WELCOME TO YEAR 2!
Our Year 2 teachers are Mrs. Wakes (Class 4) and Miss Strophair (Class 5) and they are supported by Miss Somers and Mrs. Hendry.
Below you can find out a little bit more about the Year 2 team.
Hi, I am Mrs. Wakes and I am currently one of the Year 2 teachers (Class 4) and also the Geogaphy Co-ordinator. I have worked at Etherley Lane Primary School since 2015. Before that, I worked in other schools across County Durham. During my time as a teacher, I have taught in KS1, 2 and 3. I enjoy the different challenges that each key stage presents. I love to watch children grow and mature both academically and socially through their friendships and interests. My favourite subjects to teach are Maths, English and Geography.
Outside of school I am married and we have a daughter, Millie. As a family we enjoy travelling and have visited some great countries although our favourite place will always be Scotland. It is there that we unwind, relax and enjoy walking our two Border Collies – Ned and Dennis.
Hello I’m Miss Somers. I have part of the Etherley Lane team since February 2019. Our school really is such a friendly and positive place to be which has helped me settle in so well.
Since 2016 I have experienced nursery, primary and SEN settings working mainly 1:1 with children that need behavioural and educational support which is incredibly rewarding.
I live with my partner and 3 year old son Alex where have resettled back in Bishop Auckland after living in Vestmannaejar, which is a little island off the south coast of Iceland (famous for its Puffins and volcano).
I love to spend time as a family and having days out together. We love to visit the beach and go on long walks with our little cocker spaniel Roxy.
Hello, my name is Miss Strophair and I am the Year 2 class teacher. I have been at Etherley Lane since 2004. I have worked in two other schools locally and also worked abroad as a young teacher. I spent 4 years teaching Bahamian children on Grand Bahama Island in the Bahama Islands. After a short spell teaching in Spennymoor, I then caught the travelling bug again and spent eight years teaching English to Bruneian children in Brunei Darussalam. I travelled extensively during my time there and still love exploring new cultures and meeting new people.
During my time in the Far East I developed a real appreciation for Asian food and enjoy re- creating Asian dishes at home. I am also a keen walker and find rambling is a great way to unwind after a busy day at school.
I’m Mrs. Hendry! I joined the team at Etherey Lane Primary School in February 2019 and mainly work in Year 2 and deliver Read Write Inc. in EYFS and Key Stage 1. Our school is such a friendly place to be and the staff and pupils have made me feel very welcome. My favourite time of the school week is Friday afternoon because I run drama privilege time with Miss Giblin. We have lots of fun exploring characters and roles and the children have some fantastic ideas.
I’m originally from Rotherham but I lived in Cumbria for a number of years before moving to County Durham. I am married and have a 4 year old daughter called Ivy and a 3 year old son called Arthur. I love going on adventures with my family and exploring new places. We have recently bought a tent so I am excited to plan lots of camping adventures with my children. When I was at school my favourite subject was English as I loved reading and writing stories. I’m a real bookworm and my favourite books are the Harry Potter series. My ideal day would be sitting on a beach on the Isle of Man with a pile of Harry Potter books!
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