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The Team

Kieny Watts – General Manager

Kieny is the General Manager of our Early Learning Centre. She established the business and has overseen its growth from one branch with 5 employees in 2008 to its existing staff of 70. Prior to her role in Dubai, Kieny worked as a Programme Manager for the offshore and onshore MBA Programme, offered by the University of South Australia. She also worked as a Business Development professional for global food and beverage companies including Kraft Foods, Danone Foods and Lion Nathan, in both Australia and New Zealand. Kieny is fluent in 5 languages and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Kylie Mockeridge – Area Manager

Kylie is a highly qualified teacher who holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Southern Cross University in New South Wales and is currently completing her Masters in Early Childhood Education. She has taught both primary and pre-school children for 8 years in Australia, the UK and Dubai. Kylie believes that children learn and grow through hands on and real life experiences. She is a hardworking and friendly member of our team who loves working with children and often goes above and beyond her call of duty!

Jessica Johnson – Centre Manager, Hummingbird Nursery, DIFC

Jessica holds a Bachelor Degree in Early Years Education from Nottingham Trent University. Working in nurseries for 12 years, she brings a wealth of experience to our team. Over the course of her career, Jessica took a year off to volunteer for a primary school in Africa. She is a hard worker and believes that children grow and develop in a loving, stimulating home from home environment.

Carissa Valentim-Du Toit – Centre Manager, Hummingbird Pre-School, DIFC

Carissa is from South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of South Africa (Durban). She has taught in both nurseries and high schools in South Africa before moving to Dubai, and has been a valued member of our team since August 2013. Carissa loves working with children of all ages and believes that there needs to be an element of fun for learning to be done! As the youngest member of the management team, she brings real drive and enthusiasm to the Hummingbird team.