fantastic team of teaching staff to meet the high levels of achievement that we have committed to. Please see below for our staffing structure for 2018/19.
Senior Leadership Team
Sonia has worked in education for over twenty years in schools that are large and small and with a wide range of languages, cultures and communities. She knows and understands what helps children to learn and develop skills that will make them positive members of their schools and wider communities.
Sonia says “Every child can be successful and achieve their potential and I know that I am joining a team at Kilburn Grange School that is working towards the same goal of ensuring that we bring out that potential and support every child’s success.”
Ms Helen Khinich – Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Key Stage 1 Lead
Ms Khinich has been teaching for eight years and has previously worked in Lambeth and Hackney. She also worked at a new free school in Barking and Dagenham, and was involved in the pre-opening stage. Helen is an Early Years specialist and is committed to ensuring that pupils have the very best quality teaching and learning.
Mrs Amy Holmes – Assistant Headteacher, Inclusion
Mrs Holmes previously worked in Reception and Year 1 at Kilburn Grange School and has previous experience as a nursery teacher at an academy. Mrs Holmes has been instrumental in the developmental of Kilburn Grange School, as she was one of our founding teachers when we opened in September 2015. Amy has completed the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator Award from the Institute of Education with merit and currently leads Inlcusion at Kilburn Grange School.
Ms Sarah Storey – Assistant Headteacher, EYFS Lead, Phonics Lead and Meadow Class Teacher
Ms Storey has worked in Education for 15 years in a variety of roles and has taught in both Reception and Year 2 during her teaching career. As a result, Sarah is familiar with both the EYFS curriculum and the national curriculum. She has gained invaluable experience and training over the years when working with children and children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). She has used this experience and knowledge to support individual children, their siblings and their parents/carers. Sarah ensures that each child experiences an inclusive curriculum that fosters ‘a love for learning’. She believes that learning should be fun but most importantly engaging, stimulating and educational.
Miss Debora Nunes – Pasture Class Teacher
Ms Nunes graduated from Middlesex University, with a degree in Sociology and Psychology. After completing her degree, she became a tutor where she supported pupils at an after-school club. During this time, Debora developed her understanding of supporting pupils who had a variety of needs. Debora speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish, which is invaluable for our Portuguese and Spanish families. Debora has been teaching Pasture Class as of 2018 and says, “I am keen to offer pupils the best opportunity to succeed in their future careers and I believe that starts from an early age.”
Ms Sofia Zoupa – Meadow Class Teaching Assistant
Ms Zoupa has worked in the education sector since 2014. She has worked in London, Canada and Greece. She has a degree in Pedagogy and in Heritage Language Teaching. Sofia joined Kilburn Grange School in October 2017 and she is excited to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges. “I look forward to continued success with an amazing team of teachers at KGS”.
Ms Jack has 3 years of experience working as a teaching assistant in Early Years. She has previously worked in a nursery with children aged 6months to 5 years old and is passionate about the Early Years curriculum. “I enjoy helping children to develop and explore their learning through play and focussed tasks. I hope to share my knowledge and skills with the children at Kilburn Grange School so that I can make each and every child’s learning journey unique and individual to them.”
Key Stage 1 Team
Ms Mohmoud graduated from Middlesex University with Degree in English Language in 2016, one of her favourite topics. She loves being with the children and watching them develop and flourish at school. She is a team player and ready to help. She has travelled widely and worked abroad as a volunteer in a school in Egypt.
Ms Sophie Richards – Lake Class Teacher
Ms Richards graduated from the University of Manchester, with a degree in Psychology. After completing her degree, she became a teacher assistant whereby she developed her understanding of the curriculum and how to best support children with a variety of needs. After realising she loved to help children learn, she is now a participant on the Teach First programme and is continuing to develop great practice. She loves working as part of a busy team and loves to see children’s wellbeing thrive as well as their learning.
Ms Diana Modeste – Dale Class Teaching Assistant
Ms Modeste has worked in the Education Sector for 25 years and is very excited to be part of Kilburn Grange School as a Teaching Assistant. As a mother of four, Diana has extensive experience in key areas of understanding and nurturing children. She uses these skills to help the individual requirements of the children.
Mrs. Roghayeh Towhidi worked as a qualified primary teacher for several years overseas. She moved to England in 1993 and, after raising her own children, began work as a Teaching Assistant in 2007. Mrs. Towhidi has worked in various schools across London. She believes in learning without barriers, consequently opting to pursue a course specialising in aiding pupils with learning difficulties. Mrs. Towhidi will be continue to provide support for children at Kilburn Grange School to ensure that no obstacle stands in the way of pupil’s true potential.
Miss Cepele is a freelance interpreter, specialising in Albanian but also speaks Italian and French. She joined Kilburn Grange as a volunteer and has previously lead on Extended Schools. She now supports a pupil in Year 1.
Ms Nyanit Koang – Cove Class Teacher
Ms. Nyanit Koang is the Year 2 teacher for Cove Class. She has graduated from the Institute of Education, specialising in Early Years and KS1. She has experience working in specialist schools as well as inner city schools in London and New York, working with children with special educational needs and behavioural needs. Nyanit believes ‘every child is special and with the right working environment and care, can flourish into becoming the best person they can be.’
Miss Tracy Green – Cove Class Teaching Assistant
Miss Green was a registered child minder who supported teenage mums and children who were cared for by their grandparents. Realising that she had a particular gift for supporting children, Tracy became a welfare assistant, then teaching assistant. With over 10 years of experience, Tracy decided that she would like a new challenge and has where she supports the learning needs of all the pupils.
Key Stage 2 Team
Mrs Le Marchand graduated from Oxford University in 2010 and is ilburn Grange’s new lead of English and Key Stage 2. She has been teaching for 8 years, previously worked in an independent school in Kensington and Chelsea. In her teaching career, she has taught in both Reception and Key Stage 1 and is looking forward to the fresh challenge of working with children in Key Stage 2. Outside of school, Mrs Le Marchand is a keen sportswoman and currently represents Leyton Orient Women’s Football Club.
Miss Heekin successfully completed her teacher training with the London SCITT programme last year at Kilburn Grange. She previously studies English Literature and Sociology at the University of Brighton. Before, Kilburn Grange, she worked as Learning Support Assistant in Wandsworth.
Ms Kouassi has been working at Kilburn Grange School since April 2017. She is currently working as a 1:1 Learning Support Assistant with a pupil in Year 3. She loves dancing and enjoying life, and brings this energy to her work at school. She is a valued member of the team and supports teaching and learning in all areas.
Ms Pooja Shah – 1:1 LSA, Heath Class
Pooja Shah has been working in education for over 10 years with children with special needs, in particular autism. She has worked with children with autism in many different environments; in the home, in special schools, in mainstream schools and in the community.
Other Teaching and Learning Team Members
Ms Konstantina Giachnaki – Sports Coach and P.E. Specialist
Ms Giachnaki has always been passionate about sports and has played basketball for 12 years. With a Performing Arts diploma and a Level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development, she then took her sports coaching qualification and became an England Basketball referee. Konstantina has worked in several London schools but says “what I like most about Kilburn Grange is the sense of family and WE CARE values for all pupils”. Konstantina’s favourite quote is “Sport teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like it to win and lose, it teaches you about life”.
Ms Jama has been involved in Kilburn Grange School from the start as a parent at the school and has joined the staff team as the Extended Schools Assistant. She brings her creativity and energy to the after school clubs, particularly enjoying art and cookery. Previously, Nina worked in administration for Microsoft and was also a care worker.
Ms Aikman has been teaching for six years, having spent her most recent teaching experience working at an international school in Dubai. She covers across all classes.
Ms Alison Thomas – Office Manager
Ms Thomas has had six years experience as a school administrator at a nearby primary school and has embraced the challenge of Office Manager at Kilburn Grange School. She will help the school flourish as she brings with her a wealth of knowledge about the local area. She is a mum of two teenage children and lives very locally.
Ms Francine Murray – Administration Assistant
Ms Murray has been involved with Kilburn Grange School since the start, being a mother of a pupil at the school. She says “I am thrilled to be a member of the Kilburn Grange School team. I have spent my entire working life having direct contact with members of the public and have been fortunate to have worked at an adult learning centre for a few years, so will implement all my acquired skills well at Kilburn Grange. I embrace the opportunity to welcome all parents and visitors, and to offer excellent service to all”.
Outside of her work life, Francine is a Youth Leader and Scout Counsellor. She enjoys going to museums – her two favourite museums are the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.
Mrs Sarah Kelly – Family Support Worker
Ms Kelly has worked in a local primary school for the last five years, supporting teaching and learning. She has trained in Makaton and carried out speech and language sessions for pupils. Prior to that, she created a successful drop-in group in Camden which supported families and their children. She has a wealth of knowledge about support services in the local area and has strong links with local nursery schools. Mrs Kelly lives locally and is a mother of two children.
Ms Paulina Treanor – Therapist
Ms Treanor is an experienced Creative Arts Psychotherapist and fully accredited with Health Professional Council (HCPC). She holds an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy and a Foundation and Intermediate Level Certificate in Family and Couple Psychotherapy. She is currently in the process of obtaining an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling. (UKCP and BACP).
Paulina has worked in a variety of settings, specialising in working with children and young people. Some of her experiences include; children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, adolescents, families, adult, mental health settings, NHS, drug and alcohol recovery settings, children and adults with learning disabilities. She also has extensive experience of working with children and adolescence who have experienced high levels of trauma and abuse.
Ms Sheaf is a qualified Adlerian Counsellor (IIP Diploma) and is currently in the process of completing an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP and UKCP). She also holds a BA in English Literature.
Mary has worked as a therapist with children and young people in the charitable sector and has experience in both the state and private education systems. In addition, she has facilitated parenting education programmes.
Site Supervisor and School Cleaners
Mr Lamara has specialised as a site supervisor in a range of diverse school environments across London, working in primary, secondary and University settings. Previously based at the Royal College of Arts, Mr Lamara has rigorous training in health and safety protocol and has received both First Aid and Fire Safety training. With his widespread DIY knowledge and years of experience as a premises assistant, Mr Lamara is committed to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment in his role as Site Supervisor at Kilburn Grange School.
Ms Elisabete Sousa – School Cleaner
Elisabete has been at Kilburn Grange School from the start as she was previously a cleaner for Marylebone Boys School, which had been sharing the site. She applied to Kilburn Grange School because she had an excellent understanding of the site and wanted to share her cleaning and organisation skills with the school. As a mother, she is passionate that the children should be in a clean, safe space whilst they study. Elisabete is proud of what her work and is excited to see the school grow.
Ms Cristina Ciubotara – School Cleaner
Cristina is a mother of two and is a highly responsible, determined and ambitious adult, always striving to do better. Cristina says “I am a very hard working person and look forward to applying my experience from both home and working environments to school, where I provide the pupils with clean and safe learning conditions”.