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.

Leanne Gehlen

Carolyn Hannay

Jenny Soh

Haruyo Osaki

Leanne Gehlen

Leanne is our Head Teacher at the preschool. She has a Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE) and an Aperfield Montessori diploma.
Leanne is the driver behind our overall programme that encompasses the Montessori, multicultural and environmental activities. She also specialises in introducing our new students and families to Montessori and the preschool

Carolyn Hannay

Carolyn leads 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.

Jenny Soh

Jenny has a Bachelor of Teaching - ECE and an AMI Montessori Diploma.

She has a deep passion for the Montessori philosophy and has spent the better part of her career in Montessori classrooms guiding tamariki through the engaging activities.

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.