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Angela Blackett has been teaching for over fifteen years. She has worked with all age groups from Nursery to J4 and gained professional experience while living in England, as a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher as well as Head of Subject/Department for Mathematics, Early Years, Key Stage One, Assessment, Curriculum, and Gifted and Talented.

Angela gained her B. Ed. (Hons) and qualified as a teacher at Goldsmith's University of London and has enjoyed teaching in a variety of primary schools, culminating in her current experience as Principal at St. Gabriel's School. Angela runs the St. Gabriel's School Boys' Choir and enjoys singing, reading and Bible Study.

Junior Department

Alexina Chandler was born in London, England and moved to Barbados when she was 5 years old. She attended St. Gabriel's School and is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where she gained a B.Sc in Sociology and Psychology and later, an M. Phil in Education. Alexina has a special interest in working with children who need learning support and is currently the Head of Department and class teacher for Junior learning support. Alexina is the past Brown Owl of the Brownie pack at school and works with her Sunday School at church. Alexina holds the position of acting Head of the Junior Department. She has two school aged children - two past students of St. Gabriel's. Alexina enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and reading.

Annabelle Thornton received her primary and secondary schooling in her native Trinidad. Her tertiary education was obtained at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and Mount St. Vincent (Canada) via Erdiston Teachers. Training College. Annabelle holds a Masters degree in Special Education and has a special interest in child psychology and teaching mathematics. She has been teaching for over fifteen years and still remarks on how much she is enjoying it. Her children are former students of St Gabriel"s School. She enjoys travelling, dancing and "working-out" at the gym.

Tamara Baptiste's love for children propelled her to pursue a career in teaching. Her journey as a teacher began at St. Gabriel's School in 2004 as a Teaching Assistant (part-time) assisting the Middle and Top Infant's classes. She successfully completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in Management with Psychology at The University of the West Indies and later also gained a certificate in Early Childhood part I at the Erdiston Teachers. Training College. She also holds an Associate Degree in Mass Communications and a certificate in Special Education. Tamara then took up a full time position as a Teaching Assistant. She taught the students of the J3 and J4 Learning Support class. She greatly enjoys working with children who need learning support and has developed a keen interest in the area of Special Education. Currently Mrs Baptiste is the teacher of the Junior 2 class. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, listening to 80's music and interior decorating. 

Annabel Collymore was born in Barbados. She offered her services to St Gabriel's School for the year immediately preceding her 4 years study at teacher training college in England and enjoyed the atmosphere so much, that it seemed only natural to take up a position there on her return as a fully qualified teacher. She obtained her Teaching Certificate from Bishop Otter College, Chichester and was subsequently invited to return to study for her B. Ed. at the same college in conjunction with the University of Sussex. Annabel enjoys working with children on a daily basis and proclaims that her choice of career, although challenging, can never be described as boring or mundane. She also enjoys reading, swimming, photography and walking.

Denise Gilkes graduated with a B. Ed. from the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba Canada. For the next eight years she worked in grade levels from Nursery to Grade Twelve (ages 4 to 18). While teaching, she was also involved with the City of Winnipeg At Risk Youth Drop-In-In Centres which were located in many areas of the city.

In 2004, she moved to Barbados and worked for another private school for a year. In 2005, Denise joined the staff at St. Gabriel's School.

Joylyn Inniss joined the St. Gabriel's staff in September, 2002. Before that, she had spent nine years teaching at the secondary level in Guyana, her native land, and three years as a Spanish teacher at the Sunland Lutheran School, Freeport, Grand Bahama (Bahamas). Joylyn served as head of the Foreign Language Department in several schools in Guyana and at Sunland Lutheran School, she developed a Spanish Curriculum for the Nursery, Kindergarten and Elementary Departments while teaching at these levels.

She earned her B.Ed. from Columbus University, (USA) and her M.Ed. from the University of Southern Queensland, (Australia).

Joylyn is active in her church organisation including serving as a Children Ministries Leader, Chaplain and Counsellor of the Adventurer Club. Outside of her professional interests, she travels widely, reads, and loves to create crafts.

Ross Baird is a teaching assistant working with junior students.  Mr.Baird has a B.Sc. Accounting degree from the University of the West Indies. He loves teaching children, and working with a team towards a common goal.

Hobbies include: playing/watching football, watching documentaries, kitchen gardening.

Mrs Judy Reid is a Born Again Believer. She is married, has two children and four grand children.
She has a Diploma in Montessori Education,Certificate in Child Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Special Needs and Teaching Dyslexic Pupils.
She joined St Gabriel's School in January 2000 as a Teaching Assistant in the juniors, then became a J1 Teacher for 8 years. After that she taught in the Infant Department as a Top Infant Teacher before returning to J1 where she is currently teaching.
Judy enjoys spending time with her family, entertaining and traveling.

Kelah Straker was born, educated and trained in Barbados. She has completed a degree in Psychology and Education at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, worked as a volunteer at the Learning Centre and has been trained by two psychologists to work with students with special needs. Kelah has always wanted to work with children and found working with the very young children at St Gabriel's particularly fulfilling. Kelah is currently a J1 teacher. 


Kirsty Lashley joined the teaching staff at St. Gabriel's in 1999 when she relocated from England to Barbados. She gained her teaching qualification, a B. Ed.(hons), from Birmingham University, specialising in Art. She also has undertaken some specialised training in Special Needs Education. Kirsty taught the lower Junior (J1 & J2) Learning Support class for ten years, J1 mainstream for 4 years and is currently teaching one of the J4 classes. She has two school aged sons both past scholars of the school.

Margaret Williams received her education in the U.K. where she taught for eleven years before coming to Barbados (land of her father). For the last seven of those years she was Head of Music at Creighton School, now called Fortismere in North London. She has taught music at St. Gabriel's since 1992 and then became a full member of staff as a J1 teacher in 2008.

Margaret was company manager for Stage One Theatre Productions for twenty years and still co-ordinates their annual Theatre Arts workshop, Youth on Stage, which is in its twenty-eighth year. She has two children, both alumni of St Gabriel's. She enjoys a broad spectrum of the arts, reading and loves the BBC World Service

Sonia Dolphin was born in Guyana where she received her primary and secondary education. She later moved to live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and studied at the University of Guelph. She moved with her family to Barbados in 1981.

Sonia has a Diploma in Montessori Education and taught at Happy Vale Montessori School. She was also Deputy Headmistress and teacher at Anka Montessori School, Barbados. Sonia has a Diploma in Special Needs Education from the Erdiston Teachers' Training College and a Certificate in Sign Language. She joined the staff of St Gabriel's School in 1995 and has taught in the Learning Support and the J2 Mainstream classes. She has also done individual learning support and is presently teaching class three.

Sonia enjoys traveling, reading, swimming and interacting with children.

Hazel Rose-Guthrie received her primary and secondary education in Barbados and is presently pursuing a degree in psychology at U.W.I Cave Hill Campus. She has been working with children for over 7 years. Hazel is also a trained Radio Broadcaster with ten years experience in public speaking and news reading and enjoys coaching children in public speaking. She enjoys dance and is not only a past student of the Barbados Dance Theatre but also a NIFCA bronze medal awardee. She volunteers as an Assistant Instructor for church groups, producing short plays or skits that incorporate mime and basic sign language. Hazel presently works in the Junior Department


 

 

Infant Department
Debra Trotman was born in Barbados where she completed her Primary and Secondary education at St Angela's and St. Ursula's Schools respectively. She studied at The Academy of Commerce and Technical College in Barbados where she earned a diploma in Business and Secretarial studies. Later, she decided on a career in education. Debra trained to be a teacher at St. Nicholas College in London, England and at Erdiston Teachers Training College in Barbados. Debra has taught children from ages 3 to 7 years old and joined the staff at St. Gabriel's in 1994. She holds the position of Head of the Infant Department. Debra enjoys travelling and is an avid reader.
Cynthia Luke received her primary and secondary education in Barbados and her qualification in Early Childhood Education from Erdiston Teachers’ Training College where she also completed courses in Special Needs and Classroom Management. Cynthia joined the St. Gabriel’s staff as a Teaching Assistant in 1999 and has worked across the entire Infants’ age range. She enjoys working with children to help them achieve their full potential. Cynthia enjoys drawing and painting.

Sally Steel was born in Barbados and started her schooling here at St. Gabriel’s.

At age 16 she went to England to complete her secondary education and decided to pursue a degree in teaching, gaining a B. Ed. After qualifying as a teacher she completed a diploma in Management and Administration.

On returning to Barbados in 1983, Sally began her teaching career at St. Gabriel’s. During her many years at the school she has taught all age groups within the Infant department and in addition has acted as Head of the Department for two years. Sally still continues to enjoy teaching in the Infant department.

Sally has two grown up children who both attended St. Gabriel’s before moving on to Government Secondary Schools.

She enjoys travelling, reading and learning of the exploits of the many children who have passed through her classrooms.

Edith Moise joined the St. Gabriel’s staff as a Teaching Assistant in 2002. She has worked in all of the classes within the Infants’ Department and continues to enjoy her duties. Edith is responsible for the Music programme in the Infant Department. Her musical involvement is however not limited to the Infants but also includes the Junior 4 students. In addition she is the director of the school’s Mixed Choir, and is responsible for the Recorder and the Music Club beginners groups. Edith received her primary and secondary education in Barbados and her training through Erdiston Teachers’ Training College where she completed the ‘Pre-Erdiston In-Training Programme), the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, (Grades 1 – 8 theory and aural). Edith continues her love of music outside of the school as a member of the Myriad Singers of Barbados and as Choir Mistress at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church and Ann Gill Methodist (Youth Choir).

Simone St. Hill was educated at Merrivale private school, Combermere Secondary School and the Barbados Community College. She then studied for a Bachelor of Science degree in Management at the University of the West Indies graduating with Honours in 1995.

After pursuing a career in banking for 10 years, she decided to fulfil a lifelong desire to teach by completing a Canadian Montessori Teaching Diploma in 2002. Simone taught in a private Montessori school in the British Virgin Islands for 2 years before relocating to Barbados where she continued teaching, joining the staff of St. Gabriel’s in 2006.

Two of her three children have graduated from St. Gabriel’s and one is presently enrolled here. When time permits, Simone enjoys travelling, photography, scrapbooking and tennis.

Gloria Hollingsworth received her primary and secondary education in Barbados and her qualification in Early Childhood Education from Erdiston Teachers’ Training College. She also completed the Youth and Counselling Course from the U.W.I Open Campus. She joined the staff as a teaching assistant in 1982 and has worked in each of the different age groups within the Infant department. She continues to enjoy working with her young charges.

Gloria is also an active leader for the youth and is in charge of the Sunday School programme at her church. She has recently completed a Youth and Leadership course, the purpose of which was to better equip her to relate to and cater to the needs of our youth.

Natalie Linton was born in Barbados and has a long connection with St. Gabriel’s School. Her mother was one of St. Gabriel’s first pupils and not only did Natalie complete her primary education there, but one of her daughters is currently a St. Gabriel’s student. After completing her secondary education at St. Winifred’s School, Natalie studied in London, England, for a Montessori teaching diploma. While in London she worked at a Montessori school and continued her studies for a diploma in the teaching of dyslexic children. After her return to Barbados in 1996, Natalie took up a temporary position at St. Gabriel’s teaching children with learning difficulties. She worked at the Dyslexia Centre for four years and in a Montessori school before returning to St. Gabriel’s in 2001 as a Reception teacher. She currently teaches in the Infant Department.
Tennille Bovell received her primary and secondary education in Barbados. She attended the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College where she completed both Level one and two in Early Childhood Education. She joined the St. Gabriel’s staff as a Teaching Assistant in 2009 and has been working in the Infants Department. Tennille has assisted with early morning and after school supervision.
Olivia Clermont was born and raised in Barbados. She attended the Ursuline Convent School from four years of age and graduated in the year of 2007. Olivia attended The Erdiston Teachers Training College and is qualified in the Early Childhood Education. She completed the Hanen Parent Program for children with social communication difficulties with Louise Frazer and Nina Lashley. She also taught at Peter Pan Nursery for six years. Olivia's favourite sport is Swimming, she swam competitively for a few years and at the age of fifteen she became a swimming coach and this is where her love for teaching children began. 

Nadia Seale has been teaching since 2005. She has  taught children from ages five to ten years old. After completing her secondary education at Combermere School she attended the Barbados Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Science- Chemistry, Physics and Biology. She also attended the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Upper Second Class Honours) and a Masters Degree in Educational  Psychology (Distinction). She also has a diploma in Education with distinction in the theory and practice of Education from Erdiston Teachers' Training College.

Karen McGuire trained in England at Froebel College, London, where she gained her B. Ed. Her first job was at a Nursery school in East London. After two years she went on to open a new Nursery unit in a primary school nearby. She also taught a mixed Reception/Middles class while training a new teacher to work in the nursery. She then moved back to Barbados, her country of birth, with her husband and young daughter and began teaching at St. Gabriel’s school. Her children, three daughters and a son all attended St Gabriel’s. Karen taught Middle and Top Infants for many years. In 2009 she was invited by the Principal to plan the setting up of a Nursery class. The St. Gabriel’s Nursery Class opened in September 2011 with Karen as the first teacher in charge. When she is not at school you can find her on the tennis court.

Amanda Parris received her primary and secondary education in Barbados and while working at St. Gabriel’s School as a Teaching Assistant is studying for a BSc. in Computer Science at the University of the West Indies.

Amanda joined the St. Gabriel’s staff in 2008 working first in a Middle Infant class before recently joining the Nursery team.

She enjoys surfing the internet and volleyball.

Sadie Maynard was born, educated and trained in Barbados and joined the staff at St. Gabriel’s School in September 2016 as a teaching assistant. She has successfully completed Early Childhood Education both Level 1 and Level 2 and the Certificate in the Teachers’ Introductory Programme at Erdiston Teachers’ College. In addition, she has also completed an Associate Degree in Applied Arts- Psychology and a Bachelor of Science- Psychology with Sociology (Upper Second Class Honours) at the Barbados Community College and the University of the West Indies- Cave Hill Campus, respectively.

Sadie was a previous Nursery Aide at the All Saints Nursery School and previously volunteered at the St. Gabriel’s School. She is also the current Sunday School Superintendent at her church.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Justine Wood was born and educated in Montreal, Canada and is bi-lingual. She started living in Barbados and teaching at St. Gabriel’s School in 2001 as a Top Infant teacher. Her training in Special Education at the University of Montreal led her to her acting in the role of Learning Support teacher in the Infant Department for a number of years. She has since returned to the role of Top Infants teacher. She is married with two children and enjoys going to the beach and dancing.

Amanda James grew up in England and studied at Brighton University - School of Education. There she acquired a Certificate in Primary Education and a B A Honours in Professional studies in Learning and Development.

Amanda started teaching at St Gabriel's School in September 2013 as the new Learning Support Teacher for the infant department. She has a real passion for teaching and finds teaching extremely rewarding.

Amanda loves to read, goes to live concerts and relaxes by the sea.

Emily Kellman was born in Barbados and joined the staff at St.Gabriel’s in September 2014 as a teaching assistant in the Nursery Class. After receiving her primary and secondary education at St. Winifred’s School, Emily worked as a teaching assistant at St. Patrick’s RC Primary School, and St. Angela’s Primary School for one year each respectively. She then travelled to England in 2009 to further her studies. In 2011, she achieved her CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education from Chelmsford College, and subsequently worked at a primary school in the UK for two years.

She enjoys baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Infant & Junior Department
Omar Brathwaite is our IT Coordinator. Prior to joining the staff he completed his Associate Degree in Computer Studies at the Barbados Community College. Omar has had experience teaching from Nursery through Class 4 and currently has responsibility for I.T. from Tops to J4. In addition, he is also responsible for maintenance of the computer hardware and network infrastructure at the School. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Computer Science at the University of the West Indies.
Vincent Smith’s career as a Physical Education and Science teacher has spanned over 22 years. He furthered his education in several fields of study gaining an Associate Degree In Applied Science (Physical Education), a course which included studies in Rehabilitation Therapy and Pure Science. He has a range of additional qualifications in the area of sports: FINA World Swimming (Pan American Sports Organisation) Levels 1, 2 & 3; Taekwondo (Pan American Sports Organisation) Level 1 and 3rd degree; Wrestling Level one; Canadian and Caribbean coaching Levels 1 & 2; Caribbean Coaching Development Program Levels 1 & 2 and Sports Management Levels 1 & 2. He is also a certified World Paralympics Classifier (swimming). In addition to teaching and coaching many sporting disciplines, Vincent has served in a variety of administrative capacities in several sports organisations. He brings to St. Gabriel’s a wide and varied experience in Physical Education.

Asan Hoyte received his primary, secondary and tertiary education in Barbados.  After graduating with a B.A (Hons) in Spanish with Linguistics from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus he taught English as a Foreign language at the Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander, in Colombia for 10 months. After returning to Barbados he also taught at the Combermere School and it is through these teaching posts that he realised his passion for teaching. In his spare time, Asan enjoys reading, travelling, gaming and watching movies.