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, Daytime 3-6 (Children’s House) Course Director

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.

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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.


Alison Awes, 6-12 (Elementary) Course Co-Director

Alison has many years of experience working with children from 6 to 12 in Montessori environments. She is also the Director of Elementary Training at the Montessori Centre of Minnesota and the Association Montessori Schweiz. She holds AMI diplomas at both Children’s House and Elementary levels along with an M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland, USA. Alison is an AMI examiner and consultant, and has served on the boards of private and charter Montessori schools as well as other organisations including the AMI Elementary Alumni Association.


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.