I have been involved in Montessori education for over 20 years, firstly as a teacher at both pre and primary level. I spent three years at St Nicholas teachers’ college in Dublin, Ireland, where I studied Montessori Education: Birth-12 years. I have worked in a variety of primary and preschools in Ireland and in New Zealand, and I established a preschool called Montessori Helen’s Bay in County Down, Ireland, which I sold before backpacking through Africa.
There I met Grant, a Kiwi, who was heading back to NZ after his OE. After numerous African adventures, I decided to head to New Zealand where we married and have had four children: Henry, Charlotte, Freddie and Patrick, all of whom have attended Montessori@Bellevue.
As a family we are involved in Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service in the summer, along with rugby and hockey, where I coach a Bellevue School team in the winter. I enjoy triathlons, half Ironmen and have faced and beaten the challenge of Ironman. This was perhaps the biggest challenge I have undertaken but it certainly taught me a great deal about myself and my mental fortitude, and to complete it was an achievement I am truly proud of.
My role as EO allows me to continue my passion for Montessori education. I oversee both of our schools and ensure that our teachers and wider school community are supported in their mission of delivering the NZ curriculum using the Montessori philosphy. This is done through organising professional development, keeping abreast of new curriculum developments and by liaising with the principals and BOTs of both schools. I am also involved in the arranging and supporting of parent meetings where we offer education and information around Montessori curriculum and philosophy.
I am always happy to have a coffee and a chat with anyone and am open to all suggestions – you can always catch me in the school car park, at Montessori@Bellevue, or by sending me an email. It is an honour to be part of TMET, and I look forward to the continued success of our Trust and the growth of our current primary schools.