The Lodestar Montessori team comprises individuals of diverse backgrounds united in our love for Montessori and working with children.
“An ordinary teacher cannot be transformed into a Montessori teacher, but must be created anew, having rid herself of pedagogical prejudices. The first step is self-preparation of the imagination, for the Montessori teacher has to visualise a child who is not yet there, materially speaking, and must have faith in the child who will reveal himself through work. The different types of deviated children do not shake the faith of this teacher, who sees a different type of child in the spiritual field, and looks confidently for this self to show when attracted by work that interests. She waits for the children to show signs of concentration.”
Dr. Maria Montessori, ‘Education for a New World’
Lodestar Montessori Team @ Lodestar Montessori Preschool
Principal at Lodestar Montessori Preschool
Ann Lim has been in the education sector for over 23 years. She has experience in working with children who are infants to elementary age (6-12 years old). She has worked in a Montessori preschool setting for 6 years. Ann has also been a principal in the early childhood sector for more than 10 years. She graduated with a Diploma in Building Management from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Subsequently, she obtained her Diploma in Leadership in Early Childhood from Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). She enjoys working with children and likes the Montessori philosophy because it is child-centred and offers a concrete hands-on learning experience to young children.
Lead Montessori Guide (3-6) in the Polaris environment
Kelly Loh is an AMI 3-6 trained Montessori guide with close to 6 years of dedicated experience as a Montessori guide in Singapore and USA. She loves the Montessori approach which respects the child as an individual with their own needs and opinions, and offers them opportunities to discover new things and learn through interacting with their environment. She enjoys working with children and being around them. She holds an AMI diploma from the Montessori Institute Northwest, USA. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Oregon, USA, and a Master’s of Education from Loyola University, Baltimore, USA. Kelly is the lead Montessori guide for the Polaris environment.
Assistant Montessori Guide (3-6) in the Polaris environment
Brenda Lim is a trained preschool teacher and an assistant Montessori guide. She graduated with a Diploma in EDCE (Early Development Care and Education) leadership from Kinderland and QUT (Queensland University). She has 15 years of experience as an early childhood educator and also worked for 4 years with older children (7-12 years of age) in a student care setting. Though relatively new to the Montessori philosophy, she is intrigued that children are given a beautiful environment with easy access to the materials on the shelves and they can work individually to explore and discover at their own pace without constraint or interruption.
Li Yi Pei
Chinese Guide (3-6) in the Polaris environment
Li Yi Pei has been a preschool Chinese guide in Singapore for the past 20 years and she brings with her a rich experience in teaching Chinese. She likes the Montessori philosophy where children are able to learn and explore concepts in a stress-free environment. She also enjoys being with children. She was trained as a preschool Chinese teacher at Learning Capital and has a Diploma in Preschool Education. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Department of Material Management, Beijing Economics College, China.
Lead Montessori Guide (3-6) in the Keystone environment
Christine Lulu is a trained Montessori guide with over 10 years working in a Montessori environment. She is passionate about the Montessori approach because it has enabled her a different perspective in providing quality and meaningful education to children in a respectful way and encouraging their interests through a prepared environment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in Psychology from New Era University, Philippines. She has foundation Montessori training with Montessori Training Preparation of the U.S conducted in the Philippines. She is a proud mother of three children and all her children have undergone Montessori education. Christine is the lead Montessori guide for the Keystone environment.
Yoon Sok Ping
Assistant Montessori Guide (3-6) in the Keystone environment
Yoon Sok Ping is a trained preschool teacher and an assistant Montessori guide. She completed her Diploma (Conversion) in Early Childhood Teaching awarded by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC). Prior to this, she was a police officer serving in the Police Coast Guard for 15 years. She was inspired to work with children after seeing how her little nieces and nephews shared with her about their experiences with friends and teachers. She loves the Montessori approach that allows the children to learn independently in a stimulating and prepared environment.
Shen Yu Hong
Chinese Guide (3-6) in the Keystone environment
Shen Yu Hong has been a preschool Chinese teacher in Singapore for 20 years. She hopes all children can be nurtured in a happy and stress-free environment; and this is the reason she chose to work in a Montessori school for 10 years. She loves children, enjoys teaching them Mandarin and seeing them grow up gradually. She was trained as a preschool Chinese teacher at Learning Capital and graduated with a Diploma in Preschool Education. She also holds an Accounting Diploma from Jilin Finance & Trade College.
Lodestar Montessori Team @ Lodestar Montessori School
Lead Montessori Guide (6-12)
Sheila Ong has been a passionate Montessorian ever since she stumbled on the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) website 14 years ago. She did both her AMI 3-6 and AMI 6-12 training at Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, India and attributes her training for fuelling the passion for Montessori within her. She counts herself blessed to be doing what she enjoys.
Prior to discovering the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, Sheila worked in the Finance sector, having graduated from Aberystwyth University in Wales, U.K. with a BSc (Hons) Accounting & Economics degree. Sheila has more than 12 years of experience working with children in a Montessori environment.
Zhai Wei Wei
Chinese Guide (6-12)
Zhai Wei Wei is a passionate educator with 10 years of experience teaching Chinese in a Montessori environment. Wei Wei is a strong believer of the Montessori method with its focus on empowering children to develop their self-motivation and enthusiasm in learning. Wei Wei holds a Diploma in Primary School Education from Chuzhou Teacher‘s College, as well as a Diploma in Pre-School Education-Teaching (Chinese) from RTRC ASIA. Prior to her discovery of Montessori, Wei Wei taught Chinese at kindergartens, student-care centres and primary schools for 24 years. Wei Wei brings with her a wealth of experience and a fiery passion for teaching Chinese to stimulate the children’s enthusiasm so that they can learn Chinese confidently and happily.
Hindi Guide (6-12)
Shweta Potdar graduated with Masters in Business Administration from Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Chhattisgarh, India in 2005. She was drawn to the field of education and started working with local and international schools for more than 5 years. Shweta originates from the central part of India and her native language is Hindi. Her passion is to work with children and nurture their potential. She believes that every child is unique and has the ability to learn. She is attracted to the Montessori philosophy as it is a child-centred educational approach and attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It gives freedom to a child in a thoughtfully prepared learning environment.
Physical Education Guide (6-12)
Shawn Choo has been a Basketball Coach for more than 10 years. He started playing when he was 10 years old and was in the national youth team in 1994. Upon graduation from NTU with a BE in Electrical and Electronics, he went on to work in the embedded software industry for a year before starting his own technology company. He maintained an active role in the sports scene with his position as Assistant Coach of Basketball Association of Singapore for U15 national youth team as well as coaching freelance for local and international schools. Now, a father to four children, he sees the importance of team sports in building character starting from the development years right through adulthood.
Music Guide (6-12)
Ann Chue is a certified piano teacher with over 41 years of teaching experience. She completed both her Associate (ATCL) and Licentiate (LTCL) in pianoforte with Trinity College of Music, London. She is adept at garnering children’s attention and interest in music. She has witnessed that music boosts concentration, self-discipline, listening and social skills. She is also a strong advocate that music allows children to develop memory, emotion and mood. What she appreciates most about the Montessori philosophy is that Montessori focuses on the individual and each child’s own potential. Having 4 children of her own, she truly believes that every child is different.