Year 1 Team
Mrs C Crabb
Year 1 class teacher (afternoons) & SENCO
I have worked at Westlands First school for nearly 9 years, and have been fortunate to teach throughout the school. I first started teaching Year 4 and covering PPA in all year groups. I then worked in foundation stage for 4 years, and seized the opportunity to train to become an Early Years Practitioner. I then returned to Year 4 before moving to Year 1 again this year.
Before joining Westlands I taught in various nurseries, first, primary and middle schools in Devon, Worcester, Northern Ireland and Germany, as my husband was an Officer in the British Army. I also trained as an aerobics instructor, and spent my evenings helping the military wives keep fit!
I am really proud to say that both my children were taught at Westlands First School. My son, Harvey, joined in year 3, and was fully supported by all staff to help him understand his autism. My daughter, Phoebe, joined in Year 1 and was taught to be proud of her own super qualities. Although my son is not emotionally strong enough to attend full time education, they are both doing really well and always popping in to school to see the staff.
I don’t get much spare time, but when I have a spare hour I like to exercise in the gym. I used to love running but due to several injuries, I have had to hang up my running shoes and cycle instead. My other passion is a strong coffee, and I will never turn down a coffee and chat!
Mrs A Barber
Year 1 Teacher (mornings)
From a very young age, I had my heart set on being a teacher (if I couldn’t be a pop star!). My first teaching post was at a school in Birmingham, which I actually attended as a child myself. I was lucky enough to work there for 7 years, teaching in year groups 3 to 6.
After getting married and having our daughter, we decided to relocate to Worcestershire and I began working at a school in Bromsgrove. I was passionate about gaining experience in Early Years and it was here I had the privilege to work in Nursery, where I was continually amazed by the children’s achievements and loved being a part of their early education.
In January 2016, I was delighted to join the team at Westlands First School, as Nursery, and now Year 1, teacher. Working as part of such a fantastic team, helping the children flourish and grow every day is an honour. Being there for every milestone, big or small is highly rewarding and fills me with pride. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and friends, and have real love of music, art and photography.
Mrs S Dawson-Smith (Formerly Williams)
Year 1 Class Teacher & Key Stage Lead
I started working at Westlands First School in October 2016 after moving to the Midlands from Manchester. When I started here I was known as Miss Williams but since then, I married my now husband, Sam (August 2017), and have become Mrs Dawson-Smith.
Before working at Westlands, I taught in Year 2 at a school in Moss Side, Manchester for 2 years and then in Years 1 and 2 in Stockport for 4 years.
I love living here in the Midlands and have really settled into school life at Westlands. The children and staff have really welcomed me and I love seeing the happy, smiling faces of the children in my class and around school every day.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my friends. I love baking and visiting my family back up in Manchester - especially my two little nieces.
Mrs P Tibbetts
I have been working at Westlands for 18 years as a teaching assistant across all year groups. I have completed my NVQ level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. My three children attended Westlands and my eldest Ashleigh, has just achieved her Masters degree in Ancient Civilisations.
In my spare time, I am very active within my local church, and I am also Captain of the First Droitwich Spa Boys Brigade and Girls Associsation.