At Canberra Montessori School we strive for a culture of ‘life­long learning’ amongst both staff and students. Our professional development program provides a pathway for all staff to develop their passions as well as increase professional excellence at the school.

The principles of Montessori education can be applied to staff just as well as students, and with that in mind, a culture of peer learning and support is in place at the school. The CMS Leadership Team provides a focus for staff to reflect on their professional practice, looks for opportunities for improvement and is an active part of the planning and development of not just the educational program but of all aspects of the school.

We support staff to not only create amazing learning environments in their own classroom, but also to be an active part of an organisation driving the education sector forward. We encourage our team to look for examples of best practice and innovation in education from anywhere in the world, not just the Montessori environments, with the aim of providing your child with an education that will foster a life-long love of learning.

 

 

Our Staff

 
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Rael Matthews

Principal

Rael, who has been teaching since 2009, trained in the UK and worked and a Music Teacher in Secondary and Primary schools before emigrating with his family to Australia 2013.

Briefly teaching in Brisbane, Rael and co moved to Canberra early in 2014. Since then, he has worked in a variety of educational leadership roles: leading faculty teams; learning support, gifted and talented, and personalised learning programs; and prior to arriving at CMS, as a Deputy Principal/Head of High School.

Rael is enthusiastic about supporting children and families, building community, and working with teachers to develop and implement strategies for evidencing student growth over time. His passions are pastoral care, maximising student outcomes, and the development of technologies to further what we’re able to achieve in teaching and learning.

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Louise Draper

Classroom Director
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Alice Diedricks

Classroom Director
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Tomomi Evans

Classroom Assistant
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Leharne Fountain

Classroom Director
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Aileen Frost

School Director
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Renee Hanlon

Long Day Care Centre Director
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Ros Hartley

Classroom Director
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Kim Hughes

Classroom Assistant
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Kylie Hunter

OHSC Co-ordinator
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Banipreet Kaur

Classroom Assistant
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Halima Khurram

School Director
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Jing Li

Classroom Assistant
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Darcy Scott-Loughton

Classroom Director
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Veda Limaye

Classroom Assistant
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Judy Legon

Executive Assistant
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Daniella Matarazzo

Classroom Assistant
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Viv Moir

Classroom Assistant
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Tom Ransom

Classroom Director
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Sukhi Sahota

Classroom Assistant
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Taryn Smith-Hardy

Classroom Assistant
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Sue Verri

Admin Assistant
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Stephanie Viegas

Classroom Assistant
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Glen Watson

Class Director
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Viv Watson

Groundsperson