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Charlotte White


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Deborah Luke


Kim Mackay


Annie Ballingal


Kylie Stone


Emma Sargeant


Kylie Stone


OUR STAFF

staff

The Barnes Montessori staff are enthusiastic, responsible and caring. Between them they have a wealth of experience. All the staff have CRB/DBS criminal record checks and most have First Aid training. They are a well qualified team and all attend on-going professional training courses.

ANNE-MARIE TRUE, BA (Hons) and Mont. Dip. - Principal and Proprietor since 1987

Married with three children all of whom attended the Barnes Montessori Nursery. Trained at St. Nicholas Montessori College, has a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies and an Early Years Professional Status. She is the school’s Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer. Former governor both of an independent school and maintained Primary School. Over the years has sat on various education committees including the Borough’s Education and Overview Scrutiny Committee and was (PVI) Private, Voluntary and Independent Schools Forum Representative. Anne-Marie has been London co-ordinator and National Secretary of the Montessori Early Years Forum (MEYF). Currently on the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) and the Montessori Examination Board. One of the founder members of the Save Our Nurseries Campaign. Anne-Marie was awarded the 2011 Montessorian of the Year. She is a huge advocate of the Montessori approach to learning.

EMMA SARGEANT, Mont. dip.

Emma joined in 1994 as a student and later as a class teacher. After a gap of 12 years she is once again working at the nursery having returned from living in India. While in India she worked for Aseema Charitable Trust, which educates children from the streets and slums of Mumbai using the Montessori Method of Education. Emma trained at St. Nicholas Montessori College. She is a class teacher and keyperson. She is currently doing her BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. Emma is one of the school’s Equality and Diversity Co-ordinators. Emma is deputy, class teacher and keyperson.

MARY-CLARE DOLLARD, FD, Mont. Dip.

Mary-Clare joined the team in 2012 having previously done some of her training with us. She received the Bloomfield Award (2013) for outstanding effort and achievement on the Foundation Degree from Montessori Centre International. She is a class teacher and keyperson. Mary-Clare is one of the school’s Equality and Diversity Co-ordinators. She is Makaton trained. She is enthusiastic and has a passion for music and the arts. Her life changing experience working in a leprosy colony in India confirmed her love of working with children. Mary-Clare is vice deputy, class teacher and keyperson.

KIM MACKAY

Married with two children. Joined in 2009 but has been associated with the school for a number of years. Kim has Montessori training from Montessori Centre International and is a class teacher and keyperson. She is one of the school’s SENCO’s. Kim is exceptionally creative and trained in Fine Arts at Goldsmith College prior to a career in Theatre Design.

KYLIE STONE, BA, Mont. Dip.

Recently moved to London and joined us in September 2014. Grew up and studied in Cork, Ireland. Studied childcare and graduated with a BA in Montessori education. She taught in a Montessori school in Ireland for four years. She is a class teacher and key person. Kylie is the school’s Fire Warden.

ANNIE BALLINGAL, BA (Hons), Mont. Dip.

Annie joined in January 2013 and is a class teacher and keyperson. She has a BA (Hons) degree and a Montessori diploma in Early Childhood Studies from Montessori Centre International. She is the school’s Designated Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer.

SERENA WILLIAMS, BA (Hons)

Joined the team in early 2013. She has a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages. Serena has successfully completed her Montessori diploma and teaching practice hours and is a fully trained Montessori teacher. She is a class teacher and key person.

LINDSEY HAYWARD

Married with three children. Lindsey worked for many years as a Paediatric Physiotherapist. Two of her daughters attended a Montessori Nursery School and Lindsey has been interested in the Montessori approach since then. She has successfully completed her Montessori diploma and teaching practice hours and is a fully trained Montessori teacher. She is a class teacher and key person. She is one of the school’s SENCOs.

MICHELLE PETERS

Joined the team in January 2014. She has completed her Montessori diploma. Michelle has responsibility for the cooking.

COLETTE JOYCE

Joined in 2008. Married with two daughters. She works full time. Colette is the school’s Health and Safety Office. She also has responsibility for Risk Assessments.

DEBORAH LUKE

Joined in 1989. Married with three daughters. She is the school’s Behaviour Management Co-ordinator. She works part-time. Deborah is both musical and creative.

Specialist teachers

CHARLOTTE WHITE, Mont. Dip.

Charlotte worked at the school for almost 30 years and has a wealth of experience. She continues to have a strong association with the school and comes in occasionally in an advisory capacity. She is a Montessori Accreditation Assessor for MEAB. She runs Parenting Sessions.

Music (EUGENIE AITCHISON) – BA (Hons) in Music and Italian specialising in music performance.

Eugenie has worked in a variety of settings both in the UK and abroad. She also teaches children with differing additional needs both in mainstream and specialist schools. Trained at the Guildhall in 2013 as a music therapist.

Dance/Movement (VICKIE MEHTA)

Vickie qualified as an Exercise to Music Instructor with the YMCA and has extensive experience teaching dance and exercise to children and adults.

French (SYLVIE DIEU)

Sylvie has been in London for 20 years. She is an experienced MLF teacher with Montessori training. She comes with all the necessary DBS checks.