Michelle Ryan

Centre Manager & Co-owner


B. Ed (ECE), AUT (Maths honors) 

Working with children with Special Needs, MIT

Montessori Dip (0 to 6 years), St Nicholas College, London

First Aid certificate

Full teacher registration

Hello, my name is Michelle Ryan.  I am originally from the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa.  I began my Montessori journey here in 1995 where I completed my international Montessori teaching diploma before establishing a Montessori preschool called Starting Blocks. 


Several years later, my family and I moved to New Zealand where I furthered my studies, completing papers in Working with Children with Special Needs as well as my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood.   Shortly after arriving in New Zealand, I began teaching at Marshwood Montessori preschool which was then under the ownership and management of Leonie Kelly. 


I worked there for a number of years and was fortunate to have my daughter attending the preschool at the same time.  Some years later, I found myself back teaching at Marshwood and shortly afterwards was offered an incredible opportunity to take over the management of the preschool.  

I am now the co-owner and manager of Marshwood and am looking forward to continuing to build strong relationships with our families and teachers as well as working in and serving a wonderful community.  

Vasu Paramalingam

 Lead Teacher 

Hi, my name is Vasu Paramalingam.
I am married with one adult child and came from the beautiful island of
Sri Lanka 30 years ago.  I love the peace and tranquillity of New Zealand and the amazing landforms of this beautiful country.

I hold an AMI diploma in Montessori and equivalency in Early Childhood Education and am a fully Registered Teacher. I have 25 years of teaching experience in New Zealand, having worked in many Montessori schools both in Wellington and Auckland. I have been teaching at Marshwood Montessori for over 10 years.

I enjoy interacting with children and I believe that all children are capable learners according to their own needs.  Dr Montessori believed that children have an intrinsic need for order, to move, to communicate, and to explore both indoors and outdoors.


Diploma of Tchg (ECE) Equivalency- NZQA ertificate
Montessori Diploma- AMI good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Full Teacher Registration 
Special needs, Massey University 
First Aid Certificate 

Jaylene Hogan

 Teacher of the Pukeko Class

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Diploma of teaching(Early Childhood Education- open polytechnic 
Aperfield Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education 
Full Teacher Registration 
First Aid Certified 

Hi.  My name is Jaylene Hogan.  I've recently returned to Marshwood Montessori as a teacher alongside Vasu in the Pukeko 

classroom after teaching for nine years in the city. It's wonderful to be back and I'm enjoying meeting all of you and am feeling so warmly welcomed.


I was born in Glendale, California, USA and I've lived in New Zealand since 1988. I am a dual citizen of both USA and New Zealand.  I've been involved in Montessori education

as a parent helper, Assistant, Teacher and Board Member. Having taught at Montessori Schools for the past 30 years in Lower Hutt, Honolulu, Hawaii, Grey Lynn and now St. Heliers, I continue to love learning from our children, my peers as well as our parents and 

whanau to create positive relationships and learning outcomes for our children.  I truly believe in the power of concentration

and how the Montessori Philosophy and Prepared Environment assists children to experience this power for themselves and manifest it in all they do. 


I have a Daughter, Gayle, who works in Film Production, and is  now taking time to return to University to complete a degree in Arts. Her husband, Julien is a professional musician and their daughter, Layla-Jay is a Year 2 primary school student who loves riding her bike, dancing and performing.  Both my daughter and granddaughter went through Montessori Education and know it's true value. 

When I'm not teaching, I enjoy beach walking every day at Kohimarama, vegetarian cooking and reading Persian Poetry. I love travelling yet in our current global situation, am grateful to stay close to home, and enjoy my family and the beauty and blessing of  being in New Zealand. 


Thanks again for welcoming me back to Marshwood.  I look forward to continuing my teaching journey in your wonderful community.


Isabelle Eles

Teacher of the Pukeko Class

Hello, my name is Isabelle Soares Eles. I am from Brazil originally and was 3 years old when I come to New Zealand. I began working with children when I was 14 years old and fell in love with watching and helping them grow, learning new things everyday, guiding children to be the best they can be.

I went to selwyn College where I got my level 1, 2 and 3 and then went on to take a gap year to travel and learn more about children and worked at CLM The bays as a swimmming instructor.  I then attended MIT (Manuka Institute of Technology) where I got my Level 4 in Early Childhood Education to further my understanding.

"The goal of early childhood education should be to achieve the child's own nature desire to learn".

Early Childhood Education, MIT 
Worked with Special Needs
First Aid Certificate

Ivana Fu

 Teacher of the Kiwi Class

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Kia Ora, my name is Ivana Fu. I am originally from Taipei Taiwan, studied in both Germany and California in the last 10 years. 

I Moved to New Zealand in 2018 and started my Graduate Diploma in 2020, where I will graduate early next year. 

I love reading, travelling and pizza.  I Feel very fortunate to be in the Marshwood family, i look forward to meeting with all of you. 

G Dip in ECE, NZTC

B. Communication Studies, CalPoly  

First Aid certificate

Suzanne Taylor

Marshwood Teacher

Hi, my name is Suzi Taylor. I feel priveliged to have joined the Marshwood team. 

I was born in Aucklandand and very much living and working in our beautiful city.

 My involvement in teaching early childhood spans over 20 years and have also owned and operated 3 ECE centres previously.

I am married with two adult children, my son Kobe who is an Electrician for super yachts and a qualified snowboard instructor and my daughter Shay who is a dentist, who is going on to be an oral surgeon - both my children are wonderful Human Beings.

My Husband Brad is an HR Director, Projects Manager, Health and Safety Director and all round good guy.

After selling my early childhood centres and retiring, I felt like I still had a lot to offer and I love working with our little people, so I decided I would take on a part time postion at Marshwood.

I look forward to meeting you and your awesome little ones.

Owned and operated 3 ECE centres 

First Aid Certificate 

Dale Carnege Leadersip Certificate

Diploma in ECE

Business mentor,  troubleshooter in ECE

Playcenter Supervisors certification

Voluntary work with Special Needs

The Palmer Family

Proud Owners

Hello.  We are the Palmer family, Jacqueline, Stu, Jacob, Finn and Reid.  

Our boys attended Marshwood Montessori several years ago, and when the opportunity arose to purchase the school, we seized the  chance, not only was it an ideal fit with our lives, but more importantly it upheld the principals we value.


We have always believed in the Montessori philosophy and noticed a real difference when our boys started at the school.  This was reflected not only their development but also in their behaviour and  the respect they have for others.   

Our goal is to continue the fantastic work and reputation the school has built over the last 25 years alongside our supportive and experienced teaching and management team.