Who is at The Ark?
Heather Sinclair - Manager
I am a qualified teacher, having completed a four-year B Ed. Degree course. I have taught classes in Reception, and Years 1 and 2 over a period of 9 years, then left teaching to have my family. I have four children, including twins and live in Crowthorne. As a committed Christian I am a member and regular attender of Finchampstead Baptist Church, where I lead the Sparklers group (Years R-2).
As well as managing The Ark, I tutor children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) in Numeracy and Literacy. My hobbies include baking, swimming, playing squash, long distance walks and going on bike rides with my family.
Anna Forbes - Deputy Manager
I am married with three children, who all attended The Ark. I have been involved with The Ark since 2002 when my eldest child started. I have enjoyed doing various voluntary roles – parent representative, secretary, and chair, and now working here since my youngest child left in 2009. I completed my Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare Pathway) in 2012.
Before having children I worked as a nurse, having gained a Diploma in Adult Nursing. I have a BSc in Ecology and love being outdoors, and helping the children to learn about nature.
I regularly attend and am involved at St John’s Church, in Crowthorne. In my spare time I enjoy walking with my family and dog, reading, gardening and going camping.
Susan Swindle - Early Years Practitioner
I have worked at The Ark since 2001. I did the Diploma in Pre-school practise Level 3 in 2006. I am married to Ed, and we have a grown up disabled son who has been my priority until 2009, when he moved into a residential home.
I live in Sandhurst; all of my family live in Ayrshire in Scotland. I attend the Beacon Church in Camberley and am a committed Christian. I support Red Diamond Sports Club for disabled people. I enjoy badminton, swimming, films, music, holidays, and travelling.
Sumita Mohanty - Early Years Practitioner
I was born in India and came to the UK in 1984. My husband is retired and we have two grown up sons. I have a BA in English and a Teachers’ Training Certificate from India. I taught for a couple of years in India but took time off when my sons were growing up. I started working at The Ark in 2000. I am a Christian and attend Sandhurst Baptist Church.
I am bilingual and read stories to the children in Hindi, as well as write the children’s names and numerals in Hindi. My hobbies include travelling, gardening, cooking, walking and entertaining.