Our Educators

Rebecca Dallam

Rebecca is the Director of Elementary Training at the Sydney Montessori Training Centre. She holds the AMI 3-6 (1987) and 6-12 (1996) Diplomas, a B.A. in English Literature from Temple University and an M.Ed. from Loyola University.

Rebecca worked in Montessori public education in the U.S. before moving to Australia in 1998. Since then she has worked to bring AMI 6-12 training to Australia so that more children and families can benefit from the Montessori approach to human development. Rebecca has taught at both the 6-9 and 9-12 levels in Sydney-area schools, most recently at Cameragal Montessori.

As a trainer, Rebecca has worked with adults in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand. She delivers AMI teacher-training and Assistants Certificate courses, as well as workshops and school consultations.


Sara Brady

Sara holds AMI Diplomas at both Assistants to Infancy (0-3) and 3-6 levels. She has a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Maryland.

Sara has worked extensively in a variety of Montessori settings: long-day care, pre-school and Montessori in the home. She has enjoyed working in Nido and Infant Communities as well as parent-infant classes. Sara lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and three children.

Sara is qualified as an AMI Assistants to Infancy trainer and is also an examiner at this level. She conducts teacher training internationally and is currently a 0-3 Director of Training in Dallas – North Texas, China and Sydney. Sara delivers 0-3 Training for the Sydney Montessori Training Centre.


Amy Kirkham

Amy Kirkham has been the 3 to 6 AMI Trainer in Melbourne since 2008. She has also directed a Diploma course on the Sunshine Coast and Certificate courses in Adelaide and Perth. As a member of the China Faculty she provides training and support on Diploma, Certificate, Administrators and Mentor courses in China.

In addition to her Montessori qualifications, Amy is a registered Early Childhood teacher and has a Bachelor of Educational Studies (Hearing Impairment) and a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne. She is actively involved in the provision of professional development including parent and community education.  Amy can also be found working with children, mentoring in different 3 to 6 environments and even occasionally providing support to the Montessori Football programmes!

Amy joined SMTC in 2019 as a Director of Training for the 3 – 6 Diploma and Assistants Certificate courses in Melbourne.


Ruby Lau

Ruby Lau is an AMI Trainer and educational consultant. Educated from an early age in the UK, Ruby has a degree in Psychology and worked in advertising before taking the AMI 3 – 6 Diploma in London. After gaining her diploma in London in 1985, she worked both in the MMTO School and the training course. She opened her own school in 1990 which she ran for 15 years whilst continuing to work on the training courses.

Ruby now holds AMI diplomas at the 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12 age levels. She brings her multi-layered experience to mentor and support training staff and students of AMI training institutes and teachers and schools in many parts of South Asia. Ruby serves as a member of the Scientific Pedagogy Group at AMI.

Sydney Montessori Training Centre welcomed Ruby to Australia in 2019 as a Foundation Course trainer, in conjunction with Carol Potts. Ruby will return to Sydney to continue supporting these courses.


Ellen Lebitz

Ellen Lebitz is an AMI elementary trainer and an AMI elementary consultant. She earned her AMI primary diploma in 1993 and elementary diploma in 1996.

Ellen has 18 years of classroom experience at both the primary and elementary levels as well as 17 years administrative experience as an education director. She has served on the boards of schools, training centers, as well as several community nonprofit organizations.

Ellen holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Studio Art from the University at Albany (NY). She lectures on training courses around the US and the world and lives with her family in rural northwest Washington State.

Sydney Montessori Training Centre welcomed Ellen to Australia in 2019 as the 6-12 Assistants Course trainer.


Carol Potts

Carol is a trustee of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation, the AMI affiliated training centre of Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is an AMI examiner and part-time mentor in a 3-6 environment in Auckland, with close to 25 years of experience working with young children and their families.

Carol offers courses in Australia, is part of the training faculty in China and is currently Director of Training for the AMI 3-6 Diploma in Auckland.

Sydney Montessori Training Centre welcomed Carol to Australia in 2019 as one of the Foundation Course trainers. Carol will return to Sydney to continue supporting this course and others.