Our Staff


Mrs Sam Fisher – Manager

Sam is qualified with a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education and Physical Education, SENCo and First Aider.

After university, she started her teaching career in South Birmingham, teaching children from all different backgrounds. In 2005, Sam broadened her skills went to teach in North Carolina, USA. When she returned, Sam then taught in a Worcestershire school in the Clent Hills for the next 10 years. There she mainly taught in Key Stage One, before taking on the role of PE Co-coordinator, managing five schools within the pyramid and teaching PE from Reception to Year 6. This is Sam’s passion and she is very keen in developing children’s physical development and ensuring they lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

At home, Sam has a young family with her husband. Her boys are their pride and joy and they spend weekends cycling, walking the dog or cuddled on the sofa with popcorn watching a movie!


Mrs Cathy Lea – Manager

Cathy is qualified with a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies and a PGCE in Early Years, ECAT and First Aider.

Cathy started her teaching career in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham before working closer to home in Worcestershire. While at this teaching post, Cathy got to explore her musical talents as a co-ordinator and helped to achieve a Healthy Schools award. After 12 years in her most recent school, she decided to follow her dream of co-owning a Preschool. She has many years of experience teaching children in the Foundation Stage and, in her eyes, it is the most exciting and fascinating time of their educational journey.

Cathy has two boys of her own of whom she is immensely proud. They make her smile with joy and happiness everyday. She enjoys keeping fit, baking and above all spending time with her family.

Mrs Sarah Broderick – Deputy

Sarah is qualified with a B-ED (Hons) with QTS NVQ3 Childrens Care, SENCo and First Aider.

Sarah was originally a Supply Teacher before she began working at Tithe Barn Preschool when her daughter started school in 2006. She has also travelled, lived and worked abroad for a considerable amount of time. Sarah also teachers at Battledown Children’s Centre two days a week and shares that fantastic experience with us at Preschool, especially with those who have extra needs.

Sarah is married with two teenage children and owns a dog. She also has a step-daughter and a grandson. She enjoys walking, swimming, yoga and when time allows, painting and drawing.

Mrs Karen Holter – Deputy

Karen is qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development, ECAT and First Aider.

Karen is a mother of two, and both of her children attended Tithe Barn Playgroup. In January 2007, Karen began working at Tithe Barn and completed her Level 2 and then Level 3 training. After another staff member left, she became a Deputy to the Play Leader and gained more responsibility and experience. 

When not working, Karen is a regular at circuit training (hopefully to get fitter) and has recently started knitting and crochet again. Her family are a scouting family and so she has volunteered to do a couple of District Roles.

Mrs Emma Brooks – Key Worker

Emma is a qualified Level 3 Nursery Nurse, SENCo and First Aider.

Emma was previously a Deputy Manager at a Pre-School in Taunton, her hometown. Following this, Emma worked with children in foster care.

After moving abroad for 8 years and raising her own family, Emma moved to Bishops Cleeve where her son attended Tithe Barn. Emma loves working with children and joined us as a Support Worker earlier in 2017 – now working two permanent mornings a week.

Emma is currently studying a higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and is also a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Mrs Lucy Moore – Key Worker

Lucy is qualified with a Bed (Hons) degree in Primary Education and Music and is also a qualified First Aider.

Lucy started her teaching career in Maidenhead before relocating to Bishops Cleeve in 2004. She currently teaches part-time at a school in the Cotswolds, and has taught both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at this school for the last 14 years. Lucy joined the Tithe Barn team as she was keen to extend her skills to working with children in the pre-school age range, a wish that had developed since having her own children. 

Lucy is married with two primary-age children, the youngest of which attended Tithe Barn Preschool. When she isn’t working, Lucy enjoys spending time with her family. She also has keen interests in reading, playing piano and graphic design.

Mrs Teresa Nolan – new Key Worker

Teresa is a Level 2 NVQ in Childcare and has previously worked as a Full Time Nanny for 8 years both live in and out. She is also a First Aider.

Then she moved onto something completely different and went into Retail as a Supervisor for 5 Years. Following that, for the last 12 Years, she has been a full time mum to 3 boys.

When Teresa is not being kept busy by her 3 boys she’s mainly stood on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering the boys’ various teams on, or making craft based things for her business ‘Kidz Beadie Bitz’. 

Teresa also runs a Brownie Unit, loves to socialise with friends and is very partial to a cuppa and cake!