Our trainers

We are proud of the academic excellence of our Courses, which are delivered by highly qualified trainers who have all undertaken the AMI Trainer of Trainers programme after substantial experience  working with children.

All other Course lecturers have a minimum of 3 years experience working with children using the Montessori approach.

Louise Livingston, Head of Training

Louise is an AMI Trainer with many years of experience working with children in Montessori environments, latterly running the Maria Montessori School in Notting Hill. She holds an AMI Children’s House Diploma and is an AMI examiner and lectures both in the UK and internationally. She also co-ordinates the AMI Faculty training in China.  She is on the council of Montessori Education UK, the body responsible for running the UK Montessori schools accreditation scheme and is the managing editor of the AMI parent support initiative Aid to Life. Louise also holds an MSc in Educational Neuroscience, and is on the AMI Global Research Committee.

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Cheryl Ferreira, Evening 3-6 (Children’s House) Course Director

Cheryl originally trained in Mumbai, India and completed her AMI trainer of trainers programme in the UK. She is an AMI examiner and lectures both in the UK and internationally. Cheryl also holds AMI Assistants to Infancy and Children’s House Diplomas. She is passionate about helping underprivileged children and has been involved in outreach work with the indigenous people of Australia.

Ann Dunne, 6-12 (Elementary) Course Co-Director

Ann has been involved in the field of Montessori education since 1977, and holds AMI Diplomas at both Children’s House and Elementary levels. Ann is an AMI international examiner and a member of both the AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group and the AMI Training Group. She enjoys contributing to the spread of Montessori ideas through lectures and talks around the world.

Gerard Leonard, 6-12 (Elementary) Course Co-Director

Gerard (Gerry) is a Director of Training (6 to 12 level) for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) at the Montessori Training Centre Northeast (MTCNE) in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He holds AMI Diplomas at both Children’s House and Elementary levels, a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Trinity College, Dublin University, and a Masters in Education from the University of Hartford. Gerard has taught for over thirty years in 3 to 6, 6 to 12, and Adolescent Montessori programs. He has lectured on AMI courses in The Czech Republic and in France, and has consulted for elementary Montessori programs both in the USA and Mexico. He gives regular workshops for teachers and talks for parents. He has given keynote addresses and workshops for the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA), AMI-USA, the Maria Montessori Institute (MMI), London, UK, and Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand (MANZ). He was a co-developer with David Kahn of the Guided by Nature Exhibit seen at the 2013 International Montessori Congress in Portland, Oregon, and of the NAMTA Centenary Exhibit, A Montessori Journey:1907- 2007.


Julia Hilson, 0-3 (Assistants to Infancy) Course Co-Director

Julia holds AMI Diplomas at all three levels: Assistants to Infancy, Children’s House and Elementary. She has over 30 years of experience with children in Montessori environments in UK and Australia. Over the last 6 years she has been involved in implementing Montessori programs in remote indigenous communities in Australia. She is an AMI Trainer at 0-3 level and has lectured and examined in several international training centres.

Heidi Philippart, 0-3 (Assistants to Infancy) Course Co-Director

Heidi is the founder of two small Montessori Bilingual Preschools and the 2Voices Montessori Study Room for adult education in Amsterdam. Her specialty is helping parents in the application of Montessori principles and bilingualism in the home environment. Heidi has spoken extensively around the Netherlands and internationally on Montessori-related topics for the birth to three years age group. Heidi holds a Masters Degree in Education and is an AMI Trainer, examiner and consultant at the 0-3 level.

Sara Brady, 0-3 (Assistants to Infancy) Director of Training

Sara is qualified as an AMI Assistants to Infancy trainer and is also an AMI examiner at this level. She conducts teacher training internationally and is currently the Director of Training in Dallas, Tokyo, Sydney and China. Sara holds AMI diplomas at both Assistants to Infancy and Children’s House levels. She has a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Maryland and is an AMI/USA consultant. Sara has worked extensively in a variety of Montessori settings: long-day care, pre-school and Montessori in the home. She has enjoyed working in Nido and Infant Communities as well as parent-infant classes. Sara lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and three children.