Pauline Roberts - Director/Team Leader/Fantail Class Teacher
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education 2004 (Early childhood teaching), Post Graduate (2010) Diploma Montessori Early Childhood Education.
I have been teaching at this Montessori since 2008 and since 2016 owner, team leader and teacher. I am married to Mal and have 2 children and 3 step children, or so should I say young adults, most have flown the nest! Before teaching at Montessori I taught at Kindergarten which has helped me fuse Montessori Philosophy with Te Whāriki our NZ early childhood curriculum. I want children who attend Orakei Montessori Preschool to have a positive, happy, fun start on their educational journey, as part of a teaching team and co-ordinator I strive to achieve this goal. I teach in the younger Fantail Class because this age group (20 months to 3 years) is my passion, I have endless patience and a great sense of fun.
Zelita Mahoney - Tui Class Teacher
Qualifications: Graduate Diploma Teaching 2015 (Early Childhood Education), Bachelor of Social Sciences 2004 (Human Services). AMI Montessori Assistants Course 2017.
I joined the OMP in 2017 from teaching in a mainstream early childhood centre. Dr Maria Montessori inspired me while I was studying for my teaching diploma and I am thrilled to be able to follow her philosophy every day with the children in the Tui class. For me, a key idea in Montessori philosophy is the role of the teacher to awaken the child’s curiosity, foster love for learning and to guide, assist and support each child as they work through the programme at their own pace, making independent decisions and choices. It is a pleasure to teach children from different cultures all around the World, our Montessori curriculum embraces the belief we are part of a World family. I am originally from Brazil and a Portuguese speaker, but have lived here in New Zealand for 19 years, I am married to Phil and have 3 lovely sons, my eldest is now studying in Wellington
Sonali Perera - Syndicate Leader Tui Class
Qualifications: AMI Montessori Diploma (2013), I am currently studying part-time for my New Zealand teaching qualification.
I have been teaching at OMP since 2016, before this I was Head Teacher at a Montessori Preschool in Sri Lanka for 4 years. I have been married to my lovely husband Channa for the past two years. I am a highly motivated and dedicated teacher who is committed to the Montessori teaching philosophy because it encourages children to grow up as independent personalities with their own unique potential. As a Montessori educator, it is my aim to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for lifelong creative learning while maintaining a positive, collaborative parent/teacher relationship which helps to make learning more meaningful for each child.
Monique Buckmaster - Fantail Class Teacher
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education 2016 (Montessori Early Childhood Teaching). AMI 0-3 Montessori Assistants Course 2018.
I joined the OMP team in 2018 after taking a year off to travel. I am the eldest of four siblings and I am committed to being the best role model for them and your children. I am a highly motivated and dedicated teacher who is devoted to providing the best education and care by reflecting on the Montessori philosophy and Te Whāriki. I have worked in a variety of mainstream centres before discovering my passion for the Montessori method in my final year of University. For me, the Montessori method of education is immensely powerful in the way it connects children with their natural curiosity and desire to learn. I am really lucky to have joined the OMP team and look forward facilitating and supporting your wonderful children as they explore and discover their own unique learning journey.
Hei Sang Ko - Tui Class Teacher
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education 2016 (Montessori Early Childhood Teaching).
I initially began teaching at OMP as a student teacher in 2015. I continued to work here during 2016 as a reliever teacher while completing my studies, teaching in both of Fantail and Tui classroom. In December 2016, I finished my teaching degree and began to work full-time in the Tui class. I aim to encourage children to be independent, peaceful and diligent with my knowledge of Montessori philosophy. I will also support children’s need for creative activities through different types of arts and craft activities. As a member of Montessori teaching team, I will maintain an environment of consistent learning and communications with parents and teachers. In my spare time I play ukulele and guitar; this helps children during mat-time for musical instrument fun. During my 15 years of living in New Zealand, I have become fluent in English, I am also fluent in Korean which is my mother language
Patch - Guinea Pig
Qualifications: School of hard hugs
I joined OMP in March 2015 when I was 6 months old. Since that time I have been patted, cuddled and fed by hundreds of OMP children. I never scratch or bite and respond positively to gentle kind children. OMP children adore me and spend lots of time in my day pen feeding me grass, carrots, apple or cucumber. I feel my contribution to OMP teaching team is significant even though I am small.