Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), Bachelor of Communication,
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Education) focused on Montessori pedagogy.
Hola, my name is Manuela and I come from Colombia, a beautiful Spanish speaking country. I am the eldest of three siblings and my parents and siblings live in my home country. I have been living in New Zealand for almost ten years, and I have a partner who is from Brazil. We both feel that New Zealand is our home and we feel so thankful and fortunate for having the opportunity to live in this fantastic country.
I am a qualified and registered educator, and I really enjoy learning alongside young children. I find Montessori philosophy as a life philosophy beyond an educational pedagogy, and I love knowing that Montessori philosophy is about finding ourselves in the universe, being grateful for each aspect that life brings to us daily, and growing as integral human beings who look for social justice and a peaceful world at every moment of our lives.
I enjoy the sensitivity to children’s individual needs, organisation, discipline, concentration, independence, freedom within boundaries, meaningfulness, and gratitude needed to develop and succeed in a Montessori learning environment. I love following the Montessori approach, learning more about it, and exploring it alongside the children and their families.