Helen has worked in the early years sector for over twenty years and is a firm believer in the words of Frank Serafini; 'There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book yet.' This is why she is so excited to be involved in the book awards, to read new authors and new stories that transport children into a world of wonder and inspire the next generation. A self-confessed book worm, Helen can frequently be found hiding in a quiet corner with a book written for children or adults alike.
Having worked for many years as a Secondary School English Teacher, Amy is now teaching across KS1 at Deer Park Primary School. As part of her role she has the opportunity to promote reading for pleasure to all years and really enjoys finding new books for the students to read. She is very excited about being involved with the Spark! Awards this year and can't wait to discover new books to share and enjoy with her students!
Jessica is an Early Years Teacher at Bedelsford School in Kingston upon Thames. She is passionate about communication and promoting diverse and inclusive resources for all. Jessica enjoys creating sensory stories to encourage all learners of all abilities to engage with literature.
Julie is the Reading and Phonics Lead at Burlington Infant and Nursery School. In her 6 years there she has taught in Year 2, Year 1 and is currently the Nursery Leader. She is a firm believer that children should develop a passion for reading and has implemented a number of exciting initiatives at her school including Power of Reading, an outdoor reading den and Little Free Library in a Dr. Who Tardis! In her spare time she cycles, runs, gardens and browses the shelves in book shops! She is very honoured and thrilled to be on the panel for 4-7 year olds.
Laura is incredibly excited to be part of the Spark! Book Awards as it is a fantastic initiative and she is passionate about exploring and enjoying high quality children’s literature, as well as reading for pleasure with both adults and children alike.
Niamh is currently a Year 1 teacher at Grand Avenue Primary School in Berrylands. She is passionate about books so is really looking forward to reading lots of wonderful stories! Niamh also can’t wait to share the brilliant books with children in all the participating schools.
These awards are led by an independent group of people working in education in Kingston & Richmond Schools. Spark! is working closely with AfC and is supported by the Education Leads of the two councils.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE REGENCY BOOKSHOP IN SURBITON AND for CLARE SPENcER DESIGN, WHO PROVIDED our Spark! logo.
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