As Headteacher, I am very proud to welcome you to the Landmark International School website. Choosing a school for your son or daughter is not an easy task but I am sure as you explore the pages of this website you will receive a clear insight into the culture and ethos of Landmark.
For myself, education is my passion and I have had the privilege of living and working in a variety of countries and school settings, working in Hong Kong, Nepal, Wales and London before settling in Cambridge. After 24 years in teaching, the classroom is still the most inspiring and stimulating environment to work in. Directing students’ energy and enthusiasm and empowering them with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to be future global thinkers is what I love most. I encourage every one of my students to go into the world with the view that they can make a positive difference and be the critical thinkers willing to tackle the global challenges that lie ahead. My students’ talents, creativity and imaginations continue to be an inspiration and it is their reflections and successes that make teaching and managing so rewarding.
Paula is also the school’s SENDCo.
Mark is our Deputy Head, as well as CIE Teacher Trainer, Year 10 form tutor, and a teacher of History and Sport.
Mark studied for a Bachelor of Education at the University of South Africa before moving to Scotland to gain a masters degree in curriculum development with a focus on international perspectives.
Following this Mark taught in London at a variety of schools before moving to Cambridge to teach history and sport.
Mark is taking a sabbatical during the 2018/19 academic year. During this time he will be teaching in an international school in China. We are very much looking forward to hearing about his experience when he returns.
Mary is the Registrar of the Landmark School and is one of the Founders. She has worked as Head of Admissions in independent schools in Cambridge since 1998. She worked very closely with Dr Harriet Sturdy in setting up the Cambridge International School. The school opened in 2006 with 12 pupils and was at full capacity with 375 pupils when Mary left in 2015. Mary was also Careers Officer at CIS and is a qualified TEFL Teacher.
Sue Hilton-Taylor grew up in South Africa and attended Grahamstown University, where she studied for a BA in Physical Education and Maths. She also obtained a High Diploma in Education from Rhodes University.
Following some teaching in South Africa Sue studied for a Bachelor of Education at the University of Cape Town. Sue traveled extensively around South Africa before moving to the UK with her husband in the late 1990s.
After teaching in Cambridge and achieving wonderful results with her pupils, Sue became the founding Maths Teacher at Landmark. We are delighted to have a teacher with such experience, skill, integrity and humour.
Carine Bennett is delighted to be joining the Landmark team as Head of Primary and Class teacher for Bluebird. She graduated from Homerton college, Cambridge in 1997 where she studied teaching and drama. She has since taught in a variety of both state and independent schools. Carine has a passion for teaching and learning and loves getting to know and understand each and every child she teaches.
Carine loves to travel and spend time with her family in France, Slovenia and Croatia. She is a very sociable, happy and positive person who is very happy to be part of the wonderful Landmark community.
Ella has joined the Junior department teaching Toucan class. She completed her undergraduate degree at Sussex University studying Psychology. There she specialised in child mental health and educational psychology. Ella then undertook her teacher training at Cambridge University where she studied for her Primary PGCE.
Since graduating Ella has taught in a number of schools in Cambridgeshire and enjoys using the local area within her teaching. As well as the academic progress of each child Ella has a passion for nurturing each individual and caring for their well-being.
In her spare time Ella enjoys travelling, sewing and cooking.
Ella began her teaching career as a learning support assistant at CIS alongside many members of current Landmark staff. She is very pleased to be working with such fantastic team again.
Grace is our Specialist Science Teacher, having worked in Education since 2005 with a variety of roles in both independent and state schools. She regards teaching as a privilege as it enables her to combine sharing her passion for science education whilst working with students to develop self-confidence in their own ability, both academically and outside the classroom.
Birgit did her teacher training (English ESL and Geography for secondary schools) in Germany. She moved to Cambridge in 2005 with her husband, a zoologist, and their two young daughters. Since then, she has taught part-time in a range of educational settings, from state and independent primary schools to adult education, mostly teaching German and EAL but also other subjects.
She loves cycling to Landmark every week to teach German Mother Tongue, even on the windy and rainy days! Birgit loves other languages too, especially Spanish and French, and in her free time, likes to read, play chamber music with her violin, and go long distance walking and this summer, walked past the westernmost point of England, Land’s End, while doing part of the Southwest Coast Path in Cornwall.
Paul Fellows taught himself astronomy and built his own reflecting telescope in 1975, completing the O-level exam with a grade A aged 15.
He is now chair of the Cambridge Astronomical Association and co-presenter of the public observing season at the University of Cambridge leading the live outdoor shows (or giving indoor presentations when clouded-out!). These are aimed to appeal to people of all levels from the complete beginner who wants to know where to start, yet hopefully adding something even for the more knowledgeable.
He is also a regular on-ship lecturer for Cunard line, giving talks at sea on the Queen Mary II, the only ship with an on-board planetarium. He has a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Rebecca came into teaching after working in routine and research laboratories in Cambridge and in London. She found her true vocation after completing her PGCE in London and has since taught science subjects to GCSE and Biology to A-level in both state and private schools.
She knows through experience the vital importance of treating each pupil as an individual, and that there is so much more to education than academic achievement, crucial though that is.
She has a passion for natural history and has led and participated in local, national, and international field-trips.
Qingqing studied at China Agricultural University International College in Beijing and received a BA in Business Administration. She went on to the University of Bedfordshire in England to complete an MA in Applied Linguistics.
After graduation she worked for a time at an international travel company in London, and is now living in Cambridge with her husband and two children. She has been teaching Mandarin since 2011 at several schools in Cambridge, to a diversity of students, including primary, secondary, and university level, and also teaches professionals, writers, and academics. We think her passion for language instruction and her rich experience make her a fantastic teacher.
Emma is an Inclusion Manager and works as a Specialist Teacher. She has been in Learning Support for over 8 years now, working 1-1, within a class environment and also with small intervention groups. She is a CELTA qualified EAL teacher, Duke of Edinburgh Local Expedition Accredited and in her second year of a Certificate in Adlerian Counselling.
Tara teaches Eagle class (Years 5-6). She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Roehampton University specialising in Art & Design. Since then, Tara has taught in a variety of different environments including international schools in Greece and Germany. She is passionate about having a creative and happy classroom to support the progress of her students. In her spare time Tara loves being active, travelling and exploring Cambridge.
A teacher who inspires children to succeed in a range of country-wide language competitions. Known for his unique and good-humoured approach to language learning based on games and movement. With a deep, enduring love of Latin, he also enjoys teaching Spanish to his students.
Georgina Palfrey is a specialist teacher and is an Inclusion Manager here at Landmark. She is currently completing training in assessing students for exam access arrangements.
Georgie loves teaching and finds the 1:1 setting of specialist teaching a privilege. She loves watching her pupils grow in confidence as they build security in their skills.
She loves reading and travelling, and five years ago spent 7 weeks volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana with her husband and children. She would love to do more travelling in the future and dreams of touring around the US in a camper van.
Jo has joined the Junior and Senior departments as a part-time maths teacher and assessment/tracking co-ordinator. Having grown up in Suffolk, Jo completed her Bachelor of Applied Education and Mathematics degree at Oxford Brookes University before moving to Cambridgeshire to start her teaching career.
Jo has taught as a primary class teacher for over twenty five years in a wide range of school settings, teaching pupils across all phases. In addition, she has been able to develop her love of teaching maths by becoming a ‘Leading Maths Teacher’ for Cambridgeshire and then progressed to taking a secondment as a Primary Maths Consultant for the local authority. During that 18 month period, she enjoyed supporting, challenging and inspiring both pupils and teachers across many schools as well as lecturing students at Northampton University. On her return to the classroom she developed her leadership skills further as a deputy head.
Her hobbies include: sewing and embroidery, swimming and pilates. She also loves to spend time with her ‘grown-up’ family and dreams of travelling to New Zealand with them having toured part of Australia several years ago.
Penny Roche is our English teacher and brings a lifelong love of language and literature to the classroom. She is passionate about the power of stories to help us connect to ourselves and others, and the importance of helping students to become effective communicators. Having qualified in Australia in 2005, she has experience of working in state and private settings, both here and in Australia, and is enjoying a new journey with Landmark International School.
After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, Helen went traveling for a year through six different countries. She spent time in New Zealand teaching PE, and in Budapest as a primary school teacher, setting up a bilingual PE curriculum.
Back in the UK, she spent 5 years at a secondary school in Hertfordshire as a PE teacher and later a School Sports Co-coordinator and Outdoor Coordinator, responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Prior to the arrival of her two children, she was the International Coordinator at another private school in Cambridge, and organised many different cultural events with students from across the world.
Helen enjoys travel and hiking, having trekked the Inca trail in Peru and the mountains in Tanzania. She loves dancing and sport, and has played netball and hockey competitively for many years. She also loves to spend time with her family and introduce her girls to new adventures.
“I am so pleased to be joining the team at Landmark International School, allowing me to succeed well as both a mother and a teacher.”
Charlotte Smith (BA Hons, PGCE) has always loved languages and has been teaching French and Italian for 8 years. She has taught in a range of schools in Oxfordshire, Surrey and Cambridgeshire and most recently has introduced and coordinated a Mother Tongue language programme. She has helped with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and has a keen interest in music.
Lue teaches Music at Landmark, having previously taught Sociology, Philosophy and Criminology. After taking time out to have her daughter, Lue returned to the subject which is her true passion, music. Lue has Grade 8 Violin and Singing qualifications, both with distinction. She also plays the piano, the guitar, the recorder and the trumpet. Lue is passionate about wildlife and likes taking children on bug hunts. She has a certificate in counselling skills.
Heidi is our SENCO and Primary Maths Teacher
Having completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) in Australia, Heidi spent 5 years teaching there before moving to the UK in 2009. Heidi is currently completing a Level 5 Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and has gained extra qualifications in International Education through the International Teaching Certificate.
Having taught now for over 15 years in State and Independent schools both in the UK and Australia, Heidi’s passions centre around Special Educational Needs, English as an Additional Language and Maths education. The greatest part of her job is seeing children achieve their full potential in a fun and creative environment.
Heidi is a keen netballer and plays competitively for a local club in the Cambridgeshire County League. She also holds a Level 1 UK Coaching Certificate (netball) and enjoys developing young people into enthusiastic sports people.
Heidi is mum to 3 beautiful children and loves seeing them laugh and grow. She enjoys travelling to new places and eating good food with her family and close friends.
Tessa is delighted to teach History at Landmark. She started her career in UK state schools before fulfilling a childhood dream of teaching in Japan. After seven years at an international school in Tokyo, Tessa decided to return to Cambridge to take an MPhil in Education where her dissertation focussed on the cognitive effects of growing up bilingual. She then moved to an international school in London where she taught International Baccalaureate History and Theory of Knowledge. Recently she has undertaken freelance work in education but she is now excited to return to the classroom. She hopes students will find history a fascinating subject and will enjoy looking at local, national, regional and world history. She is particularly keen for students to develop skills in evaluating sources of historical knowledge as this also equips them to ask the right questions when reading contemporary sources of information. Inter-cultural understanding is at the heart of her teaching. Tessa holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.
Anna Tauwhare graduated from The Cambridge Partnership with a PGCert in Primary Education following her BA(Hons) degree, in Manchester, in The History of Art and Design. Before qualifying to become a Teacher, Anna worked as a Classroom Assistant and Individual Child Support Assistant at the Cambridge International School. During this time, Anna became passionate about supporting children to develop new knowledge and skills through a love of learning.
Anna’s other passions are running and mountain hiking which she enjoys doing in and outside of the UK.
Wade has taught Art & Photography for 9 years. After completing his BA in Lens in Digital Media he stayed at University working in the department of Photography. Prior to commencing his career as a teacher he was based in California and worked as a freelance photographer, specialising in high profile events such as the Oscars and Golden Globes. Wade was motivated to move into teaching to share his experiences with students and help them reach their potential.
Mrs Paula Elliott
Mr Mark Longbottom (on sabbatical academic year 18/19)
Mrs Sue Hilton-Taylor
Head of Curriculum
Mrs Mary Greer
Ms Lisa Raspopovich
Mrs Carine Bennett
Head of Primary Years
|Lenaik Baron||French mother tongue||BA English, Masters, Early Years Dip|
Kingfisher Class Teacher
|B.Ed Hons (Cambridge)|
Toucan Class Teacher
|Qingqing Guo Chang||Mandarin Teacher||Diploma in Higher Education (Business)|
BA Hons Business Administration,
MA Applied Linguistics (Beds)
SENCO & Maths
Science, Form Tutor
|BA Teaching & Psychology|
BSc Hons (Leeds), PGCE (Essex),
|Paula Elliott||Geography, Headteacher,||BA Hons (Univ Coll Wales), PGCE (Univ Coll Wales),|
TEFL Dip British Council (Hong Kong)
|Birgit Federle||German mother tongue teacher||QTS and Zweite Staatsprüfung für die Laufbahn des höheren Schuldienstes an Gymnasien|
|Paul Fellows||Astronomy Teacher||MA (Cantab) Natural Sciences|
|Rebecca Gibbs||Science, Form Tutor||BSc Hons (de Montfort University), PGCE (London)|
|Sue Hilton-Taylor||Mathematics||BA Hons (S. Africa) Higher Diploma in Education (Rhodes University S.Africa)|
B.Ed (Cape Town, SA)
|Emma Howlett||Inclusion Manager||BA Hons (Wolverhampton) CELTA, Cambridge Regional College|
Certificatein Adlerian Counselling
|Tara Leeson||Eagle Class Teacher||BA Hons, Primary Education|
|Mark Longbottom||History, Form Tutor, Deputy Head||B.Ed (University of South Africa)|
M.Sc (University of Edinburgh)
Spanish and Latin, Form Tutor
|BA Hons (Bristol)|
D of E Accredited Assessor
NVQ Level 3 Expedition Leadership
|Georgie Palfrey||Inclusion Manager||BSc Psychology and Social Studies|
Level7 OCR Diploma in Special Educational Needs
|Year 2/3 Robin Class||BCert in Education|
BA Hons in History of Art
Maths Teacher, Tracking/Assessment Coordinator
|Penny Roche||English||BA Hons (Open University)|
Grad Dip Ed, Western Australia
|Helen Seabourne||PE||BA in Physical Education with QTS|
|Charlotte Smith||French, Form Tutor||BA Hons (Durham), PGCE (Oxford)|
|Jo Vincent|| Teaching Assistant||National Certificate of Childhood Nursing|
|Susan Wakes-Miller||Teaching Assistant||NNEB, Adv Dip Childcare|
|Lue Wilson||Music||BA Hons MA, PhD all Univ of Sheffield|
Cert. Counselling CRC (AQA)
|Wade Yuill||Art, Media and Photography||BA in digital media|
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