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 and lead a strong team of committed, happy professionals. Emma is an 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 and is currently working towards a level 7 postgraduate diploma in Educational Leadership, as well as carrying out her NPQH qualification. 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 little 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. Bryony is excited about the expansion of Footsteps into a primary school and the prospect of providing something unique for the children of the Cayman Islands. 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 12 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.
Inclusion Specialist, Teacher of RE and 'Healthy Me, Healthy World'
Mr Ben moved to Grand Cayman with his wife and three children in March 2020. He has 20 years of experience working with children with Special Educational Needs in Primary settings both in specialist and inclusive mainstream schools. Growing up in Southeast England, Canadian born Ben studied Theology at Oxford Westminster College before moving to London to further train and work in education. He has, over the last 20 years, gained a wide range of experience working with children with additional learning needs both as a teacher and a manager. Mr Ben is committed to ensuring that every child achieves their full potential and is a valued member of the Footsteps community.
Eloise Jones (BSc Hons), PGDE (Primary)
Ripples Classroom Teacher
Miss Eloise has a PGDE in Primary Education with a specialism in Early Years Education.
She has recently moved to Grand Cayman and is particularly enjoying exploring all of the marine life. Before becoming a teacher she worked within a Special Needs school in the UK that supported children who require a supportive and nurturing learning environment to reach their potential. Miss Eloise has a BSc from the University of Bristol where she gained a degree in Childhood Studies. She strives for a classroom where all the children feel equal and you will never go too long without hearing children's laughter. Aside from her love of teaching she loves to keep active and has a passion for healthy cooking and baking!
Alison Scheepers BA (Hons), PGCE (Primary)
Waves Classroom Teacher
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 our younger students, English, 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.
Simon Hutton BA (Hons), PGCE (Primary)
Tides Classroom Teacher and Teacher of French and Spanish
Mr Sims is a qualified British primary school teacher with 10 years’ experience working in schools in the U.K. Mr Sims has extensive experience in SEN, particularly around social and emotional difficulties, and carried ou his teacher training in the first trauma informed school in the U.K, specialising in attachment theory. Mr Sims is a fluent French speaker and spent 4 years living in the French Alps working for a ski operator before returning to the U.K to embark on his teaching career. He moved to Cayman just this year, after having never even been on a beach holiday! He is looking forward to learning about Caymanian culture and taking advantage of the water sports available on the island.
Natalie Quinn BA (Hons) PGCE
Tides Classroom Teacher and Teacher of Computing
Miss Natalie is a newly qualified primary teacher who received both highest achievement and President's award from UCCI in the PGCE programme. She is also a qualified paramedic and international athlete, representing her home country Australia. Miss Natalie has boundless energy; she has a love for sports and the outdoors and she is also an experienced sport coach, specialising in netball, tennis, and aerobics. Natalie wants to share her passion for learning with all, which is why she enjoys teaching. Miss Natalie is technically minded, with a love for maths, science and computing. She believes that every single student can reach their full potential and she inspires them to become the best versions of themselves.
Natalie Scott BA (Hons) PGCE
Surfers (Year 7) Class Teacher and Head of English
Miss Scott (Footsteps’ Miss Natalie number 2) moved to Grand Cayman in 2019, after spending her holidays here, finally following her younger sister to this beautiful island. She has been teaching for over 20 years, trained at the University of Cambridge as a Secondary English teacher and since then has worked in a range of settings in the UK, but also in refugee camps in France and private schools abroad. Whilst teaching English is her passion, she has also taught drama, media studies, art and psychology. As a teacher Natalie has worked hard to stay on top of educational research and changes. She is a qualified Advanced Skills Teacher, a Specialist Leader of Education and in recent years, was granted a Fellowship from the Chartered College of Teaching. She has contributed to a number of Educational books, spoken publicly about her experiences and passion for teaching and was voted The Times’ Educational Blogger of the Year in 2016. Whilst she has always been driven by her career- one which has given her a number of wonderful experiences managing and leading schools and national recognition for her skills in school improvement- and still cares deeply about making a difference, she moved here to spend more time with her loved ones; to beach walk; to read good books by a pool; gain a few more freckles and laughter lines and spend more time outdoors. She can be found exercising most days, in order to work off her love of pizza.
Sophie McBride BSc (Hons) PGCE
Surfers (Year 7) Mathematics Teacher and Head of Maths
Miss Sophie relocated to Grand Cayman with her husband in 2019. Originally from Liverpool, UK, Sophie is a qualified Secondary Mathematics teacher who started teaching in England, yet her passion for travel let her to teach in international schools in both Spain and Seychelles. Having previously held positions within leadership and management, Sophie has recently moved her focus to tutoring at High Achievement Academy, joining us at Footsteps to teach Year 7 and consulting on whole school Mathematics. Sophie is passionate, not only about Mathematics but about the environment. She truly believes in Footsteps' ethos of having nature at the heart of learning. As a committed volunteer coordinator for Plastic Free Cayman, she believes that education is the first step to positive changes and to encourage a greener, more sustainable lifestyle for future generations.
Steven Flight (BExSc, PGDE, MTeach)
Teacher of Physical Education, Science and Outdoor Learning
Mr Steven joined the Footsteps team in 2021. Mr Steven has moved to Grand Cayman from Melbourne, Australia. Combining his love for sport, exercise and the outdoors with his teaching, Mr Steven is excited to be leading our Physical Education, Science and Outdoor Learning programs. After growing up in a small country town, Mr Steven moved to Melbourne to study a bachelor of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University. He then completed his Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne in 2012. Since graduating, he has worked at a number of inner-city schools where he has held many positions of leadership including year level coordinating and curriculum development. Mr Steven values experiential learning and hopes to instill a passion for sport and the outdoor environment in his students.
Miss Catriona, SEND Teaching and Learning 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!
Katie Bloomfield BA (Hons) PGCE
Breakers' Learning Support Assistant and Teacher of Art
Miss Katie is our new art and design teacher and is ready to ignite a passion for art in our students. Miss Katie comes to us from another private school on island, where she supported students with a range of additional learning needs. She is committed to creating an inclusive environment where creativity and thinking outside the box takes center stage. Miss Katie is an experienced art and design teacher and is originally from Kent, England. As well as her degree in Textiles Design (Printed Textiles) and her teaching qualification, Miss Katie is also part of the Alex Panton Foundation’s Youth Ambassador Program on island. Before moving to Cayman, Miss Katie had taught in a range of schools in central London including an independent private school teaching art A Level and Foundation courses, as well in several large thriving secondary schools teaching art, design technology and fashion and textiles. Miss Katie’s other passions are music, spinning (the cycling classes!) and travelling. She is also a mental wellness advocate.
Charlotte Hubble BA (Hons), PGCE
Miss Charlotte previously worked for an international private school in the UK where she taught PE from Nursery to Year 13, specializing in Early Years and KS1. During her teaching career, she had the opportunity to take her students on a Netball and Hockey tour in Barbados and she has coached and mentored several scholars who have gone on to compete for England. Miss Charlotte has always loved the Caribbean and she is very excited to be teaching in the Cayman Islands. She is a bubbly, highly personable and enthusiastic teacher, who takes pride in her teaching and wants to give every student the best possible chance to succeed in their education. She will be working as the Ripples Teaching Assistant as well as supporting the PE curriculum at Footsteps. In her spare time, Miss Charlotte loves to play tennis, swim and top up her tan on the beach!
Stephanie Howe, Waves Teaching and Learning Assistant.
Miss Stephanie is originally from Zimbabwe, however grew up and was educated in the United Kingdom. She has a passion for educating children, and has worked and volunteered in both private and public primary schools in both the UK and in the Cayman Islands. She moved to Grand Cayman in 2014 with her husband and two children. Miss Stephanie holds a BTEC in Art & Design, and applies her creativity in and out of the classroom. Miss Stephanie has had wide-ranging experience in a number of childcare roles, these include; running toddler groups, assisting youth groups, and most recently she completed her Leader Qualification to become a Brownie Leader for Cayman Islands Girlguiding. In 2019 she gained a Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning and is currently working towards further qualifications in this area.
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.
Miss 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.
Miss Kristy - Yoga and Mindfulness
Kristy Van Den Broek (B.A., RCYT 95, E-RYT 200, Yoga For All trained, Mindfulness Facilitator, Reiki Master) is originally from Canada and is now living in the Cayman Islands with her husband and two children. Miss Kristy has an extensive background in swimming and fitness. She first discovered yoga in university, where she had a full swimming scholarship and studied Liberal Arts. She has been teaching children in some capacity for decades and after taking her RYT 200 and Yoga for All trainings, she knew she wanted to teach children's yoga. In Miss Kristy’s classes, she loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help her students deepen their practice. She seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga and her hope is that every child steps off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Payal Paliwal - Private Tutor (Maths specialist)
Payal originates from India and has been living in Grand Cayman for almost 3 years. She holds a Bachelors in Engineering, a Post Graduate Diploma in Math Education and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Education. Payal has been teaching mathematics to children of all ages since 2014 with experience teaching in India, Thailand , Ecuador and the Cayman Islands. In her diverse teaching experience, she has worked with students with many different backgrounds, cultures, languages and abilities. Payal aims to move her students from procedural understanding to conceptual understanding. she is passionate about maths and hopes to inspire her students to share this passion.