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Meet the staff

Eden Primary Staff: 2021 – 22 

Senior Leadership Team

Head Teacher: Jo Sassienie – see Meet our Head Teacher page

Deputy Head Teacher: Helen Graff

Helen is an experienced teacher and school leader with a particular passion for Science, who joined Eden in February 2016. 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 a Deputy 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. She is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.  This year she is teaching in Year 6 and Year 2 and has a wider role leading learning in every class.

Inclusion Leader: Meera Pow

Meera joined Eden in December 2020 as SENCo and Inclusion Lead and member of the Senior Leadership Team, having taught in Haringey schools for the past 4 years. Meera previously worked in retail as a fashion buyer, and changed career paths to complete a SEND route PGCE at UCL Institute of Education which fuelled her passion for working with children with SEND. This led her to undertake the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination at UCL Institute of Education in 2019 and move into the role of SENCo and Inclusion Lead.

School Business Manager: Deniz Ozturk (Maternity Leave from Feb 2022)

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.


Support Team

School Admissions and Administration: Andrea Collett

Andrea joined Eden in 2014 and is the School Administrator with responsibility for admissions, as well as supporting the Senior Leadership Team,  parents, children and staff.  After a career as a BBC and Channel 4 TV producer in documentaries and social action programming she managed a clinical mental health charity in Haringey.   She has been a primary school governor, and is active in Jewish voluntary and educational work, including running workshops in schools and as a community ambassador for Jewish Women’s Aid.  Andrea studied Drama and Theatre Arts at London University (New College of Speech of Drama) and holds the University of London DipDA.

Administrative Assistant: Tsvetelina Miteva

This is Lina’s third 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.

Teaching Staff 

Reception – Garinim (Seeds) Teacher:  Yifat Johnson (Maternity Leave Spring Term 2022)

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.   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 and is the KS1 and EYFS Phase Leader.

Reception – Garinim (Seeds) Teacher:  Kayleigh Blackburn (Maternity Cover):

Year 1 – Shorashim (Roots) Teachers: Paula Granger, 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 seventh year at Eden.

Year 2 -Shtillim (Shoots) Teacher: Michelle Webb

Michelle joined Eden in September 2021. Michelle has a BSc (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies and a PGCE in Primary Education. She has experience of working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs, previously managing a Children’s Service within Norwood.  Michelle has many years of experience teaching across the primary ages and particularly in Early Years and KS1. She enjoys engaging the children using creativity and active learning. She was a finalist for a PAJES Innovative Teacher Award in 2016. Michelle also gives of her time to a community charity as a trustee.

 Year 3 – Anafim (Branches) 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.

Year 4 -Nitzanim (Buds) Frankie Stubbs

Frankie joined Eden in September 2019 having previously been Jewish Studies Coordinator and training in year 3 at Clore Shalom Primary School. She completed the Schools Direct programme at LSJS. She has a passion for Jewish Education and youth work having grown up in the Reform Youth Movement and worked for the Reform Synagogues. She is very excited to be teaching Nitzanim for the third year. She also holds responsibility for PSHE and RSE.

Year 5 -Prachim (Flowers) Teacher: Daniel Shaul-Burkeman


Year 6 – Alonim (Oak Trees)  Teacher: Laura Proffitt

Laura is in her 6th year of teaching and  has worked in Years 4, 5 and 6 at Eden.  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.

Studio Teacher: 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 from 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.

Teaching Assistant: Justyna Krzychowiec

Justyna has worked at Eden as a Teaching Assistant, SMSA and supporting children with SEN across the school since 2014. Justyna is currently working full-time as a Higher Teaching Assistant in Garinim -Reception. She also works in the playground at lunchtime. Justyna has a BA in teaching English as a Foreign Language, a MA degree in Translation and a MSc in Management and Marketing.

Teaching Assistant & Breakfast Club: Barbara Komlos

Barbara has worked at Eden for the last seven years. This year she will continue to work as a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 2.    Barbara has a background in media and experience in catering.  She has completed the ELSA training course and supervision sessions and is a certified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.

Teaching Assistant and SMSA: Zsuzsanna Decsak

Zsuzsanna joined Eden Primary in September 2016 working in Café Eden supporting a child with particular medical needs. She had previously been working in education in Budapest and London for several years. She has a Masters degree in Russian Language and Literature from University of Pécs, Hungary and CACHE Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Zsuzsanna currently works as a Teaching Assistant in Year 1 and in Year 2 and as a School Meals Supervisory Assistant with diabetes care in Café Eden.​

 SEN Teaching Assistant:  Grace Park

Grace joined Eden in 2017 and she supports children with SEN in Years 3 and 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, Breakfast Club and After School Provision (ASP):  Lucie Chromkova

This is Lucie’s fourth year as a teaching assistant at Eden, having previously worked as a volunteer reading and working with children in key stage 1.  She currently works in Year 4 and Year 6. She is studying Psychology for Education at Birkbeck University and has completed introductory training in Adverse Childhood Experiences.    Lucie worked as a summer camp leader in the Czech Republic for four years and came to the UK to study and work as an au pair and with children.​

 Teaching Assistant and After School Provision (ASP): Azania Hammond-Dallas

Azania joined Eden in  March 2018, she works 1-1 as a TA.  Eden is her first school setting though she has 10 years experience working with children and young people with a range of ages and learning abilities by using performing arts and media to engage and express self and ideas. Azania has always had a passion for working with young people and helping them to reach their highest ability. She is currently working in Year 3 and Year 4 as well as in After School provision.

Premises and Security 

Premises Manager: (On sabbatical from March 2022)) 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.  Moses was given a special award in recognition of excellence in support staff in schools from PaJes (Partnerships for Jewish Schools).

Premises Manger (Cover) : Charlie Gungl

Charlie has worked as our senior security guard at Eden since 2011, before the school fully opened. He comes from Hungary where he qualified as a book-keeper and security guard in 1995.  His wide ranging knowledge and experience is crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of the entire Eden community, the building, the children, staff, parents and other visitors.  From March 2022 he is our Premises Manager while Moses is on sabbatical.

Catering at Eden: Caterplus

Our lunches are provided by Caterplus, a national company who work with a number of Jewish schools.  The team at Eden is lead by Head Chef Ewa.  They aim to ensure that all children have a healthy, satisfying and enjoyable lunch, served family style. Freshly cooked meals are provided every day, cooked on site and catering to all dietary requirements.  There are meat and vegetarian menus as well as additional bread, salad and fruit.