Our Staff

The school has always practiced Montessori teaching and the principles of Maria Montessori and her practice is always fundamental to the staff who work at the school. All four members of staff are committed to Montessori practice, all key people (members of staff who monitor individual children’s progress) are Montessori trained with extensive experience within all areas of childcare and education.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Montessori Teacher/Manager

I have three children who all attended the school before I decided to retrain as a Montessori teacher and accept the invitation by the then present owners to buy the setting in 2007. As a parent I understand the confusion parents are exposed to when looking for a reputable, trustworthy, caring environment for their child. To enable parent’s to know the school purely practices Montessori education and ethos I decided to get the school accredited by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) ensuring parent’s understand we are committed to Montessori practice and ongoing excellent teaching and care. Since I took over the school it has also been judged Outstanding by Ofsted and received MEAB accreditation twice.

I have wonderful, devoted staff who are committed to Montessori practice and their care and knowledge of the children combined with their understanding of Montessori practice enables all of the children to learn in a supported and prepared environment.

Charlotte Colborn

Montessori Teacher

I’m Charlotte and have been working in childcare since I left school. I worked in a Reception school for six months before coming to The Norwich Montessori School in 2011.

Since working at the school I have completed my NVQ level 2 and 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. In 2019 I qualified as a Montessori Teacher, this has given me a far deeper understanding of Montessori philosophy and has made me love Montessori even more!

Lucy Alvarez

Montessori Teacher

I am a trained Montessori teacher. I studied with the American Montessori society in Moraga California USA.
I am also a qualified nursery nurse ( NNEB) and hospital play specialist.

My career has spanned from working as  a play specialist promoting play for children at the Royal Free hospital to teaching Montessori in the USA and Finland.

I am a mother of three children and a grandmother of two.

I am pleased to be working with all the parents, children and being part of the teaching team at the Norwich Montessori School.

I hope to bring my love for literature, the arts, music, gardening and cooking to the curriculum.

Christine Hack

Montessori Teacher

My name is Christine Hack I have worked within the childcare environment for the past twenty two years, first as a nanny then as a Montessori directress. I progressed to deputy manager followed by the role of supervisor at a pre-school.

I have worked at The Norwich Montessori School for the past four years, during this time I have had the opportunity to teach in an environment totally committed to Montessori teaching. It has been inspiring to watch the children in our care respond so positively to this valuable method of teaching. All of the children in our care are able to experience a genuine Montessori school enabling them to flourish within a calm nurturing environment.

Jacqueline Wong

Early Years Educator

I am Jacqueline Wong and I am from a large family in Malaysia, I now live in Norwich with my British husband. In February 2020 I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a Degree in Early Childhood Education and joined The Norwich Montessori School in October 2020.

I am very proud to be an Early Years educator, supporting the children appropriately  throughout the day enabling them to talk and discuss their needs. Within my role I plan projects for the children with my colleagues and deliver them to the children, scaffolding their learning through these activities. Working at the school enables me to learn the Montessori method of teaching and how to use the materials, eventually I would like to qualify as a Montessori teacher.
My philosophy is that you never stop learning and you can never know everything about anything!