Our Staff

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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, Total Communications 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 are both very keen footballers and you will often find her on the football pitch cheering on from the side lines. She has recently welcomed a puppy called Billy into her family who is keeping her very busy! Cathy 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 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 Lucy Moore – Deputy

Lucy is qualified with a B-Ed (Hons) degree in Primary Education, Music and First Aider.

Lucy started her teaching career in Maidenhead before relocating to Bishops Cleeve in 2004. She worked part-time for 14 years at a school in the Cotswolds, and has taught both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Lucy joined the Tithe Barn team in 2018 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 has 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 – Play Assistant

Teresa started her career working with children as a Nanny. After eight years caring for a number of children, she then worked in retail, then finally left to have her own children.

Teresa saw all of her own children through the Tithe Barn Preschool before deciding to re-train in 2016 while working as part of the team, gaining her NVQ Level 2.

Teresa is married with three sons and spends most of her weekends on the sidelines of football or rugby pitches due to all of the family being very sporty! She also runs the Brownie unit in Woodmancote and loves to bake, run, go on long walks and crafting. This love of crafting has also lead her to start a little business “Kidz Beadie Bitz”.


Mrs Laura Parfrey – Play Assistant

Laura began working at the Tithe Barn after her son left our Preschool started school. She loved it so much she didn’t want to leave! She has since achieved her NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification and believes the EYFS stage of a child’s learning journey is hugely important and loves helping the children flourish and thrive during their time within the Tithe Barn setting.

Laura has two children who keep her busy outside of Preschool. If she isn’t baking with her daughter, she will be learning more interesting facts about dinosaurs and animals with her son. Laura enjoys walks in the countryside with her family and two dogs, then snuggling up to watch a film or animal documentary.


Mrs Karen Spilsbury – Play Assistant

Karen is qualified with a BA(Hons) degree in Early Years Education and a PGCE in Early Years and First Aider.

Karen has spent much of her career caring for young children in a variety of different settings as both a Nursery Nurse and Teacher. Her most recent position was as a Supply Teacher in a local Primary School.

Karen is married with two daughters and three young Grandchildren, one of which attended Tithe Barn Preschool. When not working Karen enjoys spending time in her caravan on the coast in Somerset, walking her dog, swimming and reading.


Mrs Chloe Fitchett – Student Play Assistant

Chloe originally trained as a Children’s Nurse at the University of West England in 2005, working for a number of years in Bristol and also in the community looking after children with life limiting and complex conditions.

After children, she changed career paths, having some family time and deciding to re-train as a Teaching Assistant, and is currently studying at Gloucestershire College.

Chloe lives with her husband, two daughters and Snoopy the dog. She enjoys keeping fit, long walks and family time.