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Our Staff

Katie King

Miss Katie recently took over ownership of the Ark Montessori Nursery and is passionate about providing a warm and caring environment in which the children are allowed to be themselves.  She was brought up in Chiswick and undertook her Montessori training 15 years ago at the nearby Primary School, Orchard House.  She stayed on as their Art teacher for a couple of years before heading to Kenya to teach out there. Since then she has taught in various Montessori Nurseries before becoming a Mother to three boys!  

Rob Tuck

Mr Rob is our Forest School Leader.  He has a very calm, creative and natural approach.  He has led and developed our Forest School Curriculum and has turned our little forest into a magical outdoor learning space.

Mary West

Mary West is our Art teacher and Forest School assistant teacher.  She will be undertaking her Forest School level 3 training over the next year.  She has wonderful creative ideas inside and outside the classroom!

Joanna Silvester

Miss Joanna is our Special Needs Co-ordinator and Deputy Manager.

She has been at the Ark for over 10 years, and is an integral member of the staff team.  

Anna Capozza

Miss Anna is our fantastic Senior Montessori Directress and Deputy Manager.  She ensures that we keep our Montessori activities and ideas fresh and enticing for the children.  She is also beginning to teach the Children some Italian!

Hannah Breeze

Miss Hannah is currently studying for her Montessori Diploma.  She has shown huge dedication and is a very creative and natural teacher with the children.

Katie Goodman

Miss Katie is our newest and youngest member of the team!  She embraces the Montessori ethos and is currently furthering her studies in this field.  She has also written a children's book.

Sheelagh Gilbey

Miss Sheelagh does a Drama class with the children each week.  They absolutely love joining in with her different activities such as story telling, music and movement and the favourite, 'magic eggs'  She also helps us with our Summer and Christmas concerts.

Natalie Snowden

Miss Natalie does a yoga class with the children once a week.  She uses familiar Nursery Rhymes and songs to help the children to focus, breathe and move their bodies.

Celia Pickering

Miss Celia comes and does an art class every Monday afternoon, please see her website for more details... www.artwithlittlepics.com

“I will be forever grateful to Vivien for giving me this wonderful opportunity to take over the Ark!  The Ark came highly recommended to me when I was looking for a Nursery for my middle son.  In all my years of teaching and being a Mother, the Ark struck me as one of the most caring and loving Nurseries I have ever come across. They were also genuinely following the Montessori curriculum which I feel very strongly about.  I am a creative soul who vehemently believes that a happy and secure child will learn naturally and at their own pace. The introduction of our Forest School is extremely exciting as I feel passionate about its’ ethos, and it has already brought a magical and real sense of community spirit. I will ensure that your child is cared for and nurtured and therefore is able to develop holistically in an environment full of inspiring activities inside and out.” - Katie King Montessori Dip.