MEET OUR STAFF

Our greatest strength at Cardiff Montessori is our team of passionate educators. All our staff strive to get to know your child as an individual and ensure they always feel welcome, supported and challenged during their time with us.

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DR ESMA IZZIDIEN

Founder and Head of School

Esma is the founder and Head of CMS. She is a medical doctor (MBChB, MRCGP) and has completed training in Montessori for primary education. She has gained certification for Montessori use for dementia. Esma has also completed AMI Assistant training, 11-18 introductory adolescent training and Montessori Coaching training.

CLAIRE WATERS

Deputy Head & Elementary teacher

Claire is the Deputy Head of School. She teaches the upper Elementary and is  responsible for overseeing the teaching & learning across both Elementary classes. Claire is the safeguarding lead. She achieved a high distinction in her Diploma of Early Childhood and Primary Education, (Montessori institute, Sydney). She has also completed her PGCE and has a BA Hons in Fine Arts.

GEORGINA WILLIAMSON

Head of 2-6 years

Georgina is the Head of 0-6. She is an AMI qualified 0-3 and 3-6 teacher She is responsible for overseeing the teaching in learning in  2-3 and 3-6. She also deals with admissions. Prior to joining CMS, Georgina was the lead 3-6 teacher at the MMI school in London.

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SALLY BASHIR

Head of Accounts and Legals

Sally is the head of CMS’ legal and accounting team. Prior to joining CMS, Sally was a practising Corporate Finance solicitor with a large Commercial law firm based in Cardiff. During her legal career she dealt with an extensive corporate client base situated both in the UK and internationally. Sally has also founded a not for profit organisation  in order to assist children with Autism and learning difficulties.

ESTEFANIA MONALDAY

3-6 Lead Teacher

Estefania is the Lead Teacher of the 3-6 Children’s House. She is a Montessori qualified 3-6 teacher (IMI). She has also completed AMI 3-6 and 6-12 assistant training and is currently doing her 6-12 AMI teaching diploma. She holds QTS with a degree in primary education. She is responsible for giving children presentations and tracking their progress.

KASSANDRA DUNCAN

Elementary Teacher

Kassandra has competed her Montessori Elementary training with the AMS. She also has a BA Hons in Political Science . Prior to joining CMS Kassanda worked in a state run Montessori School in California.

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MARINE GOMBAULT

2-3 Teacher

Marine is the Lead Teacher of the 2-3 Preparatory Class.  She is a Montessori qualified 0-3 teacher (AMI). She has also completed AMI 6-12 assistant training. She is responsible for giving children presentations and tracking their progress. Marine also holds a Cache level 3 in childcare and development and is a fluent French speaker.

ILEANA POP

Assistant Teacher

Ileana is a Montessori qualified 3-6 teacher (MCI). She has also completed AMI 3-6 and 6-12 assistant training. She holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and in addition to English speaks Italian, Spanish, Romanian and German. Ileana works as an Assisting Teacher, supporting children with follow up work and points of consciousness.

JULIE HARVERY

ALNco & Intervention teacher

Julie works across the school to help ensure all students are making progress. She supports students through one to one additional lessons or small group work. She has complete her integrating Montessori Practice certificate. She has a degree in primary education with QTS with a wealth of experience teaching. 

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ANDA STARKA

Teaching Assistant

Anda brings knowledge, enthusiasm and joy to Cardiff Montessori School.  She is based in Upper Elementary. Anda is a trained AMI assistant.  She has also completed training in Montessori Football and has a Cache level 3 in Childcare.

KIM CAMPBELL

Assistant Teacher

Patient and reflective, Kim works as a teaching assistant in the 3-6. She is currently studying her AMI 3-6 teaching diploma. She has completed 0-3 AMI assistant training. Prior to her Montessori journey, Kim studied Acting & musical theatre at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York.

TANIA CARVAHLO

Teaching Assistant

Energetic and driven, we were thrilled when Tania joined our team. Tania is based in Lower Elementary. She is a trained AMI assistant. Tania also holds a Cache level 3 in Childcare and has an interest in gymnastics.

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UNA SHEA

Teaching Assistant

Una is the Teaching Assistant in the 2-3 class. She has completed her 0-3 AMI teaching diploma. Una has a first class BMus (Hons) degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is currently completing an MA in Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing. She has also completed Suzuki violin teacher training. Una is also involved in the whole school music curriculum planning.

MICHELLE THOMPSON

Administrator

Since joining Cardiff Montessori School, Michelle has consistently brought passion and dedication every single day. Michelle is the School Administrator.  She greets and welcomes families to CMS, ensures your queries are directed to the most appropriate person and is involved in auditing processes.

NICOLE SCHNAPP

After school club

Nicole runs after school clubs and pottery sessions. Dedicated and creative, Nicole brings a wealth of experience in creative arts to our extra curricular activities.  She has a level 4 in childcare and is a fluent German speaker. She also assists children during lunchtimes and outdoor play.

 

HUMAIRA KHAN

Teaching Assistant

With her calm and compassionate nature, Humaira assists our students throughout their day with us. She is an AMI trained assistant and also holds a Bachelors of Education, has a maters in mathematics and has completed the Early Childhood Education Diploma (Toronto).

YUSUF ABOULGASSEM

Football / PE Coach

Yusuf runs after school football club

SHEENA O'LEARY

Forest School Lead

Sheena is responsible for delivering Forest school sessions.