The residential staff at Brockwood Park School share a common interest in the educational approach and the teachings of J. Krishnamurti. They come to Brockwood from around the world and bring a wide range of skills and personal qualities. Whether they are working in the garden, cooking the meals, or teaching in the classroom, they are all regarded as educators with responsibilities that mean an active engagement with students. This engagement takes place through day-to-day interaction in which staff support students in learning which is not only concerned with different disciplines, but takes in the personal and social spheres as well.
Brockwood also employs many non-residential staff, who perform essential functions in the School on both a full-time and part-time basis. Some teach, others help in administrative duties and all combine to help provide the school with an important link to the wider community. There are more or less equal numbers of male and female staff at Brockwood and an overall adult to student ratio of around 1:2. Some are former students who have returned to work at Brockwood after having pursued successful studies and careers elsewhere.
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The Staff Body
A conviction that his journey involved supporting others to find fuller, deeper ways of living led Alex Massie to find Krishnamurti’s teachings, and he joined the staff team at Brockwood Park in 2014. With an academic background in engineering (Alex holds an MEng in Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering and MSc in Water Management), Alex has travelled through working in business, local government, overseas development, and as an environmental consultant; he has also spent time living and working in communities such as the Centre for Alternative Technology, where he worked in the woodland and as a water & sanitation engineer. How we seek to live our lives, and how we navigate this complex world, fascinates Alex and exploring how we create Right Livelihood is close to his heart. Alex is the Curriculum Coordinator at the school and is also involved in teaching mathematics and human ecology. He feels strongly that getting outdoors is a critical part of learning and he is training to become a Mountain Leader to enable him to lead expeditions to more remote locations.
Antonio Autor was born in Spain and attended Jesuits College in Pamplona, prior to gaining a BA at the Bilbao School of Business Studies. He played professional football from 1976 to 1985 and then completed two years of English studies in Cardiff, Brighton and London. Antonio joined Brockwood Park School in 1987 as a teacher of Business Studies and Sports, whilst also having some responsibilities for the grounds. He trained in horticulture and became Head Gardener of the Brockwood Park estate for eight years, while continuing to participate in and support pastoral care within the School. Antonio was appointed as Senior Tutor for pastoral care and taught A-Level Business Studies for several years prior to being asked by the Trustees to become Administrator of the Krishnamurti Retreat Centre (situated in the same grounds as the School). Antonio spent six years in this role overseeing an increase in visitors to the Centre and improvements to the buildings. For the academic year beginning 2015 Antonio was asked by the Trustees to return to the School as Co-Principal, a post which he was pleased to accept and from August 2018 will be the Principal of the School for the academic year 2018-19. Antonio lives at Brockwood with his partner Helena.
Ashleigh Ellis is a former student who went on to study a BA in Fine Arts, specialising in textiles. This year she has been involved in the Arts Hub, supporting students with their projects and offering many different skill-based workshops. Ashleigh has also enlivened the textiles department in the Art Barn and has run an oil painting club year round. She will be teaching the Arts Foundation course from September and be part of the Human Ecology programme, where she is very interested in exploring the use of natural materials.
Carvalho Ildelindo da Silveira has been at Brockwood for 8 years initially working in maintenance and grounds. He is now a member of the teaching staff, with experience in teaching foundation Physics, Chemistry, Maths and A Level Physical Geography. He really appreciates living at Brockwood because it is an international community and it gives rise to the possibility of exploring Krishnamurti's teachings in relationship.
Gary Boller teaches Graphic design AS and A2 on a part time basis. He has an HND in Graphic Design. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, and animator when not at Brockwood and has had work published in various comics, books, newspapers, and magazines; he has designed and animated for television. He enjoys teaching at Brockwood and believes that true creativity is found beyond the mind.
Javier Jurado grew up in the south of Spain. He attended the Catholic College of Santísima Trinidad in Córdoba, and later the University of Educational Sciences of Córdoba. His enthusiasm for sports then led him to work as an instructor in martial arts, where he later competed at regional and national levels. At the age of 18 he stumbled upon a video of Krishnamurti in dialogue with David Bohm, and it was this video which begun his passionate study into the educational approach and teachings of Krishnamurti. Inspired by this and with the help of his family, he started to collaborate with the Krishnamurti Foundation of Latin America, helping with publications, dialogues and retreats. In 2015 he joined Brockwood Park School as a Mature Student and discovered a quality to the place; a laboratory that invites the inquiry into human conditioning. Two years later, in 2017, he became a residential teacher in Spanish and Physical Education.
Jennifer Kowalewski first joined Brockwood Park School in 2009. In the past four years she has been living in Spain, learning how to build with natural materials and studying the Semiotics of Expression through children´s paintings. She has a Masters of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. Jennifer decided to return to Brockwood in 2015 to further explore questions in education that steer away from mainstream education and to enquire into topics on life with young people and other educators within the community. She loves photographing and sketching, going for walks, working in the garden, and is passionate about using art to promote active learning through all subjects.
Margaret Penney was educated in Scotland. Following the completion of her Ph.D., she became a lecturer in the Zoology Department at Liverpool University and began teaching with the Open University. After a few years with Longman Publishing, producing science texts for the Middle East, she qualified as a Secondary School teacher. Margaret was Head of Science at Wimbledon High School (GDST) before coming to Brockwood to teach Biology in 2002.
Olya Maiboroda grew up in Russia where she trained as an English teacher. She then continued her studies in the USA, earning an MA in English and MSc in Environmental Studies. Olya's professional journey spans various countries and includes working on a UN project with the coastal communities around the Black Sea to develop environmental education resources, carrying out university research into sustainability, running Forest Schools and plant-medicine walks, and re-learning to play alongside 3-5 year olds in a primary school. The unifying thread to Olya's work is learning directly from nature and facilitating this kind of learning for others. Olya is co-running the Human Ecology program and teaches English as a Second Language. Her teenage daughter is also a new student at the school.
Simone Morganti joined Brockwood to work as a cook, wanting to learn about vegetarian cuisine, and led by the desire to explore Krishnamurti's teachings. He holds a master's degree in musicology, loves playing frisbee, and has an unrivaled experience as waiter in posh restaurants.
Stanly Sugumar was first introduced to Krishnamurti's teachings in 2002 at Sholai School in South India, which is run by a former long-time Brockwood staff member. Stanly first came to Brockwood in 2004 as a mature student. Learning about the self, working with students and nature (growing vegetables especially) have always been areas of great interest to him. He did a part-time horticultural course at Sparsholt College in Winchester in order to help Brockwood with running the vegetable garden. He left Brockwood in 2007 to travel and learned various life and work skills as well as spreading the word and intentions of what he sees as a unique school. Stanly returned in 2011 to be a Brockwood educator and these days his work focuses on maintaining the grounds and doing pastoral care.
Svetlana Lebedeva is a qualified nurse, sales manager, and yoga instructor. Before coming to Brockwood Park, she spent 10 years working in the Krishnamurti Centre in Russia. Together with a group of friends, she took an active part in creating and building the centre, organizing Krishnamurti seminars, summer school programmes for students abroad, and managing the distribution of educational material. Svetlana is Brockwood's full-time nurse and she likes to help in the kitchen when she is available.
At the age of 17, Thomas Lehmann first stumbled upon a quote by Krishnamurti which eventually led to a deep interest in a different way of living and perceiving. Learning about Krishnamurti's radically different views on education, Thomas started considering teaching as a profession and eventually took up university studies in physical education and geography at the University of Münster, Germany and the University of Las Palmas, Spain. After completing his bachelor's degree in these subjects, Thomas first joined Brockwood as a mature student between 2011 and 2013. After completing a master's degree in education in 2015, he traveled the world for almost nine months - including visits to several Krishnamurti schools in India - before rejoining Brockwood as a residential teacher in August 2016. He has a strong passion for movement and sports as well as for languages, nature and the silence of the mind.