Meet our teachers and founders.
Steven is our founding principal. He is a highly trained Montessori teacher for children 0-18 with international teaching experience at all levels. His qualifications include a MEd; Dip Tchng (NZ), BA, BSc, PGDipED, LTCL, LSB, ASB, ANZDA (Accred); SCA (Accred). He is qualified to teach 14 different subject topics. Steven is a teacher trainer and has been the Senior Lecturer in Montessori education at AUT. He continues to be a regular guest speaker at Montessori establishments. Steven has established three Montessori secondary schools and Harbour will be his fourth.
Patricia is originally from Switzerland and Ireland, and has been a Kiwi for the last 25 years. She is one of our founding teachers, having finished her Masters of Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato, along with a BA in English and French, and a Graduate Diploma in Linguistics. Her son is Montessori-educated (3-12) and she’s passionate about adolescent education. She has recently completed her AMI Adolescence training.
Rebecca is another of our founding teachers and was also the founding Principal of Meraki Montessori. She has a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Montessori primary teaching from AUT and a 6-12 Montessori teaching diploma from Toronto Montessori Institute. She has served on the advisory committee for the Bachelor of Education at AUT. The students love her “take on anything” approach.
Francis has been a physiotherapist for 17 years, running his own clinic. His specialty is management of chronic pain and he lectures internationally on the topic. Francis is a trustee managing marketing.
Jess is a General Practitioner and partner in Torbay Medical Centre. She works to manage mental health issues across all age groups and recognises the need for facilities such as Harbour Montessori College. Jess is a trustee for Harbour Montessori Trust, and the project leader.
Lucy is an occupational therapist working in spinal cord and brain injury. Lucy was Montessori-educated as a young child and attributes her self-directedness and contentment to that early Montessori set-up. Lucy is a trustee working with enrolments and the website.
Ben is a police officer in central Auckland. He comes from a large family of national and international educators. Ben is a trustee working with Kawai Purapura and the Ministry of Education and is our Treasurer.
Paul is of Ngati Raukawa descent. He is the current principal at Meraki Montessori and is AMI trained with extensive further Montessori training. Paul is part of our advisory board of governance.
Nirvana has recently returned from her AMI training in Italy to her position as Head Teacher at Meraki Montessori. Nirvana is a warm and enthusiastic guide who the children are drawn to. Nirvana is part of our advisory board of governance.