Assistant Teachers

Sandy Starr has been a qualified Early Childhood Teacher for 30 years. She trained as a Kindergarten teacher and taught in 4 different Kindergartens over the years.  Sandy has  taught here at Montessori since 2001, and has completed part of her Montessori Training.

Meryl Carlyle is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. She is a Mother to two beautiful young women and a Nanny to four gorgeous grandchildren. Meryl is passionate about children and thoroughly enjoys working with them. She is working towards completing her Montessori Diploma. 

Keryn Hills is a qualified primary school teacher with a Masters in Education. She has previously taught within the primary and ECE sector. Keryn has a great interest in the curriculum areas of science and outdoor education and is working towards completeing her Montessori training. Keryn has recently returned after being on maternity leave and is enjoying the learning experiences that enhance her own professional development and students learning opportunities.

Gillian Stevenson teaches in the Afternoon Programme. She has a diploma of teaching ECE and post graduate qualifications in education. Gillian has taught in a range of early childhood settings, primarily with preschool age children. She teaches to encourage children to develop both a love of learning and confidence in their own developing abilities.  

Heather Derby holds a Diploma of Teaching in ECE and a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in ECE from Canterbury University. Heather has worked with children for all of her adult life, firstly in the health sector and later in primary school and early childhood. For the last five years Heather has been a teacher for the Gisborne Kindergarten Association. She really enjoys working alongside the teachers and children here at Montessori and is looking forward to commencing the Montessori Training Programme.

Tarsha Mullooly is a qualified ECE teacher. She previously worked at Montessori for six years before moving to Austrailia in 2006 where she worked in several early childhood centres including a Montessori in Cairns. Tarsh is enjoying being back in Gisborne with her family where her children als attend Montessori Preschool.  

Office Administrator: Linda Gibbes has been working in the office since 2007. She finds the role fun, varied and busy. Linda loves the interaction with the families and teachers of the pre-school. You can find her in the office each day from 8.30 am to 4 pm.