The role of the teacher is best described as a guide promoting a link between the child and the environment. The teachers prepare the environment using natural, concrete experiences to nurture the child’s ability as a creative, disciplined, motivated and independent thinker. Our low student to teacher ratios allow for an individualised program for each child. Through detailed observation our teachers gain an insight into each child’s interests and needs and collaborate as a team to plan individual and small group learning programs.
Lindfield Montessori Preschool aims to follow the methods and recommended practices of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). AMI is internationally recognised as the highest quality and longest continually practiced Montessori training. We understand the importance of employing teachers who are AMI trained, as they possess an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and materials that create a quality Montessori environment.
Principal / Directress Marina
From Term 1 2019 we are very excited to be welcoming Marina to our school. Marina has worked in education for over 17 years, with experience ranging from pre-school to Year 12. She has a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts, holds the AMI Diploma in Montessori Studies (3 to 6 years) and the MWEI Diploma in Education (Montessori, 3 to 6 years).
Please check back soon for Marina’s full profile.
Current Directress Marie
Marie has many years experience in teaching and being directress in multiple Montessori schools, both in Australia and overseas. She holds several educational qualifications, including the AMI Diploma in Montessori (3 to 6 years). She is a strong advocate of the value of lifelong learning, currently working towards a further Bachelor of Early Childhood Education through Macquarie University. Marie is fluent in both English and French.
Marie is passionate about the Montessori philosophy of learning and education. She believes in creating a classroom environment that allows for children to learn through exploration of the world around them. She aspires to create in a child centred approach to education within our classroom, which respects the needs of each child and allows them to develop at their own pace.
Teacher Sun Mi
Sun Mi has worked with children professionally for over 20 years and has been at Lindfield Montessori for 11 years. She is a qualified Montessori teacher in her native Korea and has completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) through University of New England. Sun Mi is a passionate advocate of the power of the Montessori method, which she bears witness to everyday.
Sun Mi believes a "Montessori based education encourages a child to pursue their individual interests and accrue knowledge and skills in pursuit of those interests. I believe the strength of the Montessori approach lies in the careful matching of the vast number of Montessori educational materials with the specific interests of each child. The most enjoyable aspect of my position is the personal fulfilment I feel witnessing a child achieve their educational milestone. In addition, I love witnessing each child develop well rounded interpersonal skills and compassion for their environment over the time they attend Lindfield Montessori."
Fatima has had experience working in 5 different schools before joining our community in 2017. She holds an International Diploma in Montessori Education and is multilingual, being fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.
Fatima loves guiding children in their learning experience and believes in the importance of building relationships with them based on respect and kindness.