Meet the Team

As a well-established school, Meadowbrook is a limited liability company run by the School Business Manager Steve Byron, and the Director of Education Serena Gunn.

 

Steve is responsible for all financial matters relating to the school including fees and accounts.

 

Serena is responsible for establishing the aspirations and values of the School and ensures that her motto of ‘Excellence in Education’ is embedded in every aspect of Meadowbrook’s practice. In addition to this, Serena also overseas the day to day running of the school, both academically and pastorally.

As Meadowbrook’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) their close liaison with all the staff ensures absolute cohesion across the School.

Management and Administration Team

Steve Byron - Proprietor | School Business Manager

Steven Byron is a Chartered Certified Accountant. He has over twenty years of experience in UK business and private sector organisations. His roles involved the financial management of large and small entities; including management reporting and controls, planning, strategy and process developments. His experience of the education sector includes being a University Lecturer.

sbm@meadowbrook.uk

Serena Gunn - Director of Education
Having been involved with Meadowbrook for nearly 30 years, Serena has gained valuable experience as a primary teacher, teacher training lecturer and examiner, Ofsted Inspector and Headmistress. Serena has worked for leading Montessori teacher training colleges both in the UK and overseas.

She has worked for the Montessori Schools’ Association (MSA) as a School Accreditation Assessor and for The Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) as a Lead Early Years Inspector across the Private School sector. Serena is also an experienced Parent and Staff Workshop facilitator and runs regular courses on Positive Discipline.

In addition to her teaching qualifications, Serena holds a Master’s Degree in Education Management from King’s College, London. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Educational Assessment and a member of the Independent Schools Association.

serenagunn@meadowbrook.uk

Barbara O'Sullivan: Reception Class Teacher
Barbara_1a-100x100Barbara’s first association with Meadowbrook Montessori School was in 1995 when she joined the first group of students to undertake the Montessori Early Years teaching qualification (Mont.Dip 3-6) through the Montessori Institute which ran at Meadowbrook Montessori.

Barbara led the former Pre-Primary department through three successful Ofsted inspections and three Montessori Schools Association (MSA) accreditations. The MSA is the UK’s leading Montessori accreditation body, recognising excellence in Montessori education.

Barbara continues her professional development by being an active member of the Early Years Partnership and leader of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). She is also a member of the Montessori Schools Association and attends regular meetings for

barbara.osullivan@meadowbrook.uk

Joy Hughes - School Administrator
Joy first became involved with Meadowbrook School as a parent in 1999, with her eldest daughter graduating from Meadowbrook in 2006. Joy returned again as a parent in 2013 with her younger daughter. In 2016 Joy became a Trustee of FOMM (Friends of Meadowbrook Montessori) and has been involved in a variety of fund-raising initiatives for the school over the years.

Her background is in Human Resources in the Financial Services sector and is fully CIPD qualified.

admin@meadowbrook.uk

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatises, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach themselves. Edward G Bulwer-Lytton

Teaching Team

Barbara O'Sullivan: Reception Class Teacher
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Julie Miles - Teacher
Julie has been at Meadowbrook for over 17 years, mainly teaching the older age groups.  She is a local girl, who was born in Windsor and grew up on an arable/dairy farm.

Her first career path took her into herbicide research and then overseas for a period of eleven years. Julie worked with UNHCR and the Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong for 3 years and considers this a turning point in her life. She found Montessori in Hong Kong and trained in London at the AMI. She then returned to Singapore to work in a Montessori Pre-School for 5 years.

As a qualified Forest School facilitator, Julie delivers Meadowbrook’s Forest School programme. She has also completed her OCR training in teaching children with dyslexia and other learning needs.

julie.miles@meadowbrook.uk

Sarah Hogg - Primary Teacher
Sarah Jane Hogg has worked in a variety of education settings over a 6 year period and during that time and has had the opportunity to work with a range of children, from their interests and abilities to their culture and lifestyle. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Performance Art in 2013 and decided to work as a Teaching Assistant before deciding to embed her drama training into teaching. It was then that she continued her studies, to become a fully qualified Primary School Teacher. Using her passion for performance, she is able to bring great creativity to her teaching, ensuring that the engagement,  challenge and subsequent progress of the children is her focus.

Sarah is also a member of her local church choir and band and enjoys day trips out and visiting friends and family. She also participates in local Charity Events; her latest ones being: a big community litter pick and sleeping outside to raise money for the homeless.

Sarah Warner - Teacher
In 1995, Sarah began her 3-6 Montessori studies with the Montessori Institute at Meadowbrook.

After working in the Pre-Primary department for 5 years, she moved to the Primary department and began her 6-9 studies with the Centre for Montessori Education (CMTE) in New York.  Since then, Sarah has worked in both Lower and Upper Primary and is currently teaching Key Stage 1 in Lower.

Sarah has a passion for history and has studied for a BA (Hons) in History with the Open University.  She is currently embarking on an exciting adventure with the RAF, and is about to begin training to become a corporal with air cadets, specialising initially in firearms training.

 

sarah.warner@meadowbrook.uk

Wendy Day - Reception & After School Care
Wendy Day
Wendy has been working with children of all ages for the past 25 years. She has a Montessori International Teaching Diploma (3-6yrs) from the London Montessori Centre and after working at various schools in the U.K. then built on her experience covering for teachers in a few schools in Sydney, Australia.
Wendy has completed the ‘Positive Discipline in the Classroom and Teaching Parenting Activities’ training with Jane Nelson in London. She has also been a trainer for ‘MindUP’/The Hawn Foundation and completed ‘Practical Solutions for Dyslexia and Introduction to Dyscalculia’ at the British Dyslexia Association. Wendy’s past also includes working with children with severe learning difficulties and behavioural issues on a Summer Respite Scheme for two summers.
Her work at Meadowbrook Montessori School over the years includes: Pre-primary Teacher, Reception Teacher cover, Primary Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant where necessary. Administrative work where needed, Parent and Toddler Facilitator and After School Club Facilitator.
 

 

 

 

 

Specialist and Support Staff

Rosemary Willis - Specialist Teacher / SENCO
 

Rosemary has taught at Meadowbrook for many years. She moved to the UK in 2004 from Australia and her daughter Grace, is a Meadowbrook graduate.

Prior to working with children, Rosemary taught for 20 years as an adult educator in business communications, team building, conflict resolution and leadership. She holds a BA (Adult Education) from the University of Canberra and has a double major in psychology, including child development.

With her SEN specialist teaching and her assessing diplomas, Rosemary is qualified to both assess and support children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and specific learning needs. She is the School’s SENCO, working creatively and dynamically with those children  who require additional one-to-one support.

rosemary.willis@meadowbrook.uk

Emilia Bellm - Upper Primary HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) & Cover Teacher Year 1 and Year 2
Emilia grew up locally in the Berkshire area and then moved to Scotland, where she completed a Masters in Architectural History at Edinburgh University. Following this, she travelled around the world where she volunteered in local schools in Costa Rica and then India. Eventually, she settled in Melbourne, Australia. It was here she was introduced to the Montessori pedagogy. She enrolled in the 9-12yrs Montessori Education Diploma with MWEI, which she completed in 2017. In 2018 she moved back to the UK and worked as an upper primary class teacher at Rainbow Montessori School, London. She is now back where she grew up and is excited to join us as an HLTA for upper primary.
Barbara Barnfield - Learning Support Assistant
After growing up in Northern Ireland, Barbara completed her BA honours degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status in the Lake District as part of Lancaster University. She taught primary age children for seven and a half years before starting a family of her own and moving to America for four years.

When she returned to England she became a Learning Support Assistant and lunch time controller in her son’s school before accepting her position at Meadowbrook.Barbara found that this fitted in with her desire to continue working with children and have a good work/life balance.

“I enjoy working here at Meadowbrook and I believe the the size of the school contributes to the family orientated atmosphere. The staff are kind and supportive and the children are happy and motivated learners”

barbara.barnfield@meadowbrook.uk 

Wendy Day - Teaching Assistant
Wendy has been working with children of all ages for the past 20 years. She trained as a Montessori Directress and after working at various schools in the UK then built on her experience in Sydney, Australia.

Approximately 19 years ago, Wendy worked with children with severe learning difficulties and behavioural issues on a Summer Holiday Respite Care Scheme for two years’ running. More recently, she completed Positive Discipline in the Classroom and Teaching Parenting Activities training with Jane Nelson in London.

She is also a trainer for ‘MindUP’ from The Hawn Foundation and completed ‘Practical Solutions for Dyslexia and Introduction to Dyscalculia’ at the British Dyslexia Association. She enjoys working on a 1:1 basis, seeing each unique child achieve and develop in their work.

Viv Baines - Art Teacher
Dawn Farrey - Gymnastics
Dawn holds a level 4 Artistic Gymnastics Coach qualification and is a full member of the British Gymnastics Association.

She is currently employed by Pinewood Gymnastics Club and is responsible for the development of talented young children who hopefully will continue in the sport to compete at Regional and National Level.

Dawn found a love of gymnastics at the age of ten and managed to achieve international standard, including competing in the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Since retiring from competitive gymnastics she went on to coach for many years at one of the Uk’s leading London gymnastics clubs. This has allowed her to gain a vast amount of experience working with children of all ages and abilities.

Chris Evans - Sports Education
Chris has over 20  years of experience of teaching and delivering Physical Education courses to teachers and children throughout the South East of England.

He is also an FA Coach Educator for the English Football Association.

Through their passion and experience within the sector, Chris and Rick successfully created 360 sports education in July 2015.

Rick Morris - Sports Education
Rick has over 14 years of experience teaching Physical Education activities to children in the Primary sector.

Through his passion and experience Rick successfully collaborated with Chris to set up 360 sports education in July 2015.

Miriam Jones - Piano Teacher
Miriam started to learn the piano at the age of 5 and has been teaching since 1985. She is married to David, a composer of music and has been at Meadowbrook for over 19 years.

Miriam uses all styles of music for students to play from classics to current chart hits in the popular music realm.

Sarah Brunsden - Reading teacher

Sarah grew up in North Somerset and after completing her BA honours degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status in Cardiff, moved to Berkshire where she taught Primary aged children for fifteen years before having a career break to look after her young family.

Reading has always been a keen focus for Sarah in her work with children due to her specialism in English, an area which she has always found interesting and inspiring. She strives to make the stepping stones of learning to read fun and engaging at all levels.

Lunchtime Supervisors
 

  • Linda Edwards
  • Lenka Moir
  • Debbie Atkinson
Rebecca Peake (MFL) Modern Foreign Language Teacher

Becki Peake is a qualified linguist with a BA Hons degree in French, Spanish and European Studies. She has lived and worked abroad in various locations in France, Spain and Germany, both in the education and commercial sector. Initially starting out her career in language recruitment and managing a large multinational team and office, she has more recently and for the last 7 years run her own business providing peripatetic language classes to predominantly primary-aged children in schools and beyond. She is fluent in French and Spanish, with advanced German and specialises in providing lessons to children at primary and EYFS level.

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