Emma Kendall BA (hons), PGCE (primary)
Miss Emma founded Footsteps in 2014, along with Miss Bryony. Since then she has built the business from a small, mobile tutoring company into the fully operational school we have today. Emma is passionate about the education and happiness of the children in her care and is determined to build a strong team and bring the best of her experiences to Footsteps School. Emma is a qualified and experienced primary school teacher, originally from Yorkshire, England. As well as her degree in combined studies (Psychology, Education, Music and English) and her teaching qualification, she also holds a level 4 diploma in Child Psychology. Before moving to Cayman, Emma worked in a large, inspirational independent school in Leeds and spent her summers volunteering at summer camps and in children’s homes in the UK, Bali and India. Emma is a musician - she plays piano to grade 8 and loves to sing. She hopes that music and drama will be an integral part of school life at Footsteps! Emma has lived in Cayman since 2013 along with her husband and is now Mum to three beautiful baby girls.
Bryony Platt BA (hons), PGCE (primary)
Miss Bryony, alongside Miss Emma, founded Footsteps in 2014, after recognising the need for more student support on island. Miss Bryony has a senior management role within the company, as well as being a tutor and teaching our home-schooled children. Bryony is excited about the new expansion of the company in to a primary school and the prospect of providing something unique for the children we serve.
Bryony is a qualified Primary and Early Years teacher. Having originally trained as an early years Nursery Nurse (NNEB), she continued into teaching and has over 20 years of experience of working with children from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Miss Bryony has lived and worked in Grand Cayman for nearly 11 years. She spent 6 years teaching in KG and Year 1 at Cayman Prep, followed by a management role in a Cayman Preschool. She also has several years of experience as a private tutor on island. In her spare time, Bryony enjoys playing field hockey and is the captain of the ladies’ team.
Miss Catriona, SEND Assistant
Miss Catriona is a trained childcare practitioner who completed her BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in 2013 in the UK. After this she began volunteering at an autism support centre and then worked as a Teaching Assistant in a specialist school for communication needs in Yorkshire, north England. Catriona has a passion for inclusion and the advocacy and empowerment of the children in her care.
Originally from Yorkshire, England, Catriona moved to Grand Cayman at the beginning of 2018 with her husband and young son. Catriona is also a poet, lyricist and an author of children’s stories. She hopes to foster an enjoyment of creative writing amongst the students at Footsteps!
Alison Ramsell BA (Hons), PGCE (Primary)
Miss Alison is a qualified British Primary Teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience, both in the UK and overseas. She moved to Cayman in 2014 where she taught at Cayman Prep and High School for 3 years. Since then she has been tutoring and homeschooling with Footsteps, teaching a range of ages and abilities. She is particularly enthusiastic about teaching early years, English, maths and working with students with special educational needs. Miss Alison’s warm and friendly demeanor puts all children at ease. She has a tangible passion for learning, using different teaching strategies to support children in areas that are challenging but also extending them to their full potential. Miss Alison loves teaching as it gives her the opportunity to impact on a child’s learning, development and confidence. She enjoys living in Cayman and has an active lifestyle, particularly enjoying water sports.
Grace Finnerty BSc (Hons) PGCE
Miss Grace, from Ireland, has over five years of experience teaching in culturally diverse settings such as London and Dubai. She trained in London to achieve her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2013 and she began her teaching career working in an outstanding school in the city. Miss Grace then relocated to Dubai with the GEMS network of schools and worked in a new school start-up. Here she gained valuable experience with children aged 4-14 (KS1-KS3), planning and teaching literacy and humanities. Her enthusiasm, assertive teaching style and positive outlook has made her an approachable and well-respected teacher. As a practitioner, Miss Grace places students at the center of the learning process. Her primary aim as a teacher is to inspire participation, encourage resilience and promote progression in her students. Miss Grace also has a passion for the use of technology in the classroom. To deepen her knowledge in the field she is completing a Higher Diploma in Computer Science, alongside her teaching career. Miss Grace is looking forward to being part of another brand new school and is looking forward to sharing her skills and experience, along with her warm and friendly nature, with the students of Footsteps School.
Toby Wade BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, NPQML
Mr Wade is a former school leader as SENDCo (Special Education Needs and Disabilities Coordinator) and has led subjects including maths, Science and PE with 10 years’ experience teaching the British curriculum in the UK and at Cayman Prep & High School. He has taught across the primary age-range and specialised in extended maths and English under the new 2014 British curriculum. He has a passion for creating positive relationships and inspiring children from all walks of life. Originally from the UK, he spent most of his childhood in Vancouver, Canada, where he graduated with a bilingual diploma. He loves to be active and especially loves scuba diving, ice hockey and travelling, including volunteering at an orphanage in Mongolia. Mr Wade attended York University in the UK and achieved a BA (Hons) Management followed by PGCE and a Masters from the University of York St. John. Since graduating, Mr Wade has continued his education with an NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) and is currently pursuing an international
leadership qualification. Having spent two years on island with his wife and daughter, he is very much looking forward to the exciting opportunity to teach and tutor at Footsteps School.
Kayla Mitchell, Teaching Assistant
Kayla graduated high school with high honours and has also recieved her Associates in Business Administration. She's completed 1 year of her Bachelors in Education in Bristol, England and is continuing to persue this degree at UCCI. She has a passion for helping and teaching children. She believes that teaching is something she's meant to do- a way to give back and have a positive influence on the children of today. She's lived in Grand Cayman all of her life and has family in Jamaica. She loves music, playing sports and volunteering
Miss Marcia - Spanish
Miss Marcia, who has worked in private, international and public schools, is a qualified teacher with over a decade of experience teaching students of all ages in a wide variety of subjects such as English and Maths. Originally from Argentina, she moved to Cayman in 2017 when she began to tutor and homeschool. Her love for languages encouraged her to start teaching Spanish as a foreign language and to pursue a certification in translation. In addition to her experience and qualifications, she is passionate about educating children and helping to identify activities that excite and engage them.
Our Footsteps staff team is enhanced by our fantastic peripatetic teachers who visit the school regularly to share their specialist skills and talents with our lucky students.
Ms Kazia - Music and Drama
Growing up in a large musical family sparked an interest in music at a very young age for Kazia. She began playing the piano when she was five and later took up the clarinet and saxophone. At the age of fourteen Kazia began voice lessons, winning the ABRSM Memorial prize in 2004 for her graded singing exam. After gaining a Grade 8 distinction on Clarinet, she went on to study Clarinet and Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, leaving with a BMus (Hons). Having always aspired to pass on her love of music to others, Kazia studied for her Professional Graduate Diploma in Music Education, proudly coming away with Outstanding Teacher Status. Kazia has more than 10 years teaching experience across primary and secondary age including instrumental and vocal tuition. Kazia also has specialist skills in drama, dance and early years music and movement.
Ms Kristy - Yoga and Mindfulness
Coach Alex - P.E.