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Our Staff

Montessori Class

Anushka Dias

Aunty AnushkaAunty Anushka has been at “Little Explorers” from its inception.  She has many years of experience as a Montessori teacher and has also qualified in special needs education and child psychology, as follows:

  • Montessori Diploma – A.M.I. (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2003 – 2005)
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education – Ladies College Vocational Center (January 2009 – December 2009)
  • Diploma in Child Psychology – American College of Higher Education – Sri Lanka (May 2005 – December 2005)
  • Diploma in Counseling Psychology – American College of Higher Education, Sri Lanka (June 2006 – July 2007)
  • BA  (Hons) Educational Studies and Early Childhood studies - Cardiff Metropolitan University (2014-2015)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Advanced Practice in Working with Children and Families (2012-2014)

Gayani Suriyage

Aunty GayaniAunty Gayani who joined us in September 2014, having taught at Gateway Kid's School of Computing from 1997 to 2002.  Aunty Gayani is talented musically as well and has been a Radio Artist and also taken part in SLBC and SLRC programmes even as a child.

  • Montessori Diploma – A.M.I. (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012 – 2014)
  • NCE (Government National Certificate of Education)
  • NCC (International Diploma in Computer Studies)
  • Currently following a diploma in Early Childhood and Primary Education at the Open University Sri Lanka

 

Rismina Arfaz

Aunty Rismina joined us in January 2016 after having gained a year’s teaching experience at Good Shepherd AMI Montessori House of Children, Kotahena.  Aunty Rismina as well as bearing the qualities required for a teacher, is creative and talented in sewing.

  • Montessori Diploma  AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012 – 2014)
  • Diploma in Office Application
  • Diploma in Advance Tailoring
  • Currently following a diploma in Early Childhood and Primary Education in the Open University Sri Lanka


Gayashi Warakawa

Aunty Gayashi joined us in March 2017 after having gained teaching experience at Asian International School (2008-2014) and Lyceum International School (2003-2008). She has also experience in Sales and Marketing when she worked in the Mercantile sector from 2014 to 2016.

  • Montessori Diploma  AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2001-2003)
  • Teachers Cerficate Course in TEYL at the Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art in the year 2005

Toddler Class

Group of toddlers with teachers

Tareeka Wijithananda

Aunty Tareeka has been with us from the inception of our Toddler Class in 2014.  Having given up her lucrative career in the mercantile sector, Aunty Tareeka’s love for little ones makes her the best choice for minding the youngest of the toddler group.

 

 

Dilki Anuradha

Aunty Dilki joined us in May 2016.    

  • Diploma in Montessori (AMI) & Primary Education, one (01) year course conducted by Royal Institute Vocational Teacher Training Center
  • Successfully completed the Diploma In Marketing Management Conducted By Management &Higher Professional Training Institute, Gampaha.
  • Successfully completed the AAT (SL) Stage II examination.
  • Presently following an Early Childhood & Primary Education Diploma Course at the Open University in Nawala.


Sara Wanigasekera

Aunty Sara joined Little Explorers in September 2016.

She has teaching experience having worked at IDE school in Rajagiriya.

  • Sara attended Lanka Bible College and Seminary and has obtained a Diploma in theology – Ministry to Children
  • Diploma in Graphic Designing at Art Academy – Nugegoda
  • Diploma in the Montessori Method of Education at Woodlands Training Centre – Maharagama


Special Education Teachers

Haseena Razak

Aunty Haseena joined us in December 2015.

  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Peradeniya
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education - Ladies College Department of Vocational Studies
    Currently reading:
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology - Coventry University
  • Diploma in Preschool and Montessori Methods of Education - Fairfield Center
  • Diploma in Journalism and Communication - Sri Lanka Foundation Institute

Menaka Perera

Aunty Menaka  joined us in October 2016.  She has experience having worked as a Learning Support Teacher at “Room to Bloom” March 2010 to April 2012 and at “Avakasha Kendraya” April 2012 to August 2015.  She also conducted private sessions with children with Special Needs from August 2015 to September 2016.  From January 2004 to December 2010 she worked for Havelock Gardens Training Centre, preparing assignment books for teachers.

  • Diploma certificate with distinctions in theory (2004)
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education – pass with distinction (2010).  Also awarded prize for Best Student.
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science (2017)

Learning Support Teacher

Bhagya Amarasinghe

Aunty Bhagya joined us in September 2014.  She has working experience having worked as a pre-school teacher from 2006 to 2012.

  • Certificate in Pre School Education from Open University (2005)
  • AMI Diploma in Montessori Education from Cambridge College of Higher Education, Colombo 10 (2009).
  • Diploma in Child Psychology from London Business School , Colombo 4 (2005)