Our Teachers & Staff

The quality of education relates directly to the high standard of qualifications of the permanent staff.  All staff hold a Montessori Teaching Diploma and a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood or Primary).  There is a long history of stable and harmonious relations amongst staff resulting in the development of a strong sense of teamwork, and a solid foundation for the Preschool.  

Centre Leader

The preschool will normally be supervised by the Centre Leader Florence Coram-Lasnier.

Florence Coram-Lasnier

  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
  • Montessori Diploma (St Nicolas' Training Centre)
  • NZ Teacher Registration (Full)


In Florence's absence the following staff have qualifications deemed by the Ministry of Education as acceptable for supervision of an Early Childhood Centre:

Julia Healey

  • Graduate Diploma ECE
  • Primary Teaching Diploma
  • Montessori Diploma (AMI)
  • NZ Teacher Registration (Full)

Seedevi De Silva

  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
  • Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Management
  • Montessori Diploma (Aperfield)
  • NZ Teacher Registration (Full)

Gillian Lamb

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
  • Certificate in Reo Maori - Te Ara Piko
  • NZ Teacher Registration (Provisional)

Mary Nelson   

  • Montessori Diploma (London Montessori Centre)
  • Diploma of Teaching (ECE) Equivalency
  • NZ Teacher Registration (Full)

Nina Templeton

  • Montessori Diploma (MCI)
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
  • NZ Teacher Registration (Full)

Pam Backhouse     

  • Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
  •  Diploma of Early Intervention
  • Masters of  Education
  • NZ Teacher Registration (Subject to Confirmation) 

Nicola Clark

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