My first teaching post was at a primary school in Great Windmill Street in London, and then at a school I had attended as a child in Pimlico. I decided to broaden my experience and took up a post in the Canary Islands in British, International schools and finally at the American School of Las Palmas.
It was at the American School that I first came across the Montessori Teaching method in their very popular kindergarten.
On returning to England I enrolled in the Montessori Teaching Centre in London, where I gained a teaching diploma with distinction.
I then moved to Downham Market with my family. I couldn’t find a suitable nursery for my son and decided to open a Montessori Nursery of my own.
The rest, as they say is history. In 1983 I started the nursery with one other member of staff and 16 children. My family and I now own 2 nursery schools and a Preparatory school. We employ 46 people and have 190 children aged 3 months to 13 years on role. Many of my staff have worked with me for a long time, and many parents who were my first pupils have now returned with their own children.
I am very proud of all of our students past and present. It is a joy and a privilege to be a part of their formative years and watch them develop into successful and responsible adults.
Maths and French BA (Hons.) MA Ed., Montessori Teaching Diploma
I joined the school staff in 1995 and I love the school so much that I have been teaching here ever since! My two sons came to the school and always speak with fondness of their time here. I became Deputy Head and part of the Safeguarding team in 2005.
I enjoy teaching Maths and French and I am regularly updating my training to keep abreast of changes to the curriculum and new teaching ideas. I have an M.Ed., specialising in Culture and Education, Teaching Mathematics and Planning and Assessing. During a Christmas break I taught alongside primary school Maths teachers in India as our new Maths curriculum is heavily influenced by the methods used successfully in Asia. I have been on a Maths Mastery course for Key Stages 1 and 2 and I am doing the Key Stage 3 and 4 this academic year.
I first started at Downham Preparatory School in 2007 as a key worker for pre-primary. Over the following 6 years I developed a passion for educating children and realised primary education was where I wanted to be. I studied for my degree and returned to the school in 2017 as a Reception teacher. In 2018 I moved on to teach key stage 1 English, and became class 1’s form teacher, both of which I thoroughly enjoy. For me there is nothing more rewarding than seeing children grow in confidence, particularly in reading and writing.