Meet the Team

    • Jane Orr
      Head teacher

      Jane began her career as a primary teacher, in Lambeth, before training as a specialist dyslexia teacher at the Hospital of Speech Sciences, University College London. She started teaching at the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 1989 and led the Centre through its transition from Local Authority funded service to a charity, in 1993.

      She has been head teacher since 1995.  In this role, her main responsibility is fundraising, to finance lessons for children from low-income families, who are unable to pay for tuition. She believes that all children should be given the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential.

    • Jason Monaghan
      Administration and Finance Manager

      Jason began his career working as part of the finance and audit team at a large and diverse community centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In that role, he assisted the Finance Manager in all finance and related matters, sat on the audit committee at KPMG, and managed the volunteer program, training and up-skilling finance and admin volunteers to help them to obtain employment. In addition, Jason volunteered his skills and time, managing and working at the low-income and new Canadian tax clinic offered through the centre.

      Jason moved to London in 2015 and began working at the Bloomfield Learning Centre shortly after. He has been the Administration and Finance Manager since December 2015.  In this role, his main responsibilities are day-to-day running of the office, answering queries and taking bookings, managing nine specialist teachers’ and five assessors’ schedules, and  finance and audit . He also assists the head teacher with fundraising and other admin support tasks, and is the default head of I.T.

      He believes that everyone with dyslexia and related specific learning difficulties should be given the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential and achieve their goals in life, without unnecessary barriers.

    • Ellen Whelan
      BA(Hons) PGCE MA (Spld)(OCR 7) AMBDA APC (Patoss)

      Originally a French and Spanish teacher, Ellen re-trained as a specialist teacher/assessor, graduating with a Masters with distinction from the UCL’s London Institute of Education in Specific Learning Difficulties.

      She joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 2014, and has conducted more than 350 specialist teacher assessments. Based on her personal experience of a range of specific learning difficulties, she is always ready to take on those who may have a more complex profile of potential difficulties. In addition to her assessments, Ellen is our lead specialist teacher at the BOSCO Centre.

      She also works part-time at School of African and Oriental Studies teaching study skills to undergraduates and Master students. In addition, she marks on UCL’s Master’s in Specific Learning Difficulties program.

    • Hema Desai
      BA Hlth Sc Sp Path (Hons) Dip SpLD (OCR 7) APC (PATOSS)

      Hema qualified as a speech and language therapist at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Whilst working as a speech therapist she became increasingly aware that children with speech delay often go on to struggle with the acquisition of literacy.

      With this in mind, she went on to qualify as a specialist dyslexia teacher achieving OCR level 7 in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

      Hema has worked in a range of settings, including Fairley House School in London, where she was the Lead Speech and Language Therapist and a specialist teacher/assessor. She has also been involved with tutoring educational professionals completing their Level 5 diploma in Spld.

      Hema joined the Bloomfield team in 2016.

    • Jane Cousins
      BA (QTS), National Award for SENCo Accreditation, Dip SpLD (OCR Level 7), APC (Patoss) CELTA

      Having been a Primary School Teacher for 20 years and SENCo for 12 years, Jane trained as a Specialist Teacher and achieved the OCR level 7 in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia in December 2018. 

      In her teaching career, Jane has taught children across the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and lower Key Stage 3.  She has also utilised her CELTA qualification working as an English teacher in The International Taiwanese School of Malaysia.  For the past five years she has focussed on teaching children with specific learning difficulties.

      As a Senior Leader and SENCo, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that children’s needs are identified as early as possible and support has been put in place.

      Jane joined The Bloomfield Learning Centre in January 2019 as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor, specialising in the primary age range.

       

    • Lucy Taylor
      BA(Hons) RSA Dip. Spld(OCR 7) (Hornsby) APC (Patoss)

      Lucy is a dynamic and innovative literacy teacher with a background in Teaching English as a Second Language and Adult Literacy.

      She completed her dyslexia qualification at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, extending her knowledge at Bath Spa University where she advanced her assessment skills on the specialist dyslexia course, The Effective Assessment Report. She also qualified as a Sounds-Write teacher, a highly effective synthetic phonics programme.

      Lucy joined the team at the Bloomfield in 2012. As well as providing individual multi-sensory tuition for children and young adults, she plays a leading role in the Bloomfield “out-reach” service providing literacy, study skills, screening and full assessments in a number of London schools.

    • Rosey McCracken
      MA RSA PGCE Dip Spld(OCR 7) MSc APC (Patoss)

      As an artist with dyspraxia, Rosey is particularly sensitive to students struggling with co-occuring learning difficulties.

      She has enjoyed a long and varied career in specialist teaching and assessing. She completed dyslexia training at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre in 1998 and joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 1999.

      Since that time, she has worked in a variety of part-time teaching roles, both at the Bloomfield and elsewhere. Having spent several years teaching 6-18 year olds with a range of specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder, she has now chosen to specialize in assessment and study skills.

      Rosey currently works at Greenwich University and the Royal College of Art. She was awarded her MSc in psychology in 2014 and is currently researching for a PHD.

    • Sarah Bevan
      BSc PGCE Dip SpLD(OCR 7) (Hornsby) AMBDA SpLD APC (Patoss)

      Sarah is an experienced and empathetic assessor. She is a mentor for PATOSS (the Professional Association of Teaching of Specific Learning Difficulties) helping train newly qualified assessors.

      Sarah qualified as a dyslexia teacher in 2001 with a diploma in Spld from the world renowned Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre.

      Following a long career in primary and literacy teaching, she joined the Bloomfield team in 2003.

      She has carried out in excess of 600 specialist teacher assessments, for students aged between 6 and 20 years. Her assessments have been used for diagnosis, to inform teaching plans, to support applications for exam access arrangements, to support DSA applications and as evidence for Local Education Authority Education panels awarding Education and Health Care plans (EHCPs).

    • Stamatia Ntetsika
      BEd, QTS, MA (SpLD)(OCR 7) AMBDA APC (Patoss)

      Stamatia’s dream as a child had always been to become a teacher and it came true when she gained her Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education from Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. During the last two years of her undergraduate studies, she received training in Therapeutic Horse Riding and got impressed by the beneficial aspects of horse riding for pupils with special needs.

      She strongly believes that every child deserves at least one adult who believes in them. Her dream is to help her pupils reach their full potential. She knows that to be a good teacher, one also needs to be a good student. That’s why she decided to come to London and earn a MA degree in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) from UCL. She is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), a Professional Member of Patoss and holds an Assessment Practising Certificate from Patoss. She is currently enrolled in a L5 course for Dyscalculia organised by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

      Stamatia’s favourite inspirational quote: “If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn” by Ignacio Estrada

    • Ellen Whelan
      BA(Hons) PGCE MA (Spld)(OCR 7) AMBDA APC (Patoss)

      Originally a French and Spanish teacher, Ellen re-trained as a specialist teacher/assessor, graduating with a Masters with distinction from the UCL’s London Institute of Education in Specific Learning Difficulties.

      She joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 2014, and has conducted more than 350 specialist teacher assessments. Based on her personal experience of a range of specific learning difficulties, she is always ready to take on those who may have a more complex profile of potential difficulties. In addition to her assessments, Ellen is our lead specialist teacher at the BOSCO Centre.

      She also works part-time at School of African and Oriental Studies teaching study skills to undergraduates and Master students. In addition, she marks on UCL’s Master’s in Specific Learning Difficulties program.

    • Anne Middleton
      BA(Hons) PGCE Dip SpLD AMBDA
    • Sarah Horner
      BA(Hons) PGCE Dip SpLD(OCR 7) AMBDA

      Initially a primary teacher, Sarah has worked as a specialist teacher for many years. She initially trained with the Hornsby International Dyslexia Association and subsequently with the Greenwich STEP team to gain the OCR Level 7 SpLD qualification.
      Sarah currently combines teaching at the Bloomfield Learning Centre with working in a primary school as a specialist teacher and lead in Phonics and Spelling. She also trains teachers and teaching assistants in the Sounds-Write linguistic phonics programme and develops and delivers further professional development for teachers using the programme.

    • Harriet Palmer
      BA(Hons), PGCE, OCR Dip SpLD
    • Jane Cousins
      BA (QTS), National Award for SENCo Accreditation, Dip SpLD (OCR Level 7), APC (Patoss) CELTA

      Having been a Primary School Teacher for 20 years and SENCo for 12 years, Jane trained as a Specialist Teacher and achieved the OCR level 7 in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia in December 2018. 

      In her teaching career, Jane has taught children across the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and lower Key Stage 3.  She has also utilised her CELTA qualification working as an English teacher in The International Taiwanese School of Malaysia.  For the past five years she has focussed on teaching children with specific learning difficulties.

      As a Senior Leader and SENCo, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that children’s needs are identified as early as possible and support has been put in place.

      Jane joined The Bloomfield Learning Centre in January 2019 as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor, specialising in the primary age range.

       

    • Lucy Taylor
      BA(Hons) RSA Dip. Spld(OCR 7) (Hornsby) APC (Patoss)

      Lucy is a dynamic and innovative literacy teacher with a background in Teaching English as a Second Language and Adult Literacy.

      She completed her dyslexia qualification at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, extending her knowledge at Bath Spa University where she advanced her assessment skills on the specialist dyslexia course, The Effective Assessment Report. She also qualified as a Sounds-Write teacher, a highly effective synthetic phonics programme.

      Lucy joined the team at the Bloomfield in 2012. As well as providing individual multi-sensory tuition for children and young adults, she plays a leading role in the Bloomfield “out-reach” service providing literacy, study skills, screening and full assessments in a number of London schools.

    • Stamatia Ntetsika
      BEd, QTS, MA (SpLD)(OCR 7) AMBDA APC (Patoss)

      Stamatia’s dream as a child had always been to become a teacher and it came true when she gained her Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education from Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. During the last two years of her undergraduate studies, she received training in Therapeutic Horse Riding and got impressed by the beneficial aspects of horse riding for pupils with special needs.

      She strongly believes that every child deserves at least one adult who believes in them. Her dream is to help her pupils reach their full potential. She knows that to be a good teacher, one also needs to be a good student. That’s why she decided to come to London and earn a MA degree in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) from UCL. She is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), a Professional Member of Patoss and holds an Assessment Practising Certificate from Patoss. She is currently enrolled in a L5 course for Dyscalculia organised by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

      Stamatia’s favourite inspirational quote: “If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn” by Ignacio Estrada

    • Zoe Solanki
      BSc (Hons), PGCE, OCR 5 Dip (SpLD), OCR 7 Dip (SpLD)
      Originally a Science teacher Zoe retrained as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor, graduating with an OCR Level 7 Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties.
      She joined Bloomfield in 2021 having previously worked in a number of different settings. She is also a qualified Sounds-Write teacher, a highly effective synthetics programme.
    • Jane Orr
      Head teacher

      Jane began her career as a primary teacher, in Lambeth, before training as a specialist dyslexia teacher at the Hospital of Speech Sciences, University College London. She started teaching at the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 1989 and led the Centre through its transition from Local Authority funded service to a charity, in 1993.

      She has been head teacher since 1995.  In this role, her main responsibility is fundraising, to finance lessons for children from low-income families, who are unable to pay for tuition. She believes that all children should be given the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential.

    • Clair Baker
      BA PGCE OCR Dip SpLD

      After completing a psychology degree and PGCE course, Clair taught in a mainstream inner city school as a Reception teacher, Special Needs Coordinator and EMTAG support teacher for 10 years.

      Since having her own children, she has taught art in a school for visually impaired pupils from three to sixteen and has worked as a dyslexia teacher and assessor at the Bloomfield Learning Centre.

      She has always had a deep fascination with the power of visual imagery and has become increasingly excited by children’s picture books since reading with her own children. It was this belief in the communication potential inherent in art and the ability of pictures to captivate and motivate the reader that inspired her illustrations for Dandelion Readers.

      After retiring as a specialist teacher from The Bloomfield Learning Centre in August 2021, Clair joined the charity as a Director in September 2021.

    • Wendy Tweedie
      Director

      Wendy began her teaching career in North Kensington.  She herself had reading and fine motor control difficulties at school, at a time when this was considered being lazy.  She trained as an SpLD teacher and after working in Norfolk joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre staff where she assessed, taught in a one to one and trained teachers on an OCR SpLD programme.  She  presently  publishes an award winning reading scheme in use in schools all over the world.

      She believes all children can achieve fluent literacy and should be given the opportunity to do so at their own pace, if necessary.  To help achieve this aim, she is committed to helping the Bloomfield Learning Centre reach as many children as possible.

    • Saul Lemer
      Director

      Saul Lemer is a barrister living in London. Saul became involved as a Director of the Bloomfield Learning Centre because, being dyslexic and having benefited enormously from excellent one to one tutoring, Saul is keen to help the Bloomfield Learning Centre provide similar tutoring to as many students as possible.

    • John Bramhall
      Director / Chair

      John Bramhall went to Oxford University many years ago with Head Teacher, Jane Orr, and has been involved with the Bloomfield Learning Centre for more than 25 years, as a director, and more recently as Chair (since 2008). He is a partner and Head of Commercial Litigation at law firm DAC Beachcroft and provides the charity with legal advice. John is a committed supporter of the Centre and always proud to see the inspiring work that our teachers do, and the difference that they make to so many children’s lives.

    • Oliver Evelyn-Rahr
      Director

      Oliver Evelyn-Rahr is a proud former student of the Bloomfield Learning Centre, Dyslexic, Goldsmiths graduate and North London Art teacher. Oliver comes from a family of Dyslexics and several of his brothers also attended the centre. They all greatly enjoyed their time there and thanks to the excellent tuition have gone on to fulfill successful professional careers. Oliver is passionate about access to education and sees his work with the Bloomfield as integral to this journey.

    • Will Bloomfield
      Director

      Will Bloomfield is the Grandson of Bloomfield Learning Centre founder, Instone Bloomfield. Will is a Music Business Executive and Artist Manager who has managed Global pop acts including One Direction, Niall Horan and 5 Seconds of Summer. He is a partner at Modest! Management who have offices in London, Los Angeles, New York and Sydney. He lives in London with his Wife Sophie and his three young boys – Leo, Zac and Gray.