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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. Pamela manages the nursery school and the admissions process.

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


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


Alexandra Manolache, Nursery Manager
Rodrigo Morales, Deputy Manager
Guilherme Rosa, Head of EYFS
Pedro Pereira, Head of Physical Education

Guides and Assistants 

Children's House

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 is the nursery manager and teaches children from age 3 in our 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.

Infant Community

Guilherme Rosa, Head of EYFS

Guilherme holds a degree in Early Years Education and a Post-Graduation in Special Education Needs. He has 11 years teaching experience working between England and Portugal. Guilherme has Quality and Training Advisor Course in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and Early Years Settings, and is a level 1 qualified Paediatric First Aider.

He speaks native Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Guilherme is responsible for delivering EYFS training to staff members, in order to promote a successful bridge between the Montessori Teaching Method and the Early Years Foundation Stage.


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.

Paul Adolph

Claudio Santa

Sara Morgado, Assistant Montessori Certificate 3-6 (AMI)

Elisa Pandolfi


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


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:

Rochelle is the lead teacher and gives individual lessons to all the children, as well as gathering small groups together for songs, poems, stories and language games. Our assistant teachers have extra responsibilities: guiding the children to resolve challenges independently, holding small groups for songs and games, supporting toilet learning, supervising mealtimes and creating purposeful outdoor play activities.

All of our teachers take great care to ensure our classroom spaces are clean and welcoming. We plan and write daily observations for all the children, with notes about each child’s work and interests, plus detailed observations of two children every week. Rochelle will be happy to talk about your child’s observations at any convenient time; please feel free to contact the office to book a timeslot for a telephone chat or email any time.

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.