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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




Pavithra Hordagoda

Aunty PavithraAunty Pavithra joined us in January 2017 after having gained 21/2 years teaching experience at a Montessori school in Colombo (May 2014 to December 2016). Having qualified in the Montessori Method of Education, she is also qualified in both Early Childhood and Primary Education. She is an accomplished Chess player, having won the Championship event Under 20 All Island schools Chess in 2008.

  • Montessori Diploma AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012-2014)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood and Primary Education in the Open University Sri Lanka (20..)
  • Completed Course in Learning Disabilities (3 Month) At Open University of Sri Lanka

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 Assistant at the Good Shepherd Training Centre Colombo since May 2014 and shows interest in Special Needs education.

  • 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
  • Diploma Level 4 in Early Childhood and Primary Education from Open University of Sri Lanka

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

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)







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