Staff

Who We Are
We are a dedicated team of professionals who all have children of our own, so we understand. As such we understand the needs of you and your children
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Our Team

Qualified Professionals

Meet our team and learn a little about them.

Joanne Stewart-Nash

Joanne Stewart-Nash

Principal & Manager

• BA First Class Honours Education and  Early Childhood Studies
• Montessori Diploma
• Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
• Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
• First Aider

Jo holds the Montessori Diploma Qualification to compliment her BA (Hons) Degree and has worked with children and families in various establishments for many years.
Before taking over Burgh Wood Montessori Nursery School in November 2016, Jo worked for a charity focusing on vulnerable children and adults and was involved in delivering literacy, drama and parenting workshops. Jo’s career history prior to taking time out to raise her two children involved working in the City, being actively involved with various charities and running a Beaver group for girls and boys in London.
It has always been a dream of Jo’s to run her own Montessori school and to provide a stimulating and happy environment for children to learn and play.

Caroline O'Neill

Caroline O'Neill

Deputy Manager & Early Years Practitioner

  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Cache Level 3 Certificate
  • Key Worker
  • First Aider

Caroline holds a Cache Level 3 qualification, a Certificate in Child Care, Learning and Development and has worked in early years for over ten years most of which has been in the Montessori learning environment.

Caroline has a passion for children’s development by helping children to learn through trying new experiences to develop their confidence and personalities.
Caroline enjoys being mum to three wonderful teenagers and “Monty” the giant schnoodle!

Subagini Patrick Lucian

Subagini Patrick Lucian

Montessori Directress & Early Years Practitioner

  • Montessori Diploma
  • Key Worker 
  • German Language Teacher
  • First Aider

Subagini Patrick Lucian has over 25 years of experience working with young children. She graduated as a Montessori Directress in 1990, and she worked as a lecturer in the Institute of Nursery Studies, Montessori Centre in Sri Lanka.

Subagini has worked at Burgh Wood for over 10 years and her particular focus is preparing the school leavers to transition to primary schools. She also teaches German and she has a diploma in cake decorations and flower arrangements.

Subagini has a calm nature and is able to channel her energy to helping children to learn essential skills needed, as well as having fun and building caring relationships. Subagini has also taken a particular interest in our woodland sessions which are held once a week.

Subagini is happily married and has two children. She enjoys decorating wedding cakes and making flower arrangements.

Katharine Harris

Katharine Harris

Montessori Directress & Early Years Practitioner

  • Montessori Diploma Level 4
  • NVQ Level 3
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
  • Key Worker
  • First Aider

Katharine holds a Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. Katharine has over 7 years’ experience working with pre-school children. She joined Burgh Wood Montessori in September 2017 as a student and joined the team in March 2018.

Katharine is enthusiastic and keen to inspire the children in her care with enjoyable resources making learning fun.

Katharine has a calm, caring nature and enjoys working with the younger groups to nurture them and prepare them for independent learning. In her spare time Katharine enjoys tap dancing, walking and photography.

Samantha Billing

Samantha Billing

Early Years Practitioner

  • Level 3 Diploma
  • Key Worker
  • First Aider

Sam has worked in childcare for several years, and has  obtained her level 3 diploma in the children and young people’s Workforce , Senco training and first aid training.

Prior to joining Burgh Wood Montessori Sam has worked in other nursery’s most recently in a day nursery as Room leader responsible for over 20 children.

Sam is happy married with two young children and enjoys family activities in her free time, such as walking the family dog Bailey and teaching the girls to swim, as Sam is also a qualified swimming teacher. Sam also loves cooking and baking. She loves to entertain family and friends. 

Julie Jorden

Julie Jorden

Nursery Assistant & Early Years Practitioner

  • Cache Level 3 qualification
  • NNEB National Nursery Examination Board

Julie has been working in early years for over 30 years. Julie is very involved with Beaver and Scouts for the last 25 years.

Julie particularly likes supporting children’s needs and watching there little faces light up when they have achieved something. 

Julie is married and has two grown up children. In her spare time Julie enjoys going for long walks with the daogs and catching up with family and friends. 

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We Know How to Make Learning Fun For Kids

We strive to create an environment that promotes learning. Creating a safe place that is fun for children to grow and develop in, promoting emotional development and positive relationships

Our Early Years Foundation Stage training ensure we focus on physical development, social and emotional development, literacy, numeracy, an understanding of the world as well expressive arts and design.

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Get In Touch

Location: St Ann's Church Hall,4 Brighton Road,
Banstead, SM7 1BS​

 Telephone: 01737 356105

Email: enquiries@burghwoodmontessori.com

School Hours: M-F: 9am - 3pm (with Our Partner School)