The staff at the Caboolture Montessori School are a group of individuals that share their life, their aspirations and many, many hours with the school community. Our staff love what they do and are very happy to share their passion and dedication with others. Some staff members of our School have been with us from the first day the school doors opened to the public, others have just started this year, all have committed to be with us for at least three years and longer to ensure they follow a group of students through their Cycle of learning. All of our teachers are Montessori qualified and most of our assistants are qualified teachers.
We would like you to get to know our staff members and become familiar with them, this will personalise the educational setting you may want your child to belong to.
Our Toddler Group is run by Meg O’Brien. Meg has worked at CMS for many years as a volunteer and has much experience working with young children.
Our Cycle 1A is run by Helen Vermaak. Helen has been in Montessori for many years and has worked with early childhood students.
Our Cycle 1B class is run by Sarah Kirby. Sarah joined our school in 2013 and is also a dedicated Montessori parent.
Our Cycle 1C class is run by Lisa Rabie. Lisa joined our school in 2016 after much experience working in Montessori early education.
Our newest Cycle 1D class is run by Gemma Pollard. Gemma has worked with various age groups in a Montessori environment and has also worked with adolescent students.
Our Cycle 2A class is run by Marg McGrath. Marg joined CMS in 2014 after several years teaching in the state system, and several years working as an engineer before moving to education.
Our Cycle 2B class is run by Susan Eades. Susan has been a member of our community since 2004.
Our Cycle 2C class is run by Bill Park Weir. Bill joined our school in 2012 and worked in the economics field for 15 years before becoming a teacher. In March 2019, Bill leaves us to join the Noosa community. Mel List will be the 2C Class Director. Melanie comes from a traditional setting and has had roles as Year 5 Level Coordinator, mentoring beginning teachers and has taught primary school children. Her beliefs, values and teaching strategies align beautifully to our Montessori principles.
Our Cycle 2D class is run Jonathan Vieira. Jonathan joined our school in 2013 after working in a Montessori program in a Qld State School. In 2019, Jon’s boy, Aurthur joined our Toddler community.
Our Cycle 3A class is run by Elizabeth Hudson. Elizabeth joined our school in 2008 and comes from a secondary context. Elizabeth brings to the school her knowledge of the adolescent.
Our Cycle 3B class is run by Leah Brindley and Jai Bishop. Leah, joined our school in 2011 as a classroom assistant and is now a teacher in Cycle 3. Leah has completed her teacher training. Jai joined our school in 2015. He has come to us with many years of teaching experience, 4 of those years as a teacher in Japan. In April, Leah leaves us briefly on maternity leave and Lisa Galloway will replace her. Lisa has been involved in education for fifteen years and had held many roles. Some of these have been with advanced programming in schools, head of department and always caring for young learners.
Carmel Ailey is our Learning Enhancement Director and has worked for our school since 2002. Her work with children and staff offers a support program that is effective and integrated with the Montessori methodology/philosophy. Carmel works with all our exceptional children who require support.
Rosie Contarino is our Italian teacher. Rosie joined our school in 2000, and worked as our Italian teacher and as a Classroom Assistant until 2003, when she left to have her second child. Rosie returned to our school in 2006 as our Italian Teacher.
Kelly Webster is our HPE specialist, and also our Library Coordinator. Kelly joined our school in 2011 with many years teaching experience in Australia and the UK, including several years experience in Montessori schools and child care centres.
Anna Johnston works in Cycle 2 and her previous role was in a Montessori toddler group in the USA.
Chloe Dinnison joined CMS in 2018 as an OSHC assistant. In 2019, she has joined 2C as a classroom assistant. Chloe has a Bachelor of Education and has lots of experience working with children.
Deb Taddeucci supports Carmel as a learning enhancement assistant. Deb joined our school in 2013 with much experience in learning support in the state school system.
Debbie Williams has been with our school for several years now works as a Cycle 1 assistant. Debbie has completed her teaching degree and has started her Montessori training.
Hayley Thornton joined our school at the start of 2013 as a Cycle 2 assistant. Hayley is currently studying towards her teaching degree.
Jody Thornely is an assistant in Cycle 3 and is currently completing her Montessori training. Jody brings many talents to our school which are evident in the enthusiasm and creativity of our children.
Kathryn Bowles joined our school officially in 2019 and works as an assistant in Cycle 1. She is also a dedicated parent at CMS and has completed Montessori studies. Previously she was a valued member of the relief staff team.
Katie Iliffe joined our school in 2017 as a classroom assistant in Cycle 1. Katie is a CMS alumni and incredibly effective and capable young lady.
Keyonie Bolton joined our school in 2018 as a classroom assistant in Cycle 3. Keyonie is a CMS alumni and incredibly talented as both an assistant and a musician. She has created a song just for CMS. Keyonie is also on our OSHC team and is actively studying Graduate Diploma of Education in Montessori.
Mary-Jane joined our school in 2017 as a classroom assistant in Cycle 2. Mary-Jane is a dedicated Montessori parent and comes to CMS with many skills, previously working in the child and adolescent mental health sector.
Rebecca Nurse is a new Cycle 1 assistant in 2019 and a dedicated parents at CMS. Rebecca has completed studies in Montessori.
Annette Soliman is the longest standing member of our community and has abdicated her position as class director to also become involved with special needs.
Rana Suluvale now supports our Learning Enhancement Director. She has many years experience in early learning and has worked in a Cycle 1 assistant position.
Julie Wyatt has supported our school for a few years, both as a volunteer in the library, and as an assistant in the classrooms and in Learning Enhancement.
Lauretta Dumesny started at CMS in 2018 as assistant in cycle 1 during play time. She is also our valued neighbour.
Yvonne Rinaldi is our dedicated Principal. Yvonne has extensive experience in Montessori education, both in the classroom and in school management, and was our Director of Education before taking up the leadership role in 2009.
Stephen Tyrrell is our Business Manager. Stephen has much experience in school finance and management and joined us in 2012 to assist in the management of our growing school.
Chris Ham, Nicky Iliffe and Anna Sue-Fong are our hard working School Secretaries.
Chris has been with us since 2002 when she returned to the workforce after raising her children. She has had 3 children graduate from Caboolture Montessori.
Nicky joined us in the office in 2008. She has been involved as a parent at CMS for many years. Nicky has had 2 children graduate from Caboolture Montessori.
Anna became part of the admin team in 2018 to share the ever increasing load of administration duties. She has come to CMS with experience in administration from other schools.
Psyche Clark is our Business Services Coordinator. Psyche worked in administration in the financial services industry for 8 years before joining Caboolture Montessori in 2007. Psyche supports the Principal in school administration and management.
Hayley Martin is our Financial Officer and looks after the financial administration of the School. Hayley had extensive experience in accounts both in the private sector and with the ATO before joining CMS in 2007.
Tracey Bolton takes care of our environment and ensures everything is clean and healthy. Tracey was one of the founder parents of the school and is still with us even after both her children graduated from the School. Great testimony of a desirable community.
Ken McGrath is our Grounds and Maintenance Coordinator and what a wonderful job he does. Our school continues to look so tidy and fresh.
Julie Sutherland is the Coordinator of the OSHC service. Julie is a Montessori parent and previously had her own home day care business, so she comes to us very experienced..
Charlotte Webster enjoys sharing her knowledge and fun games with children. Charlotte has completed her Cert I and is completing her Cert III in Hospitality. She is also actively studying Diploma of School Age Education and Care.
Fili Alefosio joined the OSHC team in 2019. She is actively studying a certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care.
Jade Bastian has become known for her smiles and fun ways of managing our students. She is completing her Bachelor of Education.
Leonie Keddie is a valued member of OSHC and has worked within a Montessori environment for a couple of years. She has an Advanced Diploma in Community Service and AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate 6-12.