Our Board

Tara Taylor

Tara is a Director at legal practice, Sophic Legal, which specialises in commercial law for small and medium size businesses.  Tara’s early career was spent at top Australian corporate law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, as a lawyer and senior associate before moving in-house with Westpac as part of their institutional banking team, providing tax and structuring advice.  Tara has a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and has been admitted to practice in both New South Wales, Australia and New York State, United States.  Tara has been a board member of Inner Sydney Montessori School since 2016 and its board chair since 2017.  She has been a director and the board chair of Sydney Montessori Training Centre since its inception in 2018 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Andrew Duff

Andrew’s career has covered roles in senior management and as Chairman and director of both ASX Listed and private companies. He has extensive experience in financial, operational, regulatory and governance issues across organisations of various size and complexity.

In addition Andrew has been a Director and Treasurer of Inner Sydney Montessori School for nine years and a director of SMTC since its inception in 2018.


Sally Connellan

Sally’s professional career in early childhood began with her first AMI Montessori Three to Six teacher training in 1974.  This training ignited a lifelong passion for the wellbeing of the child and his destiny in our 21st century.  Since then, she has attended a second Birth to Three AMI Montessori training and attended the first two Educateurs sans Frontieres assemblies. Currently Sally sits on the board of the Sydney Montessori Training Centre and the Montessori Children’s Foundation.


Dale Anthony

Dale Anthony is an educator with over 40 years’ experience that includes both classroom and educational management and leadership roles. She taught French, German and Modern History. 

Dale was a member of the Executive Team at PLC Sydney for over 20 years, serving in the roles of Director of Curriculum, and Head Teacher Learning and Teaching. These roles included responsibility for oversight of the delivery/compliance aspects of NESA curriculum; mentoring new staff and acting as the Principal’s delegate (Teacher Accreditation Authority) to implement the NSW Teaching Standards for the purposes of Teacher Accreditation for all staff.


Karen Bennetts

Following a number of years working in large government and corporate organisations, Karen became involved with Montessori education in 1993 when her first child began in a Montessori program.  She is a Montessori trained teacher with qualifications spanning early childhood, primary and secondary education.  Karen has mostly taught 6-12 children and was the founding principal of a Montessori school for ten years.  She was subsequently Senior Advisor, Schools at Montessori Australia for 4 years.  Karen is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has 18 years of governance experience in a range of organisations including schools, a higher education provider and a hospital.  Karen is currently a Trainer in Training for the AMI Montessori School Administrators Certificate Course and a member of AMI’s Global Research Group.  In 2016, Karen was the recipient of a State Fellowship Award from the Australian Council of Educational Leaders for her contribution to the education sector.  Karen has a PhD in Montessori leadership and is working on publishing her research.