Principal Barbara Torrie graduated with a  Montessori 3-6 years Diploma in 1999 and  a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) in 2005. She first became interested in Montessori education while living in London in  1989 and chose Gisborne Montessori as a pre-school for her two children. Barbara started working at the pre-school in 2000 and also holds the positions of Principal of the pre-school and Head Teacher of the Extended Day class.