Friends of the Trust

Beverley Rose

Beverley Rose

  • B.Sc. Christchurch
    LTCL Trinity College London
    Diploma of Montessori Nursery London
    Past Tutor Aperfield Montessori Trust diploma.
    Examiner of practical and written exams.
    Previously head teacher at a St Andrews preschool

Dr Karyn Davis

Dr Karyn Davis

  • Dr Karyn Davis has a background in science, having worked in medical research for several years before completing a PhD in genetics in 1996. Since then she has worked in the field of freshwater fisheries management until her return to New Zealand in 1999 where she now lives on a farm on Banks Peninsula with her husband and two children.

    Her interest in Montessori Education began when her children started at a Montessori preschool in Christchurch. She completed the Aperfield Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2005. Karyn previously served as Chairperson of the Trust from November 2005 until November 2008. Karyn was re-elected to the Trust in December 2011.

Norah Fryer QSM

Norah Fryer QSM

  • ECE Consultant and Lecturer

    Norah was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal on 31 December 2013 for her services to early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Norah was a lecturer at Rangi Ruru ECE College (Infant & Toddler Mental Health course).

    She has a Diploma in Teaching (ECE), Diploma in Social Sciences, NZ Childcare Certificate, Certificate of Early Childhood Education (Massey), and St Nicholas Montessori Course.

    Norah is the Aperfield Montessori Trust’s professional development coordinator for tutors, moderator of tutor marking and early childhood education consultant for the Trust. Norah is an expert in programme development and was instrumental in initiating and co-writing the addition of the Ministerial Module course to our Montessori diploma. Her expertise in this field means that the course clearly reflects the current requirements in early childhood education.

     

Lois McConnell

Lois McConnell

  • Montessori Diploma London; Bachelor of Education Montessori.
    Early Childhood Teaching – Auckland University of Technology.
    Registered nurse.
    Past distance tutor for Aperfield Montessori Trust for 20 years approx.
    Workshop tutor for Aperfield Montessori Trust.
    Principal at Capital Montessori Preschool, Wellington.

Vida Schurr

Vida Schurr

  • Vida obtained a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) through New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education before managing an early childhood centre in Wellington. She returned to Christchurch to study for her Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from the Christchurch College of Education and was a lecturer at the New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education.

    After teaching overseas in Sweden, Vida returned to New Zealand to start a family and has since completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and also a Masters of Education through the University of Canterbury. Vida is the past Educational Coordinator for the Trust from 2009 to 2011.