Mrs E Cahoon, The Hollies Teacher

Mrs Cahoon has taught at St. Joseph’s since September 2012, prior to this  she taught in a number of Independent Schools such as Waverley House, Mountford House and Greenholme School.

She qualified with a BA (Hons) degree in 3 dimensional design, which was completed in N.Ireland. She then completed a P.G.C.E at Leicester University.

Mrs Cahoon teaches the year 3/4 class for part of the week and also teaches art across the Key Stages.

Ms J Hardy- The Hollies Teacher

I have been in teaching for almost 30 years, and I love what I do!

Although I completed my University courses in London and my Teacher training in Yorkshire, I have been resident in the Midlands for most of my life. I know Nottingham very well, Rock City being an old haunt of mine many years ago. I have taught in a number of Nottingham schools, both in the independent sector and in the state system. I have also worked in job share scenarios so am very used to the uniqueness of that situation.

I had only heard wonderful things about St Joseph’s, so was thrilled when a position became available. I already feel welcomed and excited by the year ahead.

On a personal note I am a Mum to one teenage son, Silas, and the ‘owner’ of a gorgeous but cantankerous black cat called Reggie.

Mrs B Mason, Teaching Assistant

Mrs Mason is a Teaching Assistant and has been working at St. Joseph’s since 2013. She previously worked at Rutland House school for over 15 years where she worked with children with SEN.

She has also achieved her Level 3  Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Becky Priest – Teacher

I qualified as a teacher in 2002 and have taught in many primary and secondary schools in the Nottingham area. I now enjoy supporting class teachers and teaching music across the school at St. Joseph’s. I believe all children have something special to contribute to their learning environment which can enhance their own learning and that of their peers.
Out of school I play the clarinet in the Nottingham Concert Band, take part in dinghy sailing and enjoy family camping holidays with plenty of walks and bike rides.

Mr D Purdy, Teaching Assistant (SENDCo)

Mr Purdy qualified with a BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree in 2010. He joined St. Joseph’s Primary School in 2011 whilst studying for his Diploma in Special Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Mr Purdy leads a team of Teaching Assistants who work closely with Teachers from Reception to Year 6. He has worked as a SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator) for over 2 years and is currently teaching Speech and Drama.

Miss G Rhodes, Nursery Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss Rhodes is currently the Nursery Manager and room leader of the Sunflower Room.

She has been working at St. Joseph’s since December 2006 and during this time has developed a wide knowledge of early years and childhood development across all three nursery classes.

Miss Rhodes is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and works closely with other professionals.