Our Team

Miss Frances – Principal / Owner

Miss Frances opened The Montessori School In January 1997 for her twin daughters and three other children. Over the last twenty two years, it has gradually grown, filling the lovely Victorian house it occupies in Chestnut Grove. Having originally trained as a dancer and teacher at The Royal Ballet School, Miss Frances qualified as a Montessori Directress in order to enhance her teaching of very young children. Her strong belief in the method inspired her to start the school and she continues to run it, with the support of an excellent team, alongside her dance studio in Chiswick, which she has run for thirty five years. She also enjoys mentoring students from Montessori Centre International and Modern Montessori International through their teaching practise and acts as a practical teaching supervisor and Mentor for The Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Frances is also a qualified Enquiry Lead for Children’s Philosophy, Vocational Awards Assessor and Lead Internal Quality Assurer.

Miss Isadora – Head of School

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Miss Isadora was one of the first pupils to attend The Montessori School. She later went on to train in Dance at The Brit School and then obtained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Criminology at Roehampton University. Miss Isadora completed a Masters Degree in Affective Disorders at Kings College London and is currently completing a Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling; she has also undertaken the Level 3 Early Years Educator and Montessori qualifications. Miss Isadora initially worked at the nursery as a teaching assistant, covered maternity leave as a teacher and eventually took on  her current role. She is the school Lead for Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. Miss Isadora teaches Aerobic Gymnastics in her spare time and is an ex-British Champion.

Miss Venetia-Rose – Finance

Miss Venetia-Rose was one of the first pupils at The Montessori School. She later went on to train in Dance and Media at The Brit School, gaining a Bachelors Degree in Radio Production at Westminster University. Miss Venetia was a member of the British Gymnastics squad for many years. Having freelanced in radio production and talent management, Miss Venetia is currently training in accountancy. In her free time Venetia-Rose enjoys going to the gym and playing tennis.

Miss Gaelle Cousins –  Snowdrop Class Teacher

Miss Gaelle is a Montessori Directress, having trained with Modern Montessori international. She worked as make-up artist for many years, before starting a family; she has two grown up children and a younger son. In her spare time Miss Gaelle enjoys cooking and crafts – many of which become the inspiration for the many art and science activities she presents to the children.

Miss Yasmin – Deputy to the Head of School

Miss Yasmin is a Montessori Directress, having gained her qualification at Montessori Centre International. She has responsibility for the smooth running of daily life in all the classroom, alongside working with Miss Isadora in the School Office. In her free time, Miss Yasmin is an excellent Salsa dancer and also enjoys Bachata and Kizomba. Miss Yasmin obtained a Degree in Nutrition at Kings College London.

Miss Teresa –  Nest Class Teacher

Miss Teresa trained at Montessori Centre international, gaining her Montessori Teaching Diploma. Previously, she gained a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and Public Relations. After her degree, she spent 3 years working for Emirates airline as cabin crew, travelling across the globe and experiencing new cultures and ways of life. She also spent time as a volunteer teaching English to children with no access to schooling. In her free time she enjoys cooking, visiting museums and world cinema. Miss Teresa is of Cypriot heritage, and enjoys visiting family in Cyprus and spending time there during the summer.

Miss Sabrina – Violet Class Teacher

Miss Sabrina is a qualified Primary School Teacher and holds the Montessori International Diploma, having trained with Montessori Centre International.  Miss Sabrina has a young son and in her spare time she enjoys reading and having fun with her family, as well as the Lead Vocational Awards Assessor for our Teacher Training Course.

Miss Caroline – Nest Class Teacher 

Miss Caroline  is a dedicated Montessori teacher with a Montessori Diploma from Association Montessori International. She has worked as a nursery teacher and writer in Tokyo, and a horse trainer in the Philippines (her home country). In her spare time, she enjoys cycling and spending time outdoors.

Miss Zaynab – Classroom Assistant

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Miss Zaynab assists in all the classrooms throughout the week. She is currently undertaking the Early Years Educator and Montessori qualifications.

Miss Francesca – Special Education Needs and Social Skills Groups

Miss Francesca gained her Teaching Diploma at Modern Montessori International and is currently undertaking a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Roehampton University. Originally a Class teacher with us, Francesca now works as Special Education Needs support, alongside Miss Isadora and runs the Social Skills Groups in the School, helping children in areas they find a little more challenging. In her free time, Francesca enjoys going to the theatre and baking.


Miss Alexandra  – Camellia Class Teacher

Miss Alexandra’s passion for Montessori came from her own personal experience of her own school journey – finding that not all children learn and develop the same way. She studied the Higher Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy with MCI in South Africa, having previously gained a Degree in Journalism and Photography. Miss Alexandra is new to London and is spending most of her spare time exploring her new city.  


Miss Michelle – Marguerite Class Teacher

Miss Michelle gained her Teaching Diploma at the North American Montessori Centre. She is also a TESOL  trained educator and has worked for many years in Japan, originally teaching English as a second language within Japanese kindergartens and later as a Montessori practitioner in one of the top international Montessori settings in Tokyo. Miss Michelle is also a proficient seamstress and originally made wedding corsetry as her career.

Miss Emma – Rose Class Teacher

Miss Emma’s passion for the Montessori approach has inspired her teaching and driven her to study a Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy with Montessori Centre International. Prior to this, Emma taught in Pre-school as an Art Teacher, Ballet/Dance Teacher and Gymnastics Coach alongside working as an Area Manager within the Arts and Entertainments industry in the Merlin attractions teaching and managing special effects make-up artists/animators. Her passion for creativity and working with children has been at the forefront of her desire to become a Montessorian.

Miss Sophie – Assistant Teacher

Miss Sophie is an assistant in each of our classrooms and also creates the art projects for the Camellia class. She is currently completing the Early Years Educator and Montessori qualifications and in her spare time Miss Sophie teaches art to children.


Miss Sophie – Assistant Teacher

Miss Sophie is an assistant in each of our classrooms. She has just completed a Bachelors Degree in Music Journalism at the BIMM Institute and is now starting the Montessori Diploma. Miss Giulia enjoys photography in her spare time along with everything to do with music.

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