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 established Mount Carmel Kindergarten with her husband Franco in 1985. A mother of ten children herself she is a considered by many a guru in the Early Years sector.
Qualifications: Early Years Professional Status (2009), BA (Hons) Educational Studies 2007.
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 (née Federici) has followed in her mother’s footsteps and worked in Early Years since leaving school. With a love of singing and dancing she is a member of the St Albans Musical Theatre Company and helps with the nursery’s Nativity preparations.
Qualifications: Early Years Professional Status 2013, BA (Hons) Educational Studies and Early Years (2013)
Roberto had initially pursued a career in law and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014. However, not enthused about a lifetime behind an office desk he retrained as an Early Years Teacher and joined the family business. Roberto brings a male perspective into the nursery and has enhanced the parents’ experience through introducing online learning journals, weekly blogs and social media.
Qualifications: Early Years Teacher Status (2015), Solicitor (non-practising), LLB Law (2010).
Natalie Rayment (Miss Natalie)
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Educational Studies (2014)
Qualifications: Currently undertaking CACHE Level 3 Childcare
Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 Childcare
Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 in Childcare.
Education: Masters in Social Pedagogy (2004), BA (Hons) Resocialisation Pedagogy (2002)
Qualifications: CACHE Level 2 in Childcare and currently undertaking Level 3.
Education: Currently undertaking Psychology Degree with the Open University.
Mrs Fordos joined the nursery in 2016, bringing her energetic spirit and natural rapport with the children. Mrs Fordos is Hugarian but comes from Slovakia, and outside of nursery has an interest in photography.
Qualifications: Currently undertaking CACHE Level 3 Childcare.