Our Team

The preparation of the teacher is twofold: to be sensitive to the mystery and to be sensitive to the wonder of life revealing itself.

MARIA MONTESSORI

 

Directors

Rob
Elementary

Rob

Gueterbock

Rob is Head of School. He trained at the Maria Montessori Institute (MMI) in London, under Lynne Lawrence and Hilla Patell, and went on to head one of their 5 model schools. Previously Climate Campaigns Manager for Greenpeace, Rob is part of the teacher-training staff at the MMI.

BA MA Mont Dip (AMI)
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Children's House

Karen

Pearce

Former Head of School at the MMI, Karen ran their model Children’s House from 1990 to 2008 under the mentorship of Hilla Patell. Director of Pedagogy at TMP, she continues to mentor Montessori guides, is a lecturer on the AMI course and runs the MMI’s post- diploma course on the science of observing children.

Mont Dip (AMI)
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Paul

Pillai

Paul Pillai is co-founder and Director of The Montessori Place. His first career was in the telecommunications industry, where he was co-founder and Head of Business Development for a Siemens Mobile company. Over the past ten years Paul has trained and worked within the AMI Montessori tradition at the 0-3, 3-6 and 12-18 levels. He now leads on the development of the adolescent programme at our new site in Eason’s Green.

BSc MSc Mont Dip (AMI)

Guides

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Children's House

Priscilla

Benedini

Priscilla is trained at the 0-3 level under Judi Orion and 3-6 under Ruby Lau, Cheryl Ferreira and Hilla Patel. She began her Montessori career in 2004, working with Karen in the MMI’s model Children’s House. She has also worked as an architect in her native São Paulo, running Montessori workshops for parents and schools.

B.Arch Mont Dip (AMI)
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Tara

Canick

Tara Canick was most recently Head of Art at Shoreham Academy, before leaving to train as an arts counsellor. After graduating from Michael Hall Waldorf School she pursued a degree in Theatre and Fine Art, before beginning her career working with young people. Tara’s background includes teaching martial arts to children and young people, and running chocolate-making workshops for adults. Tara offers one-to-one support for a young person with special educational needs, and guides the young people’s artistic expression.

BA MA PGCE
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Infant Community

Magda

Correard

Magda began her Montessori career in Paris, where she worked at an Infant Community. After completing her Assistants to Infancy training, she started and ran an Infant Community in Poland, before moving to be with us in Brighton. Her two daughters attend the Elementary and the Young People’s Community.

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Pete

Dollimore

Pete Dollimore was formerly Director and Chief Grower at Hankham Organics, which has a 7000 m2 glasshouse at the core of a social enterprise supplying 500+ businesses and homes with vegetables and fruit each week. He studied Environmental Science at Aberystwyth University in Wales, is passionate about biological control, and writes and speaks nationally on the subject of organic growing. Pete guides the young people’s work developing a horticultural business centered around our 1 acre walled garden. He is also resident beekeeper.

BSc
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Children's House

Stephanie

Firth

Steff came to Montessori through her children, who attend The Montessori Place (Infant Community and Children’s House). A former Open Water Scuba Instructor, Steff is now enjoying life on land (but close to the sea), and has completed the AMI Assistants course.

OWSI
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Elementary

Peter

Friend

Pete has a degree in psychology, sport and exercise science, and experience working with vulnerable young people. Previously Head of Business Development for a London-based sports marketing company, Pete is on the AMI teacher training course for 6-12 year olds.

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Richard

Keal

Rich is trained in Fine Art with a focus on sculpture. He says “I am open to the use of any material that seems appropriate to the situation; the material is not my starting point. However I am in the process of a long relationship with wood and one that at this moment in time seems to be of endless possibility. Sometimes my starting point is simply to make a chair – a piece of furniture that is in itself profound; a resting place for thought.” Richard guides the young people’s work on the renovation of the school buildings.

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Infant Community

Laura

Martinez Stone

Laura trained at the MMI in London and worked at their model school before moving down to Brighton with her pilot husband Ed, to join The Montessori Place. Laura has more than eight years of experience working with children – first as a Suzuki violin teacher, and then later as a Montessorian.

Mont Dip (AMI)
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Children's House

Lea

Morpurgo

Lea studied applied psychology and was working as a SEN assistant in a primary school when she found her way into the Montessori world. She trained at the MMI, where she worked for a year before moving down to Brighton with her husband, a deacon at St. Martins.

BSc Mont Dip (AMI)
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Matt

O’Shea

Matt is parent, minibus driver, guinea-pig rescuer, lawn-mower and walkie-talkie holder all in one. When he is not mowing the grass, creating a piece of art out of 25 bed frames, or organising our store in Wealden View, he is offering or making us what might arguable be the best cup of coffee in East Sussex.