Maria Jones, 1st and 2nd Grade Tutor and Centre Coodinator for Education
Maria gained her B.Ed. Hons at Hertfordshire University and has been teaching in primary schools since 2008. Since 2012, she has also been tutoring privately as well as home educating her children.
She is wife to Peter and mother to 5 children. They like to live simply but fully, appreciating richness in nature and people more than material things.
"Getting wrapped up and venturing in our local woods 'just us' or with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon is our favourite activity!"
Sarah Thatcher, Pre K and K Tutor
Sarah gained her B.Ed. Hons. at Birmingham University and has been teaching for 17 years in various primary schools. During that time, she has gained extensive experience in teaching all age groups within the primary phase and developed a specialism in teaching the early years. She has worked in the pro-life movement for the past 6 years and is a Co-Director of March for Life UK. She has been actively involved in her parish and has taught children’s liturgy, been a catechist for the Sacraments of Initiation and part of various evangelisation projects.
She is married to Ben and has three young adopted children. They are very excited to be a Regina Caeli U.K. family and to be part of a supportive Catholic community. In their spare time they enjoy being together as a family and love to be outdoors.
Saumya Thomas, Tutor Assistant
Saumya is from Germany and moved to the UK 10 years ago. She has a master’s degree in theology from the Jesuit College for Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt. She started her career in teaching in 2009 alongside pursuing a PhD in Pastoral Theology. Saumya has experience of teaching RE and providing private German & eleven-plus tuition.
For over 15 years Saumya has been involved and held various offices in Jesus Youth - an international Catholic movement approved by the Holy See. In this capacity, she has been part of organizing various evangelization initiatives for children, youth and families, such as trainings, retreats and conferences in the UK and in various countries in Europe. She has been a catechist in the parish for many years and has also worked as parish-based youth worker for the Northampton Diocese.
She is married to Abhy and has three young children. They are excited to have started the journey of homeschooling with their two eldest children at Regina Caeli Academy. They've always had the vision of belonging to a Catholic family community and are delighted to have found this through Regina Caeli U.K. In her free time Saumya enjoys doing arts & crafts, music, dance and being outdoors.
Bruna Kelliher, Tutor Assistant and Centre Coordinator for Operations
Bruna is from Brazil and moved here 4 years ago. She was a P.E and dance teacher in Brazil from 2010, working in many schools with different ages and has worked as a Teaching Assistant since arriving in England. She met her husband James while working at preparations for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. They have a daughter and can’t wait for her to be old enough to join the Regina Caeli U.K. family!
Isabelle Lubbock, 3rd Grade Tutor
Isabelle was born in France and studied there until obtaining her masters in British history from the Université Paris VII. She moved to the UK in 2008 to teach French to undergraduates at Nottingham university, then went on to get her PGCE from the same institution. She has been teaching ever since, in secondary schools, at Nottingham university and as a private tutor, spanning a wide age-range and many subjects. She was also studying for a PhD uniting history and children’s literature until babies changed her priorities.
Isabelle and her husband have four children and the eldest two are loving being part of Regina Caeli already. She is an avid reader and loves nothing more than talking and sharing about books and ideas – apart maybe for devising systems for everything and roaming the countryside with her family.