Our Trainers

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 Orientation Certificate courses, as well as workshops and school consultations.



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 AMI 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 providing support to Montessori sports programmes.

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



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.