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

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 / SENCo at LDIN in September 2011. I have served on all of the committees and for 2013-14 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

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.

Jo Brown

Class Teacher

I love teaching because I enjoy watching the children develop their confidence, independence and friendships. Teaching allows me to engage with the children to progress their skills in reading, writing and maths as well as how to use the glue and sellotape. It’s truly amazing to see how much they change throughout the school year and how they are able to interact, develop their language and express their ideas with each other.

Claire Cockle

Class Teacher

As a teacher I look for children to come to school happy and confident to learn and be the best that they can be. I do this by creating a safe, inspiring and stimulating environment where they can confidently share their ideas and feelings.

Tara Taylor

Class Teacher

Teaching children is one of the most rewarding jobs. It’s so lovely to see the children blossom into confident, happy children who love coming to school everyday. It’s so gratifying when children come up to you excited to tell you something about what they have seen outside of school, which relates to what you’ve taught them. It’s moments like these which make me love being a teacher!

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.

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.

Katie Riches

As a class teacher I enjoy supporting children on their educational journey towards both personal and academic success. It is so very rewarding to watch the progress that each child makes throughout the year. The best part of my job is when a child beams with pride because they have successfully completed a new challenge or learning task.

Rachel Steer

Class Teacher

One of my hopes as a teacher is to instil a love of learning in children whilst sharing my own enjoyment for learning with them. My aim is to make a difference by enabling each child to fully maximise their ability, imagination, skills and character.

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.

Sharon Osborne

Class Teacher

I love coming to work as no two days are the same and  teaching challenges you in so many ways so there is never a boring day! I had such a positive experience in my own education that teaching just seemed the natural thing for me to do. I have always valued the importance of education and I feel that school should be a  happy, positive experience. I hope I help children realise and experience these things.

Jeanette Johnson

Teaching Assistant

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

Sam Pinner

Lunchtime Supervisor

No day is ever the same! Watching the children play and develop is very rewarding!

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.


Jo Buckle

Nursery SMSA

No day is the same and always full of surprises. Seeing the children progress through the year is wonderful.

Sadia Tanvir

Lunchtime Supervisor

I love and enjoy working with kids. It is always rewarding and fun. Being a mum makes it really easy for me. I think I was born with a motherly nature.

Clare Sheppard

Teaching Assistant

Everyday throws me a different challenge and a greater reward.

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.

Lisa Tawfik

Teaching Assistant

I love getting the opportunity to see the world through a child’s eyes everyday. Seeing the progress each child makes throughout the year is incredibly rewarding.

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’!

Lucinda Walsh

Teaching Assistant

Working with children is the most rewarding job, each day I get to go to work and be amazed by the learning each child does. The best part is watching a child grow over the time they are with you and knowing that when it is time for them to move on you have made a difference.

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.