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Meet our 378 teachers

Here are ten of our talented teachers, from a wide range of schools around the UK who have all contributed lessons to Oak. To find a particular teacher, browse by subject in the menu.

Jennifer Correa

Jennifer Correa

Secondary Spanish

I am a Spanish native speaker and a secondary school teacher in the Cambridge area. My aim is to help develop and improve pupils’ Spanish skills, as well as interest in the culture, as I am passionate about my roots. I studied English at the University of Salamanca in Spain and hold a Master’s degree in Education. I came to the UK in order to help students master a foreign language, be able to communicate confidently and achieve their best, all in a fun way. The end goal being students boosting their expertise by putting their knowledge into practice in real life.

Adam Milford

Adam Milford

EYFS & Secondary & Primary Drama

I am a professional actor with a background in theatre and education spanning more than 25 years. Since 2006 I have been a leading drama practitioner specialising in performance practice, collaborating with major West End productions and working with schools from around the world to maximise their theatre experience and to enhance their creative curriculum. I work extensively with children and young people to champion the benefits of drama, helping to build their confidence, inspire creativity and nurture talent.

John Donnelly

John Donnelly

Secondary Design & Technology

I am Head of D&T at a lovely school in Bolton, I have been teaching D&T for 19 years and love it! My favourite part of my job is seeing a pupil stuck with a problem that they are trying to fix, and then seeing the look on their face when they have solved it. D&T really helps pupils understand the world around them.

Zoe Baker

Zoe Baker

Secondary Citizenship

Hi, my name is Zoe Baker, I have been teaching History and other Humanities since 1999 and worked in many different roles in that time. These have included Head of Department and Assistant Headteacher. I am currently working at a selective school in Kent where I enjoy working with the ladies who attend and often helping them see the world from a different perspective. This is the power of Citizenship! As well as teaching in school, I work with the Holocaust Education Trust as an educator on their outreach programmes and Lessons from Auschwitz Project. I am also lucky enough to work with a wonderful group of Citizenship teachers at my subject Association who support people regionally in my role as Senior Advisory Teacher. The Citizenship team are really looking forward to working with you all over the coming weeks.

Miss Bennett

Miss Bennett

Secondary English

I am a secondary English teacher and Head of English, teaching students aged 11-16 years old. I love teaching and getting to work with so many young people, opening doors and creating opportunities for later life as a result of success in the classroom.

Josh Chapman

Josh Chapman

Secondary Music

Hi! I’m Josh and I am currently the deputy head of music at a fantastic school in London that has an amazing strings programme. I teach the violin and core music to year 4 all the way through to year 11. I have a degree in music from the University of Birmingham and as you can tell, I would be a famous rapper/singer/songwriter/producer if I didn’t enjoy teaching so much. I am passionate about all school aged children having access to great music lessons and experiencing the joy that music brings. I love teaching music and truly believe that it holds the power to transform ourselves and others for the better, whether you want to be a musician or not! I have enjoyed contributing to The Oak National Academy music curriculum and hope you enjoy the lessons!

Alex Byrne-Smith

Alex Byrne-Smith

Primary English

I’m Mr Byrne-Smith and I teach in a Primary School in London. I really enjoy my job because I get to interact with children of a variety of ages. I really like to read books and chat about them with others. I also enjoy playing all sorts of different sports!

Ruth Cowley

Ruth Cowley

Secondary Art & Design

I have been an art teacher for over 20 years, and have been so lucky to have met such amazing young people. My favourite part of being a teacher is the element of surprise! With everyday and every lesson it is guaranteed to bring something new. Learning within education is definitely for both the student and the teacher, every day’s a school day!

Jessica Griffiths

Jessica Griffiths

Specialist

Hello I’m Jess Griffiths. I have worked at my school for 12 years. I am a middle leader at this outstanding primary special school in Derby. I teach pupils who have autism and enjoy finding creative way to develop their communication. When I am not teaching you will find me walking my dog and reading a good book!

Alistair Crawford

Alistair Crawford

Specialist Physical Development

I currently lead two Specialist Teaching School’s in Derby and am very lucky to work with the most inspiring students, families and colleagues. Sport is a great passion of mine and I enjoy working with local, regional and national partners to develop inclusive opportunities for students to participate, compete and enjoy the wide ranging benefits sport and exercise can bring. A career highlight to date was supporting 3 students with additional needs to compete as equals in a mainstream triathlon.....this really helped to challenge perceptions and raise aspirations as to what our students are able to achieve.