Our Team

Casa Team

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.

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.

Rachel

Teacher

I have been working in childhood education since gaining my Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching in 2003. While living in London I taught in primary schools before becoming a nanny for some beautiful families that I am still in touch with now. As a nanny to a little girl who attended the Montessori preschool in London, I became interested to read and learn about Montessori. This interest continued when I became a mother and continued to inspire me at home and my 2 boys attended a Montessori preschool in Auckland. After completing my teaching refresher course in 2017 and moving to Taupo Bay I began teaching in early childhood. I am now excited to build my knowledge of Montessori and am thrilled to join the team here. The gentle approach that has such respect for the journey of each individual child is one that I am proud to be a part of.
I have a love of nature and animals which I love to share with children. I believe our tamariki need to be exposed to and feel connected to nature to be responsible kaitiaki of our environment. Teaching children to care for animals builds an empathy that extends towards each other. My guinea pig will be a regular visitor to the centre!

Painting is also a passion of mine and I gained a Bachelor of Media Arts (honours) majoring in painting. It is a privilege to be able to nurture and encourage children’s creativity.

I look forward to getting to know all our children and whanau.

Nido Team

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.

Susanne

Infant and Toddler teacher

I have migrated to New Zealand nearly 15 years ago and this is home for me now. I am originally from Germany and have lived in Asia for 10 years before coming to New Zealand. My passion for early childhood education became evident shortly after settling here in Northland.
It started with voluntary work at the local playcentre where I completed the necessary qualifications to become a supervisor. A few years later I went back to studying and finished with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education. For the past five years I have been teaching in different environments and worked with different age groups. I am excited and passionate about working with 0-3 year olds now. I look forward to supporting our youngest children on their journeys of learning and discovery.