Our Teachers

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. The Board of Directors understands 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. 

 

 

 
 
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Principal/Directress: Jo-Ann has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE), AMI Diploma in Teaching (3 to 6 years) and is currently enrolled at Charles Sturt University completing the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). Jo-Ann has been employed as a Montessori Directress since 2006 in India and New Zealand.

Jo-Ann aspires to "provide a Montessori environment where each member is respected and progresses at their own pace according to their individual capabilities. I strive to ensure the development of the child, in partnership with family and community where the child grows to be competent and confident learner.'

 
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Kindergarten Teacher: Kat has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education: 0 - 8 years). Kat has worked in the field of Early Childhood for 8 years and is currently completing the AMI Diploma in Montessori studies (3 to 6 years). 


Kat's personal philosophy includes, "creating and supporting a democratic learning environment, valuing all ideas equally with emphasis on individual backgrounds and experiences.  I  aim to maintain a culture where all participants demonstrate care and respect for self, others and the natural environment. I aspire to develop a mindset that the process is more significant than the end result, consequently developing a classroom of learners who are problem solvers, inquisitive and confident risk takers."

 
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Assistent: Sun Mi has worked with children professionally for over 20 years and is approaching her tenth year at Lindfield Montessori. She is a qualified Montessori teacher in her native Korea and has completed a Bachelor of Teaching in Australia. 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."