Our Team

Meet the Team




Lynn MacGillivray 4Manager I was brought up in the Highlands of Scotland with my parents and 2 sisters. I moved to NZ in 1996 for one year’s work experience. My previous careers have been as a Personal Assistant in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London and as a Registered Nurse in Edinburgh and Auckland. My nursing speciality is in Physical Rehabilitation. The link between my nursing career and becoming owner of BPM is reflected in Maria Montessori’s quote “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” I am proud to be leading a great team of teachers to enable each child in our care to develop his/her full potential spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually in a stimulating, safe environment. My aim is that we can work in partnership with parents and whanau to develop each child’s skills and interests as far as possible through a broad and balanced curriculum of both Te Whariki and Montessori and a little bit of commonsense! Katrina Vaze 4Montessori Head Teacher I am Katrina and hail from India’s commercial capital, Mumbai. In 2012. After completing my graduation in sociology and psychology I was employed with one of India’s best airlines as part of their customer service team. Throughout the duration of this job, my high moments were when I interacted with little children, the unaccompanied minors. This set my mind thinking. Why not be an early childhood educator? I spent seven months working with children aged two to four years and found the experience very satisfying. I decided to study further and opted to do the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education through New Zealand Tertiary College. My belief that children’s learning is not only a vital factor which contributes to their preparation for life but also holistic has been affirmed by Maria Montessori. Each experience I have had within the Montessori practice continues to fascinate me. Having acquired knowledge of the play based approach I now look forward to moving another step forward and becoming well versed in the Montessori way of educating young children. Rachel Ringrose 4Montessori Teacher Originally from the UK, I gained my education degree at Durham University, also studying subsidiary subjects in linguistics, archaeology and anthropology. This developed my interests in language acquisition and other cultures. During the last twelve years I have worked in a variety of mainly Montessori preschools around Auckland. I believe Montessori education enables each child to succeed through focusing on individualised learning that is tailored to their specific needs whilst fostering their independence and respect for one another. I am a passionate teacher who aims to develop the potential of the whole child. I have a genuine love of working with this age group where children are discovering new wonders every day. I hope to help each child at BPM develop their love of learning through the provision of a holistic and engaging early childhood education which will build the foundations for their future learning. It is my privilege to guide them on this journey. Pastal Kolevsohn 4Montessori Teacher I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. After I finished school I went backpacking for 7 months through south east Asia. It was during this time that I started to realize that I wanted to work with children. I am extremely passionate about working with children. Their ability to be in the moment and their joyful approach to learning inspires me and I often feel that I am the one learning valuable lessons from the child as opposed to being the teacher. I resonate deeply with Maria Montessori’s philosophy. The importance of following each child individually and allowing children to practice independence makes so much sense in empowering the child. It is an honor to be a part of the very precious moments in a child’s life that make up this incredibly developmental stage of their lives. Sam Carter 4Montessori Teacher I grew up on the North Shore and I’m a passionate Educator. I love encouraging children to grow and learn in creative ways. I have a background in Primary teaching along with experience in Montessori Preschool and a particular love for Visual Art. I appreciate the way that Montessori fosters care for others and the environment in children whilst enabling them to grow into independent learners. In my free time I enjoy adventuring outdoors, whether it’s taking a hike to a scenic spot or camping by the beach with friends. I also love travelling to different places and experiencing new cultures.


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