Get to know some of the Gateshead East team
Julia Poole – Centre Manager
I graduated from Newcastle University with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Linguistics in 2011. During my degree I worked with teachers of English as a second language as well as studying child language development.
Since graduating I focused my attention on a career within people management. I have gained experience managing a range of teams and departments within several large corporate companies.
I started as Centre Manager for Kip McGrath Gateshead East in January 2018. I spend my days running the busy centre alongside the Centre Director, supporting and developing our talented team as well as taking care of all marketing opportunities.
Sue Wood – Administrator / Receptionist
I have a strong background in the finance and customer service industry, having worked for a high street bank for almost twenty years.
More recently, I worked as a PA to the Head Teacher of a large, local Primary School for ten years. I am also a fully qualified Teaching Assistant.
I am mum to my 15 year old son, Nathan, who likes nothing better than keeping me on my toes!
I am often the first smiling face you will see as you enter Reception. In my role I cover a variety of tasks, but I very much enjoy meeting all of the children and families.
Leo Nelson – Maths Tutor
I completed my degree at Newcastle University and my PGCE at Durham University. I started my teaching career in 1997 and over the years I have worked in both independent and state schools teaching from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5.
My two main teaching areas are mathematics and music and I have managed departments in both subjects. In addition to the academic teaching I am a fully qualified piano teacher and
accompanist working throughout the region.
I started working for Kip in September 2017 and have not looked back!
Trish Potts – Teaching Assistant
I worked in childcare and education for over 30 years. In the latter years I took on an advisory and consultancy role. I then moved onto adult education and ended my full-time career as an Ofsted Inspector.
I love working at Kip McGrath as a teaching assistant and my main focus is working with year 10 and 11 students who attend during the day time sessions.
Anna Fronkova Sugden – Maths and English Tutor
I hold a BA in modern languages, BSc in Dietetics as well as my PGCE. I have a wide range of teaching experience in England (KS2 – KS5) as well as 6 years teaching and examining of English Language to foreign students in Austria and Czech Republic.
I am a dedicated literature fan, alongside working, running and eating fantastic food.
I currently teach both maths and English to all years at Kip McGrath Gateshead East.
Rachel Lister – English Tutor
I have taught English Literature and Language for 20 years at a range of schools, sixth-form colleges and universities.
I currently teach English Literature in the lifelong learning sector, where we focus on twentieth-century novels and short stories. When teaching key stages 3, 4, and 5, I particularly like helping students with literacy, Shakespeare and poetry. I spend my spare time reading novels and writing short stories.
At Kip McGrath Gateshead East I tutor children from primary up to GCSE level in English.
Andrew Whiteley – Maths and English Tutor
I obtained a BA Honours Degree in theology and philosophy from Durham University in 1978, and taught Religious Education at St Joseph’s Academy in Hebburn. I also acted as Spiritual Growth Co-ordinator at the school, as well as being mentor for student RE teachers.
I retired in 2015, but I have a great interest and concern for young people’s learning, and I’m delighted that working at Kip McGrath gives me the opportunity to help them develop the skills they need – not only for future careers, but as human beings with a full enjoyment and experience of life.
Lynn Huggins-Cooper – English Tutor
I have had what some might call a portfolio career, including working as a marine wildlife warden at a lighthouse, working with young offenders, and lecturing and supporting students on the PGCE course at Newcastle University. The common thread throughout my career has been teaching, and helping children and adults alike to reach their full potential for a happy and fulfilling life.
I have taught all ages since qualifying in 1993, from early years to postgraduates, teaching in a variety of settings in Gateshead, Newcastle and Durham. I have been a curriculum and Key Stage manager, and OFSTED described my lessons as ‘outstanding.’
I have been a published author since 1997, writing a wide variety of books including many educational series. I have also been a Times Educational Supplement features writer. I feel that literacy is the key to the vibrant world of education, and as such I am delighted to be part of the GCSE English and Primary teams at Kip McGrath Gateshead East.
Hayley Cowan – Teaching Assistant
I have studied both level 2 and level 3 diplomas to qualify as a teaching assistant. Since studying I have mainly worked in primary schools with a range of children in Early years and key stage one. Recently I began my journey with Kip McGrath as a teaching assistant supporting students and I look forward to being part of their learning journey.
Dayna Mansfield – English Tutor
I qualified as a teacher with a PGCE in English, Drama and Media studies. As well as undertaking additional training to enable me to teach maths also. I have been lucky enough to teach in schools around the region, as well as a boarding school in Durham and an Upper School in Bedford.
My BA (hons) from Northumbria University was in Literature and Film. I have just began teaching Secondary English at Kip McGrath after several years in behaviour support.
I was born in the North East and moved back up after living in the East Midlands once we had my little boy. I love reading, watching television and going to the Cinema.
I studied for my degree in Economics at Durham University before undertaking my Primary PGCE at the University of Cambridge, in 2004. Since then I have taught in a variety of schools in the North East, London, and at an international school in Kenya.
My most recent teaching has involved intervention support for children, to help fill knowledge and understanding ‘gaps’ and assist their progress towards their SATs assessments. I am excited to build on this experience with tutoring as a Primary Tutor at Kip McGrath.
I completed my PGCE at the University of Newcastle in 2006 and have spent 12 years teaching in a variety of primary schools across Gateshead. In addition to being a class teacher, I have worked in learning support, intervention and pupil premium roles.
Away from teaching, I like to keep active and can be found swimming, cycling and running.
At Kip McGrath, I tutor at primary level teaching English and Maths. I am enjoying the opportunity to support students in a small group environment where they can gain confidence and thrive.
In 2014 I qualified with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education at the University of Sunderland. I have since taught across the entire primary phase, including Early Years. I currently work full time as a Year 2 teacher and have lots of experience of the statutory assessment process having carried our SATs for a number of years.
I am also SENDCo at my current school and have completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs at the University of Sunderland. I am also currently undergoing a Masters in Education in order to further develop my pedagogy. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience of supporting children of all abilities and dispositions.
I currently work as a Primary Tutor at Kip McGrath and love the challenge of enabling all learners to achieve their full potential.