For over 20 years hundreds of families mainly from the eastern suburbs but also other parts of Wellington have thoroughly enjoyed their early childhood experience at Montessori Children’s House. The school was first established in 1995 by Cam and Frank Cole. Sue and Doug Walker took over the ownership in 2011 and manage the day to day administration.
Mary has been working with children and their families in Montessori environments for the past 25 years. She trained at Sion Hill Montessori College in Dublin and is qualified to work in 3-6 and 6-12 classes. She also has a New Zealand ECE degree and a degree in Theatre and Film (her other great love) from Victoria University. Mary grew up in Ireland and came to New Zealand in 1989 to set up a new classroom in what is now Capital Montessori School in Kingston. She taught at Wa Ora Montessori for six years, part-time at Otari Montessori School, before coming to work at Montessori Children’s House in Miramar in 2007. She and her daughter started on the same day.
Sarah started her teaching career in 2007 at Little Acorns Montessori. During her time at this school she completed an International Montessori Teaching Diploma for children aged birth to three years. After 6 years Sarah moved on to teach at Little Wonders while completing her Bachelor of Teaching. In 2016 Sarah joined Montessori Children’s House.
At the age of 14, Beccy began working as a nursery assistant after school and during the holidays in her parents’ Montessori pre-school in Kent, England. Beccy was always heavily involved in the making and modeling of materials for the classrooms, and at 25 she trained and qualified as a Montessori 3-6 teacher herself, with the same tutors her parents had trained with two decades earlier. She worked for two years in her parents’ pre-school before undertaking a Post-Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching. She worked as a new entrant’s teacher in a state primary school, and then firmly decided that Montessori was her passion and the way forward. In 2015 Beccy made a permanent move to Wellington from the UK and worked for two years at Capital Montessori School in Kingston. In 2018 Beccy joined the teaching team at Montessori Children’s House.