Our Staff

We have a great team here at Casa Montessori who are all very passionate about what they do! Read on to find out more.


Miss Carolina

Miss Carolina Huc-Pena is the Principal and founder of Casa Montessori. She is native from Colombia and is trilingual (English, Spanish and French). Miss Carolina is a Montessori-certified teacher from Montessori Centre International (MCI) and has completed a BA (Hons) in MONTESSORI EARLY CHILDHOOD PRACTICE (level 6) at MCI and London Metropolitan University.

Carolina is DBS-checked and a Paediatric first-aider.

Miss Carolina is the Safeguarding Officer (SO), Health and Safety Officer and the Behaviour Coordinator


Miss Miriam

Miss Miriam Capurso is the Deputy Manager of Casa Montessori.


Miss Miriam is originally from Italy.  After her graduation in Early Years Education at the University Bicocca of Milan, she moved to London where she joined the Montessori Centre International (MCI) where she completed an assistant teacher course. The course has inspired her to extend her knowledge about the Montessori pedagogy; she has now completed her training at MCI (Level 4 Diploma) and is now studying towards the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Practice (level 5). Miriam has worked in Montessori settings ever since her graduation accumulating very valuable experience.


For the past two years, Miriam has been spending her holidays as a volunteer helping to implement the Montessori method and creating Montessori environments in South Africa and Malawi for The Sparkle Foundation.

Miss Miriam is DBS-checked and a Paediatric first aider. She is Deputy Safeguarding Officer (DSO).


Miss Michele

Miss Michele Adjbishe is a British MCI certified Montessori teacher bilingual in English and French.

She spent most of her teen years in France and completed a Master in "Langues & Civilisations Étrangères" from Université Lumière Lyon II in France. After returning to London, she obtained her Early Childhood Certificate and International Diploma in Montessori Education from MCI.

Miss Michele has accumulated valuable experience working in Montessori nurseries as well as in primary schools in KS1 environment.

She is a full-time Senior Practitioner at Casa Montessori and the acting SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator). She supervises the French programme.

Miss Michele is DBS-checked and a Paediatric first-aider.


Miss Laia

Miss Laia Gisbert is a Spanish and Catalan native speaker who speaks English fluently. 


Laia has a Certificate in Higher Education in Early Childhood Education and a Degree in Primary Education.


During her university studies, she specialised in teaching children with special needs.  She has 5 years of experience in schools and nurseries in Spain. During that time, she implemented a learning methodology to teach a common concept to children of different ages by specifically designing task according to their age.

She is a full-time Nursery Practitioner at Casa Montessori. She supervises the Spanish programme.

Miss Laia is DBS-checked and a Paediatric first-aider.

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Miss Amanda

Miss Amanda León is originally from Colombia.


Amanda has a Bachelor degree in Bilingual Education from the University El bosque of Bogotá,  Colombia and completed her teacher training and obtained the Montessori Diploma (2 1/2 to 6 yrs old). She later obtained a Post-graduate diploma in Child’s Observations and Developmental studies from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).


Her passion for learning is clear as she keeps studying, currently Modern Languages (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and English) and just joined a double degree in Psychology with the virtual EAN University from Colombia. 


Amanda is a talented teacher, a true Montessorian with over 16 years of experience, she has a natural gift for nurturing, educating and inspiring young minds.

She is a part-time Senior Practionner at Casa Montessori. Miss Amanda is DBS-checked and a Paediatric First-aider.


Miss Amandine

Miss Amandine Nicoud is native from Grenoble in the French Alps.


She used to work for the Ministry of justice in Paris. Her husband and her decided to move to the United Kingdom 3 years and a half ago, to give their daughter the extraordinary opportunity to learn a different language.

She took advantage of this relocation to make new career plans. As she sees herself as a lifelong learner, she started to volunteer in her daughter’s school in September 2017 and has since completed a Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools last year. She is excited about her new role as a French teacher and is hopeful that it will be a remarkable journey.

She is a Teacher assistant at Casa Montessori and supports Miss Michèle with the French programme. Miss Amandine is DBS-checked and a Paediatric First-aider.

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Miss Raffaella

Miss Raffaella Rossi is originally from Italy and moved to London in 2010 after graduating in History of Arts at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.


After few years spent working in the Tourism Industry she felt the urge of dedicating her effort towards a more fulfilling career, decided to take some time off to travel South America and to support the local Charity UpClose Bolivia in their community projects. Through her volunteer work at the Child Centre, Equine Therapy Centre and Transitory Home for Children of Mallasa, La Paz (Bolivia) she finally realized her true call of working with children and, once back in UK, decided to re-train and become a qualified Early Years Practitioner.

She holds a Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy and is currently studying towards the Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.

She is a Nursery Practitionner at Casa Montessori. Miss Raffaella is DBS checked and a Paediatric first-aider.

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Miss Benedetta

Miss Benedetta GHIGO is an Italian/Finnish native speaker who speaks english fluently after having lived in the UK for 4 years.

She grew up in a bilingual family and always had a passion for languages.

She studied tourism, but when she moved to the UK she started to work with children and realised teaching was her life aspiration. Whilst working in Early Years settings she trained and became an Early Years Educator. 

Benedetta finds rewarding guiding children towards meaningful growth and has a natural drive that pushes her to continuously learn and develop new skills. She has just started the MCI level 4 diploma.


Benedetta is a Nursery Teacher. She is DBS checked and Paediatric First Aider.

Other staff members

Casa Montessori staff also includes bilingual teacher assistants, volunteers, students and several experienced supply teachers.

Casa Montessori also receives the support of external teachers for specific activities:


Little Rackets by Little Rackets Ltd.


Physical Exercise by SportKids Connection Ltd.

All staff (assistants, volunteers, external or supply) is DBS-checked.