Malika De Silva | Centre Manager

Malika De Silva

Centre Manager/Tuakana Teacher

Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Montessori, Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Hello/Kia ora

I am Malika De Silva, Centre Manager/Owner of Tipu Montessori. I am fortunate to be among a team of dedicated and passionate teaching professionals and to serve a community that appreciates and values the education we provide.

In my long career as a Montessori teacher I have had the privilege of teaching both toddlers and pre-schoolers. I also taught at Primary level as a Resource teacher and had the opportunity to manage a Montessori Centre in the past. I am originally from Sri Lanka and my husband’s career took us to Jamaica in the West Indies where I began my professional journey. We have a grown up son who began his early education as a Montessori toddler.

As educators our duty is to respect children’s individual strengths and provide them the freedom of choice in their work/play. Our responsibility is to support and promote their love of learning. I believe that the greatest gift an educator can receive from a child is his/her trust.

At Tipu Montessori we place great importance at building relationships with parents and whanau.



Shade | Teina Coordinator

Folashade Dorcas Olabiyi (Shade)

Admin and  Parent Communication
Montessori Coordinator (Teina)

Diploma in Montessori Teaching Philosophy
Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, majoring in Communication
Diploma in Public Relations 

Hi, my name is Folashade Dorcas Olabiyi (Shade). I am originally from Nigeria in West Africa, but moved to New Zealand in August 2011 after working in the United States of America in a Montessori School.

I have a Diploma in Montessori Teaching Philosophy for infants and toddlers. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, majoring in Communication and a diploma in Public Relations. I am a dedicated child advocate and guide. I believe in teamwork geared towards empowering the children through delivering a holistic education and enhancing children’s love for learning.