Mark has been a Head of English, a Borough Adviser, a Deputy Head at a secondary school and is Head Teacher at Coombe Hill Junior School in Kingston. He is currently raving to his pupils about Lampie by Annet Schaap (no conflict of interest, as it is not eligible for a Spark! Award!).
Amanda has always had a passion for reading with firm childhood favourites including The Faraway Tree series and The Secret Garden. Since becoming a Primary School Teacher and English and Literacy Lead, she is on a mission to inspire children to read more, and is rather pleased her job gives her a legitimate reason to keep children’s literature as part of her regular reading diet. She is excited to find new and wonderfully written books, to ignite imaginations and take children on a journey.
Jordan is a Year 5 teacher at Castle Hill Primary School. Since 2015, she has led writing in her school. She is really looking forward to being part of the 9-11 year old panel as it will be a fantastic opportunity to promote reading for pleasure and allow the children to unlock their full potential as lifelong learners. Jordan is also excited to be involved in broadening the children's imaginations by transporting them off to new and wonderful worlds in new literature and deepening their knowledge.
Kate is the Library Development Officer for Children, Young People and Families in Kingston. She has been involved with running Chatterbooks clubs for children aged 7-11 and secondary school book groups, as well as buying the book stock for the libraries. Kate has always been passionate about getting the right book to the right child at the right time, so is really looking forward to finding out which books they like best.
Paul is the Assistant Headteacher at Darell Primary & Nursery School. He is really excited about being part of the Spark! Book Awards because it is his view that reading and developing a love of reading is an integral part of children being successful - both in school but far beyond the school gates. Opening a book and slipping away to another place is one of life’s simplest pleasures and Paul can’t wait to get started reading the shortlisted books.
Rachael is the Deputy Headteacher at Bishop Perrin CoE Primary School in Whitton. She has always loved to read and discover new books, so is delighted to be involved in this exciting project that opens up a world of new books to children who also love reading, while perhaps discovering and encouraging some new avid readers along the way.
Bio coming soon.
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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