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Meet our 386 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.

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!

Conor Thomas

Conor Thomas

Secondary Maths

Hi, I’m Mr. Thomas, a secondary maths teacher working in London. I am incredibly passionate (perhaps overly so!) about maths and teaching in general. My favourite part of my job is seeing how pupils flourish over time, particularly when they have ’lightbulb moments’. The ’aha!’ moment is brilliant, especially when it is a fiendishly difficult problem and it seemed unsolvable at first! In my spare time, I love playing tennis and the way angles work in action on the tennis court is exhilarating!

Tilly Browne

Tilly Browne

Primary

I am currently the Primary Headteacher at a school in London. I have worked with children aged 2-11 and particularly love teaching Literacy. My favourite part of my job is the great conversations you can have with children about the interesting ways that they see the world and the chance to work with other incredible teachers.

Mrs Shortland

Mrs Shortland

Secondary Citizenship

Hello everyone, I am Head of Citizenship at a secondary school in Leicester and I love my job. Actually, I think teaching is the best job in the world and I feel very honoured to be in this profession. What’s better than that? Being a citizenship specialist. Citizenship is incredible, I have watched many former students grow in confidence, join youth movements, start Law and Politics degrees at university, attend Parliament committee meetings advocating for changes on issues that concern them. Citizenship changes lives!

Miss Parnham

Miss Parnham

Secondary Maths

I have taught maths to 11-16 year old students in South and West Yorkshire for 20 years. The best part of my job is sharing my passion for my subject and helping young people to enjoy mathematics and all that it has to offer.

Phil Madeley

Phil Madeley

Secondary History

I am currently living in Norfolk but originate from Walsall. I have been a teacher for around 10 years and currently work as a Head of Department.

Drew Wicken

Drew Wicken

Secondary Design & Technology

I am currently a teacher of design and technology at a secondary school in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. I have been privileged to have taught in many areas of England, seeing the excellent work students can produce in the subject. My favourite part of my job is seeing students enthused and motivated to create product to solve a problem set out in a design brief.

Paula Vázquez-Valero

Paula Vázquez-Valero

Secondary Spanish

¡Hola! I’m Señorita Vázquez, a Spanish teacher in a Secondary school in Cambridge where I teach from Y5 to Y13. I studied at the University of Valencia with a degree in English Language and Literature and then I moved to the UK to complete my teacher training.  I’ve always wanted to share the love of language learning and have a positive impact so I became a teacher. What I love about learning languages is how it helps you to understand the world and to challenge perceptions. My second passion is the use of technology in schools. I love training other teachers too and now I also work as a Specialist Leader in Education in Spanish and ICT for my trust. Outside of school, I enjoy running, cooking and crafting.

Lou Fryer

Lou Fryer

Primary English

One of ‘those’ teachers, the type that gets up at 4am on World Book Day to put the final touches on their totally extra outfit (and paint their face to match), as well as the type who decides it’s a good idea to create an original, site-specific musical for 670 children... Storytelling enthusiast and music lead - I’m always singing and goofing around! I was a theatrical costumer, in a previous life, and I’m getting back into making colourful, ridiculous things. I also work for an American games company, writing and editing adventures, bestiaries and character compendiums for fantasy role-playing games.

Ms Thiel

Ms Thiel

Secondary Geography

I am a geography teacher at a secondary school in Dorset. Since working at this school I have taught across both Key Stage 3 and 4. My favourite part of my job is being able to link the learning that happens in the classroom with the spectacular coastal landscape found in the surrounding area, and of course, sharing my fascination with the natural world with children!