OUR TEAM

Who We Are

SA Montessori is staffed by highly qualified and passionate professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality education and care for children. In fact, they are so committed to these two interconnected goals that we often refer to them not as “educators” or “carers” but as “educarers”!

FROM THE HEART

We nurture each child’s love of learning through our ‘Montessori magic’.

We guide each child through their own unique learning journey. Around this we build a group program to enrich each child’s development and foster a sense of community. Our daily routines include group singing, music appreciation and rhythmic movement, creative art and dramatic play. The aim is to develop each child’s self-confidence, curiousity and love of learning.
Children learn best from those they trust, so respectful relationships are the heart of all that we do.

Our OWNERS: The team with a dream

In 1989 the first SA Montessori centre, Jescott Montessori Pre-school, was born from the dream of a mum seeking the right environment for her daughter. Jescott was the seed from which our other centres grew. As these other Pre-schools blossomed and flourished, the team of owners grew too. The partners in our centres are connected not only by shared pedagogical values, but also by friendship and family.   

Barbara Langford

Barbara Langford

Owner of all centres & CEO of SA Montessori. Barbara is the founder of SA Montessori, having established Jescott Montessori Pre-school back in 1989 in honour of her children "Jess" and "Scott". Barbara now manages operations of all six of the SA Montessori centres. Barbara also runs her own consultancy company, volunteers on many boards and organisations to advocate for the early childhood sector - and still makes time to teach at Jescott's Playgroup.

Barb Nache

Barb Nache

Co-owner of Cedars Montessori & Chancery Lane Montessori. Barb Nache joined the SA Montessori family in the late 1980s, first as a parent, then a teacher and finally as the co-founder of Cedars Montessori Pre-school. Barb brings her own special blend of artistic insight and attention to detail to the preparation of our Montessori environments. She offers a sprinkle of sparkles to all that she does, illuminating the way for children, parents and educators.

Adriana Francescangeli

Adriana Francescangeli

Co-owner of Lilliput Village Montessori & Little Oxford Montessori. Adriana joined the Jescott teaching team for her first job after university back in the early 1990s. She loved it there so much that she never left the family! She helped to establish our first partnership with a primary school and has repeated this process with other prestigious independent schools. Adriana has a strong passion for percussion and her musical magic inspires great delight.

Pam Francescangeli

Pam Francescangeli

Co-owner of Rosemont House Montessori, Lilliput Village & Little Oxford Montessori.

Pam’s career with SA Montessori began in an administrative capacity, after her sister-in-law Adriana introduced her to Barbara Langford. Pam continues to manage our finances and figures with finesse after twenty years. Her expertise in the office is matched by her knack for connecting deeply with families and creating welcoming warmth in our ‘homes away from home’.

Jessica Matheson (Nee Langford)

Jessica Matheson (Nee Langford)

Co-owner of Rosemont House Montessori, Lilliput Village & Little Oxford Montessori. Jessica's SA Montessori 'career' started very early indeed - at the tender age of two she was one of the students in Jescott's inaugural class, taught by her mum Barbara Langford. Jessica has been immersed in Montessori her entire life and is passionate about mentoring others in how this amazing philosophy can transform lives for the better.

Our EDUCATORS

Meet Our Team

SA Montessori Pre-schools provide high quality education and care. To achieve this, we employ qualified staff who can offer the expertise, experience and the educational pedagogy to nurture the important developmental stages of a child’s early years. Our centre Directors lead teams of passionate and committed educators. We understand how important it is for children to have primary care-givers who provide excellent role modelling through quality use of spoken language, gentle and consistent guidance, and most importantly, genuine warmth and respect. SA Montessori centres provide this nurturing environment and our children feel valued, respected and safe. We pride ourselves on having a stable, cohesive team of dedicated professionals. The friendship and respect our staff display for one another transfers to our children and families. Our children feel valued and safe as long-term, trust based relationships are a feature of our Preschools community.

Barb Nache

Barb Nache

Owner & Montessori Mentor

Qualifications: Advanced Certificate of Montessori, Bachelor of Education.

Barb began her Montessori journey as a parent when her sons enrolled in Jescott Montessori in the late 1980s. She then transitioned to teaching in the Jescott classroom before helping to establish Cedars Montessori. Barb is an integral part of the SA Montessori family and enjoys mentoring educators to help them reach their potential.

Naomi Wild

Naomi Wild

Assistant Director

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Working towards Graduate Certificate in Special Education ​

Naomi has been working as a Montessori Early Childhood Teacher since 2010. She has been inspired by the Montessori Teaching Method and believes that this Method provides children with rich and engaging learning opportunities, enabling them  to further develop their sense of wonder and understanding of the world. 

Andrea Potter

Andrea Potter

Preschool Teacher & Playgroup/Transition Coordinator

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Andrea is a longstanding member of the SA Montessori family. She joined the Jescott team straight from University before moving to Cedars after several years.  She loved the Montessori method so much that almost 20 years later she is still a part of the wonderful SA Montessori team at Cedars and runs our Playgroup. 

Melissa Wray

Melissa Wray

Centre Director / Manager

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education, Diploma of Children’s Services.
Mel’s boundless energy and passion drive the momentum that makes Chancery Lane such a unique place!
Mel applies that same zest to her role as ‘Montessori mum’ to her three lovely young children, Mitchell, Ellie and Lachlan. 

Michelle Ranger

Michelle Ranger

Receptionist

Michelle is the first face you see when you enter the door to Chancery Lane and her warm, welcoming smile sets the tone for your entire Montessori experience. Michelle is not only the first point of contact, she is there to help you throughout your Chancery Lane journey. Michelle is quite literally a part of the SA Montessori “family” as she is the sister of one of Chancery Lane’s owners, Barb Nache.

Barbara Langford

Barbara Langford

Owner & Playgroup Coordinator

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education

Barbara opened Jescott for her daughter Jessica (our Director). Even as her business expanded Barbara remained part of the Jescott classroom, running our ‘Nido’ Playgroup each week. Barbara is recognised as a leader in the early childhood sector and received a National Excellence in Teaching Award,

Jessica Matheson         (nee Langford)

Jessica Matheson (nee Langford)

Director

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori, Bachelor Early Childhood, Diploma of Positive Psychology.
Jessica has been at Jescott most of her life –  she attended as a 2 year old in the inaugural class of 1989! She was awarded the Australian Family Rising Star Award early in her career and we are so proud that she is part of our Jescott constellation!

Mel Koerber

Mel Koerber

Administrative Coordinator

Qualifications: Cert III Children’s Services.

Mel was once a ‘Jescott mum’, with her daughter Zoe attending Montessori with us. This gives her a unique insight into the parenting perspective of the Jescott journey! Mel’s attention to detail and proactive planning make her the perfect person to keep Jescott’s management running smoothly. 

Josie DiGirolami

Josie DiGirolami

Preschool Teacher

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education

Josie’s daughters, Lara and Mia, attended an SA Montessori centre. She fell in love with Montessori so deeply that it inspired a career change! Josie excels as an educator not only because of her intelligent ideas but also her huge heart. Her compassion supports children, parents and colleagues alike.

Creanagh Callaghan

Creanagh Callaghan

Director

Qualifications: Graduate Certificate Education, Diploma of Primary Education, Equivalent recognition of Bachelor Early Childhood

Creanagh first became an advocate for Montessori education during her tenure as Head of the Junior School at Loreto College, where our ‘seed centre’ Babthorpe Montessori was located. Creanagh is an experienced leader and a passionate educator, making her the perfect guide for our Lilliput team.

Adriana Francescangeli

Adriana Francescangeli

Co-Owner & Montessori Pedagogical Leader

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education, Diploma Early Childhood

Adriana began her first teaching position over twenty-five year ago at our ‘sister centre’ Jescott Montessori Pre-school.   Alongside Barbara Langford and Barbara Nache, she co-founded ‘Babthorpe’ and remains a passionate Montessori educator.   Adriana is also a musician and incorporates specialized music classes within the curriculum.

Lynnette Spencer

Lynnette Spencer

Administrative Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education

Lynnette has been a part of SA Montessori for many years. She started her journey at Cedars Montessori Preschool and throughout her time there she excelled not only as an educator but also as a leader with exceptional organisational skills. Lynnette transitioned to Lilliput Montessori when it opened to share her expertise with the new team. She now balances time in the classroom and the office. 

Adam James

Adam James

Director

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Primary), WT Certificate III Children’s Services

Adam has worked with children in a variety of contexts, including supporting those with additional needs and developing curriculum programs for support services. After the birth of his first child, Eddie, Adam became besotted with the early years and has shifted his focus to a child’s vital first experiences in life. 

Adriana Francescangeli

Adriana Francescangeli

Co-Owner & Montessori Mentor

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education, Bachelor of Early Childhood

Adriana began her first teaching position over twenty-five years ago at our ‘sister centre’ Jescott Montessori Pre-school.  She now splits her time between Lilliput Village and Little Oxford so that she can propagate her professional insights. Adriana is also a musician and incorporates specialized music classes within the curriculum.

Sophie James

Sophie James

Montessori Mentor

Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education, Bachelor Early Childhood

Sophie worked at Jescott Montessori for several years before deciding to share her expertise with the Little Oxford team as well. Sophie brings a wealth of experience not only as an educator but also as a mum, ensuring that our team members always remain empathetic to the parent perspective. 

Pam Francescangeli

Pam Francescangeli

Co-Owner

Qualifications:  Certificate III Children’s Services

Pam has been balancing the books for SA Montessori for nearly two decades as our organisation’s administrator extraordinaire.  

She brings immense value, passion and creativity to her role as Co-Owner of Rosemont House. Pam’s to-do list might be on her office desk, but her heart is with the children and families, so she can often be found spending time in the classrooms or supporting parents. 

Mel Koerber

Mel Koerber

Administrative Coordinator

Qualifications: Certificate III Children’s Services 

Mel was once a ‘Montessori mum’, as her daughter Zoe attended our sister centre Jescott Montessori. This gives Mel a unique insight into the parenting perspective of the Montessori journey. Mel not only handles the administration at Rosemont House, but also contributes to the administrative infrastructure of SA Montessori through her role with Montessori Management and Mentoring. 

Heidi Britton

Heidi Britton

'From the Start' Educarer & Member of our 'Leadership Team'

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services

Heidi’s dedication to her craft as an educarer is inspirational and transformative to those around her. She is particularly passionate about supporting the parents of the children in her care.

Tina Yiannicou

Tina Yiannicou

Preschool Educarer & Member of our 'Leadership Team'

Qualifications: W.T Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) 

Tina’s enthusiasm for education is  palpable and infectious. Her warm nature and infectious sense of humour endear her to the children, parents and her colleagues!

Karyn Adams

Karyn Adams

Montessori Mentor, Educator & Member of our Leadership Team

Qualifications: Bachelor of Early Childhood,
Certificate in Montessori

Karyn has many years of experience within the early childhood sector and chose to specialise in Montessori after her two sons attended our sister centre Babthorpe Montessori.

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Locations: 

Cedars Montessori - Unley

Chancery Lane Montessori - Adelaide CBD

Jescott Montessori - Magill

Lilliput Village Montessori - Maylands

Little Oxford Montessori - Unley 

Rosemont House Montessori - Norwood

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