Our Teachers

We have an enthusiastic team of teachers who are passionate, hardworking, kind and very well qualified. We value the individual skills, talents and ideas that each member brings to our team. The cultural and linguistic diversity of our teachers helps support our many bilingual children and those with English as an additional language. Our qualified Montessori teachers aim to bring out the unique personality of each individual child, to develop their self-confidence, sense of security and order in a totally child-cantered environment.  Teachers regularly attend Montessori and local authority training courses to update their professional development. 
 All our teachers have their Pediatric First Aid qualifications.

Individual profiles

Lucy Morley - Head Teacher - Level 5 FdA

Lucy has worked with children and families from the local area for nearly 40 years. She graduated from Norland Nursery Training College in 1987. Both her daughters attended Ladbroke Square, and it was whilst her younger daughter was still a pupil that she joined the teaching team in 2003. Lucy continues to receive comprehensive training from MCI Montessori, she also recently completed a Foundation degree in Early Years development and education and relishes discovering new insights and information . She lives locally with her family, and enjoys the arts and spending time with friends, especially laughing. 

Vanessa Dempsey – Deputy Head Teacher – MCI Mont Dip Level 4

Vanessa joined LSMS in 2021 and has sixteen years experience working in Early Years. Prior to becoming a Montessorian she obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Hotel and Catering Management from the University of Surrey. Vanessa is passionate about providing all children with the necessary tools to achieve to the best of their ability and to become resilient, life-long learners and enjoyers of life.Vanessa loves to travel.  She enjoys exploring new places, immersing herself in their culture and getting to know the local people.  

Lula Kusy - Level 5 FdA

Joined LSMS in 2007 and has completed the Early Years Foundation Degree. Lula has been a strong member of the nursery and held the position of deputy head for 2 and a half years until taking up her degree. Lula is a key member of our team and brings passion, empathy and humor into the classroom. Lula speaks Polish with some Russian and enjoys Polish dancing, coffee and long walks. 

Nicole Carvalho - NVQ 3 

Started at LSMS in April 2009. Nikki has more than 12 years experience working with chidren and also having a child of her own has strengthened her knowledge and understanding of being both a teacher and parent. Nikki brings great enthusiasm into the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. Nikki speaks Portuguese and conversational Spanish..

Jo Tse - MCI Mont Dip Level 4

Jo started working at Ladbroke Square in 2012 after completing her teaching practice with us. Jo has become a strong member of the nursery and held the position of deputy head for 2 years. Jo understands some Mandarin and is fluent in Cantonese and enjoys travelling and photography. 

Clara Baumann - AMI Mont Dip Level 4

Clara joined the Ladbroke Sqaure team in 2014 and brings with her a background infine art. Clara has a real affinity with the children and her calm and passionate nature inspires the children. Clara speaks French and enjoys traveling and visiting her family in South Africa. 

Veronica Rossi - MCI Mont Dip Level 4 - Diploma in Montessori a education 6-12 

Before diving into Montessori studying and alternative educations, Veronica achieved a Degree in English and Spanish Literature at La Sapienza University in Rome and a Postgraduate certificate in Bilingual Translation at Westminster University which broadend her knowledge in many different ways. 
Veronica has been living in London since 2011 and loves the cultural melting pot of this mega city. She loves practicing Yoga, macrame and crochet in her free time. 

Jani Arrospide​ - MCI Dip Level 4. MA Early Childhood Education

Jani joined our team in 2020 She completed her Masters in early childhood education in Spain. After moving to London she discovered Montessori education, Jani gained her diploma with MCI. Jani loves cooking and art, She speaks both spanish and her native Basque, and enjoys helping our children learn it too.

Ana Denucci - MCI Mont Dip Level 4

Ana grew up in the countryside of Brazil and has always surrounded herself with diverse cultures, languages. Ana joined Ladbroke Square in 2021 having worked in early years for over 15 years. She is qualified as a Level 3 Early Years Educator and holds a level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (MCI). Ana is passionate about fostering a love for the outdoors and sparking children’s curiosity in the natural world. During her free time, she loves cycling and finding new routes around London and beyond. 

Elena Adams - MMI Mont Dip Level 3

Elena joined in 2021 after training in Montessori Pedagogy at The Maria Montessori Institute London. Since then, she has gone on to obtain an accredited SENCO qualification and is currently studying for her level 4 diploma.  She speaks both English and Spanish as well as being an avid traveller and a hobby baker.

Sophia Wallace-Turner B.A. in Linguistics PGCE in Early Years

Sophia has worked with children since her teens, in the UK France and Spain.  She has a B.A. in Linguistics, a ESL teaching certificate, a PGCE in Early Years and is bilingual in French.  Sophia’s nephew and daughter attended Ladbroke Square and although she followed various paths, she remained in contact with the school until she started working with us in 2018. Sophia is very involved with the local community and area; she was born in Blenheim Crescent off Portobello Road and continues to live close by. Sophia spends any of her free time with friends, going to exhibitions, as well as knitting, sewing and above all baking!


Gwen Adorno - MMI Mont Dip Level 4 - BA degree in Early Childhood Studies

Gwen has completed the MMI 3-6 year-old diploma, and last year went on to do a BA degree in Early Childhood Studies. Born in Brazil and growing up in the UK, she is fluent in both Portuguese and English, and speaks conversational Italian and Spanish. She has 6 years of experience as a language teacher and is fascinated by this learning area. She is also passionate about all types of sports and exercise and believes in using movement as an integral part of children’s learning process and socialisation. Whenever possible outside of school, she enjoys experimenting with film photography and going on hikes.

Ruth Shaw - MCI Mont Dip Level 4

Ruth joined LSMS in Nov 2021, trained as a Montessori Teachers when her own children were young. Her Children are now adults and she has a two year old grandchild. Outside school, she enjoys spending time with her family, loves to explore all that London has to offer. She also has a passion for cooking and baking.

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