Meet Our People
Every setting is built on their team
For the team at Muriel Green, daycare and teaching is much more than a job. We care deeply about children’s happiness and success. Our classrooms are joyful places to be, where children are engaged and teachers give praise and encouragement. We listen to parents and families, and work together with them to help children achieve their full potential.
Find out more about the qualified, experienced leadership team at Muriel Green below.
Roots Leadership Team
Headteacher and Curriculum Lead, Roots Federation
With vision, commitment and care, Hayley takes a lead on the curriculum for Roots Nurseries, ensuring it sets all our children up for happiness and success.
Hayley is a proficient leader with decades of experience leading early years settings. In 2001 she became deputy headteacher at a three-form primary school in Stevenage where she took on special responsibility for early years.
She went on to become an early years adviser at Herts for Learning, a company whose mission is to improve education across the county. In this role, Hayley gave consultation, training and support that improved outcomes for over 100 schools.
Hayley sits on a governing body of Governor of South Hill Primary School (Hemel ) and trustee of the Claxton Trust (Stevenage), and is a trustee at a multi-academy trust, where she shares her expertise with the wider community.
Headteacher and SENCo, Roots Federation
Gemma is Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for the Roots Nurseries, and takes a lead in the Federation’s business and strategic decisions.
In 2010, she led the foundation stage at Laurence Haines primary school in Watford. In recognition of her impressive leadership, the local authority made her a Leading Teacher. In this role, she helped schools across the county improve their early years provision.
Gemma took the headship at Muriel Green Nursery in 2017. That same year, she achieved the National Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Award.
She began working as a consultant to the headteachers at Oxhey Early Years in 2021. Here, she had the vision to collaborate with Heath Lane Nursery to improve all three settings, a vision which eventually led to co-founding the Roots Federation.
Gemma sits on the governing bodies of two maintained primary schools in Hertfordshire, keeping her up to date with educational practice beyond early years. She also sits on two boards representing the voice of maintained nursery schools.
Georgie Gladdy - Senior Teacher and SENCo
Georgie trained as a key stage two teacher, and spent the first four years of her career teaching in a diverse, two-form entry primary school. She then moved into nursery and reception settings, and has been teaching at Muriel Green for four years.
Committed to giving children the best start in life, Gerogie wrote our maths and phonics curricula, and introduced Talk for Writing across the settings. She’s passionate about helping children with different needs access our curriculum, and has adapted our materials to all abilities.
“I enjoy sharing my passion for early years with the rest of my team, giving them the tools and resources to teach children well. I love watching our children flourish into happy, confident learners who are always
discovering new things.”
Sue Wells - Daycare Manger
Sue has worked in early years for over 25 years. During this time, she practised in three pre-schools, and managed her own setting for fourteen years. Sue has been the daycare manager at Muriel Green for the last four years.
Sue is adept at building high quality, trusting relationships with families, and supports new parents when they leave their children for the first time.