Annie (Centre Manager/Owner)
I have been living in beautiful Aotearoa for 15 years now after emigrating from South Africa. New Zealand is home and I absolutely love living here. I have worked in the ECE profession for 12 years and have gained many valuable skills and knowledge during my role as a teacher. I love working with children and providing them with the tools to foster their independence and curiosity. My role as a leader in this profession has made me want to have my own centre and to be able to get the perfect team and beautiful environment for our tamariki. I feel blessed to have this opportunity and to be a part of an amazing team.
Maria Montessori inspired me to study for my Montessori Diploma. I knew that this was just what children needed: respect for who they are and an environment that is tailor made for their every need. It is an education for life and the children are able to follow their own natural instincts with guidance from a loving directress.
Together with my Montessori diploma, I have a Bachelor of Education in ECE and Post – Grad. in Leadership and Management, both gained in New Zealand and this gives me the ability to use both areas of knowledge and skills to ensure that our children at MCH get the best possible start in becoming capable and confident in who they are. I look forward to this amazing journey with our Montessori children and families.
Jess (Centre Manager/Owner)
I have been teaching since 2004 and found Montessori in 2006 while doing my ECE training. I knew straight away that I wanted to be a Montessori teacher and went on to gain my Aperfield Montessori Diploma. I love the independence and empowerment that the Montessori Method develops in children and I especially love providing this philosophy for Infants and Toddlers. The 0-3 age is such huge period of change and development and the challenges and opportunities that Montessori provides ensures this critical period is a true joy to teach and care for.
My studies and teaching career have lead me to teach in South Korea and Australia, but I’ve spent the majority of my time teaching in the Otago area in the South Island. Having moved up North a few years ago with my family, I’m excited to share this amazing philosophy with the Kerikeri community and have this wonderful opportunity to have my own Nido ( infant and toddler) centre.
Lida (Montessori teacher)
I am a bilingual (Spanish and English) Montessori Directress with a great passion for working with children. My country of origin is Colombia, and when I was very young I flew to London where I lived for nearly 20 years. I have worked with children and young people, both in the voluntary and pay sector, developing my skills in planning and facilitating creative workshops.
When I started in Montessori education in 2013, I realized that the philosophy and principles of Montessori strongly resonate with my personal views. I have gained a thorough understanding of the natural development of children by doing the Montessori Diploma 3-6 at the AMI in London, as well as working at Grace Montessori School in the same city. I then decided it was time for me to leave London and ended up in beautiful Aotearoa.
I have been living here for almost 3 years and have had the opportunity to work with children at the Riverview school OSCAR program and also run a Yoga class for children at the Waipapa Community Hall. I am a very enthusiastic and outgoing person whose life’s principles are based on the care for nature and others, practice of yoga, conscious living, personal growth and life balance in general.
Susanne (Infant and Toddler teacher)