Our residences provide a friendly and nurturing environment which enables our Pre-IB and IB Diploma students to thrive. The beautiful and safe boarding environment combines secure residential housing with outdoor green spaces.
House Parents work with you to make the living environment feel like home and arrange social events and activities. These events create enjoyable experiences so you feel truly fulfilled outside the classroom.
Our residential team are committed to supporting your health and wellbeing. They provide a supportive and nurturing environment within our boarding houses. The House Parents are listed below in alphabetical order:
Claire studied Mathematics at Manchester University and completed a Master’s in Computer Aided Engineering. She worked in the field of Meteorology both in the UK and Australia before completing a PGCE in teaching.
She has worked extensively in schools in Australia and the UK has taught across the age range and numerous different syllabi. She finally settled on the IB for its pedagogical values and has been teaching IB Mathematics at all levels for over ten years.
Having always been interested in ways to improve teaching, Claire went back to university and completed a Master’s in Neuroscience at Kings College London. This has helped her understand how the brain learns, especially during adolescence, and in turn she has been able to apply these ideas both in her teaching and as her role as Houseparent, for which she has over five years of experience. Claire is the House Parent for 155-159 Banbury Road.
Claire is very keen to develop wellbeing programmes that support students through the IB, such as mindfulness.
Elaine has a diverse professional background which has included teaching and residential support in a number of schools in South Africa. With a wealth of experience as Head of Boarding in a prestigious school in South Africa, Elaine moved to Oxford in 2021 where she took up the role of a Senior House Parent at St Clare’s.
Having worked in a busy teaching hospital for many years, Elaine developed a special interest in medicine and qualified as a medic and first responder.
She has completed her MBA in Business Management and Property Law. In addition to this, Elaine has graduated with a degree in Human Resources and Public Relations.
Elaine is passionate about learning, growth and development and thoroughly enjoys working with young people and actively participates in ongoing courses to enable her to fulfil her House Parent role which she thoroughly enjoys.
Elaine spends a great deal of time with her students, listening to them and encouraging them in any way that she can.
Elaine has introduced a holistic approach in her boarding house and has strong family values which has made her boarding house a ‘home from home’ and this has been incredibly beneficial to her students.
Professionally Gwenan has specialist experience within the residential environment. Gwenan is a Senior House Parent.
Beginning as an English Teacher for an international language school, progressing to managing activities programmes, House Tutor roles and managing residences themselves.
She has also assisted in teaching PSHE and running student engagement workshops focusing on photography, film and performance.
She is a graduate from Aberystwyth University where she studied Film and Performance BA 2016, followed by studying Politics, Media and Performance Master of Arts in which she graduated in 2018. Her studies have placed interest in International Politics, the Event and Identity.
She has also produced work which has been featured in Welsh film festivals. She is currently studying a part time BSc degree in Psychology.
Gwenan is passionate about working with young people and supporting their needs, and actively participates in courses to support this commitment. She also assists in the onsite Health Centre as a Health Care Assistant.
In her own time, she enjoys exploring the countryside, photography, performing and participating in film making. Gwenan also has a passion for performing as a drummer and vocalist, having done so from a young age.
Ida started working at St Clare’s in 1999 and joined the residences team in September 2021.
Ida is very passionate about supporting students, having worked within the student environment for 21 years. She is the House Parent for 13 Lathbury Road and enjoys communicating with people within the St Clare’s community.
Ida is very family orientated and loves to cook in her free time.
Between 1986 and 1989 she taught French at the French Institute in Kraków, after which she moved to Oxford. During her first 3 years in England she worked for Oxfam as a part-time translator, translating monthly bulletins from English into French.
Jadwiga has been working at St Clare’s since 1993, teaching both Polish and French. She works as a House Parent, Duty Manager and Library Assistant.
Jadwiga studied Literature and French at Jagiellonian University in Kraków and at Sorbonne IV in Paris. In 1986 she was awarded a Master’s degree in Romance Philology from Jagiellonian University, which included a Polish equivalent of the PGCE.
Jadwiga loves literature, films, art and has a keen interest in Japanese literature and culture. She also enjoys voluntary work for Mind, the mental health charity.
Kristina Galiniene started working at St Clare’s in 2011 and joined the residential team in September 2016. Prior to her role as a Senior House Parent, Kristina worked in several of Oxford’s international boarding colleges, providing both pastoral and security care.
Being passionate about children’s care and welfare, Kristina specialised in Family Education and Protection of Children’s Rights and completed a BA in this area from the State University of Lithuania. On graduation, Kristina was awarded a special Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude from the University’s Rector for outstanding performance throughout her studies.
Committed to providing high standards of care, she obtained a license from the Security Industry Authority.
Kristina gained additional pastoral experience during her studies, completing a placement at a local orphanage. She found this role very rewarding and continued volunteering there after the placement ended.
In her spare time Kristina enjoys travelling and spending time with her daughter. Kristina is a Senior House Parent.
Monika is the Senior House Parent for 10-12 Lathbury Road. Monika has poured her passion and dedication in international education , where she gained specialist experience of pastoral support within the residential environment.
She enjoys meeting new international students every year and watching them blossom. Monica is Security Industry Authority licensed, she is committed to the security and the safety of her students.
Having graduated from Bialystok Higher School of Economics, where she gained a Master’s in Economics with a major in Accounting and Finance.
Monika loves cats and spending time with her husband, friends, baking and going for bike rides in the beautiful countryside around Oxford. She also enjoys travelling and discovering different cultures, and spends her holidays exploring the world.
Teodora has been a teacher of Bulgarian Literature since 2011. In 2012 she joined the Theory of Knowledge team. In addition to the regular TOK lessons, she teaches introduction to critical thinking to teenagers on our summer courses.
Teodora’s career in education began Moscow in 2004. She taught in the Anglo-American School until 2011. After returning to England from Russia in 2012, Teodora taught Colloquial Bulgarian at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford University.
Teodora’s background is in the field of media. She has BA and MA in Journalism (Sofia 1988) as well as an MSc in Media and Communications (LSE 1996). Earlier in her career, Teodora worked in PR for a national NGO, and as a journalist in a national daily in Sofia, Bulgaria.
After settling in the UK, she worked in London as a Producer-Presenter in the Bulgarian section of the BBC World Service (1995 – 2003).
As well as her teaching responsibilities, Teodora works as a Library Assistant and House Parent. She has also established a collection of books in Bulgarian in the college library.
In January 2015, Teodora and a friend established a weekend language school for Bulgarian children in Oxford. The school continues to support the Bulgarian community.