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Meet Our Governors

Meet Our Governors

  Denise Poore

I have been Chair of Governors at Gill Blowers Nursery School for 18 months. I am now retired. Before retiring I worked as a Sure Start Children’s Centre Manager for ten years, and. prior to joining the Children’s Centre, as a Regional Director for a national voluntary sector childcare charity. I worked in various roles within the voluntary childcare sector for most of my working life, approximately 35 years, and in 2012 was awarded an MBE for services to children & families.

I have three adult children, and two grandchildren, and spend a lot of my time caring for them. I worked with Gill Blowers Nursery School during my time at the Children’s Centre, and appreciate the passion, commitment and professionalism of the staff in providing high quality experiences for the children in their care.

 Jo Iddenden, Head Teacher / SENCO

I am the Head Teacher at Gill Blowers Nursery School although I have worked here for 15 years, more recently as the Deputy Head Teacher.

My background and passion is working in Early Years and Special Educational Needs. I have served on the Governing Body for several years.

 

 Gordon McCulloch

I’m originally from Glasgow but have lived in Bedfordshire for almost 30 years.

I’ve recently taken early retirement from Luton Borough Council, having worked for them for over 16 years in early years education and childcare. My background is in finance and business support. During my time with Luton Council I supported pre-schools, nurseries, childminders and schools with advice and guidance on a range of matters including finance, funding, sustainability and early years places creation.

When my daughters were pre-schoolers and at school, I was involved in voluntary work, supporting their pre-school and after school committees, and as a parent governor at their school.

I hope my previous experience, knowledge and skills will enable to Gill Blowers Nursery School to be successful and sustainable.

 

 Launa Corin, Acting Class Teacher

I have worked at Gill Blowers for 13 years. I have been Acting Class Teacher for the past five years. I have a First Class Honors Degree in Early Years Education and will be completing my teacher training in Autumn 2018. I have been a Co-opted member of the Governing Body for the past 2 years.

 

 Sue Thomas

Sue is delighted to be a governor at Gill Blowers Nursery school. The happiest years of her teaching career were spent in a maintained nursery school.  With over fifteen years’ experience in teaching, through to the BBC and then on to early years consultancy, Sue’s career has been built around the crucial importance of the earliest years in children’s lives.

From writing educational materials for the BBC’s Teletubbies  and Tweenies through to developing the Sign 4 Learning suite of materials, Sue has created innovative resources that engage children and move them on in their learning. The Sign 4 Learning materials have been recognised both in national publications and international conferences as providing unique and engaging ways to support enhanced progress in children.  Sue’s lead on early phonics in Luton has also led to a positive impact on attainment over a sustained period of time. Sue’s other roles include providing tailored support to schools and settings, CPD delivery and Foundation Stage Profile moderation.

Sasha Smith

I am delighted to be a governor for Gill Blowers nursery school. As a local resident who is engaged in my community, there is nothing that I consider more important than supporting early years learning. My professional background is in higher education, mental health and coaching, where I particularly enjoy working one-on-one with adults with an autism spectrum disorder.

 

 Teresa Moss

I am pleased to be a governor at Gill Blowers Nursery School.  My background is in administration and I have worked in Early Years as a School Business Manager for over 20 years.  I am happy that I am able to share my knowledge and experience to benefit the children and staff at Gill Blowers.