Meet our educators

Meet our educators

Nimrod Evron

Lead Teacher

Nimrod graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Education and teaching qualifications from a program specialising in Critical Pedagogy. He obtained an MA in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck, University of London in 2015. Born in Israel, he has been a peace and social justice activist from a young age. He lived and volunteered in an ecological farm before deciding to learn education.
Nimrod taught for seven years in a democratic school in Israel. While teaching, he trained in Project Based Learning at the Institute for Democratic Education. He has taught classes from primary to sixth form, and, with the students, built and invented his own classes, such as Detectives in History, Myth Breaking and Kid’s Philosophy. He was head of the middle school and the mentoring program, before leaving for London. There he taught in a primary school, continued to teach with a focus on theme learning and project based learning. 

Other than being a teacher, he has volunteered for ten years in a hotline for distressed youth, helped run a collective “infoshop” and community center, was part of a creative writing group and got involved in different campaigns for social justice. He has initiated and facilitated youth groups for critical thought, helped organise for eight years an annual summer camp for youth activism and has been a guest speaker in Universities on education, media, gender and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Liva is a teacher of Maths and Science with a PGCE in Secondary Science.  She completed her teaching degree in 2007 at Canterbury Christ Church University.  Originally from Denmark, Liva moved to the UK from the United States 13 years ago for an MSc in Primate Conservation.  Before teaching, she worked as a monkey veterinary technician in the US, conducted her Masters research on crop-raiding macaques in Indonesia, and helped to run a volunteer expedition conducting wildlife surveys in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  After a couple of years of teaching in secondary school as a Science and Spanish teacher, she heard the call of the wild again and travelled for a year through Mexico and Central America and volunteered in a secondary school in Mexico.  She has worked for an independent school in the Rochdale area for over 5 years now and teaches Maths and Science, among other subjects, to a wide range of ages and abilities.

Liva Hansen

Science and Maths Teacher

Liva has practiced ashtanga yoga for over 16 years, and originally began her meditation practice through yoga and hypnobirthing.  She is now particularly interested in the use of mindfulness and meditation in education and how it can foster confidence and positive thinking as well as aid learning.  She has two daughters aged 5 and 1 and a dog named Patch.

Emma Dennis

Teacher and Project Development

Emma graduated in 2005 with a BA Hons Degree in Acting and Performance from Salford University. She moved swiftly into teaching Performing Arts and qualified as a teacher in 2007. Emma spent the next 12 years within secondary education in both Leeds and Doncaster before leaving teaching to home educate her daughter. More recently she worked as a part time primary teacher in a Montessori Elementary School before joining us here!

Emma is passionate about life long learning and is committed to exploring and learning about different approaches to education. She is committed to facilitating personal and inspiring learning experiences for her daughter and the children she works with.

Emma has many interests but is currently developing her understanding of permaculture, Buteyko breath work and restorative yoga.

Gemma graduated from Bretton Hall with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies in 2003 and went on to work in Theatre for several years. Always having a desire to teach, she worked as a Teaching Assistant and Special Needs Support Assistant as well as teaching Art before gaining a place on the Graduate Teacher Programme. In 2011, she graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. She gained employment at the same school in which she was trained and taught KS2 before leaving to become a mum. Instead of returning to teaching she chose to home educate her children which revealed a passion for self directed learning. Over the last few years Gemma has been researching autonomous, democratic education.

Gemma Phelan

7-10 yrs Class Teacher

Natalie Rees

7-10 yrs Class Teacher/Art Teacher

Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Limerick in 2001, and has since worked with children and families across a wide range of backgrounds and needs in both Ireland and the UK. Her roles have included: classroom teaching, Key Stage 2 SATs’ boosters and interventions, 1:1 special needs’ teaching, and she also owned and managed a Kumon English & Maths private tuition franchise in Leeds for a number of years. Natalie has additional post-graduate qualifications in Play & Creative Arts Therapy from Leeds Beckett University, and works part-time as a therapist (accredited register) in Bradford schools, incorporating a Jungian approach through a toolkit that includes: miniature worlds, sand trays, puppets, movement, music, art, clay, sensory play, creative visualisation and therapeutic story.

In 2009, Natalie obtained an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester and she is actively involved with local poetry groups.

Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Originally from the US, she moved to the UK 6 years ago in order to continue her education. In 2015, she went on to gain a PgDip in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. Since then she has worked at a variety of outdoor and environmental education centres throughout England and Wales.

Outside of her main work during the past few years, Megan has assisted on an archaeological project in Peru, helped lead a team of international volunteers undertaking practical conservation works in Iceland, and had her nature and travel writing featured by several online and print publications. In addition to experiential learning, she is passionate about supporting and empowering others as they learn and grow.

Megan Ramirez

Teaching Assistant

Anisha Mistry

Art Teacher

After completing a PGCE in Secondary Art & Design from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012, Anisha has been teaching Art & Design in secondary schools in Folkestone and Bradford. Anisha’s skills and knowledge in Art & Design practice range from drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles and ceramics, she has taught all year groups including A-Level. Anisha draws influence and experience from a wide range of sources to aid her teaching practice and in particular likes to visit galleries and museums, her favourite place to visit is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Anisha studied a BA Hons in Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art & Design where she became a natural at slip casting tableware and decorative ceramic surface design. Before beginning the PGCE, Anisha took a few months out to volunteer for the Kamla Foundation a charity that helps disadvantaged women and children in Tamil Nadu, India. During her time in India, Anisha worked on programmes to empower women of all ages as well as teaching creative English lessons in the schools to you children.

 Anisha’s main creative role models as a child were her grandfathers, one a carpenter the other a tailor. She firmly believes these early influences shaped her ability to learn a diverse set of skills that continue to aid her teaching practice to this day. In her spare time Anisha enjoys sewing and cooking, she is a huge fan Lego and loves to go to the theatre and cinema.

Meet our founder

Anil Sarna

Learning Community Founder

Anil Sarna founded our learning community in 2015. He’s a Spanish and Italian teacher, yoga and meditation instructor and shiatsu therapist. He has been involved in international educational projects for more than 20 years and currently leads a project in the process of building a primary school for 400 children in the village of Bhandarjhud near Rishikesh in India. He has launched and directed two languages schools in Spain and in the UK. He speaks five languages and is the father of two grown-up children.

Place of Birth: Coventry, Warwickshire.

 

School Projects:

India. I initiated a service project in India to build a primary school with Oakham School in association with the Doon School, Dehradun, India. Together in a village called Bhandarjhud 50km from Dehradun we are working on every aspect of the school from the actual  creation of the building to the staffing and fundraising. The school will have daily meditation practice integrated into the syllabus as well as community service and yoga. Since 2013 we have been taking sixth form students to work at the school. Since 2014 we have raised a total of £40,000 for the project.

Morocco. I have lead a service expedition to Morocco with a group of year 12 students, from 2011-14 to support a nomad school in the Sahara desert. The project was started at Oakham School. Over the years we took 56 students out to the project, raising more than £50,000 to fully support the school.