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Meet the staff

Eden Primary Staff: 2018 – 19 

Deputy Head Teacher: Helen Graff

Helen joined Eden in February 2016. Helen is an experienced teacher and school leader with a particular passion for Science. She has extensive teaching experience across the primary age range and has played leading roles in many important aspects of teaching, learning and assessment. Helen previously worked at primary schools in Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Camden and has been in Senior Leadership roles as a Deputy or Assistant Head since 1998. Helen holds the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship), PGCE and has a degree in English Literature from York University. At Eden she holds particular responsibility for assessment, day-to-day school organisation and science, and will take on other roles from time to time as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Inclusion Leader: Carrie Goodwin

Carrie joined Eden in January 2017. She is an experienced teacher and school leader with a particular passion for SEND. She has extensive teaching experience across the primary age range and has played leading roles in many important aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.Carrie has previously worked at primary schools in Haringey, Enfield, Barnet and Devon and has been in Senior Leadership roles since 2009. Carrie obtained her PGCE from Exeter University and her B.A. (hons) in Communication & Audio Visual Production Studies, from London Guildhall University.At Eden Carrie holds particular responsibility for Inclusion, as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Carrie works 3 days at Eden each week.  Carrie is extremely passionate about helping children with special needs, not just in the classroom but in the wider community also.

School Business Manager: Deniz Ozturk

Deniz joined the school in December 2017 as the School Business Manager and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  She has experience working in Secondary Schools including Fortismere School, where she had the role of Exams and Data Manager. She has also worked at Southgate School and Highgate Wood School.Deniz holds a BA Hons in Business Administration and a Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management.  At Eden Deniz has particular responsibility for the organisation of the school to ensure best standards for teaching and learning, including budget management, facility management and administration.

School Admissions and Administrator: Andrea Collett

Andrea is the School Administrator with responsibility for Admissions, as well as supporting the Senior Leadership Team, Eden parents, children and staff.  After a career as a TV producer and researcher in documentaries and social action programming,  she spent 10 years managing an adolescent mental health charity and clinical service in Haringey.   She has previously been a primary school governor, and is active in Jewish communal voluntary and educational work, including running educational workshops in schools for Jewish Women’s Aid.  Andrea studied Drama and Theatre Arts at London University (New College of Speech of Drama).  Andrea is at Eden from Tuesdays – Thursdays.

Administrative Assistant: Tsvetelina Miteva

This is Lina’s second year as part-time Administrative Assistant, providing support in school administration and finance and working across the full range of administrative needs in the school. She was previously an Admin volunteer at George Spicer Primary School.  Lina has worked as a Systems and Operation Analyst at NYSE and as an Administrator at Lombard Risk Management and Gas Strategies Group. Lina holds a Masters degree in IT and BSc in Economics and Computer Science.

Premises Manager: Moses Kirosingh

Moses is the full time Premises Manager using a wide range of skills originally learned in the building trade. His premises responsibilities include all aspects of premises and buildings maintenance and management including security.  Moses also has responsibility for managing lettings and rentals. Last year Moses was given a special award in recognition of excellence in support staff in schools from PaJes (Partnerships for Jewish Schools).

Reception (Garinim) Teacher: Yifat Johnson

Yifat graduated from the School Direct programme as a qualified primary school teacher in the UK in July 2015. She is the full time Reception teacher at Eden this year, having shared the role last year.   Yifat started her work at Eden from the very first year at  2011 as a Teaching Assistant and Hebrew teacher in the Reception class. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Seminar Hakibbutzim in Tel Aviv. Yifat also leads on Jewish Studies across the school.

Year 1 (Shorashim) Teacher: Martin Lubich

Martin is an extremely experienced and successful class teacher who has worked extensively in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and has also taught children up to Year 6. He has significant experience in School Leadership and Management and has been a Deputy Head and a Headteacher.

Martin has a degree in Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, a PGCE with specialisation in Maths, and qualifications in School Leadership. He has a strong background in Judaism and Hebrew and this is his sixth year at Eden. Martin also leads on Computing across the school.

Year 2 (Shtillim) Teachers: Emily Daines and Santiago Perez Rodriguez

Emily has been our Reception teacher for the last three years, and is now working part time in Year 2. Previously she worked as an Early Childhood Professional leading provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage for 2-5 years olds. Emily has a degree in Linguistics with Hebrew from University College London and an MA in Philosophy. Emily has responsibility for leading and coordinating our Early Years Foundation Stage.

Santi started as a volunteer at Eden supporting classes across the school. This year he is working as a Teacher in Year 2. Santi qualified as a teacher in Spain and also has qualified teacher status (QTS) in the UK. Santi has experience working with children in schools and in sport and will also run various club in school.

Year 3 (Anafim)  Teacher: Sara Marshall

Sara joined Eden in September 2017 after qualifying as a teacher and earning her PGCE in Primary Education at LSJS.  She holds a BA in English and American Literature from Manchester Metropolitan University.  Sara also has a deep interest in Science, particularly in Physics.  She has also received specialist training at CERN with the programme Playing with Protons during the summer holidays in 2018.  Sara is the full time year 3 teacher this year.

Year 4 (Nitzanim) Teacher: Megan Greene

Megan has worked at Eden for the last four years as a Teaching Assistant and unqualified teacher in a variety of classes. Last year she qualified as a teacher on the School Direct programme and is now teaching for the second year in Nitzanim, Year 4 where she previously worked as a trainee. Megan has a degree in Modern Languages (Russian, French and Czech) and a Masters degree in International Development Management. Megan is a talented musician and plays a leading role in developing and teaching the music curriculum and choirs at Eden. She has a passion for environmental education and gardening.

Year 5 (Prachim) Teacher: Liz Apfel

Liz is a Newly Qualified Teacher having taught last year at Rosh Pinah Primary School. She completed her training at the LSJS last year fulfilling a life-long wish to become a teacher. She previously practised as a Barrister and consulted and worked for a number of charities and companies in PR and Marketing. She has a BA Hons in History, MSc Econs in International Relations and a Diploma in Law. She has a passion for art, gardening and history and was previously a Scout leader.

Year 6 (Ilanot) Teacher: Laura Proffitt

Laura has worked in Years 4, 5 and 6 at Eden and is in her 5th year of teaching. She is the full time Year 6 teacher this year. She has a degree in Ancient History, a Masters in Classics, a PhD in Ancient History and Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary Education and English. Previously she has worked as a lecturer and researcher and as a specialist in antiquities working in Auctioneering. She is responsible for the Humanities at Eden.

Paula Granger – Paula is a full time Eden teacher, currently on maternity leave. 

Lynsey Taylor

Genie Khmelnitski

 Artist: Laura Fox

Laura is an artist and educator who works in every class with the class teachers enabling the children to use creative languages and materials to deepen their learning across the curriculum. As an artist, she brings a unique set of skills and is committed to working across the school community to develop creativity and artistic skills in the school environment. Laura plays a leading role in embedding the inspiration and ideas of Reggio Emilia at Eden.  Laura has a Masters Degree in Art Education at the Institute of Education.

Hebrew Teacher: Eli Abu 

Eli Abu teaches Hebrew to all ages across the school. He joined Eden with a wealth of teaching experience last year having worked at Rosh Pinah Primary school for 15 years and before that at JFS.

SEN Teaching Assistant:  Grace Park

Grace joined Eden in 2017 and she supports children with SEN in Year 4. She has worked as an Early Years professional in both Seoul in South Korea and London for 15 years, and she holds a BA degree in Early Childhood Education. Eden is her third experience of working in Jewish schools and she values the ethos of Jewish school education highly.

Teaching Assistant, Reception (Garinim) and SEN TA, Year 2 (Shtillim): Lizzie Leusink

Lizzie joned Eden this year working in Shtillim as an SEN TA every morning and in Garinim in the afternoons. She has a degree in Spanish and Linguistics and has a wide variety of experiences supporting children in primary schools as a volunteer.

Teaching Assistant & School Meals Supervisory Assistant (SMSA): Justyna Krzychowiec

Justyna has worked at Eden for the last two years as an SEN Teaching Assistant and SMSA. This year she will work in Garinim/Reception every morning as the Teaching Assistant and will work in Shtillim as a SEN TA in the afternoons. She also works in the playground at lunchtime providing special educational needs support. Justyna has a BA in teaching English and a Masters degree in languages.

Teaching Assistant & Breakfast Club: Barbara Komlos

Barbara has worked at Eden for the last two years. This year she will work as a Teaching Assistant for four mornings in Shtillim and for one full day and three afternoons in Prachim (Year 5). Barbara has a background in media and experience in catering and will continue to work in the Breakfast Club and in Café Eden.

Teaching Assistant & Breakfast Club: Bina Yadav

Bina is a qualified teacher who will work in Shtillim this year providing Teaching Assistant and Special Educational Needs Support. Bina also works in the Breakfast Club. This will be her third year at Eden.


Jewish Song and Prayer Leader : Avivit Katzil

Avivit teaches Jewish song and prayer and supports the school’s various musical events and celebrations.

Security Officers:

Charlie Gungl

Chef: Martyne Burman

Martyne runs the catering company Cooking Crew, and is Head Chef managing a small team in the kitchen at Cafe Eden. She creates lunch menus which ensure that every child enjoys a tasty and nutritious lunch each day.

School Meals Supervisory Assistant: Raquel Mendez

Raquel works in Café Eden and the playground during the lunch break. She spent many years working in business before taking time off to bring up her two children.

School Meals Supervisory Assistant: Zsuzsanna Decsák

Zsuzsanna has recently joined Eden Primary but has been working in education both here and in her home country Hungary for several years. She works in Café Eden as a SMSA supporting a child with particular medical needs.