Our Staff


Principals

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Mark Hunter

I completed my teacher training at Froebel College which is now part of the University of Roehampton.  I have always believed deeply in Froebelian Education and know that it can make a difference to children’s learning.  I am proud of the Annan School and am pleased to have the opportunity to provide children with such a rich and inspiring curriculum.  I love showing people around the school and spreading good practice more widely.  I spend a great deal of time on admin but really enjoy getting out of the office to accompany classes on trips and to run weekly gatherings and other celebrations and concerts.

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Debby Hunter

I love being Principal of Annan School. I started my early teaching career in London where I taught right across the primary age range. I have always loved working with young children and have taken several post-graduate courses in Early Years Education including the Froebel Certificate in Early Years Education.  I have enjoyed seeing the school grow and flourish and spend a lot of time talking to parents and children and being part of all the creative learning which goes on around the school. I have great fun teaching French to all children in the main school and working with children of all ages.

Teachers

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Heather Shann

Class Teacher of Kindergarten

I am enjoying my third year at Annan, having moved from North London where I began teaching eight years ago. The things I love most about working at Annan are: contributing to children’s well being through Candle Time and enjoying being outside in nature together; and allowing children the time and space to initiate their own learning and joining them in this process at their pace. I am also learning a lot myself from being a part of such a creative community.

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Debbie Leahy

Class Teacher of Oak Tree Class

I have worked in childcare and education for many years and have always loved being a part of each child’s learning journey. I have taught across key stages, in a variety of settings and what I enjoy most about working at Annan is that the children are given the time and space necessary to make their learning meaningful and secure. There is also a real sense of community where every child is supported and nurtured to enable them to be the best  person they can be.

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Alastair Leigh

Class Teacher of Willow Class

I have been teaching primary age children for many years and consider it to be an absolute privilege to play a part in children’s early development.  There are so many aspects of teaching at Annan School that I love.  I am particularly passionate about developing children as writers and storytellers.  Learning through a strong connection to nature is also close to my heart, but above all the freedom to create learning experiences that harness the natural enthusiasm, curiosity and joy in children is what makes Annan shine!

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Jeannette Atkins

Class Teacher of Elder Class

I studied at Maria Grey College in West London and started teaching before the National Curriculum was introduced. My training and early career was very Froebelian and concentrated on child centred approaches to education and teaching topics which were relevant to and exciting for the children. Throughout my career teaching has undergone many changes and I longed to teach again without the constraints of the National Curriculum.

Rest of the Team

Sarah Bishop Teaching Assistant
Sally Crouch Teaching Assistant
Katey Rowland Teaching Assistant
Chryso Chellun Teaching Assistant  
Sue Newman Teaching Assistant  
Miranda Uden Teaching Assistant  
Dee Woods Teaching Assistant
Helen Thoms Forest School teacher
Emily Bright Teaching Assistant
John McGeachan Guitar teacher
Annie Murray Piano teacher