The Teaching Staff

 

Samantha Streak – Founding Principal
HEAD  DIRECTRESS of ALL CLASSES – Toddler, Pre-School and Primary School

  • Master of Education (Summa Cum Laude), Concordia University, 2014
  • Nursery Foundation Teaching Diploma (London Montessori Centre -International) 1991
  • Montessori Primary Teaching Diploma (London Montessori Centre) 1993
  • Started Port Elizabeth Montessori School 1995
  • Worked at The Children’s House, Miami, Florida; Ocean View Montessori School, Durban; Holy Family Convent, Durban; Glenwood Montessori School, Durban.
  • Lecturer and Eastern Cape Representative for College of Modern Montessori 1995-1999
  • Chairperson of Montessori Society of Southern Africa (Eastern Cape Chapter) 1996/1997
  • Member of MSSA National Executive Committee 1996-1997
  • Committee Member of MSSA (Eastern Cape) 1997/1998
  • Chairperson of Eastern Cape Montessori Network 1998/1999
  • General Secretary for Southern African Montessori Association (2004/2005)
  • B.A. (Psych) (Cum Laude) University of Port Elizabeth
  • South African representative on the American Montessori Association’s Global Forum in 2007 (New York) and 2008 (Washington DC)
  • President of the Southern African Montessori Association (2007 to 2009)
  • Founding Trustee of the South African Montessori Association Trust (until 2010)
  • Founding Director of the Montessori Professions Council of Southern Africa
  • Senior Lecturer Integral Montessori, Port Elizabeth Campus

Rita van Heerden
HEAD DIRECTRESS – PRE SCHOOL SECTION; CLASS DIRECTRESS 3 TO 6 CLASS

  • Modern Montessori Teaching Diploma 1995
  • Diploma in Education – Junior Primary
  • Ran own playschool for 10 years
  • Ran Sunridge Montessori School in 1996 before joining Port Elizabeth Montessori School in 1997
  • Secretary of Montessori Society of South Africa (Eastern Cape) 1996/1997
  • Committee Member of MSSA (Eastern Cape) 1997/1998
  • Assistant Lecturer Headstart Mercy Montessori Teacher Training Centre, Port Elizabeth Campus
  • Head of the Pre-School section and directress of 3 to 6 class (current)

Anne Smith
HEAD DIRECTRESS PRIMARY SECTION; CLASS DIRECTRESS UPPER PRIMARY CLASS

  • Barkly House Teacher Training College (Pre-Primary)
  • Modern Montessori Teaching Diploma
  • Mercy Montessori Training Centre (6-9)
  • Montessori Elementary Teaching Diploma
  • 3-6 and 6-9 Directress at George and Knysna Montessori Schools (10 years)
  • Directress of Lower Primary Class PE Montessori School
  • Promoted to Head of Section and Upper Primary Directress 2013 to current
  • Assistant Lecturer Headstart Mercy Montessori Teacher Training Centre, Port Elizabeth Campus

Ayesha Munga
DIRECTRESS – PRE SCHOOL (3 to 6 class)

  • Modern Montessori Teaching Diploma 1999
  • NQF Level 5 Diploma from Montessori Academy for Teacher Training
  • Assistant/Substitute at Montessori Toddler Programme and Sunflower Montessori School
  • Intern Directress at Port Elizabeth Montessori 1997/1998
  • Assistant Directress (Primary) at Port Elizabeth Montessori School 1999
  • Assistant Directress (Pre School) at Port Elizabeth Montessori School 2000
  • 3-6 directress 2003 to current

Anne Lofthouse
CLASS DIRECTRESS LOWER PRIMARY CLASS

  • Montessori Teaching Diploma for 3 to 6
  • Extensive experience at Sunflower Montessori School and in own school setting
  • Extensive experience as an assistant directress in the Lower Primary class of our own school
  • Montessori Elementary Teaching Diploma 6 to 12
  • Promoted to Class Directress of the Lower Primary class in 2013 and continues in this position to date

Sharmell Brecht
CLASS DIRECTRESS LOWER PRIMARY CLASS

  • Montessori Teaching Diploma for 3 to 6
  • Extensive experience as an assistant directress in the Lower Primary class of our own school
  • Montessori Elementary Teaching Diploma 6 to 12
  • Promoted to Class Directress of the Lower Primary class in 2014 and continues in this position to date

SUSAN DURANDT
CLASS DIRECTRESS UPPER PRIMARY CLASS

  • Montessori Teaching Diploma for 3 to 6
  • Extensive experience as an assistant directress in the Upper Primary class of our own school
  • Montessori Elementary Teaching Diploma 6 to 12
  • Promoted to Class Directress of the Upper Primary class in 2015 and continues in this position to date

Assistant Directresses and Classroom Assistants work in each environment. They have completed or are in the process of completing Montessori  teacher training programmes at various levels (i.e. 3-6 diplomas or 6-12 diplomas). For 2016, these include are:

  • Toddler Community: Mariam Laher (Senior Assistant Directress); Jessica Hood and Debbie Beckley
  • Pre-School Classes: Mandy Kuk-kuk, Kerri Allen, Jayme Hoole and Nobahle Princess Khombisa
  • Primary Classes: Agnes van Iddekinge, Anna-Karien Taylor, Claire Nurminen, Hajeera Ullah, Keeran Dana and Caroleen Claasen

Specialist Enrichment Teachers:

  • Music: Ulagh Williams
  • Drama: Sharon Rother
  • Art: Bretten Anne Heath

Our School Administrator is ZARIKA ESZTERGOMI and works predominantly from our Prospect Road Campus

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