Al Heggie - Deputy Headteacher
Al joined the Frederick Hugh House team as a learning support assistant (LSA) in 2012 after working throughout London as an LSA in both mainstream and special needs schools via the Smart Teaching agency. Al studied LLB Law at Edge Hill University in Lancashire but discovered a passion for working with children after taking up a role as a student advocate with the ‘Aim Higher’ programme which was run through universities nationwide until 2011. Al qualified in Fitness Inspired Teacher Training (FITT) in 2007 and has led expeditions as part of the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) initiative in which he attained a Gold level certificate. Al is about to embark on the final year of his four year degree qualification in Primary Teaching & Learning and has taken on a new roles within school to accommodate the work placement aspect of this, including co-teaching some core curriculum lessons, leading lessons in PE and ICT and assisting the Senior Leadership Team with regards to Health and Safety.
‘Staff get to know pupils well and develop close and
supportive relationships with them.’ Ofsted Report 2011
Maya Nissim - Curriculum Leader/SENCO
Maya graduated with a BSc in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. After graduating, she began privately home school teaching a student diagnosed with autism. During this time, she was trained in ABA therapy and worked closely with a team of therapists to create a program to meet her student’s individual needs. This experience further developed her passion for teaching and collaborating to meet the needs of each unique learner. Her goal was to expand her knowledge in the field of special education worldwide. She decided to study abroad, completing her Masters in Special and Inclusive Education from the Institute of Education, UCL. Maya has gained experience through supply teaching in various schools across London and through teaching for three years in an inclusive classroom setting in Florida. She has completed 95hrs of Yoga for the Special Child, attended several SEN workshops, and a DIRFloortime training.
Kristel Mohammed - Curriculum Leader
Krissy graduated with a BA with Honours from the University of Toronto. She then attended the University of Alberta and completed a 2-year Bachelor in Education program, with a focus on secondary education. Since then, she has also completed a 3-year program to become an SEN Specialist. Since leaving university, Krissy has tutored and worked for a short time within the teaching field in Canada before making the decision to move to the United Kingdom. She began working at different schools around London teaching both mainstream and students with multiple needs from reception to A-Level age. Her love and passion for teaching and working in the special needs field led her to take a permanent job in March 2012 at a large special needs school in Greenwich, London. She worked primarily in the Autism department, but was also given opportunities to work with students with various needs, including profound multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), and complex needs (CN). She has worked with students across the P-levels and National Curriculum teaching maths, literacy, science, art, humanities, food and design technology, and independent living skills. She has also helped in the development of a sensory curriculum in the Autism department at her previous school. She was also Head of Department for Food Technology. Krissy joined Frederick Hugh House in April 2017 as a class teacher and Head of Creative Arts. She continues to be Head of Creative Arts, and is also one of the Curriculum Leaders at FHH. She is the class teacher for Saturn Class.
Myrto Alexandraki - Class Teacher
Myrto graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Social Studies from the University of Crete. She has also completed her Masters degree in Educational Leadership at the Open University of Cyprus, a joint degree with Saint Louis University of US. During studying for her Masters, she discovered a passion of working with children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and decided to attend an annual specialisation programme in special education, which was offered by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Prior to moving to the UK, she has worked with children with specific learning difficulties (SpLD), such as Dyslexia in mainstream environments in her home country. This experience furthers her passion and commitment to special education, and she was looking to expand that knowledge by studying abroad. Myrto received a scholarship to study at the University of Sunderland, where she completed her Masters in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion with distinction. In early 2015, she moved to London and worked in mainstream education supporting children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD), as well as other difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and severe Hearing Impairment.
Maria Del Mar Cano-Moyano - Class Teacher/Cover Supervisor
Maria obtained two diplomas of Higher Education in Social Education and Social Work in the University of Granada (Spain) in 2008. In 2009 she completed a postgraduate course in Children at Social Risk. During this time maria worked continuously with children in non-formal education and carried out a project to prevent school absenteeism in rural communities in Spain. In 2010 Maria was granted a scholarship for graduates from the European Leonardo Program to carry out an internship working with children under the autistic spectrum. She then moved on to working in formal education in a Special Needs school as a Learning Support Assistant. In 2015 Maria went to the US to work as a full time teacher for children under the autistic spectrum. During this time Maria has been combining full time employment in Special Needs with completing a BSc with the Open University in the UK and with a Masters in Secondary Education in ESOL.
Mélanie de Pouqueville - Learning Support Assistant
Mélanie joined the Frederick Hugh house team in early 2015, after previously working in mainstream schools. Mélanie has a strong passion for working alongside children to further their education. This passion has led to some great opportunities to work with children from different social backgrounds, and with a range of educational needs. She prides herself in inspiring and motivating children’s curiosity and interests as well as their abilities to acknowledge their own achievements. Mélanie has a passion and a flare for the creative arts, actively encouraging children to discover their own creative strengths. Mélanie received a National Vocational Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in 2012, and plans to further her knowledge and career supporting the children and team at Frederick Hugh House. Outside school Melanie enjoys playing the Ukulele, cooking, adventures and learning new things.
Amanda Durocher - Teacher/ABA Therapist
Georgina McGuire - Learning Support Assistant
Gene Takooree - Learning Support Assistant
Gene started at Frederick Hugh House at the start of the academic year. Gene has worked in SEN schools for the past year, teaching in mainstream schools for the past 5 years originally teaching dance which has been a lifetime passion/career. Not only has he brought his academic knowledge and teaching skills but his passion and drive to better children's learning in education.
Jazuela Wall - 1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Billie Parker - 1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Judith Abbott - Physiotherapist
Judith graduated from Stratford University with a BSC (HONS) in physiotherapy since gaining my degree she has worked in a residential College for young adults with a range of disabilities PMLD SLD and Autism. She was trained in hydrotherapy by Heather Epps.She underwent training with the FA and have worked in both football and rugby pitch side injuries and rehabilitation. She has been involved with and helped to set up an independent intense rehabilitation centre for children with Cerebral palsy and other movement disorders.
Hybrie Burger - Occupational Therapist
Hybrie Burger qualified as an Occupational Therapist in South Africa in 1989. She has been working in Private Practice for more than 20 years specializing in the field of paediatrics.
Hybrie has completed the basic Bobath Neuro Developmental Therapy course and Modules 1-3 of Sensory Integration.
Up until July 2017 she has been co-director and team initiator of Education and Training Hub for Autism Needs. (A non-profit organisation in South Africa with the main aim to empower families and individuals affected with autism.)
She has experience in working in Canada with a family with a child affected by ASD using the Sonrise intervention approach.
Michelle Rositter - Speech and Language Therapist
Hayley Hutchinson - Specialist Music Teacher