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Meet the Team

Find out about the First Class team below, who they are, what they do and more importantly what they look like, if you mouse over their pictures, you get to see a sneaky school photo too!

First Class Teacher Supply
Staff Bio's

Who we are!

Photo of Dionne and Lesley happy at work!

Before you look at the photos, just to recap on who we are!

Consultants:  Fran, Lauren, Kate

Admin: Julia, Jemma, Amy and Lucy

Payroll and Finance: Dionne and Jonny

Directors: Lesley and Steph

Educational Advisors: Mavis Lowery and Catherine Falkenstein

Office Mascot: Ted the Westie!

Now check out the photos to put a face to the name!  Scroll over each photo to see what we all looked like as little ones too!




Lesley is one of the Directors and together with Steph, responsible for setting up First Class way back in 2004! Still very hands on and always available for all our Teachers and Schools, both old and new! What Lesley doesn't know about education recruitment isn't worth knowing!



Steph is one of the Directors and together with Lesley, responsible for setting up First Class way back in 2004! Steph is also very hands on and deals with all the Human Resources, marketing and media side of things. Like Lesley, always available for all our teachers and schools!


Finance Manager

Dionne is in charge of all things finance and together with Jonny, the lady responsible for all our payroll, invoicing etc!  An accounts whizz and an invaluable part of the First Class Supply management team.


Senior Recruitment Consultant & Primary Specialist

A fully qualified teacher herself, Fran is our Senior Consultant and Primary Specialist, having many years experience in this area of recruitment.  Whether you are an NQT looking to start out on supply or a more experienced teacher, she would love to hear from you if primary teaching is your specialism!


Recruitment Consultant, Secondary Specialist

Lauren deals with all our Secondary Supply Teachers across the whole of the North East.  Whether you are an NQT new to supply or a more experienced Supply Teacher, she would love to hear from you if Secondary Teaching is your area of expertise.  Lauren also works alongside Julia in bringing her expertise to our Teaching Assistants and Nursery Nurses. 


Recruitment Consultant, Primary Specialism

Kate is the newest member of the First Class Supply team, having joined us in July 2014 as an experienced Education Consultant.  Together with Fran she deals with all things primary and would love to speak to you if you are one of our existing team of Primary Supply Teachers, or an NQT seeking advice on a career in primary supply.


Recruitment Specialist - Teaching Assistants

Julia is back with us after giving birth to her lovely twins on Christmas Day 2011! She is an expert in all areas of educational recruitment and is always available to help you with any questions you may have.  She loves talking with and helping all our candidates and is also the Recruitment Specialist for all Teaching Assistants and Nursery Nurses.  If you would like to join us as a Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant or Nursery Nurse, Julia is the lady to help you.


Resourcer & Events Coordinator

Jemma is the first person you will see when you come into the office, and she's always ready with a lovely smile! She deals with lots of things, including the registration process for all our new candidates and would love you to get in touch!  She is also a fantastic organisor and is responisble for arranging all our Open Days, socials etc. 


Accounts, Business & Communications

Jonny is our fab accounts whizz and together with Dionne, responsible for payroll, invoicing etc - he is the first person you should call if you have any accounts related questions. He's brilliant at IT too!  Jonny joined us initially as an apprentice way back in 2010 and we were delighted to offer him a permanent job - he's now an integral part of our team and we can't imagine life without him now!


Administration Officer

Here's our Amy who deals with all things admin! She will greet you with her big smile when you come to visit us in the office and together with Jemma, will answer any registration and admin type queries you might have.  Together with Jonny, Amy joined us an Apprentice back in 2010 and we were delighted to subsequently offer her a permanent job!


Chief Dogsbody

Meet Ted, he's our office mascot and would love to come and say hello to you on the days he's in the office.


Primary & Secondary School Teacher Recruitment & Supply

Teacher Recruitment / Supply Agency for Pre-School Nurseries, Primary, Secondary, Early Years, Key Stage 1, 2, 3, 4. Educational Recruitment Consultancy with Vacancies for Supply Teachers, TA, SEN, HTLA, NQT & Nursery Nurses. Durham, Teesside, Tyneside, Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle & Northumberland

Our Teacher Supply Agency Locations

Newcastle | Gateshead | Sunderland | Tynemouth | Durham | Teesside | Northumberland | North Tyneside | South Tyneside | Whitley Bay | Durham | Middlesbrough | Hartlepool | Stockton | Darlington | Peterlee | Hartlepool | Bishop Aukland | South Shields | Washington | Amble | Morpeth | Alnwick | Ashington | Cramlington | Blyth | Teesside | Jarrow | Chester-le-Street | Ponteland

© First Class Supply 2019
131-133 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay
Tyne and Wear, NE26 2ET

Tel: 0191 251 5566


Primary: 07748 806134 -

Secondary: 07527 281034 -

Assistants: 07791 284087 -


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