Bronwyn Hope – Principal
Bronwyn joined Beehive as a 3-year-old student and her life has been closely connected to the School ever since. She has been a Montessori teacher in 6-9, 9-12 and 12-15 for nearly 20 years, and her two children also attended Beehive. Bronwyn has now come full circle with her appointment as Principal.
Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) and a Graduate Diploma in Primary School Education. Bronwyn began teaching at the Beehive in 2001, when she set up Beehive’s third 6-9 classroom and in 2003 she obtained an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma (6-12) from Bergamo, Italy. She returned from Italy to work in Upper Primary and was later instrumental in setting up the Adolescent Program in 2007, attending the NAMTA/AMI Orientation to Adolescence training the following year.
She has a deep love of the Montessori Methodology and cannot imagine being anywhere else.
Debbie McCarthy – Deputy Principal
Debbie’s interest in Montessori education began when her eldest daughter started at Beehive Montessori School in 1984. That experience ignited a passion and prompted Debbie to leave her profession as a Textile Conservator and Restorer (initially with the WA Museum and later in private practice), to begin training as a Montessori teacher.
From 1985 she worked at Beehive in various roles, and began teaching full time in 1992. Debbie holds a Montessori Diploma (3-6); Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood); a Master of Arts in Education (Early Childhood); an AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (12-18 years); and a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety.
Debbie and her husband live as environmentally sustainable as possible on a five-acre property in Wandi. They grow vegetables and fruit trees, and raise chickens, ducks, bees, trout and silver perch. Her strong belief in the importance of nature in children’s lives is shared with the students at Beehive, particularly the adolescents with whom she assists with their urban farm, aquaponics system, beekeeping and micro-economy ventures.
Debbie has been the Deputy Principal of Beehive since 2012, after a very rewarding and enjoyable 20 years teaching in Junior Primary.
Angelica McGoldrick – Facilitator – La Casa dei Piccoli – Playgroup
Angelica began her involvement with the Beehive Montessori School in 2008 when the first of her four children began school as a three year old. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy). On seeing the love of learning that her children developed through their Montessori schooling and knowing how important the early years are in the development of the child through her work as an Occupational Therapist, she completed the AMI 0-3 Assistants to Infancy Certificate Course in 2016 in New Zealand. On her return she was given the opportunity to help establish and facilitate the Parent Toddler Program. She sees it as a privilege to be involved with so many families as they start their Montessori journey at Beehive Montessori.
Cathy Woodhouse – Teacher – La Casa Contenta – Junior Primary
Cathy grew up in Melbourne, where she first studied Musical Theatre (BA) at the University of Ballarat before discovering her passion for Montessori education. This led her to India where she obtained her AMI 3-6 year olds Diploma and caught the travel bug. Over the years she has lived and taught in Melbourne, South Korea, Myanmar, India, the USA, New Zealand and now here in Perth. She is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful school and to nurture a beautiful learning environment in which each child can fulfil their potential.
Chantal Fenelon – Teacher Assistant – La Casa Contenta – Junior Primary
Chantal began her Montessori journey in 1992, a year after having completed school in South Africa. She worked for a year as a Montessori assistant before backpacking through Europe and returning to South Africa to complete a Montessori Diploma. She worked in a Montessori school in South Africa for 2 years then moved to Ireland where she continued to work in the Montessori system until her first child was born. In 2006 she moved to Australia and her daughters completed their schooling at Beehive. Rejoining the workforce in administration, she realised her true passion lay in interacting with children and in 2013 she completed a Certificate III in Education Support. She is truly delighted to work in La Casa Contenta – the classroom where both her children had the privilege of starting their school career.
Katja Bertazzo – Teacher – La Casa dei Fiori – Junior Primary
Katja holds an AMI 3-6 Diploma from Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, as well as a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood and a Bachelor of Education Early Childhood. She has many years experience teaching in Montessori schools in Denmark, Beechworth (Victoria), Sydney, and Perth. Katja has a special interest in cultural and science activities, and enjoys sharing her love of stories and art with young children. Katja also has a passion for writing stories and enjoys spending time in nature.
She loves being part of the Beehive school community and seeing the children thrive and learn.
Elise Elliott – Teacher Assistant – La Casa dei Fiori – Junior Primary
Elise is thrilled to be the new Teacher Assistant in La Casa dei Fiori. She is new to the Montessori philosophy of education but is excited to learn more. She has her Certificate 3 in Education Support from AIWT and loves helping children learn and grow. She has a passion for working with children from her roles as a nanny and assistant educator in a childcare centre. Her interests include travelling, the beach, movies and exploring the outdoors.
Lucy Clarkson Fletcher – Teacher – La Casa del Giardino – Junior Primary
Lucy has been part of the Beehive community since 2012 as the teacher of La Casa del Giardino, and as a parent. Lucy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Law, a Montessori Teacher Diploma (3-6 year olds), and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She is delighted to be part of the daily learning and discovery that takes place in the classroom, the staff team and the wider community of the school.
Aria Ciampini – Teacher Assistant – La Casa del Giardino – Junior Primary
Prior to Beehive, Aria worked in a Montessori day care centre for a year and a half, and during that time thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Montessori philosophy. She is very excited to be the Teachers Assistant in La Casa del Giardino, and is enjoying extending her knowledge about Montessori education in the classroom setting. She has a Certificate 3 and 4 in Education Support and loves being able to help children learn. Her passions and interests include swimming, painting and going to the beach!
Christine Pizzey – Teacher – La Casa del Nord – Junior Primary
Christine Pizzey studied in London at the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) where she received her Montessori teacher Diploma for 3 – 6 year olds. She returned to Perth in 1984 and began working in the only Junior Primary classroom at Beehive, La Casa Contenta. In 1986 a second Junior Primary classroom was built and named La Casa del Nord. Christine became this classroom’s teacher for the next 2 years, leaving in 1988 to have her daughter, Hannah, followed by Rachel in 1990. Both girls attended Beehive. In 1994, Christine returned to teach in La Casa del Nord, and continues to find it rewarding and fascinating to observe each child’s whole development.
Júlia Jiménez – Teacher Assistant – La Casa del Nord – Junior Primary
Júlia holds an AMI 0-3 and 6-12 Orientation Certificates and a Certificate IV in Education Support. She has experience working as a relief Montessori assistant and teaching music in primary schools. Júlia enjoys working with children and helping them navigate through their first years of life. In her free time, she loves dancing, learning languages, making music, and spending time in nature.
Lorraine Martis – Teacher – La Casa D’Oro – Education Support Centre
Lorraine is the Education Support teacher in La Casa D’Oro, which means the House of Gold. She began in 1990 and has been at The Beehive Montessori School ever since, enjoying each day, with all its challenges, laughter and humour.
Miranda Murray – Teacher Assistant – La Casa D’Oro – Education Support Centre
Miranda started her Montessori journey after completing her schooling in Cornwall in the UK. On attaining an AMI diploma in Years 0-6 education, Miranda taught in schools in London and Bath. Later discovering a passion for food, she trained as a chef for three years specialising in patisserie and chocolate. Working in professional kitchens for a number of years before gaining a certificate in adult education, Miranda combined her teaching and cooking skills with adults and children with special needs. In 2011 , Miranda moved to Perth with her family and is delighted to have joined the Beehive community in La Casa D’Oro.
Maria Partridge – Teacher – La Casa del Cuore – Middle Primary
Maria began working at Beehive as a Teacher’s Assistant in Junior Primary, while embarking on a Montessori Diploma through MWEI. Maria also undertook studies in Early Childhood Education and successfully gained a Bachelor of Arts through Curtin University. She then worked at Perth Montessori School and gained experience as a teacher in a 3-6 classroom. Maria returned to work at Beehive in 2001 as a teacher in Junior Primary and enjoyed her role. In 2008, Maria decided to work with children in the second phase of their development. She completed a Bachelor of Education degree through Notre Dame University. She also completed in-house training to familiarise herself with the AMI curriculum. Maria is now teaching in Middle Primary and is thoroughly enjoying putting theory into practice. Watching children grow and develop still fascinates her.
Patrick Truman-Healy – Teacher Assistant – La Casa del Cuore – Middle Primary
Patrick’s journey as an educator began as a swimming instructor, specialising in teaching swimming to children with disabilities and pre-school levels. As a former Beehive Montessori student, Patrick is excited to be returning as an education assistant. He is currently completing his Cert. lll in Education Support, and aims to complete a degree in Secondary Education, specialising in English, Drama and Phys. Ed. Patrick wants to inspire and empower the younger generations and enjoys working alongside Maria in La Casa del Cuore, helping the classroom run as smoothly as possible to enhance the student experience.
Anthea Brignoli – Teacher – La Casa della Gioia – Middle Primary
Anthea graduated from Hartley Teacher’s College, SA in 1979, after which she commenced a Montessori Diploma. Relocating to Perth, Anthea worked at the Perth Montessori school for a number of years, completing her AMI Montessori Diploma for 6 – 12 year olds in Bergamo, Italy in 1987/88. After a few years she took a break from teaching to begin a family. When her first child approached the age of three Anthea enrolled her at Beehive Montessori School and when her son followed soon after, she commenced teaching once again in 1996. She has worked in the 3 – 6 and 9 – 12 cycles of education and is currently teaching in a 6 – 9 classroom. She loves this stage of development and the educational aims of this age group. She boasts that Beehive has a leader with astounding vision, harmonious staff and supportive parents.
Lea Hammond – Teacher Assistant – La Casa della Gioia – Middle Primary
Lea worked as an assistant for many years in other Montessori schools and is thrilled to be working with Anthea in La Casa della Gioia. She considers herself very fortunate to be part of the very welcoming and supportive Montessori community. She is a passionate believer in the philosophy and strives to incorporate this in her every day work and life. She is very happily married and has four beautiful children who keep her very busy.
Tina Case – Teacher – La Casa della Luce – Middle Primary
Tina began her Montessori journey when her daughter joined Inner Sydney Montessori School as an infant. Tina completed the AMI Montessori Diploma Casa dei Bambini (2.5 – 6 years) in Thailand in 2011/2012, and has since completed a Master in Teaching from UNE in 2017, AMI Montessori Diploma Elementary (6 – 12 years) in Sydney in 2015/2016, and an AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (12 – 18 years) in 2021 via zoom. Tina originally joined the Beehive community a while ago as a parent and relief teacher before teaching in Upper Primary at Blue Gum Montessori School. She is excited to return to the Beehive community as the teacher in La Casa della Luce. Tina considers it a joy and privilege to work with children in our beautiful school and is also hoping to walk or ride her bike to school!
Maria Fahy – Teacher Assistant – La Casa della Luce – Middle Primary
Maria’s interest in education began as her children went through school, and a desire to change her career led to a Teacher Assistant Diploma from Notre Dame in 2003. Maria has worked in Montessori schools since then, in Playgroup, Junior Primary and Upper Primary. Maria is excited to add to her Montessori journey by working in Middle Primary with Tina in La Casa della Luce.
Sam Abrahams – Teacher – La Casa del Mare – Upper Primary
Sam’s introduction to Montessori was through a 10-week Upper Primary placement in 2005 while studying for her education degree. After completing a Bachelor of Education-Primary with a major in Maths in 2007, she took a position in middle primary teaching her passion of Physical Education. In 2010 she completed her AMI 6-12 Diploma in 5 week blocks so she was able to continue to work at Beehive throughout this period. In June 2011, she began teaching in La Casa della Pace before having maternity leave in 2014. Married with 2 sons, Kobie and Blaine who have both been educated at Beehive, Sam is now back teaching Upper Primary in La Casa del Mare.
Vera Lim – Teacher Assistant – La Casa del Mare – Upper Primary
Vera began as a Teacher’s Assistant in La Casa Del Luce, in Middle Primary, and is currently a Teacher’s Assistant in La Casa del Mare. She has an AMI Diploma (3-6) and taught in the 3-6 year environment in Singapore. She enjoys good quality family life in Perth with her husband and two daughters and finds much satisfaction being involved with her church and community work.
Jessica Henke – Teacher – La Casa della Pace – Upper Primary
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media studies, a Diploma of Mass Communications and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education. She graduated with her AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (ages 12 – 18yrs) in 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio and her AMI Elementary Diploma (6-12) in 2019 in Bergamo, Italy. She has been a part of the Beehive Montessori School community since 2003 in varying roles: as a parent, a Beeliner and as a teacher in both the Adolescent Program and in the Primary school. She is currently an Upper Primary teacher in La Casa della Pace. She loves the supportive school community in which staff, students, parents, grandparents and the wider community are able to work together to create an optimal learning environment.
Esther Quah – Teacher Assistant – La Casa della Pace – Upper Primary
Graduating from the National University of Singapore in Business Administration, Esther worked for a few years before deciding to embark on a teaching career. Starting as a Teacher’s Assistant in a Montessori school in Singapore she completed her AMI Diploma (3-6) and became a teacher in the same school. Arriving in Perth she was employed as a Teacher’s Assistant in a Montessori School up north and feels blessed to be working at the Beehive Montessori School and to be part of the growing and developing process of these lovely children. Esther is the Teacher’s Assistant in La Casa della Pace.
Brendan Giambazi – Teacher – La Casa della Terra – Adolescent Program
Brendan grew up in Perth, attended John XXIII College, graduated from WAAPA in 2003 with a BA in Jazz Performance, and completed a Graduate Diploma of Education the following year. Studies prior to this included Psychology and Commerce at UWA. Two years of travel in the late nineties after leaving school cemented an appreciation for diverse culture, art, music, food, architecture and belief systems. Combining these influences, Brendan taught music in the state system until 2010. He then began teaching in the Adolescent Program of Beehive in 2011 which he found to be an extremely positive and rewarding experience. The job has offered him opportunities to develop skills in many different areas and with such a dedicated group of teachers and talented students to work with and an interested and supportive wider Beehive community, Brendan looks forward to many more positive and productive years at the school.
Carolyn O’Toole – Teacher – La Casa della Terra – Adolescent Program
Carolyn commenced teaching from 1988 in Kalgoorlie for 5 years, before travelling and living in London, Margaret River, Karratha and Thailand doing relief teaching where necessary. She began at Beehive covering DOTT relief and found the whole environment at Beehive to be friendly and supportive. As well as working at Beehive, Carolyn worked with Dyslexia SPELD as a specialist teacher, tutoring children with Dyslexia and other learning disabilities. This work is so rewarding and she loves helping children to reach their full potential. Married with 4 children, in her spare time she enjoys writing stories and may eventually gather the nerve to send one to a publisher.
Ellen Wilson – School Psychologist
Ellen is excited to be the new school psychologist at the Beehive Montessori School. She is new to the Montessori philosophy and strongly values play in the teaching and development of children. Ellen is an AHPRA registered psychologist and ACA registered counsellor. Ellen has a Psychology Honours Degree, Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Post Graduate Certificate of Relationship Counselling and has completed training in Play Therapy. Ellen has worked as a school counsellor, and more recently as a school psychologist. Ellen enjoys working with families and children, and has supported people in the community and education for over 20 years during which she has built up a broad range of therapeutic experience. Ellen regards working with children, young people and families as a real privilege because it offers the opportunity to support positive, life impacting changes.
Bridget Baker – Italian- Primary
Bridget grew up in Perth and attended John XXIII College where she first started learning Italian. After living with an Italian family near Genova as an exchange student, a life long love had begun. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Italian and History of Arts at UWA, she spent time travelling and working in Italy, deepening her knowledge and understanding of Italian culture and language.
Eventually, on her return to Perth, Bridget undertook a Dip Ed at ECU in Primary Education and worked in primary schools in WA while bringing up her four children. She is currently undertaking further studies in Italian at UWA and looks forward to inspiring the students at Beehive to become lifelong language learners.
Marianna Piantavigna – Italian – Junior Primary
Marianna arrived in Perth from her hometown on Lake Maggiore seven years ago. She holds a Masters degree in Italian literature and linguistics and has recently concluded a PhD at the University of Western Australia. In Italy, Marianna worked as an educator and tutor with both primary and secondary aged students. In Perth, she has taught Italian as a second language at the university, as well as to young children.
Marianna loves to see students of different ages engage in learning through interaction and active involvement and is excited to begin this new adventure at Beehive.
Lee Wedderburn – Librarian
Lee has a Bachelor of Education and worked as a primary school teacher for 25 years, 10 of which involved teaching and running the school library. She rediscovered Montessori and enrolled both her boys into Beehive where they stayed from the age of 3 to 12 years. Lee is happy to be back at Beehive and have children, books and a great team of staff back in her life.
Robyn Matthews – Music Specialist
Robyn has had many years of instrumental teaching experience and is currently enjoying teaching general music at Beehive. The children’s response to their music education is extremely gratifying and she couldn’t be happier. She is married with three children and loves to sing, play the guitar and share good times with family and friends.
Susan Russell – Teacher – Drama and Relief
Having completed a Grad. Dip. Ed. in Theatre Arts, Media and English, and disillusioned with mainstream education, Beehive practised all the ideals Susan had left University believing possible. Both her daughters, attended since they were three and Susan has been actively involved in the school in many ways since. Most notably as the director of Beehive’s annual Adolescent Program play. The greatest joy in my time at Beehive is observing the growth and development of students in so many ways, and how this is enhanced so wonderfully by the direction of their teachers and Principal, the contribution of parents to the daily life, and the special events that are such an important part of our school community. This is a rare and extraordinary environment and community, made possible by everyone’s contributions, and one to be treasured by us all.
Jasmine Royle – Teacher – Primary Sport
Jasmine has taught Primary and Early Childhood Physical Education for the last 15 years across a range of schools in the Independent, Catholic and Public sectors. She has also been employed as a lecturer at UWA Crawley and Albany in the Masters of Education, Health and Physical Education degree. Her aim is to support children through physical development in a cooperative environment rather than competitive. She hopes that children feel confident about what their bodies can do in a safe space and their attitudes lead them to lifelong health and wellbeing. Jasmine has completed a Bachelor of Science (Sports Science) and a Diploma of Education (Primary).
Hannah Norsworthy – Junior Primary Sport
Hannah joined the Beehive community in 2017, when her eldest daughter joined Junior Primary. She has taken on a number of roles since then, as a Beeliner, a Relief Teacher, Sports Teacher and Classroom Teacher in La Casa del Mare. Having studied Social Psychology (BSc), International Development and Planning (MSc) and Teaching (Grad Dip), she is now embarking on an AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma course here in Perth. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys a range of sports and is currently coordinating our Junior Primary Sports Program.
Andrew Hull – Business Manager
Married with two children, Andrew commenced at Beehive in February 2011, providing administrative support for the finance staff and committee. His duties include setting budgets, looking after finance matters and generally overseeing the financial stability of the school.
Elisa Main – Finance Manager
Originally from Brazil, Elisa has worked in finance her entire life and joined Beehive Montessori School as the Finance Manager in March 2011. As the mother of 2 beautiful girls, Elisa has a very busy schedule and tries to find time to enjoy her favourite things like running and drinking good coffee.
Crystal Cameron – Administration & Enrolments
Crystal joined The Beehive Montessori School in 2022, with a background in school admissions & enrolments, primary education and retail sales. She is delighted to have joined such a close-knit school community and looks forward to getting to know the Beehive staff and families.
Crystal enjoys a good cup of coffee with family and friends, visiting the beach, and keeping herself busy with movies and television shows.
Jane Polla – Administration
Jane has been working part-time at The Beehive Montessori School since October 2006 as an Office Assistant, in particular in enrolments and enrolment enquiries.
She really likes working at Beehive because of the positive, caring atmosphere that not only exists for the students but for all the staff. Married with two adult children, Jane enjoys eating well, keeping fit and social get-togethers with family and friends.
Lisa Wieringa – Personal Assistant to the Principal
Lisa enjoys working at Beehive, finding the variety of events interesting and challenging while offering a great working environment with wonderful staff and parents. She is married with two adult children, and loves the beach and swimming, going to the movies, playing tennis and getting together with family and friends.
Deanne Keene – Office Assistant
Deanne was originally employed as School Secretary at Beehive from 2005 – 2008 before taking time off and returning to the same position at the beginning of 2011. She enjoys working at Beehive as it has a wonderful working environment and the staff and parents are amazing. A single mother with two adorable children, Deanne enjoys the beach, netball, going to the movies and the company of family and friends.
Mick Bailey – Grounds and Maintenance
Mick has been looking after the buildings and the gardens at the Beehive since February 2001. Always on hand to assist, you’ll find Mick busy with many jobs ranging from potting flowers to painting and repairing.
Marco Paparone – Grounds and Maintenance
Marco is new to the role of grounds and maintenance staff at Beehive, and enjoys completing projects and problem solving. When he is not working he loves to go fishing and running.
Scott Rees – Cleaner
Scotty has worked at the Beehive Montessori School for many years and has watched the school grow. While he enjoys working here, in his spare time he is surfing and supporting St Kilda in the AFL.