IB Boarding Staff
Our residences provide a friendly and nurturing environment which enables our Pre-IB, Middle School Programme and IB Diploma students to thrive. The beautiful and safe boarding environment combines secure residential housing with outdoor green spaces.
Our House Parents team are committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of our boarding students; they offer dedicated support.
The House Parents are listed below in alphabetical order:
Bernard Knuchel-Takano is a Relief Warden and Business Management Teacher with IB, A-Level and GCSE teaching experience. After graduating from the University of Manchester with a BSc in International Management with a year at the University of Melbourne, Bernard sought industry experience to help kick start a company. Bernard worked for a tech start-up in London for several months and then set up an enterprise that supported and matched young entrepreneurs with successful start-up founders in the Silicon Roundabout area. However, Bernard found that start-up life was not for him; he found his true calling in education. Consequently, he decided to enrol in the Teach First programme, which trains and places young adults in some of the most challenging state schools, to expand his reach on young entrepreneurs. Having completed his two-year placement, Bernard received his PGCE and QTS from the University College London (UCL) with an Oustanding score. Since then, Bernard has taught in international schools in Spain and Japan. Bernard recently received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. Bernard is passionate about continuing his interests in developing young and socially conscience entrepreneurs within schools. In his spare time, Bernard plays various sports and is a big fan of Manchester United.
She is a graduate from Aberystwyth University where she studied Film and Performance BA 2016, followed by studying Politics, Media and Performance Master of Arts in which she graduated in 2018. Her studies have placed interest in International Politics, the Event and Identity. She has also produced work which has been featured in Welsh film festivals. In her own time she enjoys exploring the countryside, photography, performing and participating in film making. Gwenan also has a passion for performing as a drummer and vocalist, having done so from a young age. She is currently studying a part time Bsc degree in Psychology.
Professionally Gwenan has been working in residences through a variety of roles. Beginning as an English Teacher for an international language school, progressing to managing activity programmes, house tutor roles and managing residences themselves. She has also assisted in teaching PSHE and running student engagement workshops focussing on photography, film and performance. Gwenan is passionate about working with young people and supporting their needs, and actively participates in courses to support this commitment. She also assists in the onsite Health Centre as a Health Care Assistant.
Ida started working at St Clare’s in 1999 and joined the team of resident wardens in September 2021. Ida is very passionate about supporting students, having worked within the student environment for 21 years. She is the House Parent for 13 Lathbury Road and enjoys communicating with people within the St Clare’s community. Ida is very family orientated and loves to cook in her free time.
Jenine is the House Parent for the 127 Banbury House. She was born in the Philippines but grew up in the UK. From 2013 – 2017, Jenine was a student at University of Nottingham where she studied American and Canadian Literature, History and Culture (BA). As part of her degree, she also studied abroad at the College of New Jersey from 2015 – 2016. Her studies led to an interest in how pieces of culture, such as music and film, often reflect the political mindset of a nation particularly in relation to Race and Gender.
Following her undergraduate degree, Jenine has been working in boarding. First joining as a Graduate Residential Assistant and then as a House Parent at another sixth form college in Cardiff. Recently, she has been passionate about expanding her knowledge around mental health through various courses. In her own time, she enjoys baking and going to the theatre. She also has interests in travelling and discovering new cultures.
Jessica Kai Sim
Jessie Sim is a residential House Parent at 121 Banbury Road. She is a final year doctorate student at the University of Oxford where her research is about personal finance. She has examined the different views about financial literacy and measured the financial literacy of young people in Oxfordshire and Greater London. She was also a research fellow at the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management based in the University of Birmingham. She has presented at various conferences, such as at the 2014 ESRC seminar series organised by the University of Edinburgh and the 2014 Social Policy Association conference at Sheffield University. In 2012, she won the Best Presenter Award at the annual research presentations day organised by the British Federation of Women Graduates. She has published a few briefing papers about issues relating to financial education in the UK. Besides her research degrees, Jessie also has professional qualifications in the fields of accountancy and teaching.
Jadwiga studied Literature and French at Jagiellonian University in Kraków and at Sorbonne IV in Paris. In 1986 she was awarded a Master’s degree in Romance Philology from Jagiellonian University, which included a Polish equivalent of PGCE. Between 1986 and 1989 she taught French at the French Institute in Kraków, after which she moved to Oxford. During her first three years in England she worked for Oxfam as a part-time translator, translating monthly bulletins from English into French. Jadwiga has been working at St. Clare’s since 1993, teaching both Polish and French. She has also been working as a residential warden, duty manager and library assistant. Jadwiga loves literature, films, art and has a keen interest in Japanese literature and culture. She also very much enjoys her voluntary work for Mind, the mental health charity.
Kristina Galiniene started working at St Clare’s in 2011 and joined the team of resident wardens in September 2016 looking after the 121 Old House. Prior to her current role as a Senior House Parent, Kristina worked in several of Oxford’s international boarding colleges, providing both pastoral and security care.
Being passionate about children’s care and welfare, Kristina specialised in Family Education and Protection of Children’s Rights and completed a BA in this area from the State University of Lithuania. On graduation, Kristina was awarded a special Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude from the University’s Rector for outstanding performance throughout her studies. Committed to providing high standards of care, she further obtained a licence from the Security Industry Authority. Kristina gained additional pastoral experience during her studies, completing a placement at a local orphanage supporting disadvantaged children with various activities and daily tasks. She found this role very rewarding and continued volunteering there after her placement ended. In her spare time Kristina enjoys travelling but of most of all, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.
Monika is the House Parent for 10-12 Lathbury Road. Having graduated from Bialystok Higher School of Economics, where she gained a masters degree in Economics with majors on accountancy and finances. Monika has poured her passion and dedication in working for several of Oxford International Colleges where she gained experience of pastoral and residential work with young people from around the world. She enjoys meeting new international students every year and watching them grow and blossom.
Also, trained and Security Industry Authority licensed, she feels very dedicated about the security and the safeguarding of her students.
Monika loves cats and spending time with her husband, friends, baking and going for bike rides in the beautiful countryside around Oxford. She also enjoys travelling and discovering different cultures, and spends her holidays exploring the world.
Teodora has been a teacher of Bulgarian Literature at St Clare’s since 2011. In 2012 she also joined the Theory of Knowledge team, and in addition to the regular TOK lessons, she teaches introduction to critical thinking to teenagers in some of St Clare’s summer courses. She also works as a part-time Library Assistant, and has established a collection of books in Bulgarian in the college library.
Teodora’s background is in the field of media. She has BA and MA in Journalism (Sofia 1988), and read for MSc in Media and Communications (LSE 1996). Earlier in her career, Teodora worked in PR for a national NGO, and as a journalist in a national daily in Sofia, Bulgaria. After settling in the UK, she worked in London as a Producer-Presenter in the Bulgarian section of the BBC World Service (1995 – 2003).
Teodora’s career in education began in 2004 in Moscow (where she followed her husband), in the Anglo-American School (where she followed her daughter). After returning to England from Russia, Teodora taught Colloquial Bulgarian at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford University (2011-2012). In January 2015, together with a friend, she established a weekend language school for the children of the Bulgarian community in Oxford, which she continues to manage.
Warren has been involved in education for over 20 years including stints of living and teaching in countries as diverse as Poland, Canada, and Japan, as well as the UK. In addition to his experience in boarding, he also has considerable experience gained in permanent teaching positions in a variety of different schools, ranging from state comprehensives, PRU’s (Pupil Referral Unit), a hospital school, grammar schools and private schools in London and Kent. He was born in the UK but grew up in Canada and returned permanently to the UK in 2003, where he obtained his teaching degree. He spent over 10 years working in finance at the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto as well as the Japanese Embassy in London. Living in Oxford presents the pleasure of spending time with his daughter exploring the city and all its history as well as the surrounding countryside.
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