High Quality Staff

Stage 1 teacher and child reading

ISMS boasts a talented and passionate staff, many of whom have been with the school long term.

All our teachers have Bachelor degree teacher qualifications or other relevant tertiary qualifications as well as recognised Montessori teaching qualifications. Each classroom is staffed with a teacher and an assistant. In many cases, our assistants have Early Childhood, secondary or primary teaching degrees, Montessori training, Certificate III or a Diploma in Children’s Services.

In addition, we have specialist Music, Spanish and Sport teachers, and two learning support teachers. External sports, dance and swimming instructors help with our physical education program.

Many ISMS teachers have worked in mainstream schools before pursuing their passion for Montessori education. For some, this passion has led to volunteer work to help establish and maintain quality Montessori schools in remote and disadvantaged parts of Australia and throughout the world.

In Montessori, the teacher’s role is that of a guide or facilitator whose task is to support the child in his or her process of self-development and education. For that reason, in Montessori education teachers are commonly known as ‘Directors’.

Each of our classrooms is staffed by a teacher (Director) and an Assistant, resulting in a high staff-to-child ratio. This can be as low as 1:10, and seldom exceeds 1:15, which is one of the significant advantages of an ISMS classroom.

One of the hallmarks of a Montessori education is that children stay in the same class for three years. This provides a stable environment for learning and allows the Director to get to know and understand each child and their unique personality. This understanding helps the Directors direct each child into areas of natural interest and to observe, assess and aid their educational and social progress.

In addition to the teaching staff, ISMS has a small and hardworking team of administrators.

Our Principal

Bill McKeith joined ISMS from a deep Australian and Asian education background in Term 2, 2014. Bill had been consulting to the school for some time and has been a member of the ISMS Foundation for 2012 and 2013.

Bill was appointed Principal of PLC Sydney (Croydon) at 33 years of age and served in that role for more than two decades, the last five as Executive Principal of both PLC Sydney and PLC Armidale.

He has performed emergency Headship – restructuring roles for the NSW Government and has consulted widely to private education institutions in Australia and Asia.

Bill’s experience ranges across early childhood, Primary and Secondary education. He has been deeply involved in major social service projects, is widely published in the daily media, journals and as a published book author. Bill was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2008, for service to education. He has qualifications from Australia and the UK – BA, DipEd, MA, MBA, EdD, and is a life member and Fellow of various education organisations including the Australian College of Educators.

Executive Staff

Principal Bill McKeith
Deputy Principal/Primary Co-ordinator Ben Sockett
Co-ordinator, Stage 1 Niroshi Wanaguru
Business Manager Marcos Hernandez
Registrar/Community Relations Amanda Reynolds
Lead Teacher, Lilyfield Cassandra Levy-Smith
Senior Teacher – Accreditations/NESA Gavin McCormack