Meet The Team
MS HELEN DRUMMOND — PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
If you live in the West of Haringey, you are much more likely to go to university than if you live in the East of the borough, ie Tottenham. My role as Director of Chrysalis East is to build a programme that addresses that disparity. I manage the team, report to our funder on progress and ensure that the programme is high quality and having an impact. I have lived in Tottenham for 15 years and my children were born here, so it's home now. I want to make sure that if Tottenham is your home, that you have a fair chance to access university.
MS LINA CHARKI — PROGRAMME ASSISTANT
Having always been keen on working on driving social mobility, and addressing barriers that individuals face, especially in my local area, this role is perfect. Being the Programme Assistant for Chrysalis East allows me to do just that, through working directly with students, as well as planning and running events. All of this to help tackle the obstacles to success that are unique to Tottenham, and ones that I am familiar with facing myself.
MR OBI ONYIDO — CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY LEAD
As Careers and Employability Lead I am responsible for developing the careers strategy by which we work with students at LAET and our feeder schools. I believe a key aspect of my role will be working in partnership with local schools jointly agreeing to key objectives that are of mutual benefit to the children, young people and parents that we serve.
MS IFE AKINROYEJE — CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMME OFFICER
Growing up I went to six different schools in London and experienced first-hand the disparities in provisions and guidance across schools. These stark differences often informed by the wider socioeconomic inequalities in society made me realise that every child is running the same race, but they all have a different starting line and very different hurdles along the way. I joined Chrysalis East because although these challenges shape our journeys, it should not limit where we can go. As the Careers and Employability Programme Officer, I hope to address these inequalities, and support students from primary to university in their journeys to fulfilling their career dreams.
MS CAMILLA STANGER — ENGLISH PARTNERSHIP TEACHER
Having worked in Haringey for over ten years, as an A Level & GCSE English teacher and co-director of a community dance programme, I am both convinced and excited by the creative and intellectual energy of young people in this borough.
I look forward to working with students and teachers across our partner schools to build upon existing talents and skills, especially within English literature and language and performing arts — all powerful subjects for social change. I also look forward to drawing upon cutting edge research and knowledge I have access to in my other part-time role, as lecturer in Teacher Education and sociology of education at Goldsmiths University.
MS PAMELA TIPCHU — BIOLOGY PARTNERSHIP TEACHER
After teaching in secondary schools for over 10 years, I wanted to transfer my love of science, particularly, biology to everyone! I thoroughly enjoy bringing the joy of science into the everyday of young minds and helping them understand what a fascinating world we live in. I joined Chrysalis East as I knew first hand just how much difference a champion can make to the lives of young people and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and expertise of secondary science into helping improve the prospects and outcomes of the young people of Tottenham.
DR JUSTIN PALFREYMAN — PARTNERSHIP TEACHER OF PHYSICS
I have worked in/with schools in East London for the last 8 years, both teaching and providing outreach through partnerships with the Institute of Physics and the Ogden Trust. Unfortunately there are too few specialist Physics teachers in state secondary schools, and this makes it less likely for students to achieve higher grades or be inspired to go on to study Physics at A-Level.
I am on a mission to improve this picture through increasing non-specialist teacher's confidence and giving students a taste of what Physics beyond GCSE looks like and where it can take them.
ms Joan bomfim — partnership teacher of chemistry
I completed my master’s degree at Rensselaer (Troy, NY) in 1999, having done research on heteronuclear coordination compounds. While completing my master’s, I oversaw the lab component of the general chemistry course required by all undergraduates. I have taught middle and secondary school at both state and independent schools in the US for over 15 years. Most recently, I was an independent contractor, working with schools, families and students on increasing student confidence, navigating school policies and administrations, academic and test-taking skills, subject specific learning, and US college admissions.
I started my academic life as a theatrical lighting designer and worked on 'Off-Off Broadway and Broadway' (contract electrician). I am a cook, hiker, reader, writer, drawer, basket and jewellery maker and a budding tenor recorder player. I bring everything into the classroom with me, believing in a fully collaborative and integrated learning experience that fosters curiosity.