Our Teachers


  • Nicola

    My relevant qualifications are a Bachelor of Education degree, a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Montessori Teaching Diploma. I am a registered teacher and I also have many years experience in educational and legal administration. I have been at Mana Montessori since January 1999, and my time here has included teaching in the classrooms for fifteen years. 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 the Aperfield Montessori 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 mid-1999.


  • Vicky

    I hold the Aperfield Trust Montessori 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.


  • 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 the Aperfield 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.


  • Mira

    I have twenty years experience working in local early childhood services and I bring a love of children, nature and gardening to my work at Mana Montessori. I joined Mana Montessori in 2011.


  • 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 April 2017 as Office Administrator. I am able to assist parents with any questions about fees, fundraising, and general school administration.