I grew up strongly influenced by a Montessori background in Ireland, where my Mother was a Montessori Teacher and we had a school in our home for over twenty years. My background in New Zealand was steadily established in Playcentre where I made lifelong friends and developed a strong interest in early childhood education. I then began working alongside children with special needs and this led to achieving my Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood. I have over twenty years experience in this field and have enjoyed working in a variety of early childhood settings including Kindergarten and Daycare.
I came to Montessori later in my early childhood career, only because it was not available when I first emigrated here. I loved teaching in Cambridge Montessori Pre-School for nearly ten years and knew that I had found my passion, which resulted in me gaining my Aperfield Montessori diploma. Following on from Cambridge, I owned and ran my own Montessori preschool in Te Awamutu for four years which my business partner and I decided to sell recently. I have worked alongside Cambridge Montessori teachers and Management for some time and will continue to do so as a Teaching Mentor. I look forward to continuing my Montessori work with the Cambridge team.