Meet the team.
Lawrence, our Headmaster
"My background has previously been teaching in mainstream private schools, yet over recent years, I have become passionate about the potential for a high-end, independent online school – one that would thrive on delivering a truly holistic educational experience to every pupil. I’m keen to ensure that our pupils excel both academically and pastorally, and in a way that provides a balance of structured learning with flexibility. I’m really excited to build on our thriving community of learners across the UK and around the world as they embark on their educational journey from the comfort and safety of their own home."
Headmaster Lawrence Tubb has been instrumental in developing the school’s groundbreaking online learning experience and is responsible for the day to day running of the school.
Prior to joining The Academy, Lawrence was Director of Music for nine years at top private school Wycombe Abbey and led a team of 45 full-time teachers taking on ambitious projects across multiple departments including leading several international concert tours. Prior to Wycombe Abbey, Mr Tubb taught at Leweston School in Sherbourne as Head of Music.
In his role as Headmaster, Lawrence works closely with our teaching and mentoring staff, hosts our weekly assemblies, supports pupils and parents on a weekly basis, and continues to build on the Academy’s principles and values of self-reliance, resilience and spirit of community.
Lawrence is also responsible for planning the school’s unique co-curricular programme, including its school-wide World Changers programme where pupils learn outside of the curriculum to solve real-world problems creatively.
“Welcome everyone! My name is Lawrence Tubb, I'm the headmaster here at Minerva's Virtual Academy.
My background has previously been teaching in mainstream private schools, yet over recent years, I have become passionate about the potential for a high-end, independent online school – one that would thrive on delivering a truly holistic educational experience to every pupil. I’m keen to ensure that our pupils excel both academically and pastorally, and in a way that provides a balance of structured learning with flexibility. I’m really excited to build on our thriving community of learners across the UK and around the world as they embark on their educational journey from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Our pupils are from a variety of backgrounds, and I have always been struck by their resilience and good humour, particularly as many have joined us from disrupted educational experiences. The feeling of community is very strong, and our pupils have formed amazing bonds through studying and socialising together. We hold online socials every half term I am keen for us to hold ‘in-person’ Academy school trips throughout the coming academic year, in fact, our new pupils are already busy forming friendships ahead of their first day in September, which is great to see.”
Our Mentors & Teachers
Along with their subject teachers, each pupil is assigned a personal mentor to ensure they make the most out of their time with us. It is the mentor’s job to oversee all aspects of our pupil’s personal and academic development, including their self study schedule, pastoral wellbeing, and involvement in school life. A true ally on our pupil’s educational journey, Our mentors are highly trained and experienced, with 1000s of hours of 1-2-1 mentorship under their belt, either in traditional bricks and mortar schools, or online.
After completing her joint Honours degree in Spanish & French at University College Dublin, Karen moved to Spain to pursue a passion for Hispanic culture. She returned to the UK to teach Spanish, and has spent the last 28 years, predominantly in the independent sector, in schools such as The King’s School, Canterbury and Headington School, Oxford. Throughout her career, Karen has been Head of PSHE, Head of Boarding as well as a Housemistress, a Deputy Head, and Head of Pastoral and DSL.
- Spanish teacher
- Wellbeing co-ordinator
Katy has been a Geography teacher, form tutor, boarding assistant, and Head of Department for nine years in a private school in Kent. She is also an experienced private tutor and home-schooling tutor, and has spent many a summer hosting foreign students at her home in East Sussex. She has marked exams for both GCSE and A level students with Pearson, AQA and OCR exam boards, and she knows what it takes to get her pupils to do their very best on exam day.
- Geography teacher
Wayne completed his degree in International Business Studies with Spanish and began his busuness career in hospitality and property management in Spain. In 2007, Wayne then completed his PGCE and switched to teaching, where he has remained ever since. Recently Wayne has completed the National Award for SEN coordination, which has helped him specialise his teaching and mentoring for MVA pupils who have SEN or require expert assistance with their learning.
- Business Studies teacher
Jack has been teaching for the last 6 years, three as a Senior Pro Tutor at Minerva Tutors. Throughout his Minerva career, Jack has worked in home-schooling roles teaching Maths and Science, as well as mentoring students aged 14-18, and has totalled a staggering 2500+ worth of teaching hours, with at least half of those being online. Recently, Jack created a series of live follow-along experiments as a part of "Minerva Tutors TV", which saw students all over the UK beating lockdown boredom by creating everything from insect habitats to rocket launches!
- Head Mentor
- Chief Canvas Officer
- Chemistry teacher
With over 20 years of experience, including Head of Science positions at schools in Central London, with a BSc in Biomedical Science and a PGCE, Lana brings an enormous amount of experience and energy to the MVA teaching and mentoring team. A lifelong learner, Lana knows exactly what it takes to transform her pupils into the Attenborough-loving, science gurus of the future.
- Biology Content Creator
- Geography teacher
Could this be you?
We're expanding quickly and always on the lookout for brilliant teachers and mentors to join our diverse and exciting teaching faculty. If you would like to be considered for a position, please send the relevant information to [email protected]
Jamie has over five years' experience teaching in the UK and internationally, having taught in schools in England, Germany and Vietnam, and pupils who live as far away as Hong Kong and China. For MVA, he teaches English Literature and History, two subjects that he is very passionate about, and enjoys firing the imaginations of our diverse pupil population, who collectively live across eight different time zones!
- English Literature teacher
- History teacher
Naija is a PGCE graduate and holds an MSC in Psychological approaches to health and management. She is a Graduate Member of BPS (MBPsS) and a Member of the Chartered College of Teaching and has been teaching Psychology from Year 9 in a variety of schools, (including virtual schools!), across the country.
- Psychology teacher
Poppy graduated with a degree in English from Cambridge University and since then has thrown herself into all things education. She changed to teaching maths as she loves that there is only one right answer! From working with students with special needs and physical disabilities to motivating lots of homeschooling pupils through Minerva Tutors, Poppy brings her amazing talent for teaching to the Maths department at the Academy.
- Maths teacher
With a diverse cultural and educational background, vast expertise in private tutoring, a PGCE in Science and a MSc in Psychology, Sharon brings a wealth of experience to the MVA teaching line up. Her passion for Physics stems from the big, hard questions, from the general laws of the universe, to understanding complex cognitive processes. An actual star!
- Physics teacher
Emily has worked as a private tutor with Minerva since the very beginning. Over the last ten years, she has successfully tutored thousands of students in Maths, English, Science, French, Spanish, and History up to GCSE level, and English Language and Literature up to A Level. She read French and Spanish at university and has taught in EFL schools in the UK and Internationally. In her lengthy stint as ‘Head Tutor’ for Minerva Tutors, Emily ran the ‘confidence and motivation’ training modules for new tutors.
- English teacher
Could this be you?
We're expanding quickly and always on the lookout for brilliant teachers and mentors to join our diverse and growing teaching faculty. If you would like to be considered for a position, please send the relevant information to [email protected]
Jo has been teaching for 18 years in the UK, Lesotho, Tanzania, Oman, Abu Dhabi and recently in Dubai. She also works for Apple in the Middle East as an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, working with local schools to embed creativity and Apple technologies into their curriculum. Computer science is such a critical subject for our pupils and Jo leads the lessons with invaluable real world experience.
- Computer Science teacher
One of Minerva’s top online learning specialists, Coco has amassed over 1000 hours of private tutoring and home-schooling hours in the last three years alone. Her subject specialty is in English Language and Literature and her all-round confidence-boosting skills and exam-technique wizardry make her a brilliant mentor for any of our pupils.
Since graduating Clem has worked as a Human Rights Barrister-at-Law Assistant, a UN News and Media Intern, a Researcher in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Middle East and North Africa) and has taught language, with over 10 years' experience tutoring French to children between the ages of six and eighteen, and four years' experience teaching Spanish and English Literature. Another fantastic, internationally-minded member of the MVA teaching faculty, with professional experience at the very highest level.