Meet the Team

We owe all of our enormous success at Teacher Tapp to our brilliant team. Bringing together expertise in education, technology and data analysis we are a small but skilled team who operate as a well-oiled machine. That’s how we’re able to survey over 8,000 teachers a day!

Chief Executive Officer

Laura was a teacher in London secondary schools for six years before becoming a journalist.
 
She spent four years editing Schools Week, and is a regular Guardian Education columnist. She started Teacher Tapp with Becky in 2017 as a bit of fun. It soon became clear that it would be so much more.
 
My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: Teachers who go to the pub together are more likely to work in outstanding schools. Is it causal? Someone should definitely fund a random control trial to find out.
 
Email: laura@teachertapp.co.uk

Chief Analyst

Becky was a teacher before spending 15 years as an academic studying schools. She spends a day a week as a Professor of Education at University of Brighton.
 
Most of Becky’s career has been spent gathering and analysing education data. She came up with the idea of Teacher Tapp through the frustration of trying to get teachers to answer email surveys!
 
My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: Discussing organisational vision or mission makes me fall asleep, so I was entertained to see that 4-in-10 heads couldn’t state their own school motto or vision!
 
Email: becky@teachertapp.co.uk

Chief Technology Officer

Alex worked as a database developer for 9 years before training to become a Physics Teacher in 2010.

He co-founded Teacher Tapp in 2017, while still teaching. After too many post-period-5 bug fixing sessions he decide to work on Teacher Tapp full-time and has been doing so ever since.

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: Teacher Tapp data constantly reveals the heterogeneous nature of the English school system.  Even for us, it’s a constant eye-opener how different schools can be.

Email: alex@teachertapp.co.uk
Twitter: @A_Weatherall

Chief Operations Officer

Karen is an education researcher and has worked for NFER, CfBT, and the BBC amongst others. She is fascinated by education and in her spare time is a Trustee of Greenshaw Multi Academy Trust & sits on her local school appeals panel. In 2020 Karen was awarded an MBE for services to children with special educational needs

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: All ‘5 of the most rewarding things about being a teacher‘? This set of stats show all the wonderful things about the teaching profession!
 

Email: karen@teachertapp.co.uk
Twitter: @KarenWespieser

Nick Kostelnik

Interim VP Engineering

Nick started coding when he was young. Over the years he developed a passion for great Engineering. Recently he have begun to study Physics and Artificial Intelligence.

Nick spent ten years working in the London startup scene helping investors to develop new technology for early-stage startups.  Recently he has been focusing on helping streamline processes, increasing software quality and also infrastructure reliability. 

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: I’m genuinely thankful that so many people are dedicated to the discovery of information using our platform.

Email: nick.k@teachertapp.co.uk

Jack Ashworth

Data Analyst

Jack worked as a process control system engineer during his gap year before studying Computer Science at University. During this time, he developed an interest in building computer generated models as well as tutoring and teaching coding part time.

He joined Teacher Tapp in January 2021 looking for a chance to both use and expand his knowledge in both computing and educational fields.

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: Language and Arts teachers are more likely (at 17%) to be left-handed than any other discipline with only 9% of Primary teachers sharing the trait.

Email: jack@teachertapp.co.uk

Head of Partnerships

Shamaila has held a wide range of roles supporting students in school from behind the scenes.

Having worked across the spectrum of Primary, Secondary and SEN schools for 6 years in East London, Shamaila now works full time with  Teacher Tapp, managing Client and Customer relations.

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: I’m always particularly interested by our findings on teacher anxiety and wellbeing and how this changes at different times of year.

Email: shamaila@teachertapp.co.uk 

Head of Delivery

Samantha has worked with many large retailers developing their customer service and business to business functions.

She progressed into a franchising business model, confirming her passion for account management.  Looking for an opportunity within the educational world, Samantha joined the team in July 2019.

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: It’s fascinating to find out teachers’ attitudes towards issues like Brexit. It’s also interesting who teachers plan to vote for and actually end up voting for!

Email: samantha@teachertapp.co.uk

Data Services and Analytics Developer

Nick started out completing a Physics PhD. While blasting polymer cells with laser beams, he developed a love for coding.

He then designed scientific measurement equipment and analytical software for use in renewable energy research. With a broad bank of technology skills, he joined Teacher Tapp in February 2020.

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: Nearly half of all teachers have technology fail them on any given day! It’s a real problem as schools become more reliant on technology.

Email: nick@teachertapp.co.uk 

Humayraa Mulla

React Developer

Humayraa took up coding as a hobby before deciding to make the move into a career in tech.

She studied software development at a coding bootcamp and joined the Teacher Tapp team in October 2020.

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: The fact that teachers anticipate pupil behaviour to worsen at different months of the year as well as in different weather conditions is really interesting.

Email: humayraa@teachertapp.co.uk

Harry Langley

Junior Developer

Harry’s first  interaction with programming was at age 14 when he made command line quizzes for GCSE. 

At 18, he joined Teacher Tapp, relishing the opportunity to learn on the job (especially in lockdown), and he “hasn’t looked back since!”

My Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: More than 10% of teachers don’t use digital software to present to their classes… I find it hard to imagine a class without a PowerPoint!

Iain Ford

Senior Data & Reporting Analyst

Iain hasn’t left education since he started primary school. After completing his statistics degree in 2016, he spent the majority of the following five years working with education data in the edtech sector.

He joined the Teacher Tapp team in July 2021, citing that it combined two of his main interests – data analysis and education!

Favourite Teacher Tapp Finding: I can’t understand how 1/3 of teachers prefer the chisel tip board marker! My handwriting with one is illegible compared to when I use a bullet marker.

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