Meet the Teachers
Come and meet the staff at our school!
Mary Evans - Executive Head Teacher/CEO
I have been Head Teacher at The Henry Moore Primary School since it was built in 2001 having previously been Head Teacher at Jerounds Infant School in Harlow for seven very happy years.
I have seen the school grow from 102 pupils initially on roll to its current 570.
Over the years, the school has been fortunate to have employed fantastic teachers and support staff- pulling together to make the school the success that it is.
Music has always been a very important part of my personal life, so it has been a real privilege to be able to share my love of it with the children in school. It is wonderful to see so many children learning musical instruments and joining the school Choir-performing both in school and at events outside of school with other Harlow schools and Harlow Chorus.
I love seeing a child’s interests and hobbies giving them the self confidence and self-esteem to have a go at new and challenging learning.
I have a strong belief in developing the ‘whole child,’ and despite national and local pressures, keeping the school curriculum broad, balanced, relevant and fun for the children and staff alike.
My aim for the school is for it to be a secure, fun, enjoyable and highly productive learning environment for all-taking everyone to their potential.
My aim for the children is to produce inspired, independent learners.
I hope that when the children have left the school, they will look back fondly and think ‘that is where I began to love learning.’
If and when they do-job done!
Sarah Cowley - Co-Head
I was born in Devon and enjoyed a fantastic childhood in the West Country! I then left to go to Loughborough University, where I studied for a degree in Psychology. After completing my degree, I moved to Essex to do a PCGE and in 2000 I took up my first teaching post in Sawbridgeworth, where I taught Year 6 for five years. In 2005, I joined The Henry Moore Primary School and I haven’t looked back! I love teaching at this school and it is great to be part of such a fantastic team!
When not teaching, I enjoy spending precious time with my family and friends. I also enjoy netball, aerobics and dance.
Michael Doughty - Assistant Head Teacher
I qualified as a teacher in June 1999 after having trained at Canterbury Christchurch University College. I started my teaching career in the London Borough of Newham, where I stayed for 16 years, teaching a variety of classes in both Key Stages 1 and 2, over which time I also held a variety of senior leadership positions.
Having two small children, and living in Bishop’s Stortford, I made the decision to leave London and wanted something closer to home. In 2015 I accepted a temporary post at The Downs School in Harlow teaching Reception. I was very excited when the opportunity at Henry Moore arose, having been most impressed with this vibrant and successful school, it felt like the perfect fit.
Outside of school I have a wife and two children who keep me busy most days with karate and ballet. At the weekend there is a possibility you may see me struggling across the local fields on my mountain bike, or popping into the local cinema to catch up on the latest releases.
Christine Lee – Assistant Head Teacher, Head of Inclusion
I began my teaching career in the London Borough of Havering in 1988 and have taught in both Key stages 1 and 2. Following a house move to Church Langley in 1992, I continued to work full time in Romford until the birth of my daughter in 1998. I subsequently returned to teaching on a part-time basis in 2000 and was lucky enough to join Henry Moore Primary in 2002 as a supply teacher.
Since then I have never looked back! For a number of years I job-shared in upper KS2. Having always had a passion for working with pupils with additional needs, I was then fortunate to be appointed as SENCo in January 2009.
In September 2009 I gave up class responsibility in order to pursue my new challenge. I spent two years studying for a postgraduate qualification in special educational needs. I have subsequently broadened my responsibilities and since September 2015 I have been privileged to be Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Inclusion. In my opinion I have the best job in the school as I am rewarded by working with large numbers of children and families from years R to 6.
I continue to work closely with our SENCo (Lissy Nixon). Additionally, I have responsibility for children with English as an additional language, Children In Care/post CIC; as well as being the Disadvantaged Champion and managing the Pupil Premium and extended services initiatives. I am also a Staff Governor.
I have a busy, varied role, which I absolutely love!
For me a child’s emotional well-being is paramount to success. I am an advocate of fully inclusive practice and share the Henry Moore ethos that every child is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum irrespective of their circumstances.
Outside of school I enjoy keeping fit, reading, gardening, decorating, travelling and (most importantly) spending time with my husband and daughter!
Christine Lee – Assistant Head Teacher, Head of Inclusion
Cassie Broughton - Supernumerary Teacher for Key Stage 1
I was born in Harlow and was a student here until 2002 when I decided to go and train to become a primary school teacher at Canterbury Christ Church University. After three years of hard work I went for my first teaching interview at Fawbert and Barnards where I was a pupil myself and started teaching there as soon as I finished university.
In 2010 I knew it was the right time for a change so decided to look at the job opportunity at Henry Moore Primary School. I feel in love with the school and was so thrilled to be given the opportunity to work there.
In 2012 I got married to my husband Mitch and the following year we went on to have a beautiful girl. After becoming a mum I was fortunate to continue working part time to allow time with our daughter. We then extended our family with our wonderful son. I continue working part time to allow time to be with our children. My family are everything to me!
I am a very passionate PE subject leader and continue to work hard to ensure children are given the best experience and plenty of opportunities in sport and Physical Education during their time at Henry Moore.
Matthew Cook - Year 6 Class Teacher
My first choice of career was to be a superhero, as I felt like I was destined to change the world, protecting the south coast of Eastbourne from villainous pigeons. When I was told by my parents that this was no way to make a living, I considered another more stable career, that of filmmaking.
I originally studied Film and TV production at Westminster University, and whilst I enjoyed my course the realities of working on a film set were not to my tastes. However it was through my passion for filmmaking and animation that I ignited the fire I had inside me for teaching, as I made short animation films with children from the primary school I went to in Polegate.
After completing my PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University, I was lucky enough to get my first teaching job here at The Henry Moore Primary School. As soon as I started working here, I knew this was where I was meant to be and what I was meant to do.
Outside of school I love going to the cinema and everything to do with Film and TV, which is a passion I’ve brought to the Henry Moore by setting up a FILMCLUB called Studio CM17, where children watch a variety of films, both old and new and then submit reviews on the FILMCLUB website. I also enjoy reading comic books, playing guitar and spending time with family and friends.
Yvette Elyseé - Head of Year 2 & Year 2 Class Teacher
I completed my teacher training at the Johannesburg College of Education and began my teaching career in a lovely school in South Africa. I came to England in 2002 and loved it so much that the two years that I planned to stay………well have become far more!
I have been teaching since 1998 and have taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Teaching younger children has brought many rewards to my life. I have taught at Henry Moore School since 2008 and in it I have made many a good friend and hope I have added my own touch to the children I have taught. ‘It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.’
My two children and I enjoy bike rides, walks in the forest and swimming. Exploring castles is also a favourite pass time of ours.
Lindsey Milner - Year 6 Teacher
I completed my B.Ed (Hons) at the University of Hertfordshire and began teaching in 1995. I worked at two other schools in Essex prior to starting at Henry Moore in January 2007. And I have never looked back! It is a privilege to be part of such a wonderful, hard-working team and colleagues have become friends for life. I got married the year after I joined Henry Moore and have also had two sons. I now teach for 3 days a week and feel very fortunate that I am able to balance life with my young family and a job that I love.
Out of school, I enjoy keeping fit with circuit training, pilates and cycling. I also enjoy getting lost in a good book, love going on holiday and being out and about with family and friends.
Lissy Nixon - HILT Lead Practitioner for SEND (SENCo).
I qualified as a teacher after studying at both Leeds University and then Cambridge University. Since then I have been lucky enough to teach across the year groups before specialising in SEN.
I have the fantastic job of working across both our schools in HILT, leading the provision for SEND. This means I get to work with different children every day which I love! I feel very lucky to work with such fantastic teams of staff and am constantly learning.
Outside of work, I’m kept busy with my family. We love being outdoors, walking our dog but also enjoy watching films together on rainy days!
Julie Randall - Year 3 Class Teacher
Becoming a teacher was the best decision I have ever made. I enjoy each and every day in the classroom and love how every day is different. However, I have not always a teacher…
I graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Accountancy and started my working life as an Accountant in Dagenham and then Ilford. Although I enjoyed my work, after a while I felt that a career in teaching would be the right move for me.
I qualified as a teacher in 2005 and have been teaching at Henry Moore for the whole of my career. I have taught in both Key Stage 1 & 2, so have a good understanding of how children develop as independent learners.
I like to make learning fun and enjoy the creative approach to education at Henry Moore. I have a special interest in children with additional needs and seeing them achieve their potential.
Outside of school, I am mostly kept busy by my two children. In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and seeing friends. I also love animals and have 2 rescue cats.
Helen Rees - Head of Year 5 and Year 5 Teacher
I trained to be a teacher at Canterbury Christ Church University but in 2003 I returned to my hometown of Harlow to begin my career. Teaching is a rewarding job and I love watching young people grow and discovering the world around them. Working at The Henry Moore School has allowed me to work in many different year groups and with many children. Outside of school I enjoy performing on stage, both as a dancer and as part of local amateur dramatics societies. I attend weekly ballet classes, love getting out in my garden when the weather allows and cooking for my family.
Kim Seaman - Reception Class Teacher
I was born in Harlow and until my marriage in 2005 have always lived here. I originally studied as a Nursery Nurse and worked in a Day Nursery and then a Special Needs school as a Speech and Language Therapist Assistant. It was whilst here that I returned to University to do a Degree and then onto do a PGCE to become a teacher.
I have previously worked at Little Parndon School and have been at Henry Moore since it opened in 2001. The school has seen many changes since I first started and has grown considerably.
On a personal level I have got married, become a step-mum and then a mum. Despite the school growing the ethos of the school has remained the same and I still enjoy teaching at Henry Moore.
Ross Tyrrell - Year 6 Class Teacher
Charlotte Robinson Year 5 class teacher
I am very new to Harlow, after being born and raised in the North East. I come from a place in-between the cities of Newcastle and Sunderland called Washington. From an early age I knew I wanted to work with children and I was determined that one day I would become a teacher. I graduated from Northumbria University in 2009 and secured a job in a large Primary school in Stockton-On-Tees where I worked – until now! In 2020, my partner’s business changed sites and his role was moved to Loughton. After a year of commuting, we decided that we would move our little family to Harlow so we could be together. I have been very fortunate that I have secured my role at Henry Moore and I am very excited for the new opportunities that may arise here.
Rachel Payne – Head of EYFS and Reception Teacher
I grew up in a family of teachers, and from a young age, I knew I too wanted to be a teacher. During my teenager years, I worked with children and young people in a variety of situations including working at an American Summer Camp and volunteering on different voluntary schemes at university. After studying History at Cardiff University, I completed my PGCE and started my first teaching job in Bishop’s Stortford in 2010. After 3 years, I took the plunge and moved to Madrid to teach at a British International School. Teaching abroad is something I had always wanted to do and it was a challenging, yet enjoyable experience. In 2013, I moved back to England and joined Henry Moore. I am currently teaching in Reception. having previously taught Reception, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 in the last 10 years. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, travelling and spending time with my friends and family.
Jo Watson - Year 5 Teacher
I have worked with children in a variety of settings including day-care nursery, working as a nanny and sessional nurseries since leaving college with an NNEB too many years ago to admit!
Both of my children have attended Henry Moore and have been very successful and happy here, so I decided this would be the perfect location to progress my career into teaching.
I studied locally and got my degree in Early Years Education and was very fortunate to be offered a chance to carry out my teacher training within the school.
Having worked in Early Years all of my pre-teaching career I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed teaching the older children. Every year group has its challenges and rewards which is definitely part of the appeal!
My family and I enjoy long countryside walks, usually involving geocaching! We also like to go Scuba diving together. I am also a fan of all outdoor activities, abseiling is my favourite. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to go flying, gliding, microlight flying and sky diving. I get a real buzz from these sports and am always looking for the next challenge – my family, however are not so keen!!
Andrea Taylor - Year 5 Teacher
After working in the city for many years, I initially began at Henry Moore as a Learning Support Assistant in 2005. Since then, I decided to I return to university and graduated in 2017. Being a teacher is a rewarding career and the days are never boring. Outside of school, I enjoy a good book and spending time with my family and friends.
Jane Thorpe - Year 2 Teacher
I am a born and bred Harlow girl, having attended Pear Tree Mead Primary and then The Leventhorpe School. I love living in Harlow and feel passionately about teaching the children who live here. I gained my BAHons in Early Childhood Professional Studies at Anglia Ruskin and I absolutely love the challenges and rewards teaching offers. I have two grown-up sons who both attended Henry Moore many moons ago and who have since gained their degrees in their respective fields and are now working. In my spare time (what spare time?!) I enjoy growing my own fruit and vegetables, walking my dog and spending time with my wonderful husband and family.
Megan Cashin - Year 4 Teacher
My family say that from about the age of three they knew I would become a Teacher. Pretending to be a Teacher was my favourite thing to do. My younger brother and sister were my students... I even had my own register!
I was born and raised in Harlow and then went on to train to be a Primary School Teacher at the University of Bedfordshire in 2016. Whilst I was at University, I was fortunate enough to gain my teaching experience in 4 different schools across Harlow, including my final placement in Year 6 at Henry Moore!
In my spare time I spend a lot of time caring for my nan, going out with friends and walking the dog!
Jo Silver - Year 1 Teacher
I trained as a teacher at Canterbury Christ Church University after being a Teaching Assistant for 7 years. I have had lots of experience working with children in lots of different settings including teaching in different performing arts schools in both Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. You could say that I am (what they call) ‘A Drama Queen’.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy quizzing with friends and family on a wide range of subjects. I have also been a line dancer since the age of 8 and I frequently hit the dance floor with my mum and our friends.
As a new teacher to Henry Moore, I am thoroughly looking forward to working within a fun, friendly and engaging school community!
Miss Hayley Bird - Year 1 Teacher
I was born in Harlow but have lived in Sawbridgeworth nearly my whole life. I have been a teacher for many years, and I started my journey as a teacher by working as an LSA at Church Langley Primary school. Later, I was then offered to complete a training course there to become a teacher. After working there for many years, I then moved to Dubai for 3 years to teach in an international school. I have just moved back from Dubai with my little cat Willow. When I am not in school, I love to travel the world. I also love afternoon teas and often visit different places in London to try them all – Beauty and the beast has been my favourite so far. I have only just joined the Henry Moore, but I am so excited to start a new journey and feel so welcome already. I have completed many courses in my spare time such as counselling courses and this year I will be completing a master's in psychology.
Mike Azzopardi - Year 4 Teacher
I am lucky enough to be teaching in my local school after spending the last 5 years working in Hertfordshire and 10 years before that in London schools. Before discovering my passion for teaching, I had a background in computing as a network engineer in the Thames Valley area. Corporate life was very different back in the day! Since my change of career, I have been fortunate to work with many children from all walks of life. What never surprises me is a child’s desire and hunger to learn. It is my pleasure to have such a duty and even after such a long time, every day is still different! We are truly blessed as teachers!
Away from work my other passion is travel. After visiting almost every country in Europe, I am nearly at my goal of reaching 100 countries worldwide. This was stopped due to the pandemic but I am determined to hit this milestone in the next couple of years! I am also a keen photographer and recently had a travel photo published by Rough Guides on Instagram where I have my own travel blog. I have also been involved in several teaching projects abroad in countries such as Kenya, Palestine and Syria. When I’m not teaching and travelling you will find me reliving the band days from my youth, trying to write the latest guitar anthem using all those fancy chords...