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


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 Federici


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


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 Federici


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)

Miss Natalie joined Mount Carmel in 2008.  She organises one to one sessions with the preschool children to develop their maths, literacy and reading skills in the classroom.  Outside of nursery she runs her own face painting company which is a big hit at our holiday club.  She also has an interest for indoor skydiving!

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Educational Studies (2014)

Stacey Cannell

Mrs Cannell joined Mount Carmel in 2012.  She is a mother to two girls and brings her insight as a parent when supporting families at the nursery.  Mrs Cannell loves to be outdoors, riding horses or walking her dog, and shares this interest with the children at every opportunity.

Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 Childcare

Tegan Beechey

Mrs Beechey joined Mount Carmel in 2015.  She has a natural affinity with children and enhances their experience with her energy and enthusiasm. Before working at the nursery Mrs Beechey sailed the seven seas working on cruise ships, then working her magic at the Harry Potter tour in Leavesden.

Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 in Childcare.

Monika Warpechowska

Miss Monika joined Mount Carmel in 2015.  She is very experienced in the early years and has supported children’s development in settings all over Europe including Italy, Germany and her home country Poland.  Miss Monika speaks many languages (Polish, Italian and Russian to name a few) and teaches English at the Polish Saturday School at Nicholas Breakspear.  In her spare time she loves dancing, rollerskating and lots and lots of reading!

Education: Masters in Social Pedagogy (2004), BA (Hons) Resocialisation Pedagogy (2002)

Barbara Fordos

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.

Megan Richards

Miss Richards joined Mount Carmel in 2016.  She has been a dancer since the age of 5 and has competed in events around the country, bagging her over 50 trophies in disciplines including street, ballet, tap and modern.  Miss Richards brings her energy and enthusiasm into everything she does in the nursery, particularly when leading dance activities in the gym.

Qualifications: CACHE Level 2 in Childcare and currently undertaking Level 3.

Marta Coronado Colorado

Miss Marta joined Mount Carmel in 2017.  Originally from Spain, Marta brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a range of different settings across the continent, together with her zest for life and beaming smile. She turns any session into a fiesta and loves to show the children her flamenco at every opportunity!

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Early Years (2011), Early Years Teacher Certificate (Spain, 2012), BA (Hons) Primary Education (2016)

Cristina Baker

Mrs Baker worked at Mount Carmel from 2007 to 2009 when she moved to Dorchester with her young family. She returned to St Albans and in 2018 rejoined Mount Carmel as a drama and dancing teacher.  Cristina is a member of Equity and her passion lies in Italian opera. In her spare time she loves to perform at local events, including the St Albans Christmas Lights switch on.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies

Ishanka Fernando

Mrs Fernando joined Mount Carmel in 2018. She has previous experience working with children with additional needs and is currently developing her skills in Makaton signing and Downs Syndrome.  Outside of nursery Ishanka is an avid baker, creating celebration cakes and other baked treats for friends and family – watch out Great British Bake Off!

Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 in Childcare.

Bryony Lewis

Miss Lewis joined Mount Carmel in 2018. She is a First Class graduate from Queen Mary University of London having studied English Language and Linguistics. Bryony took great interest in child language acquisition and brings her knowledge and experience into her work at the Kindergarten. She is a passionate musician and takes any opportunity to sing with her guitar.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics (2018), currently undertaking Early Years Initial Teacher Training.