Mamatha Kumar

Montessori Teacher of Kiwi Class

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A warm welcome to Marshwood Montessori Preschool !

I am Mamatha Kumar , I am a mother of two adult children and a grandmother to my adorable two year old granddaughter. 

I have been part of the Montessori family in New Zealand for the last 24 years teaching in some well-reputed Auckland Montessori Pre-Schools that have been a member of the Montessori Association of New Zealand.  

My husband and I researched Montessori when choosing a Preschool for my daughter. Seeing my daughter thrive in a Montessori environment inspired me to invest in discovering all about the philosophy to help my daughter, by doing my AMI Montessori training from India. Since discovering Montessori and moving to New Zealand, many rewarding opportunities emerged for a satisfying and enjoyable career in early childhood. 

My learning journey and knowledge within the early childhood sector has expanded in many folds over the years.  I have had the privilege to establish a Montessori centre from its inception being responsible for the development of its successful programme over the last 12 years as a head teacher and centre manager before starting my journey with  Marshwood Montessori.  I am passionate about mentoring and guiding early childhood teachers to gain their full registration by engaging with them in professional dialogue, reflective critical thinking, building teams, conducting workshops and presenting at conferences.   

My teaching experience with children has convinced me that children have the potential to reach amazing heights given an optimum environment. I love to support children in their early developmental years and see all the great strides they make in their learning. The little ones teach me so much about living, learning and laughter. I look forward to continuing to work alongside a supportive team of teachers here at Marshwood  Montessori where I am convinced that my passion for the Montessori philosophy and genuine love for children is fully embraced.

25 years after my discovery I continue to be passionate about improving educational opportunities for children and look forward to serving the community in providing an enriched programme in partnership with you all. At Marshwood Montessori I would like to maximise the collaborative relationships with parents, whānau and teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children. 

I am excited to meet you all and looking forward to working with your children and all of you.

Vasu Paramalingam

 Montessori Teacher of the Pukeko Class

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

 Montessori 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.


Maya Kumar

Teacher of the Kiwi Class

Kia Ora koutou! My name is Mayanka (or you can call me Maya). I have completed a Bachelor in Education (Teaching) in Early Childhood at the University of Auckland and have worked within the field for 10 years. Montessori’s philosophical approach to learning holds a special place in my heart as it has played a significant role in my personal education experience, having attended a Montessori between the ages of two to nine years old, here in New Zealand. I take pride in having been a child of Montessori and continue to see the limitless benefits it has had on my personal life.

I am deeply passionate about education in the early years as I believe that these years are fundamental for children as they begin to develop their own unique personalities and make sense of the world around them. I believe that all children are competent and confident individuals and endeavour to foster their independence and love for life-long learning.

I look forward to translating my love for Montessori to our tamariki, making resources, as well as integrating my passion for dancing and arts and crafts through my teaching. I am excited to be part of the Marshwood Montessori team and look forward to  getting to know you all, working in partnership with you to help guide your children through their learning journey.

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Bachelor in Education Early Childhood,
University of Auckland

Full teacher registration
First Aid Certificate

Suzanne Taylor

Centre Co-ordinator

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

I was born in Auckland and 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 team.