About Us

Giving children the tools to start their own development, learning and unfolding.

Tawa Montessori Preschool is a preschool for children 3-6 years old, based on the guiding principles of Maria Montessori. Through creating and hand-developing our preschool and enviro-nature programme, our preschool has evolved to be unlike any other early childhood centre in Wellington.

We are dedicated to maintaining an enviro-nature character where children experience enviro friendly actions in repurposing, reducing and reusing as well as having access to a natural environment with animals and plants to inspire their outdoor experience.

Our Team

We are a pre-school where children, staff and families feel a sense of belonging and find long lasting friendships. A community place where each member is valued as a unique individual, in a culture of respect.

Our teachers have many roles and responsibilities. They are the knower of the child, the preparer of the environment, the presenter of the lessons, the respecter and protector of the child's learning experiences and the rolemodel in the classroom. We are very proud of our teachers. Our teachers not only help children to become independent, to concentrate, to observe and to form good habits, they also nurture the child's inner core of love and holistic development. They truly are special.

Helen Champion

Leanne Gehlen

Carolyn Hannay

Haruyo Osaki

Helen Champion

Helen is our Co-Lead Teacher at the preschool. She has extensive Montessori experience at all levels. She has an Aperfield Montessori Diploma and a Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE). She is passionate about biculturalism and specialises in transition to primary school.

Leanne Gehlen

Leanne is our Co-Lead Teacher at the preschool. She has a Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE) and an Aperfield Montessori diploma.
Leanne specialises in introducing our new students and families to Montessori and the preschool.

Carolyn Hannay

Carolyn starts with us in September and will lead the outdoor programme at the preschool.

She has passion for bi-cultural programmes. Having gained a degree in Health Sciences, she then trained as a Primary teacher and has since added Early Childhood qualifications too.

Haruyo Osaki

Haruyo has a Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE).
She worked in Montessori prior to starting a family and after her daughter transitioned to school from our preschool she joined us on Thursdays and Fridays. She oversees the deck and outdoor programmes on these two days.