Lynda Burke, Reception Teacher
I always wanted to be a teacher and as a young child played schools with my dolls and teddies. When I was a bit older, I converted the garage at home into a classroom where I would ‘teach’ the younger children in the street. During my twenties, I travelled extensively and tried out different jobs before finally qualifying as a teacher. I began my teaching career in London where I taught Year 2 and then Reception. After three years, I decided to fulfill my ambition to teach in Africa. In September 1997, I arrived in a hot, dusty, desert town in Eritrea to teach Grade 2 English and train teachers to teach the new English curriculum. When war broke out between Eritrea and Ethiopia, I returned to my home town of Leeds. In January 1992, I arrived at Moortown for a three week placement – I’ve been here ever since! Teaching Reception at Moortown is so rewarding and it has been wonderful to see so many children progress through the school and beyond. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, cycling, walking, reading and planning my next holiday!
The teaching assistants in Reception are Subby Bharath and Emma Gaunt.
John McGriffiths, Year 1 Teacher
I grew up in Lancaster before moving to York to complete an archaeology degree. After finishing my degree, I worked as an archaeologist all over the country, finding lots of exciting things along the way! In 2012, I completed my PGCE at York St John University and have since taught in primary schools in both Leeds and London. I love how different every day is as a teacher and it’s very rewarding seeing how much the children change over the year. Outside of school, my two young children keep me very busy and we all love getting out into the beautiful countryside all around us.
The teaching assistant in Year 1 is Nanaki Roth.
Caroline Taylor, Year 2 Co-Teacher and Health Leader
I’ve a degree in geography and after working as a cartographer (creating maps) and a waste management scientist, I decided to have a change of career and become a teacher. I’ve been at Moortown ever since! As a teacher, each day, week and year is different to the last. It’s so rewarding to see how the children grow and learn. I’m passionate about health and encouraging children to be happy and healthy. My role as Health Leader covers Living and Learning to School Council, PE to school meals and everything else health related! When I’m not at school, I’m spending time with my family including my two daughters. I also enjoy yoga and running. I love to visit the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors, too.
Natalie Lake, Year 2 Co-Teacher
I’ve lived here in Leeds for many years now, after moving here to go to university. Since gaining my teaching qualification in 2011, I’ve taught in three Leeds primary schools, including Scholes (Elmet) Primary, one of the other schools in Sphere Federation. Outside of school, I’m a busy mum. I enjoy family time, visiting new and exciting places. I’m very proud to be a primary school teacher where I can watch children flourish in their education.
The teaching assistants in Year 2 are Gemma Burgess and Hollie Gilliland.