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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)



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




Nishani Jayanthissa

Aunty NishaniNishani joined our team of Montessori teachers at the beginning of 2018. After completing her AMI Diploma, she was employed at “Nest Montessori “ for three and a half years (May 2014 – December 2017). She has been an Album Reader at the Good Shepherd Training Centre Colombo since May 2014 and shows interest in Special Needs education.

  • Diploma in Early Childhood and Primary Education from Open University of Sri Lanka” – August 2019
  • Montessori Diploma AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012-2014)
  • Hons. Diploma in Computer Studies from Gateway Centre for Information Technology
  • Elementary Level (CMBEL2 TThE2) of the English Language from The British Council Colombo
  • Elementary Level (CMBEL3 TThE3) of the English Language from The British Council Colombo
  • Diploma in English from Aquinas College Colombo
  • Certificate Course in Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities from Open University Sri Lanka

Sukita Amerasinghe

Aunty SukitaAunty Sukita joined us in September 2019. After completing the AMI diploma in 2007, she gained her teaching experience at two Montessori schools in Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2011. Thereafter she was an Assistant Supervisor/ Head Teacher in Dubai UAE for 2 1/2 years from May 2014 to December 2016, and a Training Assistant at the Maria Montessori Good Shepherd Training Centre Colombo (affiliated to Association Montessori Internationale) from May 2007 to May 2010. She also has working experience in the fields of IT and Fashion.

  • Montessori Diploma AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2005-2007)
  • Special Needs Education Diploma at Ladies College – Department of Vocational Studies (2010)
  • Certificate Course in Counseling & Psychotherapy at the Institute of Mental Health (2019)
  • Certified Relationship Coach (CRC) Training Program at Institute of Mental Health (2019)
  • MSc in Project Management at Global Institute of Project Management (2016)
  • Diploma in Computer Studies – Gateway (2001)

Uthpala Dias

Aunty Uthpala Aunty Uthpala joined us in September 2019, having successfully completed the ​AMI diploma in April 2019. Prior to joining us, she worked as a Laboratory Technician at The British School of Colombo. Uthpala is talented in Dancing and Creative writing.

  • Montessori Diploma AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2017-2019).
  • Certificate course in English language - Higher Level (Institute of Human Resource Advancement - University of Colombo, Sri Lanka).

Lakshi Dalugodaaarachchi

Aunty Lakshi is the newest member of our staff, joining us in May 2020. She completed her AMI Diploma in 2017 and has two years of work experience. She is currently following a Bachelor’s degree of Early Childhood Education offered by the Open University of Malaysia.

  • Montessori Diploma AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2015 -2017).
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Current)
    Open University of Malaysia, Conducted by International Institute of Health Science

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.

 

 

Suranjani Atigala

Aunty SuranjaniSuranjani has been with us since March 2018. She assists with the Toddler Programme as well in the After Care Programme. Having had sufficient experience in both areas prior to joining us, she is an integral part of the staff of Little Explorers.

  • Computer basic Diploma from SCTC
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education/Teacher Assistant at INTERCOLLEGE Larnaca, Cyprus (2010)
  • Skill Developing in Child Care and Training at Salvatore Pre School, Kurunegala
  • Participated in a Workshop on Early Childhood Education (2010)






Menaka Prabashwari

Aunty Menaka PrabashwariMenaka joined us in May 2018. She assists with the Toddler Programme and After Care Programme.

  • Diploma from Texas National Montessori Teacher Training Centre, Colombo
  • Teacher Knowledge Test , Cambridge English Language Assessment






Special Education Teachers

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 in Montessori Method of Education” from Havelock Gardens Training Centre in 2004
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education – pass with distinction (2010).  Also awarded prize for Best Student.
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science (2017)

Buddhini Perera

Aunty Buddhini joined us in September 2019. She has three years of work experience having worked as a Learning Support Teacher at “Avakasha Kendraya” from 2012-2015. She also conducts private classes for children with special needs. Buddhini has ten years of work experience in the banking sector.

  • Bachelor of Education Honours in Special Needs Education (2019)
  • The Open University of Sri Lanka
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education – 2013
  • Conducted by Ladies’ College Department of Vocational Studies
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education (Specific Learning Disabilities) - 2012
  • G.A.Q. (2010) - External Department of the University of Sri Jayawardhenapura.

Learning Support Teachers

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)









Sara Wanigasekera

Aunty Sara joined Little Explorers in September 2016.

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

  • Diploma in the Montessori Method of Education at Woodlands Training Centre – Maharagama
  • 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