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Meet the Team

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Esther Cook
Esther CookDirector
Esther has served Medway and Kent schools as a system leader since 2013, and is privileged to now lead both the Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub and Kent and Medway Maths Hub.
Faye McGill
Faye McGillDeputy Director
Faye has worked in Kent schools since 2002, working as a senior leader in Maidstone and Principal of a Secondary Academy in Dartford. She is excited to be joining the Thames Gateway team, and supporting and challenging teachers in their professional development.
Jodie Byham
Jodie ByhamHead of Early Career Teacher Training
Jodie has worked in schools across the South East and has been an active member of leadership teams across a variety of contexts. She has a passion for teaching and supporting others to deliver the highest standards of education to young people. This work will continue in her role as Head of Early Career Teaching.
Catherine Root
Catherine RootInduction Co-ordinator
Catherine has worked in schools across Kent and Sussex and has been an active member of leadership teams with a particular focus on teaching and learning, and staff development. As ECT Induction Coordinator, she is privileged to work with colleagues in schools to support teachers’ practitioner journeys and to achieve the highest quality educational experiences for young people.
Sarah Smith
Sarah SmithExecutive Support Officer
Sarah joined MTSA in September 2012 as an administration assistant. As the Teaching School grew, her role and responsibilities have grown over the years and she is now the Executive Support Officer for the Teaching School Hub. Sarah was also involved in the initial formation of the Kent & Medway Maths Hub. Sarah has close links with schools and networks through the co-ordination of ITT & SLE interviews and CPD events, and looks forward to expanding these links through the Teaching School Hub.
Sophie Jarrett
Sophie JarrettBusiness Admin Apprentice
Sophie joined Thames Gateway in September 2021 as a Business Apprentice. Sophie has previously attended a Leigh Academy Trust school and is now working to support the work of the Thames Gateway TSH.
Maisie Holt
Maisie HoltBusiness Admin Apprentice
Maisie joined the team in June 2022 continuing her apprenticeship in Business Administration with LAT Apprenticeships. She previously worked as a receptionist at The Leigh Academies Trust and now supports work that allows teachers to receive National Professional Qualifications.
Emma Henthorn
Emma HenthornFinance Lead
Emma joined the team in September 2017, Emma supports the Teaching School Hub and Kent & Medway Maths Hub in the management of our finances and budget setting.
Emma Langford
Emma LangfordFinance Assistant
Emma joined the team in April 2022, Emma works with the Finance Manager to support the Teaching School Hub and Kent & Medway Maths Hub in the management of our finances.