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The Staff


Alexandra Manolache, Assistant Montessori Certificate 3-6 (AMI), Manager. Alexandra is  trained as Montessori Assistant, 3-6 course (under Cheryl Ferreira 2018) at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. Alexandra holds a degree in Early Years Education  and Psychology and Post-Graduation in Educational Psychology.  Alexandra has QTS Level 6. She has 10 years teaching experience working between England and Romania. She is Paediatric First Aid trained and Child Protection Designated Person.

School Office
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Rodrigo Lopez, Montessori 3 - 6 Diploma (AMI), Deputy Manager/Head of Montessori Education (Children's House).
 Rodrigo trained at the 3-6 level under Maria Roth in Munich,Germany. 

Rodrigo also trained as Montessori Assistant, 3-6 course (under Cheryl Ferreira 2016) at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. 

Rodrigo has more than 6 years as a teacher of Physical Education in Madrid (Spain) and Cambridge. He also speaks Spanish, Italian and English. He has a teacher training Degree in Physical Education, Spanish Teacher as a foreign language and Master in Protocol Sport Events.

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Pamela Gordon-Smith, Director, Montessori Diploma 3-6 (AMI), Montessori Diploma 0-3 (AMI). 
Pam did her teaching practice and observations at the  Montessori Internationales Ausbildungszentrum e.V. in Munich, and Internationale Montessori Einrichtungen Dortmund mbH” (ime-do) - Barbara House, Dortmund - Germany.  

Pamela is co-founder of the nursery school.

Max Gordon-Smith, Director is co-founder of the nursery school.

Guides and Assistants 

Children's House

Rodrigo Lopez, Montessori 3 - 6 Diploma (AMI), Deputy Manager/Head of Montessori Education (Children's House).

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Araceli Gorretas Fernandez.
 Primary teaching degree, specialising in special educational needs, Murcia University. Primary Education Teacher. Specialising in Special educational needs and care.

Joana Alves, QTS has a degree in Physical Education. She has previous experience as a personal trainer and is particularly focused towards outdoor activities, physical learning and play.

Jasmine Ash, PGCE in Education, EYTS, Early Years Practitioner. 
Jasmine is a graduate of Birmingham University. She is an experienced reception teacher previous to her current role. She supports children by preparing them for transition to school.

Jasmine is currently on maternity leave.

Ricardo Rodriguez

Infant Community

Rochelle Cutler, AMI  Dip 0-3 and 3-6 Montessori Teacher Cambridge Montessori
Rochelle Cutler, Montessori Diploma 0-3 (AMI),
 Montessori Diploma 3-6 (AMI) Head of Montessori Education (Nido & Infant Community).
Rochelle trained as Montessori Assistant to Infancy 0-3 (under Judith Orion, 2014) and Montessori Directress 3-6 (under Lynne Lawrence, 2004), both at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. Rochelle taught in Montessori schools from 2004-2006 and set up her own school in 2010 – I Can Do It Montessori – providing baby and toddler groups, parenting workshops, home support and family mentoring services. She has been featured by influential Montessori sources including Baan Dek Montessori in the USA and How We Montessori in AustraliaShe particularly loves introducing the fundamental Montessori principles to families and communities: respect, kindness, open communication, patience, observation, positive discipline and consistent limits) using tried and tested techniques, fun and educational activities. 

Veronica De Tone, Assistant Montessori Certificate 3-6 (AMI).
Veronica trained as Montessori Assistant, 3-6 course (under Cheryl Ferreira 2016) at the Maria Montessori  Institute in London. Veronica did her teaching practice and observations at the Smiths Children Montessori Nursery School in Cambridge. Veronica is also Cache Level 3 qualified in Childcare and Early Years.
Veronica has more than 15 years as a professional dancer. She has experience teaching Latin dance, creative dance in Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal) and London (UK). She also speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English. 

Elisa Pandolfi
 holds a degree in Psychology. Currently Elisa is studying for a Master’s degree in Bilingualism in the Early Years. Elisa has 2 years experience as an early years practitioner. She is paediatric first aid trained. She has volunteered in an African Psychological social centre with children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Amaia Rodriguez

Ana Bujenita

Hannah Hallam


Laura Cagigas 
holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Advanced Technician in Early Childhood Education .She has  5 years’ experience as teacher assistant in Spain and UK.

Laura has QTS, and  level 2 certificate in Understanding Autism. She  has also undertaken additional training which includes paediatric first aid, basic child protection, food hygiene, safeguarding children. 

Judy Desta
has been teaching early year’s children for over 13 years in both Ethiopia and England. She has a degree in Marketing and speaks Amaric and English fluently. Judy currently teaches in our Nido environment and is experienced teaching children age birth to 4.

Paulina Pasuld

Our Bank Staff 

Barbara Garcia Herraez, Lead Assistant, Degree in Education.
Barbara is originally from Spain and moved to Cambridge in 2013. She completed her bachelor degree in Education Studies at the University of Salamanca (Spain). She also has a certificate in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. She speaks English and Portuguese. Barbara has also trained in Basic Child Protection, Safeguarding Children, Food Hygiene and Paediatric First Aid. Barbara is the lead assistant for the Nido.


Beppe Pane

"Our catering menu's aim to provide children with a varied culinary experience that reflect the diversity of the nursery community".

Designated roles for each staff member:

Each staff member has specific responsibilities to ensure all the children are cared for and each individual is supported as much as they need:

Basic Montessori Principles

We have a few basic principles that ensure everyone is safe and can feel confident in their work.

1. Our staff will intervene if something is hurtful, harmful or dangerous. If not, we will observe to see if the children can resolve it by themselves.
2. The adults are role models for behaviour, language and how to use the activities.
3. The children are free to choose one activity at a time and use it for as long as they like without interruptions by other people.
4. We help the children learn how to complete a whole cycle of activity (choose work, use it and replace it on the shelf for the next person).
5. Our staff make time to carefully observe each child’s individual interests so we can tailor activities to suit their current stage of development.