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 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. 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.
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.
Camilla Fraser BA (Hons), PGCE (Primary)
Tides classroom teacher, art teacher
Miss Camilla is a qualified British Primary Teacher, with 10 years of experience in the UK and overseas. Originally from Hampshire, England, Camilla moved to London to study a fine art degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design. The visual arts remain an area of interest and inspiration to Camilla. She hopes to encourage the natural creativity and originality of the children, and bring an artistic element into the curriculum. Camilla spent 7 years working in primary schools across central London, in a variety of year groups. She most recently spent 3 years working at an international school in Hong Kong. This was a fascinating and rewarding experience, in an intriguing city. Camilla moved from Hong Kong to Cayman in September 2020 with her husband. She is excited to be a new member of the Footsteps team and looks forward to a successful academic year!
Jessica Singh BSc (Hons), GTP.
Ripples Classroom Teacher, Science Teacher.
Miss Jessica moved to Grand Cayman from the United Kingdom in 2019 and has over 5 years experience both as a special educational needs teacher and as a mainstream school teacher in Early Years and Primary education. This has enabled her to develop a creative and nurturing approach to teaching, ensuring that every child feels included and is able to access the curriculum at an individual level. The Children's happiness and wellbeing is at the heart of Miss Jessica’s teaching practice and she strives to ensure that all children feel safe and valued whilst at school. Miss Jessica is passionate about sharing her knowledge of science and inspiring children to excel in science, developing an inquisitive and investigative attitude towards learning.
Inclusion Specialist, Teacher of RE, French 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.
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!
Kayla Mitchell, Teaching and Learning Assistant
Kayla graduated high school with high honours and has also received her Associates in Business Administration. She has completed 1 year of her Bachelors in Education in Bristol, England and is continuing to pursue this degree at UCCI. Miss Kayla 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 has lived in Grand Cayman all of her life and has family in Jamaica. In her spare time. she loves music, playing sports and volunteering.
Vanessa Carey, Teaching and Learning Assistant. After School Club Cooridinator.
Miss Vanessa is originally from Ireland but has been living in Oxfordshire for the past 8 years and now lives in Grand Cayman with her husband and 5 year old son.
Whilst in Oxfordshire, Vanessa qualified as teaching assistant and worked in primary schools, supporting children within the classroom setting. Miss Vanessa has a naturally warm personality, which makes children feel comfortable. She has experience working with children with SEND. Vanessa is passionate about education and inspiring children to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. She is currently studying for her Montessori early education diploma and hopes to implement some of her learning into her role at Footsteps. At the weekends, Miss Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family exploring and enjoying island life.
Stephanie Howe, Volunteer Teaching and learning assistant. Librarian.
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.
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.
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.
Coach Alex - P.E.
Coach Alex was born and raised in the Cayman Islands where he was able to take advantage of the many sporting opportunities available here. This passion for sport led to him representing the Cayman Islands in a number of international Squash competitions including the 2010 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Coach Alex graduated from Northumbria University with a BSC in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition and later completed a PGCE specialising in the teaching of Physical Education. He also has experience in running and coaching in various camps, such as Football, Squash and Tennis. He continues to compete in Squash and to coach at all levels. Coach Alex believes in promoting the participation in and enjoyment of sport for all children. He wants to see every student in his care develop a healthy lifestyle through the enjoyment of sport and exercise.
Georgia Sweeting - Private Tutor (English)
Georgia attended Exeter University in the UK and achieved a BA (Hons) in Classics (studying Latin and Greek). She has since gone on to study Creative Writing with the University of Oxford and has taken a short course in screenwriting with the University of East Anglia. Georgia has experience in tutoring Latin at university and English Literature at GCSE level. Georgia is excited to share her writing skills and get creative with students at Footsteps. She is offering a pack of lessons designed for KS3 level where students will learn the key characteristics of creative writing and develop confidence in their writing ability through fun and engaging exercises. Georgia is also available to tutor Latin, English Literature and Psychology. She is a voracious reader and writes stories and articles on politics and lifestyle in her free time. Georgia also loves music and enjoys playing the piano.
Payal Paliwal - Private Tutor (Maths)
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.