Teaching Staff

“You never forget a good teacher”.

  • Here at Long Diton Infant School the teaching staff are supportive of and believe in each and every child at both School and Nursery, nurturing, encouraging and inspiring them all to do and be the best they can be.
  • Our experienced teachers work tirelessly to make lessons exciting and relevant for young children. They are committed to helping each and every child to enjoy learning and to fulfill their potential. They strive to form excellent relationships with our children and their parents in order for every child to succeed.

Monica Paines


I believe that education is a vital key to happiness and success. It is for that reason that I want every child to know what learning something new feels like and also what it feels like to work to achieve something meaningful. Add these together with a smattering of fun, laughter and memory days—that’s why I love my job !

Committee Membership
Children and Learning
Personnel and Welfare

Sharon Emmett

Deputy Headteacher

I believe that it is vital we develop children’s thirst for knowledge, their confidence in themselves  and a resilience  to learn and develop as individuals. When I see happy children, who are excited by learning;  children who have the ability to learn from their mistakes- I know we have done our best to achieve this and we can celebrate the children’s success.

I have been a staff governor since I took up the post of Deputy Head / Inclusion Manager at LDIN in September 2011. I have served on all of the committees am part of the Children and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee . I am passionate about inclusion and ensuring all children have the opportunity to be the be the best they can be.

Committee Membership
Children and Learning

Polly Eaton

Class Teacher

I have a great passion for teaching and learning. I teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. The interests of the children are embedded in the classroom which ensures the children’s learning is personalised and relevant to life.

Christine Bradley

Class Teacher

I feel privileged to be a teacher. Teaching is an incredibly rewarding job and the enthusiasm
the children show in their learning is infectious. Every day brings different opportunities to
stimulate minds and encourage an investigative approach to the world around us.

Kirstyn Moss

Year 2 Class Teacher

For me teaching is about helping and seeing a young person grow in confidence as they learn. It is the look of achievement, no matter how big or small, that is shown when a child is proud of their efforts and what they have accomplished. It’s not just helping a young person learn academically but teaching them how to be a well rounded individual, preparing them for their future.

Jo Miller

Nursery Class Teacher

Children have an innate love for learning and exploration. Teaching is a way of helping them to extend this and reach their individual potential. Every day is another adventure and I aim to create a nurturing environment to support their growth.

Lucy Griffiths

Year 1 Teacher

I love teaching as I get to help children grow and develop their enquiring minds. No two days are the same which makes me feel very fortunate to be spending my days with such enthusiastic, fun young people.

Melanie Dawes

Reception Class Teacher

As a teacher, I love sharing children's joy in new discoveries and supporting them to develop a love of learning. I feel privileged to be part of a child's learning journey and feeling that happiness, security and inspiration are key elements to successful learning.

Roisin Sharp

Class Teacher

As a teacher I strive to help children meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk taking and invites a sharing of ideas and interests. I aim to create active, dynamic learners with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Georgina Evangelos

Class Teacher

Each day is different and always full of excitement. The extent of the children’s imagination never fails to amaze me. It is so lovely being able to watch the children grow and develop their learning every day.

Sophie Ruddick

Class Teacher

I have a great passion for working with children. Everyday is different and exciting. I aim to enable all children to succeed and develop a love of learning.

Jeanette Johnson

Teaching Assistant

I have a passion for learning and supporting each individual child on their learning path.

Mary Streather

Lunchtime Supervisor

I love watching the good manners of the children and seeing them be polite and kind to everyone. The school is an amazing place where everyone is always working to help the children get better! I love it!


Jo Pearson

Nursery Nurse

I have always loved working with young children. It’s an amazing thing to witness a child explore and discover new things and I feel very lucky that I can be a part of a child’s first experience of being at school.


Debbie Bloor

Teaching Assistant

It’s wonderful to know you are helping to make a change in someone else's life. It’s amazing working with a child and watching them ‘get it’!

Jenny Clark

Teaching Assistant

The reason I love working with children is that every day is different because every child is different.
I love seeing the children's development from when they come into my class in September to when they leave in July.

Aqeela Hamid

Teaching Assistant

As a teacher I like to inspire children to be happy and confident learners!

Roz Healy

Teaching Assistant

Children can teach us patience, the value of friendship, peace and calm. I can teach them many things which will help them to make a difference to their lives. Where else can I work with people who can make me laugh and despair in the same breath whilst allowing me to remember how to have fun?

Fiona McQuillan

Teaching Assistant

I like being able to make a difference to children’s lives. I enjoy seeing their progress through the school.

Katie Thorncroft

Teaching Assistant

Everyday is different. Some days you leave school with a smile on your face knowing you have made a difference. Other days are more challenging but that can be changed in an instant when a child gives you a bunch of daisies and says ‘this is for you’!

Val Irwin

Special Needs Teaching Assistant

I love working with children for those ‘eureka’ moments! I love working with children when I can give them the support they need to succeed. I love working with children when they are excited and proud about what they have achieved.

Malcolm Blair


I enjoy the happy, friendly atmosphere and being part of a great team who make everything run smoothly.