The Southbank Berwick Team
Nirosha PereraCentre Manager
I have been working at Southbank Montessori since July 2005 and am currently the Centre Manager for Southbank Montessori Berwick Street center and the overall manager for Southbank Montessori. I have worked at Southbank Montessori and am dedicated to educating children in the formative years of 0-5 years. I was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia in 2000. In Sri Lanka I completed a Diploma in Montessori education and also, I worked in the Montessori school in Sri Lanka with the 2 ½ to 6-year old for 3 years.
My values and personal beliefs are aligned with Montessori philosophy of compassion, fostering of well-being, respect and confidence in every child. I have since completed my diploma in Australia with Montessori Education through Montessori World of Education Institute(MWEI) and holds a Bachelor of Teaching for Early Childhood from the University of New England. I am a mum of three beautiful children and having my own, I believe that if children are educated in an environment that they respect values then they are able to develop their problem solving, make positive choices, become resilient and provide them with tools for happy and healthy lives into the future. I Love watching children thrive and grow as independent human beings as Maria Montessori says “Help me to do things by myself.”
Helen became involved in Montessori education when her daughter started in a Montessori class at 2 ½ years old. She then changed careers and joined a Montessori school where she worked for 8 years. During that time Helen obtained her Diplomas in Montessori Education and Preschool Education. In 2009 her family migrated to Australia and she began working in a Montessori child care centre before joining Southbank Montessori in 2011. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of New England.
Jeya AnthonyAssistant Directress
Jeya became interested in Montessori education when her children started school. Her interest in the Montessori methodology and her passion for children led to her completing the Diploma in Montessori Education. In 2004, her family emigrated to Australia and she joined Southbank Montessori in 2005. Since then she has gained invaluable experience working with young children in the Montessori environment. During this period Jeya obtained the Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of New England
Tiarna graduated high school in 2010 achieving her WACE certificate. She has always enjoyed working with children and went on to study her Bachelor of Education at Murdoch University. Tiarna decided to defer after completing her first year feeling that she would learn a lot more by gaining experience directly in the classroom.
Vijayata ChouhanAssisting Directress
Kiran Kanak – Assistant
Chathurika Ekanyake – Assistant
Liz Song – Assistant
Andrene Anthony – Assistant
Samantha Moonemalle– Assistant