Our Team


Cronje, Co-Principal and Grade R teacher: Originally from the U.K., Lucy obtained a B.A.(Hons) degree prior to training at the Montessori Centre International (MCI) in London.   Lucy founded Ocean View Montessori School in 1993 and is a partner and co-principal of the school.   Lucy has a special interest in environmental education, curriculum development and visual art. Lucy has completed the Montessori Centre South Africa (MCSA) Primary Teaching Course and is currently Studying for her MA in Educational Leadership.

Rose Lowry Co-Principal and pre-primary teacher: Originally from Zimbabwe, Rose studied for a B.A. degree at Natal University before working in personnel administration.  She qualified as a Montessori teacher with MCI in 1993 and joined Ocean View in 1994 as a partner and co-principal of the school. Rose has completed the Montessori Centre South Africa (MCSA) Primary Teaching Course and has a special interest in psychomotor education and the eco schools programme.

Toddler and Pre-primary group teachers

Umia Daya, toddler teacher: Umia qualified through MCI in 1995.  She joined Ocean View in January 1998 and has worked in all age groups since then.  Umia has been running the Toddler group since 2000 and has been very involved in the development of the toddler curriculum.  Umia joined MCSA as a trainer in 2013 and she lectures and examines in all Montessori curriculum areas.

Yumna MooIa, pre-primary teacher: After travelling and working in London, Yumna completed her Montessori Diploma with MCSA and joined Ocean View in July 2016. As a mother of two young boys, she is fully aware of the importance of the early years of education and the fostering of independence and self-confidence.

Anaida Ramiah, pre-primary teacher: Joined Ocean View in 2019 after completing her Montessori Diploma with MCSA.  Working in the Montessori environment has allowed Anaida to pursue her life-long passion of being involved in positive all-round development of young children.

Samantha Burnell, pre-primary assistant: After training as holistic body therapist, teaching in Thailand and working in a game reserve, Sam has bought a new focus to her creativity and love of nature and is training to be a Montessori teacher, whilst working at Ocean View.

Siziphiwe Lusiki, grade R assistant: After working as an au-pair in New York, Sizi returned to South Africa to study for and complete her Montessori Diploma, joining Ocean View in 2019.  She is our grade R assistant teacher and loves help the children to build their general knowledge and skills as a foundation for all later learning

Primary Staff

Claudine Gopal, Primary teacher: Joined Ocean View in January 2017.  Claudine completed her Montessori Training with MCSA in 2013 and has worked extensively as an au pair and Grade R teacher.  She has completed her B.Ed. through UNISA along with the MCSA Primary course.

Larissa Narainsamy, Primary teacher: Joined us in 2018. Larissa has a degree in Psychology and completed the MCSA Pre-primary course in 2014.  She has prior Montessori primary teaching experience and has completed the MCSA Primary course.  She will complete her Post Graduate Certificate of Education in 2020.

Support staff

Happy Maphanga: Joined the school in 1994.  She has completed Montessori workshops and the Montessori Child-minder’s Course.  Happy is responsible for housekeeping and assists in the classroom and garden as needed. Her personality lives up to her name!

Princess Peter: Joined Ocean View in 2007 and assists Umia in the Toddler Group.  She has also completed the Montessori Child-minder’s course.

Bonga Gumede: Joined Ocean View in 2008 and is responsible for gardening and maintenance. Bonga has completed courses in ‘permaculture gardening’ and is a trained chef and painter.

Specialist part-time providers

Miguel Murrigan, Chess: This programme is included in the fees as a weekly lesson for the Primary class. Weekly lessons are also offered as an extra mural for 5 – 6 year olds.

Annari van Jaarsveld: Is a qualified music teacher and delivers our weekly music lessons for the pre-primary and primary classes.  She also offers keyboard, guitar and voice lessons as an extra-mural.

Virginia Mungwe: Joined Ocean View in 2019 to deliver the weekly Zulu lessons to the primary class.

Renaldo Jacks: As an experienced extra-mural sports coach,  Renaldo is passionate about the importance of sport in early years development.  He runs our junior primary sports programme.

Loraine Hicks: Joined Ocean View in 2019 as the Primary swimming coach and share her love of sport and fitness with the children.