Head Teacher, Cindy Summer

Cindy joined us in August 2017, as our first Head Teacher. Apples and Honey Nightingale is a leading innovator in the field of early years, and is a pioneer in developing intergenerational activities. 

 

More about Cindy…

 

Born in South Africa, Cindy completed schooling and teacher training in 1976, in Cape Town.  Cindy began her career as a class teacher, later progressing to become Principal of a school in Johannesburg for 16 years. Cindy then headed the Herschel Pre-preparatory School for 11 years. In 2009, Cindy took up a position in Taipei, Taiwan, as Director of the Tiger Tots American Preschool. Cindy explains, “This position equipped me with the resilience and wisdom to handle almost any challenge life sends my way!”

In 2014, Cindy became Head Teacher of the Kindergarten at Alyth Synagogue in Temple Fortune. There, she built a team and lead the pre-school to its Ofsted designation of 'Outstanding". Cindy left Alyth to be the first Head Teacher of Apples and Honey Nightingale in 2017. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Kathy O'Brien

Kathy has worked in Early Years for the past 23 years since the birth of her two sons.   Over the years she has trained as a Montessori teacher and has completed her Hornsby Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) teaching.

 

In 2012 she gained a BA in Early Years Teaching from Kingston University and has recently done some training in the Kodaly method of music teaching with Colourstrings. Kathy is a skilled Forest Schools educator.

 

“I enjoy this new challenge and hope my experience and interests in drama, storytelling and music will add to our inter-generational programme of activities."

Our Team

Head Teacher

Cindy Summer

Deputy Head Teacher & Inter-generational coordinator

Kathy O'Brien

Apples Teacher 

Kirstin Thompson

Karen Lyon-Lowe 

Lead Teacher 

Honey's Teacher Assistant

Vivi Arboleda

Honey's Teacher Assistant

Maria Sofia Conforti

Teacher Assistant

Lorena Fuentes

Teacher Assistant (Breakfast Club)

Shakera Uddin

Office & Finance Manager

Jacia Roap

Administrator

Sue Jackson

Kitchen Supervisor 

Carla Pais

Co-Founder & Intergenerational Lead

Judith Ish-Horowicz, MBE

PGCE; MA

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)

“Teaching is my passion. I regard every moment in the early years environment a privilege, and endeavour to make each day in my school an enriching experience for the children in my care. The saying, ‘To teach is to touch a life’, is very close to my heart.”- Cindy Summer

Karen Lyon-Lowe

  Honey's Lead Teacher 

Kirstin Thomas

Apples Teacher 

Co-Founder, Judith Ish-Horowicz, MBE

Judith graduated with a degree in music from Leeds University, after which she trained as a teacher in her home town of Manchester and went on to be Head of Music at a London comprehensive school.

 

After the birth of her four daughters, Judith moved into Early Years Education opening Apples and Honey Wimbledon (Ofsted rated Outstanding) in 1991.

 

Judith is an Ashdown Fellow, an education consultant and a Limmud volunteer. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Early Years Education in 2010. Judith plays an integral part in the curriculum development of the nursery and as a lead on our intergenerational work with Nightingale Hammerson. 

Vivi Arboleda 

Honey and Apple Teacher Assistant

Spanish Teacher

Maria Sofia Conforti

Honey Teacher Assistant

Spanish Teacher

Maria Sofia Conforti

Honey Teacher Assistant

Spanish Teacher

Jacia Roap 

Office & Finance Manager

Sue Jackson

Administrator

Lorena Fuentes

 Teacher Assistant

Carla Pais

Kitchen Supervisor

Shakera Uddin

 Teacher Assistant (Breakfast Club)

If you are interested in joining the Apples & Honey Nightingale Nursery team please look on the Staff Vacancies section for details of current positions.