We are very lucky to have such a great team of dedicated and highly qualified teachers at Duchal.  They each bring their own personal attributes to all our activities and they really make our nursery a very special place. With many years of experience in early years, a cosmopolitan background and all with children of their own the team of staff provide a caring, nurturing environment for the children, and make Duchal Nursery an extra special place.

Here's a little bit of background information on our wonderful teachers!

Head Teacher - Mrs Victoria Gheur

Mrs Gheur decided to fulfil a lifelong passion to teach in early years. She worked towards and gained her HNC in Early Years and Childcare and is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in childhood practice SQA level 11.  She has a love of literacy and enjoys being part of the Duchal nurturing team which she joined in 2016.

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Favourite children’s book:                         Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Family Film:                                               The Goonies
Something not many people know:            Mrs Gheur used to play the drums at school
As a child, when I grew up I wanted to be: A princess!!
Favourite part of Duchal:                            I love the nurturing family environment and reading with the children.          

Deputy Head Teacher - Mrs Alison Campbell

 

Following a Masters Degree in Music from Glasgow University, Mrs Campbell gained a Post Graduate qualification in Human Resource Management, working in a number of management roles for M&S across the UK before settling in Kilmacolm with her family in 2003.  After her children attended Duchal Nursery she completed her studies to become an Early Years Practitioner. She has been part of the Duchal staff since 2004. She is fully involved in Duchal and specialises in musical activities. Mrs Campbell particularly enjoys the buzz from working with pre-school children and seeing their development during their time at Duchal. 

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Favourite children’s book:                         Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present
Family Film:                                               Enchanted
Something not many people know:            Mrs Campbell served as a Reserve Army Officer. 
As a child, when I grew up I wanted to be: Wonder Woman! 
Favourite part of Duchal;                             It’s such a happy place to be. I love seeing how our children develop and progress, and the challenge of ensuring that this happens through play.

Teacher - Mrs Linda Watson

Mrs Watson was Chair of the Parents Cooperative Committee whilst her two daughters attended the Nursery.   She has worked towards and completed her NC in Early Education and Childcare and has been part of the teaching team since 2013.

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Favourite children’s book:                            We're Going on a Bear Hunt                    
Family Film:                                                 Stardust                        
Something not many people know:             Scottish Aerobics Champion    
As a child, when I grew up I wanted to be: A hairdresser
Favourite part of Duchal:                             Having fun with the children, watching them develop and grow in confidence


 Teacher - Mrs Moira Grant

Mrs Grant graduated with an honours degree in English Literature. Following her four children attending Duchal she trained as a primary teacher.  She is fully involved in the Duchal team which she joined in 2016. 

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Favourite children’s book:                         Room on the Broom
Family Film:                                               Home Alone
Something not many people know:            I’ve changed George Ezra's nappy
As a child, when I grew up I wanted to be: A Shopkeeper (I liked the buttons on the till).
Favourite part of Duchal:                            Children laughing.

Teacher - Mrs Jan Wark

Mrs Wark trained in childcare, however after moving abroad worked in the corporate world for 25 years. On relocating to the UK and Kilmacolm, she decided to return to follow her passion of childcare, joining us in the autumn 2018.

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Favourite children’s book:                  Danny the Champion of the World                  
Family Film:                                        5 Children and It                                   
Something not many people know:     I’ve climbed Mount Kinabalu in SE Asia, to raise funds for Riding for the Disabled, Singapore
As a child, when I grew up I wanted to: Travel the world (I don’t remember thinking about how I’d fund it).
Favourite part of Duchal:                     No two days are the same

French Teacher - Madame Camelford

As a native French speaker Madame Camelford is a fantastic asset to the nursery.  Through our weekly lessons the children gain a fantastic insight into life in France, learning key vocabulary.