Fiona Brown, 1A Teacher (class share)
I’m originally from a small village in Anglesey. I both studied and started my teaching career in Wales. I used to visit my sister for weekends in Leeds and quickly packed my bags to follow her to Yorkshire. I fell in love with the bustling city and all it had to offer and I loved that the countryside was still so near. I met my husband here and we now have two boys, a dog and a cat to keep us busy. I feel very privileged to have children as part of my family and also as part of my career. Working with children brings me so much joy – there really is nothing like seeing so many smiling faces first thing in the morning! No day is ever the same and I love that we can learn from children just as much as we teach them. Through my varied experience of teaching in and around Leeds, I’ve learnt a lot about myself, about education and about Yorkshire. I now know I can call a ‘bap’ a ‘bread cake’ and that I should be asking for ‘scraps’ with my fish and chips! In my spare time, I like to spend time with family and friends and I also like to bake. I love lazy weekend mornings with my family eating pancakes and walking the dog. I also love heading back to Wales to see the sea and to dip my toes in the waves!
Lydia Wilkins, 1A Teacher (class share)
As a child, two of my ambitions were to teach and be a mother. I’m privileged that both those ambitions are now my reality. I joined Scholes (Elmet) Primary in 2006 and I’ve enjoyed teaching every year group from Reception to Year 5. I’m often asked which is my favourite age to teach and my honest answer is: ‘There’s magic to every year group!’ In my spare time, I enjoy pilates, body combat and eating apple flapjack!
Vicky Latham, 1/2B Teacher
I was born and bred in Leeds but have also lived and worked in London, Scarborough and Pontefract. I have three children and also lots of pets, which are part of my family, too. Dogs, cats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, a goat, mice and hedgehogs have all been part of the family at some point. I have taught in all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6. I love making learning active and fun, and enjoy seeing children learn with a smile on their faces. I’m the Early Reading and Phonics Leader across Sphere Federation, working closely with other reading and writing leaders to promote the highest standards of literacy. I worked as a supply teacher and writer when my children were younger; creating content for websites (ranging from insurance to bathrooms and security). The biggest project involved writing a fact file and security report for each country in the world – all 197 of them! I also enjoy wild swimming and have swum in a variety of lakes and rivers including the Thames, Wharfe, Salford Quays and Windermere.
Kate Young, 2C Teacher
I was born in the north east but moved to Leeds in 2014 for university and I’ve stayed ever since! I’m a keen traveller and have visited many different countries across the globe. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog, Pablo, doing yoga, and spending time with my family. I’m also a qualified gymnastics coach and spent my childhood competing for the North of England. I did my teacher training at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School and I feel extremely privileged that I now work here, in a school and job that I love.
Kay Lowry (currently on maternity leave)
I completed a degree in psychology, which gave me an insight into child development. I found this, as well as seeing my own children grow and develop, fascinating. This led me into a career in schools. I feel very blessed to have a job that allows me to watch children grow and learn every day. In my spare time, I enjoy baking and exploring the countryside with my children.