Lyndsey combines her deep love for English literature with almost two decades of teaching experience. Having served in roles like Head of English Department and Literacy Coordinator, she's honed her expertise in guiding students to excellence. Living adjacent to the picturesque Yorkshire Moors, her admiration for the Brontës and classic literature comes naturally. Now, as an MVA mentor, Lyndsey is all about nurturing a love for learning while ensuring each student grows confidently in their academic pursuits.
Joe has been in the education sector for 19 years, predominantly in Yorkshire's schools. He's held the Head of Maths position for 14 years and has also taken up an assistant headteacher role. Alongside his school duties, he's ventured into guest lecturing at Sheffield University. Recognised for his dedication, Joe was nominated for the 'Thank a Teacher' award in West Yorkshire. With a Masters in Teaching and Learning in his portfolio, he's recently transitioned to teaching online at Minerva, sharing his rich expertise in GCSEs, A Levels, and beyond.
Jessica has dedicated over 15 years to teaching English literature and language, guiding middle and senior school students in and around Windsor. Her expertise in children's literature is not just in teaching; it's a subject of her ongoing master's research. Alongside her academic pursuits, Jessica has been a leading figure in curriculum development, holding pivotal roles such as Head of English and Lead Verifier.
With two decades of teaching experience, Deborah's journey has taken her from the classrooms of the UK to the shores of Crete, Greece. As 'Head of Computer Science' in three schools, she was pivotal in introducing the first-ever Computer Science GCSE in the UK. Outside the classroom, Deborah's newfound passion for VR gaming sparks lively discussions, making her sessions at MVA a blend of education, culture, and fun.
Millie's teaching journey has taken her from the US to the UK, with stops ranging from Illinois to Surrey. In her five years of teaching, she's been Head of PSHE and has led the Wellbeing Center at an international boarding school. With a diverse skill set that includes teaching subjects like Food Tech and Child Development, her primary drive is ensuring students' well-being.
Sam's passion for geography started with a BSc from Manchester University and took her to India to research climate change impacts. From roles as a Homeopath to a Climate Literacy educator in TV and film, she's had a diverse journey. Honoured as a lifelong Fellow by the Royal Geographical Society, she now balances teaching at mainstream schools and MVA.
Andrea is a multi-lingual teacher with 18 years of experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Spanish, and Modern Greek. She holds a degree from Oxford University and a PGCE, and is fluent in five languages. She has held leadership roles in schools and has experience in preparing students for Oxbridge entrance interviews and applications.
Cheryl is a seasoned Science teacher with 12+ years of experience in various educational settings in the UK and Spain. She's been a form tutor, science teacher and recently spent 3 years teaching in a private international school in Spain. She's a dedicated teacher, helping students achieve their best in exams, and she brings her hands-on experience from professional science labs to her classes!
With over 22 years of experience teaching in a variety of State and Independent Schools, Laura has taught a range of subjects including ICT, Computer Science, Online Safety, and Digital Literacy from Reception to 6th Form. She is passionate about addressing gender imbalance in the tech workplace and has spent her entire career teaching in the place she loves most: Devon, including schools in Plymouth, Exeter, and Mid Devon.
Blending her 23 years of academic teaching with hatha yoga instruction, Azizun brings the worlds of education and wellness together. With qualifications including a BA Hons, PGCE, and QTS, she specialises in GCSE & A Level Psychology and has held key roles as Head of Psychology and Head of Social Sciences. Azizun teaches Psychology at MVA and also runs weekly yoga classes for the entire MVA Community, bringing students, teachers, parents, and staff together for relaxing and energetic home workouts!
Rachel boasts over 20 years of diverse experience in English education, from Head of English to Deputy Head (Academic) across various school settings. Additionally, she has served as an advisor for English in Buckinghamshire and a team leader for WJEC's GCSE English Literature. Apart from her role at Minerva, Rachel is affiliated with the University of East Anglia and Teach First and is passionate about Shakespearean works. She is dedicated to cultivating a love for literature in her students.
Lucy, a National Geographic Certified Teacher, started her journey as an Undergraduate in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Bath University. She later delved into Genetics research in Edinburgh. After several years in scientific research and publishing multiple papers, Lucy transitioned to the realm of education, bringing her rich scientific background to the fore. After 12 years of teaching Online for various Online Schools she has found herself, along with her expertise in Online Learning, here at MVA.
Emily is a highly qualified EFL teacher with 12 years of teaching and mentoring experience, including developing personalised curricula in schools internationally and working as a homeschooling tutor for Minerva Tutors. She has taught thousands of hours in a wide variety of subjects, and, as a mentor, has a particular interest in helping students find their motivation and develop a growth mindset in their learning.
Wayne Foster, with 13 years of teaching experience—10 in mainstream schools and 3 with MVA—is no stranger to diverse educational settings. Initially a Business Studies teacher, Wayne transitioned from leading a department to focusing on inclusion and support, especially for students with EHCPs. Now as MVA's SENDCo, he's dedicated to breaking down educational barriers, providing tailored tools and strategies to ensure every student thrives.
Angeles has over 30 years of teaching experience, covering Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. With a BSc Hon in Sociology and an MSc in Education, she has headed departments in UK schools such as Slough Grammar and Windsor Girls School. Though she ventured into marketing research for a brief stint, her heart brought her back to teaching. Now in Spain, Angeles integrates her vast teaching experience with her passion for culture and travel.
After years of moulding minds as an English teacher, Rob pursued a Master's in Psychology in 2020, further enriching his profile with a diploma in counselling. His commitment to young minds extends beyond the classroom, having volunteered with Cruse in bereavement support. Rob's passion lies in aiding students to achieve their fullest potential, academically and personally.
Jo is a fantastic computer science teacher with 19 years of teaching experience. She has held leadership roles including Deputy Head in Kenya, Head of KS4 and KS5 and Head of a primary school in Oman. Currently, she is the Head of Digital Learning and Innovation in a prestigious school in Dubai. With a background from North Wales, she has spent most of her career overseas, and has a unique perspective to bring to her teaching.
Alex is a highly experienced and well-traveled teacher and mentor, having taught in multiple locations internationally, including Ontario, the Arctic, and Italy. He holds a Masters in Education from the University of Bath and joins MVA as a mentor, History, and global citizenship teacher. He uses his extensive international experiences and world-class lessons to help students gain a broader perspective and understanding of the world around them.
With 10 years of teaching experience in international schools across Beijing, Switzerland, Prague, and Norway, Chris brings both passion and a Master's in Astrophysics to the table. A firm believer in the power of critical thinking, he's committed not just to teaching the wonders of physics but also to fostering evidence-based reasoning in his students.
Pollyanna’s passion for Religious Studies was sparked at the University of St. Andrews, where she achieved a First Class Honours in Theology and Biblical Studies. For over 13 years, she’s been more than a teacher; she’s been a mentor, guiding students at all key stages. With roles like Head of House and Head of Sixth Form under her belt, she's known for her warm approach and dedication. Now at MVA, Pollyanna eagerly embraces the chance to inspire and support a new wave of learners.
Laura is an experienced English teacher and school leader with over 20 years of experience. She has recently focused on working as a part-time tutor of English at KS2, KS3, GCSE, and A-Level, as well as supporting EAL students and those who are homeschooled. She is passionate about supporting students, developing their confidence, and helping them excel in all areas of life. Additionally, she also holds the role as our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
After an early career working as a news editor at the BBC and at Channel 4, Sky, and ITV, Nic qualified as a teacher in 2004 and subsequently became Director of Music at two leading Independent day schools. He joins MVA as our first (and a highly-accomplished!) music teacher. Nic is also part of our unique Mentoring team.
Matthew is a seasoned English teacher with 15 years of experience, including roles as Head of Department and Assistant Head at his first Independent school. He brings his considerable expertise to MVA and has additional international experience teaching in northeastern Spain. He encourages all MVA students to read widely and leads by example to promote the importance of reading in the digital age.
Sarah Teague is an educator with a diverse 25-year career in comprehensive schools. Her roles have spanned from being an exam marker to Head of English, and even Assistant Headteacher with a keen emphasis on school-wide Teaching and Learning. Recently, she's channeled her expertise into a hospital school, aiding both the well-being and academic pursuits of students.
Claire is an experienced and accomplished teacher and mentor with over 20 years of experience in both academic teaching and pastoral mentoring. She brings her expertise in working with students who have SEMH needs, writing EHCP applications, and knowledge of various therapies and techniques to help young people cope with and navigate the challenges of teenage life. As an MVA mentor, she is dedicated to instilling confidence and building self-esteem in our students.
Zoe brings 13 years of experience teaching Philosophy and Religion in prominent schools across London, Kent, and Hertfordshire. A Cambridge graduate with a MEd and PGCE, she has mentored PGCE trainees and served as an examiner for both GCSE and A Level. Passionate about pastoral support, Zoe has been a guiding force for Sixth Form students. Now settled in coastal Devon, she's excited to mentor students at MVA.
Katy has taught in top UK schools for the past 12 years, recently winning the Geographical Association Award for Excellence as a Head of Geography. She has experience as an examiner for OCR, AQA and Pearson and as a Dyslexia Support Worker. With her love of Geography stemming from a young age, Katy moved to online teaching to champion the benefits of a truly 'global' classroom.
Alexia is a highly experienced and accomplished teacher, having been Deputy Head (Academic) in two schools, a senior A Level Examiner, whilst also holding two Masters in education. One of her home-schooled students recently achieved the highest mark in the world for IGCSE Geography! She has recently relocated to Cumbria and shares the idyllic hills via virtual field trips to bring immersive Geography lessons to MVA.
Gina has been a dedicated educator for several years. With a background in Linguistics and Psychology, she has taught psychology for three years and even spent some time teaching German and French. Her passion for languages took her to Peru, where she taught English. She enjoys building connections with her students valuing the experiences they bring from different backgrounds. Having studied in England from a young age, Gina can relate to the challenges of adapting to a new educational environment. At MVA, she looks forward to focusing on mentoring and supporting her students' journeys.
Clare has a strong background in Mathematics with a degree in the subject and 12 years of experience as a Maths teacher. She has worked as a form tutor and has been a marker of A Level math papers for Pearson exam board. She brings a unique and highly creative approach to maths teaching, helping her students develop a passion and respect for all things numerical.
Lianne's journey in teaching has taken her from UK schools to international classrooms in Spain and online platforms, accumulating 12 years of diverse experience. In 2015, she led a team to clinch victory in the Winston Churchill Public Speaking event, which remains one of her cherished achievements. With a passion for history, she strives to light the same spark in her students.
Alanna brings a blend of academic expertise and real-world insight to her role at MVA. With 18 years under her belt teaching Religious Studies, Philosophy, and other subjects, she also has a rich background in the TV industry. Alanna holds an MA(Hons) and M.Phil in Theology from Cambridge University. Beyond her core subjects, she has dedicated much of her recent career to championing student well-being, equality, diversity, and inclusion at a top UK boarding school. As part of MVA's Wellbeing programme, Alanna is eager to support and mentor her students, drawing on her vast experience.
With a passion for mathematics, Sarah transitioned from a corporate PR role in the City to education after earning her degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester. She found her true calling as a secondary maths teacher, eventually leading the A-level Maths department in an inner-city boys school. Drawing from her unique background, she thrives on helping students globally understand and love the subject just as she does.
Kate brings a rich 15-year history in education from London’s premier independent day schools. With her specialised skills in dyslexia and SpLDs, Kate champions neurodiversity in learning. Her prior career in journalism in Ireland has honed her communication skills, enhancing her creative and engaging teaching approach aimed at building student confidence and providing lasting educational tools.
Maria brings 13 years of experience teaching Spanish, from beginners to A-level students, in some of the UK's top schools. Beyond classroom teaching, Maria's expertise extends to pastoral care—she served as a housemistress and completed the HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification, emphasising the impacts of technology on teenage mental health. As an examiner trained with both AQA and Edexcel, Maria merges her deep knowledge of Spanish language and culture with a genuine enthusiasm for mentoring, ensuring her students not only learn but also appreciate the vibrant Spanish heritage.
Lana merges an impressive 24-year teaching career with a genuine commitment to understanding the student psyche. With 20 years in brick-and-mortar schools, and 4 years mastering online education, her wealth of experience is evident. Alongside her teaching, Lana's 14-year stint as an examiner with Pearson has deepened her academic insights. Now pursuing a Masters in Psychology, Lana aims to bring a fresh depth to her mentoring, ensuring each child's mental and emotional needs are met alongside their academic goals.