Our energetic and welcoming Regional Representatives are all parent teachers with young families. You’ll see them popping up all over the place! They host our regional WhatsApp groups, and coffee mornings in family friendly cafes and sites of cultural and historical interest. They also represent The MTPT Project at workshops and events across the UK. They love their local areas and share CPD opportunities and school partnerships via Twitter and Facebook.
Introduce yourself to them on Twitter, Facebook or when you see them at conferences and events, and enjoy the powerful network that they can provide!
We are always keen to welcome new Regional Representatives into our team to help connect parent teachers across the UK. If you think this role might be of interest to you whilst you are on parental leave, or on a medium to long term basis, get in contact with us.
Shona Swan, @booklovershona
Shona is The MTPT Project’s representative in Norfolk, supporting and connecting parents in her local area through coffee mornings or meet ups.
Shona qualified as an English teacher in 2014, but has worked in schools since 2009. She is a former Head of KS3 and a 2nd in Department, but her favourite role in teaching has been being an ITT mentor to trainees, helping them find some level of balance between work and family.
Since becoming a mum to two girls, Shona feels that this balance has never been more important, and is excited to engage with like-minded individuals in the East of England.
Sherish Osman @sherish_o
Sherish represents the MTPT Project in West London and surrounding areas, connecting members of the MTPT Project.
Sherish is a Lead Teacher, and teacher of English at a school in West London, but lives in Berkshire. She is currently on maternity leave with baby number two. She is mummy to Zayden (4), and Isaam (6 months), who was born just before the COVID-19 lockdown!
Sherish trained as a teacher 9 years ago, and has since been HoD, 2 i/c, Lead Teacher, and mentor to SCITTs and NQTs. She has a passion for Teaching and Learning, and loves to share her passion with others.
Vicky Fox, @Vicky_Fox
Vicky Fox is a proud feminist and teacher parent in North Yorkshire, working for Northern Star Academies Trust in Skipton and Harrogate.
She works as the Director for English across the trust and has also worked as a project lead for the DfE’s Equality and Diversity project with Northern Lights Teaching Schools Alliance that aimed to narrow the gender pay gap in teaching and secure more female leadership positions in schools in the North.
Vicky has two children and represents The MTPT Project in the North West by hosting coffee mornings and developing DfE-funded projects for women and mothers.
Hetty Hughes, @HettyHughes
Hetty is Head of Drama part-time at a secondary school in Bishop’s Stortford, whilst studying for her PhD in English Literature and Theatre Studies part-time at KCL.
Over her seven years in the profession she has been a Teach First subject mentor, completed a Masters in Education and focused on whole-school pedagogy as a Teaching and Learning Champion.
Hetty is about to go on maternity leave for the second time and has a large pile of books accumulating for those can’t-move newborn naps.
Rachel Campbell, @MsRachCampbell
Rachel is the co-Head teacher of Bishopton PRU, part of Tees Valley Collaborative Trust, the first female co-headship in Stockton-on-Tees! Passionate about providing teachers with balance, Rachel and her co-Head have ensured that flexible working is role modelled at leadership level.
With a background in English teaching, Rachel has also presented at WomenEd and School North East events.
She is the proud mum to three boys.
Lucy Hemsley, @CheltTeacher
Lucy is mum to two boys: pre-schooler Ernie and baby Roland. Currently on her second maternity leave, she is an Assistant Headteacher at a large secondary school, working four days a week.
Lucy teaches History and Politics and is passionate about CPD and teaching and learning. She represents The MTPT Project by Tweeting about her maternity CPD and providing a strong visible role model for others within The MTPT Project community.
Lucy also hosts coffee mornings in Gloucestershire and online discussions popular with History teachers and senior leaders in The MTPT Project community.
Flo Keith @fmnorrel
READING AND BERKSHIRE
Flo is the Regional Representatives for Reading and Berkshire, hosting coffee mornings and building community in this region.
Flo has been teaching for 5 years and is currently an English Key Stage 4 Coordinator in a school in Berkshire. She is also a PGCE and NQT mentor, and was a Head of House before going on maternity leave. She is deeply interested in developing teaching and learning, and loves creative writing. She is currently on maternity leave with her first child and has begun her MTPT Project Accreditation whilst getting some long overdue reading done during her baby’s nap time!
Kerensa Healy, @rensihealy
Kerensa represents the MTPT project in Norfolk, working to build a network of parents in the local area.
Kerensa qualified as a teacher in 2005 initially working in the North West before relocating to Norfolk. She is an Assistant Principal in a Primary School leading KS1 and EYFS. Kerensa is passionate about early years and supporting teachers to have a work/life balance. She has started her NPQH and wants to be a Head one day who supports flexible working.
Kerensa is a Mum to a little boy and is determined to practice what she has preached about work/life balance.
Claire Nicholls, @bristol_teacher
Claire represents The MTPT Project in the South West by presenting at Teach Meets, conferences, organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community in her region. She has a son, Cooper!
Claire is currently Deputy of Inclusion at a Bristol School and an SLE for SEN and Inclusion. She qualified as a Primary teacher in 2008 and has taught across Key Stages in mainstream and special education. She has continued her love of learning with a Masters in Education, National Award for SEN Coordination and the Teaching Leaders Programme. She is passionate about inclusion and equality, and an advocate for #WomenEd.
Charlotte Bell, @drcharlottebell
Charlotte represents The MTPT Project in the West Midlands connecting members of The MTPT Project, hosting coffee mornings and speaking on behalf of the project at various networking events. She also hosts our monthly #MTPTchat as she embraces her new role as Mummy to little boy, Jack.
A Teach First ambassador, Charlotte is now the Leader of GCSE Literature and Media at a small state secondary on the outskirts of Birmingham having joined the teaching profession after completing her PhD in Social Engaged Art and Performance on/about Social Housing Estates.
Sara Warner, @masalledeclasse
Sara represents the MTPT project in Manchester by organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community, whilst enjoying time with her son, Rory.
Sara is Head of English faculty and leads English, Drama, Media, RE and MFL. She qualified as a French and German teacher in 2008 and has since worked in three secondary and their link primary schools. She has also coordinated and delivered provision for NQTs and RQTs and is an AQA examiner.
Sara has completed a Masters in Education at Manchester University and Middle Leaders accreditation, where she concentrated on increasing uptake of languages at KS4 and 5.
Gemma Campbell, @gemlcampbell
Gemma represents the MTPT project in North Wales by organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community, whilst enjoying time with her daughter Charlotte and her son, Harry.
Gemma is a flexi-working FE and HE Lecturer teaching English Literature and Media Studies at KS5 as well as lecturing on the PGCE/PCET programme. She qualified in 2006 and has worked in both the independent and state sector. Recently, Gemma was awarded Chartered Teacher status.
Jennifer Byrne, @jenrachaelbyrne
Jenny represents The MTPT Project in Kent by organising meet ups and connecting members of The MTPT Project community in this region. She has a two and a half year old, Ted, who keeps her very entertained, and another baby boy on the way.
She completed her teacher training through Teach First in London in 2009 and her MA in Education shortly afterwards. She has taught in both the private and state sector and taken on both pastoral and subject leadership roles. Jenny still teaches in South East London, but is now based in Kent.
Laura Rowlands, @tillyteacher
Laura represents the MTPT Project in south Hampshire, connecting members of the MTPT Project.
Laura has recently returned from shared parental leave to her job as faculty leader of English in a small secondary school in Southampton, having previously worked in a range of schools around Hampshire.
As the mother of two small sons juggling full time working, writing, and being a regional advocate for Litdrive, Laura is always looking for and often failing to find balance. She finds gin can help with this.
Tess Tweeddale, @mrstsixthform
Tess represents The MTPT Project in Hertfordshire, and often also attends London coffee mornings and events. She works with our school partner, Alban TSA to connect parent-teachers in this region.
Tess completed her PGCE in 2010 and qualified with a MEd in Educational Research from Cambridge in 2012. She has taught in three schools and held subject and pastoral lead roles. She is currently Deputy Director of Sixth Form and an SLE with a Pastoral and Maths focus.
She returned full time after maternity leave with her daughter, Frances, who is now two and loves connecting with other teacher parents.
Kim Cunningham, @organikcmummy
Kim represents the MTPT Project in the Stirling area of Scotland by organising meet ups and networking events to connect members of the MTPT Project community.
With more than 10 years teaching experience, she has taught in 3 schools across Early, First and Second Levels of Curriculum for Excellence. Training at the University of Dundee, Kim has worked as both a Support for Learning Teacher and, most recently, as a Class Teacher.
Currently on maternity leave, she is enjoying spending time with her sons; 4-year-old Fraser and baby Leo.
Kate Williams, @Kate_Williams20
Kate is an art and photography teacher based in Liverpool. She is a mum of two and currently pregnant with her third child.
She is passionate about promoting well being and balanced working practices in education. She took part in the pilot of The MTPT Project Accreditation in 2017 and is looking forward to exploring new CPD opportunities in her coming maternity leave.
Kate will be hosting coffee mornings in Liverpool in 2020.