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 Pena Gutierrez 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. Miss Carolina also holds a Level 3 accredited Forest School Training.

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).

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Miss Raffaella

Miss Raffaella Rossi is Interim Deputy Manager

Miss Raffaella 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 Senior Montessori Teacher Nursery at Casa Montessori. Miss Raffaella 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 Teacher 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 Montessori Teacher at Casa Montessori. Miss Amanda is DBS-checked and a Paediatric First-aider.

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Miss Emmanuelle

Miss Emmanuelle is originally from France.



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

Miss Kamila

Miss Kamila Pacholik is originally came from Poland where she graduated with a Master Degree in Psychology and Education.


During her university studies she worked as a nanny looking after autistic children where she expanded her knowledge about children with special needs. She moved to London In 2014 where she took part in many courses and trainings. She finished her Level 3 Diploma in Children Learning and Development becoming Early Years Educator.


She is a full-time Nursery Teacher at Casa Montessori. Miss Kamila is DBS-checked and a Paediatric First-aider.

Miss Salima

Miss Salima Annab was born in the South of France from Algerian parents so both French and Arbaic were spoken at home although she is more fluent in French. She is the mother of two boys and had a passion working with children since I first babysat aged 11 for my nephew and nieces.


Mis Salima studied au Lycee Professionel des Arts et Metiers d'Uzes, in the sourth of France before moving to the United Kingdom in 1999. After several experiences as Au Pair and Nanny, she volunteered in several schools as a support for SEN children. She graduated in Support Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS level 2).


From 2019, she started to work full time in a French Nursery as a teaching assistant in 2019 while finishing her Level 3 Early Years Educator well as studying for my level 3 early years educator.

Miss Salima is joining the Collaborative Montessori Training Centre to graduate as a Level 4 Educator in Montessori Education.


Miss Salima is a full-time Nursery Teacher at Casa Montessori. Miss Salima 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.