EXPLORING FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS THROUGH PUPPETRY

The team

Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston

Project Leader

Lynn is now retired but for many years she worked as a teacher in rural Northumberland being particularly interested in rural depravation and the impact of isolation on young children. For the last 13 years of her work in mainstream education she was the Head Teacher of an outstanding Northumberland First School. Having also spent time as a consultant with the Northumberland Thinking Skills Unit she has delivered skills-based curriculum training across the country. She is now focused on delivering programmes that impact on the lives of vulnerable children in the North East.

Will Steele

Artistic Director - Life and Limb Puppets

As The Artistic Director I’m responsible for the creative direction of the company and the style of our creative output. I am an Improviser, teacher, maker and writer and I trained at the Curious School of Puppetry, Northumbria University and The Danish Institute of Improvisation.

Joanna Feijo

Puppeteer

Amanda Hewitt, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Amanda Hewitt, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Nurture Practitioner

Amanda has been lucky to have had a very varied career.  After graduating she trained and worked in Personnel Management prior to starting a family and completing a PGCE.  Amanda and her family then got the opportunity to move to both the Middle East and Scandinavia for fifteen years. During this time she worked as a primary teacher and leader in highly respected and innovative international schools. This gave her the opportunity to work with children from different cultures from around the world.  Since returning to the UK Amanda has worked in Primary Education in Northumberland and Newcastle.  She has always been interested in a holistic approach to education and nurturing pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential. 

“The best thing about working for NEW is giving confidence and resilience to boost children and young people’s wellbeing.”

Jenny Dockett BSc (Hons)

Jenny Dockett BSc (Hons)

Nurture Practitioner

Jenny Dockett has a degree in Environmental Microbiology and is currently working on a Masters. She has worked as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant, Education Officer at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh and Public Engagement Manager at the Centre for Life. She now works freelance for science festivals and heritage projects when she is not doing Wilderness Schools.

Jenny loves to see children getting hands on with practical learning. She loves it when children show her something they have found or observed for the first time. She loves to see their confidence grow each week.

“The most magical part of Wilderness Schools is when a teacher takes you to one side and tells you ‘they wouldn’t normally engage in the classroom’.”

Jenna Charlton, PhD. in Education

Jenna Charlton, PhD. in Education

Researcher

Jenna has worked with children in schools for many years as a Research Associate delivering and analysing behaviour and language assessments for research projects at Newcastle University, as well as writing reports for a variety of organisations including Public Health England, Education Endowment Foundation, Early Intervention Foundation, Nuffield and Department for Education. She is experienced in leading and managing complex applied social research programmes from bid stage to data analysis and presentation, and lectures in Research Methods at Newcastle University.

Jenna is the writer of NEW’s Curious Beasts programme which uses innovative approaches to measuring and providing intervention for social emotional and mental health difficulties. Jenna oversees the evidence-base for all NEW programmes as well as carrying out commissioned research for outside organisations looking to capture the impact of their own programmes.

The best part about being a part of NEW is having the opportunity to really make a difference to children’s development, wellbeing, and educational progression within a team of like-minded people who are all passionate about the wellbeing of children.”

Andrew Neale

Head Puppeteer and Company Manager - Life and Limb Puppets

I am Life and Limb’s Company manager, responsible for the day to day running of the companies finances and logistics.  I am also Life and Limb’s head puppeteer, taking workshops and sessions to all manner of groups and organisations.

Nicola Bishop BA (Hons), PGCE

Nicola Bishop BA (Hons), PGCE

Nurture Practitioner

Nicola completed a PGCE in Art and Design in 2010. While teaching Art in a secondary school, she then went on to establish a school garden and alternative outdoor curriculum for students excluded from mainstream schooling; combining a passion for experiential learning with a love of creative projects and an interest in sustainable food growing. Nicola currently teaches both the Wilderness Schooling and Curious Beasts programmes, as well as working as a gardener for a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities.

Nicola’s favourite aspect of Wilderness Schooling….

‘Seeing how much fun the children have exploring their new environment with curiosity. And then feeling their sense of achievement as they are so proud to be able to demonstrate all of the skills they have learnt’.

Clara Warden BA (Hons), PGCE

Clara Warden BA (Hons), PGCE

Nurture Practitioner

After 10 years as a high school English teacher, Clara is following her passion for outdoor education full time. She has been part of the WS team for several years.

Clara is a warm, enthusiastic practitioner who believes that children bloom in the outdoors. She loves the process of WS and the magic of children developing their self belief, self esteem & understanding of curricular concept. She loves an outdoor fire and the simplicity of being outdoors together. She has recently joined our Curious Beasts & is excited to develop her mental health skills. She lives in the Derwent Valley with her family & cat.

Through the programme, we aim to help nurture more self-aware, confident children.

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