Our Teachers


  • Nicola

    I am a registered teacher and also have many years experience in educational and legal administration. My relevant qualifications are a Bachelor of Education degree, a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Montessori Teaching Diploma. I have been at Mana Montessori since January 1999. Please ask me any questions you have about the running of the school and about Montessori education at any time.


  • Lulu

    I have a Bachelor of Arts (Education), Diplomas of Teaching in Secondary and Early Childhood Education, and a Montessori Teaching Diploma. I am a registered teacher. I worked for four years in nursery schools in South Africa and taught in New Entrant classes in New Zealand primary schools before being appointed to a permanent position at Mana Montessori at the beginning of 1999.


  • Di

    I have a Bachelor of Education degree, Diplomas of Teaching in Primary and Early Childhood Education, and a Montessori Diploma. I am a registered teacher. I started working at Mana Montessori in the latter half of 1999.


  • Vicky

    I hold a Montessori Early Childhood Teaching Diploma. I trained as a dental nurse but after having children, I became more interested in education. I worked as a teacher aide in schools in the Nelson and Wellington regions before joining the staff at Mana Montessori in 2002. I have one grandchild and she attends Mana Montessori.


  • Claire

    I have a Bachelor of Arts degree, Diplomas in Teaching in Secondary and Early Childhood Education, and a Montessori Early Childhood Teaching Diploma. I am a registered teacher. I joined the team at Mana Montessori at the start of 2009.


  • Karen

    I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Montessori Teaching Diploma, and I am a registered teacher. I worked in early childhood services in the local area before being employed at Mana Montessori at the beginning of 2010.


  • Chrissy

    I have been involved with Mana Montessori since 2010 as the parent of two children who attended Mana Montessori, as a member of the parent management committee, as a relieving teacher, and since early 2017 as Office Manager. I am able to assist parents with any questions about fees and general school administration.


  • Mira

    I have many years experience working in a number of local early childhood services and I bring a love of children, nature and gardening to my work at Mana Montessori. I have three children and four grandchildren, and I keep free-range chickens. I joined Mana Montessori in 2011.


  • Anne

    I have been involved with Mana Montessori since my grandchildren started attending the preschool in 2010. I have been relieving at Mana Montessori since 2017 and love being part of a great team and working with the lovely children.