Senior Leadership Team

Claire Charlemagne, Head of School, graduated from the University of Bradford, UK, in 1999 with an honours degree in European Studies. She spent a year teaching English in the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean and returned to the UK to complete her PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish). She spent three years working as a teacher and Assistant Head of Modern Languages and joined Saltus in 2002 as Head of Modern Languages. After a tenure of 5 years she was promoted to Director of Studies (Secondary), responsible for the Secondary department curriculum, timetable and Professional Development. In 2011 she was appointed Deputy Head - Academics, and was awarded the Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2010 by the University of Leicester. She was later awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2012 by the National College for School Leadership (UK). Claire became Saltus’ tenth Head of School and the first female to be appointed to the post in 2013. She is married to Peter Charlemagne, a member of the Bermuda Police Service, and they have two children.
Chris Latimer, Deputy Head of School, graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1997 and immediately went on to De Montfort University, Bedford to study for his Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  Originally a Secondary Teacher of History, English and Physical Education in schools in London, Abu Dhabi and in Northamptonshire in the UK, he moved in to Primary Education in 2003.  In September 2006 he was appointed Head Teacher of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Corby, Northamptonshire.  He gained his National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2007 and led the school from a failing status to outstanding within two years.  This led to him working as a consultant Head Teacher for the Local Authority where he gained a great deal of experience working in a variety of schools.  In 2010 he took up a Head Teacher position in Abuja, Nigeria and in September 2011became the founding Head of Primary in a large school in Doha, Qatar.  He is extremely excited about taking up his new position at Saltus.
Jon Beard, Director of Alumni Relations, was born in the UK and received his Cert Ed (Distinction) from Madeley College of Education, BEd (Honours) from Keele University, and MSc from University of Leicester. His first teaching position was at Queen Elizabeth High School in Herefordshire where he was Head of Boys Physical Education. He married Jennie in 1976, and they moved to Bermuda in 1977 when Jon took up the position of Head of Physical Education at Saltus. In 2000 He took on the Head of SGY and then two years later left the PE position to concentrate on the new two-year SGY program. In 2011 Jon moved on to be the Director of Alumni Relations. Also involved in the community he has been chairman of the Bermuda Council for Drug-Free Sports, Chairman of the Bermuda Schools Sports Federation and a member of the Bermuda Football Association where he has been the national youth coach and the Chairman of the Coaching Committee. Jon has the “A” Coaching Licence of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Jon’s wife Jennie was also a long-serving Saltus teacher who sadly died from cancer in 2009.
 
Karen Lusher, Director of Academic Support, received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Communication Disorders from Emerson College in 1984. She worked as a speech/language specialist in the Natick Public School System before accepting a position at the Chaffee Elementary School on the United States Naval base. Later, she joined the Child Development Project to administer developmental assessments and provide intervention for families throughout Bermuda . In 1994, Karen received her MEd in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She has been teaching at Saltus for 11 years as a classroom teacher and a learning specialist. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology. Karen is married to Chris (class of 1976) and they have two daughters, Ally and Kelby (class of 2007).
 
Ann Paynter, Director of Secondary Department,  began her career as a Graphic Designer, after studying at Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Although Graphic Design was enjoyable, she decided to retrain to become a teacher and left the security of full time employment to become a student again, attending Bristol University where she gained her Bachelors’ in Education in Craft, Design & Technology. She has extensive experience in teaching Secondary students both Art and Design & Technology. Ann joined Saltus in 1996 and has held the following positions: Head of Department, Head of Year and Deputy Head. She is currently the Director of Secondary Department, a post which, although challenging, is also immensely rewarding. Her daughter is a student at Saltus.
 
Nicole Chichon-De SilvaDirector of Guidance and Development,  came to teaching in 1992. Having completed a BA (Hons) in Spanish and Public Media from Leeds Trinity University (1990) followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in European Business Management and Information Systems (1991) at Anglia Ruskin University. Ms. Chichon worked both in London and Gibraltar in international business, however in 1992 following a family tradition she became a teacher. In 1992 Ms. Chichon worked at Trinity Catholic High School, South Woodford where she became a licensed teacher under the UK department of Education licensed teacher scheme. Here she taught French, Spanish and Media Studies to GCSE and A level standard before deciding to move to Bermuda in 1996. Ms. Chichon came to Bermuda as a MFL teacher. During her 15 years as a teacher at Saltus, she has been lucky enough to hold many positions within the organization from Head of House to Head of Department to Year Co-ordinator to Deputy Director of SGY (Saltus Graduate Years) to her current position as Director of Guidance and Development. Ms. Chichon is married to Keith and has 2 daughters who both attend Saltus.
 
Cheryl Robinson, Director of Human Resourcesis a seasoned Human Resources professional with a varied background in employee relations, recruitment, training and development, performance management and employee compensation and benefits.  She has worked in various industries including financial, travel, technology, public and insurance. As Director of Human Resources, she looks to retain and attract an outstanding faculty through mentoring, evaluation, professional development and recruitment.  Her responsibilities include the review and implementation of Human Resources policies and procedures, oversight of recruitment and induction, and assisting managers with employee relations matters.
 
Julie Boyd, Director of Finance and Administration,  graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and then continued on to obtain her Chartered Accountant designation. Julie spent much of the early part of her career lecturing at the University and College level in the field of accounting. Julie joined Saltus in 2009 as the Director of Finance and Administration. Her educational background provides her the knowledge base necessary to understand the key cost factors and their direct correlation to student success. Julie is also a faculty member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario where she assists with the training of future Chartered Accountants. Julie and her husband Todd have one daughter Bailey who attends Saltus Grammar School.
 
Jane Hizer, Director of Educational Technology, received her BS in Education (Hons) with a major in Library Science and a minor in Spanish from Butler University, Indiana.  She received her Master’s degree (Hons) in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.  She was Head of Department, library and technology, in public school before joining Park Tudor School, Indiana, in 1997, as Head of Department and Coordinator of Media Services.   Jane was promoted to Head of Media and Technology Integration in 2012.   She was instrumental in the development of the school’s technology plan and the resulting iPad programme.  She attended the Harvard Future of Learning Institute.  In her current position at Saltus, Jane will be designing professional development opportunities in technology for faculty and staff, and conducting training for parents and students.  She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education.  She is passionate about working with learners of all ages and about supporting teaching and learning.
 
 
Tracy RenaudTracy Renaud, Director of Upper Primary Department, possesses a BA from Queens University (2002) Kingston, Ontario Canada and a subsequent Masters of Teaching Degree , Elementary (2003) from State University of New York, Potsdam, NY. Mrs. Renaud initially joined Saltus in 1996 as an Administrative Assistant reporting to the Headmaster. She then went on to work as a Classroom Assistant at the Lower Primary Department working in Primary 1 and 2. Her love for the children and a passion for teaching caused her to return to the above mentioned Universities to complete her degrees. After gaining experience teaching in the public and private sectors in Canada, she then returned to teach Primary Two at the Lower Primary. In 2007, she was appointed the Deputy Head of the Lower Primary Department. This rewarding position provided her the opportunity to be a member of the Administrative team as well as affording her the time to continue to teach specific subject classes within the department. This period also saw the introduction of the highly anticipated and now immensely successful Foundation Year Programme. In 2010, Mrs. Renaud moved to the Upper Primary as the Deputy Head. Working in the capacity as the Deputy Head of the Lower and Upper Primary was insightful and allowed for the chance to gain an understanding of the unique and very different challenges presented by both departments. After serving as the Deputy in the two departments, Mrs. Renaud was appointed as the Director of the Upper Primary Department in September 2011.
 
Director of Lower PrimaryShelly Sayers, Director of Lower Primary, was born and raised in Bermuda. After attending BHS, she attended Miss Hall's School in Massachusetts where she received her High School degree. Then she received her BA degree in Education from Mount Vernon College in Washington DC. Shelly returned to Bermuda and worked at the Bermuda High School for Girls for fourteen years and joined Saltus Grammar School in 1999. Shelly has taught all levels from Year1-7 and served as Deputy in the Primary Department at both BHS and at Saltus for several years. Shelly continued her education and received her MEd in Organizational Management from Endicott College, Massachusetts in 2008. Shelly is passionate about teaching and the education of young children. She is excited about her new position as Director of Lower Primary here at Saltus and is looking forward to this new stage in her career.Shelly is married to Peter Sayers and they have two sons, Ben and Jamie who are proud Saltus students.
Amanda SkinnerAmanda Skinner, Director of Admissions, is Bermudian and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education in 1992. After graduating, she worked as a teacher for Woodmont Nursery School for one year before spending a few years traveling and working abroad. She was employed by Saltus Grammar School in 1996 as a Music/PE teacher and then as a Year 1 Classroom Teacher. In 2001, Amanda left Saltus when her daughter, Zoe was born. She started a daycare business which she ran for 9 years, during which her son, Christopher was born. She closed her business in 2010 and was employed by Saltus again to create and coordinate the Saltus Parent Ambassador Programme. This position led to her becoming the Director of Admissions in 2012.  Amanda is married to John Paul Skinner (Class of ’84) and both Zoe and Christopher are current students at Saltus.
 
Darrin Lewis, Director of Athletics

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