The power of collaborative learning

Meet the Teach Aldenham Team

Teach Aldenham logo outlineThe Teach Aldenham Team are a number of teachers from across the Aldenham School Foundation. 

Jessica Burger | Director of Teaching and Learning | Head of Geography @GeoAldenham

I joined Aldenham as Head of Geography in September 2014, having worked previously at a leading co-ed boarding school and an academic boys’ day school. This is my third year running a department after a stint running a girls’ boarding house as a maternity cover. I have experience of teaching and examining a number of specifications, including the International Baccalaureate. I am constantly reflecting on my own practice, trying to bring more innovative ideas into the classroom and not allow myself to get swamped by the administration of running a department; which is not the reason I joined the teaching profession! I love the rewards of inspiring young people to want to learn more, in different ways and to shape their own learning journey. Independent learners never fail in life. I am in the midst of completing the ISQAM qualification (Independent Schools’ Qualification in Academic Management) through HMC and the Institute of Education. This is yet another opportunity for self-reflection, and together with an annual pilgrimage to the Wellington College Festival of Education, it inspires me to try and stay creative.

Alex Camenzuli | Acting Director of Teaching and Learning | Head of Biology | 

I am currently Head of Biology and Acting Director of Teaching and Learning at Aldenham, having previously worked at The Abbey School in Reading.  Prior to this I completed my PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Bath, and also worked in the Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan, United States focussing on the clinical diagnosis of colon cancer.  My aim as a teacher is to instil a love of learning in all students whilst providing appropriate challenges that will prepare them for a rapidly changing world beyond a school setting.  I enjoy exploring the ways in which students learn and the factors that affect their progress. I always work to incorporate this into my own teaching whilst also reflecting on these findings with my colleagues.

Flora Richards | Teacher of Philosophy, Religion & Ethics, and PSHE |   @cupacoco

I have taught in a large, state comprehensive schools in Enfield, Islington and Harrow and have been teaching at Aldenham since January 2012. I am an NQT mentor and a guest lecturer for Religious Studies PGCE students at King’s College London, the Institute of Education and the University of East London I support the student led, Jewish Society and through my work teaching PSHE, I have an interest in Sex & Relationships Education and LGBT+ Inclusion. I also run Aldenham’s successful Film Club, which promotes critical thinking through world cinema.  Following our successful TeachMeet #TMAld in May 2014, I established our fortnightly CPD #BreakfastClub to give staff an opportunity for peer-led, optional CPD.

Sarah Galpin | Deputy Head Teacher Aldenham Prep School from September 2017 | Science Co-ordinator | KS2/3 Transition Leader | @sarahgalpin2

I have been a teacher at Aldenham Prep since September 2014 where I am currently teaching Year Six.  Prior to this I have taught in three different state schools over the course of twenty-five years but wanted to broaden my teaching experience into a different sector of education.  In the past I have supported and advised through my role as an NQT mentor, KS2 leader, appraiser and assistant head and have welcomed the opportunity to observe colleagues to develop my skills as well as have colleagues observing my lessons. Since joining Aldenham Prep I have introduced AFL strategies into the school including the introduction of Success Criteria (Steps to Success) and more focused marking.

During my career I have achieved ‘Science Teacher of the Year’ sponsored by Pfizer which enabled me to write a number of Science books for children and teachers published by Folens / Collins. In addition to this I have written numerous questions for the Key Stage Two Year Six Science Standard Assessment Tests (SATS).

Melanie Charles| Year 2 Teacher | PSHE & Charities Corordinator | Assessment Coordinator | St Hilda’s School | @Melanie_Char3

I am Assessment, PSHE and Charities Coordinator and Form 2 Tutor at St Hilda’s. I also teach MFL throughout the Lower School. I joined St Hilda’s in September 2013, having completed my PGCE at the Institute of Education. I enjoy communicating with others in the profession and I am always looking to share good practice, and gain valuable feedback. I look forward to continuing my journey as a teacher and being a part of the TeachAldenham team.

Danielle Kestenbaum| 2nd in English | @DanielleBKest

I started my teaching career via the School’s Direct route, and completed my training with the Alban Federation in an excellent academy in St. Albans. I was so impressed by the focus on Teaching and Learning strategies, and quickly realised that these would be crucial in shaping me into the kind of teacher I wanted to become. Having joined Aldenham as an NQT in September 2015, I have enjoyed being a member of the AfL team, and am constantly trying to incorporate these strategies into my classroom practice. I love teaching in such a diverse, creative and friendly environment.

Andy Williams | Senior School Principal | Teacher of Physics |  @andymw66 

My teaching career started in inner city comprehensive schools in Manchester. After 4 years I moved to Madrid to work at an International School and so started my love affair with Spain. On my return I settled down for 13 years as a Physics teacher, squash coach and Housemaster in a large full boarding school which provided opportunities largely for impecunious and often disadvantaged children. For the last 5 years I have been the Deputy Head of a private day and boarding school serving North London and Hertfordshire. I am also an ISI, boarding and International Schools inspector.

Niamh Brewer | Head of Year 8 | Teacher of English | Breakfast Club Coordinator 

I have been a teacher at Aldenham Senior School since September 2014 and became a Head of Year in September 2017. I trained as an English and Drama teacher through the the Institute of Education in 2013-14 and have been at Aldenham since my NQT year. I am currently in the process of completing a Masters in Teaching. My PGCE and MA has encouraged my interest in teaching and learning. As a result,  since 2016 I have coordinated the school’s Breakfast Club. The aim of Breakfast Club is to provide an opportunity for staff from across the foundation to meet, discuss and share teaching tools and ideas. The group is very much run by the staff for the staff, functioning as an open forum for problem solving too.


Our network of teachers extends to other schools, including those who have taught at Aldenham and have now moved on to teach at other schools. 

Matt Scott | Head of Computer Science 

I am an educator and teacher of Computer Science and worked as Head of Computing at Aldenham School between 2014-17, where I tweeted as @CSAldenham.  Previously I worked as a teacher and house master at Merchant Taylors’ School and Camberwell Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia.  I have studied for and completed a Master’s degree in ICT in Education. I now specialize in Computer Science curriculum development, ICT in education policy and in the implementation of virtual learning environments.

Nicola McEwan | Director of Teacher Training | University of Buckingham@nicolamcewan

While at Aldenham, in addition to teaching French, I led NQT Induction and supported the development of teaching across the school. I have worked mostly with trainee teachers and NQTs, but this led to me considering wider implications for experienced teachers and I recently completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Development. The focus of my work was to explore ways to sustain development in an ageing population of teachers.

Julia Dobbin | Biology Teacher 

I started my teaching career in Scotland where I worked in a number of state funded schools. I moved down to London and took up the post of Teacher of Biology at The City of London School, where I worked for three years. I then moved to Hertfordshire to take up the post of Head of Biology at Aldenham. I recently completed the National Qualification in Middle Leadership, as part of which I led the first year of the Aldenham AfL project. 

Clara Nugent | Teacher of Biology | Marlborough Science Academy | @ClaraJean1985

I trained in a combination of state Grammar and Comprehensive schools and then taught at Aldenham between 2010 and 2014. I have been involved in a range of projects, many of which I have initiated including the Aldenham Extraordinary Scientists’ Society which has hosted a variety of external speakers for our most dedicated Scientists. These speakers have included: Lord Professor Robert Winston, Professor Richard Wiseman and Simon Watt of ‘Inside Natures Giants‘. I have a dedicated love of all things Teaching and Learning and strive to innovate and excite in the classroom you can find resources I have shared on the TES Resource Bank

Debbie Ferrer | Specialist Leader in English Education |  Bentley Wood School for Girls | @Debsgf

Paula Moore | Teaching School Officer | Herts and Bucks Teaching Schools Alliance





One thought on “Meet the Teach Aldenham Team

  1. Hello Team!

    I would like to get in touch with you directly about blogging for our education blog. Would you happen to have an email address? You can contact me at driver@theschoolbus.net. Please do get in touch.

    Best wishes,


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