Our team

We are here to Educate the future

We are remembered by what we put in the world. greatness is found in helping others achieve their dreams




Shanaaz has a BA degree and honours in Religious Studies. In 2011, she completed her Montessori studies at ELF Montessori Teacher Training College. She has worked in a traditional preschool but her Montessori training brought her to Jo's school, where she feels she has had the honour of directing and learning from special children. Some of these children have had to overcome many obstacles in their young lives which prove that children are very resilient. It is here where she feels we are making a real difference in the lives of many families. Shanaaz has enjoyed being apart of the growth of these beautiful individuals and to watch as they discover themselves and the world around them. She has been a directress at Jo's school ever since completing her Montessori training and has now been promoted to the principal of Jo's school since April 2017.
Whenever we've seen the kids in the most disadvantaged context truly excel, always it's been in classrooms and in whole schools where there is a clear vision of where the kids have the potential to be.


Assistant Directress

Life isn’t about how many breaths you take but about the moments that take your breathe away.



The hallmark of a healthy society has always been measured by how it cares for the disadvantaged.



Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.

Abongile Matiya

I studied at False Bay College doing hospitality in NCV at Muizenberg Campus after I had finished studying I did a Educare Course at the Campus in Khayelitsha N4-N6, I then decided to move further by doing LEVEL 5 in early childhood development. I am training for a Montessori 0-3 years infant, toddler certificate and a further education training certificate in ECD at MELF. I am a friendly person, kind and talkative. I am confident and socialize well with people and a good team player. I like teaching because it's interesting to look after children and share my knowledge and learning from them as well as giving love and attention, guiding them to follow their interest. Because I have unconditional love for them. I am a mother of 3 children... 2 daughters and son

Kerry McLaren Maidza

ND in Nature Conservation (2000) ND in Early Childhood Development and Montessori 3-6 Year olds (2017) After becoming interested in childhood development I worked at Muizenberg Montessori preschool for a year while studying. For 2 years I had a play school at my home until in 2020 I started work at Jo’s school as the Toddler Directress. I am currently studying the 0-3 year Montessori course.

Ammaarah Hendricks

I have Montessori 3-6 Pre-Primary and National Diploma in ECD, Level 5. I studied at ELF Montessori which is now known as MELF in Mowbray. I always liked working with little children and when the opportunity came along to study at ELF I took it. It was a really great experience. There are many things we have learnt and now being in a class and actually teaching there are many things I am still learning. Although the job isn't at all easy, it is very rewarding, fulfilling and a lot of fun. It is also wonderful to see the development of the children through their 3 year progress.

Merle de Jongh-Carelse

SACE Registered National Diploma in Early Childhood Development ELRU Edu-care Course Several First Aid courses (Level 1 to Level 3) Merle has been working professionally in childcare for more than 20 years and in all the facets of the Montessori preschool environment. Merle has worked as an Aftercare Directress with all the age groups including 18 months to 6 years old. As an Assistant in the 3 to 6 years group. Also, as a Directress in the 18 months to 3 years group as well as the 3 to 6 years group. She has been the directress of the Butterfly Classroom at Jo’s School for 2 years and 6 months.

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