Teachers
BrightStars Learning prides itself on having a well-qualified, enthusiastic and friendly team of teachers dedicated to inspiring children at every stage of their academic development.

Our staff has an established track record with over ten years of experience in successfully teaching children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We aim to motivate children to achieve their goals with support of the highest quality teaching available.

All of our teachers hold a degree or teaching qualification specialising in one or two individual subjects.
 
Reena Damani - Director
Bio:
Reena has taught for several years at Holland House School. She is experienced in teaching children from as young as four into their early teens. Reena is well accustomed to the academic rigour and discipline required to achieve results in the classroom and beyond. Many of her pupils now attend leading Secondary Schools. Having previously taught on the Butterfly Reading Scheme, she is proficient in adapting her teaching style to suit a range of children. She is a focused and committed teacher known to be on excellent terms with her pupils, their parents and her colleagues

Education:Haberdasher's Aske’s School for Girls; Queen Mary University of London
Interests:Dance, music, reading, well-being, cooking, running around after two children
 
Priya Dutta
Bio:
Priya has experience of teaching Primary-aged children as well as students at Secondary level. She has worked in both the state and the independent sector. She is currently the Form VI teacher at Holland House and has enjoyed great success in sending her pupils to the Secondary schools of their choice, both independent and state. Her pupils have gone on to Haberdashers’ Aske’s School (both the Girls’ and the Boys’ schools); Merchant Taylors’; North London Collegiate School; Henrietta Barnett and Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, amongst others. Priya’s approach is to marry hard work, discipline and academic rigour with a sense of fun and wonder at the world

Education:Haberdasher’s Aske’s School for Girls; Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Interests:Reading, cinema, theatre, jazz music and cookery
 
Rebecca Addison
Bio:

Rebecca has worked at St Anthony’s Preparatory school in Hampstead for 4 years and has a wide range of experience in both Early Years and KS1. She is currently teaching a Year 1 class and enjoys working in a fun and supportive environment where every child is treated as an individual. Rebecca is looking forward to the summer school program and working with students in such an energetic and nurturing environment


Education:Leeds Metropolitan University – BA(Hons) English Literature; University of Buckingham – IPGCE (With QTS)
Interests:Running, music, theatre, reading
 
Puja Saujani
Bio:

Puja is currently a teacher at Holland House School. She has been a teacher for several years teaching in both secondary and primary schools. Until recently she was the Director of Teaching at two tuition centres, seeing her students achieve increased success in their school work, exams, entry to schools of their choice as well as building their self-esteem to become confident learners. She energetically works with each child on their areas of development to help them achieve their potential. Prior to teaching Puja worked in management roles in business managing cross-functional and global teams and also made documentaries in media. She has worked in Australia, India and Paris and this varied background has enabled her to be professional, adaptable and contributed to her dynamic teaching style


Education:Kimbolton School, University of Warwick - Bsc(Hon) Economics
Interests:Travelling, karate, yoga, dancing
 
James Lewis
Bio:

James has worked in primary & secondary school education for the past 8 years and is currently teaching Year 3 primary in London. His broad range of experience means he is able to adapt, support and deliver quality first teaching at all age levels. He is a nurturing practitioner, who believes that a happy and safe learning environment is the first priority to maximising pupil potential. He has extremely high expectations of all his students: developing young minds to be confident, positive individuals with a passion for learning and achieving their best. To James, his role as a teacher is a privilege. He gives his all to his vocation & strives to ensure all his pupils are instilled with the necessary skills to be successful on whichever path they choose in life


Education:Cardiff University, BSc Econ, Sociology & Criminology; Swansea Metropolitan University, Primary PGCE; TEFL Masters
Interests:Reading, Spanish & Blues guitar, live music, meditation, yoga, travelling, surfing, cooking and trying new cuisine
 
Emma Cordell
Bio:

Emma currently teaches Year 1 at Goodwyn School. She thoroughly enjoys motivating, inspiring and challenging pupils and is very passionate about her teaching career. She has a wide range of teaching experience which ranges from special educational needs to mainstream primary teaching. Emma is a member of the British Psychological Society which provides up to date and fascinating research on teaching. She spent 5 years teaching using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) which aims to motivate pupils to drive their learning forward, work to the best of their ability and make above and beyond the expected progress


Education:St Helen’s School for Girls; University of Leeds - Philosophy- BA (Hons); Institute of Education – Psychology of Education - MSc; University East London – School Direct QTS
Interests:Health & fitness, music, nutrition, reading, travelling, theatre, & sending time with family
 
Rebecca Weisfeld
Bio:

Rebecca has worked in primary school education for the past six years and has been at Holland House School since 2012. Her broad experience and knowledge in the learning and development of young children has compounded her belief that all children can achieve academic success in a happy, inspiring environment. Her dedication and ability to empathise with her students gives them the confidence and faith in their own ability to become accomplished young children both academically and socially. She has a proven ability to instil and cultivate a motivation to learn and achieve in young children


Education:The University of Buckingham, BSc Economics; NVQ3 CCLD
Interests:Reading, Singing, Music, Theatre, Food, Classic Cars, Opera
All of our private teachers hold Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau Disclosures (CRBs). The CRB are an executive agency of the Home Office which vets applications for people who want to work with children.