Meet the team
We welcome all who are like-minded to join us in improving the lives of vulnerable young people. Meet the team that works behind-the-scenes – and loves every minute of it. We are strong because being part of a team makes us selfless and feel that we are doing something for the greater good. (Mike Kryzewski) Apricot is a team of dedicated educators passionate about improving their students’ lives.
Sharing best practice and having fun
Amy Smith, A.B., M.Div., S.T.M. Managing Director
Before joining Apricot Online, Amy taught in mainstream schools and colleges in both the UK and the US. She has been a guest lecturer at a variety of university, seminary, and civic groups, as well as a practicing theologian and iconographer. As an iconographer, she knows how connected mind and body really are. As a theologian, she is aware of all the opportunities (missed and taken) for closeness between people.
It is these sensibilities that brought Amy to manage the work undertaken at Apricot and to serve as the Chair of Governors at St. George’s CTAPS. Amy has over 30 years of IT experience – another important skill set she brings to Apricot. She is the driving force behind all of our technical innovations. Amy has also been invited to confer with the DfE on an inspection framework for online education providers and their work towards creating registration/quality assurance mark for these organisations.
Amy has also worked as an Ethicist for NIH (National Institutes of Health) in their Animal Care and Use protocol committee for the Neurological Disease and Disorders Institute. There she worked with scientists and surgeons who were discovering cures and procedures to combat a number of diseases; chief among them, Parkinsonism.
Amy is an avid musician and when she is not jamming or out on the hills with her beagles, she is easily persuaded to curl up with her pups and a good movie.
Jodie Phillips, BSc.
Jodie is usually your first point of contact at Apricot. She has immense experience as a Project Coordinator in the finance industry and has, happily, decided on Apricot as her challenge for the foreseeable future.
She has a wealth of operational experience and has streamlined our systems at Apricot HQ. With exceptional multi-tasking and organisational skills, Jodie is a highly motivated, confident young woman who never shies away from taking the initiative. She is known for her discretion and professionalism when dealing with clients, students, and colleagues.
Jodie entered the field of education to make a difference and believes she now gets that opportunity each and every day by helping every child find success at Apricot. With collaborative efforts from staff and clients alike, she is extremely proud of this amazing school community.
Jodie makes the Apricot experience run smoothly – for clients, students, parents/carers, and for her colleagues. She adds value to the management team by driving us to continuing success with a clear business strategy.
On weekends Jodie likes filling her time with Clay Pigeon Shooting, walking, or curling up with a good book. But her new found love is definitely travelling the country on the back of her hubby’s motorbike.
Lewisa Jordan, BEd.
Lewisa is a highly skilled teacher with 16 years of experience gained in a variety of educational settings, including mainstream education and alternative provision. Most recently, Lewisa was an assistant headteacher in a special school.
As an experienced practitioner, she understands the importance of custom designed schemes of work for individuals that have additional needs. Lewisa firmly believes that online learning is an ideal solution for many young people struggling with the demands of mainstream education.
In addition to teaching expertise, Lewisa brings strong management experience in educational settings to Apricot. She thrives on supporting others to achieve their potential and seeing Apricot continue to expand and progress.
In her spare time, Lewisa likes to relax with her family and can often be found baking cakes on a Sunday afternoon or trawling the internet searching for the next holiday deal.
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