Charlotte Wood, Reception Teacher
From a young age, I wanted to be a teacher – I even had my own class of teddies! In 2016, I completed my Early Years teaching degree at Leeds Beckett University. Shortly after, I started working as a teaching assistant here at Moortown Primary. After that, I worked at St James’ CE Primary for 3 years, another Sphere Federation school. I love teaching in Early Years and seeing where the learning journey begins – it’s definitely the place to be! After three fantastic years at St James’, I’m excited to be back at Moortown. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, seeing my family and walking TJ, my fur baby!
The teaching assistants in Reception are Emma Gaunt and Gill Boulton.
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 assistant in Year 2 is Asmat Maqbool.