After 8 successful years of building and nurturing Montessori@Home Pre-School in Durbanville, Founding Principal, Nici Gerber fell in love with the unique energy of the Winelands and set about the expansion of her work into the family oriented Paarl community. Montessori@Home Independent School, Paarl opened its doors to 5 eager faces in January 2011 and has since grown to a capacity of over 80 children from 18 months to 12 years.
NICI GERBER - Founding Principal
Nici, originally from East London, matriculated from the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, with Photography and Painting as chosen majors. On completion of her National Diploma in Photography at Port Elizabeth Technikon, she enrolled for her BPrimEd Degree through the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE). Nici soon discovered the philosophy of Montessori Education and traded her traditional path for this truly remarkable approach to teaching and guiding young minds.
Nici completed her 0—6 (years) Montessori Diploma through St. Nicholas Training College in London and her 6 – 9, 9 – 12 (years) and Management Diplomas through Headstart Montessori Training Centre SA. Nici worked as Directress of various Pre-School and Elementary classes before embarking on the incredible Montessori @ Home journey from her home in Durbanville in 2003.
Nici’s teenaged children were the inspiration behind this venture and the benefits they have reaped from their Montessori foundation are evident in in their independence, love for learning, confidence and personal strengths in all areas of their development. Nici has recently been blessed with her third child and as she gently guides her little Grace through the passage of childhood, she has the privilege of enjoying the “Montessori Journey” through a mother’s eyes once more.