Elaine initially trained as a Primary teacher but moved to Early Childhood after seeing the importance of the first five years education to children’s development.
Elaine met Binda Goldsborough during her course of study for the Aperfield Diploma as the first group of students in the Aperfield course. During this time Elaine opened an Early Childhood centre in Akaroa and completed the MWEI Primary Montessori Diploma. After seven years she decided to move to Christchurch to open a new centre. Elaine completed her Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood while preparing for the opening of my new centre.
In 1999 Elaine opened Airdmhor Montessori in Halswell Road and is still working full time in the centre as owner and Supervisor.
Elaine became a Trustee for the Aperfield Trust later on and was fortunate to spend time with Binda and gain insight into the Montessori Philosophy. Elaine is passionate about providing a pathway for teachers to study the Montessori philosophy by completing the Aperfield Montessori Diploma. This will ensure more children will be able to have access to a Montessori Early Childhood Education in New Zealand in the future.