Our Team

Meet our multi-talented team!

Angela Cousins

Founder & CEO

With nearly 2 decades of teaching and leadership experience, I yearned to follow a more innovative journey both for myself, fellow teachers, parents and students alike.

I was keen for the idea of ‘getting through school’ was a thing of the past and that we all equally had an opportunity to not just enjoy the learning process but to immerse ourselves in a learning environment with absolutely no barriers, regardless of age, ability, SEN or gifted and talented ability. Take that and sprinkle it with loads of fun – and you have Journey Education Group.
I am, at heart, an English teacher, GCSE examiner, a writer and a mum – and I am hugely proud to lead the Journey team.

Richard Smith


I have the honour of being the first employee of this amazing school – Journey. Angela asked me if I wanted to teach in a very different environment and I jumped at the chance – two years later and I am proud to be leading the science department, developing curriculums, leading training and writing courses for learners of all ages. Outside of Journey, I have worked in education for 10 years in every position a school has from teaching assistant to Senior Leadership team, and now focus on delivering outstanding KS3 , KS4 and KS5 science across all 3 disciplines through innovative, knowledgeable and outstanding teaching.

Laura Thomlinson


I have been a science teacher for 17 years and have been tutoring children in science for around 10 years.

I’m passionate about science and believe it is so important to understand the world around us.
There are so many jobs that are science-based and will be even more in the future so I love having a positive impact on my students’ grades!
I love helping children to ‘get’ those key science concepts and enjoy seeing the progress they make.
I am a mum of 4 children and understand how to motivate and energise children into learning.

Gareth Hadley

computer science

Hi, I’m Gareth.
Qualified computing teacher and GCSE examiner for OCR.
I’m currently employed as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Early Years Practitioner at a Sheffield nursery, and as a result I’m kept pretty busy! 
In the free time I have I enjoy music, video games, tabletop games, reading, mountain biking and NFL.
“In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect”
– Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind

Sue Whitherden


I am proud to be Journey’s MFL Teacher, leading in both German and French. Having gained a BA (Hons) in German from the University of Leicester, it was always my intention to become a teacher. For 28 years before I joined the Journey team, I taught at one Doncaster school and before that I taught in schools in Germany and Switzerland. I am currently semi-retired, but can’t seem to step back from teaching altogether and am enjoying watching our Journey students thrive in the languages department and have even more doors open for them.

Aaron Jack


I’m Aaron and I am the lead of all things computing, coding and computer programming. Alongside my role at Journey, I am the CEO of successful programming company which allows me to use both my skills as a teacher alongside workplace expertise. This creates a unique experience for my students. I love to inject as much fun yet challenge as possible into our department and you will often see me running workshops such as code your own retro game – no limits, no barriers. We like to have fun but we also like to work hard to create awesome games that we can share with friends and play together in class, leading us onto successful careers within the industry.

Sacha Gray


I spent my whole life trying to work out what art is.

Now I realise that art is just a way of working things out in a blissful way. And there are endless ways to swim around in these blissful waters of discovery! I feel it extremely important to get that message across. Every human has their own fascinating, unique modus operandi to navigate their

way through life.

I want to help open doors through that navigation and Journey is the perfect place for me to do that. Working with students and artists of all ages, I love working with a multitude of media in order to create artistic opportunities and outlets that can enrich all of our lives.

Alfie Gualda


Having over 20 years experience teaching Maths at GCSE across a number of secondary schools and academies, I am now proud to be working with Journey. Alongside my normal teaching practice, I have developed resources which support NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) starting their careers in Maths, through to experienced Maths teachers looking for challenging ideas and concepts to engage students in learning. My students have consistently achieved high pass rates at GCSE Maths throughout my career as they gain a deep understanding of the Maths topics due to my engaging teaching methods and resources. I’m looking forward to meeting you and assisting you on your learning journey.

Tracey Paige


Journey can take you along an artistic path developing your drawing and painting skills as well as exploring new and exciting media and techniques.
As an experienced teacher, learning and SENCO, I am able to teach children from all key stages through a variety of innovative learning styles to ensure that we overcome all barriers that we are presented with.
Together, we will enable you to experiment, explore and above all enjoy developing and recognising your full potential within the creative arts.


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on ”     –    Albert Einstein

Jenny Crump


From an early age I have always wanted to teach. Like many, I had a hard time at secondary school and one of my teachers helped me find my way and thrive.
Hence I qualified as an English Teacher and have become a student mentor and a teacher trainee mentor in the last year. All students are different and need different support and care. That’s the true beauty of teaching! It is so much more than just helping them to passing a test, it’s nurturing a young person to find their passion, drive and potential, whatever that may be! Thus I joined the magical place you know as The Journey Education Group. ❤
“A dyslexic English Teacher? You can’t do it.” They said.
Oh I think I can!

Janet Marsh


Hi! My name is Janet and I am a drama specialist for Journey.
I have a wealth of experience to share with students of all ages. I started my career training as a Professional Actress, which I still do today, mainly on TV and Voiceovers. I then did a PGCE and started work in Doncaster as a Drama teacher. I managed to juggle my acting career nicely with teaching for 13 years and made my way up to Director of Learning. Then in 2016, I opened PQA Doncaster as Principal of two academies, and continued focussing more on my acting career along side
Primary school supply work, which brings me to present day. My journey to Journey!
I am extremely passionate about performing arts, and what it can do to people of any age. I love to see students excel personally and professionally in their own areas, at their own pace, improve self-confidence, express their own personalities and
opinions, whilst working as part of a team in a safe environment. Being able to support students whilst taking risks, and making their own journey, is so rewarding to me, and witnessing their personal achievement whatever that may be.
I look forward to working with you one day.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”- Walt Disney

Jayne Clayton

primary & phonics

After working for 18 years in Primary Schools I became despondent about state education and so became self-employed.   I wanted to deliver learning in a more innovative way where quality came before quantity.  I wanted to teach more creatively, tailoring learning to give pupils a memorable learning journey, with my personality shining through.  I have taught Nursery through to Year 6 but my favourite age to teach is Years 1 and 2.

After a year of teaching the way I want to teach, and enjoying seeing the children flourish, I can gladly say I made the right decision.  I enjoy going to work again – in fact it doesn’t feel like work at all!! I am now very excited to join the Journey Education team; where I know I will be valued and where children are at the center of everything.

I am passionate about teaching children to read, as I believe this is a vital life skill.  It is something that should be enjoyed and not just done to ‘pass a test’.  My specialist area of teaching is phonics.  I set up Frog Phonics to enjoy delivering sequential synthetic phonics session that are multi-sensory and fun to do.  It is becoming very popular (I hope this continues).  I hope to become a phonics consultant in the near future.

I live in Sprotbrough with my husband Paul and my two children: Zac (11) and Elliot (9).  They keep me quite busy so I don’t have much time for a hobby.  The boys love playing football so I am a football mum every weekend, serving refreshments at home matches and washing kits.

 I enjoy eating out (and maybe enjoying the odd glass of wine 😊 ).  We love going on holiday to Greece and eating Greek food.  I have been to 6 Greek islands so far.  In the future I would like to visit Santorini, India, Thailand and Bali and learn about their culture.

Joanne Whitehead


As finance and operations manager, I have a behind the scenes role in the Journey team. Having 10 years experience of running an accountancy practice, along with a professional background in operations, sales & marketing, I am really enjoying playing a pivotal role in Journey’s growth. Having worked for blue chip companies such as Time Warner, I am now proud to support a fast growing and dynamic business like Journey and am proud to support the systems and procedures required to make this happen seamlessly.



He does the website & stuff like that.
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