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The Staff

Head of Nursery

Pamela Gordon-Smith, Montessori Diploma 3-6 (AMI), Montessori Diploma 0-3 (AMI).
Pamela trained at the level 0-3 Montessori Assistants to Infancy (under Judith Orion) at the Maria Montessori Institute and 3-6 Montessori Directress (under Maria Roth) at the Maria Montessori Institute Prague.

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 and is head of the Children's House for children aged 3 - 5 years.

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


Alexandra Manolache, Assistant Montessori Certificate 3-6 (AMI). Alexandra 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. She has 8 years teaching experience working between England and Romania. Alexandra has QTS, is level 1 qualified Paediatric First Aid trained and Child Protection Designated Person.

School Office

(T) 01223 342572    Email: office@montessoricambridge.co.uk

Admissions    Email: admissions@montessoricambridge.co.uk  

Rodrigo Morales, Deputy Manager
Pedro Pereira, Head of Physical Education

Guides and Assistants 

Children's House

Rodrigo Lopez Montessori 3 - 6 Assistant Certificate (AMI), Deputy Manager.
 Rodrigo trained as Montessori Assistant, 3-6 course (under Cheryl Ferreira 2016) at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. Rodrigo is the deputy manager of the nursery school.

Rodrigo has more than 4 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.

Rodrigo is currently studying for the Montessori Diploma 3-6 (AMI) under Maria Roth in Munich,Germany.

Pedro Pereira, Head of Physical Education and Outdoor Environment
 has a degree in early years education and a masters in pedagogy. He has 7 years teaching experience working in England and Portugal. Pedro has a 1st aid certificate and a certificate in child protection. He speaks native Portugese and Spanish. Pedro is also a designated deputy manager of the nursery school and lead assistant of the children’s house.

Claudio Santa
 holds a level 2 Children’s Sports training certificate, and he has worked for four years, teaching Junior Teams in Spanish Schools.

Claudio also has a level 2 course for Physical Activities for Children in Different Educational Environments.

Infant Community


Marion Erra, Lead Assistant
 holds an early years teaching certificate and has worked as a teaching assistant and a social worker with children with additional needs. Marion speaks French, English and Spanish. She is also paediatric 1st aid trained. 

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 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. She is currently undertaking her Level 3 certificate in Early Years.

Rita Martinez
 has a teaching degree in Primary Education and Special Education Needs. Rita is also a qualified Nursery Teacher and Spanish Teacher as a Foreign Language.

Rita is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Education and ICT. 

Sara Morgado, Assistant Montessori Certificate 3-6 (AMI) 
Sara holds a degree in early years education,  section  language and hearing (speech therapist) from Madrid. 
Sara trained as Montessori Assistant, 3-6 course (under Cheryl Ferreira 2016) at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. Sara has 2 years of experience working in nurseries as a teacher and speech therapist in Madrid and 2 years in nurseries between London and Cambridge.

Elisa Pandolfi
 holds a degree in Psychology. She will start a Master’s degree in Psychology of Education in October 2018. 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. 

Lourdes Mir, Early Years Assistant. 
Lourdes moved to Cambridge from Spain in 2014 to study. She is currently completing her degree in Primary Education (BA) at Anglia Ruskin University. Lourdes will start the Qualified Teacher Status as she competes her studies as a teacher. She  has also undertaken additional training which includes paediatric first aid, basic child protection, food hygiene


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.

Judy Desta
has been teaching early year’s children for over 13 years in both Ethiopia and England. She also 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.

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. 


Maurilio Vargas

Mauri is an experienced chef with 14 years experience working for different London restaurants. He holds a degree in International Chef Cookery from the Westminster Kingsway University of London. Mauri speaks Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese.

"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.