Meet the Teachers

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 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.

Who knew…….

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.         

Mrs Campbell Music Teacher

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 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.

Who knew…….

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.        

Mrs 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. 

Who knew…….

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.     

Mrs Sinclair

Mrs Sinclair is from this area and went to school locally. She has always been interested in art and from a very young age had sketchbooks of watercolours of her favourite illustrations.

She concentrated on art and sports at school then went to Edinburgh College of Art gaining a degree in textile design before going to Jordanhill to gain her teaching qualification. After some time in the north of England she returned with her young family which is when her interest in the early years began and she hasn’t looked back, introducing this age group to creativity is her passion.

Who knew….

Favourite children’s book:The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton 
Family Film:     Any Disney film especially The Lion King 
Something not many
people know: 
 
I’ve been lucky enough to have a chat with the Queen 
As a child, when I grew up I wanted to be: I wanted to always be a teacher – so happy to be living my dream!
Favourite part of Duchal: The warmth felt when the doors are opened. It’s extremely welcoming and happy. 

Mrs 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.

Who knew…….

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     

Mrs Wylie

Mrs Wylie joined us in January 2021,  with a BA in Business Law and a PG Dip in TESOL she worked at Glasgow University.  After becoming a mum she volunteered at school as a parent helper and enjoyed it so much decided to study for a HNC in Childhood Practice.

Who knew…….

Favourite children’s book:                         The Paper Dolls                                              
Family Film:                                               The Sound of Music                                                               
Something not many
people know:   
         
I was in a Gaelic TV show as a child about crofting life in the Outer Hebrides!   
As a child, when I grew up I wanted to be: A nursery teacher (yes, really!) and a news reporter
Favourite part of Duchal:                           The lovely children and teachers. It’s a joy to come into work & see lots of happy faces!