Headteacher – Mrs Rowen Prigg
Mrs Prigg has lived in Essex since she was 6 and did live in Galleywood when her son was first born. At 13, Mrs Prigg moved to sunny South Africa for four years, spending holidays travelling around Africa. Mrs Prigg completed her teaching training in 1997, having attended University in Wales. Her first teaching job was actually at Danbury St John’s school where she started school when she moved to the area as a child. Three years ago Mrs Prigg worked as a Deputy Head and SENCo and then became Head of School for two years. She has always enjoyed teaching and is very excited about joining everybody at St Michaels.
Mrs Prigg is married with two children and has a spotty dog called Oscar who she enjoys running with. Running is one of Mrs Prigg’s favourite pastimes and she has completed two marathons! Now she just runs so that she can continue to eat crisps, her favourite! When younger, Mrs Prigg was called the Pepsi Max girl because of her zest for trying new things like jumping from planes, running marathons, canyoning and white water rafting!
Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Lisa Dines
Mrs Dines was born and raised in Essex. Before becoming a teacher, she had a ‘proper’ job in London! She was inspired to train to become a teacher when she saw the impact that great teachers had on her daughter when she started school. Now that her children are grown up, Mrs Dines enjoys going on warm summer holidays, reading, walking her dog and watching murder-mystery series. She dislikes sprouts, being cold and spiders!
Special Needs Co-ordinator – Joanne Martin
Mrs Martin went to primary and secondary school in Chelmsford. After finishing school she travelled around Africa before starting University in Newcastle. Mrs Martin studied Psychology at University, became a teacher and then, later on, became an Educational Psychologist. Mrs Martin travelled through North Africa and Central and South America before getting married and having her two gorgeous boys! Mrs Martin has done some crazy things in her time – running a marathon, breaking both her legs doing a parachute jump, but she is now sensible and enjoying a peaceful time as SENCo at St Michael’s school!
School Business Manager – Andrea Wolahan
Mrs Wolahan was born in Reading but has lived in Essex since 1995. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Manchester whilst working at a large accountancy firm, after completing a degree in Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge. She moved to Essex in 1995 and qualified as a Chartered Tax Accountant in 1996.
Tired of a busy life in the city, Mrs Wolahan took a break from the hustle and bustle to raise her two children. This lead to an interest in the Education sector and she has been working in Education since 2011. She currently shares her home with her husband, two children, a greyhound called Sid, lots of chickens and several bee hives (the latter two are in the garden, not the house). In her spare time, she likes to watch films, complete sudoku puzzles and study more maths!
Mrs Orton grew up in Colchester before going to university in Norwich. She completed her teacher training at the University of East Anglia before gaining her first teaching post in Lawford, Essex. Her second post at East Bergholt Primary School enabled her to teach creatively and develop her skills in using drama and dance and a Mantle of the Expert approach. Mrs Orton aims to inspire a love of writing in her pupils. She is a keen poet and has a dream of publishing her very own novel one day. Travelling is another big passion and her classroom is a showcase of artefacts collected from many different countries.
Mrs Harriet Stevens
Mrs Stevens originates from Dorset but grew up near Epping Forest in Essex. Having Godparents who were, until recently, teachers encouraged her to consider a career herself as a primary teacher. This ambition became a reality once both of her children were happily attending Infant school. During this time she was able to undertake a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate course at Middlesex University. Prior to having a family, Mrs Stevens undertook some independent travel and voluntary work in Asia, Africa and Europe and worked predominantly in London, including a rewarding time at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Mrs Stevens really enjoys teaching and is especially inspired by the super children and her colleagues at St. Michael’s.
Mrs Bowcher was born and raised in Essex. Ever since starting school herself, she has always wanted to be a teacher. She studied Early Years and Education at Southend University then went on to gain a PGCE with Billericay Educational Consortium to fulfil her dream. Mrs Bowcher originally wanted to be a reception teacher but soon realised she loved the independence of children in Key Stage 2 so never returned to Early Years. Since teaching, she has worked at Bonnygate Primary School and Sunnymede Junior School before joining St. Michael’s. In her spare time, she loves listening to music (especially Busted), spending time with her dog Maggie, travelling, going to the theatre, eating chocolate and going to the gym.
I was born and raised in Shenfield in Essex and grew up loving the outdoors, horse riding and travelling. As an adult I have continued to enjoy travelling and have acquired a love for unusual foods and love to cook and share meals with friends and family. I have two children 16 and 14 who also love to spend time outdoors. We often go geocaching (a bit like a treasure hunt). I qualified as a teacher once my children were at secondary school, this has allowed me to bring lots of life experience to my role at St Michael’s including seven years spent as an LSA at another Chelmsford school. It’s a privilege to be able to share my passions and interests with not only my own children but those that I teach too.
Miss Hannah Walker
Miss Walker was born and raised in Chelmsford. She originally wanted to be a paramedic but realised she fainted at the sight of blood, thankfully at age 7 she realised she loved school so much she decided to never leave and trained to become a teacher. Miss Walker has lots of sisters and spends a lot of time with her family. She enjoys going to the gym and swimming, as well as singing and dancing and regularly performs in shows with her drama group.
I was born and raised in Northamptonshire. When I was growing up, I dreamed of travelling the world and writing for newspapers. I studied Media at Coventry University and wrote for a number of local newspapers before I decided to see more of the world. I taught English as a foreign language in South Korea for two years which was where I discovered my love of teaching and decided that I wanted to pursue a career in education. I came home to the UK and studied for my PGCE at Leicester University before teaching for two years in Northamptonshire. I am delighted to be teaching at St Michaels and particularly enjoy my role as subject leader for PE. In my spare time, I love to do yoga, badminton and, when I get the chance, travelling with my wife and our tiny people to explore even more of the world!
Miss Rhianna McManus
Miss McManus was born in Dagenham and began her schooling there. Half way through her first year, she moved to Chelmsford and has lived there ever since! Miss McManus studied Business Studies at college and tried office work for a few months. She realised this wasn’t for her and carried on her education at Anglia Ruskin University where she gained her Early Years Professional Practise degree as a route into teaching. She went on complete her SCITT year through Essex Primary SCITT. Since qualifying, she has worked at a school in Hutton before joining St. Michael’s. In her spare time, she loves exploring new places and countries with her boyfriend, spending time with family and friends, going to the gym (occasionally) and eating anything sweet!
Miss James grew up in Chelmsford with her family. When Miss James left school, she trained to become a teacher at a university in Twickenham, the home of England rugby. She has a little dog called Henry – he is a working cocker spaniel, who absolutely loves belly rubs and going to the beach. Miss James enjoys going out for long dog walks, going on hot summer holidays and cooking at the weekends.
I was born in Ilford but moved to Chelmsford and went to Moulsham High School where I discovered my passion for music and began to learn clarinet and piano. Inspired by a fantastic music teacher at Moulsham, I decided that I wanted to become a teacher myself. After A Levels I started a teaching degree but dropped out, switched my studies to Accountancy and worked in various financial settings for many years, I had the chance to give teaching a second go when my children were growing up, I returned to Anglia Ruskin and completed my PGCE in 2009 and have been happily teaching ever since. Aside from playing a variety of musical instruments (recorder, saxophone, clarinet, piano, ukulele, violin & a few others) I am a keen linedancer and have my own weekly class, I also enjoy sewing and crochet. I love animals, I am lucky enough to have a visiting family of hedgehogs which I have a house in my garden for. I share my house with my husband, two children, 4 cats, 1 bearded dragon and 2 fish…. life is never quiet for us!
Catherine Cullen (HLTA) – Pastoral Care Manager
Marian Fletcher (HLTA) – Assistant SENCo
Helen Scott (HLTA)
Jemima Hanberger (HLTA)
Bev Hockey (HLTA)
Maria De La Pena (HLTA)
Luke Evans (HLTA)
Learning Support Assistants
Wrap Around Care Staff
Office Staff – Admin Assistants
Jonathan Tee – Site Manager