For the Love of Learning

Pebbles Sumner Montessori

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Belinda Slade

Owner

Kia ora, my name is Belinda

I am a trained early childhood teacher and primary  teacher with special needs experience. I have always aspired to owning a very unique and special preschool and am thrilled that there are now three Pebbles Preschools in the Christchurch area! I moved from England to Christchurch in 2000 with my husband and two children, Sam and Daisy. I enjoy being on the teaching floor, walking my labradoodle dogs, reading and swimming.

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Kirsty Hancock

Office Administrator

Kia ora, my name is Kirsty

I was born and raised in the UK but have proudly called Canterbury home for the past 25 years so you could say I am a local now! I have worked in the education field in the UK, Hong Kong and NZ in various positions and really enjoy working in this sector.

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Daisy Slade

Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Daisy

I am excited to join the Pebbles Team after graduating with my Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Eduction. I have recently returned from living in Spain with my partner Alex. I look forward to leading the fabulous team and building my relationships with our families and whānau here at Pebbles.

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Joanna Beadle

Early Childhood Teacher

Hi everyone,

My name is Joanna Beadle and I am excited to be a part of the Pebbles Montessori team as a key teacher. I have 15 years’ experience in early childhood education including 5 years in a Montessori preschool. I have 2 grown-up daughters who live in Dunedin and work in the hospital there – one as a sonographer and the other as a registered nurse.  They are both graduates from a Montessori preschool and I believe the wonderful foundation of learning they experienced at an early age, set them on their respective successful pathways. I am a firm advocate of the Montessori approach to education and I am delighted to be part of your child’s learning journey as we work through the beautifully prepared environment at Pebbles Montessori together.

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Megan Galloway

Teacher

 

Kia ora,

My name is Megan Galloway and I have joined the Pebbles Montessori team in December 2020.

I have over 11 years' worth of teaching experience and I am passionate about providing a safe learning environment to ensure the children have a space to grow and thrive as individuals. I have been introduced to the Montessori method and was recently teaching in a Montessori School in Ireland. On my return to Christchurch, I have enrolled to study for the Aperfield Montessori Diploma starting in February 2021. I am looking forward to putting my knowledge into practice and teaching at Pebbles Montessori.

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Andy Collins

 

Early Childhood Teacher

Andy is a registered early childhood teacher and has been teaching since 2013. He has a passion for learning and will be completing the Montessori Diploma in February 2021. Andy enjoys surfing in the ocean, he lives in Sumner with his wife, Alex and they are expecting their first baby in January 2021.

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Suz O'Neill

 

Early Childhood Teacher

My name is Suz O'Neill and I am very pleased to return to Pebbles to help out until the right Montessori teacher is found for this team. I have 25+ years of experience and have prior Montessori teaching and training. I am also a professional mentor for teachers and teams in the early childhood sector and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

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Pip Smith

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Pip

 

I have been teaching in the Early Childhood Sector for over 35 years in the role of owner, manager and as a teacher.

I am passionate about the Montessori philosophy and how it enriches a child's life. 

It is a joy to see children flourish in a positive, holistic environment and I feel very privileged to be a part of it here at Pebbles Montessori. 

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Pip Smith

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Pip

 

I have been teaching in the Early Childhood Sector for over 35 years in the role of owner, manager and as a teacher.

I am passionate about the Montessori philosophy and how it enriches a child's life. 

It is a joy to see children flourish in a positive, holistic environment and I feel very privileged to be a part of it here at Pebbles Montessori.