About Us

About Northwest Montessori

Northwest Montessori Preschool was founded by passionate parents that wanted to offer a comprehensive Montessori program for children aged 3-6 years of age from the Moonee Valley, Moreland & surrounding regions. As the first Montessori Preschool in the region we are proud to have our program endorsed by the Montessori Australia Foundation, the governing body for Montessori in Australia. We also meet the National Quality Standards set by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

We welcome children from all nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

The Preschool is guided by the philosophy of Maria Montessori (1870-1952), whose aim was to provide an environment to support the child’s natural potential and love of learning. We aim to work in partnership with parents to provide the best possible environment for children to grow and flourish.


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an individualised learning environment, that will help every student explore, communicate, work and master skills to their highest potential. We want each student to grow in self-esteem, be well-grounded in academics and love learning. We help develop students into independent, life-long learners who are socially confident about their place in the world giving them a great foundation for life.

Our Approach

Our Montessori & Early Childhood trained educators have extensive Montessori experience & understand the importance of the child’s early years as being the foundation for the child’s future. Our classrooms are fully equipped with a complete set of Cycle 1 Montessori equipment & our natural, stimulating environment allows each child the freedom to develop and learn at their own pace. We work together with families & encourage them to become involved & responsible for their children’s education.

Our Staff

Excellent, Montessori experienced, qualified, motivated teachers are critical to delivering our program each and every day. All of our teachers are people who have demonstrated a love of working with children, and who are great individuals themselves, honest, forward thinking adults who can be great role models with a passion for life.

Sabuhi Chishty

Centre Senior Directress

Being a Montessori student once herself, Sabuhi Chishty joined Northwest Montessori in 2012 after moving to Melbourne from New Zealand with her family. Sabuhi has over 21 years experience in early childhood & primary teaching, including 13 years experience in Montessori as a Lead Teacher / Directress. She holds a Masters of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood, an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori Diploma & Masters in Teaching. She believes strongly in the Montessori Philosophy & the wonderful attributes that the program has to offer to children in their early years.


Tammy Hollingsworth

Viola Classroom Directress

Tammy Hollingsworth has been with Northwest Montessori since 2004 & has been the back bone to the preschool. She is an internationally recognised  Montessori Directress with over 28 years of experience working in Montessori. Tammy previously ran her own Montessori Centre in South Africa before pursuing her early childhood career in Melbourne. Tammy's qualification consist of an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma in Montessori & a Graduate Diploma in Education -Early Childhood. Tammy’s consistent calm & commitment to the children has supported families & colleagues throughout her years at Northwest Montessori.


Jayanthi Udugama

Verde Classroom Directress

Jayanthi has been a Montessori Directress for 33 years & is a highly qualified in the education field. She has been with Northwest Montessori since 2011 & has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) & a Diploma in Montessori. She is a strong advocate of Montessori & believes that with proper guidance & encouragement children will develop into confident & motivated learners.

Lauren Colvin

Lauren Colvin

Viola Classroom Educator

Lauren Colvin, is a qualified Early Childhood teacher (Bachelor of Early Childhood Education), qualified Montessori Assistant (AMI) and is close to completing her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori Diploma. Lauren has been employed with Northwest Montessori since 2013 & has been an amazing support to all the educators at the Coburg Campus.


Radisha Perera

Giallo Classroom Educator

Radisha has over 14 years experience in Montessori teaching. Radisha was selected to migrate to the USA where she had the opportunity to work in a leading Montessori School for 3 years working with children from ages 2 to 5. She also has a family run Montessori Centre currently operating in Sri Lanka. She has recently completed her Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care & has an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma in Montessori. Radisha commenced employment with Northwest Montessori in 2015


Dil Wanigatunga

Giallo Classroom Educator

Dil has over 7 years experience in teaching & has been with Northwest Montessori since 2014. Dil has holds a  Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care & is currently working towards her Diploma in Montessori. She plays an integral role in supporting all the Essendon Educators.


Rosaria Mazzarotta

Classroom Educator

Rosaria has over 10 years experience in Early Childhood teaching & since 2015 has been supporting and working across the Coburg Campus. Having an Italian background, Rosaria also contributes to our Italian language program. Rosaria has an Advanced Diploma in Teaching Italian & a Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care.


Danielle Dezilva

Classroom Educator

Danielle being a Montessori child wanted to share her love of learning & starting teaching in 2002 where she has held the position of a Montessori Directress in Sri Lanka & Oman. Danielle holds Associated Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma, Diploma in Early Childhood & Care & is currently working towards her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood). Danielle commenced with us in 2017 & has successfully driven our Montessori All Day Program.


Harjot Kaur

Early Childhood Teacher

Harjot, is a qualified Early Childhood teacher (Bachelor of Education Early Childhood & Primary). Harjot runs our Extended Day & Holiday Program as well as provide educational support for to all the Educators at the Coburg & Essendon Campus.


Ioleen Barbaro

Centre Director

Ioleen is passionate about providing quality Montessori programs for the Northwest region. She manages the day to day operations of the preschool & supports the Essendon & Coburg Educators. Ioleen is currently working towards her Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) & has completed the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistant Course.

Our Logo

Our logo represents everything we believe in about Montessori and about our program.

1. The outer circle and hand: This symbolises the environment we create and the nurturing our educators  provide. Like planting a seed the hand ensures all the elements are right in order for it to flourish.

2. The middle tree, branch, child: Represents the child in his second & third year. As he grows we continue to nurture him and watch him blossom, the leaves appear, symbolising the knowledge, grace, courtesy, respect he is learning. As he grows he is ready to lead, to give back to his environment and his community.

3. Child branches on left and right of the middle tree: These symbolise how the older child contributes to the learning of the younger children, as he does this more leaves appear, as his knowledge continues to grow.

4. The inner arc: This symbolises the continual life long learning journey & contribution to the community & the world.