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Meet The Staff

Mount Carmel Kindergarten is a family run nursery school and our staff form part of this family.  We pride ourself on the diversity of our staff team and the broad range of experiences they bring to the setting.

Lucia Federici

Director of Education 

Lucia established Mount Carmel Kindergarten with her husband Franco in 1985.  As a mother of ten children herself she is considered, by many, as a guru in the Early Years sector. 

Qualifications: Early Years Professional Status (2009), BA (Hons) Educational Studies 2007.

Franco Federici

Bursar 

Franco deals with the administration, fee enquiries and general maintenance of the nursery school.   He grew up in Rome and has a passion for pizza (he even installed a wood burning pizza oven in his kitchen).

Gabriella Spooner

Principal

Gabriella Spooner (nee Federici) has worked in Early Years since 2008 and brings her experience from a number of different roles within the sector. Now as a mother of 2 children she has gained a new perspective and understanding of the pressures on modern Mums. In her ‘spare’ time she enjoys singing and dancing with the St Albans Musical Theatre Company. 

Qualifications: Early Years Professional Status (2013), BA (Hons) Educational Studies and Early Years (2013)

Stefano Federici

Administration Manager

Stefano is responsible for admissions, enquiries and nursery administration. He is the go to person for questions regarding fees, funding and sessions. Prior to joining the family business, Stefano taught English to children in Rome and later worked as a commercial manager at Marks and Spencers. 

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Italian Studies (2008), Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (2009), Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Young Learners (2010).

Natalie Rayment

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Educational Studies (2014)

Stacey Cannell

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 Childcare

Megan Richards

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: CACHE Level 2 in Childcare.

Barbara Fordos

Sandpit House

Qualifications: CACHE Level 2 Childcare

Hannah Axworthy

Sandpit House

Qualifications: Level 3 in CACHE Childcare Learning and Development, BA (Hons) Education Studies (2017).

Catherine Tarelli

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: Ba (Hons) Primary Education with Initial Teacher Training (2003)

Karen Connell

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 in Childcare

Susan Wilkins

Sandpit House

Qualifications: MA (Hons) Sociology (2004).

Ishanka Fernando

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 in Childcare

Harleigh McShane

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: CACHE Level 2 in Childcare, currently undertaking NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

Peta Milward

Sandpit House

Qualifications: CACHE Level 2 in Childcare, currently undertaking NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

Georgina Thomas

Sandpit House

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Psychology (2016), MSc (Hons) Mental Health Studies (2018), currently undertaking NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.

Amy Watts

Kinder Lodge

Qualifications: CACHE Level 2 in Childcare

Jodie Dunbar

Sandpit House

Qualifications: Currently undertaking NVQ Level 2 in Childcare.

Elsie Lee

Kinder Lodge


Julia Pietraszko

Sandpit House

Libby Carolan

Sandpit House

Neeve Dunsmuir

Kinder Lodge