Meet the staff

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Steven Arnold

Steven has always enjoyed teaching and has been recognised nationally and internationally. Steven is a  teacher trainer, lecturer, principal, teacher, consultant, guest speaker, parent, board and trustee member. With overseas experience in England, Brunei and Australia, he has taught all levels of education from Early Years to tertiary.

Steven established New Zealand's first Montessori Secondary School in 2002 - Athena Montessori College (Wellington, NZ), then he became principal at Brisbane Montessori School (Queensland, AU), and has recently been the Senior Lecturer in Montessori Education at AUT University (Auckland, NZ).

Steven is a Montessori trained teacher in the following age groups:

0 - 3 (assistant cert); 3 - 6; 6 - 12; 12 - 15; 15 - 18yr olds (Diplomas)


Steven also holds the following qualifications:

MEd; Dip Tchng (NZ), PGDipEd

BA, BSc,


ANZDA (Accred), SCA (Accred)


Guide / Teacher

Nik Parkin

M.A., Teaching and Education Leadership, Unitec and The Mind Lab, 2019.

Ph.D., Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics, University of Melbourne and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, 2012. Received the Australian Postgraduate Award (four-year full fees and stipend scholarship). Ranked by examiners in the top 5% of received Ph.D. theses.

M.A., Philosophy (Distinction), Victoria University of Wellington, 2008.

B.A. (Hons. 1st class), Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, 2006.

P.G.Dip., English Literature, Victoria University of Wellington, 2017 (TBC).

Spanish as a Foreign Language (Distinction), Levels 6 and 7 (of 8), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008.

Guide / Teacher

Nirvana Singh

Kia ora, 

I am Nirvana, I have been a primary school teacher in Montessori for about 5 years. I trained in Bergamo, Italy and loved the experience of living there. I live with my husband Ryan and my cat Milkshake here in Auckland now. 

I enjoy watching foreign movies and shows. I love to travel, try new food, get out in nature, read, dance, and spend meaningful time with my friends and family.

I believe Montessori education captures the purpose of akoranga (learning) and puts the individual first. Education is to empower the learners to believe in their own abilities and challenge themselves to achieve feats to reach inner contentment. People deserve to experience the world around them and as a teacher I feel this should be an essential part of the classroom culture. Building relationships with these adolescents and the community allows for us to understand and meet their individual needs. Education should provide an appropriate balance of freedom with responsibility while also nurturing happy, confident and critical thinking young adults who turn into active members of the community and the world. 

I am so excited to meet you all and immerse myself in this community!

Davis Dyslexia support practitioner. 

AMI 6-12 Montessori Guide.  Bergamo, Italy (CISM)

BEd Primary Teaching (Montessori Specialty) at AUT

BHS (health Science) Psychology 

CIE- AS Level International Certificate

Guide / Teacher

Marie Kaukura

Mentor, pastoral care and environment

Marie's position as mentor is to be there for the students and support them as they navigate their world.  She provides wind to the students' sails. She is also a guide and student advocate.


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