Our Teachers

Peta Gibson

Director 0-3 Infant Program

Formal Qualifications

  • AMI Birth to Three Diploma
  • Pikler Pedagogue Candidate – Pikler Institute Budapest

Other related training

  • AMI Birth to Three Orientation
  • AMI 3 to 6 Orientation
  • AMI 6 to 12 Orientation
  • RIE Foundations Training – RIE Centre Los Angeles
  • Holistic Sleep Coaching and Baby Sleep Consultant training
  • Potty Training Consultant training
  • Baby Calm, Toddler Calm and Baby Led Weaning – Cambridge UK
  • Australian Doula College

How many years have you spent at Cameragal, and in education in general?

I have had the absolute pleasure of working in the Cameragal Playroom since July 2014.  Before then I spent 9 years working in under three’s at the Inner Sydney Montessori School.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching for you?

Babies and toddlers grow and develop more in the first three years of life than at any other time.  I love helping families understand the importance this period and the crucial role they play in supporting their child’s development.

What drives you to be a better teacher?

I am passionate about learning all that I can about babies and toddlers and sharing this knowledge with families. I just love it when I can see in the playroom that a parent is really starting to observe their child and see the world from their child’s point of view.  Once we see how brilliant and amazing babies and toddlers are, the more we enjoy living life alongside them.

What do you most enjoy in your personal time?

Being the Mum of 5 I haven’t had that much personal time in the last 20 years but I do love discovering new toys for the playroom, interior design, test cricket, skiing with my family, long walks with my dog and the Sydney Swans.

Parrish Khalili

Lead Teacher 3-6 Mimi's

Formal Qualifications

  • Bachelor Of Teaching In Early Childhood
  • Montessori diploma for 3-6 Year Olds.
  • NESA Teacher Accreditation

How many years have you spent at Cameragal, and in education in general?

I have been teaching since 1992 for about 31 years starting in Chicago and then in Sydney Australia. I have had the privilege of teaching at Cameragal Montessori School for the past 12 years. In 2016, I received an ASG NEiTA Inspirational Educator State and Territory Award for Excellence in Teaching.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching for you?

I thoroughly enjoy working with young children helping them realise their potential. I enjoy making a difference in the lives of young children and their families.  

What drives you to be a better teacher?

I have experienced how positive teacher-student relationships can change children’s attitude towards learning, and motivates them to become independant thinkers, decision-makers, and learners.

What do you most enjoy in your personal time?

I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I also enjoy travelling meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.

Fiona Mackenzie

Lead Teacher 9-12

Formal Qualifications:

  • Royal Schools of Music Grade 8 practical piano 1974
  • Teaching Certificate NZ 1978
  • AMI Montessori Elementary (6-12 year olds) Teaching Diploma 2003
  • B.A. Communications UTS (Sound and Radio major) 1992
  • Masters in Creative Writing, UTS 2020
  • NESA Teacher Accreditation

How many years have you spent at Cameragal, and in education in general?

  • I’m in my 3rd year at Cameragal Montessori School – Cycle 3 classroom
  • 15 years Montessori East, Bondi 2004- 2018 – Cycle 3 classroom
  • 2 years Alexandria School, Sydney
  • 1 year Tutoring at UTS – technical assistance and tutorials
  • 5 years teaching in NZ I’ve spent about 25 years altogether in education and 6 or 7 years in closely related areas working with students.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching for you?

I love the interactions with students and being able to observe and guide their social and academic development, especially in the Montessori environment.

What drives you to be a better teacher?

  • My love of learning and the children’s enthusiasm for learning.
    My interest and training in the teaching of writing inspires me to inspire others to gain writing skills and ultimately a love of writing.

What do you most enjoy in your personal time?

I love having dinners with friends and family, spoiling my cat, playing the piano, swimming, cycling, body surfing and I surf on a board occasionally, just to prove I can still do it!

Robyn Reeve

Lead Teacher 3-6 Tiddalicks

Formal qualifications:

  • Diploma of Montessori Education
  • Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education
  • NESA Teacher Accreditation

How many years have you spent at Cameragal, and in education in general?

  • 11 and a half years at Lavender Bay Campus as the Directress
  • Had a break from teaching and was involved as a parent at Cameragal when my 2 daughters attended the Forsyth Park Campus
  • 18 years teaching at Montessori

What is the most rewarding part of teaching for you?

Getting to experience things with the children for the first time and getting the opportunity to make a difference in the way a child approaches learning for life.

What drives you to be a better teacher?

You have to be passionate about what you do, or you will not enjoy it. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” (Steve Jobs). ”

What do you most enjoy in your personal time?

I’m an avid cyclist in my spare time. The highlight being riding the last 10 stages of the 2017 Tour de France with a charity group! When not cycling I enjoy needlework embroidery, welding and reading.

Julia Jeong

Lead Teacher 3-6 Pademelons

Formal qualifications:

  • AMI 3-6 Diploma
  • AMI 3-6 Orientation Course
  • AMI 6-12 Orientation Course
  • Master of Teaching in Early Years
  • Bachelor of English Language and Literature with High school teacher qualification

How many years have you spent at Cameragal, and in education in general?

I joined Cameragal Montessori in 2021 and have worked in other Montessori centres in Sydney for ten years and in other educational settings in South Korea for seven years.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching for you?

I enjoy watching children gaining confidence and independence over time and developing day by day. I absolutely enjoy the fact that I am working as a part of this miraculous process.

What drives you to be a better teacher?

The trust from children and parents empowers me to be a better teacher.

What do you most enjoy in your personal time?

I enjoy yoga, personal development and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.