Cambridge Montessori Pre-School

Taylor Street Team

Veronica Trent
Role

Head Teacher

General Information

Hello. I have been a teacher at Cambridge Montessori Preschool for 8 years now.

Come and join us as we help create some of the story of your child’s life together. Together we can encourage and feed curiosity and wonder in the tamariki creating competent and confident lifelong learners.

I am married to Mark who is a Banker and part of Scouts NZ (yes I am a Scouting widow), with two grown children: Tim who is living his dream as an apprentice green keeper at Mt Maunganui golf course, and Emma who is a Year 13 student at Cambridge High with a current view to also be a teacher.

Jessie Levendis
Role

Montessori Teacher

General Information

I joined the Cambridge Montessori Preschool team in 2011, and love teaching because it is a creative, social, fascinating process where I have the priviledge to see children gain confidence and joy in their own achievements.

I hope my passion to notice, recognise and respond positively is absorbed by the children so they learn to treasure their environments and opportunities, other people, and their own giftings and abilities, and become everything they are able to be.

In my spare time I enjoy music, movies, opshopping, learning and catching up friends and with my 3 grown up, amazing children.

Penny McCulloch
Role

Montessori Teacher

General Information

Hi. My name is Penny McCulloch and I was born in Cambridge.
I have been at Cambridge Montessori Pre-school for seven years.
I have three boys who were very lucky to attend both Montessori’s in Cambridge. My younger two boys came to work with me.
I have been an outside teacher as I love being outside amongst nature and fresh air. I enjoy exploring the outside environment with the children and what it has to offer. I hope to bring enjoyment of the outdoors to children and help children to respect nature.
In my spare time I enjoy watching my boys participate in all their sports and activities. We mountain bike, ski, play cricket and tennis together and we enjoy family camping holidays in the summer. I love to play golf and enjoy walking with friends.

Paula Reid
Role

Classroom Assistant

General Information

Been with CMPS since March 2017.
With experience in teaching children in NZ and Australia, and in working in an editorial position with an educational publisher, there is one constant threading its way through these years for me. This is to encourage children to learn and grow in a stimulating and secure environment and to become self-assured, compassionate and involved life-long learners. To try and understand each individual child’s needs in a holistic way, while working alongside my peers, to provide appropriate opportunities for this to happen and to see a child’s knowledge of self, and of their community and wider world develop, and the ‘lightbulb moments’ happen is very exciting.