Head of School
Kate Bailey has had 15 years of experience working in the independent sector across London, including Westminster Under in London, where she was Head of the Junior Department. For the last
five years, Kate has been Senior Deputy Head at Wetherby Preparatory School, part of the Alpha Plus Group who offer education at all levels of ability, whilst still achieving outstanding academic results.
Kate is a graduate of Edinburgh University with an MA in English Literature and History and a PGCE from University of London. Additionally, she gained distinction in the Enhanced Leadership Program from the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Kate is a committed chef, coming from a strong culinary background, and she was part of the team to produce the cookery manual, ‘Cook with Us’. She enjoys fundraising events and has worked on projects for the British Heart Foundation, The Royal Parks Foundation and Cancer Research. Kate loves walking and keeping fit and any opportunity to be by the sea.
Deputy Head of Wetherby-Pembridge
BA Hons Primary Teaching – Durham University
I am a highly- experienced educational practitioner with experience of both UK state and independent schools, across the key stages.
After beginning my career in the north-east of England, I moved to London to join Lyndhurst House Preparatory School as a class teacher. From there I went on to spend six years teaching at Bute House Preparatory School in Hammersmith, becoming Head of Lower School in 2015 where I was responsible for children in Reception (Prekindergarten), Year 1 (Kindergarten) and Year 2 (Grade 1).
I fell in love with New York while on vacation in the city a few years ago and I am delighted to be part of the team at Wetherby-Pembridge, New York from the outset. I enjoy cycling, hosting dinner parties and travelling in my spare time – I’m looking forward to exploring more of North America whilst living in the USA and I am extremely excited to be starting my new life in New York with my husband.
I will be joining the Wetherby-Pembridge New York team as the Early Years Coordinator and Reception Class teacher. I am originally from Berkshire, which is where I started my teaching career, attending Reading University to obtain my Graduate Teaching Certificate. I have enjoyed teaching in Berkshire, London and more recently in a British school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Having specialised as an Early Years teacher I have spent much of my career to date teaching Reception and Year 1. I love the curiosity, boundless energy, and sheer honesty of children in these years! I am currently undertaking a research project focused on outdoor learning spaces, which is a real interest of mine.
I have lived, studied and worked in London for most of my life. I have a degree in History, and I have completed a PGCE in Primary Education, both at the University of Surrey Roehampton. I began my teaching career at a ‘Fresh Start’ school in inner London, developing an outdoor curriculum for my Reception (Pre-K) class, and raising standards as the school expanded each year. I spent several years teaching Year 1 (Kindergarten) and Year 3 (Grade 2) in two other London schools, before deciding to transfer my skills abroad. In March 2014, I secured a position at St George’s British International School in Rome. I taught both classes in Key Stage 1, following a creative curriculum. I have a passion for teaching in the early years of children’s education, seeing the vast and rapid amount of progress they make, and developing their enthusiasm, confidence and curiosity.
During my spare time, I like to go on long walks (when it’s not raining!) and regularly participate in aerobics or step classes. I enjoy reading and visiting museums, or day trips to historical locations, acting as a tourist! I have an increased desire to travel and experience new cultures, particularly after my international teaching experience.
Foundation Degree in Early Years Education (University of Kingston) NVQ in Early Education and Child Development
I am Emerald and am very excited to be the founding Nursery Teacher at Wetherby-Pembridge, New York.
I have a passion for Early Years Education and since joining The Minors Nursery School in 2010 have worked across the younger age groups teaching children from 2 year to 5 year olds both in Nursery and Preparatory settings. I believe that a child’s introduction to education should be exceedingly happy and look forward to bringing the qualities and principles that I have used successfully in London to create a structured, yet magical and exciting play based learning environment.
I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world and love experiencing different places and meeting new people. When I’m not teaching I enjoy outdoor activities, in particular skiing and running as well as cooking and food. I was very involved with Music and Drama when at school myself and go regularly to the theatre and enjoy listening to a wide variety of music.
MA, Early Years Education – London Institute of Education
Gabrielle grew up in Florida and worked in New York for several years prior to moving to London in 2014 to pursue a career in education, which has been her life-long interest.
While completing her Masters degree, she worked at The American School of London as well as St. John’s Wood Kindergarten.
Since graduating, she has been teaching at The Minors Nursery School as part of the Alpha Plus Group for several years. She focused on the effects of yoga in early childhood development for her Master’s dissertation, which is why she incorporates movement and mindfulness into the classroom.
She also loves to travel, discovering new cultures through their art, food and people!
It is her dream to be working at such an incredible school in her favourite city and she looks forward to bringing her experience and knowledge of both the American and British school systems.
Executive Assistant to the Head of School
I have thirteen years of professional experience in New York City in office management and providing executive support both in schools and corporate organizations. Over the past six years, I’ve been enjoying my career in Education. Prior to joining Wetherby-Pembridge, I worked as coordinator in administration and as admissions associate at the New York International School. Preceding NYIS, I was at a Mandarin and Spanish immersion school and worked in the business office, admissions, and managed after-school programs.
Children exude enthusiasm, energy, and a cheerful vibe that are highly infectious, and this is one of the reasons why I find it truly delightful to work in a school environment. The relationships that are built within school walls are priceless. I believe that learning is a never-ending process, and challenges and diverse responsibilities make me thrive.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management. I was born in the Philippines and lived there until I was 20 years old. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my dear loved ones, going on long walks in the city, going for a stroll in parks, joining workout classes, reading, and travelling, if time permits.
Wetherby-Pembridge School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 2.8 to 14, located on the Upper East Side, in a superb building next to Central Park on East 96th Street.
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