About the Teachers
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The staff are chosen to enhance the friendly, family atmosphere. All have proven skills in childcare and work closely with the principal to achieve the school aims. A staff development programme is followed.
Virginia Roden started her career as a teacher in a girl’s secondary school in Guildford, Surrey. Some years later, having started her own family, she discovered the Montessori system by chance whilst searching for ways of stimulating her own young pre-school children. Before long she had signed up for the diploma course, soon became qualified as a Montessori teacher and started working in a highly regarded Montessori school in London. A move to High Wycombe in 1995 necessitated a break with London but provided a chance to develop her own schools locally. Sunshine Montessori School is now a thriving school in the heart of a small village bordering on to woodlands and common land close to the Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe. Cookham Montessori School, situated in the delightful Thames-side village of Cookham, near Maidenhead, was acquired some years later. Both provide children from near and far with a wonderful start to their school life.
Sunshine Montessori Full Day Care Nursery at Wheeler End, High Wycombe opened its doors for the first time on 1st September 2008. It is the only full-time Montessori nursery in the area and is proving very popular as it provides the hours and flexibility that full-time working parents need.
Katie Aslett is the full-time manager at Cookham Montessori School. She graduated from St Nicholas College in London with a top class Montessori diploma in 1998. Since then she has worked in both full daycare settings and Montessori nurseries and has also seen how the Montessori method works in a primary school setting. She believes the Montessori Method offers a holistic approach that greatly benefits all children. She has boundless energy, a constant smile, endless patience and is very happy to be working at Cookham Montessori School with a wonderfully supportive team of staff committed to providing quality childcare. She completed her Foundation Degree in July 2008 and is now busy working for her BA in Childhood Studies
Carol Ponter is married with two daughters aged 13 and 16. She was a legal secretary for seven years before having her family. Following five years working as a Tumble Tots trained teacher she joined Cookham Montessori School. She gained a NVQ level three in Early Years Care and Education in 2005 and now is very involved with reaching our first school sessions each week.
Linda Pidgley became interested in the Montessori Method eleven years ago when her daughter started at Cookham Montessori School. She joined the staff team shortly afterwards and is thrilled to be pursuing her interest in children in a variety of different capacities. She is now the SENCO for the nursery and therefore works closely with our special needs children helping them to make the most of their time with us. She is also a helper at the Windsor Saturday Club for children with special needs and is a Sunday School teacher at the local Methodist Church.
Sue Stacey has been connected with Cookham Montessori School almost from the start, first as a parent and since 1988 as a member of staff. Although she has no formal teaching qualifications, she has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to have a go at anything (except singing!).