Meet the team

Our team includes five qualified teachers of children with visual impairments, a home support worker, an administration assistant and a nursery nurse.

 

Steph HalderSteph Halder

Interim Head of Wandsworth Sensory Support Services

Steph is a qualified teacher of the deaf. She is Interim Head of the Sensory Support Service. Steph has an additional specialism in cochlear implants and is the lead teacher of the deaf for the St. George's Auditory Implant Service.

 

 

 

Tim Richmond

Tim Richmond

Specialist Teacher

After teaching at Linden Lodge for 16 years, Tim joined the team in 2015. His experience includes working as a Science Teacher and Head of P.E. whilst performing the role of Advanced Skills Teacher since 2007. Here, Tim developed an extensive outreach network in P.E. and school sports.
Tim supports young people with visual impairments during home visits, in mainstream primary and secondary as well as special schools. He continues to support the development of sporting opportunities for pupils with sensory impairments in Wandsworth.

 

LinaLina Graham

Specialist Teacher

Lina trained to teach primary aged pupils and children with severe learning difficulties. She taught in mainstream and special schools before starting to work at Linden Lodge School and the Vision Support Service. During her time at Linden Lodge School, Lina trained to teach visually impaired, deafblind and multi-sensory impaired children. Lina set up the Harris Centre, a specialist unit at Linden Lodge School for pupils with MSI (Multi-Sensory Impairment) and secondary PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties). Lina was assistant headteacher at the school.
Lina stayed at Linden Lodge School and the Vision Support Service for 27 years and retired in 2013. She is now working on a consultancy basis for the Service.

 

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Catherine Demi

Teacher

Catherine has recently joined the team having worked as an SEN teacher in mainstream secondary schools for 8 years, dealing with a variety of students with special needs. She is a master’s degree holder in Special needs education and she is also qualified to teach Braille.

Within her current role she travels to different educational settings, primary and secondary schools, to support students who are visually impaired in order to access the curriculum and promote their inclusion.

 

Leonie MastersonLeonie Masterson

Specialist Teacher

Leonie trained as a Primary School teacher and worked in mainstream until moving to Linden Lodge School in 2000. Leonie completed her qualification to become a teacher of visually impaired children in 2005. She currently works both at Linden Lodge 

School and the Sensory Support Service. Leonie has been teaching Braille since 2005, devising individualised programs for each child. Leonie is specialist in teaching Braille and continues to develop her knowledge to deliver a curriculum and give advice on how to create an accessible curriculum. Leonie is enthusiastic and likes to impart this to the children she works with. 

 

Carolyn Brien - Home Support WorkerCarolyn Brien

Home Support Worker

Carolyn has worked within Linden Lodge School's secondary department for the past ten years before joining the Vision Support team. At the school, Carolyn supported individual blind and partially sighted students with additional needs as well as all the children in a class as a teaching assistant.
Previously, Carolyn volunteered at a local toddler group and has been a youth leader while raising her family.
Carolyn is delighted to be working with children and parents within their homes.
   

 

Angie Folwell - Playgroup worker

Angie Folwell

Nursery Nurse (Playgroup)

Angie has worked in the playgroup supporting teachers since 2005. Previously and alongside, Angie also supported individual students in The Harris Centre, a specialist unit at Linden Lodge School for pupils with MSI (Multi-Sensory Impairment) and secondary PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties) from the time it first opened in 2008. 
Before her time at Linden Lodge School, Angie volunteered in a day nursery that had a special needs unit.
Most of Angie’s previous work included making use of her NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board) qualification in mainstream nurseries with under-fives.

 

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Martineé Reid

Admin Assistant

Martineé joins the Vision Support Service team with a background in Public Relations, Marketing and Communications.

Martineé provides administrative support to both the VI team and the Habilitation team.

Having already experienced a small portion of the teaching and support the Service provides, Martineé is looking forward to really embedding herself into the team, helping them to continue the important work they do.​