Mrs Julie Lewis - Head of St Nicholas House
I have lived in Brecon for 20 years, but was brought up in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. I studied in the University of Wales and spent the first six years of my career teaching in Merthyr Tydfil. With a young family, I decided to move closer to home and started working for Powys Local Education Authority and it was here that I spent 14 years of my career. Before joining Christ College as Head of Juniors in January 2014, I was Acting Head Teacher of a local Primary School, where I also taught Year 5/6 classes so I have a wealth of experience in developing, supporting and inspiring children. With over 20 years in the teaching profession I believe I effectively use the skills learned in my career to lead a successful and high quality Junior School at Christ College with the best possible team.I am married with two children, both of whom attended Christ College as senior pupils. I have lots of interests out of school, but my main interests are running, cooking and taming my garden! I am delighted to hold the privileged position of Head of Juniors at Christ College Brecon. This is an extremely exciting and successful addition to the school and I am thrilled to be part of it.
Mr Graeme Kerr - Teacher
Until the age of 10, I lived in a small mining village in Scotland where I gained a good sense of family and community. I then moved to rural Somerset where I trained as an agricultural engineer. From there on I have enjoyed a number of careers including banking and accountancy. Music is a passion of mine and it was when I started teaching piano that I realised that teaching is where my future lay! I then decided, with great support from my wife, to retrain as a teacher, studying at the University of Wales, Newport. Since then I did a year of supply work, which gave me a good grounding in a range of different age groups and environments, before spending the last 5 years at a high performing state school. It is here that I have been given the opportunity to develop my skills further in a broad range of curriculum areas. I believe that this, combined with my own experiences and interests, allows me to give pupils a well rounded education both personally and educationally. At St Nicholas I am the current Year 5 teacher with responsibility for Maths, ICT and provision for the more able and talented. I am thrilled to have joined Christ College at the start of the St Nicholas House journey.
Miss Alexandra Hallinan - Teacher
I grew up in West London and moved to West Herefordshire in 2005. I began teaching in 2003 and over the years I have taught in both large urban primary schools and small rural ones.
Being a part of the development of St Nicholas House has been such an exciting opportunity and I am honoured to be teaching the oldest of our pupils in Year 6. Having always wanted to work with children, I studied Psychology at University. With plans to follow a career in Educational Psychology, I completed my PGCE 12 years ago and have remained in the classroom ever since! It is where I love to be and where I feel I am at my best.
The ethos of a small school is very special and I believe that the opportunities and experiences it can provide are exceptional. My own particular passions include singing and language teaching. I also lead Literacy, Religious Education and French at St Nicholas. Singing is a very important part of life in St Nicholas. I have had some wonderful moments leading our choir and am well known for dancing and crying whilst conducting! It is a pleasure to teach the children of St Nicholas House and to watch them fulfil their potential both personally and academically.
Miss Jessica Brunsden-Brown - Teacher
I was brought up in Cornwall until I moved to Wales in 2007 to complete University studies in Swansea. As my dad is in the Navy I was given the opportunity to have an independent education and boarded from the age of six.
I understand first hand the benefits and opportunities that independent schooling can provide, both inside and outside the classroom.
I have always been a keen sportswoman and my experience in coaching children netball led me to pursue a career in teaching. Prior to completing my PGCE I was a teaching assistant in a comprehensive school in Swansea and PPA cover teacher specialising in PE and Art. Fortunately I have the opportunity to lead these subjects at St Nicholas House. Once qualified, I was employed by a secondary school in Merthyr Tydfil. During this post I taught Literacy in a range of feeder primary schools and English to Key Stage 3 pupils. This provided me with invaluable experience of teaching across all ages. At St Nicholas House I teach the Year 4 pupils.
My hobbies include netball, swimming, reading and art. I also enjoy walking and you may find me lost somewhere in the Brecon Beacons on a rainy Sunday afternoon!
I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to transfer my own positive schooling and boarding experience to the children here in St Nicholas House. I believe that this combined with the teaching skills I have developed enable me to be a mentor to the children both on a personal and academic level in order to deliver a well-rounded and supportive education.
Mrs Jo Gardner - Classroom Assistant
Although born in Scotland and having lived in various areas of the British Isles, I finally settled in Llangynidr more than 20 years ago.
Both my husband and daughter work in an educational setting, while my son is an electrician.
Throughout my career children have been the key focus. Previous positions include paediatric nurse, foster parent, childminder, youth worker and a higher level teaching assistant.
Hobbies include walking, travelling and cycling.