Faculty of MMEF
Cheryl Ferreira was born in Mumbai, India. She has worked with children from the age of 17, becoming interested in the Montessori approach while assisting in a Montessori school. Cheryl graduated with a BA Hons. and then received an MA in history from the University of Bombay. She did her Montessori training at the Indian AMI Montessori training in Hyderabad, India. She then worked in Montessori schools and on AMI courses in different parts of India. In 1998, she came to the Maria Montessori Training Organisation in London (MMTO) as part of AMI’s Training of Trainers programme, and in 2000 she became an authorised AMI Trainer. Cheryl is currently a senior member of staff at MMTO and will be the Director of Training for the MMEF 2012-2013 AMI 3-6 Diploma Course.
Carol Potts obtained her AMI (3-6) diploma in 1995 and B.Ed. (ECE) in 2001. She worked
at Titoki Montessori School, Auckland from 1995 – 2007. Carol is on the Management Team of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF). She works in a Montessori 3-6 environment and is undertaking the AMI Training of Trainers programme. Carol will be one of the faculty on the next AMI 3-6 Diploma Course in New Zealand.
Pamela Nunn has worked in the field of education for young children for over 30 years and is an AMI 3-6 Director of Training for AMTEF. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education (South Australia) and gained her AMI (3-6) Diploma at the Sydney Montessori Teachers College in 1990. For ten years Pam held the position of Directress and authorised supervisor with the Sydney Montessori Society at Lindfield. Pam has been involved with professional development of Montessori teachers through workshops and national conferences. She is a board member of both the Montessori Children’s Foundation and Montessori Australia Foundation.
Amy Kirkham has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1988. She gained her AMI 3-6 Diploma in 1993 and in addition to this holds a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Educational Studies specialising in Hearing Impairment and a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood), all awarded from the University of Melbourne. She has worked as an early childhood teacher, educational play therapist and Montessori directress. Amy is also involved in the provision of professional development for Montessori staff as well as parent and community education. Amy is an AMI 3-6 Director of Training for AMTEF.