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Meet our 380 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.

Darryl McNally

Darryl McNally

Secondary History

I am currently the Head of History at my school and teach students from the age of 11-18. My favourite part of the job is teaching young people about really interesting periods of history. Being able to teach people about fascinating periods which has helped shape modern Britain and the wider world is something I am passionate about. I also enjoy helping young people get the grades they need to succeed in the next phase of their life.

Andrew Whitehead

Andrew Whitehead

Primary Maths

Living in London, I am an Associate Assistant Head working to improve the quality of teaching across four primaries, and streamline the year 6/7 transition in mathematics at one secondary school, in Surrey. As a trained Mastery Specialist Teacher and accredited Professional Development Lead, I also work with the London South West Maths Hub using effective models of professional development to facilitate improving teaching and learning in mathematics across their region. In all aspects of my work, I strive to achieve a judgement-free working culture within which teachers are enabled to be brave risk takers.

Sal Palekar

Sal Palekar

Secondary & Primary Music

I am a music teacher from London who loves working with students and school teams in delivering a broad range of exciting musical activities. In a world which is constantly changing, I am excited to work in creative arts education towards supporting our children to connect with their individuality, creativity, communication and musicality so that all students can embrace their sense of self and community through music.

Krista Sharp

Krista Sharp

Secondary Geography

For the past 13 years I have worked as a geography teacher at a variety of different schools across the UK. This has actually been my last year teaching as I am now leaving the profession to run a charity called MYTime Young Carers. I absolutely love teaching and the challenge of making complex topics accessible and easy to understand. I will definitely miss the classroom but I feel lucky that my new role will still mean I can spend time working with amazing children.

Victoria Vincent

Victoria Vincent

Primary English

I am a Primary School teacher from London and have taught in both KS1 and KS2. My favourite part of my job is having fun with my class and laughing together. I really enjoy reading or listening to audio-books and being active outside in the fresh air.

Eileen Deng

Eileen Deng

Secondary Chemistry, Combined Science

I’m a Head of Science and KS4 subject lead at a school in London. I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham as I’ve always been interested in the manufacturing of makeup products and I have a PhD in the synthesis of high-value biodegradable polymers using microwaves. I worked at one of the world’s largest cosmetics companies before becoming a Science teacher and my favourite part of my job is sharing my experience in industry with students and inspiring students to pursue a career in STEM. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy playing the guitar, baking and gardening.

Simon Columb

Simon Columb

Primary Art & Design

I am an Art teacher who has worked in Secondary and Primary schools. I’ve taught 6-year-olds and I have seen A-level and GCSE students through their exams. I love drawing, painting and every form of art that forces you to challenge yourself and have fun in the process. Art stretches your creative muscles and supports you in thinking outside the box – and the future is clearly led by those creative thinkers.

Tracie Duddridge

Tracie Duddridge

Secondary French

I am currently a French teacher in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 in a school near London. I enjoy curriculum development and have taken part in a number of special projects over the years. My favourite part of the job is seeing a passion for all things French grow within my students, a number of whom have gone on to be fluent French speakers by one route or another.

Madeleine Gardner

Madeleine Gardner

Primary English

My name is Miss Gardner and I teach Year 6 in a London Primary school! After studying English Literature at Leeds University, I became a teaching assistant where I realised how much I loved working in a school where I could help children to enjoy learning. In my free time, I love running, walking in the countryside and reading!

Emma Madden

Emma Madden

Primary English

I am currently Head of School of a primary school in London and lead on Curriculum across our federated schools. I also work closely with our local teaching school alliance, leading on professional development for primary teachers - including NQTs and experienced teachers.