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Foundation Phase Team

 

Nursery Class Teacher

Mrs Alyson Underhill-Jones

Originally from Pentwyn (I attended Nursery at St. David’s CIW) I grew up in Sully and Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan before moving to Bridgend 13 years ago.  I completed my teaching degree at UWIC in Cardiff and have worked in various schools across Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhonnda Cynon Taff and Bridgend.  I am enthusiastic and passionate about working at St David’s CIW and am excited to help the children reach their full potential.  My roles and responsibilities at St David’s along with being the Nursery teacher is to develop the children’s Health and Wellbeing along with helping the school become a Rights Respecting School.  I was delighted that we were able to gain the Bronze Award last year and hope to gain the Silver Award this year.  I am very busy with my daughter (who is 11) outside of school and enjoy helping her look after her pony called Daisy.  I also have a dog called Sophia, three cats (Louis, Adara and Aleah) and some fish!!

Nursery Teaching Assistant

Mr Matt Williams

I am originally from Llantrisant  before recently moving to a small village of Llantwit Major. I love spending time in the outdoors kayaking, running, playing squash or on my road bike.
I have worked with children as a squash coach and youth worker over many year. Although I’m relatively new to the role as a  teaching assistant, I am very passionate about helping children to learn to have fun in our lovely school and see them develop and reach their full potential. 

Nursery Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rebecca Lees-Griffiths

 

I grew up in the beautiful seaside town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire and for the first four and a half years of my teaching career, I jetted off to teach internationally! I taught in the Middle East and treasure the memories I made there with children from all over the world. Following this, I moved back home to Wales and worked in various schools supply teaching.  I am now living in St Athan and working as a Teaching Assistant while my daughter is small. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at St David’s CIW Primary School so far, especially leading the Rising 3s Nursery in the afternoons. It brings me great joy to see the children learn and progress in all areas of school life and I very much grow with them too. It is just the start of my journey here at St David’s and I am excited to see what’s in store at this wonderful school.

 

 

 

 

Reception Class Teacher 

Miss Genna Lavis Cole 

 

I joined St. Davids in September 2019. Prior to joining St David's I have worked in different Church in Wales schools in the Vale of Glamorgan as an LSO before completing my PGCE at UWTSD. I have had the opportunity to work with a range of children from Nursery to Year 6, along with Eco teams and gardening groups. Outside of school I enjoy watching musical theatre, taking long walks with my dog and travelling to new places. 

  

Reception Teaching Assistant 

Miss Jenna Lloyd 

 

I started my time at St David's at 16 years old as a college student on placement every week. Now 12 years on, I am still very proud to be a part of the team. In my years as a teaching assistant I have worked in Nursery, Reception and year 1 and year 2. I am now currently based in Reception and I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead throughout the next year!. 

Reception Teaching Assistant

Miss Malgorzata Milewska

I joined St David's in April 2020. I am originally from Poland but Wales became my second home when I first moved here in 2012. I have worked with a range of children from Nursery to year 6 in Wales as well as Bangladesh. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, learning sign language and roller skating.

 

 Year 1 Class Teacher 

Foundation Phase Leader and ALNCO (Sept 2021)

Miss Sarah Powell 


I was very fortunate to join St David's in September 2020.  I am orginally from Merthyr Tydfil but I have lived in Cardiff for 5 years. I began my teaching career after completing my PGCE at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I previously taught across a range of year groups in a school in Ebbw Vale before joining the team at St David's. Outside of school, I love cycling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

I am very passionate about teaching and enjoy supporting children to achieve their very best. I am so pleased to be leading the Foundation Phase team at St David's this year and I look forward to working with you all.

 

 

 

Year 1 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Catherine Stone 

 

Originally from Bath, I joined St David’s in 2019 after teaching at schools in Somerset and South Wales. I work in Year 1 and help to teach International Languages throughout the school. I love to inspire the children to explore and learn new languages and cultures and am proud of how multilingual they have already become! In my spare time I enjoy gardening and caring for my pets.

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Miss Eleanor Dudek

 

I have recently returned to Newport after living in Birmingham for four years. I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2019 during which I had the pleasure of volunteering at a children’s charity. I then went on to work in a Nursery School before joining St. David’s in September 2020. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, tending to my plants and travelling. I am currently enjoying working in Year 1 and I am looking to complete a teaching qualification in the future. 

 

 

Year 2 Class Teacher

Mrs Clair Hughes

 

Originally from Taunton, I came to Cardiff to do my teaching degree. I graduated in 1996 with a BA hons in Education. I  began working at St David's C/W Primary school in 1997. Having taught the Reception class for many years I am now teaching some of my original pupil's children, which is lovely! 

 

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Miss Gosia Zedler

 

I am originally from Poland and moved to the UK in 2004. 

In 2010, I began the role of a teaching assistant at St David's. I enjoy helping the children learn and build confidence in order for them to achieve both socially and academically. I am also a breakfast club supervisor and non teaching governor. In my free time I like traveling and art.