Tuakana Teachers

Belinda Pillay | Tuakana Teacher

D. G.

Tuakana Teacher

Early Childhood in Montessori

 Hi, my name is Daphne, I have been living in New Zealand for the last year and half and I am very happy to be part of Tipu's team. 

I have been in Montessori environments for the last 8 years and I always discover something new and each experience enriches my life, at the same time I have been traveling for several years, living and working in different countries. This wonderful experience showed me how to see life as a deep journey, taking this global vision of the world with consciousness and responsibilities as a beautiful way of teaching. Speaking about myself, I love to make people "shine" so I am very passionate about creating a space where each child can shine in their own way. 

Juidth van Rensburg

Tuakana Teacher

New Zealand Registered Teacher

Kia Ora,

My name is Judith and I am originally from South Africa. I enjoy teaching in such a diverse environment where you get to know and teach children from so many and interesting cultures. I look forward to getting to know you and your child(ren).




Tuakana Teacher/Centre Manger

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.