The Southbank Berwick Team
Nirosha PereraOverall Manger
She has been working at Southbank Montessori since July 2005, and is currently the Overall Manager for Southbank Montessori. She has worked at Southbank Montessori and is dedicated to educating children in the formative years of 0-5. She was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia in 2000. In Sri Lanka she completed a Diploma in Montessori education, and also worked in the Montessori school in Sri Lanka with the 2 ½ to 6-year old for 3 years.
Her values and personal beliefs are aligned with the Montessori philosophy of compassion, fostering of well-being, respect and confidence in every child. She has since completed her diploma in Australia with Montessori Education through Montessori World of Education Institute(MWEI), and holds a Bachelor of Teaching of Early Childhood from the University of New England. She is a mum of three beautiful children and after having her own, she believes that if children are educated in an environment where they respect values, then they are able to develop their problem solving skills, make positive choices, and become resilient. She aims to provide them with the tools to create happy and healthy lives in the future. She loves watching children thrive and grow as independent human beings as Maria Montessori says “Help me to do things by myself.”
Melina RodriguesCentre Manager
Melina has always been fascinated by teaching. She went to university in Brazil studying a Bachelor of Education; later on completing her masters in business management. Melina has also undertaken her Montessori studies in Australia and holds a Diploma of Montessori Education, 3 – 6 age group.
Melina has been working at Southbank Montessori for 9 years in both centres. She is always mesmerised by the beauty in Montessori classrooms, the endless learning opportunities and the attention to each individual child. Melina feels inspired by children’s growth and their journey on becoming independent and confident learners. She feels privileged working with families and creating an environment where children can thrive.
Melina is originally from Brazil and has been living in Australia for the past 10 years. She loves sharing her cultural background and enjoys learning about other cultures.