Our Team

 

image003Aoife Lacey

Position- Centre Manager

 

Education

    • BA in Early Childhood Education
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Montessori Teaching.

Experience

  • Rowan House Montessori School – Montessori teacher June 2012- July 2015
  • The Park Academy – Montessori teacher July 2010-August 2011

Philosophy

I feel passionate about Montessori as I feel that in a Montessori environment I get to see children developing the need for every aspect of Everyday life and not just for scholarly skills.

I enjoy that each day is so different in a Montessori environment.

The feeling I get when I see a child’s face light up as they complete a task on their own is immeasurable, the moment may not last that long but those seconds are priceless to me.

A Montessori environment provides everything that a child needs to be able to develop an inner love for learning, not by offering extrinsic rewards and prizes but instead by offering by an environment full of lessons and beautiful materials.

As the teacher it is my job to provide the materials and environment which is based upon the principle that: “education is not what the teacher gives, education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the individual and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences upon the environment”

 

image0031Willow Waite

Position: Babies Room Leader

Experience

  • Montessori Mount Claremont, Babies Room Leader, 2012- present
  • Nanny, 2009-2011
  • Challenge Children’s Centre, Qualified Childcare Worker, 2008-2009
  • Gumblossom Childcare Centre, Qualified Childcare Worker, April 2008- October 2008
  • Carrington Child care Centre, Qualified Childcare Worker, 2006-2008
  • Palmyra Out of School Hours Activity Centre, Assistant Childcare Worker, 2005-2006

Qualification:

  • Diploma in Children’s Services

Philosophy

I believe that all children are capable of achieving anything with the right guidance and support. Children are always learning about the world around them through their interactions with other children, their environment and their caregivers. Because of this I feel it is important to create an environment, which promotes learning, exploration and discovery.

 

image0021MalgorzataCharzynska

Position: Qualified Educator in Babies Room

Experience

  • Montessori Mount Claremont, Qualified Educator (Babies Room) 2012- present
  • Challenge Children’s Centre, Qualified Educator, 2002-2012
  • Little Woodpeckers Childcare centre, Senior Qualified Childcare Worker, July 2001- Feb 2002
  • Tiny Tots Childcare Centre, Childcare Worker, 1994-2000
  • Childcare Worker, Italy, 1987-1991
  • Boutoozyce Poland, Diploma Childcare Worker, 1980- 1987

Qualification:

  • Diploma in Childcare

Philosophy

I believe that childcare settings should have a homely feel, providing children with support and encouragement to assist in their development by following routines as if they were at home. I believe getting to know each child as an individual is very important. I have a passion for working with children and will continue to provide love and care to each child to the best of my ability.

 

 

 

Donna Combs

Position- Assistant Educator. Currently the floater working in all three rooms at the centre.

 

Education

  • Certificate 3 in Children’s education and care

Experience

  • Montessori Mt Claremont – May 2015 to present
  • Majorie Mann Childcare Centre (Mt Lawley) – April 2015
  • Personal Experience- as a Parent

Philosophy

My personal belief is that all children are deserving of a childhood which allows them to thrive and develop into well-adjusted adults.

I feel my role as an educator, it to take a holistic approach to each child in my care, to assist and guide them with their development both physically and mentally.

In addition to giving children opportunities, experiences and support to learn about themselves and the world they live in.

I enjoy being a part of their journey and find working with children very rewarding.

 

image002Susan Cook

Position – Food Coordinator

 

Education

  • Associate diploma of social sciences

Experience

  • Montessori Mount Claremont- Food coordinator 2012-Present
  • Challenge Children’s centre – food coordinator 2002-2012
  • Challenge Children’s centre- Qualified Educator 1999-2002
  • Little Claremont childcare –Qualified Educator 1996-1999
  • Rockingham Tafe childcare-Qualified educator in all rooms 1993-1996

Philosophy

As an Educator I believe every child should be cared for and Educated in a happy, bright and loving Environment with ample opportunities to learn and grow with the support of their educators and peers.