As a child herself, Daniella had a passion for performing arts, always loving being centre of attention. She was part of a Dance Company from the age of 9-16, performing throughout the year at various events, including Wembley. After this, she was asked to stay on at the dance company to help run classes, which she did successfully for 2 years before starting university. In this time, she achieved GCSE and A-Level in Dance and has also trained in ballet.
Following a successful and rewarding profession in teaching, Daniella is channelling her own talents and experiences to co-found a new and exciting performing arts academy to teach and nurture children so that they can be the best they can be!
Daniella Wexler graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA (Hons) with QTS in Primary Education. She has worked as a fulltime teacher in KS2, mainly in Year 6, for 9 years and has always had education at her heart. She has always been a passionate and dedicated teacher – going above and beyond for each child.
As a child Jo learnt to play the piano, flute and saxophone as well as being a member of orchestras and choirs. She enjoyed participating in shows and productions throughout school and University.
The highlight of her teaching career has been directing shows and productions such as: West Side Story, The Lion King, Oliver, Mary Poppins, Annie, Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jonah-man Jazz, Wizard of Oz, Grease, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and We will Rock You.
Jo is delighted to be teaming up with her friend and colleague to start a new and exciting venture: Wexli Academy.
Jo Li graduated from Middlesex University with a B.Ed (Hons) in Music. She has worked for 30 years as a primary school teacher, specialist teacher and Advisory Teacher in schools, across Hertfordshire and North London. Highlights include working with Sing Up, Voices Foundation, and performances at the Royal Albert Hall with Hertfordshire Galas and Prom Praise.
Live Sound Technician
Lara Vickers is Wexli Academy's Live Sound Technician.
During primary school, Jo was Lara’s music teacher! Since completing her GCSEs, Lara has volunteered as a sound technician at every school production directed by Jo and Daniella, starting with West Side Story in 2009.
Lara plays the guitar and drums and is currently at the University of Hertfordshire studying for her BA in Music, having already achieved her Level 3 Btec in Music Practice.
We are now so happy to officially make her a member of the Wexli Academy family and can’t wait for all the amazing things we will achieve together.
Performing Arts Teacher
Sophie Hall is Wexli Academy's Performing Arts Teacher.
During primary school, Sophie starred in The Lion King ad West Side Story - directed by Daniella and Jo. This was her first taste of being a star.
Sophie currently attends Emil Dale Academy and has done so since completing her GCSEs. She has achieved 3 A Levels in Btec Performing Arts and is now studying for her BA in Musical Theatre. Her dream is to be on stage in the West End - so look out for her!
Her stage appearances include: Margot in Legally Blonde at the Factory Playhouse Hitchin; Nicest Kid in Hairspray at the Factory Playhouse Hitchin; Eponine in Les Miserable with Shooting Stars Academy; Annie in Annie with Shooting Stars Academy; Smee in Peter Pan with Shooting Stars Academy; and has also taken part in various pantomimes at the Hawthorne Theatre from 2008 up to 2014.
We are so happy that she has decided to come and be a part of our Wexli Academy Family! She has already begun to help us put our first production together and we can already see that she will be an asset to our academy.
Ally McCorry is our amazing admin/assistant/helper who quietly supports us voluntarily from behind the scenes.
Ally has worked in education for the last 18 years, supporting and teaching children.
She has been a colleague of Jo’s for the last 13 years and of Daniella’s for the last 9 years. Jo taught music to all 3 of Ally’s children while they were in Primary School and Daniella was her son’s Year 6 teacher.
Her wealth of experience with children, diversity of skills and her attention to detail is impeccable.
Another loyal member of the Wexli family who has always supported us in our teaching careers and now going forward into our new performing arts academy.
Rosie McCorry is working as the Wexli photographer while she is studying towards a BA (hons) degree in photography.
During primary school Rosie appeared in 'Circus' and 'West Side Story' directed by Jo and Daniella, Jo was also Rosie's music teacher.
Rosie has spent three years working as a photography assistant, teaching photography to adults, since leaving school with A levels, including Photography and Fine Art.
Her technical knowledge is outstanding and she specialises in music photography, some of her work can be seen on her website: https:// rmccorryphotography.wixsite.com/photography