About

The team

At Unity Montessori, all the friendly and warm teachers hold either an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy or a Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Early Years Educator Level 4). The team has been carefully selected to ensure a wide range of skills and experience, and all the teachers are very enthusiastic and highly motivated. At Unity, we are committed to creating a nurturing, happy and safe environment for the children, teachers and families alike. We have a high level of staff to children ratio to enable strong and meaningful relationships between the children, their families and their key workers.

Alex, Unity Montessori Owner & Principal

“Education has been my life long passion. Unity Montessori is the culmination of a pursuit that started in 1988. Some years after, around 2000, while researching alternative methods of education for my own child, I discovered Montessori and started reading what I could about it. In 2011 I finally enrolled for a teaching course at Montessori Centre International (MCI), and the years since have been the most fulfilling of my professional life. Helping children develop their skills and understanding of the world is a humbling experience, one that I treasure and feel fortunate to have.”

Kate, Unity Montessori Deputy Manager

Kate originally trained professionally in musical theatre and went on to have a successful 10 year career in the arts, performing both inside the UK and overseas. From performing, Kate naturally progressed to teaching dance and drama to adults and children of all ages. During this time, Kate felt drawn towards working with younger children, and began to work for a company facilitating drama and story-telling workshops in nursery schools in and around London. It was at this time that Kate discovered Montessori. After researching the method, Kate embarked upon the National Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy at MCI, where she was awarded the Birts Bursery and was appointed Lead Student Representative.

Alena, Montessori Directress & SEN Lead

“After 12 years of training and competing as a Rhythmic Gymnast, I became a coach of young and talented girls aged 4-6, while studying English Language and Physical Education to become a teacher. I taught English as a foreign language to children and adults, and continued my education by gaining an Economics degree. After graduating I worked in a Finance and Legal Department for 10 years, until my first child was born. This is when my interest deepened and drew me to the theories, values and key principles of Independence, Observation, Following the Child, Prepared Environment and Absorbent Mind, developed by Maria Montessori. Since qualifying as a Montessori Educator at MCI, I have been working not only directly in Montessori settings, but I have managed to apply the Montessori method of teaching at a mainstream school, working with children of 6-7 years with learning difficulties, the Autistic Spectrum and ADHD.”

Hannah, Montessori Directress

Hannah worked as a Director for an Investment Bank for 10 years. After having her own children, she left The City to pursue a career working with children. Hannah has set up and run local toddler groups and drop-ins for pre-school children, before training as a teaching assistant at Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She then acquired the International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy at MCI and worked as a teacher in a Montessori nursery school with a strong creative ethos. Hannah moved to teacher training, and worked at MCI as a lecturer, and group tutor for the Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice, CERT HE and Diploma Course (Early Years Educator). More recently, she has written a CPD course for practitioners and enjoys working as an occasional IQA too. Hannah is passionate about the outdoor environment and works part time with us, where she can often be found in the school garden.

Sarah, Montessori Practitioner (Creative Play Guru)

After completing her degree and travelling and working in Africa, Sarah studied at Montessori Centre International gaining the International Diploma in Montessori Education. The dream was to return to East Africa and work with an NGO to support early years education in rural communities. Life plans had to change, and so Sarah started to work in an East London school, teaching in nursery and primary classrooms, supporting children with different needs, and supporting students in the evenings at MCI. Sarah moved to a full time teaching role at MCI, lecturing on the Foundation Degree course and Early Years Educator course, supporting student’s wellbeing, as well as mentoring and providing bespoke CPD for graduates and settings, amongst other things. She has owned her own small Montessori setting. She placed highly commended in the Nursery World’s Trainer of the Year in 2015. Sarah led MCI’s outreach work at the Museum of Childhood, with particular focus on creative play sessions. Sarah’s working career has been spent sharing her joy of the Montessori approach to life and early years education, and she is passionate about exploring the world with children and supporting their creativity.